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100 baby names that are as meaningful as they are adorable

What’s in a name? Everything! Especially if you ask a parent-to-be who has the task of coming up with a name that signifies just how special their little bundle of joy is. Here are our top picks for names that are not only beautiful, but also carry a very special meaning.

newborn baby name meanings

Do you know what your child’s name means? Many parents don’t. And they actually don’t find out until it’s too late. My son’s name, for example, means “supplanter” which is basically just a fancy word for a dictating jerk. Who knew?

But what if you could choose a name that is elegant and meaningful? Here are the ones we would recommend that come with positive connotations that won’t leave you with baby name regret.

Baby names that mean ‘miracle’

Miracle, blessing, gift from God – these are the names that perfectly describe your bundle of perfection.

Girls:

  • Amari
  • Alanze
  • Ayah
  • Beatrix
  • Dorothea
  • Genevieve
  • Gwenyth
  • Jane
  • Iva
  • Mira
  • Marvella
  • Mikelle
  • Pelia
  • Winifred

Boys:

  • Asher
  • Aaron
  • Bennett
  • Benedict
  • Boone
  • Jesse
  • Matthew
  • Thaddeus

Baby names that symbolise ‘love’

The love a mother feels for her child is indescribable. But these names all come with the meaning of love behind them.

Girls

  • Amara
  • Aimee
  • Carys
  • Kalila
  • Esme
  • Freya
  • Imogen
  • Nayely
  • Priya
  • Seraphina
  • Vida

Boys:

  • Conor
  • David
  • Darrell
  • Lennan
  • Paris
  • Philip
  • Leif
  • Jeb
  • Tristan
  • Kiefer
  • Milos

Baby names that represent happiness

Is there any word that truly describes the joy you feel when you look at your little one? These names might do this intense emotion some justice.

Girls:

  • Aleeza
  • Abigail
  • Alisa
  • Bliss
  • Blythe
  • Allegra
  • Chara
  • Hana
  • Farrah
  • Felicity
  • Hilary
  • Joy
  • Joyce
  • Naomi
  • Nara
  • Letitia
  • Sunny

Boys:

  • Arnan
  • Cayo
  • Gil
  • Felix
  • Tate
  • Winston

Baby names that signify strength

Looking to raise a strong, powerful, confidence little leader? Here are a few great names that symbolise strength.

Girls:

  • Adira
  • Audrey
  • Andrea
  • Briana
  • Bridget
  • Gabriella
  • Isa
  • Malin
  • Trudy
  • Valeria
  • Valentina

Boys:

  • Andrew
  • Angus
  • Barrett
  • Brian
  • Bernard
  • Ethan
  • Everett
  • Ezekiel
  • Harvey
  • Gabriel
  • Griffin
  • Keiren
  • Quinlan

And these are the ones that you may want to avoid…

Choosing a name that means miracle, blessing, joy or gift of God certainly comes with positive connotations. But there are a few cute names that actually have awful meanings attached to them.

Here’s a few to keep in mind:

Girls:

  • Cassandra – “She who is ignored”
  • Cecilia – “Blind”
  • Desdemona – “Of the devil”
  • Lamia – “Child killer”
  • Lola – “Lady of sorrows”
  • Kennedy – “Misshapen head”
  • Mallory – “Unlucky”
  • Molly – “Bitter”
  • Portia – “Pig”

Boys:

  • Byron – “Barn for cows”
  • Brendan – “Stinking hair”
  • Calvin – “Bald”
  • Cameron – “Crooked nose”
  • Campbell – “Crooked mouth”
  • Seth – “Evil god of chaos”

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Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.

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