Best 50+ Magical Baby Names For Boys And Girls
Alisa is a Scottish name meaning “elf victory.”
It’s a magical alternative to the often overused Ashley or Ella. Some close relatives include Ailse, Elsha, Ailis, and Elshe.
Aislinn comes from Irish roots and translates to “dream.”
The evocative meaning makes it a suitable addition to our list. As an old Irish name, Aislinn has taken on various forms, such as Ashlyn or Ashlynn. The traditional spelling made the U.S. top 1,000 in 2015. One famous bearer is Canadian actress Aislinn Paul.
Althea means “with healing power” and comes from Greece.
Althea is a creative, poetic, and almost even ethereal name often used in ancient Greek myths and poetry. We now associate it with tennis player Althea Gibson, the first African American winner at Wimbledon. With this name comes the gorgeous nickname Thea, which some parents prefer as a first name.
Arabella means “yielding to prayer” and is of Latin heritage.
Arabella was a common name given to girls born in the 12th century, following the birth of William the Lion’s granddaughter. The name has also appeared in Harry Potter.
Araminta is an English girl’s name meaning “defender.”
This is a charming, if not enchanting, 18th-century name that is now gaining ground in the U.S. Several novel and play writers have used Araminta for the moniker of magical characters.
Arcadia means “region offering peace and contentment” and stems from Greek origin.
Arcadia is a heavenly name, generally used to describe an unspoiled paradise. It’s up there with Eden and Nevaeh (heaven, backward) and is excellent for parents who dare to be different. With Arcadia, there’s always the nickname Cady.
Ariadne has Greek roots and translates to “most holy.”
Ariadne was a Cretan goddess who ruled over fertility. According to Greek mythology, Ariadne was a daughter to Minus. She was known for giving the thread to Theseus, helping him escape the labyrinth.
Ariella means “lion of God.”
Ariella is a useable variant of Ariel. The name is currently rising on the U.S. charts, where it entered the top 1,000 in 2008 and hasn’t left since. Ariella Kent is one version of Supergirl in DC Comics.
Astrid is a Scandinavian name, which means “divinely beautiful.”
Astrid has a long history. It is from the name Ástrìör, which stems from old Norse elements. Astrid has been a name used for Scandinavian royals and famous writer Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking.
Aurelia comes from Latin and means “the golden one.”
Aurelia is the feminine version of the name Aurelius, which was a surname in ancient Rome. Aurelia was the name of several early saints, and along with names like Aurora and Oriana, it’s making a comeback in the U.S.
Calliope is a Greek name meaning “beautiful voice.”
Calliope is another enchanting name, but with a profound meaning. In mythology, she was a muse who presided over epic poetry and eloquence. The name belongs to the instrument on a merry-go-round that makes the familiar fairground pipe music. It’s bold and creative, which is possibly why it entered the top 1,000 in 2016.
Calista is another Greek name with a meaning of “most beautiful.”
Calista was made famous by Calista Flockhart, who made way for its use in the English-speaking world. Besides this, the name is common in movies and video games, most notably the Japanese game, The Last Story. You can also spell it as Callista or Kallista.
Calypso means “she who hides” and is of Greek origin.
Calypso is a hyper-rhythmic name with two notable references. According to Greek mythology, Calypso was an island nymph who stalled Odysseus when returning home. It’s also the name of a West Indian music genre.
Cassandra translates to “prophetess” and comes from ancient Greece.
Cassandra was a Trojan princess bestowed with the gift of prophecy. The only catch was that Apollo decreed that her visions never be believed. Still, the name has had a few notable bearers, Jane Austen’s mother, sister, and cousin were only three of them.
Cassia is a Latin name for “cinnamon.”
Cassia relates to the cassia tree that produces yellow flowers and a spice similar to cinnamon. The name Cassia has ties to ancient Rome, and there is a Greek variant Kassia. We can’t help but fall in love with the magical sound, and it’s connection to Saint Kezziah, a feminist heroine.
Cassiopeia is a legendary Greek name.
Cassiopeia was the mythological mother who later became a constellation. It’s a challenging but magical name with a stellar reference. Its history isn’t long in the U.S., but with nickname possibilities of Cass or Cassie, we believe it could become a hit.
