Trying to come up with a name for your baby? Why not look to the heavens for some celestial inspiration? We've rounded up some unusual baby names inspired by space. From the moon and stars to constellations and myths, check out these 20 stellar possibilities.
25 Cosmo - boy
Cosmos means "the universe as a well-ordered whole." It can also mean "order and beauty." A perfect name for the little guy who's going to rock your whole world with his arrival!
24 Celeste - girl
Celeste is a French name coming from the Latin word "caelestis," which means "heavenly."
In the Babar the Elephant children's books, Celeste was the queen and Babar's wife. Celeste has been in the top 1,000 names since 1880. It is especially popular in France and Italy.
23 Altair - boy
Altair is the twelfth brightest star in the sky, 16.8 light years away from Earth. It's the brightest star in the constellation Aquila the Eagle. The name Altair is Arabic by origin and means "eagle." Many stargazers consider Altair to be the head of an eagle with outstretched wings. The tips of the eagle's wings are formed by the stars Theta and Zeta.
22 Janus - girl
The Roman god Janus (pronounced Jay-nus) is known in mythology as the god of all beginnings. Janus is often depicted as having two faces, one looking forward to the future, and one looking back. Also a moon of Saturn, perhaps Janus could be a girl's name, like an alternate spelling of Janice.
21 Archer - boy
Archer is the half-man, half-horse of the constellation Sagittarius. According to astrology, those born under the sign of Sagittarius are known to be clear thinkers who always tend to look at the big picture.
Archer is also the dashing playboy spy in the adult cartoon "Archer" which airs on FX.
20 Nysa - girl
Nysa would make a great girl's name! In Hindu, Nysa means "goal" or "new beginning."
In space, Nysa is a group of asteroids in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Asteroids are sometimes considered minor planets, but are irregularly shaped and covered in craters. Although Nysa sounds like it could be a pretty modern name, asteroids are remnants left over from when the solar system was formed almost five billion years ago.
19 Holmes - boy
What could be bigger than the sun? A comet. In 2007, the tiny Comet Holmes grew and expanded so much that the gassy diameter of the comet's coma, or atmosphere, became larger than the diameter of the sun, with particles reaching all of the planets. Think about how your tiny baby is going to grow and fill your life - giving you joy that will touch everyone in your family.
18 Bianca - girl
Fan of Shakespeare? Bianca is the name of one of the sisters from Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" and is the name of an altogether different character in "Othello."
Bianca is also the name of one of the moons of Uranus. 27 moons have been discovered around Uranus, and they are named after Shakespeare's characters. Other possible moon names that might make good girl baby names? How about Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Belinda, or Ophelia?
17 Hunter - boy
In Greek mythology, the constellation of Orion was a hunter. Orion was the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea, and was given the ability to walk on water. The brave hunter was considered to be tall and strong and carried a club made of bronze.
Hunter or Orion would make a great name for your strong, brave boy!
16 Carina - girl
Carina is the second-brightest star in the night sky. Carina means "keel" and refers to the ship, Argo, used by Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology. Carina is part of the constellation of Argo Navis.
In Italian, Carina means "pretty," "cute," or "little darling." Wouldn't that be the perfect name for your new addition?
15 Phoenix - boy
In many myths, Phoenix was the sacred bird that went up in flames and was reborn from the ashes. In Greek, Phoenix can mean "red" or "crimson." In many myths, Phoenix had red and purple feathers and a golden tail.
14 Helene - girl
Helene is a moon of Saturn that was discovered in 1980. Helene is the Italian or Spanish version of the name "Helen" and in Greek, means "torch" or "light." Helene would make the perfect name for the little joy that is soon to light up your life! In 2010 and 2011, the Cassini spacecraft was able to capture close-up, fly-by images of Helene.
13 Leo - boy
If you've ever looked up at the night sky and tried to make out the constellations, Leo the lion is one of the easiest to spot. If you can find the Big Dipper, you can probably find Leo. Find the two outer stars on the Big Dipper's bowl and draw an imaginary line in between them. In one direction, the imaginary line will point to the North Star. In the other direction, it will point towards Leo.
The lion appears in mythology, art, and religion and is often a symbol of bravery and courage.
Maybe Leo could even be a nickname for Galileo, the Italian astronomer?
12 Nova - girl
In Latin, Nova means "new" or "new star," which your baby certainly will be! A nova is a strong increase in the brightness of a star. Often, a nova is a star that previously wasn't visible to the naked eye, but then becomes incredibly bright. Nova is also Native American for "chases butterflies" or "butterfly chaser."
11 Nash - boy
Nash is the common name for the star Gamma Sagittarii, which is a reddish colored star that can be found in the constellation of Sagittarius.
Nash can also be traced back to Norse, Celtic, and Germanic mythology, and refers to man that lived near an ash tree. In Norse mythology, the first man created by the gods was formed from an ash tree. The ash tree is considered to be strong, powerful, and protective.
