www.babygaga.com

25 Baby Names With Hidden Meanings

What is in a name? A lot of people take their name for granted. It is the title given to them at birth and they go on in their lives and don’t put too much thought into it. Parents are the ones who put a lot of thought into their child’s name. They spend months trying to find the perfect name for their little boy or girl.

They often take the meaning of the name into great consideration. They want something strong, charming and sweet. They also may want to add a bit of flair and mystery to it, so they look for that name with a hidden meaning. A meaning that doesn’t shout out at you. This is the list for all those parents out there.

We have found 25 baby names that have wonderful, uplifting hidden meanings. There is something for everyone here. A lot of these names are considered unisex, so it is perfect for parents who want to settle on a name but are not finding out the gender of their baby. There is also a great mix of unique and common baby names here.

These names are sure to charm anyone and make them smile, and we have to wonder if we could really ask for anything more.

25 Thora

We are starting off strong with this name. Thora is a beautiful name for a little girl, and it is even better if dad is a superhero fan, because it may be the feminine version of his favourite God. It is also a name that you don’t hear very often.

The name is of Norse origin and it means “thunder goddess.” Pretty perfect. The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, showing how rare it really is.

24 Sofia

This article really is a mixed bag of names, because this is a name that is hot right now. Sofia is a different way to spell the name, but it is loved much the same. The name is of Greek origin and it means “wisdom.”

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #15 in popularity. This is still pretty high on the charts, but it is slowly dropping out of popularity. This drop in popularity could be due to this specific spelling, so if you love the name but want it a bit more unique this is your go-to.

23 Riley

Riley is our first name that is officially considered a unisex name, so it is perfect for little boys and girls. Many may not know that this name is of Irish origin and it means “courageous". This is a perfect and strong meaning for any growing child.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #25 in popularity, so while it is not near the top, this name is well-loved by a lot of people. It is showing that it is more popular for little girls, so it may be the perfect choice if you have a bundle of blue on the way.

22 Allegra

Via: Pinterest

Allegra is a name that is not ranked when it comes to popularity and that is probably because it does share the name with an allergy medication. This kind of association can turn a parent off the name, but it just means it is unique.

The name is actually of Italian origin and it means “joyous.” There is nothing we wish more for our children than to find joy in their life, making this the perfect name for any little girl out there. A name she will carry with pride.

21 Sigrid

Sigrid is a perfectly unique name and it is perfect for parents who are searching for an exotic and true one-of-a-kind name for their child. This name is of Norse origin and it means ‘fair victory.’ We want our children to win and succeed at life, but we want them to do it fairly.

The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, which means that it is not in the top 1000 of baby names. The name also dropped even further off the charts, so now is a great time to choose this name.

20 Aria

This is a name that is very popular all over the world. The name Aria has everything parents could want from a name. It is short, which is very trendy right now, and it has a sweet and melodious sound to it. The name is of Italian origin and it means ‘air’.

That seems to make sense given the name sounds like ‘air’ when you say it. However, this name also means ‘song or melody.’ Thanks to its use in the world of opera. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #20 when it comes to popularity.

19 Adeline

Names that sound like this are very popular right now. Most select its cousin, Madeline, so this is an even better, more unique choice. This name is of French origin, which makes it sound very romantic when said. It is a variation of the name Adele and it means “noble, nobility.”

In 2017, the name was listed at #64 when it comes to popularity. This week alone, the name has risen 7% showing that more and more people are loving this name.

18 Estelle

Estelle is a perfect name for parents who want a name that has an exotic sound to it without being labelled too weird. The name is of French origin and it means ‘star.’ It doesn’t matter whether that means fame and fortune or just a bright shining light, either one is good.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #791 when it came to popularity. It is the perfect choice for parents who want a more unique name without it being completely unheard of.

17 Mira

Here is a name that is a mixed bag full of hidden meanings that any parent could choose from. The name is pronouncing MEER-a which is helpful when it comes to names that are a bit different than one would normally hear.

The name has many places of origin including Latin, Slavic, Arabic and Sanskrit so it truly is a name that is international. The main meaning of the name is ‘admirable.’ Some other meanings are ‘peace, world, female ruler or ocean.’ It really is mom and dad’s choice on what meaning they choose to represent their child.

16 Bernadette

Via: Pinterest

If you are fans of the popular TV show, The Big Bang Theory, then this may be the best name for you. This name has not caught on with the rest of the world as it is not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it may be the best name for parents who need a title they won’t hear on the playground.

The name is of German origin and it means ‘brave as a bear.’ Bravery is not something we all have, but we sure wish it for our children. Maybe giving them a name that means bravery will instill this trait into them.

15 Laney

Via: Pinterest

This is another name that is officially listed as a unisex name. When people choose to use this name for a boy they will often drop the ‘y’ at the end and have just Lane. The name is also pronounced LAY-nee. The name is a diminutive of the name Elaine and it means ‘bright, shining one.’

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #668 when used for little girls, but it took a big jump of 21% this week alone.

14 Audrey

The name Audrey could be considered a ‘grandmother name.’ This doesn’t mean anything bad, it just means that it is a name that is typically seen carried by the older generation. Well, even our grandmothers were little girls once.

