Birds, our beautiful feathered buddies, symbolize beauty, immortality, transcendence, and the connection between Earth and heaven. So why don’t you name your bundle of joy after these beautiful creatures.
Interestingly, there are a plethora of baby names inspired by birds. So let your baby name-hunting take a flight with MomJunction’s collection of bird baby names. Some are bold, while others are mainstream favorites. But each of these names would work, if not as a first name, then definitely the middle one.
Bird Names For Boys:
Robin originated as a nickname for Robert, but became a top 100 name for girls in the 60s. But we still think this name suits guys more, probably because of its association with Robin Williams.
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This moniker is inspired by the majestic hunting bird, hawk. When the name was coined for babies, hunting was considered an aristocratic sport. Hawk is heard more as a surname than a first name.
Crane is the name for the genus of large birds with long necks and legs. Its literal meaning is ‘to extend one’s neck’. For the nickname, you can opt for Cray.
Merle comes from the surname Muriel, but it is also an Old French word merula for blackbird. This name was favored hugely in the years the 1910s and 1920s.
This is one of this most famous avian-inspired baby names. It entered the United States top 1000 baby name list in the 2013 and climbed 300 spots in just a year.
There is no real bird named Phoenix. But is has been a powerful symbol of rebirth for millennia. Some cultures even have a phoenix-like bird in their traditional stories.
Here’s a name borrowed directly from the bird. Joel Madden and Nicole Richie chose this name for their son. But it would work well for a baby girl too!
Here’s an active bird baby boy name for you. It is inspired by the fastest flying bird swift, which boasts of over a 100 species. We think it would make an intriguing middle name.
Byrd is a variation of the straightforward name, Bird. It was also the name of the teenage son in the television show “Huff”. Sargent James Byrd, the anthropomorphic penguin from game “Spyro the Dragon”, is also a namesake.
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Falcon would make a powerful and sleek bird name for your baby boy. It’s appropriate for a boy, but we think it would work for a girl, too! Falcon Heene, fondly known as the “balloon boy” would be its namesake.
This moniker conjures images of salty and windswept air of the beach. As most of you must be knowing, this name is inspired by the seagull. As a name, Gull has Celtic origins and means ‘long-winged swimming birds’.
Eagle is a soaring name with patriotic symbolism. We do not have a real life namesake of this name, but in “Old St. Paul’s”, a novel by W. H. Ainsworth, Solomon Eagle was a character. It’s also the name of a rock band.
The meaning of Finch is ‘to swindle’. But its similarity with pinch would be a turnoff for some parents. Did you know, in the medieval times, Finch was believed to be a foolish bird?
Chelidon, the Greek name for swallow, (the bird) would make a different name for your son. In the Greek mythology, Chelidon was the loving sister to Philomela.
Corvus, the Latin word for ‘crow’ could also make a potential baby name.
Here’s another baby name inspired by the crow. We bet no one can even guess that it’s inspired by our black feathered friend. It’s also the name of the castle where the Holy Grail is believed to be hiding.
Bran is a Celtic name, meaning ‘crow’. You can even keep it as a short form of Branwen or Branok, which mean the same.
Fechine is an Irish name derived from the word ‘fiach’, which means ‘raven.’
If you want something fierce and bold for your son, name him Wulfram, which means ‘wolf raven’.
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Colm is an Irish name meaning ‘dove’. You can even use it as a nickname for the name Colman, which means the same.
We’ve got another baby name meaning ‘dove’. Callum is the Scottish form of the name Columba and is a huge hit in Scotland, England, and Ireland.
The moniker of the long-legged wading bird would sound great on your baby boy too. Heron has a soft, yet robust sound to it. Herron is another spelling.
This moniker is inspired by the Jaybird. It may seem like a modern name, but has been in use for centuries.
This moniker, developed in the Late Latin, means ‘dove’. This popular Irish name could easily immigrate, given its peaceful meaning.
Lonan is an Irish name, meaning ‘blackbird.’ We think it would make a fresher alternative to Conan and Logan. For the nickname, you can choose Lonin or Loni.
Manu is a Polynesian baby name, meaning ‘bird of the night’. It’s also a Sanskrit name, meaning ‘man’. This moniker has an exotic texture about it, which we love. Manu Chao, the musician, is its most famous namesake.
Talon, meaning ‘the large claw of a bird of prey’ has its origin in the French language. Despite its slightly disturbing meaning, Talon has been chosen by a number of parents in the past few years.
Nesta, a variation of the name Agnes, brings to mind the intricate nests build by the birds. It was originally a girl’s name, but was put on the maps for boys when Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale used it for their son.
Here’s another name inspired by the nest. Nestor was actually a wise ruler of Greek legend who helped the Greeks win the Trojan War. Nestor Carbonell, the American actor, is its most famous bearer.
Altair is an Arabic name, meaning ‘falcon’. It’s also the name of the 11th brightest star in the sky.
