Water Names

270+ Water Names That Are Refreshingly Unique

Water names show up in every language, in every culture, and for every gender across the globe. The planet is mostly covered in water. Most of our body is composed of water. All life depends on it. So it’s natural that so many names would be derived from this primal life force. Whether the name is derived from an ocean, sea, lake, river, creek, waterfall, or merely the morning dew that shines on a blade of grass, there’s a water name suitable for every newborn baby.

Water names show up in every language, in every culture, and for every gender across the globe. The planet is mostly covered in water. Most of our body is composed of water. All life depends on it. So it’s natural that so many names would be derived from this primal life force. Whether the baby name is derived from an ocean, sea, lake, river, creek, waterfall, or merely the morning dew that shines on a blade of grass, there’s a water name suitable for every newborn baby.

If you’re a lover of the beach, the ocean, or spending time in any pond, river, or lake, you might be inspired to name your future baby girl or baby boy after the place you love the most. If you’re looking for a water-inspired name for your baby, then you’ve come to the right place.

person about to touch the calm water

Water Names For Boys and Girls That Literally Mean “Water”

Aban – female, Persian origin.

Aban – female, Persian origin.

Thuy – female, Vietnamese origin.

Salil – male, Indian origin.

Apanie – female, Australian origin.

Mbizi – male, Egyptian origin.

Mesi – female, Egyptian origin.

Dax – male, French origin.

Ambu – female, Sanskrit origin.

Aqua – female, Latin origin.

Dover – male, Welsh origin.

Maya – female, Hebrew origin.

Jeevika – female, Sanskrit origin.

Baby Girl Names That Are Water-Inspired

Abenahir – female, Persian, “water of a stream or canal.”

Afshaneh – female, Persian, “sprinkling, scattering.”

Rudabeh – female, Persian, “river water.”

Adaliah – female, Hebrew, “one that draws water.”

Dalit – female, Hebrew, “drawing water.”

Yardenah – female, Hebrew, “from the river Jordan.”

Adirafemale, Hebrew, “strength of the sea.”

Dayla female, Hebrew, “to draw water.”

Gali female, Hebrew, “fountain.”

Baby Boy Names That Are Water-Inspired

Ahumai – Hebrew, “a meadow of waters.”

Sachiel – Hebrew, “angel of water.”

Arroyo – Spanish, “deep gully.”

Airavata – Sanskrit, “child of waters.”

Bay – English, “body of water enclosed by land.”

Fontaine – French, “fountain.”

Kyle – Scottish, “Channel, strait”

Irving – Scottish, “green river” or “sea friend”

Cresswell – English, “watercress river”

Anup– Sanskrit, “watery.”

Dylan – Welsh, “son of the sea.”

Jidlaph – Hebrew, “he who distills waters.”

Moses – Hebrew, “saved from the waters.”

Baby Names That Mean “From The Water”

Moselle

This female name is of Hebrew origin meaning “from the water.”

Moses

This Egyptian name is Biblical and means “delivered from the water.” It is a common baby boy name.

Apsaras

This female name is of Indian origin meaning “from the waters.”

Diona

This female name is of English origin meaning “from the sacred spring.”

Atwater

This male name is of English origin meaning “from the waterside.”

Daileass

This uncommon male name is of Scottish origin meaning “from the waterfall.”

Dallas

This common name is of Scottish origin is quite unisex. It means “from the waterfall.”

body of water under blue and white sky at daytime

Japanese Ocean-Inspired Names Used For Girls

Mizuko – female, Japanese, “water child.”

Umiko – female, Japanese, “child of the sea.”

Marella – female, Japanese, “of the bright sea.”

Hama – female, Japanese, “shore, beach.”

Nami – female, Japanese, “surf, wave.”

Hamako – female, Japanese, “child of the shore.”

Kishi – female, Japanese, “shore, beach.”

Kishiko – female, Japanese, “child of the shore.”

Nagisa – female, Japanese, “seashore.”

Shizue – female, Japanese, “quiet inlet.”

Taura – female, Japanese, “many lakes.”

Water-Themed Hawaiian Baby Names

Kaimana – female, Hawaiian, “power of the ocean.”

Lana – female, Hawaiian, “afloat.”

Moana – female, Hawaiian, “sea.”

Kai – female, Hawaiian origin, “sea.”

