I have many interests and an inability to make up my mind about which one to focus on. That's how I came up with my name: ControlledChaos1.
Names associated with water or the ocean have always held a special place in my heart. One of my very best friends lives with his family out in California where I visit at least once a year. I always have lots of fun and the trip is one that I keep circled on my calendar. The entire family live their lives around the ocean and have names inspired by it.
The name suggestions below were inspired (at least partly) by those trips and include a variety of sea-related terms, including everything from nautical slang and ocean trenches to saltwater animals and plants to underwater ridges and ocean-related words in other languages. While I have included the meanings and origins of some names, most don't have any explanations. I thought about putting origins for every name (e.g., Tiger comes from tiger shark), but I thought it would take away from the article. I hope you find my list of names useful and you find one that resonates with you.
There's nothing more humbling than letting the sound of the ocean put you to sleep. It's like a gentle lullaby by a caring mother. You'll always remember it.
Popular Water Names for Babies
- Adriatic: After the Adriatic sea in the Italian peninsula
- Ariel: The name of the main character from the film The Little Mermaid got used a lot as a first name after it came out.
- Athena: A Greek goddess who actually bested Poseidon (god of the Sea) in a competition on who would look over Athens.
- Bay: Inspired by the song by Otis Redding "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"
- Brooke: A tiny stream
- Cumberland: An island off the coast of Georgia that I visited as a child once.
- Douglas: Scots-Gaelic for "dark water"
- Drake: A male duck; also the name of Francis Drake, a famous naval office and sea explorer
- Eldoris: A Greek name that means "of the sea"
- Haf: Icelandic for "ocean"
- Kai: Hawaiian for sea
- Kiawah: A secluded Charleston, SC island where turtles and seabirds thrive.
- Lana: Hawaiian for “calm as still waters”
- Marin: There are lots of debate on the meaning of this name, but most often taken to mean "of the sea".
- Marina: A harbor for small boats
- Meri: Finnish for "sea"
- Pearl: For a precious baby
- Ridley: A small tropical sea turtle
- Skip/Skipper: Another word for Captain; also associated with skipping rocks
Ocean Names for Girls
- Aberdeen: Meaning "mouth of the river”
- Adira: Of Hebrew origin meaning majestic, strong, or noble
- Anthia: Greek name that means "lady of the flowers"
- Aukai: Hawaiian for "explorer of the sea"
- Azure/Azurine: A French girl's name that means "sky-blue"
- Bahari: Ocean in Swahili
- Beck: British term that means "mountain stream"
- Bermuda: After the triangle. A good name for someone born in October.
- Bloom: After the algae blooms
- Booby: If you name your child after this sea bird, they are certain to have a unique name for the rest of their lives.
- Coraline: English name inspired by the semi-precious sea growth coral
- Dana: Derived from Danu who was the Celtic goddess of the Danube
- Daria: Means “sea” in Persian
- Delmare: French for “of the sea”
- Diana: After Diana's Conch
- Dipsi: Ocean in the Bislama language
- Doria or Dorian: Greek for “of the sea”
- Ezili: After the Benin goddess of beauty, water, and love
- Galia: Hebrew for wave
- Ginger: From the Gilligan's Island TV show.
- Hama: Japanese for “shore”
- Indra: Name of a Hindu god who reigned over the sky and rain; the name means "possessing drops of rain."
- Madison: Darryl Hannah’s character from Splash.
- Makara: A Hindu mystical creature of water.
- Masika: Egyptian for "born during rain."
- Maurea: After a sea shell
- Mazu: Chinese goddess of the sea
- Moray: After the beautiful but dangerous animal of the seas.
- Nahla: Arabic for “drink of water.”
- Oceania: Girls' names inspired by the ocean don't get more spot-on than this.
- Pavati: Hopi for "clear water."
- Samudra: Indonesian for ocean.
- Sedna: Inuit goddess of the sea.
- Slender: After a tuna species.
- Tasi: Means "ocean" in Chamorro language.
- Ula: Sea jewel
- Umiko: Japanese for "child of the sea."
- Varuna: The Hindu god of water and oceans.
- Zale: Greek for "strength of the sea."