10 Elara - girl
Elara is a large moon of Jupiter. It is named for one of the lovers of Zeus, (the Greek equivalent of the Roman god Jupiter.) In Greek mythology, Zeus hid Elara from his wife, Hera, by hiding her deep beneath the Earth, where she gave birth to their son, a giant.
9 Sirius - boy
From Earth, the brightest visible star is the Dog Star, or Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major. The name Sirius is known to mean "scorching" or "sparkling."
The name Sirius comes from the name of the Egyptian god Osiris. Osiris was the god of the underworld and the dead, but also the god of resurrection and fertility.
8 Faye - girl
Faye, a name which means "trust, confidence, belief," is a comet that was discovered in 1843. It can also refer to the existence of fae, or fairies.Whether spelled "Fay" or "Faye," it could make a great middle name!
7 Atlas - boy
In Greek mythology, Atlas was the god of endurance, navigation, and astronomy. Zeus condemned Atlas to stand at the edge of the Earth and hold the heavens upon his shoulders. This myth may make people hesitant to name their child Atlas; they wouldn't want their child to have the weight of the world on their shoulders. However, consider it a name of strength - your baby will be strong enough to handle anything!
6 Halley - girl
The last time Halley's comet was here, it was in 1986. Appearing every 75 years, we'll see it again in 2061. The comet is named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, who studied reports of comet sightings in the years 1531, 1607 and 1682. Halley determined that these sightings were all the same comet, and correctly predicted that it would be visible again in 1758.
Think it's prounced "hay-lee," like the name Hailey? Nope. The proper pronunciation actually rhymes with "valley."
5 Perseus - boy
Perseus is the strong and handsome hero from Greek mythology known for slaying Medusa. The myth of Perseus and Medusa appears in art from many different cultures.
The constellation Perseus is fairly bright and easily visible in the Northern hemisphere from August to March. In July and August, the annual Perseid meteor shower radiates from the direction of the constellation. The meteor shower occurs as the Earth passes through a trail of debris left behind from the Swift-Tuttle comet. The Perseids are one of the best meteor showers for amateur stargazers to view. If conditions are clear, it's possible to see between 50-100 meteors in an hour around the peak of the shower. (The peak for 2016 is around August 12th-13th.)
Maybe you could call him Percy for short?
4 Andromeda - girl
The Andromeda galaxy is named after a princess in Greek mythology, and it's one of the closest and brightest galaxies that you can see with your eyes alone. Many people use the constellation Cassiopeia to find the Andromeda galaxy. Cassiopeia is easy to spot; it looks like five stars that form an M or a W in the autumn or winter sky. The galaxy will look like a hazy patch among the stars, about the width of a full moon.
Here's an interesting tidbit about the name Andromeda. It means "ruler of man." Girls rule!
3 Buzz - boy
Want an unusual name for your boy? How about naming your little explorer Buzz, after the astronaut Buzz Aldrin?
Aldrin graduated early from high school, earned a degree in mechanical engineering from West Point, and then joined the Air Force. After a tour of duty in Germany, he received his doctorate in astronautics from MIT. He became an astronaut in 1963. In 1966, he performed the first spacewalk. Three years later, Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first men to set food on the moon. Aldrin now has an asteroid and a crater on the moon named after him. The animated hero from the Toy Story movies, Buzz Lightyear, was also named after Aldrin.
2 Sally - girl
If you're having a girl, but are still considering naming your baby after an astronaut, how about Sally?
Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. She became an astronaut in 1977 and flew in space shuttle missions in 1983 and 1984. She manned the space shuttle's robotic arm, which launched satellites into space.
Ride stopped working for NASA in 1987 and became a teacher. She was known for being a champion for science education, especially for girls. She pioneered the EarthKam project, which allows students to take pictures of Earth from the International Space Station.
Although the name Sally isn't that common these days, it has been referenced frequently in pop culture. Don Draper's daughter on Mad Men was named Sally. Meg Ryan played Sally in When Harry Met Sally. And of course, there's the song "Mustang Sally."
1 Nicholas - boy
Nicolaus Copernicus is the astronomer who determined that our solar system is heliocentric; that is, that everything revolves around the sun. He presented the world with the theories that the rotation of the Earth is responsible for the daily movement of the stars, and that the cycles of the seasons are due to the Earth revolving around the sun.
In addition to studying astronomy, Copernicus also studied law, mathematics, and astronomy.
The name Nicholas means "victory of the people." Nicholas is the patron saint of Greece and Russia, as well as the saint of merchants, sailors, and children. He's also known as Saint Nick, or Santa Claus.
Although it's a classic boys' name, Nicholas has plenty of alternative nicknames and spellings: Nick, Nicky, Nicki, Nic, Nickolas, Nikolas, Nicholaus, Nickolus--you get the idea!