Baby Name Meanings

Michele Meleen
Four babies playing with blocks

Learn the meaning behind potential baby names to help influence the decision regarding a name for your baby. With so many names to choose from, it helps to use their meanings to narrow down the field and find the name that you truly love. Use these alphabetical baby name lists for boys and girls to discover the meaning of many options.

Baby Names and Meanings

One of the most important tasks you'll ever encounter is choosing a name for your baby. There are so many factors that go into picking the perfect name for a child. Some people simply love giving traditional names to their children, while others search for that unique name to give their child. Some new parents search for names that have significant meanings.

Boys' Baby Name Meanings

From masculine royal monikers to strong names for boys, there's not a shortage of meaningful options for your little guy.

Names Beginning With A

Aaron-"Shining light, messenger"

Abraham-"Father of the multitude"

Adam-"Man"

Alan-"Harmony"

Alden-"Defender"

Alexander-"Leader"

Almanzo -"Precious man"

Amory-"Worker"

Arnold-"Strong"

Aubrey-"Ruler"

Ausin-"Useful"

Names Beginning With B

Bailey-"Server"

Baxter-"Baker"

Benedict-"Blessed"

Benjamin-"Surety"

Blair-"Dignified"

Bob-"Wisdom"

Bradford-"Mighty"

Brandon-"Fighter"

Brian-"Strength"

Brutus-"Dull, Stupid"

Bryant-"Strong"

Bryce-"Active

Names Beginning With C

Caleb-"Dog Lover"

Calvin-"Bold"

Cameron-"Bewitched"

Carl-"Man"

Corlos-"Expressive"

Casey-"Brave"

Cassidy-"Hero"

Charles-"Man"

Chester-"Fortified"

Christopher-"Christ"

Clark-"Charmer"

Clay-"Mortal"

Colby-"Brilliant"

Colin-"Dove"

Craig-"Craggy"

Curt-"Abrupt"

Names Beginning With D

Father holding his newborn baby boy

Dale-"Dweller"

Daniel-"Judge"

David-"Beloved"

Dexter-"Right-handed"

Dillon-"Faithful"

Dorian-"Golden"

Douglas-"Thoughtful"

Duncan-"Warrior"

Dwight-"Fair"

Names Beginning With E

Edward-"Guardian"

Eli-"Faithful"

Ellis-"Saver"

Emery-"Dutiful"

Eric-"Princely"

Ethan-"Strong and Optimistic"

Evan-"Young Warrior"

Everett-"Brave"

Ezra-"Helper"

Names Beginning With F

Farley-"Open"

Farrell-"Brave"

Felix-"Happy"

Flavian-"Yellow"

Francis-"Free"

Frederick-"Peace"

Names Beginning With G

Gareth-"Old Man"

Geoffrey-"Peace"

George-"Sparkly"

Gerald-Bert-"Pitied"

Giles-"Young Goat"

Glen-"Valley"

Gordon-"Great Hill"

Graham-"A Place Name"

Grant-"Great"

Guruttam-"The Greatest Teacher"

Names Beginning With H

Harlan-"Warrior"

Harley-"Athletic"

Harrison-"Princely"

Henry-"Home Ruler"

Holden-"Gracious"

Horatio-"Worthy"

Howard-"Popular"

Hugh-"Thoughtful"

Names Beginning With I

Ian-"Lord's Grace"

Ingram-"Hero"

Irvin-"Friend of the Sea"

Isaac-"Glad"

Names Beginning With J

Jack-"Godly"

Jacob-"Favored"

James-"Supplanter"

Jason-"Hungry One"

Jay-"Quick"

Jeremy-"Exalted"

Jerry-"Just"

Jesse-"Wealthy"

Joel-"Celestial"

John-"Godly"

Jonathan-"Gift"

Jonas-"Prosperity"

Joseph-"Addition"

Joshua-"Saver"

Julian-"Kind"

Justin-"Just"

Names Beginning With K

Kane-"Exacting"

Kean-"Tall"

Keith-"Gardener"

Kelby-"Patient"

Kelly-"Impulsive"

