19 Heroic Baby Boy Names Inspired by Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Ashley Austrew | Jan 4, 2018 Pregnancy


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Fantasy and sci-fi are having a moment right now, thanks to the wild popularity of things like Star Wars and Game of Thrones. It's never been a cooler time to be a "nerd." But it's not just the unique story lines and creative details that grab the attention of sci-fi lovers and fantasy fans alike. In these genres and stories, we're transported to the farthest reaches of the human imagination and introduced to characters with totally diverse origins, ideas, and, yes, names.

Fantasy and sci-fi are the perfect places to look for baby name inspiration, because they're some of the only genres where writers and artists are still challenging the status quo and coming up with names that are new, fresh, exciting, and maybe even totally unused before now. Whether parents are seeking something that sounds valiant and strong or holding out for a name that's a little more otherworldly, sci-fi and fantasy baby names are where they'll find it.

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Here, we got the 411 on 19 of the most unique and imaginative baby boy names inspired by all things sci-fi and fantasy. Some are names parents might recognize from their favorite books, movies, and television shows. But others might not have made it onto the radar yet. Either way, each of these names is the perfect fit for a curious and adventurous baby boy.

  • Perseus

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    Some parents probably recognize Perseus, the son of Zeus, from Greek mythology or the constellation of the same name. But Perseus enters the world of fantasy as the full name of the titular character in author Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Unsurprisingly, the name has never ranked in the top 1,000 baby names in the US, but nicknames like Pierce, Percy, and Sea might have modern parents giving this name a second look.

  • Fox

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    Nothing says science fiction quite like taking baby name inspo from the X-Files. Lovers of the series will immediately recognize the name of their favorite agent, Fox Mulder. While Fox is traditionally a last name (think Megan Fox, Michael J. Fox, and add an extra "x" to get to the illustrious Jamie Foxx), the title is gaining ground as a first name for millennial parents who want something truly unique.

  • Bastian

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    Former '80s kids will recognize Bastian as the title character in The Neverending Story. It seems like Bastian would be a nickname for the longer and more popular name Sebastian, but surprisingly, that's not always the case. While the name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, it has gained traction as a first name, with stars like Jeremy Sisto choosing it for their kids.

  • Kael

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    Kael, pronounced like \kael\, is a Gaelic name that claims fantasy status from General Kael, the leader of the Nockmaar army in Willow. It's also the name of a character in World of Warcraft. The name Kael is very rare in the US and has never ranked in the top 1,000 baby names, but parents are probably familiar with similar spellings like Kail, Cael, and Gael.

  • Gaius

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    Dr. Gaius Baltar is a scientist on Battlestar Galactica. The name is pronounced GIE-us and is Latin for "I am glad." While the name certainly isn't popular (yet), it does share a few famous associations outside of the fantasy world. Julius Caesar's full name was actually Gaius Julius Caesar, and Gaius Charles is an American actor best known for his role on Friday Night Lights. If Gaius seems a little too complex, parents can opt for the equally cute nicknames Gus and Guy.

  • Orion

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    To most of us, Orion is associated only with the constellation Orion's Belt. But the name is actually popular throughout the fantasy world. Orion Black was the father of Sirius Black in the Harry Potter Series, and it's the name of a warrior god in the comic book series New Gods. Real-world uses of the name are on the rise, as well. As of 2015, 368 out of every one million babies born are named Orion.

  • Caspian

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    There's something undeniably regal and adventurous about the name Caspian. Meaning "of the sea," the name is most recognizable from C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. It's also the name of the main character in the Hollow book trilogy. Caspian has yet to achieve popularity in the US, though actress Neve Campbell did name her son Caspian in 2012, so at least any new little Caspians will be in good company.

