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Baby names that mean light

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...

Uplifting, brilliant baby names

Are you looking for a unique baby name that has a bright and shiny meaning? These baby names for boys and girls mean “light,” and are sure to get you going in the right direction.
Uplifting, brilliant baby names

Uplifted, brilliant, joyful — how does “light” make you feel? Whether you’re specifically seeking a baby name with that meaning or are looking for a name that is appealing and maybe a bit unusual, these names will fit the bill.

From familiar classics like Abner and Lucy to names with a fresh appeal like Ivar and Nura, we think you’ll find something perfect for your little boy or little girl.

Boy names that mean light

  • Abner: A Hebrew name meaning “father of light”
  • Anwar: This Arabic name means “light”
  • Apollo: From Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of light, music and poetry
  • Beacon: Meaning “signal light,” this name has Old English roots
  • Chand: This Hindi name means “moon, light”
  • Epifanio: A Spanish name, this means “bringing light”
  • Ivar: Meaning “light,” this name has Hebrew origins
  • Jomei: This Japanese name means “spread light”
  • Kiran: A Hindi name, this means “beam of light”
  • Lucian: Of Latin origins, this name means “light”
  • Ner: Meaning “candle or light,” this name has Hebrew roots
  • Oran: With Aramaic or Gaelic roots, this means “light”
  • Pradeep: This Hindi name means “light”
  • Uri: Meaning “my light,” this name has Hebrew origins
  • Zain: A Hindi name, this means “godly light”

Girl names that mean light

  • Alina: A Greek name, this means “light”
  • Aonani: This Hawaiian name means “beautiful light”
  • Ciana: Meaning “light,” this name has Italian roots
  • Dawn: Of Old English origins, this name refers to the first appearance of light
  • Ellen: This Greek name means “sun, ray, shining light”
  • Ilene: Variation of a Greek name meaning “light”
  • Ilona: A Hungarian name, this means “light”
  • Leora: This Greek name means “compassion, light”
  • Lucy: Meaning “light,” this name has Latin origins
  • Luz: A Spanish name, this means “light”
  • Mahina: This Hawaiian name means “moonlight”
  • Meira: Meaning “light,” this name has Hebrew roots
  • Nura: An Arabic name, this means “light”
  • Oralee: Meaning “my light,” this name has Hebrew origins
  • Phoebe: From Greek mythology, this name means “brilliant, radiant”
  • Thea: She was the Greek goddess of light
  • Zia: This Arabic name means “light, splendor”
  • Ziv: Meaning “radiance or light of God,” this name has Hebrew roots

Whether you choose your baby’s name based on its meaning, or how it flows with a potential middle name or your last name, these baby names are an excellent starting point. If you pick a more unusual first name, you might consider a classic middle name such as Anne or James, and vice-versa. Check your family tree for contenders too — don’t leave your ancestors out of the fun!

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