Naming a baby is a hard thing to do, it may be one of the hardest things two people will ever have to accomplish. Parents have to agree with one together and then they have to deal with family, friends, and strangers having an opinion about it. It can be exhausting and feel endlessly momentous.
To make things easier, a lot of parents may choose a name based off of something they like. This ranges from characters found in books, to those in movies or even video games. We are living in a world where millennials grew up with specific hobbies and now these same kids are adults about to have babies. One of the biggest things that millennials love is video games. They grew up in an era when they were the new thing in town, and they became obsessed. Many future moms remember playing on Nintendo systems, from Mario Brothers to Sonic, they loved them all.
Video games have only gotten more intense and creative, and there is no limit to the variety that is out there (with the new craze of Fortnite, they are hotter than ever.) And moms can now get in on this trend for baby names! Read on to find 30 names for gamer parents!
One of the greatest things about names inspired by video games is that they are all going to be unique and creative. We have decided to start with the names for the little bundles of pink in our lives.
Kairi is a character from the game ‘Kingdom of Hearts.’ She is a maiden whose heart holds only light and no darkness. A great inspiration.
The origin of this name is Japanese, and it means “sea.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #778 when it comes to popularity.
Lara is a name that started off in a video game and then it spanned into movies as well. It is the name of the lead heroine from Tomb Raider. Lara Croft was tough and smart. She was an English archaeologist-adventurer and she kicked some butt. It is a great inspiration.
This name is of Russian origin and it is considered a diminutive of the name Larissa. The name means “citadel.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #759 when it comes to popularity, showing it still has some staying power.
Zelda was one of the biggest video game crazes the world has ever seen, so there are bound to be a few names inspired by it on this list.
Midna is a name that is from The Legend of Zelda. She was a small character who spoke a combination of English and Japanese. She had a great dedication to saving the world.
The name Midna does not show up on a lot of baby name search engines, showing that it is incredibly unique and will not be a name you hear very often.
Rayne is a beautiful name that is perfect for any little princess. Rayne is the feminine heroine from the game BloodRayne. This was a series of adventure-action video games that were very popular, and this name is sure to be a hit.
This name is a bit different, as it has no listed place of origin or meaning. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #854 when it comes to popularity. However, this week alone the name has risen 490% in popularity.
A lot of the greatest video games come to us from Japan, which means there is going to be some unique and exotic names to find. Aoi Umenokoji is one of the characters in the game Virtue Fighter 3. She was the arch-enemy of one of the other characters. This name may not be a hit in the western world, but it is very popular in Japan.
As we mentioned this name is Japanese of origin and it means “bluish.” This name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it is not within the top 1000 of baby names in the western world.
We have our second name that is inspired by the world of Zelda. Epona is the name of Link’s horse in The Legend of Zelda. This name makes a lot of sense when you learn that the name belongs to the Celtic goddess of horses.
Epona is another name that is not showing up on baby name search engines, showing how unique this name will be. If you want a name that will make your little one stand out, then this is the one for you.
The name Saria is considered cute and lovely and perfect for anyone. The name Saria is inspired by the Sage of the Forest from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It is a creative name that will definitely stand out in a crowd.
The great thing about names inspired by video games is that they are all going to be incredibly unique. Saria is not ranked when it comes to popularity and shows no signs that it will become a hit any time soon.
Alyx is a unique name that is pronounced like ‘Alex’, but it has a twist on the spelling making it stand out. The name is inspired by one of the characters from the ‘Half-Life 2’ game.
The good thing about this name is that most people will not even realize that it is inspired by a video game. They will think that parents just got creative with the spelling.
When the name is spelled Alex, it is more suited and used for a little boy. Adding a twist to the spelling of the name makes it a perfect choice for a little girl.
‘Call of Duty’ is a very popular game, and we have our first name inspired by this popular game. The name Anya is a character from this game and it is the Russian version of the name Anne. This name is most commonly heard in Poland, Russia and Sweden.
This name means “grace.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #627 when it comes to popularity, and it jumped another 5% this week alone. This name may be nearing the top spot in the coming years.