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Culver is the English variant of the name Columba and means ‘dove’. It’s a solid and serious two-syllable name for you to consider. Cully would make a cute nickname.
Efron is Hebrew for ‘bird’. This Biblical name has an extremely pleasant sound, just like its meaning. Zac Efron is the famous bearer of this name.
Faulkner is an occupational name, meaning ‘falcon trainer’. This moniker was introduced in the medieval times, when falconry was a popular sport. It’s also associated with William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize winner.
Vireo is the name of a beautiful green bird that sings melodious songs. The name is unusual, but very pleasant.
Gawain is a Welsh name, meaning ‘may hawk’. It belonged to the courteous Knight of the Round Table. Gawain Vincent, the British handball player, is its namesake.
The name Griffon, inspired by the Griffon vulture, is a variation of Griffin and means ‘strong lord’.
Shahaf is a lovely sounding Hebrew name, meaning ‘seagull’.
If you want something unusual for your baby boy, name him Akos, the Turkish for ‘falcon’.
Horus is the falcon headed Egyptian sun god. This moniker sounds a lot like Horace, but means different.
This name is associated with a type of falcon. It’s also then name of the fifth century mentor and sorcerer of King Arthur.
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Hula is a Native American name, meaning ‘eagle’. We think it would make an unusual choice for parents looking for an original H name.
This Scandinavian name, meaning ‘eagle tree’, is virtually unknown in the United States.
Arnold, meaning ‘eagle power’, has not really been a parents’ favorite despite some reputed namesakes.
The Australian golden whistler is a species of bird found in Australia. This English occupational name is associated with James Abbott McNeill Whistler, of “Whistler’s Mother”.
Jonah is a popular Hebrew name, meaning ‘dove’. It is associated with the Abrahamic prophet who was swallowed by a large fish. This name is currently represented by Jonah Hill, the famous actor.
Bird Names For Girls:
Ava comes from the Latin word ‘avis’ and means ‘bird’. The moniker ranked fourth in the United States in the year 2014. Ava boasts of an unobtrusively modern feel, which makes it oh-so-appealing.
Its meaning (goose) would look slightly silly to a few parents, but we think it would make an unconventional update of Janet. For boys, it would be a spin of Garret.
Yes, we all know that Teal is a bluish-green shade. But did you know this color came from the duck? The Eurasian teal is renowned for its greenish-blue markings.
Sarika is a Sanskrit word for Mayna. We think it’s a thoroughly exotic name and would make an accessible name for your daughter.
Simple names have an appeal of their own. Aya, a Hebrew name, meaning ‘bird’ would make a lovely alternative to Anya and Maya. Aya Hirano, the Japanese pop singer and Aya Jones, the French-Jamaican model are its famous bearers.
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Deryn is a Welsh name, meaning ‘bird’. This 50s name sounds a lot less dated that Robin. It’s also associated with Deryn Lake, the English historical novelist.
Rhea is the name of the large and flightless bird that is the cousin to the ostrich. Besides, Rhea is also the name of a goddess, the mother of Zeus.
Starling is a creature found in every corner of the Earth. This fanciful name is associated with Clarice Starling, the FBI agent from the “Silence of the Lambs”, a role, which got Jodi, Foster the Best Actress Oscar.
This surname has borne by two fictional heroines, Bella Swan of “Twilight” and Elizabeth Swan of “Pirates of Caribbean”. Do not use Swan as a first name. It’s best used as a middle or surname.
Circe was the name of the sorceress who tangled with Odysseus on his wanderings. This name comes from a Greek word ‘kirke’, which means ‘bird’.
Loa is the name of a bird in the Icelandic language. This name falls somewhere between Lola and Noa.
With a sanskirt origin, this Delicate and lacy name has a lower emphasis on the jar syllable.
Sephora is the simplified form of the name Tzipporah, Moses’ wife. It is Hebrew for ‘bird’.
This nightingale name would fit with the Lucy related name. Technically, Luscinia is a genus that includes nightingale and other several related feathered friends.
In the Greek mythology, Philomela was turned into a nightingale to protect her from a lecherous kind. It comes from the Greek words for ‘love’ and ‘song’, thereby meaning ‘lover of song’.
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Dove is a beautiful bird name with peaceful undertones. One of the surname associations of this name is Rita Dove, the former United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet. You can drop the ‘e’ for a masculine feel.
Laraline is a Latin word, meaning ‘seagull’. It may not have much history as a first name, but we think it would wear well. And it’s one of the rarest names too!
This is one of the least common and most intriguing names of all. It’s derived from a the name of a type of falcon, known for its smooth flight.
Drora and Derora is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘sparrow’.
Alouette, the French word for ‘skylark’, first featured in a children’s song “Alouette, gentile alouette”. We think Alouette would make a bold, middle name choice for your girl.
Here’s another dove baby name for you. In the Old Testament, Jemima was the name of one of the Job’s daughters. This name appealed greatly to the Puritan parents.