Kailani – female, Hawaiian, “sea and sky.”

Noelani – male, Hawaiian, “mist of heaven.”

Water-Inspired Baby Names of Celtic, Welsh, and Nordic Origin

Cordelia

This Celtic female name means “daughter of the sea.”

Meredith

This classic female name is of Celtic origin meaning “protector of the sea.”

Muir

This Celtic matryonic name is common as a last name, meaning “sea, moor.”

Muriel

This female name is of Celtic origin meaning “of the bright sea.”

Ula

This old Celtic female name means “sea jewel.”

Beck

This is an Old Norse unisex name meaning “stream.”

Kelda

This female, Old Norse name means “fountain.”

Aberfa

This female name is of Welsh origin meaning “from the mouth of the river.”

Morgaine

This female-given Welsh name means “bright sea.”

Coburn

This male name is of Welsh origin, meaning “a stream.”

Conway

This Welsh, male name means “holy water.”

Morcan

This female-given Welsh name means “bright sea.”

Torlan

This Welsh name is given to baby girls, meaning “from the river bank.”

Glan

This name is of Welsh origin and given to females. It means “from the shore.”

woman in white dress sitting on brown wooden chair on beach during sunset

Water Names Inspired By Goddesses and Water Creatures

Vivien

This English, female name means “lady of the lake.”

Coventina

This female name is of Celtic origin and means “water goddess.”

Anahita

This female name is of Persian origin meaning “river goddess.”

Nineve / Nyneve

These English names, no matter how they’re spelled, mean “the lady of the lake.”

Morgan

In Greek mythology, there were three sisters of Fate (Birth, Life, and Death) known as the Moeragetes. The name means sea nymph or mermaid, which were creatures known for enticing men.

Doris

In Greek mythology, Doris is the name of the Greek sea goddess. She was the ocean-nymph wife of sea-god Nereus and the mother of 50 Nereids. The name means “gift” or “gift of the ocean.”

Scylla

In Greek mythology, Scylla was a sea monster with 12 feet and 6 heads on long necks with shark-like teeth. This name simply means “sea monster.”

Clyte

This Greek name was often given to baby girls and means “a water nymph.”

Naida

This Greek name is often given to females, meaning “a water nymph.”

Ceto

In Greek mythology, Ceto was a primordial sea goddess. This classic Greek baby name is often given to baby girls, meaning “goddess of the sea.”

Amphitrite

This Greek name is inspired by the sea-goddess who was said to be the personification of the sea water.

Sedna

This is in Inuit female name that means “goddess of the sea.”

Pelagia

This name is of Greek origin and would be given to a water baby girl. It means “dweller by the sea.”

Styx

In Greek mythology, Styx was the name of a “river of the underworld”, which is what the name means. However, it also literally means “shuddering.”

Tethy

This name is of Greek origin and derives from “grandmother.” However, the name refers to the Greek mythological Titan who was associated with the sea: the wife of Oceanus.

Zale

This male, Greek name means “power of the sea” or “Sea-strength.”

man holding trident statue under white clouds at daytime

Water-Inspired Baby Girl Names from Latin

Charybdis

This name has both Latin and Greek origins and is primarily for baby girls. The name derives from a sea monster who was the daughter of Poseidon, and was rationalized as a whirlpool, giving the meaning of the name: “a deadly whirlpool.”

Ephyra

This Latin baby name is often given to girls. It derives from the Greek mythology story of Ephyra, one of the 3,000 water-nymph daughters of Oceanus.

Leuconoe

This female-given name is of Latin and Greek origin, derived from and meaning “the daughter of Poseidon.”

Peirene

This Latin-rooted name comes from Greece and mythology. It is the name of a fountain or spring located in Corinth. It is said to be a favored watering hole of Pegasus.

Rhode

This female-given name is of Latin origin and means “daughter of Poseidon.” The name Rhodes is the name of the largest Dodecanese islands of Greece, where mineral-rich spring water is used to give medicinal baths.

Aegaea

This name is of Latin origin and is often given to baby girls. It means “from the Aegean Sea.”

Apulia

This female, Latin name comes from Apulia, a region of southern Italy.

Marilla

This Latin name is beautiful for a girl. It means “shining sea” and is one of the most popular female names that mean water. (F) … Latin … shining sea

Nebula

This female name has multiple origins and meanings but is still quite inspired by water. In Latin, it means “misty.”