Baby Beach Names
Magdalene (after the town of Magdalaon on the coast of the Sea of Galilee)
Margaret (after a river beach in Australia)
- Alvin: Named after the famous manned submersible
- Bartholomew: Black Bart; pirate
- Brizo: Greek goddess of sailors
- Bowline: A much-used sailors' knot
- Carrack: A merchant vessel used in the Mediterranean during the 15th and 16th centuries
- Christopher: After Columbus
- Clarion: Underwater fracture zone
- Cleat: T-shaped metal or wood structure on a boat to which ropes are attached
- Davit: A small crane on a ship used to lower smaller boats
- Davy: As in Davy Jones' Locker
- Edward: Blackbeard was a pirate
- Eric: After Eric the Red
- Fram: A Norwegian ship used in expeditions
- Fraser: A yachting company
- George: After a U.S. aircraft carrier
- Harlequin: After the HSM Harlequin, a British Royal Navy schooner from the 1700s
- Jacques: After the French ocean explorer Cousteau
- Killick: Small anchor
- Lahloo: Name of a clipper ship in 1800s
- Leander: A light cruiser that served with the Royal New Zealand Navy during World War II
- Liberty: Time when sailors are allowed to go ashore
- Magellan: Portuguese explorer
- Mary Rose: After the ship wreck
- Radar: Used to detect other ships
- Rudder: Used to steer the ship
- Rusty: Ocean saltwater can destroy metal quite fast
- Sonar: Sound technology used to navigate ships and communicate with other ships
- Talbot: HMS Talbot
- Trigger: The USS Trigger was a U.S. Navy submarine
Feminine Water Names
Sea Names for Boys
- Aegir: An old Norse sea god
- Alon: Filipino for “wave”
- Anapos: The water god of eastern Sicily
- Apam Napat: A Hindu god of fresh water
- Bellus: Angel fish
- Boreal: Extinct ocean
- Brishon: Born in rain
- Bruce: After Bruce Lee (be like water)
- Cerulean: A term used for the overlapping colors of blue and cyan. Most likely comes from the Latin word “caelum”, which means “sky”.
- Cilia: Was used as a nickname for a fat man in South Italy decades ago
- Cliff: Found near most oceans or areas with water
- Coburn: Means "where streams meet”
- Conway: Welsh name which means “from the holy river”
- Earwyn: Friend of the sea
- Firth: Arm of the sea
- Fury: Nothing is more violent than the sea
- Glan: Welsh for “from the shore”
- Grouper: I actually know two men with this name
- Hanno: A Phoenician explorer of the oceans
- Hector: A species of dolphin
- Hurley: Irish for sea tide
- Jaladri: Sudanese for ocean
- Jonah: Man from the Bible who was swallowed by a fish
- Kelby: Gaelic for “place by the fountain”
- Kuril: Trench
- Kyle: Scottish surname meaning “channel or strait”
- Kuroshio: Ocean current
- Lir: Irish god of the sea
- Lotan: A Canaanite sea monster
- Maris: Of the sea
- Maury: Sea channel
- Murdoch: Protector of the sea
- Okeanos: Ancient Greek for ocean
- Oshun: African Goddess of Love and of the Sweet Waters as well as the protector of a Nigerian river called Oshun
- Pelagic: Greek word for ocean
- Regal: After the Regal Angelfish
- Roger: As in Jolly Roger
- Ryuku: Islands in Japan
- Solomon: Underwater ridge
- Tasman: After the Tasman Sea
- Tethys: An ancient ocean
- Tiger: After the tiger shark
- Triton: A Roman sea deity that acts as messenger between land and water
- Turbo: Remember the movie about the snail that can move really fast?
- Wet: A bit spot on, but definitely a unique name
Ocean-Inspired Boy Names
My Ancestor's Sea Name
My grandma used to tell me stories about our family heritage. One in particular was about my great, great, great grandpa whose first name was Ocean. It turns out that if it were not for him saving a damsel in distress, I would have never been born. Unsung heroes who are never in any newspapers or TV shows are all around us and have been all through the ages.
I often wonder if we'll ever really have the chance to explore the biggest half of our planet. It will probably depend on humanity being able to make submarines that can actually travel to the depths. I think we'll find things that will change our planet, whether it be for better or worse.
To Sea or Not to Sea?
© 2013 Don
Do You Know Anyone With an Ocean-Inspired Name?
Abbie on August 14, 2020:
Lynn, Arista, Lyla, Cordelia, Eve, or Siren?
Noah on August 12, 2020:
*Coral Skye*River Rain*Shimmer Blue*Bella Moon*Ocean Jade*
Lula on July 10, 2020:
What about these: Coventina, Dalis, Moselle, Nixie, Tallulah, Atlantis, Nami, Genevieve, Brenna, or Dover??
