Actress and singer Ashley Tisdale, best known for her role in Disney’s High School Musical movies, announced that she was officially a mom. The first-time mom shared a black and white photo of her little girl’s hand wrapped around her thumb. The proud mom also revealed the name she and her husband Christopher French gave their little one, Jupiter Iris French. We love the baby names she chose so much!
Jupiter and Iris are wonderful names but Jupiter is certainly the more unique of the two. Jupiter is the name of a very big planet but also has a history in Roman mythology as a deity who was considered the king of the gods. Known to the Greeks as Zeus, Jupiter ruled over the skies and created thunder. Jupiter makes for a very interesting choice for a baby girl, but it somehow totally works! We wanted to share other baby names similar to Jupiter for you to consider. Check out what we found!
Ashley Tisdale Chose Two Fabulous Baby Names for Her Daughter, Jupiter and Iris.
Jupiter has roots in Roman mythology and Latin as a name meaning “father Zeus” or “godfather.” Iris, a more traditional baby name for girls, has Greek origins and means “rainbow.” Both names are excellent choices that new parents should definitely consider using themselves.
Mythological names are a bit of a trend for celebrity parents these days! Like Ashley, Shay Mitchell chose a name that traditionally is used for boys for her daughter. She named her baby girl Atlas Noa. We think Atlas is a gender-neutral option at this point. Atlas has Greek origins and means “holder of the heavens.” Expect this name to land in the US top 1000 most popular baby names in coming years!
Apollo / Apollonia
We urge you to make your own rules when naming your baby. Apollo can be a distinguished name for a baby boy or an offbeat choice for a baby girl. Apollo debuted in the US top 1000 for the first time in 2012. It’s been climbing the charts ever since becoming the 487th most popular name for boys last year. If you are looking for a name that sounds more traditionally femme, consider Apollonia, which shares the same root origin as Apollo. Apollo was a Greek sun god of healing and justice. Curiously, his name means “destroyer.”
Calantha is a botanical baby name for girls that was used by the Greeks as an appellation meaning “beautiful flower.” Despite its light and pretty meaning, Calantha sounds bold and serious, much like Jupiter. Although ancient, Calantha has never appeared in the US top 1000 baby names which means it would be a very unique choice.
Helios / Helia
Helios and Helia are two forms of the same name coming from the Greek sun god who rode a golden chariot through the skies to bring daylight. Helio is the Spanish form of the name and Elio is the Italian. The O-ending historically has indicated male sex while an A-one is considered female. Whichever form of the name you decide on, each means “the sun.”
Also a Roman god and the name of a planet, Saturn, belongs to the god of agriculture. The sixth planet from the sun, Jupiter is considered our solar system’s most beautiful planet. Due to the god’s connection with farming and harvest, Saturn means “sowing.”
Oceana / Oceanus
The word ocean comes from Greek! It was also a name used by ancient Greeks in the forms of Oceana and Oceanus. In France, Oceane has been the prevlant form for girls landing in the top 50 there for years. Or, you could just go with plain old Ocean as Forest Whitaker did for one of his children. Despite the name having popularity in Europe, it has never been widely popular in the US. Get on these baby names, parents! They will make a splash!
A bit of a departure, we suggest the Celtic name Avalon to parents looking for a mythological-light option for their daughters. Although this name has traditionally gone to girls, we think it could absolutely work for a baby boy! Avalon was a mythic paradise featured in Celtic myth and Arthurian Legend where King Arthur healed from his wound. Its origins mean “island of apples.” Avalon, somehow, has never been a popular baby names choice in the US.
Another name that’s a step away from Greek and Roman classics, Astrid hails from Scandinavia where it was formed by Old Norse elements meaning “god” and “beauty.” Thus, “goddess of beauty” could be a logical meaning for this charming name. Astrid enjoyed its most popular year ever last year and is on track to beat that this year.
We turn back to the Greek baby names for the appellation Althea. The name sounds almost ethereal to most listeners and it has been used in mythology and later pastoral poetry. She was the queen of Calydon. Althea comes from elements that mean “healing.” Althea was a very popular name in the US until the 1970s when it fell from fashion. It’s time for an Althea renaissance, we believe!
Aphrodite had always seemed like to much burden for a mortal baby girl to shoulder, but with names like Jupiter hitting the playgrounds, perhaps there is a place for Aphrodite today. The Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite gets her name from the creation myth which saw her born from sea foam, thus the name’s roots mean “sea foam.”
Gaia / Gaius
Gaia has become popular one of the most popular baby names in England and Italy today. We can expect that Gaia will likely be on American birth certificates in the coming years. Gaia was the Greek goddess of nature and the ultimate mother. Her name means “earth mother.” Gaius is a male name that means “to rejoice” and we feel it would be a great way to honor the earth mother while having a more masculine sound.
Demeter / Demetria /Demetrius
Demeter is a unisex baby name that can be altered to give you the more femme Demetria and the masculine Demetrius. All three names mean “follower of Demeter.” Demeter is another mythological baby name, the Greek equivalent to the Roman Gaia. She was also considered an earth mother. Demetria and Demetrius have a history of popularity in the US but that has mostly faded since the 1990s. Demeter has never appealed to American parents.