Kelcy-"Helper"

Kendall-"Gentle"

Kenneth-"Handsome"

Kenyon-"Fair"

Kerby-"Religious"

Kirk-"Christian"

Konrad-"Bold Speaker"

Names Beginning With L

Lachlan-"Fighter"

Lambert-"Wealthy"

Landdry-"Owner"

Lawrence-"Winner"

Lee-"Doctor"

Leland-"Landlord"

Leo-"Lion"

Leslie-"Kindly"

Levi-"United"

Lewis-"Well-known"

Lincoln-"Settled"

Lionel-"Lionlike"

Lloyd-"Joy"

Loren-"Victor"

Loring-"Fighter"

Lucien-"Light"

Lucius-"Cheerful"

Lyle-"Islander"

Names Beginning With M

Macy-"Steadfast"

Madoc-"Generous"

Malcolm-"Servant"

Manuel-"Godley"

Marc-"Warrior"

Mark-"Defender"

Marshall-"Horse Lover"

Martin-"From Mars"

Matthew-"God's Gift"

Max-"Leader"

Melvin-"Wizard"

Michael-"Godly"

Miles-"Warrior"

Morgan-"Sea Dweller"

Mitchell-"Godly"

Moses-"Saved"

Murray-"Modern"

Names Beginning With N

Napoleon-"Comforter"

Nathan-"Gift"

Neal-"Leader"

Nelson-"Famous"

Neville-"Modern"

Nicholas-"Victor"

Niles-"Champion"

Noah-"Restful"

Nolan-"Well-known"

Names Beginning With O

Oleg-"Holy"

Olin-"Ancient"

Oliver-"Olive Grower"

Omar-"Academic"

Orlando-"Famous"

Osborne-"Divine"

Owen-"Young Warrior"

Names Beginning With P

Paine-"Rustic"

Palmer-"Bearer of Pain"

Parke-"Noble"

Patrick-"Noble"

Paxton-"Trader"

Peter-"Reliable"

Phillip-"Horse Lover"

Prescott-"Priest"

Putman-"Dweller"

Names Beginning With Q

Quain-"Clever"

Quenton-"Fifth"

Quigley-"From the Mother"

Quillan-"Small Cub"

Quinn-"Wisdom"

Quimby-"Man's Estate"

Quon-"Bright"

Names Beginning With R

Ralph-"Hero"

Randall-"Relentless"

Raymond-"Protector"

Regan-"Royal"

Rex-"King"

Rajan (Indian Hindi word)-"King"

Richard-"Stern Ruler"

Robert-"Glowing Flame"

Roderic-"Leader"

Roger-"Famous"

Romeo-"Pilgrim"

Ronald-"Judge"

Ross-"Horseman"

Rudolph-"Undefeated"

Russell-"Red Fox"

Ryan-"Able"

Names Beginning With S

Samuel-"Asked by God"

Sanford-"Diplomatic"

Schuyler-"Sheltered"

Scott-"Wanderer"

Selby-"Farmer"

Seth-"Appointed"

Shawn-"Gracious"

Sheridan-"Wild Man"

Silas-"Sound"

Simon-"Obedient"

Solomon-"Peaceful"

Spencer-"Provider"

Stephen-"Loyal"

Stuart-"Server"

Names Beginning With T

Taihal-"Selfless"

Terrence-"Tender"

Theodore-"Godly"

Thomas-"Companion"

Timothy-"Godly"

Tony-"Praised"

Trevor-"Prudent"

Names Beginning With U

Ulrich-"Wolf"

Ulysses-"Hater"

Umberto-"Color of earth"

Uriel-"God's Light"

Names Beginning With V

Vance-"Brave"

Vernon-"Young"

Victor-"Conqueror"

Vincent-"Winner"

Names Beginning With W

Wade-"Wonderer"

Wallace-"Heathen"

Walter-"Ruler"

Warren-"Calm"

Wayne-"Invincible"

William-"Brave"

Winston-"Joyful Stone"

Wyatt-"Protector"

Names Beginning With X, Y, & Z

Xavier-"Bright One"

Yates-"Dweller"

York-"Sacred"

Zachary-"Godlike"

Girls' Baby Name Meanings

Baby girl names can have traditional meanings that are sweet and pretty or represent modern girls who are brave and rugged.