Catkit on June 30, 2020:
My name is Catalina, it Spanish for Pure and their are islands and water planes named after it so I’d say its water themed also I recommend coral it so simple and I have a friend named Mariana and I know a boy called ocean.
The Author on May 13, 2020:
Thank you for this website. I am working on a book about a tribe that lives underwater with water-based names, so this really helped!
Tricia on May 11, 2020:
I have a cattery and I have Cabana Boy, and Tiki girl, I also have flip flop, she's my favorite.
Rapid River on May 05, 2020:
The name River should be there (MY NAME IS RIVER AND I AM ASEOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Luna on May 01, 2020:
Luna should be in the list...meaning moon but the moon is affecting tides...
Akita on April 27, 2020:
I personally think that Sabrina is a name, but that might just be me. I also think Mariana is appropriate, after the Mariana Trench
Miaka Taylor on April 22, 2020:
I am working on a book and this has been very helpful!
Emeline on April 12, 2020:
do you know sky brown the skateboarder and Surfer her little brother is called Ocean Brown
Nadeera on March 27, 2020:
I needed help coming up with some ocean names for a school project and this site really helped! Thank You!
Aqua_Tsunami_999 on March 20, 2020:
THIS WEBSITE IS SO AWESOME THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS AS AN OFFICIAL WEBSITE!!! （＾∇＾）✌︎('ω')✌︎
Kailani on March 08, 2020:
Kai - Sea
Lani - Sky
"Sea and Sky'
Guest on February 07, 2020:
Stay clear of the Name Po. It might remind you of a river in italy, it also means Butt in german, though. Could make for an awkward trip to europe for your kid....
Don (author) from Tennessee on January 29, 2020:
Why not, if you have some sort of connection with that particular name?
The voice of truth. on January 27, 2020:
Don’t y’all dare go out here naming your kids booby.
Don (author) from Tennessee on January 12, 2020:
That's okay; it's actually why I started including names inspired by any type of water related element. They all sound like they belong together; whether inspired by the ocean, rivers or wetlands.
Ocean Wilson on January 12, 2020:
I love my name and the name Skyla.
Majialynn on January 11, 2020:
I know that it's not exactly ocean/sea related, but if anyone wants to know, Kade means 'From the wetlands' (Scottish)
SuskuTampere on January 09, 2020:
Most of my comment is missing.
I also suggested Ahti as a boys name as used here in finland. It is the god of seas and lakes in finnish mythology.
SuskuTampere on January 06, 2020:
How about Nautica for a girl
Someone ? on December 28, 2019:
I created the name ocearna and then i see Oceania and im over the moon that actually there is a name like that
Val on December 20, 2019:
I like Oceania
on November 14, 2019:
I liked Athena because it’s a god of Greece and it means love and wisdom
shells15 on September 21, 2019:
Nice. I didn't think about it that way. Thank you.
Don (author) from Tennessee on September 21, 2019:
It's a play on the word "leeway", which is a term used when talking about objects floating in water.
shells15 on September 20, 2019:
May I ask how Lee is ocean-inspired?
Earthayla on September 11, 2019:
There is earth, and Ayla (menaning water)
Don (author) from Tennessee on September 05, 2019:
I do admit that the name doesn't stand out at the moment, but there are plenty of names that aren't that popular at first, but become popular through the years. I always assume that most of the "more unique" first names come out of love or from an interesting experience during pregnancy, and while some children might be ashamed of them at first, they grow to be very proud of the name given to them by their parents.
? on September 04, 2019:
Please dont name your child booby
.... on July 25, 2019:
I fell like Ryuku can fit any gender! It's a cute Japanese name.
Cana on July 10, 2019:
I cant believe athena is in here thats my childs name
Sierra Stone on July 04, 2019:
I liked Ocean
Sierra on July 03, 2019:
Oceania is a great name for a child
Aubrey on July 01, 2019:
I think Shannon and Nile are good names that are sea/water themed. I know that they're not oceans, but they are both rivers. I also think Pacifica and Coral are good ocean names, too.
I like cats on June 29, 2019:
A lot of these names do sound weird to me too, but a lot of these I also love, and use a lot of these names and other websites like this to name my Minecraft dogs, cats, and horses in a texture pack!!