Daisy is a sweet and floral name and is perfect for parents who are looking for a more delicate name for their little one. The name is brought to us by ‘Super Mario Land,’ which is one of the most iconic video games of all time. Princess Daisy of Sarasaland was one of the major characters in that game.
The name Daisy is considered a diminutive of the name Margaret and it means “pearl.” It is also listed as just a flower name. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #170 when it comes to popularity.
Now, here is a name that you won’t hear very much.
Bayonetta is the main character from the video game of the same name. The game ‘Bayonetta’ is known as a game where you are attacking both angels and demons. It is a game that is heavily focused on martial arts. She also has a great sense of humour.
Bayonetta is truly a name that stands alone, and it will not show up on a lot of baby name search engines. This is definitely a name that will make your little one stand out on the playground.
How could we have this list and not include Zelda as an actual name for your baby?
This is one of the most played and well-loved video games that has ever existed. It was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and is still loved and played all over the world. The only downfall with this name is that it is going to be obvious where your baby got their name from.
The name Zelda is a diminutive of the name Griselda and it means “gray fighting maid.” In 2017, this name was ranked in at #649 when it comes to popularity.
Wynne is one of the most powerful names on our list.
It comes to us from the game ‘Dragon Age.’ Wynn was an old lady who was anything but fragile and helpless. She was an all-knowing and caring old women who refused to simply do nothing. She fought to save the world alongside everyone else.
Wynne is actually considered a unisex name, so it can work for either gender. The name is of Welsh origin and it means “fair, pure.” The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity.
Jade is a popular name right now because parents are loving naming their children after gems and stones.
Jade is also the name of the lead character from ‘Beyond Good and Evil.’ She is a curious photojournalist. She is brave, and she is driven by her need to help people around her. A great role model.
This name is of Spanish origin and it means “stone of the side.” In 2017, the name was ranked in #110 when it comes to popularity.
‘Resident Evil’ is another one of those video games that has moved over to the big screen, as there have been many movie adaptations made. Ada Wong is a mysterious spy who is working for a secret company. She appears randomly, and she is always there to help the main characters.
The name Ada is of German origin and it means “noble, nobility.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #321 when it comes to popularity. The name did drop 6% this week alone, so it may be on its way off the charts.
We are now onto the section where we are going to explore some of the boy’s names. Cortez is the lead character from the game ‘Timesplitters.’ He is a time-traveller and is known for being very witty. A charming name for any little boy.
Cortez is a name that started out as a traditional Spanish surname, but it has reached first-name status. The name means “courteous” and it is not ranked when it comes to popularity. It has risen 101% this week alone.
Miles is a great choice because it won’t be apparent right away that the name is inspired by a video game. The name is actually from one of the most iconic video games, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog.’ This game was loved and continues to be by children and adults all over the world.
Miles is a unisex name, but it is more commonly heard being used for little boys. This name is the English version of the name Milo and it means “soldier or merciful.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #110 when it comes to popularity.
Jacob is another great name that is already taking the world by storm. The name Jacob comes to us from the game ‘Halo.’
Captain Jacob Keyes is capable, intelligent and strong and thrives in the face of disaster. He is known as an awesome character, so it makes an equally awesome name.
Jacob is a fairly common name now, it is ranked at #10 as of 2017. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “supplanter.” If mom and dad don’t mind their child having a super common name, this one is perfect.
The name Jace comes to us from ‘Jace Bellarine of Magic: the Gathering.’ This character has a snazzy outfit, telepathic powers and is incredibly smart. The name has a sharp and charming sound to it, so it may be the perfect choice for your charming little man.
This name is of Hebrew origin and it is considered a diminutive of the name Jason. It means “the Lord is salvation.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #87 when it comes to popularity. It is perfect for parents who find the name Jason a little too boring.
The name Majora comes to us from 'The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.' The difference with this name is that it is inspired by an antagonist- aka. the bad guy. This name is incredibly unique and is bound to turn anyone’s head.
