Baby names

19 baby names that mean love

Brainstorming baby names and looking for something sweet? Rooted in Greek, Scandinavian and Indigenous traditions, these unique names all mean the same thing: love.

By Amy Valm

19 baby names that mean love

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Ah, love: It's what forges relationships and builds families (ahem). Why not bestow your little one with a name that nods to the very thing that started it all? We adore these sweet baby names that mean love.

Girl baby names that mean love

Amara Rooted in Greek, this elegant and regal name rolls off the tongue. It means "lovely forever."

Aimee There are many different variations of this French name, such as Amy, Amie and Ami. But no matter how you spell it, they all mean "beloved."

Aphrodite In Greek mythology, she's the goddess of love. It's a strong (and very literary) choice.

Davina A Scottish moniker, Davina is the feminine version of David, and means "beloved" and "friend."

Esme With both French and Persian origins, Esme means "esteemed" and "beloved." It's also becoming more mainstream thanks to the Twilight saga.

Freya This name is plucked from Scandinavian culture, and derives from Freyja, the goddess of love and fertility in Norse mythology.

Imogen The Greeks sure know a lot about love. It's an increasingly trendy, hipster-sounding name that means "beloved child."

Ishtar In Babylonian culture, Ishtar was the mother goddess of love, war and fertility.

Nayeli This Zapotec name from the indigenous people of Oaxaca, Mexico, sums it all up: It translates to "I love you."

Vida Meaning "dearly loved"—as well as "life" in Spanish—it's no wonder Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves chose this for their little girl.

Boy baby names that mean love

David/Davis No one will ever fumble the spelling or pronunciation of this classic, biblical name. In Hebrew, both David and its derivative, Davis, mean "beloved."

Connolley In Ireland, this name connotes "love" and "friendship." It's also a nice variation from the more popular Connor.

Lennan Nope, it's not an homage to the Beatles frontman—this Irish name translates to "lover." Oh là là.

Carwyn There's a very dapper ring to this Welsh moniker meaning "fair love."

Fenmore A distinguished name of English origin, Fenmore means "dear love" and would definitely allow your kid to stand out on the playground.

Amore It doesn't get more romantic than this: "Amore" is the Italian word for love.

Paris  Why not name your little one after the City of Love? It's a unique, gender-neutral name sure to please Francophile parents.

Leif Meaning "loved" or "heir," this Scandinavian moniker can also be spelled Lief.

Jeb It's the shortened, simpler version of Jebediah, which means "beloved friend" in Hebrew.

This article was originally published on Feb 11, 2019