This name is of English origin and it means ‘noble strength.’ In 2017, the name was ranked at #46 in popularity. It is experiencing a slight drop, so parents should grab this name while it is still hot. It is also a great choice for any fans of Audrey Hepburn.

13 Tallulah

Via: Pinterest

Now here is a name that is different and sounds very melodious. It holds a lot of charm and is guaranteed to get everyone talking, they will want to know how you ever came up with a name like this. It is a real show stopper.

This name is actually of Irish origin and its well-known meaning is ‘lady of abundance.’ A lot of people do not know that this name also means ‘leaping water.’ Perfect for families that love being near the ocean or sea.

12 Veronica

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about the name Veronica. It appears to just be a normal name. When you look deeper into the name, you will find a world of beauty. The name is Latin in origin and is considered an alteration of the name Berenice.

It is known to mean ‘she who brings victory’, but it also means ‘true image.’ Both are strong meanings. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #378 showing that it is not as popular as it has been in the past.

11 Matilda

Via: Pinterest

Matilda was a popular character in a well-loved Roald Dahl book, and she continues to capture people’s hearts. So much so that people are picking this name for their children. If they are not already thinking about this as an option, they should be.

The name is of German origin and it means ‘battle-mighty.’ In 2017, the name was ranked in a #521 when it comes to popularity. It is also slowly rising as each week goes by, so it is a name that is coming back into fashion.

10 Emery

Emery is a perfect name for your little bundle of pink or blue that is coming. The name is of German origin and it means ‘industrious.’ In 2017, the name was ranked at #115 for popularity when it was used for a little girl, but does it fair better for a little boy?

It is much less popular when used for a little boy, only coming in at #772 in popularity. What is interesting is that when used for a boy, the name has a secret meaning of ‘brave’ attached to it.

9 Minnie

Via: Pinterest

Many are skeptical of using this name because it will always remind people of Minnie Mouse, the sweet loving gal-pal of Mickey Mouse. However, this name is still cute, sweet and just a bit of sassy. Perfect for any little girl.

The name is considered a diminutive of the name Minerva, and its traditional meaning is ‘of the mind.’ It also means “intellect.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it is seeing a slow rise as each week goes by.

8 Ramona

Ramona is a strong name for a baby girl and you may be wondering why you haven’t thought of it yet. The origin of this name is Spanish, and it has ties to the name Ramon. The name means ‘wise protector,’ which we can all agree is a very strong meaning.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #893 in popularity, so it proves that it is the perfect name for parents who want their child to stand out in life and in the classroom.

7 Victoria

Victoria is a strong name that has many roots in royalty. If you are searching for a regal name, this is the one for you. It is a timeless and classic name that never goes out of style. The name is of Latin origin and it means ‘victory.’

In 2017, the name ranked in at #19 when it comes to popularity. The only downfall with this name is that if mom and dad love it, chances are so do a lot of other parents.

6 Esme

This name saw a huge leap in popularity when the Twilight series was all the rage, but it has since calmed down. The name is currently sitting at #585 when it comes to popularity and it is dropping every week.

The name is of French and Persian origin and it means ‘esteemed.’ Or, at least, that is one of the meanings. The name means other things that are not so well-known. It also means ‘beloved’ and ‘emerald.’ Just make sure people can pronounce it correctly, it is EZ-may.

5 Mary

Via: Pinterest

Mary is a strong, biblical name that has been used for centuries. When you look the name Mary up, it has a not-so-nice meaning. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means ‘bitter.’ This can turn a lot of people off of the name. My daughter’s name is Mary, and this was off-putting to me.

If you look deeper, the name has another meaning that is much more pleasant. The name Mary also means ‘wished-for child.’ This is the meaning my husband and I choose to go with. In 2017, the name ranked in at #126 in popularity.

4 Raleigh

The name Raleigh is a perfect choice for your little girl or your little boy and they would be lucky to carry it. This name is adorable and will make everyone smile when they hear it, and they may ask you what it means. The name is of English origin and it means ‘meadow of deer.’

The name is not currently ranked when it comes to popularity, so it is sure to have people turning heads. The name did rise 17% this week alone so it may be making its way back into the picture.

3 Bronte

This name can be pronounced with an A ending or the E ending, either way it is a gorgeous name for any little girl or guy. The name is from Greek origin and it means ‘thunder.’ Thunder does not always have to be thought of as something scary, it can be seen as strong and powerful.

This is another name that is not ranked when it comes to popularity, meaning that it is the perfect name for parents who want their child to have a name that is theirs and theirs alone.

2 Hadley

 

Hadley is a great alternative for parents who are tired of hearing the name Haylee but they like the way the name sounds. Hadley is another great name for your child, and it won’t matter if they are a boy or a girl because the name works for both.

The name is of English origin and it means ‘heather field.’ Names that are rooted in nature are becoming very popular. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #113 so it is unique, but it still has a place on the charts.

1 Knox

The name Knox just sounds strong, so it is a wonderful choice if you have a little boy on the way. The truth is, names are so interchangeable that it could still work for a little girl as well. The name Knox is of Scottish origin and it means ‘round hill.’

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #232 for popularity which can be surprising to a lot of people who assume this name is rather unique and unheard of. There will be a lot of Knox’s entering the world soon and that is not a bad thing.

References: nameberry.combabyology.com.audisneybaby.com

More in Baby Names