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Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Exploring the world

Do you love adventure? These baby names of famous explorers and adventurers may be just what you’re looking for as you seek to find the perfect name for your baby boy or girl.
Exploring the world

According to, “adventure” is defined as “an exciting or very unusual experience” or “a bold, usually risky undertaking — hazardous action of uncertain outcome.” If you love striking out on your own and seeing what comes your way, you may be an adventurer. How about an awesome adventurer baby name to go along with your idea of fun?

Famous adventurers

One way to pass on your adventurous spirit is to bestow upon your baby the name of a famous adventurer! There are plenty of role models to choose from — men and women who pushed the limits to see and do things that haven’t been done before.

  • Amelia Earhart: aviation pioneer
  • Annie Smith Peck: mountain climber
  • Christopher Columbus: explorer and discoverer of the New World
  • Edmund Hillary: the first man to climb Mount Everest
  • Eileen Collins: astronaut
  • Emin Pasha: German explorer
  • Freya Stark: travel writer
  • Henry Hudson: English navigator and explorer
  • Lincoln Ellsworth: American explorer
  • Louise Boyd: Arctic explorer
  • Marco Polo: legendary Venetian merchant traveler
  • Mary Henrietta Kingsley: English explorer in Africa
  • Mary Leakey: well-known anthropologist
  • Nelly Bly: sailed around the world in 72 days

Fictional adventurers

Real life is grand enough, but many famous fictional characters were very adventurous! From literature, film and even video games, these are some of our favorites.

  • Alice: from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Amelia Peabody: protagonist archaeologist from many Elizabeth Peters novels
  • Bilbo Baggins: from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Bilbo was an unlikely hero
  • Dirk Pitt: treasure hunter from Clive Cussler’s novels
  • Edmond Dantes: also known as swordfighter, treasure-seeker and adventurer Count of Monte Cristo
  • Harvey Cheyne: the seafarer from Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous
  • Indiana Jones: from the films that bear the same name
  • Jim Hawkins: he joined Long John Silver in Treasure Island
  • Lara Croft: a female name from the video game series Tomb Raider and the films of the same name
  • Lyra Belacqua: heroine of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials
  • Nemo: not the fish, but the captain from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Sinbad: sailor from Arabian Nights
  • Wendy Darling: she traveled to Neverland with Peter Pan and her brothers

Adventurous-sounding names

Just for good measure, here are several baby names that sound like they would be attached to a future explorer or adventurer. Get those baby hiking boots ready!

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