The 27 of the Best Trekkie Names for Babies

Space...the Final Frontier.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek, these words never fail to excite you in some way. With the newest film in the Star Trek franchise coming out, and the new series being made, Star Trek is once again out and in the spotlight in a way it hasn’t been since Picard was at the helm of the Enterprise. The new films and show are continuing to inspire new generation of young people and stir up the passions of diehard Trekkies.

With that train of thought, we're looking at the character names from Star Trek that are often unique, and creative. Honestly, some of these monikers would make some pretty inspired baby names, whether you’re a Trekkie or not!

27 Kirk

Star Trek: The Original Series

Let’s start off with the most recognized name in Star Trek, James T Kirk. He’s arguably one of the most famous and highly-decorated starship captains in the history of the Starfleet. He was the captain of the USS Enterprise and the USS Enterprise-A, and he was an explorer, soldier, time traveler, and a diplomat.

The name Kirk comes from the English and Scottish surname meaning church, from old Norse, kirkja, and ultimately from Greek. This is a great name for your little boy as it's easy to spell and pronounce, both positive when considering building your little man's self confidence in school.

Although the popularity of the name is falling, this means the likelihood that your little one finding another Kirk in his class is really low.

26 Montgomery

Star Trek: The Original Series

One of the original core members of the crew of the Enterprise, Montgomery Scott was chief engineer of both the USS Enterprise and the USS Enterprise-A, although you're probably more familiar with his pet name, Scotty. He was known as a miracle worker, and was a man of superior technical and engineering skill, experience, and ingenuity.

The name Scott, which is where you get the name Scotty from, is from an English and Scottish surname which referred to a person from Scotland, or who spoke Scottish Gaelic, and means “Gaelic Speaker”, with the main origin being uncertain.

Montgomery on the other hand is a Norman name coming form the France region of Europe and means "man power," which is kind of fitting given the character. More recently the name Montgomery has been popular in England, coming in at #421 in 2014.

25 Leonard

Star Trek: The Original Series

Another member of the original core team, Leonard McCoy was a male Starfleet officer, and was an accomplished surgeon, physician, psychologist, and exobiologist. He was also considered an expert in space psychology. He served as chief medical officer for the USS Enterprise and USS Enterprise-A for a total of 27 years.

His name, Leonard, means ‘brave lion’, and is derived from the Germanic elements levon ‘lion, and hard ‘brave, hardy’. Leonard would make a great name for your little lion, and best of all you can shorten the name to Leo.

Last year the name was trending, it ranked #653 on the top 1000 names of 2015.

24 William

Star Trek: The Next Generation

We’re jumping to Star Trek: the Next Generation now, with William T. Riker. He was a noted Starfleet officer, known for his long assignment as first officer under Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the USS Enterprise-D, and later the USS Enterprise-E. Later, he was actually promoted to captain of the USS Titan.

His name, William, comes from the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements wil ‘will, desire’ and helm ‘helmet, protection’. This is a regal name that commands respect, but you can shorten it for a nickname like Willy or Will and make your sons name more friendly. Also these shortened monikers are easy to spell.

Last year William was a truly popular name as it ranked #5 on the top names of 2015. So while your little one will definitely run into another William in their lifetime, that doesn't mean you should shy away from the name if you like it.

23 Spock

Star Trek: The Original Series

Of my friend, I can say only this...of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... Human.”-James T Kirk about Spock.

He was a Human/Vulcan hybrid who was one of the most distinguished and respected figures in the United Federation of Planets. He served on the USS Enterprise as science officer under Captain Christopher Pike, then as first officer and science officer to Captain Kirk.

Spock is the Americanized form of the Dutch Spaak, a metonymic occupational name for someone who makes spokes for wheels. Spok makes a great name fro a devout Star Trek fan and for kids since it's easy to spell and most definitely recognizable. While this name isn't even on any known popularity lists, that doesn't mean you can't bless your child with this name. it just means they will stand out in their class.

22 Jean-Luc

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Jean-Luc Picard was a celebrated Starfleet officer, archaeologist, and diplomat who served during the last two-thirds of the 24th century. The best parts of his career centered around his assignments as the commanding officer of the USS Stargazer, USS Enterprise-D, and USS Enterprise-E. He not only witnessed turning points in galactic history, but he played a key role in them as well.