Sterlyn Umber on May 25, 2019:
I LOVE all names related to the ocean and water and these names are beautiful! I especially like the names Typhoon and Monsoon. I also really like the name Hatch for a boy
#PlayerError on March 28, 2019:
I personally think this list of names is AMAZING! I'm writing a series and I needed "ocean" type names and this really worked out for me
Don (author) from Tennessee on March 15, 2019:
Thanks for your input; changes have been made to correct that. I really love comments that are constructive and help make an article better.
Bob on March 15, 2019:
Um.... for the first one you put Athena but I think you meant to put Aphrodite. It’s basic mythology
Kat on February 22, 2019:
Thank you! I unwisely decided to make a mermaid character with TEN brothers, so this was very useful to me. I love a lot of these names!
Savannah Grey on February 20, 2019:
On my opinion, all of these names are wonderful. I think that Wet is a good name for a child born into an ocean-loving family. Also, stop teasing the author for their names, because I don't think any of us could find as many names as Don did, and they're all unique and great. Thank you, Don!
Don (author) from Tennessee on February 03, 2019:
I admit that I don't know anyone using "Wet" as a first name, but I do know someone named "Booby". The story he told me about how he got his name goes like this:
His mother died during childbirth and her dying words was naming her new baby boy. Nobody knows whether it was a mistake, but everyone present understood her to say "Booby". He's in his sixties and hasn't ever considered changing it, and I'm proud to know him.
Oh, by the way (I forgot), I do know someone who knew someone called "Wet".
maggie on February 02, 2019:
who tf would name their children Booby and Wet
kin on January 29, 2019:
I get caught up writing books and don't know what names to name the characters so I came to heat and got some really good names for my characters so thank u so much.
Don (author) from Tennessee on January 22, 2019:
A few months before I wrote the article, I was helping my cousin look for a name for her baby that was due in a few months. She wanted something inspired by the ocean, but all we found was the same generic stuff. She wanted a unique and wonderful name that nobody else had. We eventually came up with a name on our own by looking in an old encyclopedia. I decided to write this article a little while later. Hope you found it useful.
why on January 22, 2019:
why did you start doing name's?
Tracy mccullough on January 21, 2019:
I will definetly be considering the names Booby and Wet for my twins-to-be
Don (author) from Tennessee on January 16, 2019:
You're right, that would make a wonderful first name for either a boy or a girl.
Sea Queen on January 15, 2019:
I don't know anyone with an ocean name, but I LOVE the name Aukai! Which is hawaiin for "explorer of the sea"
Don (author) from Tennessee on January 02, 2019:
An ocean name that would really be cool would be one where you combined "sea" and "oyster"... Seaoyster. Now that is a unique first name!
May on December 31, 2018:
I know a girl named Orabelle, which means "beautiful seacoast."
Aquamarine on December 30, 2018:
Don (author) from Tennessee on October 26, 2018:
I actually know someone who knows someone whose 2nd Uncle was names Wet. In all fairness this was back in the early 1900s, but this name has been used before. Perhaps the parents wanted the child to grow up tough?
Anonymous on October 23, 2018:
I'm sorry but Wet is a horrible name for a child. Say I have a dirty mind but a woman would hear no end to her name being...sexual. It's too easy to tell her she's always wet. Even on a guy it's not good. I hope no one ever thinks it a good idea to use that as a name :x
Isabelle on October 21, 2018:
I love this!!!!! I don't have kids since I'm just 11, but I want to use these names for essays and creative writing in future. I'm also fascinated by the sea, and I love scuba diving, so these names would be ideal to use for my writing. :)
Tellos on October 09, 2018:
My wife is expecting withing the next few months. I went through and got some really good names for both boys and girls (we've decided to be surprised). I've got a good feeling my child's name will come from your article.
We decided to name our child after the ocean because it is strong, powerful, ancient and enduring. Peace be with you.
Don (author) from Tennessee on September 30, 2018:
"Cilia" was actually one of the first names I came up with for this article when thinking about the ocean. After looking up its meaning, I was not in any doubt that I wanted to use it. The ocean is "fat" as it covers more than 70% of our planet.
Fury would be a wonderful name as long as the last name has a rapport with it. I don't think it's reaching at all.
Grouper is an ocean-inspired name. A few years ago I went fishing for the Atlantic Goliath grouper.
There are plenty of snails in the oceans and seas of the world.
The name "Wet" is spot on, and the kid who has it will certainly be different. I don't necessarily agree that abuse would happen, though. Teasing and fun among friends perhaps, but times have changed quite a bit. There are plenty of well known people and stars with very unique names that can say they are who they are, in part, because of their first name.
