75 Surfer Names for Your Water Baby
For those Moms and Dads to be who love all things water, you might be considering a surfer name for your little dude or dudette to be! Many surfer baby names are influenced by Hawaiian, Australian, Native American, and Asian cultures.
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But some great surfers themselves inspire some of these monikers. A courageous choice for a daughter would be Bethany for Hawaiian surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who survived and thrived after a shark attack. Kelly is a great unisex choice because of world champion Kelly Slater, considered by many to be the greatest surfer of all time.
You don't need to be from California or an Aussie surfer to appreciate such unique names as Waverly, which inspires images of water, or Bodhi, Sanskrit for awakened and enlightened.
If you are looking to make big waves with a beachy name, we have a list of 75 baby boy names, baby girl names, and a dozen-plus unisex names perfect for your little mermaid and mermen-to-be!
Baby Boy Surfer Names
- Arnav - Hindu, ocean
- Beckham - English, homestead by the stream
- Bodhi - Sanskrit, enlightened or awakened, the main character from surfer/bank robber movie Point Break
- Bondi - Australian, famous beach resort in Sydney
- Calder - Scottish, rough waters, stream
- Colwyn - Welsh, river in Wales
- Conway - Welsh/Scottish, the water, a river
- Coral - Latin, pink color, underwater skeletal deposits that form reefs under the sea
- Cruz - Spanish for the Cross of Christ, sounds like cruise, which has sailing connotations.
- David - Hebrew, Fans of Baywatch will think of David Hasselhoff
- Dover - Welsh, a British seaport on the English Channel, means water.
- Duke - Old English, commanding leader. The father of modern surfing is Duke Kahanamoku.
- Finn - Irish, pale or white, sounds like the part of a fish.
- Ford - English, a river crossing
- Gerry - German, short for Gerlad, which means rules with a spear. Gerry Lopez is a famous surfer from Oregon.
- Hudson - River in New York
- Hurley - Gaelic, sea tide
- Lachlan - Scottish, lake
- Laird - Scottish, means lord, perfect for a lord of the sea like the famous surfer Laird Hamilton.
- Locke - Scottish, pond
- Mario - Italian, Star of the Sea
- Merrick - Scottish, fork in a river
- Neptune - Roman mythology, god of the sea
- Reef - English, a reef is a ridge of jagged rock, coral, and sand beneath the sea.
- Rusty - American, red-haired. Brand of surfboards.
- Sebastian - Greek, name of the musical crab from Disney's The Little Mermaid
- Seton - Old English, a settlement by the sea
- Tahoe - Native American, big water, a lake in Nevada
- Taj - Persian/Sanskrit - crown. Taj Burrow is a famous Australian surfer.
- Zuma - Arabic, peace, name of a popular beach in Malibu
Baby Girl Surfer Names
- Anahita - Persian, water, or river goddess
- Aquata - Latin, water
- Avon - Celtic, River
- Azul - Spanish for blue
- Bethany - Hebrew, a town near Jerusalem. Bethany Hamilton is a famous surfer who survived a shark attack in 2003
- Cascade - Latin, flowing water, gushing water
- Darya - Iranian/Persian, sea
- Delta - A brand that specializes in surfing gear
- Destin - Latin, by the still waters
- Evian - French, the Lord is gracious, name a boutique brand of water.
- Guadalupe - Spanish, a river of black stones
- Hali - Greek, sea
- Isla - Scottish, island, name of a Scottish river
- Kendra - Female version of Ken, clear water
- Koa - Hawaiian, the name of a tree in Hawaii also the name of a famous surfer Koa Smith
- Layne - English roots, a surfer from Australia, Layne Beachley, is considered one of the most female surfers in history.
- Loire - French, a French river
- Marella - Japanese version of Muriel, of the bright sea
- Marina - Latin, from the sea
- Maya - Greek/Hebrew/Spanish - water
- Moanna - Hawaiin for the ocean, name of the female heroine in the Disney film Moana
- Morwenna - Welsh, waves of the sea
- Nixie - German, a water spirit
- Noelani - Hawaiian, mist of heaven
- Oceana - Greek, ocean, feminine version of Oceanus, the Greek God of the Ocean
- Sandy - Scottish, short for Sandra, but brings forth images of sandy beaches
- Summer - English, the summer season, warm sunny
- Talise - Native American, lovely water
- Tarni - Maori, salty water, wave, surf
- Waverly - English, meadow, quivering aspens. Despite it being a name that means meadow, the sound of the name brings about pictures of rolling waves.
Gender-Neutral Surfer Names
- Bayou - Choctaw, small, slow stream
- Cove - English, bay, or inlet
- Kai - Basque, pier of a harbor. It also has a Welsh connotation as keeper of the keys. More often, traditionally a boy's name but has been used for girls as well.
- Kelly - Gaelic, Kelly may be more common now as a girl name, but it is still frequently used for boys. Kelly is the middle name of Robert Kelly Slater, winner of 11 world surfing championships.
- Kendall - English, valley of the River of Kent
- Marley- A popular surfing spot in Australia, means meadow of the lake
- Morgan - Welsh/English name - circling sea, bright sea dweller
- Oakley - English/American - brand of famous beach shades
- Ocean - American, water, seas
- Ripley - English, strip or clearing, brings for images of rippling waves.
- River - English, a stream of water that flows into the sea
- Sailor - German, boatman, used for boys and girls
- Shane - Irish, famous American surfer Shane Beschen
- Sunny - English, happy, sunshine, cheerful. Sunny Garcia is a famous surfer from Hawaii. Perfect for boys and girls.
- Sydney - Australian city famous for surfing
For more baby name inspiration check out these popular baby name lists:
- Top 1000 Most Popular Baby Girl Names in the U.S.
- Top 1000 Most Popular Baby Boy Names in the U.S.
- The 100 Coolest Baby Names in the World
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L. Elizabeth Forry, Preschool Lead
About L. Elizabeth Forry
L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with 15 years of classroom experience.