146 Maori Baby Names With Meanings

Kiwis prefer names that have a special meaning and connection, either by tradition, culture, or an experience. So what better than giving your children a Maori name? Being the Indigenous people of New Zealand, Maoris form an integral part of the nation. And if you ask us, there are plenty of other good reasons to give your child a Maori name. It will recognize your Maori heritage, honor your admired ancestor, and stand out from the crowd of today’s trendy names.

Maori baby names have beautiful sounds and evocative and interesting meanings, which is why there are incredibly popular, not just with the Aboriginals, but also urban settlers. The first names are often given at birth, inspired by the event or circumstances. In some cases, children can be given a different name, this time again, influenced by events or circumstances. Before the arrival of Pakeha, Maori did not use surnames. But it’s now mandatory for Maoris to have a family name, which should be the father’s name. And it isn’t required for women to change their surnames after marriage.

Below is MomJunction’s wide selection of Maori names with meanings. Click on the links to get full details on the name.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
AnaGracious and satisfyingGirl
AnaheraThe majestic and powerful angelGirl
AriVariation of Ariel which means the lion of GodBoy
ArohaLove,mercy; one who is compassionate individualGirl
AtaahuaA beautiful girlGirl
HanaArabic for "happiness," and Japanese for "flower," Korean for "One, First, Consistency," and Hawaiian for "workGirl
IhaiaGod is salvationBoy
KaiThe Scottish and American meaning is Fire, The Hawaiian is The Sea, Welsh meaning is Keeper of the keysBoy
KaiaKaia name means The SeaGirl
KauriName of a tree found in NewZealanadBoy
KoraKora means CompanionGirl
MaiaMother; One who has unconditional love like a motherGirl
ManaakiTo cherish, conserve and sustainBoy
ManaiaFrom the mythological figure, a man with the head of a birdGirl
MikaereWho is like GodBoy
NikauName of a palm tree found in New ZealandBoy
RawiriBeloved, one who is loved by everyoneBoy
TiaAn aunt, daughter born to royaltyUnisex
WiremuMaori form of William. It means protection or helmet.Boy
AataBear or stone in Maori language.Boy
AhereBird snareGirl
Ahikameans sustaining and enhancing our place orcommunities, wero or challengeBoy
AhorangiThe name means enlightened in the Maori language.Girl
AhurewaA sacred place.Girl
Aiali’iChief of a village or tribeUnisex
AiheDolphin in Maori language.Girl
AioPeaceGirl
AiriniPeace, a woman of a peaceful nature.Girl
AkaAlso known as, AffectionateGirl
AkahataSupremeBoy
AkenehiChaste and pureGirl
AkonaTo enthuseGirl
AmahauTo gatherBoy
AmetihitaNot intoxicatedGirl
AmiriaAmiria is the Maori version of Amelia. It means 'hard worker'.Girl
AnahiraArchangel or angelGirl
AnewaTo fallBoy
AoateaDawnGirl
AperaBreathBoy
AperahamaFather of a mighty nationBoy
AperiraAperira is the Maori form of April.Girl
AputaOpen spacesGirl
AramoanaPathway to the ocean.Girl
ArangaMaori word for Easter.Girl
ArapetaNoble and famous. A famous man.Boy
AratakiThe leader, a man with leadership qualities.Girl
ArihiA woman of noble kindGirl
ArihiaOne who is noble and kind.Girl
ArikiwiCloak made of kiwi feathers.Girl
AronaColorfulGirl
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