There's something that's just so beautiful about the idea of rebirth … starting anew, a fresh start, a clean slate. This list of baby names that mean rebirth evoke that type of beautiful feeling of renewal. Explore the options and find one that works for your baby.
- PhoenixThis mighty mythological bird is a symbol of eternal life in many cultures. After bursting into flames, it's reborn from the ashes to start anew.
- Anastasia – Anastasia comes from the Greek word anastasis meaning “resurrection.” It's fitting, then, that it's also the name of a young Russian princess who was believed to have secretly survived an assassination attempt.
- Kahled – Not to be confused with the DJ, Kahled is an Arabic name that comes from the word khalid meaning “eternal,” “eternity,” or “remaining.”
- Renata Renata means “born again” in Latin. It's most common in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish communities, but it's also popular worldwide.
- Dagny – Hailing from Old Norse, Dagny comes from dagr (“day”) and ny (“new”) to form “new day.” Alternate spellings are Dagne and Dagna.
- Ambrose Ambrose is an old, powerful name that means “immortal” or “divine.” This is the male version; its female counterpart is Ambrosia.
- Bedelia Bedelia is a Celtic name that refers to the goddess of fire as well as brightness, power, strength, vigor, and vitality. Do you see anything in common with phoenixes?
- Janus Janus is the Roman god of beginnings and endings. He's associated with passages, doorways, time, transition, duality, and other similar concepts. He's often depicted with two faces.
- Beant Beant is a Sikh name that means “boundless” or “limitless.” You could nickname her Bean for extra cuteness!
- DawnDawn comes from Old English as a word that heralds the first light of a new day. It could be highly symbolic for a new life, a new family, or a new start.
- Zora Zora is a Slavic name that means “dawn” or “daybreak.” The male version is Zoran. Another name with a similar meaning is Zorro, but that one's been co-opted by Antonio Banderas, so it doesn't see a lot of use these days.
- Durant – Durant is a boy's name that is thought to come from the Italian name Durante, which itself is thought to come from the Latin word durare or “to endure.”
- Kia – Though it's a short name, Kia stems from a complex Sino-Korean character that sounds like ki and translates to “arise.” It could be a cute and peppy choice for a baby girl.
- ReneeRenee is a French name that means “born again.” It most likely stems from a version of Renata. The male version is Rene.
- Aiyanna Aiyanna is commonly said to be a Native American name that means “eternally blossoming flower.” However, etymologists say that it probably derives from the Somali name Ayanna.
- Nouvel Sounding like a rich, fancy name right off a runway, Nouvel has French origins and means “new.” A similar name is Nova, which comes from Latin and also means “new.”
- Altan Altan means “golden” in Mongolian and “red dawn” in Turkish. Combined, they make a pretty strong image of a fiery phoenix.
- HollyYou might think of it as a sign of Christmas, but in old Celtic mythology, holly was used as a symbol of eternal and evergreen things. It was said to be the feminine twin of the male oak.
- OsirisOsiris is the Egyptian god of life, death, resurrection, and the afterlife. According to legend, he was murdered and cut into pieces by his brother Set, but his wife Isis put him back together again and therefore brought him back to life.
- GenesisEveryone will recognize this Biblical name. It refers to the start or origin of something new, including life itself.
- DanteDante is a quintessential literary name, but it has a deeper meaning, too: “lasting” or “enduring.”
- Aviva Originating from Hebrew, Aviva means “springtime” or “spring-like,” which can be thought of as a rebirth of the seasons. The male version is Aviv.
- Tan Tan is a common name and surname in many parts of Asia. Translations include “new,” “fresh,” “dawn,” and other similar words that refer to beginnings. Spelling include Than, Tham, Thom, Hom, and Hum.
- Zelenka Hailing from the Czech Republic, Zelenka is a name that means “green,” “new,” “fresh,” and “innocent.” It can be a gentle way to signal a rebirth.
- Karma This one might be a little on the nose, and it doesn't quite mean rebirth or resurrection, but the concept of eternal life is strongly tied to karma. It could be used as a unique, gender-neutral baby name.
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