With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we were thinking about all things good fortune and good luck. While a baby name will not impart much more than a title, it can’t hurt to choose a baby name that means “luck.” Why not? We decided to take a look at some amazing baby names containing the promise of a fortunate life. These appellations include a wide range of different styles with luck-related meanings as well as word-names that literally mean “luck.” This means we will share with you monikers that relate to luck such as lucky numbers and lucky charms like four-leaf clovers.
If you are an expecting parent that is after a unique baby name that brings a certain charm to the party, you have come to the right place. This list is full of baby names for girls that carry the hope of brighter days and good fortunes. Check out these 25 shining baby names for girls that mean “luck.” They are ordained winners by definition.
Beatrix is a fabulously animated name that’s helped along by the -trix ending, making it ever playful. Beatrix is a name for girls with Latin and Dutch origins and it means “blessed” or “she who brings happiness.” This name made the US top 1000 most popular baby names in 1883 and had not appeared on the list for over a hundred years before it returned last year! You get both Bea and Trixie as nickname options. Who could argue with that?
Because of Gwyneth Paltrow, this has almost become a one-person name in the shadow of greater such appellations like Oprah. Gwyneth has Welsh origins and means “blessed, happy.” Gwyneth is an Anglicized form of Gwynedd, the name of an ancient Welsh kingdom. Gwyneth has appeared in the US top 1000 a couple of times but you will not find it there in the past six years.
“Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.” We think this must be true for the name as well! Penny is the English diminutive form of Penelope, a Greek name that means “weaver.” Penny was hugely popular in the US for decades until it fell from use in the 1980s. Thankfully, adventurous parents brought this baby back in 2013. We expect it to continue to grow in popularity throughout the decade.
Kiki landed on the scene along with other French names like Coco, Gigi, Fifi, and Lulu. These Bohemian favorites were common in France at the turn of the last century. In the US, the baby name has never made the top 1000 as it commonly used as a nickname for any name starting with K. But, parents in the Netherlands and England have popularized the appellation as a standalone hit. Kiki has a winning meaning in “double happiness.”
Sachi is a spirited name that appears in Japanese and Hindu traditions but the two are completely unrelated save for sounding identical. In Indian Mythology, Sachi (Indrani) is the consort of Lord Indra, King of the Gods. In Japanese, the baby name can mean “blissful” or “fortunate.” It’s considered a shorter version of Sachiko.
Another Asian name not widely known in the West, Megumi can mean “blessing” in Japanese tradition. An interesting quality of Japanese names in their native country is that they can mean different things depending on the kanji characters used to construct them. This name can also mean “favor,” “grace,” and “kindness.” Come on!
Often heard in India, this is the name of the Hindu goddess of abundance, beauty, and prosperity, the embodiment of grace and charm. Lakshmi is worshipped daily in many Hindu homes with many festivals to celebrate and honor the deity. Lakshmi enjoys Sanskrit origins that mean “lucky omen.”
As cool as the precious green stone said to transmit wisdom, clarity, justice, courage, modesty, and most importantly, luck. Jade refers to the stunning stone but also has Spanish origins that mean “stone of the side.” This attractive name has been popular in the US since the seventies and is more popular today than ever before.
Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, and the possibility of an Eva nickname from it. Evangeline was introduced to the English-speaking world by Longfellow in his hugely popular eponymous narrative poem. Evangeline has Greek origins that mean “bearer of good news.” Sounds lucky to us!
The lucky cricket brings wealth and good fortune. It is a symbol of promising possibilities that can come into your life. You want to take full advantage of this symbolism for feng shui luck. It has been a symbol of luck in Chinese culture for over 2,000 years. Cricket, therefore, could be a lucky baby name possibility for your daughter. Clearly, Busy Philipps saw the potential as she gave the name to one of hers. This is a quirky nature name that we think many parents can pull off.
Ayan is a unique African name that comes from Somali tradition where it is applied as a gender-neutral name. Ayan not only sounds fabulous, it means it too. Ayan means “fortune” and any child would be fortunate to receive it.
Beata, a Latinate saint’s name, has been widely used principally by Roman Catholics in numerous European countries but is rarely heard in English-speaking countries. Beata is prevalent in Swedish, German, Italian, all coming from a Latin root that means “blessed.” We would genuinely love to hear this name more in the US today.
Kiaria might be confusing for some Americans who are used to the more familiar Kiara and Keira. But, we think it’s worth it to go for a name like Kiaria. Kiaria is yet another Japanese baby name for girls that means “fortunate” and we are in love. This name combines popular K-names with the trendy Aria to bring you a truly original-sounding option.
Kismet is a word coming from Arabic that means “fate” or “to divide.” In the popular lexicon of today, we use it synonymously with destiny. We think this name has tons of potential and is destined for more popularity thanks to the cute “kiss” sound it contains. The world was popularized by the Turkish so it very well could be a great way to honor your Turkish heritage.
