16 Ultra Rare Baby Names Inspired by the Sun, Moon & Stars

Genny Glassman | Aug 17, 2017 Pregnancy

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When naming a baby, there's no better place to look than ... up. That's right, to the sky. The sun, moon, and stars have inspired everything from paintings to music to books. And why shouldn't they? They represent nature, outer space, and the infinite. And now, they can inspire our baby name list too. We found unique and beautiful baby names that are inspired by the universe -- and they are truly out of this world. 

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We love space. The deep abyss of the infinite is endlessly interesting, and we love that there is so much more to learn and see beyond our lives on earth. And for those who are expecting and happen to also love the cosmos, they might be hoping to find some intergalactic inspiration for their upcoming baby's name. And we're talking more than just the name Buzz. Space is a perfect source of inspiration for naming our LOs.

Using resources from BabyNameWizard.com, we rounded up 15 rare and gorgeous baby names for boys and girls inspired by the moon, sun, stars, and space. Some might be recognizable, but others are downright otherworldly.

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One thing they all have in common: They're totally unique and almost as special as our own little celestial beings.

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  • Apollo

    1

    Truly a name for a titan, Apollo was the Greek god of poetry, prophecy, and medicine. Though the name is fairly rare, it is shared by Olympic athlete Apolo Ohno (with a slightly different spelling) and Gwen Stefani's youngest son. The name peaked in popularity in 2015 at 751 on the US baby name charts, which means it only has more room to grow!

  • Stella

    2

    Star light, star bright, Stella is a name with might. Derived from the Latin stella, meaning "star," Stella is a popular pick even if you aren't a moon mama. Stella rocketed to popularity in the 1880s as the 59th most popular baby girl name and recently found its way back on the list at number 66. Looks like Stella McCartney isn't the only "star" in town.

  • Nash

    3

    Despite its earthy sound, Nash is actually a part of the zodiac system and is a giant star in Sagittarius. It peaked on US baby name list at number 344 in 2015, but we believe this name can go the distance. Famous Nashes include basketball player Steve Nash and the TV character Nash Bridges. Awesome!

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  • Soleil

    4

    A name fitting for the center of your universe, Soleil means "sun" in French. The most popular Soleil is, of course, Punky Brewster actress Soleil Moon Frye. But it's such a beautiful name, we think our solar system could use a few more.

  • Elio

    5

    Elio (pronounced EH-lyoh) is a unique choice for your little guy. Derived from the Latin word for the Greek sun god Helios, Elio is truly something special. The name hasn't ranked on baby name lists -- yet. So you could be the first to make this trend happen.

  • Sunniva

    6

    Sunniva, meaning "sun gift" in Old English, is the Patron Saint of Western Norway, making it a popular name overseas. The name hasn't caught on here in the states. Instead, you've probably heard pretty variations, including Sunny, Niv, and Niva.

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  • Orion

    7

    Not just the name of the most famous belt in history, Orion comes from Greek and Roman mythology. Interestingly, Orion had a small blip of popularity in the late 1800s before disappearing from the list altogether. It was only recently, in the '90s, that this name came back in vogue again, peaking at 368 on the most popular names list. How stylish!

  • Ayla

    8

    Ayla, a girl's name derived from the Hebrew Eilah, is a beautiful choice for parents who want something far from conventional. In Turkish, the name means "moon glow." Though it took a slight dip in popularity in the early 2010s, Ayla has been quickly rising in popularity, thanks to a star with a different spelling, Isla Fisher.

  • Cosmo

    9

    Here is a name certainly meant for the stars! Cosmo, or "order" and "beauty" in Greek, is a name straight from outer space. Though it's never made the top baby name list here in the US, it has traditionally been popular in Italy. Molto Bene

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  • Elara

    10

    Mark our words, this will be the name of a Disney princess one day. Elara, one of the moons of Jupiter, would make a truly distinctive baby name. It is even unique in its native France, where it's the feminine alternative of the boy's name Alar. So sophisticated!

  • Phoenix

    11

    We think this name will really take flight! Named after the mythical bird, Phoenix is a minor constellation in the southern sky. The origin of the name is Greek and, just like the bird, this name is on the rise. In 2015, Phoenix became the 307th most popular baby name in the United States. 

  • Neoma

    12

    Pronounced "Nee-OH-Mah," Neoma is a beautiful name derived from the Greek word for "new moon." It is not very common in the United States, peaking at no. 785 in the 1920s, but that's all the better because it means your child's name will truly be special. It would also make a great name for a baby born during a full moon.

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  • Leo

    13

    A good option if you have a baby boy on the way in August! Leo, much like the astrological sign of the same name, is Latin for lion. It is incredibly popular the world over, and it graces the top baby name lists in Switzerland, Sweden, England, Canada, Germany, Norway, and Scotland. Roar!

  • Summer

    14

    Quick! Choose this name before we get to September! Summer is a pretty way to commemorate the long, hazy nights you spend gazing at the stars. Though it hit its peak of popularity in the 1990s at 168, Summer never goes out of style.

  • Atlas

    15

    Atlas was the Greek god of travel and astronomy. You probably know him as a figure literally carrying the world on his shoulders. Despite being one of the most recognizable characters in mythology, Atlas is still relatively unused as a baby name. Perhaps it's time to change that.

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  • Nova

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    Nova, meaning new, is most often used to describe a bright star (à la super nova), but it also makes for a stunning name. The name was relatively unused in the US, until 2014 when it shot all the way to 288 on the most popular names list. Much like the stars it describes, when this name burns, it burns hot.

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