An uplifting name for a baby goes a long way in inspiring him or her to be positive and creating an aura of hope and joy. The intention to do good to the society could begin with the very name of your baby. There are plenty of places to look up when selecting inspirational names – nature, faith, movies, nature, people, books, and much more. MomJunction has scanned the ambiance and given you a few to help you choose better.
Inspirational Girl Names:
Abigail Scott, the writer, was one of the first women’s rights activists. This old-testament name is liked for its proper vintage charm. In fact, it was the 8th most popular name in the year 2014.
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Most of us find a unique manifestation of God’s blessing in our lives. This is called Bliss and is associated with countless positive images. Its variants like Blistex, Blister, or Blitz, aren’t half as cool as this!
The name Answer is ideal for religious parents who believe in the power of prayer. Answer refers to the Almighty giving you respite from the difficult situation that you are in. For the new age parents, the answer could be given by the inner self.
Amelia Earhart was the first female orator who flew solo across the Atlantic, but unfortunately disappeared during the circumnavigation of the globe. Amelia Earhart is no longer with us, but she never stopped captivating people’s minds. Amelia was also the top two baby girl name in the year 2015.
Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady, made a name for herself that is as memorable as her husband’s. She did not just assist her husband in his political endeavor, but she also fought for human rights and women’s issue.
Ada Lovelace, the 19th-century mathematician, is regarded by many as the world’s first computer programmer because of her notes on coding for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. She is also the child of the Romantic poet – Lord Byron.
Audre Lorde, the poet, essayist and civil rights activist is described rightly so as the “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Audre’s work explored the intersections of the different aspects of identity. She also spoke on the interplay of sexism and racial oppression.
Emmeline Pankhurst, the British suffragist, was the founder of the Women’s Social and the Political Union that advocated women’s voting rights in the early 20th century. You can see her work for the women in the movie ‘Suffragette’.
The Congress called Rosa Parks “the first lady of civil rights” for her fight against segregation and racism, which began with the fateful bus ride in Montgomery.
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Grace is the divine power that inspires virtue in humans and gives us strength to endure difficult times. It would remind your daughter of the eternal love of God.
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as the Supreme Court justice, paved the way for girls everywhere to aspire to do great things for the government. We’d interpret the meaning of her name ‘defending men’, as ‘humans’.
Lucy, the orator and women’s rights leader is best known for retaining her name after marriage. This solid and saucy name means ‘light.’
How can anyone not admire this Pakistani teenager, who is today’s women’s rights and education activities’ activist and also the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize? She will surely inspire generations to come.
The name Joy leaped the popularity charts after the release of animated movie “Inside Out”, where it was the name of one of the feelings in the lead character’s head. The name is the true representation of happiness. It means finding enjoyment and harmony in anything that you do.
History has witnessed some amazingly inspirational Elizabeths. One is Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the 19th-century women’s right activist who was also the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 20 years.
Gloria Steinem is one of the most famous living feminists in the world. She is a writer, lecturer and an activist who has been campaigning for women’s right since the 1960s. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the year 2015.
Harriet Tubman is best known for escaping slavery and saving more than 300 slaves via the Underground Railroad. She became the activist for the women’s rights after the Civil War, giving speeches about her experiences as a slave and advocating women’s suffrage.
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Isadora Duncan is widely regarded as the mother of modern dance. She rebelled against the traditional dancing styles that confined women in tight shoes and costumes. This inspirational baby girl name stands for ‘gift of Isis’ in Greek.
There are plenty of inspirational Janes. One is Jane Austen, the writer of thought provoking novels. The other inspiration is Jane Eyre, the heroine of the novel of the same name.
Margaret Sanger was the women’s right activist who advocated the women’s right to birth control. Then there is Margaret Atwood, the Canadian novelist, and poet who explores the nature of gender oppression.
If you believe that you have a little scientist on the way, name her Marie. This classic French moniker is shared by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Madame Curie.
Faith was once one of the most straightforward virtue names popularized by the Puritans in the 17th century. Today, most of the parents choose this inspirational girl name as an indicator of their religious belief. This moniker peaked in the year 2002 at #48.
Maya Angelou is the most inspiring bearer of this name. She was an American essayist, poet, and civil rights activist. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the year 2011.
Mother Teresa is an international symbol of service and charity to the poor and sick. She was one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century and continues to motivate millions of people even today.
