Is there anything in life that is more difficult than naming a baby? OK, that may be a bit dramatic, and there are a lot of difficult things in this world but naming a baby will seem like the hardest thing when a new mom and dad are facing this challenge.
There are just too many options and ways to go. Mom and dad could go with a unique name that is seldom heard, just for the sake of having their little one stands out. They could choose to go with a more traditional name that never goes out of style. They could play it safe by going with a family name, picking a name from a family member who meant something to them.
Then there are the meanings of names to take into consideration. How important is the meaning to a new mom and dad? For a lot of people, it’s not very important, but for others it is the first step in defining who they will be as a person. Parents can even take this a bit further and look to inspirational people and theories when choosing a name for the baby. We have found 25 of the most inspirational names after some of the most inspirational people who have ever walked the earth.
Abigail is a good way to start this list because it is one of the most common names for little girls today. It is currently ranked as #10 on the list. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “my father is joyful.” The name means so much more when we look at namesakes.
Abigail Scott was a writer, and she was one of the first women’s rights activists. This name is so well-liked because it has a certain vintage charm that parent’s can not get enough of.
The name Bliss for a little girl is perfect for those parents who want to name their daughter after how she makes them feel. There is no place of origin of meaning for this name because it is simply a word that is used for a name, something that is becoming more and more popular.
Those who have a religious attitude towards life may love this name, because it expresses perfectly the work of God’s blessing in their lives. Not to mention, parents will feel nothing but bliss when they look at their little girl.
The only downfall of the name Amelia is that a lot of parents have caught on to how charming and beautiful this name really is. The name ranked in at #8 on the popularity list in 2017. The name is of German origin and it means “work.”
More importantly, the name is shared by Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic. Unfortunately, during this trip, she disappeared, and the world has been captivated by her story and what could have possibly happened to her.
The name Eleanor is a sweet and elegant name that never loses its charm, so it is understandable that parents would be lining up to give this name to their sweet daughters. The name ranked in at #35 on the popularity list in 2017, so it is not too common. It is an English variation of the French name Alienor, and the meaning is unknown.
What we do know is that Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the best first lady’s the USA has ever seen. She assisted her husband in many of his political duties and she also fought very hard for human rights and women’s issues.
Ada is a name that holds a lot of inspiration, and that is all due to Ada Lovelace. Lovelace was a 19th century mathematician and is often regarded as the world’s first computer programmer because of her coding notes for a male. She was a smart and strong woman.
The meaning of the name Ada only makes this even more inspirational. The name is of German origin and it means “noble, nobility.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #321, so your little one is bound to stand out in the crowd.
There was not a typo here, Audre is a name that is stand alone, but it is a variation of the name Audrey. Audre is becoming quite popular, ranking in at #46 in 2017 and rising every week. The name is of English origin and it means “noble strength.”
Audre Lorde was a poet, an essayist and a civil rights activist. Her work explored the intersections of the different aspects of identity ad she spoke a lot on equality.
Emmeline may seem like a unique name, and it is from a woman who was incredibly unique and strong. Emmeline Pankhurst was a British suffragist. She was the founder of the Women’s Social and the Political Union that advocated for women’s right to vote in the early 20th century.
This name is not too common in today’s world, ranking in at #754 in 2017. The name is an old French form of the German name Amal and it means “work.” Emmeline Pankhurst knew what hard work was and your little one will too.
A lot of parents want a floral sounding name for their little girls, a name that matches the beauty and elegance of their little girl. The name Rosa is perfect, it is a variation of the name Rose with a unique twist to it. In 2017, the name ranked in at #672.
Of course, we can not say the name Rosa without immediately thinking of Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks was given an honorary title by the US Congress. She was called “the first lady of civil rights,” which stood for her fight against inequality. Most of us know Rosa as the woman who refused to move on a public bus.
Grace is a name that carries its own inspiration and doesn’t need to be named after any one person for it to have a positive effect on everyone. Grace has been known as the divine power that inspires virtue in us and gives us strength to endure difficult times. It is a name that brings a smile to anyone’s face when they hear it.
The name Grace has no formal meaning or place of origin because it is simply a virtue name. In 2017, the name ranked in at #21 for little girls all over the USA.
The name Sandra used to be widely more popular than it is now, which may be some good news to a lot of people. In 2017, the name ranked in at #894. The name is Italian and Greek in origin and it means “defending men.”
Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve as the Supreme Court justice and she led a path for girls everywhere to do wonderful things for the government, positions mostly held by men. She is a great inspiration and a wonderful namesake.
Lucy is the type of name that is airy, cute and sweet and it is the perfect name for your little girl. There was a well-known Lucy who was an orator and an important women’s rights leader. She is best known for retaining her name after marriage, something that has not always been popular. She was a vision of strength and independence.
The name ranked in at #52 in 2017 when it comes to popularity. The name is the English version of the name Lucia and it means “light.” Our little girls are sure to fill the world with light wherever they go.
Malala is pronounced ma-LA-la and is one of the most inspirational names of the 21st century. The name is of Pashto origin and it means “sad, grieved.” There is no popularity ranking, meaning that it has not made its way to the western world just yet.
Everyone knows the story of the teenager from Pakistan who is a very strong and prominent Women’s rights and education activities’ activist. She went through a tragic experience that only proved to make her fight harder. She is the youngest recipient of the Novel Peace Prize and generations of little girls will be learning about her in years to come.