Anonymous on September 29, 2018:
"Cilia: Was used as a nickname for a fat man in South Italy decades ago" - I like the name but what even is that obscure reason
"Fury: Nothing is more violent than the sea" - That's just reaching
"Grouper: I actually know two men with this name" - Again, I like the name, but... good for you?? I guess?? Aren't these supposed to be ocean-inspired
"Turbo: Remember the movie about the snail that could move really fast?" - ??? What even is this, I know what the movie is but what does that have to do with the ocean
"Wet: A bit spot on, but definitely a unique name" - Oh boy any kid with this name is going to get such abuse for it
Stanley Ocean on August 06, 2018:
My brother name Stanley ocean
Hi on July 21, 2018:
Don (author) from Tennessee on July 12, 2018:
A lot of people may think a certain name is crazy, but there are lots of others who like names that are different or unique. For instance, I think "Rudder" would be a great name for a new baby boy, especially if paired with a last name that makes it even more interesting. Example: Rudder Thompson; sounds like a great name to me.
Anna on July 08, 2018:
Some of these are just... Why? A LOT of these names just sound like you hate your child or something. Hitch, Wet, Fury, Slender, Booby, Trigger, Rudder, Bartail, Deep, Bowline, Cleat... There were others, but these were the worst.
Nerida on July 06, 2018:
My moms name is Narda and I’m pretty sure it’s close. Now I call her mermaid all the time!
Don (author) from Tennessee on June 13, 2018:
Names change with the times. As little as 10 years ago some of the baby names used now would have seemed ridiculous. I'm willing to bet that if there is nobody in the entire world named Booby at the moment there will be within the next few years.
Brianna on June 13, 2018:
Okay, now just hold up... Booby... Booby?! Who the f*$# would name their child Booby?!
machelle on April 20, 2018:
some of these made no sense these are some names I thought were good.
Cordella, Isla, Vanora, Sirena, Aurora, Willow, Lona, Hazel, Adella, Pacifica, and Sultana.
Don (author) from Tennessee on April 13, 2018:
How can any young person resist splashing around in the ocean if placed in it? (Especially if there is more than one person.)
As for "Turbo", I chose it because of the cartoon movie. You can find snails near all bodies of water (sea snails anyone?).
Amber on April 12, 2018:
Splash? Turbo? Why?
Kelsey on March 21, 2018:
I'm surprised Kelsey isn't on here. It's old english meaning is "ship's victory" or "ship's Island". Kelsey is also celtic for "brave".
M.A on December 19, 2017:
Sirena in filipino means Mermaid though
Harley on December 18, 2017:
It's probably a good thing I don't plan on having kids, because I would 100% name them Booby and Wet.
Don (author) from Tennessee on November 07, 2017:
At Concerned Reader: The Boreal Sea was a seaway that existed 66 million years ago that lay along the northern border of Laurasia. That is why I used that term.
Concerned reader on November 06, 2017:
Please do not name a child Booby!
Also, Boreal does not mean extinct ocean. It's a descriptor for northern terrestrial regions and forests.
uh on August 18, 2017:
why is 'water' and 'wet' here for names?? i feel like those are very odd choices
Maribel on July 15, 2017:
Maribel is star of the sea
Mary on July 09, 2017:
Um..... XD i wonder who would name the child "Wet" XD LOL... but other then that keep up the awsome work!!
Hannah on January 28, 2017:
Some of these name meanings are inaccurate
Baby Names Cube from Singapore on August 25, 2016:
I know many people, they have names which means ocean. Moana is a Maori baby name which means Ocean. I found a large collection of names inspired by Ocean at Babynamescube.
TL Stahling from US on October 29, 2014:
I actually have a family member named "Ocean." I love it.
boydtristan on March 05, 2014:
Nice lens. I would not have thought to think of the Ocean as such a good source of baby names.
Don (author) from Tennessee on January 09, 2014:
@iwrite100: There is more life in the oceans than many people believe. I know that humanity give the names, but I also wonder if these water based animals have names of their own that we don't know about.
babynology on July 02, 2013:
I love your new Lens theme! Itâs very nice. And a lot easier to read than your old one, Actually
Maribel Forayo from Philippines on April 21, 2013:
Great to know this. I didn't know that many names are in fact ocean-inspired.
anonymous on April 17, 2013:
Thanks for the comprehensive list!