The name is a little less used than other virtue names, but sounds fresh and has a rhythmic y ending. This English name might just inspire your children to be good and kind to everyone.
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Inspirational Boy Names:
Honor is a robust and confident baby boy name that inspires decency and integrity. The name radiates righteousness and reminds the man of his principles. This name is particularly suitable for people with a military background.
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who led the country through the Civil War and abolished slavery, is usually associated with this biblical moniker.
Karma may be a tad common for a baby boy name, yet is very inspiring. It would teach your son the golden rule – do not do anything that you wouldn’t want others to do to you.
The name may translate to ‘head of hair’, but it has more value when you consider its namesake Cesar Chaves, the Latino civil rights activist, renowned for his dedication to the labor movement and farm workers.
When talking about Civil Rights, Dr. Martin Luther King is the first person that comes to the mind. Martin, which means ‘warlike’, overshadows Dr. King’s message of equality and nonviolence, in a way. Nonetheless, it makes an excellent choice.
We have two American political leaders’ reference here. First is Benjamin Franklin, the Founding Father, and the polymath. And the second is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of the most admired presidents of the United States.
Zen has Japanese origin and is a form of Mahayana Buddhism that emphasizes the importance of intuition through meditation. Instead of blindly following the scriptures and rituals, Zen advocates an active approach in fulfilling one’s potential.
Bodhi, the baby name with Sanskrit origins has close links with the Buddhist religion. It means ‘enlightenment’ or ‘awakening,’ which we all want our children to have from an early age.
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Here’s another Sanskrit origin baby name that defines a cosmic law for maintaining the order in the universe. It comes from the word ‘dhri’, without which nothing can stand. So, if you have a thing for spirituality, Dharma would be a nice pick.
This name is a surprise success in the baby name world. The name entered the popularity charts in 1992 and has been on the list ever since. The name Justice will inspire your child to live a fair and honest life.
Pax is the Roman for ‘peace’. Pax Roman was the long period of 207 years of peace in the Roman ages of the first and second century. It also means ‘treaty’ or ‘accord.’
Everyone likes people who are honest and keep their word. This inspirational boy name denotes deep confidence and trust. It will also inspire your child to strive to meet his promises.
You do not always have to refer to sci-fi movies to give your son a space-themed name. You can take the inspiration from the first man on the moon himself. He had a classic Irish name that means ‘cloud.’
Nelson Mandela is a source of inspiration for many. From incarceration to the presidency, Nelson Mandela spent his long life fighting apartheid and racism in South Africa. He is definitely worthy of a namesake.
Winston Churchill served as United Kingdom’s Prime Minister during the Second World War. He inspired people and his forces to victory, making him earn a spot on one of the most inspiring leaders of all times.
After escaping from the clutches of slavery, Frederick Douglass penned three books on the abolitionist movement. Meaning ‘peaceful ruler’ Frederick is quite a fitting name for this inspiring figure.
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Bishop Desmond Tutu campaigned against several issues that once plagued South Africa, from HIV/AIDS to apartheid to homophobia. No wonder he received a Nobel Peace Prize for his works.
Nick Vujicic, the man with no limbs, inspires people never to give up on their dream. Having graduated with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning, Nick went on to become a motivational speaker.
Chance, the French variation of Chauncey, was once viewed as a Mississippi gambler kind of name, but it has now entered the mainstream and is rising rapidly. The name is also endorsed by celebrity fathers like Paul Hogan and Larry King.
Tesla is for Nikola Tesla, who is widely remembered for the development of alternating current electrical systems. His other innovations and inventions are too numerous to list. You can use Tesla for girls as well. Tess would make a cute nickname for Tesla.
Summarizing Carl Sagan’s accomplishments is near about impossible. Of note, he was an American novelist and astronomer, well known to the international readers as the presenter of television series “Cosmos.”
Valor is another inspiring baby name we think would sound great. And it is obscure enough to sound like a real name.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the general secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party, had the tenacity, courage, and strength of character to give up the power of Soviet Communism. He even dismantled the Communist grip on Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
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William Wilberforce was one of the greatest reformers of Britain. He fought tirelessly to end the slave trade at a time when it was considered an ‘economic necessity.’ This enduring name currently stands at the fifth spot.
Albert Einstein is one of the most celebrated scientists of the 20th century. He was also a humanitarian and spoke out against the nuclear weapons. The name Albert may have a serious and studious image, but, it is quite a fancy!
What inspiring name would you honor your child with? Tell us by commenting below!
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