Celestia comes from the Latin word for “heavenly.”
Celestia puts an edgy spin on Celeste. It was a common name during the late 19th century. It was also the middle name of Caroline “Carrie” Ingalls in “Little House on the Prairie.”
Circe comes from the Greek word for “bird.”
In ancient Greek myth, Circe was the daughter of Helios, the sun god. She was a sorceress dwelling on the island of Aeaea and was notorious for turning men into animals. Circe is pronounced sur-se and is a concise but magical name for a baby girl.
Clio stems from Greek and means “glory.”
We can find several Greek mythological references to Clio. She was a muse for heroic poetry as well as a magical sea nymph.
Cybele means “the mother of all gods,” and its foundations are from Greek mythology.
In Greek legends, Cybele was the magical goddess of health, fertility, and nature. Although it’s a beautiful name, it could easily be confused with Sybil.
Cynthia is of Greek beginnings and translates to “moon goddess” or “woman from Kynthos.”
Cynthia is charming and shares many famous namesakes. It was almost overused during the 20th century, mostly due to the nickname Cindy.
Daphne is a Greek name for “laurel tree” or “bay tree.”
Daphne was a nymph and daughter of Peneus, a river god. According to legends, Peneus saved her from Apollo by making her into a laurel tree. The name Daphne also has connections to Harry Potter, Scooby-Doo, and many other series.
Delilah is a Hebrew name meaning “delight” or “to flirt.”
Delilah has a beguiling-temptress image due to its biblical association with the seductress of Samson. Delilah has recently shed this stigma and is slowly climbing up the popularity charts. It’s also a character in the book series, Shades of Magic, as well as a muse for several songs.
Eira comes from Welsh beginnings and means “snow.”
Eira is pronounced differently depending on who you ask. Some say ay-ra, while others say i-ra. It’s a beautiful name with a magical meaning, great for a baby girl born in winter.
Elysia is Latin and means “from Elysium.”
Elysia is enchanting, and the meaning is beautiful. Elysium is the abode for the blessed after death — it’s a paradise in classic mythology.
Esme means “beloved,” “esteemed” or “emerald” and comes from French and Persian sources.
Esme is a short, but stunning name, which is gaining momentum following its use by several celebrities. Esme Cullen is a character in the Twilight Saga. There are alternative spellings, Esmé or Esmée.
Eulalie comes from France and means “sweetly speaking.”
Eulalie appears in a variety of movies and the books Gone With the Wind and The Music Man. Still, despite its magical sound, it’s somewhat unknown in the U.S. However, in France, it’s been sitting high on the ranks since the early 2000s.
Evadne translates to “pleasing one” and has Greek foundations.
In ancient Greek myths, Evadne was one of Poseidon’s daughters. The name also appears in literature, such as Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, and in pop culture such as Wonder Woman. The “Ev” sound is quite trendy at the moment, making this name one to watch out for.
Evangeline is of Greek origin and is a derivation of “bearer of good news.”
Evangeline is a mouthful of romance and enchantment. This old name is making a major comeback, mostly due to its religious overtones. Evangeline has appeared in many movies, including the magical Nanny McPhee and The Princess and the Frog.
Evelina is a Latin name.
Evelina was a common name during the Middle Ages but fell out of favor for Evelyn. Evelina is a magical name with an enchanting sound. A pop culture reference would be the book series by Fanny Burney called Evelina, which is about a magical water witch.
Faye is of English origin for “fairy.”
You can also spell Faye without the “E” on the end, but about 300 girls born in 2014 kept it. The name has been absent from the top 1,000 for nearly 35 years, but it’s now finally making a comeback. Fay can work as a first, middle, or even last name for a witch, such as Morgan le Fay, who was a sorceress in Arthurian legends.
Fenella is a Celtic name meaning “white-shouldered one.”
Fenella sounds like a complicated version of Fiona, which is probably why it’s almost unknown here. Fenella made its debut outside of Ireland with Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Peveril of the Peak.
Galatea translates to “she who is milk-white” and comes from ancient Greece.
