There’s a certain magic in numbers that has fascinated humanity for centuries. Numerology, the mystical study of numbers and their supposed influence on our lives, is an ancient practice that intrigues us today. This captivating discipline has even found its way into baby naming, offering parents-to-be a unique twist on the age-old tradition.
If you’re expecting a little one and are drawn to the enigmatic allure of numbers, you’re in for a treat. We’ve compiled a list of 50 baby names inspired by numerology that are beautiful and meaningful and carry the vibrational energy of specific numbers. From names representing strength and leadership to those symbolizing peace and introspection, there’s something for everyone in this intriguing mix.
Number Baby Names for Girls
Let’s start with a name inspired by the number one. Una is a gorgeous name first used by the ancient Romans to mean “one.” The name later became associated with an Irish epic poem and name, which is spelled Una or Oona. She is the personification of truth, beauty, and unity.
Nessa might be familiar to you as a diminutive form of Vanessa, but in Cornish, the name means “second.” You will also find the name in Scandinavian, Russian, and Scottish traditions. It can also mean “headlands” or “promontory.”
Are you looking for a zippy name for your third child? The Italian charmer, Terza, might be the perfect option. The name means “third.” Practically unknown outside of Europe, this name would be a unique moniker with plenty of character. The name is pronounced TAIR-tza.
Trinity fell off the popularity charts and out of the top 1000 baby names in the seventies. Luckily, the name was resurrected thanks to the popularity of The Matrix (1999). Trinity then enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top 100. The name has fallen from favor slightly in recent years, but we think that’s more of an incentive for new parents to choose it. Trinity has Latin origins and means “triad.”
Like Nessa, Tressa also has Cornish roots. Tressa means “third.” The name Tressa was fairly popular in the US in the late nineteenth century but completely fell off the popularity charts by 1975. The name is like a beautiful marriage between Trinity and Tessa.
Rabia is a gorgeous Arabic name that comes from Raabi’a and means “spring.” However, the Anglicized spelling of the name Rabia means “fourth.” It refers to the saint and mystic Rabia of Basra, the fourth daughter of her family.
Quintessa can be parsed in a couple of different ways. The name shares Latin roots with the word meaning “quintessential.” Thus, some take the name to mean “essence.” However, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that Quintessa is the feminine form of Quintus, a Roman family name meaning “five.” This name has the added benefit of sounding similar to Contessa.
Delta is a romantic name of Greek origin that means “fourth” thanks to its order as the fourth letter in the Greek alphabet. A once fairly common name in the US, Delta has not enjoyed popularity since the 1920s. Bring it back, new parents!
You are probably familiar with the name Sia thanks to an Australian singer-songwriter who bears the name and wrote the hit song “Chandelier.” Sia is most commonly found as a name coming from Old Norse and meaning “victory.” However, in Scottish Gaelic, Sia means “six.
Wow! Septima certainly has a regal ring to it. Parents today do not have families as big as they once did when having seven children was not considered too big of a deal. Septima has Latin origins and means “seventh.” If you are expecting your seventh (bless you), this name is a perfect fit. However, seven is a number that can be significant for any number of reasons.
If you’re expecting a rainbow baby, we urge you to consider the Japanese name Nanako. This gorgeous moniker refers to the seven colors of the rainbow. The name breaks down to “seven + rainbow.” Other popular Japanese names for girls incorporate the number seven, including Nanaka (“seven +summer”) and Nanami (“seven + sea”).
Softer and a touch more exotic than Octavia, Ottavia is the preferred Italian form of the number name and means “eight.” We know that most parents these days are not trying for eight kids, but the name is so beautiful we think it’s fit for any baby girl.
Nona was among the most popular names in the US until the 1960s. We hope parents bring back this vintage gem. Nona has Latin roots and means “ninth.” In Roman mythology, Nona, whose name means “ninth,” was called upon by pregnant women in their ninth month when the child was due to be born. She was worshipped as a goddess of pregnancy and the personification of destiny.
Tara is widely known as an Irish name meaning “rocky hill.” The number name became so popular in the US that the pronunciation of the name morphed over the years from Tar-ah to Tair-UH. However, Tara isn’t just a name with Irish roots; it’s found in several different naming traditions, including the Hausa (Nigeria and Niger). In this case, the name means “nine.”