While the name Jean-Luc isn't popular in the US, other countries in the world use this name frequently. So if you're a francophile or just like the royal feeling a hyphenated name has, Jean-Luc is definitely a moniker you should consider.

21 Beverly

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Beverly Crusher was the Chief Medical Officer of the USS Enterprise-D and E, she served under the command of Captain Picard. She very briefly left her post as medical officer to be the head of Starfleet Medical, but returned shortly after in the show.

The name Beverly originally derives from the English meaning ‘person who dwells near a beaver stream’. Beverly is more commonly known to refer to a community in California than a girl's name oddly enough, but we think you'll love this name for it's fresh feeling, probably why it's used to describe a place in CA.

Beverly used to be hugely popular from the 1930's to 1960's, but sharply declined in popularity afterward. Although Beverly currently sits at #799 of the top 1000 names of 2016, we think this name is still top 10 worthy.

20 Deanna

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Half-Betazoid, half-Humanoid, Deanna Troi served as the ship counselor on the USS Enterprise-D and E. She then transferred to the USS Titan. She was an empath, able to read the emotions of others, as long as their brains were similar to humans or Betazoids. She also had telepathic abilities.

The name Deanna can either be a variant of Diana or a feminine form of Dean. Deanna can also be spelled as DeAnna and pronounced a variety of ways (Dee-ANN-na, de-Auh-na, or Dee-na) The name comes from Latin and Old English origins and means 'divine' or "girl from the valley."

While this name has never been overly popular that doesn't mean that it isn't a great name. It's phonetically based meaning it should be easy to spell and pronounce for all English speakers and knowing you can pronounce the name a number of different ways means you can make the name sound as exotic as you like.

19 Miles

Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

After his service during the Federation-Cardassian War, Miles O’Brien served as the transporter chief on the USS Enterprise-D before being transferred and promoted to Chief of Operations on Deep Space Nine. Born in Ireland, he claimed he could trace his ancestry back to the 11th century.

The name Miles is from the Germanic name Milo, which was introduced by the Normans to England in the form Miles. The meaning of Miles is 'soldier' or 'merciful' and has been used in a number of TV shows and movies over the past 3 decades and was even a popular name for charatcers in novels from The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain to The Turning of the Screw by Henry James.

Miles has enjoyed a lasting popularity. The name was #107 on the top name list of 2015. Best of all you can even change the spelling of Miles and spell the name as Myles.

18 Natasha

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Natasha Yar is a human Starfleet officer born on the planet Turkana IV. Natasha Yar was the former security chief on the USS Enterprise-D. Tasha was killed not even a year into the Enterprise’s mission, and is fondly remembered by the Enterprise crew.

The name Natasha is the Russian diminutive of Natalya. This strong name means "birthday of the Lord" and can be shortened to Nat, Tasha or Tash. The name is pretty easy to spell and is pretty recognizable, so teachers shouldn't have a hard time saying this name.

While the name sits currently at #666 in America, it is in the top 400 names in the UK. Natasha used to be it the top 100 names list during the 1980's, but has fallen off since then. We think this name is powerful and will make any little girl who bears this moniker a leader amongst her peers.

17 Charles

Star Trek: Enterprise

Charles Tucker served for 10 years as the chief engineer of Earth’s first warp-5 capable starship, the Enterprise NX-01. Charles ‘Trip’ Tucker III was under the command of Captain Archer. He grew up in Florida, and got the nickname Trip due to the fact that he was the third, aka the triple, Tucker to be named Charles, after his father and grandfather.

The name Charles comes from the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word meaning ‘man’. You can even give your little prince the nickname Charlie. If you like the name, but want to give it more flavor, you can use one of the other international versions of the name, like: Carl, Carlos, Carlo, Karel, Xarles, Charlot or Siarl.

The name Charles is extremely popular and ranked #50 on the top 100 names list in 2015. So if you like this name, you're not alone. Charles is a truly classic name that any boy would be lucky to have.