Parents holding their baby girl

Names Beginning With A

Ada-"Rich Gift"

Adele-"Happy"

Adrienne-"Artist"

Aimee-"Loved"

Alana-"Fair"

Alexandra-"Helper"

Alexis-"Helping"

Alicia-"Noble"

Allison-"Sacred"

Althea-"Healing Herb"

Amanda-"Worthy of Loving"

Amelia-"Worker"

Anastasia-"Resurrection"

Angela-"Angelic"

Ann-"Graceful"

April-"Spring"

Audrey-"Golden"

Names Beginning With B

Barbara-"Stranger"

Beatrice-"Blessing"

Belinda-"Glowing"

Bess-"God's Earth"

Blanche-"Fair"

Briana-"Fearless"

Bridget-"Strong"

Names Beginning With C

Camilla-"Unselfish"

Cara-"Friend"

Carma-"Fate"

Carol-"Joyful"

Caroline-"Noble"

Catherine-"Pure"

Cathleen-"Pristine"

Celeste-"Celestial"

Charity-"Love"

Charlotte-"Noble"

Chelsea-"Of the Sea"

Chloe-"Blooming"

Christine-"Christian"

Claudia-"Dazzling"

Connie-"Constant"

Cordelia-"Mermaid"

Crystal-"Pure"

Cynthia-"Rule"

Names Beginning With D

Daphne-"Bashful"

Danella-"All-Knowing"

Dara-"Wise"

Dawn-"Radiant"

Deanna-"Bright"

Debra-"Busy"

Delia-"Shining"

Denise-"Noble"

Diana-"Goddess"

Donna-"Lady"

Doris-"Dorian Woman"

Dorothy-"God's Gift"

Names Beginning With E

Eda-"Cheers"

Edna-"Capricious"

Eileen-"Light"

Elissa-"Godlike"

Eliza-"Faithful"

Elizabeth-"Godly"

Ellen-"Light"

Emily-"Worker"

Erica-"Royal"

Euna-"Hunger"

Eva-"Giver of Life"

Names Beginning With F

Faith-"Faithful"

Fay-"Faith"

Felicity-"Happiness"

Florence-"Flower"

Frances-"Free"

Names Beginning With G

Gabriella-"Godly"

Gail-"Joy"

Gertrude-

Gladys-"Modest"

Glenna-"Of the Glen"

Grace-"Grace"

Gretchen-"Poor Evader"

Gwen-"Intelligent"

Names Beginning With H

Hannah-"Grace"

Heather-"Plant"

Heidi-"Noble Type"

Helen-"Light"

Hilda-"Snob"

Holly-"Plant"

Hope-"Hopeful"

Names Beginning With I

Ida-"Happy"

Inga-"Northern Dweller"

Iris-"Rainbow"

Isa-"Iron"

Isabelle-"God's Promise"

Ivy-"Plant"

Names Beginning With J

Jacqueline-"Alive"

Jane-"Gift"

Jazmine-"Flower"

Jeanette-"Gracious"

Jennifer-"Pure"

Jessica-"Peaceful"

Jill-"Follower"

Joanna-"God's Grace"

Joy-"Joyful"

Juliana-"Downy haired"

June-"Youthful"

Justine-"Just"

Names Beginning With K

Karen-"Pure"

Katherine-"Pure"

Kathleen-"Beloved"

Kay-"Joyful"

Kelly-"Brave"

Kim-"Precious Metal, Gold"

Kirsten-"Holy"

Kyna-"Refine"

Names Beginning With L

Lana-"Light"

Larissa-"Cheerful"

Laura-"Artist"

Lena-"Light"

Leslie-"Home Lover"

Liane-"Bond"

Libby-"Dedicated"

Lilian-"Pure"

Linda-"Beautiful

Lisa-"My God is an Oath"

Lisbeth-"Royal"