Like Nona, Decima was one of the Three Fates in Roman mythology. Along with Nona, Decima oversaw birth. As you might suspect, this number number name for girls comes from Latin and means “tenth.” We don’t expect too many families to have ten children, so this name would be great for a baby born in October.
English number names also work as given names, and many hip parents are beginning to use them for their children. Eleven was first seen as a possibility for a baby girl after the hit show Stranger Things introduced us to a gifted young girl with rather heinous enemies. On baby name databases BabyNames.com and Nameberry, the name is currently trending. Expect to hear a lot more of this name in the coming years.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s clever adaptation of the Roman numeral IV, Ivy has seen a huge shift in favor, and it’s now more popular today than ever before in the US. Traditionally considered a botanical name, Ivy has much going for it and would make for a perfect number name for your fourth child.
Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 broke the rules when they decided to name their son Seven. However, we see the name as a totally acceptable gender-neutral option. The number name has been on the rise ever since, and David Beckham chose the name for his daughter, Harper Seven.
Primrose means “first rose” because the flower blooms early in the spring. Primrose is more prevalent in the UK than in the US and even originates as a Scottish surname. We love that this name is both a flower name and a number name! It also gives you the excellent nicknames Prim or Rose.
Soraya is another name for the Pleiades, a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. By either name, they’re the seven sisters, daughters of Pleione. In Greek myth, their names are Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope, and Merope. If you’re after a unique nod to the number seven, this is it!
You will not be disappointed in a month name for your baby girl. June and April are a couple of the most popular. June, of course, is the sixth month and is so named for Juno, the Roman goddess and queen of the heavens. The name fell out of the top 1000 in the 1980s, but it’s on the rise again today.
For your firstborn daughter, consider the energetic number name Kensa. The appellation has Cornish origins and means “first.” With the popular names Kenzie, Kinsley, and Kynlee rising, Kensa offers a fresh alternative rarely heard in the US.
A cross-cultural hit, Hana is one of the most popular Anglo-Korean names. The number name means “one” in Korean, but you’ll notice it resembles Hannah. This roundly appealing name can also be found in Hebrew, Slavic, Czech, Polish, and Japanese naming traditions.
Mona is a retro number name associated with an Irish moniker that means “noble good.” However, as with Hana, Mona can be found in various languages and traditions. Mona is the Greek word for “one.” Last year, fewer than 100 girls were given this name in the US, even though the name was hugely favored in the thirties, forties, and fifties. Bring Mona back for your first baby girl.
Winona is a gorgeous name for girls, meaning “firstborn daughter.” The name is also commonly spelled Wynona or Wynonna. The name has Dakota and Sioux origins. Actress Winona Ryder and singer Wynonna Judd have helped propel the name in recent years. The name saw its most popular year in 1931. Clearly, Ryder and Judd were outliers.
Number Baby Names for Boys
Ensio derives from the Finnish word ensimmäinen, meaning “first one.” Thus, Ensio means “first.” The name is pronounced EHN-see-oh, which should not be too difficult for others to pick up, thanks to more popular names like Enzo and Elio.
Primo is number one among the Latin birth-order names like Octavius. Primo stands out because it ends in the trendy O-sound that so many new parents are after. The name means “first” and definitely sounds superlative.
Basketball’s Jayson Tatum introduced this moniker to the naming lexicon when he used it as a clever nickname for his son, Jayson Christoper Jr. Deuce has English origins as a name meaning “two.” For your second son, consider this name as a given or middle option.
Twain is an archaic word for “two.” Twain works, thanks to the popularity of Wayne, but it offers more fun and humor when associated with Mark Twain. This name has never appeared in the top 1000 names in the US, but we see that changing in the coming years.
After your first little Primo, you could always call the next Segundo! Segundo is a Spanish name that means “second-born.” This name is on the rise, and while it’s off the radar of many new parents, it has a storied history. Get on this train now before this name takes off.
Tripp is a classic nickname for a third. Like Trace and Trey, it’s becoming a popular name in its own right for the children of juniors. The name made an impressive debut in the top 1000 in 2008, and its popularity continues to grow. If you’re looking for a casual and playful name, this would be a great option.
Quade is most widely accepted as an Irish surname that means “son of Uaid.” However, this is a subtle number name because it’s associated with the Latin word for “fourth.” However you slice it, this would make for a distinguished given name for a boy.
