Answer: Baby names that mean miracle (and synonyms) include Aaron, Benedict, Asher, Theodore, Alazne, Gwyneth, Marvel, Beatrix, Loreto/Loretta, Milagro/Milagros, and Jesse. Read on for more information about the background of these names.
Whilst everyone will have different experiences throughout pregnancy and childbirth, one thing we can all agree on is that the journey we make into parenthood is nothing short of miraculous. When you gaze into their eyes for the first time, you may well be inspired to name them to honour this. After all, by definition, a miracle is:
“That which causes wonder and astonishment, being extraordinary in itself and amazing or inexplicable by normal standards.”
Sums up parenthood pretty well! There’s not much more wonderful than holding your healthy newborn, so if you have struggled with fertility issues, health scares or premature delivery, there can be no better way to signify the start of something extraordinary than by giving your baby a meaningful name.
Here are our top baby names from around the world meaning “miracle”.
Boys names meaning Miracle
A name derived from the Hebrew or Egyptian Aharon, Aaron has roots right back to the Old Testament. He was Moses’s older brother, and when appealing for the release of the Israelites from slavery, Aaron used his shepherd’s staff to perform miracles and produced plagues to intimidate the ruling Pharaoh.
He was declared by God to be the first high priest of the Israelites, and as such his name has gone on to mean “miraculous”. Whilst popular throughout western countries, it has seen a spike in popularity in the USA over the last few years.
Benedict is the English language variant of the Latin/Italian name Benedictus, meaning “blessed”. The name was widely spread through Europe during the 6th Century by the popular Italian saint Benedict, who founded the Benedictine order of monks.
There have been 16 Popes named Benedict, so it is a name with strong religious roots, but it has perhaps become more mainstream and popular, thanks to the high profile of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
With its origin in the Bible and Hebrew language, Asher is a surprisingly modern-sounding name. Asher was Jacob’s 8th Son who was promised a life blessed with abundance, and therefore has a literal meaning of “blessed” – a generous name to bestow upon your newborn! We think it’s a pretty cool sounding name and an unusual variant on the more common, Ashley.
Originally, the Greek name Theodōros was translated into the Italian Theodorus, before being translated into the English language derivative, Theodore. It has a literal meaning of “gift from God” and was established as a popular boy’s name in ancient Greece through several important public figures with the moniker. Thaddeus is a traditional variant if you want an unusual take on the name, whilst Theo and Teddy have become popular shortenings of the traditional name.
Girls names meaning Miracle
A striking sounding name, Alazne originates from the Basque word for “Miracle”. The Basque country identifies itself through its own language and culture, whilst sitting on the border between South Western France and Northern Spain, on the Bay of Biscay. Throughout Spain, Basque people are regarded as being very industrious, so this name could inspire your little girl to go on to great things!
A Welsh name, Gwyneth has been a popular girls name since the 19th Century, with “Gwyn” meaning “blessed” in Welsh language. Ranked just inside the top 1000 girls names in America, this is by no means a common moniker, despite actress and entrepreneur, Gwyneth Paltrow, being a household name.
Derived from the old French word “merveille”, meaning “miracle”, which is also still a popular name in French-speaking countries, the English language name, Marvel, is a stylish choice for your new baby girl. Today, Marvel may be more associated with comic book or film characters – but if you’re looking for an unusual, strong and meaningful name, look no further!
Derived from the Latin name Beatus, meaning “blessed”, Beatrix is an unusual and interesting name – not many names out there include an ‘x’. Associated with the children’s novelist, Beatrix Potter, the name holds a special place in many people’s memories of their own childhood. Variants on Beatrix can be found the world over, with Beatrice being the American variance, and Behati coming from the Afrikaans language of South Africa, meaning “she who brings happiness”.
Names for boys and girls meaning Miracle
This name, with Italian origin meaning “miracle” has been around since the 16th Century. The name is derived from the Italian place name, Laurentum, which was the site of the Virgin Mary’s home, Santa Casa, which was miraculously transported by angels from Nazareth in the 13th Century.
Loretta is the feminine variant, while Loreto is more common – although by no means overused – amongst baby boys. Loreto first entered the top 1000 boys names in the 1970s, whereas Loretta was most popular in the 1930s, ranking inside the top 100 names in the UK.
With roots in Spanish history, Milagro (male) and Milagros (female) are names meaning “miracle” or “wonder”. In the past, it is a name that has been passed down in Spanish families in honour of the Virgin Mary, known as “Nuestra Señora de los Milagros”, or “Our Lady of Miracles”. While the names can be seen by some as old fashioned, they are still popular in traditional parts of Spanish speaking countries, with the shortened versions Mira and Mila increasing more so in popularity for girls. If you have Spanish ancestry, these names would make a loving tribute.
A modern sounding name, Jesse has ancient roots in the Hebrew language, as the name Yishai, meaning “gift”. An excellent choice if you are raising your child as gender-neutral, Jesse is a popular name across Europe, being ranked in the top 10 baby names in The Netherlands since 2005 and breaking into the top 100 baby names in the UK in 2016. Still more unusual than variants Jessica, Jess or Jessie, we think this is an effortlessly cool name for your new baby, boy or girl.
How to choose your baby’s miracle name
Picking your baby’s name can be difficult. Of course, it’s not to be chosen lightly! They‘ll have it for their whole life, so us parents need to think carefully! Often those who choose a name ahead of birth can then feel like the name “doesn’t suit” their child’s character, so don’t feel pressured to rush into a decision; it’s quite normal to take a few days after your bundle of joy has arrived to decide on their name.
Many of the names meaning “miracle” have ancient meanings. So, during pregnancy, why not take the time to do some research into your family history? See if you can honour your ancestor’s memory by choosing a name from their country of origin, or a long-forgotten family name. The options for baby names are endless, but using one of these ideas will ensure you never forget the miracle of life.
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