16 T’Pol

Star Trek: Enterprise

T'Pol is a Vulcan science officer who served on the Enterprise NX-01 alongside Trip Tucker. T’Pol was the very first Vulcan to serve on a human ship for any substantial period. By working alongside humans and coming to understand them, she made leaps and bounds in Human-Vulcan relations.

As a Vulcan name, and completely made up by the show, it has no actual meaning, but the name itself is lovely. If you're not too sure about it these names are close: Tiphanie, Tipheny, and Tiphara. These are all variations of Tiffany. Tiffany has Greek roots and means, "God's appearance."

Tiffany is most famously named after a US jeweller, but was also the name of a hugely popular singer in the 80's, and while T'Pol might be out there for you, we still think it's a creative name that some little girl could have one day.

15 Jadzia

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

In the Star Trek universe, the Trill were a humanoid species, a small percentage of which co-existed with a sentient symbiotic organism, that lived on planet Trill, and Jadzia Dax was one of these joined Trill. She was the eighth host of the Dax symbiont, a Starfleet science officer, and the wife of Worf. She served on Deep Space Nine under Captain Sisko’s command.

The name Jadzia is a diminutive of the name Jadwiga, which is the Polish form of the name Hedwig. Hedwig is a German name, and it means 'war'. If you're looking for others named Hedwig, there was Hedwig von Trapp in the Sound of Music, and who can forget Harry's faithful owl in Harry Potter?

The name Hedwig is ranked #2360 in popularity, so it would definitely make for a unique name for your little one if you chose to go that route. Any girl would be lucky to have Hedwig, or Jadzia, as a name.

14 Worf

Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

A Klingon warrior, strong, brave, and fierce, Work is the son of Mogh, of the Klingon house of Martok. He was a Starfleet officer serving under both Captain Picard, and Captain Sisko on Deep Space Nine. He was one of the most influential Klingons of his time, and helped change people’s thoughts on Klingons.

This is another name that didn’t really come from any actual name, but it’s a strong sounding name, for a awesome warrior of a character. And while a Klingon name may not be your cup of tea, Wolf is a very similar name. Noted people with the name Wolf include Wolf Blitzer and Wolfgang Puck.

Wolf is ranked #186  this year, and another similar sounding name, Rolf, is ranked #2884 this year. Wolf, or Worf, is a strong name that could give any little boy who gets it pride.

13 Jon

Star Trek: Enterprise

Despite who we think of as having started it all, the man who was the captain of the first full-fledged starship was Jonathan Archer. Because of his inability to follow the rules, he was responsible for greatly expanding the United Earth’s presence in the Alpha and Beta quadrants, and made first contact with many species, including the Klingons and Andorians.

The name comes from the Hebrew name Yehonatan or Yonatan, meaning ‘Yahweh has given’. Jonathan is an Old Testament name that began to replace the stalwart John in the late fifties because of how playful it sounded. In the Bible, Jonathan was the eldest son of King Saul.

The name is currently ranked #105 this year, and it was ranked #48 in the US in 2015, so it's a pretty popular name!

12 Kira

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Once a colonel in the Bajoran Militia, Kira Nerys was the Bajoran liaison officer on Deep Space Nine, and later on assumed command of the station. She was an integral part of the survival of the Cardassian Rebellion against the Dominion.

The name Kira is Russian, the feminine form of the name Cyrus. Cyrus is Persian in origin and means 'throne.' There are names that sound similar if Kira isn't your thing, such as Kirra and Kirrily. There are versions of the name that are very popular in the US and Europe, such as Keira, Kyra, and Ciara.

Kira ranked #361 in 2015 in the US, and is currently ranked #578. It's a super cute girl's name that any kid would love.

11 Benjamin

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Benjamin Sisko was the Starfleet officer remembered best for his assignment commanding Deep Space Nine that lasted seven years. After he discovered the Bajoran wormhole, he became known as the Emissary of the Prophets to the Bajoran people. He fought the Borg at the Battle of Wolf 359, and he played a critical role as a Starfleet strategist and a front line commander in the Dominion War.