  • Marty

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    What science fiction character was cooler than Marty McFly in Back to the Future? (Except for maybe Doc Brown, of course.) Marty didn't actually find footing as a baby name in the US until the 1930s. It reached peak popularity in the 1905s, sitting at number 238 on the 1,000 most popular US baby names, and it has since fallen off the radar. But in a time when parents are scrambling to bring back old classics, Marty is a cool, gender-neutral name that deserves a second look.

  • Logan

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    Sure, Wolverine sounds like a cool name, but can anyone really picture a President Wolverine? No, and that's why it's a safer choice to opt for his real name, Logan. The name Logan comes from Ireland and means "dweller in the little hollow." While Logan has been around for a while, it's only in the past decade that it's achieved true mainstream staying power. In 2016, it was the 17th most popular baby boy name in the US.

  • Sirius

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    Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. It's also the name of the beloved character from the Harry Potter series, Sirius Black. While the name is known and loved by millions of J.K. Rowling fans, it has yet to achieve popularity in the US or elsewhere. Sirius has never ranked in the top 1,000 baby names.

  • Artemis

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    Artemis, the title character from the book series Artemis Fowl, is originally the name of a Greek goddess, though many prefer to use it as a boy's name. The name is incredibly rare in the US, but parents will probably recognize its more popular nicknames: Art and Artie. Artemis sounds like the perfect name for a brainy boy who is clever and quick.

  • Soren

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    Soren is a Danish name shared by characters from The Matrix Reloaded, Underworld, and Guardians of Ga'Hook. Soren is a gender-neutral title, though it's more often used for little boys, which is likely due to its association with the famous philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. While the name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, it is considered extremely popular in Norway.

  • Septimus

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    Septimus Heap is the seventh son and the title character in the children's book series Septimus Heap. But that doesn't mean parents need to have seven sons in order to use and love this unique name. This Roman name is rare, especially in the US. But it has a stately vibe, and it lends itself to cute nicknames, like Tim.

  • Tyrian

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    Tyrian is a character in The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. It's also incredibly close to the popular character Tyrion from Game of Thrones. The name actually comes from Latin and was used to describe the royal purple dye used for clothing in the Roman Empire, hence its unmistakably regal sound. While Tyrian never been popular in the US, it is gaining popularity, thanks to the aforementioned close-but-not-quite Game of Thrones association. Popular Nicknames include Ty and Rian.

  • Ronan

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    Ronan is an old Irish name that means "little seal." It's also the name of a heroic centaur in the Harry Potter series, a character from the sci-fi TV series Stargate: Atlantis, and a villain in Guardians of the Galaxy. The name is quite popular in the US -- it was a part of the booming late '90s trend of Irish names that also brought us Aiden. But it's less popular than some of its counterparts, meaning it still has room to grow!

  • Han

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    Han is most commonly used as a variant of Hans or a nickname for Hanson, but it's also the name of the popular Star Wars character Han Solo. While other Star Wars names, like Kylo and Luke, have found their footing this year, Han is one of those unique names that's still relatively unused. It has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names and doesn't have many other associations outside of sci-fi. That means it's a perfect name for parents to start claiming the title and making it their own.

  • Geordie

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    Geordie, pronounced like Jordy, is a variant of the name George and means "farmer," which is light-years away from its sci-fi association of a character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The name is popular in England but hasn't quite caught on with the same spark in the US. While Geordie has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, people might recognize popular figures like pro football player Jordy Nelson or actress Jordy Lucas.

  • Odo

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    This one is for the Lord of the Rings fans. Odo, pronounced like Otto, is the hobbit Bilbo's cousin. And for the sci-fi fans in the house, it's also the name of a character on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Odo is a short, simple name that's easy to spell and doesn't require any accents. In German, it means "wealthy." We can't think of a better omen than that.

  • Angel

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    Angel is a beloved character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the real world, the name Angel is wildly popular and means "messenger." In Spain, Angel is traditionally a boy's name, though many Americans prefer to use it for girls. The name has been a mainstay on the most popular US baby names list since the '80s, and it's not going anywhere fast.

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