A tiny baby is, without a doubt, a true wonder of the universe. And they can certainly leave you feeling a little starry-eyed. So why not look to the heavens for some naming inspiration?
From constellations to astronomers, mythology to science, we’ve scoured this solar system and beyond for some celestial naming inspiration.
Here are 21 names that are – it has to be said – out of this world.
Celestial baby name inspiration
Amos: the arrival of a baby alters your orbit forever, in the best way of course! So why not name your baby after a NASA satellite, like Amos?
Archer: Sagittarius, one of the constellations of the zodiac, is Latin for Archer. It’s a strong, masculine name for a tiny tike, so the ultra cute nickname Archie may be a good place to start.
Aster: from the Greek for ‘star’, this sweet and unusual name would be a lovely choice, particularly for parents keen to look outside the top 100.
Caelum: it may be the eighth-smallest constellation, but don’t let that put you off. It is diminutive in starry terms, but is sure to shine brightly as a name for your little one.
Celeste: a pretty, traditional sounding name, Celeste means ‘heavenly’. And for fans of a certain elephant, you may remember Celeste as the queen in Babar. So it has royal connections too.
Clayton: leftover from the formation of stars and planets, comets have been dancing through our solar system for millenia. They occasionally put on a good show for us earthlings and also provide celestial baby naming inspiration, like the (Bally-)Clayton.
Cressida: one of the moons of Uranus, the much prettier sounding Cressida would be a lovely choice for your little lass.
Edwin: you can also take naming hints from those who gazed at the stars, like Edwin Hubble, who is credited with a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy. An astronomy superstar for sure.
Elara: both a moon of Jupiter and one of Zeus’ lovers, Elara comes with a lofty celestial pedigree.
Estella: this name comes from old French, via Latin, and means ‘star’. Those with literary leanings will also remember that Estella is the heroine in Dickens’ classic Great Expectations.
Esther: another name that means ‘star’, this one is rising in the firmament once more as it garners celebrity attention from the likes of Ewan McGregor.
Faye: a comet within the Jupiter family – whatever that means – Faye also means ‘fairy’. We love the soft, sweet elegance of this name.
Isaac: even for the not-so-science-y inclined, Sir Isaac Newton is a familiar name. A distinguished name for a darling baby boy.
Hunter: the constellation Orion is one of the most prominent in our skies, visible around the world. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. We obviously like Hunter too, with 992 little Hunters born in Australia in 2014.
Leo: if your bub is busy in the womb, then Leo may be the right name for him. The fifth sign of the zodiac, a Leo is ruled by the sun and is typically a bundle of energy.
Lianna: in English, this graceful name means ‘daughter of the sun’, whereas in Hebrew it means ‘god has answered’. Whatever the meaning, it has a lovely lyrical sound.
Maia: Maia sparkles in our skies as a star in the Taurus constellation. She was also one of the seven daughters of Atlas according to Greek Mythology.
Nash: this name takes us to the zodiac again, with Nash being the common name for the star Gamma Sagittarii found in the constellation Sagittarius. Nash is a great choice for those who like short names, but would like to steer clear of more popular options, like Jack, Noah and James.
Phoenix: another constellation in the southern sky, this one is part of the grouping known as the Southern Birds.
Sirius: famous most recently as the godfather of a well-known young wizard with a lightning bolt scar on his head, Sirius is the brightest star in our sky. A little Sirius will certainly burn bright for you.
Sol: we end with the star at the centre of our solar system, with Sol meaning ‘sun’. The sun provides most of the energy for our lives on earth and we are sure your little Sol will inject much energy into your life as well.