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Baby Names Inspired by the Ocean

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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 ocean-related terms including everything from nautical slang to ocean trenches, saltwater animals and plants to underwater ridges and other languages.

You've never known true darkness unless you have been into the depths of the oceans. So much of it is still unexplored, which is why you may run across a name that makes you wonder, "Why is this on the list?", but rest assured there is a reason. Every single name has something to do with Earth's blue wonder.

Before going further I'd like to say one more thing about the names below. While I have put the meanings and origins of some names, most don't have any explanations. I thought about putting origins for every name (ex. Tiger came from tiger shark), but I thought it would take away from the article.

If you came here for some good name suggestions for your newborn (real or imagined), then that's what you're going to get. I hope you like this list and find it useful.

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.

The Ever-Growing List of Ocean-Inspired Names

The sea is always calling us. Can you hear it?

Abalone

Aberdeen (“mouth of the river”)

Aden

Adira

Aegir (Old Norse sea god)

Aleena (Loneliness)

Alon (Filipino for “wave”.)

Alvin (Named after the famous manned submersible)

Amara

Amberjack

Amoria

Anapos

Anson

Anthia

Archer

Ariel (Little Mermaid character)

Athena (From the sea; Greek)

Atoll

Aukai (Hawaiian for explorer of the sea)

Aurora

Azure (A shade of blue)

Azurine

Bahari (Ocean in Swahili)

Baiji

Bartail

Bartholomew (Black Bart; pirate)

Beaufort

Beck

Bellus (Angel fish)

Bermuda (A name for someone born in October?)

Bismark

Blake

Bloom (After the algae blooms)

Blue (Perfect name for someone with deep blue eyes.)

Booby (Sea bird)

Boreal (Extinct ocean)

Bowline (A much-used sailors' knot)

Brandon

Brishon (Born in rain)

Brizo (Greek goddess of sailors)

Bruce (After Bruce Lee: Be like water)

Bryde

Byron

Cambay

Caspian (A great sea-inspired name)

Carrack

Cedros

Cerulean (A term used for the overlapping colors of blue and cyan. Most likely comes from the Latin word “caelum”, which means “sky”.)

Ceto

The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't.

— Christopher Paolini, Eragon
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Cherry

Christopher (After Columbus)

Cilia

Cinnamon

Clam

Clarion (Underwater fracture zone)

Cleat

Cliff (Found near most oceans or areas with water)

Coburn (“where streams meet”)

Conch

Conway (Welsh name which means “from the holy river”.)

Coral

Coralia

Coraline (English name inspired from the semi-precious sea growth coral.)

Cortez

Creek

Cyclone

Dahlia

Damsel

Daria (Means “sea” in Persian)

Davit

Davy (As in Davy Jones Locker)

Deep

Deliria

Delta

Down

Derrick

Diana (After Diana's Conch)

Dipsi (Ocean in Bislama language)

Dolphin

Earwyn (Friend of the sea)

Echo

Edward (Blackbeard; pirate)

Eibli

Eric (After Eric the Red)

Finn

Firth (Arm of the sea)

Fletcher

Fram

Fraser

Fury (Nothing is more violent than the sea)

Gail

Galia (Hebrew for wave)

George (After a U.S. aircraft carrier)

Gill (Most fish have them.)

Gilligan

Glory

Gobie

Gorda

Grouper (I actually know two men with this name)

Hamlet

Hanno (A Phoenician explorer of the oceans)

Harlequin

Harp

Hatch

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A Short Personal Story

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.

Hector (A species of dolphin)

Hitch

Hudson

Huron

Hurley (Irish for sea tide)

Hyssop

Indian

Jack

Jacques (After the Frenchman Cousteau)

Jade

Jaladri (Sudanese for ocean)

Jenny

Jonah (Person who is jinxed)

Jump (Who hasn't ever wanted to dive into a body of water when out on a boat, as long as you know how to swim, of course.)

Kai (Hawaiian for sea)

Kara

Kelp

Kemp

Killick (Small anchor)

Krill

Kuril (Trench)

Kuroshio (Ocean current)

Lacey

Lahloo (Name of a clipper ship in 1800's)

Leander

Lee

Liberty (Time when sailors are allowed to go ashore)

Limpet

Lir (Irish god of the sea)

Lumen

Lyria

Madison (Darryl Hannah’s character from Splash)

Magdalene (After Magdala, which is a town that is located near Tiberias on the coast of the Sea of Galilee.)

Magellan

Magnus

Mangrove

Margaret (After river beach in Australia)

Mariana (Ocean trench)

Marina

Maris (Of the sea)

Marlin

Mary Rose (After a ship wreck)

Maurea (After a sea shell)

Maury (Sea channel)

Mazu

Midas

Misty

Mitra

Moon

Moray (After the beautiful but dangerous animal of the seas)

Murdoch (Protector of the sea)

Myrtle

Narwhal

Nautilus

Nereus

Nerissa

Ocean

Oceania (Girls' names inspired by the ocean don't get more spot-on than this)

Okeanos (Ancient Greek for ocean)

Omura

Orca

Osh

Osiris

Pacific

Pacifica

Pagos

Pan

Paradise

Pavati (Hopi for "clear water".)

Periwinkle

Pearl

Pelagic (Greek word for ocean)

Phoenix

I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean.

— John F. Kennedy
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Phyto

Polar

Poseidon

Power

Pressure

Proteus

Queen

Radar

Ray

Reef

Regal (After the Regal Angelfish)

Ridley (Sea turtles)

Roger (As in Jolly Roger)

Rolland

Rudder

Rush

Rusty (Ocean saltwater can destroy metal quite fast)

Ryuku

Samudra (Indonesian for ocean)

Sandy

Scarlet

Sedna (Inuit goddess of the sea)

Sergeant

Seymore

Shad

Shelly

Ocean people are different from land people. Those who live by the sea examine the driftwood and glass balls that float from foreign ships. In a scoop of salt water, they revive the dead blobs that have been beached in storms and tides: fins, whiskers, and gills unfold; mouths, eyes and colors bloom and spread. Sometimes ocean people are given to understand the newness and oldness of the world. The ocean also makes its people know immensity.

— Maxine Hong Kingston

Shimmer

Shoal

Sia

Sidra

Sierra

Sirena

Skip / Skipper (A great boys' name inspired by the ocean)

Slender (After a tuna species)

Solomon (Underwater ridge)

Sonar

Spinner

Splash

Star

Storm

Sultana

Talbot

Tang

Tasi (Ocean in Chamorro language)

Tasman (Sea)

Telanthera

Tethys (An ancient ocean)

Theseus

Tiger (After the shark)

Toba

Trigger

Turbo (Remember the movie about the snail that can move really fast?)

Ucean

Ula (Sea jewel)

Vaquita

Virginia

Wash

Water (Obvious, but different and memorable.)

Wave

Wes

Willow

Wisteria

Yasha

Yoka

Zale (Strength of the sea; Greek)

Ocean Life Is Very Different From Land Life

Who would have thought?

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.

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Do you know anybody named after an ocean or who has an ocean inspired name? 6 comments

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TLStahling 2 years ago

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


boydtristan 2 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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ControlledChaos1 2 years ago Author

@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 3 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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iwrite100 3 years ago from Philippines

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


anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks for the comprehensive list!

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