20 Baby Names Inspired by the Sun

Devan McGuinness | Jul 7, 2020 Pregnancy
20 Baby Names Inspired by the Sun
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There are so many great ways to find a baby name that feels like the right one. Parents can take a look back into their family tree and list names that have meaning and connections. There are names that we've loved for a long time. But, another way to find a name that we may not have heard before is to come up with an important meaning -- like the sun -- and then find names that are connected.

If finding a name that is inspired by the sun piques interest, we've rounded up 20 names, for boys, girls, and gender neutral that all are inspired by the sun. Some are literal translations, and others have a close connection.

  • AURORA

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    Most of us know the name Aurora from Disney's Sleeping Beauty, and it's an excellent name choice for Disney fans or anyone who loves animals. But it's also great for anyone looking for something sun related as the name means "dawn."

  • ELIANA

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    The name Eliana hasn't been around for a long time -- popping up on the charts in the 2000s. The name is one of those middle-ground names that aren't used enough to be on the most popular names but isn't so glaringly odd that people will be surprised. The name means "of the sun," so it's a great sunny related name.

  • IDALIA

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    Idalia has a charming sound to it, and the name sounds like it would be a flower that blooms in the summer. But the name is a nod to the sun and is of Greek origin that translates to mean "of the sun," and it's an excellent name for a little girl.

  • KALINDA

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    We first heard of the name Kalinda in The Good Wife, and what a woman to name a little girl after! The name itself is fitting for a little girl born in the summer because it translates to mean "the sun,"  but it's done in a much more subtle way.

  • MIRRI

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    There is something about sweet short names that sound cute, isn't there? Mirri translates to mean "the sun" as well, so it's another option if the parents don't want an obvious tie to the sun. It's a sweet choice for a family that loves to be outdoors and likes more unusual names.

  • SAVITA

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    The name Savita is such a gorgeous option for parents who want a baby girl name that means "the sun." There are several ways to spell the name if finding a little twist is ideal -- like Sarita instead. Both names are unusual enough, having never made it into the US top 100 baby names.

  • SOLEIL

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    Soleil means the sun as it's the French word for that bright warm ball in the sky. There most popular person with the name Soleil is Soleil Moon-Frye -- an actress who starred as Penelope "Punky" Brewster in the NBC sitcom Punky Brewster.

  • SOLANA

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    There is something about these baby names that start with "s" that come with meaning connected to the sun. Solana is another one that also translates to mean something a little different with "sunshine" and another that's never been in the top 100 baby names in the US.

  • SOLARIS

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    We love an excellent gender neutral name, and Solaris is one of those. The name itself translates to mean "of the sun" and is another choice that isn't already overused. There's an old movie of the same name, so check that out in case there are any strange connotations.

  • ORIANA

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    There is a sweet sound to this name, which means it should be given some consideration as a possible name for a baby-to-be. This name isn't as obviously tied to the sun as others, but the inspiration is still there with the meaning of Oriana translating to "golden."

  • SUNNY

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    If finding a super obvious tie to the sun is something that sounds like the best plan for the upcoming baby, we can't get more on-point then with the name Sunny. It's an obvious homage to the sun, and it's perfect because it's also not super common, so there won't be any confusion at school time.

  • SULIEN

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    A baby boy's name that's of Welsh origin that means "sun born" which is a sweet nod to the sun. While the name Sulien isn't popular, it's pretty similar to another name, Sullivan, but a good twist if that name is something the parents love, too.

  • SAMSON

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    We're big fans of first names that sound like last names, and Samson has that going for it. It's also a perfect sun-inspired name that also translates to "sun" in Hebrew. The name could also be spelled with a little twist with "Sampson."

  • SOL

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    Another gender neutral name, Sol, is a fun option for parents who don't find out the sex of their baby on the 20-week scan. The name is Spanish and translates to be "sun," and it's pronounced "sahl," which is a more common name than Sol.

  • ELIO

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    There are some great names we may never have the chance to hear if we didn't find a meaning we loved and then looked at the names available. Elio is pulled from Greek mythology's Helios, the god of the sun, so it's a super fitting name for someone looking for inspiration from the sun.

  • CYRUS

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    Cyrus also directly translates as "the sun." This baby boy name is an excellent mix of fresh and unusual. It's not one of those names we hear too often, but it's one that won't be forgotten either. We love how this incorporates both masculine and fun vibes.

  • APOLLO

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    There's a lot of power that comes with the name Apollo -- which is linked to the space shuttles. But it goes back to Greek mythology, where Apollo was the god of light and the sun. This one has double points for those who are interested in both mythology and space exploration. 

  • ARUN

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    A fun twist on the name Aaron, the Cambodian version Arun means "dawn" or "sun" The name is pronounced the same way as the name more commonly used in the US and it's a little shorter, so it's easier for a growing child to learn how to spell his name.

  • RAVI

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    The name, which is of Hindi and Sanskrit origin, means "sun" and is one of the gorgeous rare shorter names for a little boy. It's not super popular in the US, but is being given to thousands of babies each year.

  • BLAZE

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    If a parent is looking for something a little more playful and fun, why not go with the baby boy name Blaze? Its meaning is linked to the sun, thanks to its hot rays, and its quirky enough that it won't be forgotten.

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