300+ Baby Names Inspired by the Ocean and Other Types of Water

Updated on September 1, 2018
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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.

If you have a fascination with water and are looking for some good names inspired by the ocean, then you've come to the right place. The name suggestions below were inspired by 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.

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

  • Ariel: A character from the film The Little Mermaid
  • Athena: Greek word meaning "from the sea"
  • Brooke: A tiny stream
  • Kai: Hawaiian for sea
  • Lana: Hawaiian for “calm as still waters”
  • Marina: A harbor for small boats
  • Pearl: For a precious baby
  • Ridley: A small tropical sea turtle
  • Adriatic: After the Adriatic sea in the Italian peninsula
  • Douglas: Scots-Gaelic for "dark water"
  • Drake: A male duck; also the name of Francis Drake, a famous naval office and sea explorer
  • Skip/Skipper: Another word for Captain; also associated with skipping rocks

Tropical Names

Apia
Aruba
Bali
Cayman
Celebes
Clivia
Coraline
Cruise/Cruz
Davao
Dominica
Guava
Haiti
Kai
Kauai
Keilani
Kendari
Kona
Leilani
Lucia
Matira
Monsoon
Seychelles
Solomon
Summer
Sydney
Timor
Typhoon
Montane
Baffin
 

Nautical Names

  • 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

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: Sea bird
  • 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
  • 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."

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

Feminine Water Names

Abalone
Alessandra
Amara
Amoria
Angel
Aqua
Aurora
Aleena
Baiji
Blue
Cascade
Cordelia
Bella
Celia
Cherry
Cinnamon
Clam
Coral
Coralia
Dahlia
Damsel
Deliria
Delta
Dolphin
Eibli
Evian
Egret
Eerie
Gail
Glory
Gobie
Gorda
Haley
Harp
Indian
Jade
Jenny
Kara
Lyria
Misty
Mariana
Marilla
Marlowe
Maya
Mitra
Moon
Nerissa
Ocean
Ophelia
Orca
Pacifica
Paradise
Periwinkle
Queen
River
Scarlet
Shimmer
Sia
Sidra
Sirena
Star
Sunshine
Swan
Tang
Telanthera
Toba
Vaquita
Virginia
Willow
Wisteria
Yasha
Yoka

Ocean-Inspired Boy Names

Aden
Amberjack
Anson
Archer
Atoll
Bartail
Beaufort
Bismark
Blake
Brandon
Bryde
Bryde
Cambay
Caspian
Cedros
Ceto
Cortez
Cove
Creek
Cyclone
Deep
Derrick
Down
Echo
Finn
Fisher
Fletcher
Gar
Gill
Gilligan
Hamlet
Hatch
Haru
Hitch
Hudson
Huron
Hyssop
Iliad
Jack
Jason
Jump
Kelp
Kemp
Krill
Lee
Limpet
Lumen
Magnus
Mangrove
Marlin
Midas
Narwhal
Nautilus
Nereus
Osh
Osiris
Pacific
Pagos
Pan
Phoenix
Phyto
Polar
Poseidon
Power
Pressure
Proteus
Ray
Reef
Rolland
Rush
Sergeant
Seymore
Shad
Shoal
Spinner
Splash
Theseus
Ucean
Wes
Water

Baby Beach Names

Bondi
Cod
Compton
Conch
Huntington
Langkawi
Lunan
Magdalene (after the town of Magdalaon on the coast of the Sea of Galilee)
Margaret (after a river beach in Australia)
Myrtle
Natadola
Negril
Nice
Omura
Sandy
Saunton
Shelly
Storm
Tide
Wash
Wave
Eddy
Marella
 

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?

If it were possible, would you ever want to actually live in the ocean all the time?

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Questions & Answers

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    Do You Know Anyone With an Ocean-Inspired Name?

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        Stanley Ocean 

        7 weeks ago

        My brother name Stanley ocean

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        Hi 

        2 months ago

        Booby?!?!?!!?

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        Don 

        2 months ago from Tennessee

        To Anna

        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.

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        Anna 

        2 months ago

        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.

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        Nerida 

        2 months ago

        My moms name is Narda and I’m pretty sure it’s close. Now I call her mermaid all the time!

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        Don 

        3 months ago from Tennessee

        To Brianna,

        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.

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        Brianna 

        3 months ago

        Okay, now just hold up... Booby... Booby?! Who the f*$# would name their child Booby?!

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        machelle 

        5 months ago

        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.

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        Don 

        5 months ago from Tennessee

        At Amber,

        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?).

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        Amber 

        5 months ago

        Splash? Turbo? Why?

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        Kelsey 

        6 months ago

        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".

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        M.A 

        9 months ago

        Sirena in filipino means Mermaid though

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        Harley 

        9 months ago

        It's probably a good thing I don't plan on having kids, because I would 100% name them Booby and Wet.

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        Don 

        10 months ago from Tennessee

        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.

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        Concerned reader 

        10 months ago

        Please do not name a child Booby!

        Also, Boreal does not mean extinct ocean. It's a descriptor for northern terrestrial regions and forests.

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        uh 

        13 months ago

        why is 'water' and 'wet' here for names?? i feel like those are very odd choices

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        Maribel 

        14 months ago

        Maribel is star of the sea

        beautiful sea

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        Mary 

        14 months ago

        Um..... XD i wonder who would name the child "Wet" XD LOL... but other then that keep up the awsome work!!

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        Hannah 

        20 months ago

        Some of these name meanings are inaccurate

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        Baby Names Cube 

        2 years ago from Singapore

        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.

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        TL Stahling 

        3 years ago from US

        I actually have a family member named "Ocean." I love it.

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        boydtristan 

        4 years ago

        Nice lens. I would not have thought to think of the Ocean as such a good source of baby names.

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        Don 

        4 years ago from Tennessee

        @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.

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        babynology 

        5 years ago

        I love your new Lens theme! Itâs very nice. And a lot easier to read than your old one, Actually

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        Maribel Forayo 

        5 years ago from Philippines

        Great to know this. I didn't know that many names are in fact ocean-inspired.

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Thanks for the comprehensive list!

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