The name is from the material that the legendary sculptor, Pygmalion, used to carve his ideal woman, namely ivory. Pygmalion fell in love with his statue, and Aphrodite took pity on him and brought Galatea to life. The name isn’t common but has made an appearance in books and movies, including Harry Potter.
Gwendolyn means “white ring,” and it’s a Welsh name.
Gwendolyn is a somewhat old-fashioned name, but with the possibility of using Gwen as a nickname, it’s rising on the charts. It was the name of Merlin’s wife, according to Arthurian legends.
Hestia comes from ancient Greece, where it means “hearth” or “fireside.”
Hestia was the Greek goddess of the home, chastity, and hearth. It’s been a dormant name for many years but may make a comeback thanks to the trend of reviving old-fashioned baby names.
Ingrid is an old Norse name for “fair” or “beautiful.”
Ingrid comes from Scandinavia, where it’s still a widely used name for baby girls. The first three letters refer to the Norse god of peace, prosperity, and fertility who’s the ancestor of the Swedish kings.
Iris stems from Greece, where it was synonymous with “rainbow.”
Iris has turned over a new leaf — as of 2018, it ranked No. 138 on the U.S. name charts. It’s also a name with a long history, originating from ancient Greece where it belonged to the goddess of the rainbow.
Kerensa is a Cornish name meaning “love.”
You can spell Kerensa with either an “S” or “Z.” Kerensa is such an exotic name — it wasn’t easy finding many references to it. But it seems to be a favorite among novelists. One example is The Legend of the Seventh Virgin, a tale in which women who broke their vows got turned to stone.
Keziah has Hebrew roots and translates to “cassia tree.”
Keziah is an Old Testament nature name, which belonged to one of Job’s three daughters. Keziah is not on the top 1,000 list, so it’s quite unique. It’s made some appearances in various supernatural movies and novels, including I, Frankenstein and The Dreams in the Witch House.
Lavinia is a Latin name.
Lavinia is a Victorian-sounding name with enough charm to eventually become popular. The name dates back to classical mythology, where Lavinia was the wife of Aeneas, a Trojan hero. Lavinia has been in movies and books, including The Hunger Games, Downton Abbey, and Androcles and the Lion.
Lilith is an Assyrian name meaning “ghost” or “night monster.”
With its dark meaning, it’s no wonder the name has appeared in films, TV series, and novels exploring the supernatural world. The name pops up in True Blood, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, as well as several video games.
Luna is an Italian girl’s name meaning “moon.”
In Roman legends, Luna was the moon goddess, often depicted as driving a chariot. Luna is both a celebrity baby name as well as a Harry Potter character, Luna Lovegood.
Maia comes from Greece and refers to “mother.”
Maia is a light, ethereal name with mystic and mythical overtones. In ancient Greece, Maia was a fair-haired daughter of Atlas, who became the mother of Zeus’s son Hermes. In ancient Rome, Maia represented Earth’s mother and the goddess of spring.
Noelani is a Hawaiian name referring to “heavenly mist.”
With a magical meaning and a beautiful sound, Noelani would be a great pick for a Christmas baby.
Ophelia stems from Greece and translates to “help.”
It’s a beautiful name, but it’s hampered by Hamlet’s tragic heroine, which caused the name to remain dormant for years. In 2015, however, it reentered the charts and rose a staggering 400 spots. The name has made several appearances in movies and books like The Addam’s Family and The Royals.
Persephone is a Greek name.
Persephone, pronounced per-sef-o-nee, was a daughter of Zeus who Hades kidnapped to become his queen. She was also the goddess of spring growth.
Reina is Spanish for “queen.”
Reina was an uncommon name in the U.S. until 2014 when it reentered the popularity charts. Today, Reina is a popular name in various video games, manga, and anime.
Saga is a Swedish word for “story.” but it can also mean “journey,” which is what life is.
Saga is in the top 30 of the most popular girls’ names in Sweden. Although it’s yet to enter the top 1,000 here, we have high hopes for this magical name.
Titania is a Greek name meaning “giant” or “great one.”
Titania was the name of the Shakespearean queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The name has a delicate and lacy charm.
Zelda is a German name, which translates to “gray fighting maid.”
Zelda is a common witch name used in TV series and video games, including Legend of Zelda and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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