Table of Contents :
- 1. Galaxy Inspired Baby Names For Boys
- 2. Planets, Moons, And Comets Inspired Names For Boys
- 3. Stars And Constellation Names For Boys
- 4. Galaxies Inspired Baby Names For Girls
- 5. Planets, Moons, And Comets Inspired Names For Girls
- 6. Stars And Constellation Names For Girls
If astronomy and stargazing have always amazed you, why not shoot the stars for baby names? Space baby names are the hottest trend on the playground, popularized mainly by the celebs. Chris North, the Sex and the City fame, named his son Orion while Erykah Badu named her daughter Mars. Keeping with the trend, MomJunction has compiled a comprehensive list of space themed baby names for your little one. Have a look!
Galaxy Baby Names For Boys:
Apollo is not just the name of the Greek god of fun and light, it was also the name of a famous NASA program. This classy name is suitable for kids of all eras.
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The name Saros comes from the term ‘Saros Cycle’, a period in which eclipses repeat themselves.
Phoenix is the name of the robotic spacecraft that was sent to Mars for exploration. Meaning ‘deep red’, Phoenix is the name of a colorful and mythical bird that is said to live for thousands of years before erupting into flames and rising from its own ashes. As a boy’s name, Phoenix is cool with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe to it.
Cosmos is the entire physical universe, the world. So it’s an apt pick for the baby who means ‘the world’ to you. The name has been popularized by some television shows. Remember The Fairly Odd Parents and Seinfeld?
Planets, Moons, And Comets Inspired Names For Boys:
Callisto is the name of the third-largest moon in the universe. The name is inspired from a nymph who fell in love with Zeus in the Greek mythology. You can shorten it to Callis or Calli to make a cute nickname.
Vulcan is the name of the hypothetical planet whose existence was questioned by the scientists in 1915. The name is rising rapidly in popularity. So don’t consider it if you are looking for some unique name for your son.
Jupiter, the fifth planet from the sun and the largest planet in the solar system, can make an attractive space name for boys. Its name honors the chief god of the Roman mythology. Even its female version Juno has become quite famous over the years. Jupe would make a cool nickname.
Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, is named after the Roman god of the message. If Mercury sounds too strong a name for your son, go for Merc, its relaxed variation.
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The name Aerglo is a play on the word ‘airglow’, a natural glow of the night sky from the reactions that take place in the upper atmosphere of the Earth.
Rejoice fellas. Scientists have restored the planet status to Pluto. As most of you must be knowing, Pluto was removed from the list of planets, and was given the status of a ‘planetoid’ previously. So to honor the event, name your son Pluto. Pluto is derived from a Latin word and means ‘God of the underworld’.
Janus, the name of one of the moons of Saturn, is based on the Roman god with two faces. It is the masculine version of the month name January. Ensure that people do not pronounce it as Janice.
The name Mars honors the war god in the Roman mythology. This moniker is no longer limited just to boys. Parents have started to use the name for girls as well. It’s also quite popular as a surname.
Oberon is the name of the major moon of Uranus. The name sounds twice nice when you pronounce it as Auberon.
The name Jericho has origins in the Arabic language and means ‘city of the moon’. Its beautiful meaning and its ability to derive several nicknames make it a cool name for baby boys.
The comet Holmes was once the largest object in the solar system. It’s also associated with Katie Holmes and Sherlock Holmes. They have Holmes as a surname, but we think Holmes would make a nice first or middle name as well.
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Constellation And Star Names For Boys:
Orion, also called The Hunter, is the brightest and best-known constellation in the sky. This constellation consists of three conspicuous stars. The name originates from the Greek mythology, where Orion was a mighty hunter and the son of Poseidon. The meaning of Orion is ‘limit or boundary’.
Fun fact: The constellation Orion is also known as Altair in some parts of the world.
The constellation Aries, depicting a ram, represents the Golden Fleece in Greece mythology. Ares or Arese would make a nice alternative to Aries.
Atlas is the name of the famous Greek Titan that is depicted holding a celestial sphere. He is also known as the titan of navigation and astronomy. Anne Heche can be credited for making this name popular as she named her son Atlas Heche Tupper in the year 2009.
Perseus is the name of the constellation located in the northern portion of the sky. Its name honors the famous Greek god who defeated Medusa. Perseus is a Unisex name, but has been more popular with the boys in the past. On its own, Perseus sounds heroic, but when you add a nickname like Percy, it instantly transforms into a fun moniker.
