Naming a baby is one of the most exciting aspects of any pregnancy. It’s something that a lot of mothers, and even fathers, think about their entire lives leading up to the moment they actually get to name a child. Mom and Dad will discuss possibilities for months leading up until the moment they meet their little one. They’ll make boy lists and girl lists and compare baby names, going back and forth until they settle on one, or a few, they can agree on. They might wait to name the baby until the baby actually arrives, or they may decide on a name before the baby is born. Along with that excitement though, often comes a bit of stress. The identity of the baby revolves around that name Mom and Dad choose.
"There is a reason why baby name books are extremely popular," said David Figlio of Northwestern University in Illinois. "We're always trying to think about the first bit of a child's identity and so if we as a society pay a lot of attention to names it makes a lot of sense that people's names might influence how they think about themselves and the way in which people might think about them,” shares LiveScience.com.
Many babies end up with a name that caters to the lifestyle of his or her parents. If they’re book nerds, the baby might have a literary name. Some parents name their children after their favorite athlete or musician. Perhaps, though, the best baby names come from parents with a sense of adventure. The moms who will take their little ones on adventures, whether across the country or for a stroll in a field across town, the moms who will let their babies play in the dirt and explore the environment around them, these moms will have chosen excellent baby names. Keep reading for 25 adorable baby names for Moms with wanderlust!
This list kicks off with the wonderful and unique name, Emin. Like a lot of names on this list, Emin is not very high on popularity charts making it unlikely to see many duplicates. It is currently ranked at number 9,212 for boys names, according to BabyCenter.com. The name Emin is said to mean honest, according to WhatIsTheMeaningOfName.com. Why is it the perfect name for an adventurer? “Emin Pasha of Germany is recognized as one of the greatest adventurers of the Ottoman Empire,” shares MomJunction.com. Emin is a darling name for a little boy or girl adventurer!
Explorer Freya Stark gives us all of the inspiration for this darling baby girl name, Freya. “Dame Freya Madeline Stark DBE (31 January 1893 – 9 May 1993), was a Anglo-Italian explorer and travel writer. She wrote more than two dozen books on her travels in the Middle East and Afghanistan as well as several autobiographical works and essays. She was one of the first non-Arabs to travel through the southern Arabian Desert,” states Wikipedia.com. Can you think of a more inspirational role model for a little girl? The name continues to grow in popularity and is currently ranked at number 305 for girls names in the United States, reports NameBerry.com.
Most commonly used as a name for girls, Ireland is next on the list. This name is also growing in popularity and currently ranks at number 918, according to BabyCenter.com. This geographic place name is an obvious choice for this list of wanderlust baby names, because it doesn’t get much more adventurous than to name your child after a country! Plus, the name is just darn right cute. Occasionally used as a boys name, it ranks at number 5,738 for boys names, according to BabyCenter.com. Boy or girl, it’s a quaint name for a little one, and one you’re not going to regret in a few years!
“Nellie Bly, was an American journalist who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within.She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism,” states Wikipedia.com. I think the name Nellie is so sweet for a little boy or girl, and Bly gives such inspiration for the name! More commonly used as a boys name, it ranks at number 5,738 for boys names and at number 8.038 for girls names, according to BabyCenter.com
“Dirk Pitt, the treasure hunter from Clive Cussler’s novel, has a name that can never go unnoticed. His name is a contracted form of Derek and means ‘people’s ruler,” states MomJunction.com. Dirk is the perfect name for a little adventurer who loves to explore the great outdoors and play pretend. Dirk would make the perfect sidekick to parents who love to explore new places on a whim. It’s certainly unique, ranking at number 5.767 on popularity charts for boys names, according to BabyCenter.com. What are you waiting for? Jot it down on your list of possible boys names.
I just love the name Sawyer! Most commonly used as a boys name, I think it’s just darling for a little girl. It’s certainly a trendy baby name, ranking at number 92 for boys names and number 247 for girls names, according to BabyCenter.com. The wanderlust inspiration for the name Sawyer on this list comes from Tom Sawyer. “Thomas Sawyer is the title character of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). He appears in three other novels by Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896),” states Wikipedia.com.
“Lyra is a constellation name taken from the lyre of Orpheus. It contains the star Vega and thus could make a melodic choice for a parent interested in music, astronomy, or mythology,” shares NameBerry.com. We’ve wandered out of this world to stumble across this darling astronomical name. Additionally, “Lyra Belacqua is the heroine of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, seen in the movie The Golden Compass,” shares NameBerry.com. If you’ve got big dreams for your little one, a name like Lyra is a good fit. It is growing in popularity and currently ranks at number 744 for girls names and number 6,988 for boys names, according to BabyCenter.com.
