Over the last couple of decades, pirates have surged in popularity thanks, in no small part, to the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. Swashbucklers are simply all the rage, but this isn’t a new thing. The film franchise is based on a Disney ride which itself is based on a 1950 movie, Treasure Island which actually comes from a book by Robert Louis Stevenson written way back in 1883. So, we have a long history of pirate fascination in the States.
Newer entries like the soapy Black Sails TV series are continuing to fuel the craze that shows no sign of slowing. When puritans came to the colonies, which would become the USA and various islands, popular folk songs about figures such as Blackbeard were a secret hit among the settlers. These eerie songs’ lyrics were changed over time to be more chaste and many can now be found in the hymnals found in most protestant churches. One of the most popular examples is the hymn “God is Found” which was only transformed into a sacred song after lyrics about Captain Robert Kidd II were rewritten. Our love of vagabonds has motivated us to sift through storied names to present you with baby names for girls inspired by pirates. Here are our favorite 25 baby names for girls inspired by pirates and all things nautical in nature. Argh! Harty-har-har-har-har!
This A-ending feminine form of Adrian, from the northern Italian city of Adria, is a soft and lovely Italian choice. It appears as a character in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Adriana means “woman from Adria.”
Aegeus of Greek Mythology was instrumental in the founding of Athens and would later be put next to Poseidon the father of the sea. He had goat legs, but he did get a sea named for him in the Aegean Sea. Aegea is the feminine form of this Greek name.
Augusta was the title of honor given to the wives and daughters of Roman emperors, which then morphed into a given name, brought to England by the German princess who became the mother of George III. This powerful name means “magnificent.”
The name originates from the Persian word ‘lajvard’ that refers to the color Azure or lapis lazuli which is a blue gemstone used in the Middle Ages to pigment paint blue. Azure always reminds of clear, blue seas so we were sure to include it for your little pirate.
Celeste is a Latin name that means “heavenly.” It makes us think of the stars used by sailors to navigate the open seas. The name is on the rise in the US, so if you’re after a variation consider Celestine or Celestia.
Coral is a gorgeous name that’s fallen out of fashion and hasn’t come back like other Victorian jewel names such as Ruby, Pearl, or Jewel. Coral would be a fitting name for a female pirate, don’t you agree?
Corrine is a French name with Greek origins that means “maiden.” We chose this name because it has a vintage appeal and makes us think of a maiden voyage. This name has remained steady on the baby name popularity charts although it’s not as popular as it was before the eighties.
Another name with retro charm is Gilda. This treasured English baby name means “covered in gold.” A pirate wouldn’t have it any other way, right?
Iona is a Scottish name that refers to a small island off the coast of Scotland. It’s also a pleasure to say and hear. We figured that islands were fair game on this list and chose the name for it’s nautical meaning.
Isla is another Scottish name that also means “island.” Additionally, you’ll find that the same is true for Spanish-speakers. This name shot to the top of the charts in 2010 and has stayed flying high.
Marina was an epithet of Venus, and there was more than one saint of that name. It was used in Britain from as early as the fourteenth century. Marina is a Latin name that means “of the sea.” That sounds pretty appropriate for a little privateer.
Maris shares the same Latin origins and meaning with Marina. Maris derives from the phrase “Stella Maris,” star of the sea, one of the many epithets of the Virgin Mary. A gorgeous meaning and a beautiful name.
Meredith is a derivative of the Welsh names Maredudd or Meredydd. The name means “lord of the sea” or “protector of the sea.” The name was originally given to boys but that’s completely changed over the years. The name has been in the top 1000 in the US since 1910.
Morgan has long been a traditional Welsh male name, a variant of the Old Welsh name Morcant, from the Welsh elements mor, meaning “sea” and cant, “circle.” The female Morgan is unrelated to the male version. It is a name from Arthurian legend created for Morgan le Fay, King Arthur’s half-sister, and famed sorceress. Her name comes from Morgen, an Old Welsh name meaning “sea-born,” and is related to the Irish name Muirgen.
The stunning Arabic name Nahla has a meaning most sailors and pirates could relate to: “a drink of water.” The name debuted on the US charts in 2011 but soon fell off them. It’s currently a top 1000 name in England.
Nerissa was used by Shakespeare for Portia’s witty confidante in The Merchant of Venice. The name has Greek origins and means “from the sea.” This would be a happy alternative to the overly used Melissa or Marisa.
Nineve is a character from Arthurian Legend and refers to one of the Ladies of the Lake who are pagan enchantresses. This name is not to be confused with the place name Nineveh, an Assyrian city in modern day Iraq. Nineve would be the perfect offbeat choice.
We couldn’t pass on Pearl! Is this the perfect pirate name? Probably. Pearl is a Latin gem name that means exactly what you think it does. The name is not as popular as it was 100 years ago but it’s on the rise these days.
For a queen of the seas, there could be no better choice than Regina. This Latin name means “queen.” The name has been in use for a very long time including in the Middle Ages after St. Regina and later as the name related to the Virgin Mary, Regina Coeli, which means “queen of heaven.”
Serena is another Latin name that’s been in use since Roman times. All pirates hope for seas as calm as this name’s meaning: “tranquil.” Oh, and there’s a fabulous tennis player with the name, which is unrelated, but we must always address our queen, Serena Williams.
Thanks to the name Shelley, we think Shell has potential as a given name. With Forest, Wren, River, and more nature names trending right now, a name inspired by the beautiful seashell might be welcome. You know there had to be a pirate along the way with it as a nickname!
Ula is an exotic-sounding Celtic name that means “gem of the sea.” The name hasn’t made the charts in the US since 1910, but this vintage moniker is ripe for the taking.
Another name that hasn’t seen much love in recent years is Verity. This Latin name means “truth.” We imagine trust among pirates on the same ship is a commodity and it’s why we chose this splendid name.
Vivian and the nickname Viv that comes along with it sounds to us like a proper pirate name. This Latin name means “life” and a pirate’s life is what we’re after here. This name is a top 100 name in the US and there’s no mistaking its charms.
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Wendy was invented by Sir James Barrie in 1904 for the big sister character in his play Peter Pan. Wendy is a name for a curious and brave little girl and we thought it was fitting here as it relates to Captain Hook.
There you go! 25 baby names for girls inspired by buccaneers, privateers, and pirates. These names are a complete blast and a subtle way to inject some whimsy into a child’s name.