The name Benjamin comes from the Hebrew name Binyamin, which means ‘son of the south’ or ‘son of the right hand’. It's always been a very popular name, and it broke into the top 10 for the first time in 2015. It's a name that feels traditional and stylish at the same time, and has a very easy to learn nick name: Ben!

Last year, Benjamin ranked #10 in the US, but so far this year it's #22. This name is classic and strong, and one of those names that never seems to fall from grace.

10 Kathryn

Star Trek Voyager

The Federation captain of the starship USS Voyager, Kathryn Janeway became the first Federation captain to successfully traverse the Delta Quadrant, encountering dozens of new planets and civilizations of the course of seven years. While out there, she and her crew also survived many encounters with the Borg. Did I mention she's also the first and so far only female Starfleet Captain to get her own show?

Kathryn, a contracted form of the name Katherine, comes from the Greek name Aikaterine. It's one of the oldest, most diverse, and best names because of how powerful, feminine, royal, saintly, classic, popular, and adaptable it is. There's tons of spellings, shortened forms, and plenty of people who have been named Katherine and have gone on to do great things.

In 2015 Katherine ranked #84 in the US, and so far this year it ranks #168. If you want something royal sounding, this is the name to go with! And there's even an X-Man with a variant of the name, for those who happen to be comic fans. Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat, is a Katherine I wouldn't want to mess with!

9 Julian

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Julian Bashir was the chief medical officer of the Federation space station Deep Space Nine. He changed his name at the age of 15 from Jules to Julian. He was given treatment at the age of seven called ‘accelerated critical neural pathway formation’, which was a method of genetic engineering that manipulated the generic structure to accelerate the growth of neuronal networks in his cerebral cortex.

The name Julian comes from the Roman name Julius. You know, as in Julius Caesar? The Roman politician? Julian means 'youthful, downy', and it's a rising star, having overcome a pale, aesthetic image that it used to project.

Julian was #45 in the rankings in 2015. and this year so far it's moved up in the ranks to #43! It's a beautiful, handsome name for any boy!

8 Pavel

Star Trek: The Original SeriesA human who served as the navigator and the security chief aboard the USS Enterprise and USS Enterprise-A, Pavel Chekov had a more variable role than the other senior crew members under Captain Kirk. He was born in Russia, and was an only child.

The name Pavel is a Russian, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovene, and Macedonian form of the name Paul. It's not a very well known name in the US, but in the Soviet Union it's a pretty widespread name. If the name Paul sounds familiar, well, maybe you're thinking of the Beatle, the legend, Paul McCartney. That's right, Pavel is a form of this great name!

While Pavel is only #2143 on the list this year, Paul ranked #231 so far this year, and ranked an even #200 on the list last year!

7 Alexander

Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The son of the Klingon Worf and Federation Ambassador K’Ehleyr, Alexander Rozhenko was a member of the House of Mogh and the House of Martok. His mother’s pregnancy was concealed from Worf, and she only revealed it when she had to return a year later, as part of a contingent coming to the Enterprise.

The name Alexander is the Latinized form of the Greek name Alexandros, which meant ‘defending men’. And if you're wondering if you could use this for a girl, yes you can! Alexander has a feminine variant, Alexandra! There were many greats who went by the name Alexander, but the one that comes to mind first is the famous Alexander the Great himself.

Last year, Alexander was immensely popular, ranking #8 overall. So far this year, it's dropped down to #25, but that makes it no more of a fantastic name choice.

6 Hoshi

Star Trek: Enterprise

A noted Human linguist stationed aboard the Enterprise NX-01, Hoshi Sato began her services as the ship’s communications officer. She was eventually responsible for the creation of the linguacode universal linguistics matrix in the following decade. She was born in Kyoto, Japan, and was the second of three children.

The name Hoshi comes from the Japanese, hoshi, meaning ‘star’. It's a short and catchy form of a traditional Asian name. And it's been used before, as well, a Japanese TV series goes by the name 'Hoshi no Kinka'.

Hoshi is a name that only ranks #4133, so if you're looking for something unique that others won't have, this is definitely it.