Leo is the name of a constellation containing clusters of shiny stars. This constellation was discovered quite early. Leo was rated as the 134th most popular space baby names for boys in the year 2014. The name Leo, meaning ‘lion’, was very popular in ancient Rome. In fact, 13 Roman popes were named Leo.
Archer is the name of the half-man and half-horse Sagittarius group of stars and means ‘strength and power’. Archie would make a perfect nickname for it.
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Sirius is an excellent name to bestow on your son. Also called the Dog Star, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. So your boy will always be radiating and shining wherever he goes. It’s also the name of the XM satellite radio.
Castor is the name of the brightest star in the Gemini constellation. Together with its brother Pollux, they are called “The Great Twins” in the Greek mythology. So if you are blessed with a twin, Pollux and Castor could make excellent starry choices.
The constellation Columba is named after the dove that warned Noah about the flood. Too bad that the name is not as familiar as it was a few decades ago. Callum would make a good variation.
In the Greek mythology, and Homer’s epic Odyssey, the Orion constellation was personified as an adventurous hunter. Hunter was the 45th most popular baby name in the year 2012, and its popularity is increasing with every passing day.
Nash is the name of the Gamma Sagittarii star, which is located in the Sagittarius constellation. Nash is located exactly on the spout of the ‘teapot’. It was one of the most popular names in 2012, but its popularity has reduced in the recent years. So it is unlikely that your little one will encounter any other child with this name.
Rigel is the super-giant star in the Orion constellation. It’s the most important star when traveling the ocean. So you can hope that your little one will not get lost with this name.
The name Solar is perfect for your little boy who is the center of your world. The name is related to the Sun, one of the brightest stars.
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Taurus is the name of the star sign and constellation picturing the fore quarter of a bull. The name Taurus comes from the Latin word meaning ‘bull.
Mighty and powerful Hercules is the name of a constellation. The name is inspired by the Greek god Hercules, the son of Zeus, who in a fit of anger killed his own kids. The name comes from the Greek word Herakles, which means ‘hero’ or ‘warrior’.
Galaxy Names For Girls:
Most of you must have got the reference by now. You get the name Galexia by tweaking the spelling of galaxy. It’s a great name for parents who do not want a clear space name for their child.
Andromeda is a galaxy named after a Greek mythology princess. The name means ‘ruler of man’. Being named after an entire galaxy, you can be assured that your little one will be at the center of the world.
Planets, Moons, And Comets Inspired Names For Girls:
Ophelia is the name of a tiny moon in Uranus. This moon was named after a character in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. It is sure to make a unique name for the apple of your eye. Both Blake Lively and Lee Curtis have played characters named Ophelia, so your little one will have plenty of namesakes.
Titania is one of the classiest space names for girls. It is the largest of the moons of Uranus and the eighth largest moon in the Solar System. The name is inspired by the queen of fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can shorten it to Tania, one of the coolest nicknames of all times.
Portia is the name of one of the moon of Uranus. It was inspired by the name of the female protagonist of the play The Merchant of Venice, who disguises herself as a man to defend her husband Antonio in court. But the younger ones will probably associate it with the stylist in The Hunger Games. The Australian actress Portia de Rossi is the most popular namesake.
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The second-closest planet to the Sun, named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love, makes the name regal and feminine. The name is fitting for a rising pop star or superstar. Venus William immediately comes to mind when we think about this name. If you take the tennis champion’s name as an indication, any girl with this name will have a successful future.
Pandora is the name of the moon of Saturn. It is named after the first woman endowed with gifts of gods in Greek mythology. The Pandora box contained all the evils of the world. So if you can look past its strange connection, the name means ‘all gifted’ and sounds charming.
Phoebe remained the outermost moon of Saturn for nearly 100 years. Meaning ‘bright, radiant and prophetic,’ Phoebe was also the name of the Goddess of the moon and the mother of Leto in Greek mythology. The name shares a connection with one of the most famous sitcoms of all times Friends. If you love the eccentric Phoebe as much as you love astronomy, then you should definitely go for this adorable astronomy baby name.
Halley is a term used for the short-period comet that is visible to the human’s naked eye from the Earth. It appears just twice in a lifetime. The name Halley is quite popular in the US. Halley Berry is one of the most prominent bearers of this name.
This Scandinavian moniker meaning ‘gorgeous goddess’ is used by the Swedish microsatellites for studying various features of space.
