Whether or not you struggle with infertility along the way, the road to parenting is rarely smooth. In fact, whether you get there via conception and childbirth, surrogacy, adoption, you name it, new-parent life can be downright emotionally and physically draining. But there’s no denying that welcoming a new baby into your family is nothing short of a miracle.
Which is perhaps why angelic baby names that mean “miracle” are ever-popular for parents welcoming a tiny human into their lives. When your baby’s name has such a literal translation with that special meaning, you get a lovely reminder every single day of what a gift they truly are. (And we all know there are going to be some rough days when you need to be reminded of that.)
There are also some wonderful virtue names out there, too, like Hope and Grace — because why not name your kid after a characteristic we could all use some more of in our lives?
Spiritual/religious baby names
If you’re spiritually inclined, you can turn to the heavens or your religious text of choice for baby name inspo. Maybe just steer clear of the ever-popular (?!) name Nevaeh, aka “heaven” spelled backwards. There are plenty of other riffs to take anyway, from Neve to Haven (the latter is Jessica Alba’s daughter’s name).
Old Testament baby boy names are popular choices, too. In fact, the name Jacob topped the Social Security Administration’s list of popular boy names for 13 years (although Liam is currently holding strong for yet another year at the top). Celebrities have also embraced the spiritual-name trend; Gwyneth Paltrow named her son Moses. Brooke Burke named her son Shaya, which means “God’s gift” in Hebrew.
Here are some more boy-name favorites from the Bible and the Quran.
Baby names that mean “miracle” and “blessed”
The French baby girl names Mireille, Marvel and Marvella all mean “miracle,” while Mireya is a Spanish name that means “miracle.” Micaela and Mikelle are both English names that mean “gift from God,” while Mirabelle is a French name that means “of incredible beauty.” We also love the names Bea, Gwyneth, Annie, Sachi, and Atara which all mean “blessed.”
For boys, the names Asher, Benedict, Bennett, Zelig and Barke all mean “blessing.” The English name Aaron and the Italian name Loreto are both great boy names that mean “miraculous.” We also love the names Neo, Jesse, Darko, Matthew and Theodore, which mean “gift.”
Baby names that mean “miracle” in other languages
Another fun idea is to name your child a name that means “miracle” in another language; most of these names would work for kids of any gender.
- Milagro: Spanish
- Miracolo: Italian
- Mirakel: Norwegian
- Milagre: Portuguese
- Harika: Turkish
Names that mean “blessing” in other languages:
- Benediction: French
- Bendiction: Spanish
- Beneficio: Italian
Names that mean “love” in other languages:
- Amare: Italian
- Amour: French
- Amor: Spanish
- Cinta: Indonesian
- Agapi: Greek
A version of this story was originally published in November 2015.
Or, you could always name your baby based on their zodiac sign.