“The name Everett is a boy's name of German, English origin meaning "brave as a wild boar,” states NameBerry.com. This strong name can also be used for a girls name. Ranked at number 104 for boys names, according to NameBerry.com, it ranks in at number 2,890 for girls names, according to BabyCenter.com. Either way, it’s a cute name! When used as a girls name, some parents choose to add an additional ‘e’ onto the end for a more feminine spelling, Everette. A similar option would be Everest, which is equally charming and adventurous! Everett, Everette, or Everest, all are sweet options to consider!
The name Maren actually means ‘sea’, so to say it’s an adventurous name is an understatement. I love the meaning of this name and think it’s so charming for a little girl. It is currently ranked at number 633 on popularity charts, according to NameBerry.com. “Maren is a girl's name meaning "star of the sea" that comes from the Latin name Mary,” states TheBump.com. The name Maren has also been spelled as Marin and Maryn. Spelled as Marin, it turns into a place name, still making it an adventurous choice. “Marin is a lovely county north of San Francisco, and a lovely baby name on the rise, one which sounds more refreshing than the more familiar Marina,” writes NameBerry.com.
This gender neutral name means driftwood, making it a charming name for any little voyager destined to travel freely. It is an uncommon name but is growing in popularity. It ranks in at number 2,446 for boys names and number 2,157 for girls names, according to BabyCenter.com. “People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths,” shares SheKnows.com. With a foundation like that, surely Marlow is worth considering adding to the list of potential baby names.
Growing in popularity as both a girls name and a boys name, Kayin is next up on the list. Of African origin, the name Kayin means ‘celebrated child’ according to AllParenting.com. It is ranked at number 11,993 for girls names and at number 9,212 for boys names. It’s unlikely any child named Kayin would have a duplicate name in his or her grade, so if you’re looking for unique, look no further. This whimsical sounding name is one to consider for your list of gender neutral baby names. Alternate spellings include Kayen and Kayenne for a more feminine touch.
This baby girls name is hot, hot, hot right now, ranking in at number 8 on popularity charts, according to NameBerry.com. The name was inspired for this list by no other than Amelia Earhart. “Amelia Mary Earhart...was an American aviation pioneer and author.Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment.She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots,” writes Wikipedia.com. Amelia Earhart left quite a legacy, and her namesake is one any adventurous child would be proud of!
Growing in popularity as a girls name, Zaylee is next up on the list. Zaylee is of Australian origin and means flower, according to Huggies.com.au. BabyNamesPedia.com states that the name means berry wood, or hay meadow. Either way, the name is stinking cute and has ties to nature. The name is growing in popularity and is currently ranked at number 509 for girls name in the United States, according to BabyCenter.com. Other spelling variations include Zaylie, Zaley or Zayley. No matter how you would decide to spell it, it’s pretty darn cute, not to mention unique!
Charming for either a boy or a girl, Easton is next up on the list. The name is of English origin and literally means ‘east facing place.’ This place name is well-suited for any little one who will love to explore in the woods. With a name like Easton, you will be setting them up with a name that is sure to guide them in the right direction. The name is currently at number 77 on popularity charts as a boys name, according to NameBerry.com. The name is uncommon as a girls name, but is super cute either way!
Another Mark Twain inspired name, Finn is next on the list. “The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River,” states Wikipedia.com. The name is currently pretty trendy. It ranks in at number 167 on popularity charts for boys names, according to NameBerry.com, and at number 6,055 on popularity charts for girls names, according to BabyCenter.com. Dating back further than the Mark Twain book, the name has ancient ties, “The name was borne in Irish mythology by the fair and wise hero Finn MacCool (Fionn mac Cumhail). He could have been based on a historical person who defended Ireland against Norse invaders,” writes BabynamesPedia.com.
“Kai is a strong, evocative, exotic multi-cultural name -- meaning "sea" in Hawaiian, "forgiveness" in Japanese, "willow tree" in Navajo, and "food" in Maori-- that packs a lot of power in its single syllable,” writes NameBerry.com. Used as either a boy or girls name, it’s a funky name for a cool kid! The name is currently ranked at number 127 for boys names and at number 804 for girls names, according to NameBerry.com. This stunning name is well-suited for any little one with a sense of wanderlust. “
Kai has 17 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Kae, Kaie, Kaii, Keh, and Kye,” states BabynamesPedia.com.