5 Keiko

Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The wife of Miles O’Brien, Keiko O’Brien was a civilian botanist on the USS Enterprise-D and the primary school teacher aboard Deep Space Nine. She was a native of Japan, and was introduced to Miles by a mutual friend, Data. (Any Trekkie knows who Data is.) The two eventually wed on the Enterprise-D in a ceremony that combined Irish and Japanese traditions.

The name Keiko is Japanese, kei meaning ‘celebrate, respect, open/begin, favor/benefit’ combined with ko, meaning ‘child’. Basically, it means 'happy child'. It's a classic Japanese name with an optimistic meaning. And there are famous Keiko's in the world, such as Keiko Kitagawa, a Japanese actress, and Keiko Fuji, a popular Japanese pop singer and actress.

Keiko is ranked #1742 on the list this year, so while it's unique, it won't feel quite so 'out in left field' as other names might feel.

4 Malcolm

Star Trek: Enterprise

The armory officer serving on the Enterprise NX-01, Malcolm Reed served under the command of Captain Archer. Initially keeping to himself, he gradually opened himself up to his fellow shipmates. He was from an English family, and he always wanted to serve on a seafaring vessel as a child, but couldn’t due to his fear of water.

The name Malcolm is Scottish in origin, coming from Mael Coluim, meaning ‘disciple of Saint Columba’. It's a warm and welcoming Scottish name that fits into a distinctive golden circle of names that are unique, but not odd. In Scotland, the name is royal, and there were four Scottish kings named Malcolm.

Last year Malcolm was number #420 on the popularity charts in the US, but it's jumped up in the ranks so far this year, at #198.

3 Molly

Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Molly O’Brien was born on the USS Enterprise-D, and delivered by Worf. Her parents are Miles and Keiko O’Brien, and they were initially prepared for the birth of a boy, and were surprised when their son turned out to be a girl. At birth, she was the spitting image of her father. She moved to Deep Space Nine when her father was reassigned there.

The name Molly is a diminutive of Mary, and it developed from Malle and Molle, which were other medieval diminutives. It's a nickname that can be considered a classic, and has been used since the Middle Ages, staying consistently popular as an name all on it's own in the US over the past few decades.  There's even a song with the name in it, an Irish song called 'Sweet Molly Malone', and there's also the famous 80's actress, Molly Ringwald.

In 2015 it was ranked #144, but it's another name that has jumped up in the ranks, coming in at #89 so far this year.

2 Travis

Star Trek: EnterpriseRaised on a cargo ship, Travis Mayweather was no stranger to the harshness of space when he was assigned to the Enterprise NX-01, which is why he was called a ‘space boomer’ by those who had not been raised in space. He served as the primary watch helmsman during the NX-01’s historic voyage.

The name Travis comes from the English surname Travis, which is a variant of Travers. Travis means 'tollgate-keeper', and it was also a French occupational name. Some famous Travis's include the singer Travis Tritt, and the bassist Travis Haley, who happens to be a girl, so Travis is one of those names that can go both ways.

Last year Travis ranked #257 on the popularity charts, but it's dropped down to #507 so far this year.

1 Christopher

Star Trek: The Pilot and Star Trek: The Original Series

Any true Trekkie can tell you, Kirk was not the first captain of the USS Enterprise on TV. That honor went to Christopher Pike. (The first captain of the USS Enterprise all together was Robert April, but since we’re sticking to non-animated shows here, we’ll leave that for another time.) Pike led a landing party to Rigel VII, where they were attacked by Kalar warriors. Many were injured, some killed, and Pike was questioning whether he should keep being captain of the Enterprise. He was eventually promoted to fleet captain, and passed the torch on to James T. Kirk.

The name Christopher comes from the Greek name Christophoros, meaning ‘bearing Christ’. It's an appealingly strong name with a sincere, straightforward image, combined with a softer sound than some other names. Oh, and this name has a feminine variant: Christine.

Last year, Christopher ranked #32 on the charts, but so far this year it's down in the triple digits of #134, but that doesn't detract from the strength and sincerity of the name.

There’s so many Trek names to choose from, you could make multiple names, first and last! Christopher Kirk, anyone? Natasha Jadzia? There’s tons of names to choose from! Get creative, and remember, live long and prosper!

What's your favorite Trekkie name from this list? Let us know in the comments!

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