Miranda is the name of one of the five major moons of Uranus. Scientists had named the moon Miranda after the female lead of the same name from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In the play, the little girl Miranda was brought up and educated on an isolated island by Prospero, her magician father. The name Miranda comes from the Latin word Mirandus, which means ‘she who must be admired’. After all, who does not admire ladies like Miranda Lambert or Miranda Kerr?
Juliet is famous as the heroine of the greatest love story of all times, Romeo and Juliet. It is also the name of one of the moons of Uranus. The name is heard more in England than in any other part of the world. The meaning of this French name is ‘youthful’. Jules or Julie would make the best nicknames for Juliet.
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Bianca is the name of a small moon in Uranus. It is named after one of the fascinating characters in William Shakespeare’s play Taming of the Shrew. The name Bianca was the most popular in the year 1991 and holds the 300th spot currently. So it’s a perfect name for parents looking for an uncommon, yet meaningful and beautiful name. Bianca is also the name of the daughter of Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The name Aurora comes from the natural phenomenon of the appearance of gorgeous red and green lights in the sky. It typically takes place near the southern and northern magnetic poles. Aurora is also the name of the Roman goddess of dawn, whose tears turned into morning dew.
Ariel is not just the name of the red-haired Disney princess but is also the shiniest moon in Uranus. It’s one of the cutest space themed baby names for girls.
We love the name Elara, one of the moons of Jupiter. The moon was named after one of the lovers of Zeus in the Greek mythology. The name has been rising in popularity since the year 2013, so don’t be surprised if you find another Elara in the park or your child’s school.
Parents feel over the moon when their child arrives in this world. To celebrate your child’s arrival, why don’t you name her Luna? Luna is Latin for moon. This sweet, short and celestial baby name is also the moniker of one of Harry Potter’s companions in J.K. Rowling series. Actress Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem chose it for their daughter. Luna would also make an excellent middle name.
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Cordelia is the name of the inner moon of Uranus. The moon was named after Queen Cordelia, the youngest daughter of King Lear from Shakespeare’s play with the same name. The princess was noted for her undying devotion to her father and unwavering honesty. The moniker is an Anglicization of the Welsh goddess, Creddylad and means ‘jewel of the sea’.
Calypso is another pretty name for your baby girl. It’s the name of a moon personified as a Queen Nymph in the Greek mythology. She was the daughter of Atlas, who enticed Odysseus for seven long years. Calypso is also a singing style in West Indies. Add a twist to the name by spelling it with a K, like Kalypso.
Constellations And Star Names For Girls:
Naming your child after just one star is a passé. The trend is naming the child after the entire group of stars that form a pattern called constellations. Cassiopeia is one of the hottest constellation baby names. The constellation was named after the mother of Andromeda in Greek mythology. Both mother and daughter’s name have celestial objects named after them. You can shorten the name to Cass or Cassie.
Lyra is a harp-like constellation in the northern hemisphere. It is named after lyre in the ancient Green mythology of Orpheus. With the musical connection, you can expect a future rock star on hands.
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Also referred to as the ‘Harp Star’, Vega is the fifth shiniest star in our solar system. Naming your child after this star would ensure that she always shines. The name has already been popular in Scandinavian countries, and has now started making its way to the US. So don’t be startled when you see a girl or even a boy named Vega.
Libra is the name of a constellation, which is also a member of the famous zodiac system. Meaning ‘fair, tactful and well-balanced’, Libra would make a perfect name for your girl.
If you don’t want to use Star as your baby’s name and feel that Stella is too common, you can go with Estelle. Estelle was once perceived to be an old-fashioned name from Charles Dickens’ novel, The Great Expectations, but it has now come back with a bang and is all set to shine brightly. It has a long way to go.
The Theta Serpentis star system was first known by the name of Alya. The name is quite popular in the Muslim community as a baby girl name.
Alula is the name of one of the first twin stars discovered. It would make an apt name for one of your twin girls. You can even use it as a nickname.
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Nova is the nuclear explosion of a white dwarf, which causes sudden brightening of the star. Meaning ‘new star’, this bright and lovely name would brighten up your daughter’s life. Briana Dejesus, the participant of “Teen Mom 2,” named her daughter Nova Star. That’s quite a smart choice, as the girl will have both of the celestial objects in her name.
This time, take a celestial approach to give a timeless appeal to the name. Did you name your child after any of the celestial objects? Would you use any of these names for your child? Share our views with us by commenting below.
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