When it comes to choosing a name for your baby or pet, many people take inspiration from the names found in ancient myths and legends.
Ocean names are becoming increasingly popular for both boys and girls. In this guide, I’ve combined two key trends – mythical names and names inspired by water to give you this list of mythical ocean names.
Inspired by mermaids, ocean gods and other mythical figures, here’s a list of the best mythical water names for you to choose from…
Aphrodite is an ancient Greek goddess whose name derives from ‘aphros’, meaning sea-foam. According to the myth, when Aphrodite was born she rose out of the froth of the sea.
One of the most well-known Greek gods, Poseidon was known as the God of water and the seas. Perhaps not the best choice for a boy baby name, Poseidon was known for being violent and ill-tempered.
The wife of Poseidon and queen of the sea, Amphitrite is used as a symbolic representation of the sea.
Meaning wave of the deep, Benthesikyme was the daughter of Poseidon and Amphitrite. She resided in Ethiopia.
The son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, Triton is a Greek god of the sea who is usually represented as a merman with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Triton is also the name of Ariel’s father in ‘The Little Mermaid’.
In Greek mythology, Oceanus is sometimes treated as a person but is more often considered to be a place. It’s the great world-encircling river which was believed to be the fount of all of Earth’s fresh water.
A cute ocean name for girls, Doris was a sea goddess and one of the 3,000 Oceanids n Greek mythology. Doris was considered the fertility of the ocean.
The Greek word ‘thalassa’ means ‘the sea’. It’s also the name of a sea goddess in Greek mythology.
Ceto is a primordial goddess of the dangers of the ocean and the sea monsters.
According to ancient Roman mythology, Neptune is considered the god of both freshwater and the sea. He is the counterpart of the Greek god, Poseidon.
The wife of Neptune was Salacia. She was the goddess of saltwater and the female divinity of the sea who presided over the depths of the ocean.
As well as being the name of a continent, Asia is also a name from Greek mythology. She was the daughter of Oceanis and Tethys.
A tropical sounding name, Calypso is also a girls’ name inspired by a nymph from the mythical islands of Ogygia.
The name Maya has been linked to several origins. In Greek mythology, Maya was the wife of Zeus and mother of Hermes. While Maya means ‘good mother’ in Greek, in Hebrew it means ‘water’.
According to European folklore, Melusine is a female spirit of fresh water in a holy river or well. She is often depicted as a mermaid. While the name is quite uncommon in modern use, it’s one of the most well-known felame water spirit names of the genre.
According to Welsh legend, Sabrina was a mythical Welsh figure who lived in a river and swam alongside dolphins and salmon. It’s a popular name for girls.
In Gallo-Roman religion, Damona was a water goddess associated with healing and rivers.
According to ancient mythology, Undine (also spelled as Ondine) is a water nymph who becomes human when she falls in love with a man but is doomed to die if he is ever unfaithful to her.
Another of the water goddess names and a variation of the name Bridget, Brigid was an Irish goddess associated with water where three streams join together.
A unisex and traditionally Welsh name, Dylan Eil Ton is a sea god character in the Welsh mythic Mabinogion tales.
According to Hittite mythology, Aruna is a sea god with a name that means ‘sea’. It would also make a lovely ocean-themed name for a girl.
A mythical ocean name for boys, Talay is the god and ruler of the ocean in Turkish, Mongolian and Altai mythology.
In Inuit mythology, Sedna (also known as Sanna or Sidne) is the goddess of the sea and marine animals. She’s believed to be the Mother of the Sea or Mistress of the Sea.
So, do any of these sea names inspire you? Are you considering using one of the water god names or the female water spirit names as a future child’s name in your family?