Marina

This name is of Latin origin and is often given to baby girls. It means “sea marina.”

Neptune

This name has Latin roots and means “god of freshwater.” In Roman (Latin) mythology, Neptune was the equivalent to the Greek Poseidon, the god of the sea. One of the planets in our solar system is named after this; Neptune is one of the two ice giants and 80% of its mass is made up of icy materials, including water.

Venilia

This female, Latin name means “of the sea and winds.”

Arvia

This name is of Latin origin and given to girls. It means “from the seashore.”

Delora

This name is of Latin origin and is often given to baby girls. It means “from the seashore.”

blue ocean water during daytime

Water-Inspired Irish and Gaelic Names

Avonmora – female, Irish, “from the great river.”

Kelby – female, Gaelic, “place by the fountain.”

Leena – female, Irish, “wet meadow.”

Lir – male, Irish, “god of the sea.”

Lynn – female, Irish, “lake.”

Morrissey – male, Irish, “choice of the sea.”

Muriel – female, Irish, “knows the sea.”

Murphy – male, Gaelic, “sea warrior.”

Murray – male, Irish, “lord of the sea.”

Shannon – female, Irish, “old, wise river.”

Hurley – male, Irish name, means “sea tide.”

woman in black bikini in water

Ocean Names Describing Water

Narayan

This male name is of Sanskrit origin meaning “moving water.”

Trent

This is a common male name of Latin origin meaning “gushing water.”

Ardvisura

This female, Persian name means “brilliant waters.”

Robeab

This female, Persian name means “sweeping waters.”

Talise

This is a Native American name given to baby girls. It means “lovely water.”

Mortimer

This is a male name, of French origin, meaning “still water.”

Tallulah

This is a female name and of Choctaw origin. It means “leaping water.”

Gursel

This baby boy name is of Turkish origin meaning “flowing water.”

Calder

This baby boy’s name is of Scottish origin and means “rough waters.”

Douglas

This classic baby name is often given to boys. It is of Scottish origin and means “dark water.”

Adva

This female, Hebrew name means “rippling water.”

Ebba

This female English name means “flowing tide.”

Cari

This Turkish name is often given to girls and it means “flows like water.”

English and Anglo-Saxon Water Names for Girls and Boys

Aerwyna – female, English, “friend of the sea.”

Chelsea -female, Anglo-Saxon, “seaport.”

Delta – female, English, “confluence of rivers.”

Diondra – female, English, “from the sacred spring.”

Bourne – male, English, “lives near a stream.”

Brooke – female, English, “small stream.”

Clifford – male, English, “one who lives near the ford by the cliff.”

Lach – male, English, “lives near water.”

Earwine – female, English, “friend of the sea.”

Lincoln – male, English, “settlement by the lake.”

Orabelle – female, English, “beautiful seacoast.”

Rodney – male, English, “land near the water.”

Lausanne – female, English, “Lake Geneva.”

Aedre – female, Anglo-Saxon, “stream.”

Beverley – female, English, “beaver stream.”

Brimlad – female, Anglo-Saxon, “seaway.”

Cotovatre – female, English, “name of a lake.”

Lyn – female, Anglo-Saxon, “cascade.”

Kendall – male or female, English origin, “valley of the river Kent.”

Seaton – male, English, “town by the sea.”

Washington – male, English, “town near the water.”

Ford – male, English, “river crossing.”

Irvette – female, English, “friend of the sea.”

Laguna – female, English, “body of water separated by a coral or reef.”

Misty – female, English, “tiny drops of water.”

Wade – male, English, “cross the water.”

Waverly – female, English, “meadow of quivering aspen.”

Wiley – male, English, “well-watered meadow.”

waterfalls beside green mountain

Baby Boy and Girl Names That Mean “From/Of the Sea or Ocean”

All of the names listed below are from different regions around the world but mean pretty much the same thing. They all have the meaning “from the sea,” “of the sea,” “of the ocean” or “from the ocean.”

Mamia – female, Latin origin.

Delma – female, Spanish origin.

Maritza – female, German origin.

Ingemar – female, Old Norse origin.

Dorea – female, Greek origin.

Marea – female, Latin origin.

Marissa – female, Latin origin.

Marius – male, Latin origin.