How can our daughters be filled with anything but Joy when they carry around this name? They will instantly inspire these feelings in others as well. The name Joy became even more popular after the release of the animated move “Inside Out,” where the name of the protagonist was also Joy. The name is a true definition of happiness.
It will also inspire your little one to find enjoyment and harmony in everything they do. There is no formal place of origin or meaning of the name Joy as it is just a word name. The name ranked in at #336 in 2017.
We are now on to the section where we talk about inspirational names for our little boys. Unfortunately, this first name is considered a unisex name and is suitable for both baby girls and boys. IN 2016, 41% of Honors that were born were little boys. The name has no formal meaning or place of origin because it is considered a word name. it also has no ranking on any popularity chart just yet.
The name Honor is a robust and confident baby boy name that inspires decency and integrity. It is also very popular among families who have a military background.
Abraham is a name that a lot of Americans will immediately recognize, and it is a strong name after a strong and inspirational leader of the country. Abraham Lincoln was the U.S president who led the country through the Civil War and also abolished slavery. If Abraham is too formal for you, the last name Lincoln is also very popular and more unique.
The name Abraham is Hebrew of origin and it means “father of multitudes.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #170 in popularity.
Karma was originally seen as a name for a little girl, but more and more little boys are being given this inspirational name. The name Karma is Hindi in origin and it means “destiny, spiritual force.” Even some celebrities are giving this name to their children, including the rapper Ludacris.
Karma is becoming more and more of a common name for little boys, but that is because of the power it carries. It would help teach your little boy the great golden rule, don’t do unto others what you would not want to have done to you.
The use of the name Cesar has come a long way, and it has one of the most inspirational namesakes. Cesar Chaves was a Latino civil rights activist and he was known for his dedication to the labor movement and farm workers.
The name itself is of Latin origin and it means “head of hair.” The name is not so common, only ranking in at #311 in 2017. Perfect for those parents who want a unique name for their little boy that they won’t hear on the playground as often.
Martin seems like a name that is reserved for some grandfathers, it has that old-school traditional feel to it. However, it is slowly inching its way towards the front of the line. In 2017, the name ranked in at #281 in popularity. The name is of Latin origin and it means “warlike.”
There was one man named Martin who changed the world and that was Martin Luther King. Mr. King was one of the most influential and inspirational civil rights activists and he was known for his grand and epic speech on equality and nonviolence.
The name Franklin has no shortage of inspirational role models who share the name. The first Franklin we can think of is Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the US. It is also the same name as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was one of the most admired presidents of all time.
The name Franklin is of English origin and it means “free landholder.” It has lost some of its popularity, as it is only sitting at #440 as of 2017 on the popularity list.
Zen is another name that is so unique that it could be used for either a little boy or a little girl, however we are going to discuss it in terms of a baby boy name. Zen has no formal meaning as it is just an inspirational name. Its roots are in Japanese and Buddhist culture.
Actor Zoe Saldana choose this name for her child. Zen may be the perfect name for those moms who love yoga and meditation. The practice of Zen has always followed the importance of intuition through meditation and it advocates an active approach in fulfilling one’s potential.
If you are interested in the Buddhist religion and are looking for possible inspirational names that are pulled from that culture, then Bodhi may be the perfect name for you. The name has origins in Sanskrit and it means “enlightenment, awakening.” Two things we all want our children to have and experience.
This name is not too common on the playground. In 2017, it only ranked in at #303 on the popularity charts. It is a name that is sure to start a conversation at the local mom group.
Justice is a name that almost speaks for itself. Since it is considered a word name, there is no formal place of origin or meaning. It is one of the least popular names on our list, only coming in at #563 in 2017. It is rising very fast as each week goes by, so it won’t be long until this is much more common on the playground.
This name first entered the popularity charts in 1992 and has never left the list even if it has not reached anywhere near the top ten. There is hope that by giving your child this name you will inspire them to live a fair and honest life.
Pax may sound like a nickname, which it can be, but it is also strong enough to stand alone as its own name, an inspirational name at that. Pax Roman was a long period of 207 years of peace in the Roman ages of the first and second century.
The good news is this name is listed as a unisex name, so it can also be given to your little girl. The origin of the name Pax is Latin in origin and it means “peaceful.” The name currently does not have a popularity ranking meaning it is extremely uncommon in the USA.
Neil used to be a popular name, but it has taken a hit recently. The name is ranked at #619 as of 2017. The name is of Irish origin and it means “cloud.” There are many celebrities named Neil, including the singers Neil Young and Neil Diamond.
Probably the most notable Neil in American History is none other than Neil Armstrong. A lot of little boys love space and astronauts, so what better name to give him than that of a real-life famous astronaut. Inspiration would come from the first man to ever step foot on the moon.
The name Nelson needs no introduction, and it is a name that was taken from one of the most inspiring people of all time. Nelson Mandela spent his long life fighting apartheid and racism in South Africa. He went from incarceration to presidency and remained strong and inspirational through it all.
The name Nelson is of English origin and it means “son of Neil.” In 2017, the name ranked at #633 on the popularity chart. It is about time this name received a comeback and there are probably a few parents out there who are going to make it happen.
References: nameberry.com, momjunction.com