75 Inspirational Names for Babies

Updated: September 2, 2020
Looking for a baby name that both inspires and has a strong meaning? Consider these top inspirational baby names for boys, girls, and gender-neutral options.
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Choosing a baby name allows you to imbue your child’s life with both inspiration and meaning. An inspirational baby name can be a permanent reminder to both your family and your child that life is filled with potential and many ways to contribute to bettering this world. 

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The following is a list of 75 inspirational baby names for boys and girls, as well as gender-neutral options to help you find the absolute perfect name for your little one.

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Inspirational Names for Girls

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  • Greta

Inspirations: The meaning of precious jewel; Greta Thunberg.

  • Michelle

Inspirations: The meaning of like God; Michelle Obama.

  • Teresa

Inspirations: The meaning of harvester; Mother Teresa.

  • Megan

Inspirations: The meaning of mighty and strong; Megan Rapinoe.

  • Elizabeth

Inspirations: The meaning of God’s oath; Queen Elizabeth; Beth in Little Women.

  • Ruth

Inspirations: The meaning of compassionate friend; Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Ruth from the Bible.

  • Josephine

Inspirations: The meaning of he shall add; Jo from Little Women.

Inspirations: The meaning of all-embracing; Emma Watson; Emma Thompson.

  • Jessica

Inspirations: The meaning of wealthy one; Jessica Tandy; Jessica Chastain.

  • Evangeline

Inspirations: The meaning of messenger of good news; a reference to the angels of the Bible.

  • Anna

Inspirations: The meaning of bringer of peace; Anna Wintour.

  • Marie

Inspirations: The meanings of rebellion and star of the sea; Marie Curie.

  • Amelia

Inspirations: The meaning of industrious; Amelia Earhart.

  • Jane

Inspirations: The meaning of God is gracious; Jane Goodall.

  • Clara

Inspirations: The meaning of bright; Clara from The Nutcracker. 

  • Melinda

Inspirations: The meaning of gentle one; Melinda Gates.

  • Eva

Inspirations: The meaning of life; Eva Peron.

  • Anne

Inspirations: The meaning of gift of God’s favor; Anne of Green Gables; Anne Frank.

  • Sylvia

Inspirations: The meaning of from the forest; Sylvia Plath.

  • Maya

Inspirations: The meaning of mother; Maya Angelou.

  • Rosa

Inspirations: The meaning of noted protector; Rosa Parks.

Georgia

Inspirations: Georgia O’Keeffe; George Washington. 

  • Mary

Inspirations: The meanings of merciful and great; Jesus’s mother Mary; Mary Poppins.

  • Gwendolyn

Inspirations: The meaning of white wave; Gwendolyn Brooks.

  • Grace

The meanings of graceful and blessing; Grace Kelly.

Inspirational Names for Boys

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  • Martin

Inspirations: The meaning of who loves everyone; Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Neil

Inspirations: The meaning of champion; Neil Armstrong.

  • Michael

Inspirations: The meaning of who is like God; Michael Jordan; Michael Phelps; Michael J. Fox.

  • Nelson

Inspirations: The meaning of son of a champion; Nelson Mandela.

  • Ethan

Inspirations: The meaning of constant; Ethan Hawke.

  • John

Inspirations: The meaning of God’s grace; John Lennon; John from the Bible.

  • Austen

Inspirations: The meaning of useful; Jane Austen.

  • Ali

Inspirations: The meaning of truth; Muhammad Ali.

  • Luke

Inspirations: The meaning of bringer of light; Luke from the Bible.

  • Kiran

Inspiration: The meaning of ray of light.

  • Lucian

Inspiration: Light.

  • Stellan

Inspirations: The meanings of peaceful one and calm.

  • Axel

Inspirations: The meanings of a divine source of peace and father of light.

  • Jonah

Inspirations: The meaning of dove; Jonah from the Bible; Jonah from Moby Dick.

  • Zion

Inspiration: The meaning of a sign.

  • Orion

Inspirations: The meaning of son of fire; the constellation.

  • Sterling

Inspirations: The meanings of genuine and valued; Sterling K. Brown.

  • Asa

Inspirations: The meanings of healer and born in the morning.

  • Elias

Inspiration: The meaning of the Lord is God.

  • Elijah

Inspirations: The meaning of God the Lord; the prophet in the Bible.

  • Jack

Inspiration: The meaning of God’s grace.

  • Jacob

Inspiration: The meaning of the supplanter; Jacob from the Bible.

  • William

Inspiration: The meanings of resolute and protector; William Shakespeare; William Blake.

  • Mark

Inspiration: The meaning of defender; Mark from the Bible.

  • Leo

Inspiration: The meaning of lion-hearted; Leonardo da Vinci.

Gender Neutral Inspirational Baby Names

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  • Honor

Inspiration: The meaning of dignified.

  • Karma

Inspiration: The meaning of action.

  • Justice

Inspiration: The meaning of fair-minded.

  • Valor

Inspiration: The meaning of bravery.

  • Quinn

Inspiration: The meanings of wise and essence.

  • Sage

Inspiration: The meanings of wise one and prophet.

  • Rey

Inspirations: The meanings of wise, bold, and courageous; Rey from Star Wars.

  • Lux

Inspiration: The meaning of light.

  • Paxton

Inspiration: The meaning of town of peace.

  • Shiloh

Inspiration: The meaning of peaceful.

  • Aspen

Inspirations: The meaning of tree; nature.

  • Kai

Inspirations: The meanings of sea and willow tree; nature.

  • Lincoln

Inspirations: The meaning of home by the pond; Abraham Lincoln.

  • Phoenix

Inspiration: The meaning of mystical bird; the myth related to rising from the ashes.

  • River

Inspiration: nature.

  • Solstice

Inspiration: nature.

  • Dakota

Inspirations: The meaning of friend; Native American.

  • Eco

Inspirations: nature and the earth.

  • Harper

Inspirations: Ben Harper; Harper Lee.

  • Lennon

Inspiration: John Lennon.

  • Ocean

Inspirations: The meaning of the sea; nature.

  • Charlie

Inspirations: The meanings of valiant, strong, and free; Charlie Chaplin; Charles Darwin.

  • Angel

Inspiration: The meaning of heavenly messenger.

  • Bailey

Inspirations: The meaning of fortification; George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life.

  • Blake

Inspirations: The meaning of fair; William Blake.

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