Mariza – female, Latin origin.

Marinella – female, Latin origin.

Lage – female, Swedish origin.

Marinochka – female, Russian origin.

Maryn – female, Latin origin.

Oceane – female, French origin.

Meris – female, Latin origin.

Thalassa – female, Greek origin.

Delmare – female, French origin.

Nautia – female, Latin origin.

Baby Names That Means Ocean, Sea, and River

Deniz – male, Turkish origin, means “sea.”

Araxie – female, Armenian origin, means “river.”

Itsaso – female, Spanish origin, “sea.”

Jaladhi – male, Hindi origin, means “ocean.”

Meri – female, Finnish origin, means “sea.”

Rio – female, Spanish origin, “river.”

Hali – female, Greek, “sea.”

Mira – female, Sanskrit origin, “ocean.”

Loire – female, French, “river.”

Murdock – male, Scottish, “Sea.”

Tyna – female, English origin, “river.”

Samudra – female, Indonesian, meaning “ocean.”

Darya – male, Persian origin, sea.”

Baby Names Inspired By Waves and Water’s Current

Genevieve

This beautiful, female French name means “white wave.”

Vanora

This is a female, Welsh name that means “white wave.”

Dillon / Dylan

In Celtic mythology, Dillion/Dylan is a sea-god who was killed by his uncle. As the legend goes, the sound of waves crashing along the shore of a beach is the longing for vengeance. Interestingly enough, the name Dillon means “great flood” or Dylan, “son of the wave.”

Jennifer

This Celtic name is classic for a baby girl, meaning “white wave.”

Una

This is a female, Welsh name that means “white wave.”

Winnifred

This is a female, Welsh name that means “wave.”

Undina

This Latin name means “of the waves.” It is given to baby girls.

Morwenna 

This is a Welsh girls’ name which means “waves of the sea.”

Baby Names Inspired by Rain and Dew

Shabnan

This female, Persian name means “raindrop.”

Tishtar

This Persian name is often used for baby girls and it means “angel of rain.”

Rocio

This female name is of Spanish origin meaning “dew drops.”

Tulia

This female name is of Latin origin meaning “heavy rain.”

Sindhu

This female name is of Sanskrit origin meaning “rain.”

Masika

This name originated from Egypt meaning “born during rain.”

Ara

This female Arabic name means “brings rain.”

Rosemary

This female name is of Latin origin, meaning “dew of the sea.”

Jaleh

This name is of Persian origin, meaning “dew.” It is often used for a baby girl.

Talia

This female name is of Hebrew origin meaning “dew from heaven.”

Talora

This female name is of Hebrew origin meaning “morning dew.”

Talya

This name is of Hebrew origin. It means “dew of heaven” and is often used for baby girls.

Nadah

This female Arabic name means “dew, moisture.”

Nadia

This female Arabic name means “having dew on the surface.”

beach wave on white sand

Other Baby Names That Are Water-Inspired

Below is a list of names that are inspired by water, but more specifically, things found in the water, like animals, flowers, and other ocean life.

Nawfar

This female-given name is of Arabic origin and it means “water lily.”

Puakai

This beautiful, female Hawaiian name means “ocean flower,” or “sea blossom.”

Sadira

This name means “ostrich running from water.” It is for baby girls and is of Arabic origin.

Malila

Of Miwok origin, this female name means “fast salmon swimming up a rippling stream.”

Cragen

This name is of Welsh origin and given to a female. It means “sea shell.”

Lise

This Native American name is cute for a baby boy, meaning “salmons head rising above.”

Ran

This Japanese name is given to girls and it means “water lily.”

Arno

This Italian name means “flower water” and is given to baby boys.

Sadaf

This name is of Persian origin and given to a female. It means “sea shell.”

Laraine

This female-given name is of Latin origin and it means “sea gull.”

Coral

This name is of English origin and is beautiful. fora baby girl. It comes from what we know coral to be: “underwater skeletal deposits that form reefs.”

Creiddylad

This is a unique female name of Welsh origin that means “jewel of the sea.”

Briny

This male name comes from England and means “saltiness that comes from the sea.”

waterfalls surrounded by trees at daytime

Boy’s and Girl’s Names That Mean “Waterfalls”

Assana – female, Irish origin.

Eathelin – female, English origin.

Hlynn – female, English origin.

