When it comes to naming a child, taking inspiration from a hobby or favourite thing could be a good idea. It all depends, of course, on what that hobby happens to be. Moms who love films or Disney are probably on to a winner because they can inspire a plethora of beautiful, stylish, fun and classic names to choose from.
One such film would be ‘The Little Mermaid’, with its world-famous heroine, Ariel. Luckily, there are a lot of character names to choose from in this film, including a huge amount of mermaids and mermen. For starters, Ariel has six sisters, all with charming names that would suit any modern little girl. There is also the powerful King Triton for a little boy.
If moms take it one step further and just love mermaids and all things watery, then there are many stunning names from around the world that can be used. From Greek mythology to 20th-century films, mermaids and sea-themed names are everywhere. There are traditional names for people that dwell by water in just about every language in the world so it is worth shopping around to find the one that suits mom's little mermaid.
Have a look at these 25 beautiful names that are fit for any modern day mermaid and be inspired to be a little different.
This stylish and unusual name originates from the Nordic countries. It translates as ‘one from the sea’. Whilst it is probably meant for girls who live by the sea, if you do happen to have a mermaid then it would be ideal. Girls with this name are independent and like to be in control of their own lives. They are born leaders and like to involve others in their activities. Like a mermaid, Maj is highly athletic and loves travelling.
Thanks to Disney, Ariel may well be the most famous mermaid ever. The story of how she turns to an evil sea witch to exchange her voice for legs in order to spend her life with a human man is known the world over. Ariel is a Hebrew name that translates as ‘sprite’ or ‘lion of God’ and is also an alternative name for the city of Jerusalem. Shakespeare also uses this pretty name for a spirit in his play ‘The Tempest’.
This beautiful name is the female form of ‘Marino’, which comes from the Latin ‘marinus’ meaning ‘a man of the sea’. Girls with this name tend to be inspirational and visionary. They hold very strong views and try to get others to follow their higher cause. Idealistic and imaginative, Marina is a pretty name that is used all over the world. Other global versions include Marinella or Rina in Italy, Ina in Germany, Marna in Denmark or Marinka in Croatia.
Adella is also in the Disney hit ‘The Little Mermaid’ as one of Ariel’s six sisters. She is the third daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena. The translation of this name is actually ‘noble’ so is really appropriate for a royal mermaid. Adella is popular in Spain and America. Girls with this name are often highly practical, competent and achieve great wealth and power. They often neglect their private lives in favour of business and like to live a quiet and peaceful life.
Alana was the sixth daughter of King Triton in ‘The Little Mermaid’ and Ariel’s older sister. This pretty name translates as ‘precious child’ and is sometimes spelt as ‘Alanna’ or ‘Alannah’. It is thought to come from the Irish term ‘a leanbh’, meaning ‘child’. In Gaelic, the name means ‘beauty’ or ‘serenity’.
Alana likes to be surrounded by beauty and expresses herself through singing, acting or writing. Girls with this name like to inspire others but can be dreamers if they lose their focus.
This pretty name means ‘small, slow stream’ and comes from the Native American culture. It originates in 18th -century French Louisiana and the Choctaw word ‘bayuk’. Suitable for your mermaid or merman, it is pronounced ‘BY-yoo’. This is a beautiful and historic name with a really stylish sound to it. It will also make your child stand out from the crowd as it has never ranked in the top 1000 names. Cute for a baby but also modern for an adult, this makes a lovely choice for your little mermaid.
Amatheia is a Greek name so rare that out of 5.8 million records in the US Social Security public data, this first name is not there. It is said to mean ‘nurses of fish’, which indicates someone who cares for sea life in some way. Girls with this name love freedom, travelling and adventure. They love socialising and being creative but are not always very good at handling money. Resourceful and decisive, Amatheia makes a great choice for your little fish nurse.
Araxie is an Armenian place name. The River Arax flows through Armenia and is said to inspire poetic expression. It can be pronounced as either ‘ah-RAHK-see’ or ‘AH-rah-see’. Araxie loves to study and dream and has a really laid back personality. She likes to be away from the noise and bustle of the world but will always do her best to complete a job well. Araxie makes an honest and sincere friend and is someone who always takes care of the details. Charming and rare, this name is a beautiful choice for any little girl.
Ava is a popular name commonly thought to be connected with life and birds. However, she is also a mermaid in the popular TV series ‘H2O’ and appears in Season 3. Friends with Naia, Amaris and Jewel, she has the ability to swim at super speed, hold her breath for over 15 minutes and even dive at a lower depth than any other human.
In the Romansh language, Ava translates as ‘water’, whilst in Samoan, it is a word meaning ‘passage through a coral reef for boats’.
Asherah is an ancient name, dating back to Biblical times. She was a Semitic goddess who was worshipped by the Israelites. Meaning ‘she who walks in the sea’, this is a pretty and underused name. It is pronounced ‘uh-SHEER-uh’, with a long ‘e’ sound in the middle, or as ‘aw-SHAYR-a’ with an ‘a’ sound instead. This name features in a Jewish song sung on the Sabbath about Moses deliverance of the Hebrews. A great choice for people who love mythology, the sea or just lovely sounding names.
Pronounced ‘A-QUAH-tah’, Aquata was one of Ariel’s sisters in ‘The Little Mermaid’. She is sometimes called ‘Aquanta’ instead. She is also Sirena’s sister in the more modern ‘Mako Mermaids’. A more modern and stylish version of the unpopular name ‘Aqua’, Aquata is cute for a baby but grows well into adulthood too. The oldest recorded use of this name in the USA is in 1918, and less than 5 people per year have been named Aquata since, making this a truly unique choice.