This name is very interesting because when it is plugged into a baby name search engine the results state that it is a modern invented name. The name has no place of origin or meaning. It is also not ranked when it comes to popularity.
Dante is a name that is used all over the world. It is commonly known as the name of an Italian poet who wrote some of the most famous works. It is also the name of the lead character from the game, ‘Devil May Cry.’ He is a tough demon-hunter who has hilarious one-liners.
This name is pronounced DAHN-tay, which may be the only downfall of it. The name is the Latin version of the name Durant and it means “enduring.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #318 when it comes to popularity and it is slowly climbing the charts.
Chandra is a name that is unique and one-of-a-kind, so it is a perfect choice for parents who want their child to stand out.
The name comes to us from ‘Magic: The Gathering.” Chandra, the character, is known as hot-headed and short-tempered. The character is female, but this name is most commonly used for little boys.
This name is of Hindi origin and it means “goddess of the moon.” It is also not ranked when it comes to popularity so your little one may be the only one in his class with this name.
One of the longest running video game series is ‘Street Fighter,’ and the name Ryu comes to us from this fame. The character has made an appearance in just about every single version of this game that has been released.
This name has very little information about it, other than it is a name that is often used because of its use in video games. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, so the only problem may be finding a souvenir for your little one with their name on it at family vacations.
Just as ‘Street Fighter’ was a popular martial arts game, the game ‘Mortal Kombat’ is just as iconic and played. The name Raiden comes to us from this fighting game. The name is inspired by the name of the Japanese Thunder God, Raijin.
This name is of Japanese origin and it does mean “thunder and lighting.’ In 2017, this name was ranked in at #400 when it comes to popularity, which means this name is just as popular in North America as it is in Japan.
Layton is an adorable name that is well-suited for any little boy. It is the name of a cute character who is known for being smart and solving mysteries. It is said that his intelligence could rival that of Sherlock Holmes, which is saying a lot. He also wears an adorable top hat.
Layton is commonly seen as a last name, but it is a great choice for a first name. The name is of Old English origin and it means “settlement with a leek garden.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #727 when it comes to popularity.
The ‘Final Fantasy’ series of games has made millions of dollars all over the world, and it is actually my husbands’ favourite series of games. The name Cecil is the name of the protagonist from ‘Final Fantasy 4’ and is known for going through a complete transformation of character.
The name Cecil is of Latin origin and it means “blind.” The name was not ranked when it comes to popularity and it actually dropped another 12% this week alone. This name will stay uncommon and unique for a little while longer.
We have another one that is coming from ‘Final Fantasy 10.' He is known for his unique and charming laughter and his amazing abilities with a sword. He is definitely a tough guy and a great inspiration for a baby name.
There is not much information on this name available. It simply states that the name is for a male and that it is not ranked when it comes to popularity. It also shows that the name dropped another 34% this week alone.
Tyrion is well-known as a name from Game of Thrones, but it has also made its way into video game form. So more and more parents are realizing that this is an awesome name.
What is there not to love? The character may be small, but he is mighty.
This name is listed as a literary name, meaning that it was invented by someone who wrote novels. It means that George Martin, the author of Game of Thrones, is the inventor of this name. Surprisingly, the name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, although it is slowly climbing the charts.
Geralt is a name that is coming to us from ‘The Witcher’ series. Throughout this game, there are many battles between human and human-type monsters and is a hit among a lot of people out there. The name is also unique and manly.
Geralt does not come up when it is plugged into a baby name website, and it is not one that is heard of every day. Perfect for the mom who wants to take her child to the park and not have a handful of kids run to her when she calls her sons name.
No list of video games would be complete without including the name Mario in it. Mario is one of the most iconic and well-known characters and he is the hero of all the ‘Super Mario’ games. This little Italian plumber gives everyone a run for their money and he is a great inspiration.
Not surprisingly, this name is of Latin origin and it is the Italian variation of the name Marius. The name was from a Roman family name that was related to the name of the God of war. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #307 when it comes to popularity.
References: momjunction.com, Nameberry.com