Lin – female, English origin.

Gracelynn – female, German origin. Means “graceful as a waterfall.”

Taki – female, Japanese origin. Means “plunging waterfalls.”

Water Names That Mean “Clear Water”

Cain – male, Welsh origin.

Ken – male, Welsh origin.

Kenn – male, Welsh origin.

Brooklyn – female, English origin.

Pavati – female, Hopi origin.

Myuna – female, Australian origin.

Kendra – female, English origin.

Other Names That Mean Water Or Are Water-Inspired

Here is a compilation of names that are inspired by rivers, streams, brooks, lakes, and other little paradises other than the ocean or sea. These baby names come from Italy, Spain, Armenia, India, Norway, Turkey, Germany, and so many other places. We’ve included the origin, meaning, and even some nicknames for some!

Adrie

This name is of Dutch origin and is often given to females. It means “from the Adriatic”, which is the northernmost part of the Meditteranean Sea.

Fjord

The female, Norwegian name means “sea passage.”

Kolora

This female name is popular in Australia and it means “freshwater lagoon.”

Jurmala

This female name is of Latvian origin. This name meaning is “sea shore.”

Pamuya

This name is of Hopi origin, a Native American tribe in northeastern Arizona. This female name means “water moon.”

Jharna

The female-given, Sanskrit name means “a small brook.”

Laguna

This female, Italian name means “pond,” or “lake.”

Dalila

This female name is of Arabic origin and means “to draw water,” “water bearer.”

Mississippi

This Native American name is unisex and it means “father of waters.” It also refers to the Mississippi River.

Tahoe

This female, Native-American name means “edge of the lake.”

Amadahy

This female name is of Cherokee origin. This name meaning is “forest water.”

Nixie

This name is of German origin and is often given to baby girls. It means “little water sprite.”

Rilla

This baby name is German and given to baby girls. It means “brook.”

Aberdeen

This male name is from Scotland and it means “mouth of the river.”

Struana

This Scottish name is given to boys and means “from the stream.”

Ria

This girl’s name is of Spanish origin. It has multiple meanings: “from the river’s mouth,” “Star of the sea,” “Sea of bitterness,” and “drop of the sea.”

Rialta

This name is of Italian origin and is often given to girls. This water-inspired name means “deep brook.”

Como

This Italian name is typically given to boys. It means “lake, province,” and is also the name of a beautiful lake in Northern Italy.

Firtha

This Scottish female name means “of the sea” or “arm of the sea.”

Cora

This baby name is of Scottish origin and is often given to girls. It means “seething pool.”

Wisconsin

This name is interesting: not only can it be for a boy or a girl, but it also has various meanings. In French, it means”gathering of waters” and in Native American, it means “red stone river” or “river running through a red place.”

Destan

This French, male name means “by the still waters.”

Riva

This French female name means “from the shore.” This water-inspired name is topographic for someone who lived on the bank of a river.

Bayou

This name is primarily gender-neutral. It is Native American, but more specifically, Choctaw. It means “small, slow stream.”

Chenelle

This French name is primarily given to girls. It means “canal, channel.”

Imma

This female name is largely used in Germany but has Akkadian and Greek roots. In Akkadian, it means “one who pours water,” and in Greek mythology, Imma is the name of the constellation Aquarius, who was the water pourer.

Jarita

This female name is quite common in Arab-speaking countries. It means “an earthen (old, decayed) water jug.”

Naunet

This female name derives from the Egyptian mythical goddess of the ocean. Therefore, the name means literally that. It is believed to be a form of Nun, a name that means “primeval waters,” and who was a representation of the waters of chaos.

Tefnut

This female name translates to “that water” and “atmospheric moisture” and “to spit.” It comes from ancient Egyptian goddess of water, moisture, and rain. The name could also be inspired by the tale that her mother who gave birth to her by spitting her out.

Sarila

This Muslim Turkish name is given to girls. It means “flood.”

Kevser

This female name is often given to babies in Turkey and is of Arabic origin. It means “a river in paradise,” or “holy water in heaven/paradise.”

Nen

This baby name has Egyptian roots, meaning “ancient waters”

Kawthar

This Arabic female name means “a river in paradise.”

Nahla

This female name has multiple cultural origins. In its Arabic and African origins, it means “a drink of water” or “water in the desert.”

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