Pronounced ITZ-ell, Itzel might be perfect for you as it refers to the Mayan mythological figure of the Rainbow Lady and means “rainbow lady.” Itzel, sometimes spelled Ixchel, honors the Mayan goddess of midwifery and medicine. We have always considered rainbows symbols of luck and good omens so this charming name most definitely has a place on our list. This name has been popular in the US since the 1990s and rests just outside the top 500 most popular baby names for girls today. Let’s push it to the top, shall we?
The name Clover comes from Old English and actually means “key.” Clover also has a long association with good luck, thanks to the four-leaf clover, and through the shamrock symbol of Ireland. Like other botanical names such as Rose and Lily, the name is on the rise today. Though it is not in the US top 1000 yet, we think it will soon arrive as a fortunate favorite.
There are several handsome Ben-beginning boy’s names, such as Benjamin and Benedict, but the same can’t be said other than the vintage Benjamina. Benicia offers a softer touch as a lyrical Spanish name that means “blessed one.” Somehow, Benicia has never taken off in the US which makes it a clever and unique option for new parents.
This feminine form of the Welsh name Carwyn could be a good choice for parents looking for something fresh. Carwen, like Benicia, also means “blessed one” and it has never found wide acclaim here in the US. The traditional Welsh pronunciation calls for a dramatically rolled R, but no one will fault you for saying CAR-win.
We’re sticking with the Welsh for a moment with the name Delyth which is relatively unknown to many American parents and is completely overshadowed by other Welsh favorites like Gwyneth and Gwendolyn. Delyth comes with a winning meaning in “pretty and blessed.” The name is pronounced DEL-ith, which we imagine most people can guess by looking at it so you should not get too much fuss over this charming appellation.
Iris is immediately derived from the Greek word iris, meaning “rainbow.” In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow, a carrier for Zeus and Hera who traveled the rainbow as a bridge from heaven to earth. In ancient times, the Iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom, and valor. This name is more popular today than ever before so your little Iris will be in good company.
Halona enjoys Native American origins and it has traditionally been used as a name meaning “happy” and “fortunate.” Who wouldn’t want to bestow those qualities on their child? The word Hālona can also be found in Hawaiin tradition as a name meaning “lookout.” A resonant and unusual choice, it could prove a slam dunk for the right parents.
We could not be more excited by the popularity of Felicity over the past dew decades. The name appeared for the first time on the US top 1000 in 1998 and has been slowly climbing the charts ever since then. Felicity is a remarkable name with Latin origins that has never received as much acclaim as its contemporaries like Grace and Faith. We love the secular nature of this one as well with a meaning of “happy, good fortune.”
Pronounced, Ari-ahn-when, you scarcely hear this mouthful of a name outside of Wales today. Name with the “ari” sound are popular today and we think this hidden treasure could easily join them. Arianwen means “white,” “fair,” and “blessed.” The name likely belonged to a legendary Welsh Saint from the fifth century.
If Jade is too obvious for you, consider its Italian form Giada. Giada De Laurentiis made this name a possibility, then self-referenced when she named her daughter Jade. Giada has a wonderful rhythmic quality to it that landed it in the US top 1000 from 2007-2013. We’d like her to come back! Giada, does indeed, mean “jade.”
A contemporary sounding word-name with an ancient history, Fortune was widely used in the Roman Empire, and based on the mythic goddess, Fortuna, of good luck and fertility. The Latin origins of this name give it the meaning “luck,” “fate,” and “wealth.” Every day is a payday if you’ve got this charming name. Fortuna is a great name as well, but we love the audacity of Fortune.
There you go! Are you feeling lucky? We hope you enjoyed these gorgeous baby names for girls that mean “good fortune” and “luck.” While naming your child one of these names will not ensure a blessed life, we think it’s worth it for their lovely and cherished reputations. These names come from a variety of different naming traditions from around the world and we hope they appealed to a number of expecting parents looking for the perfect appellation. Happy baby name hunting!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Beatrix
- 2 24. Gwyneth
- 3 23. Penny
- 4 22. Kiki
- 5 21. Sachi
- 6 20. Megumi
- 7 19. Lakshmi
- 8 18. Jade
- 9 17. Evangeline
- 10 16. Cricket
- 11 15. Ayan
- 12 14. Beata
- 13 13. Kiaria
- 14 12. Kismet
- 15 11. Itzel
- 16 10. Clover
- 17 9. Benicia
- 18 8. Carwen
- 19 7. Delyth
- 20 6. Iris
- 21 5. Halona
- 22 4. Felicity
- 23 3. Arianwen
- 24 2. Giada
- 25 1. Fortune
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