Loretta-"Pure"

Luciana-"Light"

Lydia-"Strong"

Lynne-"Mighty"

Names Beginning With M

Madeline-"From Magdala"

Mae-"Maid"

Maisie-"Pearl"

Marilyn-"Bitter"

Margaret-"Ladylike"

Maria-"Brave"

Marlena-"Elevated"

Mary-"Sympathetic"

Maxine-"Great"

Megan-"Strong"

Melanie-"Patient"

Melissa-"Sweet"

Michaela-"Good"

Michelle-"Godly"

Mimi-"Loving"

Miranda-"Admired"

Mona-"Dependable"

Myra-"Longed For"

Names Beginning With N

Nadine-"Hope"

Nancy-"Grace"

Natalie-"Christmas"

Natasha-"Mighty"

Neomi-"Traveler"

Nicole-"Victor"

Nina-"Personable"

Noelle-"Christmas"

Nora-"Honor"

Norma-"Good"

Names Beginning With O

Olga-"Holy"

Olivia-"Peacemaker"

Opal-"Precious"

Orchid-"Flower"

Names Beginning With P

Pamela-"Honey"

Patricia-"Well-born"

Paula-"Small"

Pearl-"Jewel"

Penelope-"Weaver"

Phoebe-"Bright"

Portia-"Leader"

Prudence-"Unpunctual"

Names Beginning With Q

Qianru-"Pretty Smile"

Queen-"Royal"

Queenie-"Wife"

Quentessa-"Harvester"

Quibilah-"Peaceful"

Quies-"Tranquil"

Quinlan-"Graceful"

Names Beginning With R

Rachel-"Gentle"

Ramona-"Protector"

Reba-"Peacemaker"

Rebecca-"To bind"

Renee-"Born Again"

Rea-"Godly"

Rita-"Jewel"

Rose-"Flower"

Rosemary-"Graceful"

Roxanne-"Dawn"

Ruby-"Jewel"

Ruth-"Friend"

Rajan-"King"

Names Beginning With S

Sacha-"Helper"

Sadie-"Royal"

Sally-"Princess"

Samara-"Guardian"

Sandra-"Helper"

Sara-"Princess"

Sela-"Sound"

Selena-"Moon"

Serena-"Calm"

Sheila-"Blind"

Sharon-"Musical"

Silvia-"Wood Nymph"

Simone-"Obedient"

Sonia-"Wise"

Sophie-"Clear"

Stella-"Starlike"

Susan-"Trusting"

Suzanne-"Trusting"

Sydney-"Wide Meadow"

Names Beginning With T

Tabitha-"Gazelle"

Tallula-"Place Name"

Tamara-"Palm Tree"

Tara-"Tower"

Tessa-"Harvester"

Terri-"Unique"

Thelma-"Nurse"

Theresa-"Harvester"

Titania-"Sweet"

Tonya-"Praised"

Trina-"Majestic"

Tracey-"Eloquent"

Tyshira-"Masterful Teacher"

Names Beginning With U

Udele-"Prosperous"

Uma-"Second Daughter"

Una-"The One"

Ursula-"Temperate"

Names Beginning With V

Valerie-"Worthy"

Vanessa-"Butterfly"

Velma-"Warm-hearted"

Victoria-"Victor"

Viola-"Retiring"

Virginia-"Pure"

Vivian-"Vivacious"

Names Beginning With W

Wanda-"Wanderer"

Wendy-"Young wanderer"

Willa-"Desired"

Wilma-"Determined"

Winnie-"Peacemaker"

Winona-"Daughter"

Wynne-"White"

Names Beginning With X, Y, & Z

Xenia-"Hospitable"

Yolanda-"Modest"

Yvette-"Archer"

Zandria-"Helper"

Zena-"Womanly"

Zoe-"Freedom"

Find Meaning in a Name

From first name meanings to the biblical meaning of names, you can find out the roots of nearly any name you choose. Many baby name websites such as BabyNames.com or Behind the Name feature a meaning of names dictionary or option to search boy and girl names by meaning.

Was this page useful?
Baby Name Meanings