With an obvious meaning, the name River is perfect for any little wanderer! Plan on exploring waterways, hillsides and valleys with your little one in tow? Why not give them a name like River? The name has actually seen a recent spike in popularity. The name River is currently ranked at number 201 for boys name and at number 274 for girls names. “Most of the notable Rivers have been male, but this nature name certainly flows as well for a girl. Kelly Clarkson's choice of River for her newborn daughter further raised the profile of the name for girls,” writes NameBerry.com.
This boys names is one that will literally give your little one ties to nature and wildlife. This whimsical name is most commonly used for boys, but could certainly be used as a girls name as well. It is currently ranked on popularity charts at number 573, according to NameBerry.com. “Wilder is more familiar as a surname, borne by such notables as authors Laura Ingalls and Thornton, composer Alec, director Billy, and actor Gene. Douglas Wilder was the first African American to be elected Governor of Virginia,” adds NameBerry.com. It’s definitely a name worth adding to the list of possibilities if you are expecting a little one!
“Aspen is part of two groups of stylish and unique baby names: nature names and place-names. The name of a graceful tree in the poplar family with heart-shaped leaves so delicate they quiver in the gentlest breeze, Aspen is also the name of a trendy Colorado ski resort. Aspen started as a unisex name possibility but now is much more frequently worn by girls,” writes NameBerry.com. The name certainly evokes a sense of wanderlust, and is great inspiration for a little girls name! BabyCenter.com states that the name is currently at number 310 on popularity charts for girls names.
“The name Brooke is a girl's name of English origin meaning "small stream,” writes NameBerry.com. Similar to River, the name Brooke is another name idea for any little adventurer. Brooke has remained a popular one over the past few years. It currently ranks at number 194 on popularity charts, according to BabyCenter.com. “The meaning of Brooke is 'dweller by the brook'. It is derived from brook ; broc which means 'brook'. The name was first popularized by the US socialite Brooke Astor (1902-2007); it later gained widespread adoption as a feminine name from the fame of the actress Brooke Shields,” shares BabyNamesPedia.com.
Inspired for this list by the cedar tree, this outdoorsy name is darling for a boy or girl. “Cedar is, like Ash, Oak, Pine and Ebony, one of the new tree/wood names that parents are starting to consider; this one is particularly aromatic,” states NameBerry.com. The name evokes a sense of adventure and is one to consider if you are looking for a unique name. The name currently ranks at number 2,195 on popularity charts for boys name and at number 3,229 for girls names, according to BabyCenter.com. You can rest assured it will be unique.
“The name Hollis is a girl's name of English origin meaning "dweller at the holly trees,” shares NameBerry.com. I think this is just the most darling name with an equally cute meaning behind it. Just the think of the adventures in store for any little one with a name like Hollis. More commonly used as a boys name, it works either way.
“Hollis is a surname-name used quietly for both genders. In 2015, it was given to 176 boys and 106 girls in the US. It has notable connections for both genders: Hollis Thompson is a professional (male) basketball player, while Hollis is an outsized favorite for girls in South Carolina, where Pete Hollis was a community folk hero. On the girls' side, it makes Holly more buttoned-up and distinctive,” writes NameBerry.com.
All adventures entail a journey of some sort, which brings us to the next name on the list. Growing in popularity, Journey is currently ranked at number 283 for girls names, according to NameBerry.com.“ Journey is a hot new word name, prized especially for its spiritual meaning. Although Journey was given in 2015 to over 1100 baby girls and fewer than 100 baby boys, it's more visible on the celebrity baby scene as a boys' name: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green just chose the name for their third son, who also has the unisex middle name River,” adds NameBerry.com.
“This unisex name combines spelling variants of the occupational name Tailor with the popular ending Lyn meaning lake,” writes Mom365.com. Another charming and whimsical name, Taylen is a unique choice for a baby name. “From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,964 babies born with the first name Taylen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Taylen to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010),” shares Names.org. Boy or girl, Taylen is a name to consider adding to your list of possibilities.
The list ends with yet another unique, gender neutral name, Cyler. Ranking in at number 13,879 for girls names and at number 9,212 for boys names, according to BabyCenter.com, the name Cyler is sure not to be duplicated in any classroom. Of people named Cyler, SevenReflections.com states the following, “You desire to inspire and lead, to control other's affairs. You are giving, courageous and bold, action oriented,energetic and strong willed. You want to make a difference in the world, and this attitude often attracts you to cultural interests, politics, social issues, and the cultivation of your creative talents.”
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