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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.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Boy baby names that mean love

David/Davis

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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.

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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

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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.

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Jeb

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

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This article was originally published on Feb 11, 2019

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