Quentin, a unique name with lots of character, relates to the Latin for the number five and is by far the craftiest and most usable of the Latin birth-order names. Quentin sounds masculine as well as stylish and distinctive. The name means “fifth.” The name has fallen in favor since the late 1990s, and we’d love to see a change in its fortune.
The Japanese element “-ro” means “son” and is a part of many Japanese names for boys. Jiro is one of the most popular, meaning “second son.” There’s also Ichiro (“first son”), Saburo (“third son”), Shiro (“fourth son”), etc.
Septimus, like Quentin, is a distinguished birth-order name with Latin origins. Septimus means “seventh son.” Roman Emperor Septimus Severus popularized this awesome name. He was a patron of the arts. While you might not plan on having seven children, this still makes for an exceedingly special name.
Otto is a name that’s popular in the US again after falling off the charts for years. We’re thrilled that this German name has made a comeback. The German meaning of this name is “wealthy.” Coincidentally, the name means “eight” in Italian.
Decio is the preferred Spanish and Italian form of the Latin name Decimus. However, the name is pronounced differently in each language. It’s DEH-sio in Spanish and DEH-chio in Italian. However you say it, the name means “tenth.”
We’re dipping back into Japanese baby names for a moment because they’re oh, so nice. Kuro was a name traditionally given to the ninth-born son of a family, and thus it means “ninth son” or “black.”
Authentically spelled İlkin; this would be an unusual pick for a firstborn son for most English speakers. The name has Turkish and Azerbaijani origins and, you guessed it, means “first.” The name is pronounced EEL-keen, and we’re very keen on it.
A traditional Swahili choice for the eldest son, Mosi is a precious name. Thus, the name means “number one.”
Proteus will undoubtedly turn some heads! Proteus is a name of Greek origin and name of a mythic sea god. Proteus means “firstborn.” This is quite a weighty moniker, and we would not blame you if you thought it was “too much.” Be bold, parents!
Troian is the only Slavic name to make this list; this is a surname now used as a given name. It means “trinity.” Troian is pronounced TROY-an, which includes the popular Troy element.
Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 caused a stir when they chose the name Seven for their son. This English word and number name works well as a gender-neutral option. It’s a name on the rise, and we expect to see it fully seated in the top 1000 when 2020s baby-naming data is released.
We briefly covered Trey earlier in relation to Tripp, but it deserves its own spot on the list. Trey has been a steadily trending name since the sixties, and it has a vintage charm to it. Not complicated and very casual, Trey feels like the perfect name for a “third son” who does not feel overly burdened.
Solo is a word name that’s taken off in recent years, and we expect the name to be even more widely favored. It’s an excellent unisex name that means “one person alone.” This Italian gem sounds great as both a given and a middle name.
Adamo is a name with Hebrew origins that means “son of the red earth” or “first son.” It’s one of the most popular and beloved names around the world and can be found in many forms, including the ubiquitous Adam. If you’re looking for a traditional name with a romantic spin on it, consider Adamo.
With the stunning popularity of the Hawaiian name Kai in recent years, we thought it appropriate to bring you another Hawaiian option that’s equally as adorable. Hilo means “first night after the new moon.” The name also applies to the Polynesian navigator and a town in Hawaii.
Ace is a name for boys that is hotter now than ever before. The name has Latin origins and means “one” or “unity.” Once only used as a nickname, new parents have realized this name’s endearing charms over the last two decades.
Ulan is a Twi (spoken in Ghana) name that means “firstborn twin.” If you’re looking for a unique name to honor your heritage, this would be the perfect choice for an older twin. The name is pronounced oo-lahn.
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Leif, pronounced LAYF or LEEF, is one of the most widely known traditional Scandinavian names, thanks to Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson. It’s commonly mispronounced as “leaf” in the US and other English-speaking countries. However you decide to pronounce it, this excellent name means “first heir” or “descendant.”
In the end, choosing a name is a deeply personal decision. Whether you’re drawn to the mystique of numerology or simply find these number-inspired names captivating, always remember that the most important thing is that it resonates with you and your hopes for your little one. After all, a name is the first gift you give to your child, and its significance will last a lifetime. So, whether you choose one from this list or it inspires you to look further into the realm of numerology, here’s to finding that perfect name that will be a source of strength and joy for your baby.
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