Parastoo is an utterly exotic Iranian name, meaning ‘swallow’. Pari or Parisa would make cute nicknames for Parastoo.
Celandine is the name of a flower, but is derived from a Greek word, meaning ‘swallow’.
Branwen is a subtle, bird-inspired name for your baby girl. Bran means ‘raven’ and wen means ‘fair’. There is also a Branwen in the Welsh mythology.
Paloma, the Spanish word for ‘dove’ has lately found major favor with the Americans. Pacifist and actor Pablo Picasso was the first one to use this name for his baby girl, followed by David Caruso and Ana Ortiz.
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Just like Ava, even Avis is considered one of the bird-inspired names, probably because of its association with Ava. Daniel Baldwin gave this name to his daughter in the year 2013.
Aderyn is a Welsh name, meaning ‘bird’. In this name, the emphasis is on the middle syllable. You can shorten it to Addie.
Andre Previn and Mia Farrow gave this name to their daughter in the year 1973. But Lark gained popularity via Agnes Lark, the daughter of Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.
Tori is often used as a nickname for Victoria, in Japanese. It means ‘bird’. But like most of the Japanese names, even Tori’s meaning depends on the kanji used for writing this name.
Birdie, the short form of Bernadette, Barbara and Elizabeth is a strong name with B. It would work great as both first and middle names. Busy Philips welcomed her little Birdie in the year 2008.
Raven was a huge hit in the 90s, when the young television actress Raven Simon appeared in the spotlight. But it is all set to make a comeback, possibly because of the parents’ affection with the bird names.
Phoebe, meaning ‘bright’ was the name of the goddess of the moon in the Greek mythology. But it’s also the name of a type of a bird found in America. This name currently ranks #298.
Chenoa is a Native American name, meaning ‘white dove’. It’s a great pick for people looking for a unique name for their daughters. You wouldn’t have to worry about her classmates having the same name.
Jaret is a lacy and delicate name that does not emphasize much on the jar syllable. It was the name of the leading heroine in Barbara Cartland’s book “The Wild, Unwilling Wife”.
Aghavni is Armenian baby name for ‘dove’.
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Usoa is a Basque name, meaning ‘dove’. This mid-century name is all set to make a comeback and we cannot wait for it.
In the Irish mythology, the raven is associated with Morrigan, the war goddess. So this name is related to both greatness and terror.
Faigel is a sleek, smooth, and slightly understated Yiddish name, meaning ‘bird’.
Einin is a contemporary Irish name, meaning ‘little bird’.
While Jay is used for boys, its spelling variation Jae suits girls more, especially in the middle. Jae is a Latin name, meaning ‘a bird in the crow family’.
This Irish name, meaning ‘beautiful bird’ is one of the trendiest monikers right now. You can even go with Eileen, an uncommon variation of this name.
Oriol is a beautiful, tiny blackbird native to North America. Meaning ‘golden’ in Latin, Oriole would make an unusual variant of Aurelia. Oriole is also the last name of an MLB team.
Palila is a rhythmic Hawaiian baby name, meaning ‘bird’. As a member of Lila and Leila family, Palila would make a trendy name for your daughter.
This name would be a bit too flighty as a first name. So we’d suggest you use it as a middle name. It’s also associated with Lady Bird Johnson, the former First Lady, born Claudia.
The name Feather refers to the gorgeous flights of the bird. It was also used for a character in the Walter Mosley’s novel. But in reality, this name would sound too fluttery for a girl.
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Nydia is a rarely used, Latin name, meaning ‘nest’. We think it would make a distinctive alternative to Lydia. It’s also associated with Nydia Velazquez, the first female Puerto Rican member of Congress.
Yonina is the feminine variation of the name Jonah and means ‘dove’. This name would appeal to parents looking for a formal version of the name Nina.
Zippora is the variation of the Hebrew name Tziporah and means ‘bird’. It got a glamorous update when Zippora Seven, the New Zealand model appeared at the forefront.
Linnet is the small bird belonging to the finch family. The accent on the first syllable makes it sound very cool. Lynne would make a perfect nickname for it.
Another Welsh import, and one of the more subtle avian names for girls. Bran means raven, and the -wen comes from gwen,meaning fair. There’s a Branwen in Welsh myth.
Rosella is the name of one of the six species of Australian parrots. It’s also a name of the Australian flower. For the nickname, you can use Rose.
Baya weaver is a weaverbird belonging to Asia and India. This name made an appearance in the United States’ top 1000 in the 19th century, along with Parker and Cooper.
Gwylan is a Welsh name, meaning ‘seagull’.
Gwennol, the Cornish word for ‘swallow’ would make a great name for your daughter.
Suzume is a Japanese name, meaning ‘sparrow’. It will make a great variation to Susan.
Halcyon is the highly unusual name of one of the kingfisher birds. It’s related to Halycyone, the mythic bird who calms the seas.
We hope you liked our compilation. Which name would you select for your baby? Leave us a comment below!
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