Persephone was called Kore in childhood, in Roman mythology, she is known as Proserpina. Any of these names would be adorable choices for a baby girl. Persephone is queen of the underworld, but also the spring, and harvest. Despite the underworld connection, Persephone is a lyrical baby name. We are not the only ones who think so! Americans finally debuted Persephone in the US top 1000 in 2019! The name can mean “maiden” or translated differently, “bringer of death.”
Bellatrix / Orion
Bellatrix represents Orion’s left shoulder in the constellation and thus, feel like a likely pair to share with you. Bellatrix is name from Latin origins that means “female warrior.” We would definitely not mind hearing that one more as it is virtually unused in the US. Orion is a name found in both Greek and Roman mythology, meaning “huntsman.” Orion is a top 500 name today, the most popular it has ever been in the US.
Amadeus is a rather heavy option for a baby boy, but if you are looking for bold, this would definitely check that box. Amadeus has Latin origins, meaning “lover of God.” This appellation has never appealed to a vast amount of American parents, but it could be popular in a class with Roman, Jupiter, Atlas, and others in this genre.
An interesting gender-neutral possibility, Delphi has a touch of mystery due to its connection with the Delphic Oracle, the most significant oracle in ancient Greece. Throughout the classical world, the Delphic Oracle for advice on important issues and before making decisions. Delphi was also a prominent place for the worship of Apollo. He supposedly assumed the form of a dolphin, which is why the name Delphi means “dolphin.” Parents are just discovering this name and we expect it to improve its favor in coming years!
Artemis has traditionally been associated with baby girls, due to the name belonging to the Greek goddess of hunting and wilderness. However, some people have used the name for baby boys due to its lightly masculine sound. It’s your call! Although Artemis is a popular choice in the UK today, it has yet to find traction in the US. We think it’s a very refined name!
Dante has historically been given to baby boys and due to its “Don” sound, it might remain that way. Dante, the mononymous medieval poet who wrote of the inferno, is probably the most famous reference for this name. Dante has Latin origins coming from Durant, which means “enduring.”
We gave you Aphrodite, why not Adonis as well? Adonis is a name associated with male beauty in Greek mythology. For much of US history, parents have not dared use this weighty name for baby boys, but that started to change in a big way in the 1990s. Last year, it ranked in the top 300 for the first time! Adonis is a Greek name with Semitic origins meaning “lord.”
Similar to Adonis, Odysseus was viewed as too much name for a baby boy. However, maybe Odysseus could follow in Adonis’ footsteps. Odysseus was the hero of Homer’s epic saga. Odysseus means “wrathful.” Do you think it could be Odysseus time to shine? We would love to find in the list of top baby names someday!
Aries has emerged as a recent favorite for baby boys after new parents propelled the name onto the top 1000 list for the first time in 2018. Aries seems perfectly unisex to us and we think a girl would sound smart with the name. Like Jupiter, Aries has celestial connections to the constellation. Its symbol is the ram and it actually means “a ram” in Latin tradition.
Cassiopeia / Cassius
Cassiopeia is the name of a mythological mother who became a twinkling constellation. The story of how she became a constellation is not a happy one (there is a sacrifice involved), but we love the sound so much! Cassiopeia means “cassia juice” which is related to cinnamon. Cassius is a similar name that could work for a baby boy. It was one of the most popular names of Ancient Rome. Cassius means “hollow.”
Pandora was the mythological first woman on the planet who opened a mysterious box that unleashed devils onto the world. Of all the baby names on this list, Pandora is likely one of the most familiar to most Americans. However, parents have only made the name hit the top 1000 list once, in 1952. We think enough time has passed since Pandora got curious for you to go with this name now. Pandora has Greek origins that means “all gifted.”
Now, there is a male form of the name Athena, Athenadis, which we simply do not like all that much, but live your life! Athena was the Greek god of war and handicrafts. She was the patron goddess of Athens. Athena comes from pre-Greek origins and it likely means “mind.” Athena became a popular name in the US in the 1950s and it’s only gotten more popular since then. Today, Athena lands just outside the top 100. Due to its popularity, you may want to also consider its alternative form Athene.
Cosmo / Cosima
Cosima and Cosmo come from the same Greek roots that mean “order” and “beauty.” The names relate to the cosmos. Cosmo was once a popular name in the US until the 1930s when it fell from use. That’s a shame because it sounds offbeat and fun in today’s context. Cosima, which is a drop-dead gorgeous baby name, has never been popular in the US. You will find it all over Europe, well-used in Italy, Greece, and Germany today.
There you go! What did you think of this big and bold baby names? Jupiter Iris got such an excellent name and we hope you will consider the same for your little one that’s on the way. Space, mythology, and distinguished names that seem to have a reputation that proceeds them make for excellent baby name inspiration. We wish you the best of luck on your baby name journey! Happy 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.
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