The Latin word for mermaid is ‘syreni’ and this translates as ‘sirena’ in Italian and ‘Sirene’ in French. Whilst it has a completely different meaning to the more common ‘Serena’ it makes a great alternative with a fabulous meaning. One of the earliest records of these sea-women is in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, where the Sirens sing to lure sailors to their ends, shipwrecked on the rocks. Folklore depicts these ‘sirens’ as sparrow-winged women but later changed to what we now think of as a mermaid.
Actress Annette Kellerman is credited with being the first ever mermaid caught on film. She made two short films - ‘The Mermaid’ and ‘The Siren of the Sea’ - in 1911 and she is considered to be the first actress to use a swimmable mermaid costume. She was also the first actress to appear nude on screen and the inspiration behind synchronised swimming. Whilst the name itself translates as ‘little Anne’, Annette is a pretty tribute to the original silver screen mermaid.
Miranda was a popular 1948 comedy about a fun and playful mermaid who goes to London to see the human world after being accidentally fished off the Cornish coast. After seducing several men she returns to the sea with a merbaby. Actress Glynis Johns says she swam like a porpoise in the mermaid costume, the tail of which was made by Dunlop tyres.
The name itself was created by Shakespeare for his play ‘The Tempest’ in 1611 and actually means ‘admirable’ or ‘wonderful’.
Arista is yet another of Ariel’s sisters in the 1989 film ‘The Little Mermaid’. The name itself means ‘the best’ in Greek but in Latin, it translates as ‘harvest’. A beautiful and stylish name, Arista has never entered the top 1000 names in the USA baby charts. Other equally stunning variations include Aristana, Aris, Aristen, Aristelle, Arissa and Aristella. The name has an excellent track record, being used by Íñigo Arista, 1st King of Pamplona and Mariano Arista, 19th President of Mexico.
This is a hugely popular name, last ranked at number 202, meaning that around 940 babies per million born are given this name. A brooke or brook is a small stream, so whilst it would be tricky for a mermaid to survive in such a small amount of water, all brooks lead to the sea eventually. Of Irish origin, girls with this name tend to be creative and enjoy expressing themselves. They like to be the centre of attention and join in lots of different activities.
A hugely popular name, Athena last ranked at number 127 in the baby name charts. In Greek mythology, she was the daughter of Zeus and was the goddess of crafts, inventors, wisdom, mathematics and war. If that didn’t keep her busy enough, she was also the patroness of the great city of Athens.
Why is this a great name for a mermaid? Queen Athena was Ariel’s mum in the Disney classic ‘The Little Mermaid’ and so was a mermaid herself.
We are getting right back to mermaid basics with this one, as Aqua is the Latin word for water. It has never been a hugely popular name, reaching its peak at number 7,469 in the baby charts in 1969. Since then it has slumped to number 12,949. Also the name of a vibrant blue-green colour, this name oozes feelings of peace and tranquillity. Aquanetta is a particularly stunning and more modern version of this name. Aqua tends to be courageous and efficient.
This name was a particularly popular 19th-century jewel name. It refers to the stony substance that grows in large reefs in the sea and is often pinky-red in colour. Girls with this name value truth and justice and look for answers in the world around them. They are well disciplined and can make great and effective leaders. Coral is a charismatic girl who is highly capable but can become rigid in her views if you do not agree with her.
Originally a French name, this rare moniker doesn’t currently rank well in any baby name charts. It is listed at number 12,082 in some lists, so would make a rare and beautiful choice for your little girl. It refers to a waterfall, and summons images of a mighty water force falling. Cascade is so unusual that only 4 babies per million born are currently given this name. As well as being a dishwashing detergent, Cascade Brown is an English actress and Cascada is also a highly successful German music act.
This is an extraordinarily rare name that is ranked right down at number 18,323 in the baby naming charts. In English folklore, an Asrai is a type of aquatic fairy, similar to a mermaid. Sometimes they are quite tall and slender, but other descriptions have them as timid and shy and only 2-4 feet tall. They live for hundreds of years, are unable to survive daylight and rise to the surface once a century to bathe in the moonlight, which helps them to grow.
This unusual name is of Greek origins. Ceto was a sea goddess in Greek mythology, the daughter of Gaia and Pontus. She was most famous for bearing a host of monstrous children with her brother-husband. Girls with this name are very skilled at analysing and learning. Their understanding of the world is great and they like to share their knowledge through careers such as teaching or philosophy. Ceto is an introverted and thoughtful girl. And hopefully not a sea monster.
Coralie, or Coralia, is a French name related to the Latin word ‘coralium’, translating as ‘coral’. In 2007 it was the 8th most popular girls' name in Quebec and continues to be well used today. Notable ladies with this name include the French swimmer Coralie Balmy, the musician Coralie Clement and politician Coralie Dubost. Historically, Saint Coralia, or Koralia of Adrianoupolis, was a martyr who died around the year 305 AD. She is celebrated on her feast day on September 1.
The correct pronunciation of this name is actually ‘DEH-er-AYAH’ but you may also hear it as ‘DA-ryah’. It has various meanings around the world, including ‘possessor of wealth’ in Persian, and ‘protector’ in Old Persian. However, in Iranian it translates as ‘sea’ and denotes someone who lives by the sea.
Variations on this name include Daryna, Darinka, Darija and Darienne. Dariyah is not widely used and has not reached the top 1000 in the USA, however, it is used worldwide and can be found across Europe and the Far East.
Any 1980’s films fanatics will recognise the link between Madison and mermaids. ‘Splash’, was a 1984 romantic comedy film starring Daryl Hannah as a mermaid who spends some time in New York and falls in love with a human. The name of the mermaid was Madison, as her actual language is so high-pitched that all the glasses break.
Madison actually dates back to medieval times, from ‘Madde’, a medieval girls' name short for Madeleine or Maud. It is currently number 25 on the popularity charts.