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30+ Romantic Baby Names, in Honor of Valentine's Day
In a spin off of Lauren’s baby names that mean LOVE, I’ve rounded up the most “romantic” baby names — whether it’s a poetic sound, historical significance, or literary association.
Most of the classically romantic names are elaborately feminine or masculine, in the most traditional sense. They conjure the image of an earlier, more romantic era — whether it’s from ancient Greek mythology or Old Hollywood glamour. Yet I’ve also included romantic heroines and heroes, which might hold a heavier, more emotional weight (especially if you’ve always loved the book or movie).
So in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are the most romantic baby names for boys and girls:
A poetic name that has a romantic imagery — whether as the name of Sleeping Beauty or the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.
Of all the top baby names of the moment, Chloe just might be the most romantic — often found in 17th Century romantic poetry and literature, like the Greek romance Daphnis and Chloe.
One of the most useable “angelic” baby names, Angelica has deep routes in poetry and classic plays, like Romeo & Juliet (the two most romantic name choices of all).
In honor of one of the most classic romantic novels of all time: Anna Karenina.
This name — climbing the charts in popularity — has a long history with classic English novels, which, combined with its poetic sound, makes it a romantic choice.
A heavenly name dripping in femininity.
An ancient royal name that conjures one of the most famous love stories of all time: Anthony and Cleopatra.
Meaning “supreme goddess,” Isis was the Eyptian goddess of moon and fertility — both very romantic.
A romantic, heroic name for a little boy.
No “romantic name” round-up would be complete without Shakespeare’s classic protagonist. While it was once considered “too” romantic — with tangled ties to Juliet — it’s now firmly in the Top 400.
A cousin to fellow romance name “Romeo,” Roman has shot up in popularity recently. Definitely romantic sounding.
Meaning “a flower,” this Spanish variation on Lilian is more melodious and poetic.
With the same romantic melody has “Liliana,” Juliana could pay homage to the most romantic name in literature: JULIET.
With its poetic roots (Maya Angelou) and legendary references (i.e. the mother of Zeus), Maya has an ancient romance to it.
The name scarlett has a seductive romance to it — whether it’s the color association (romantic red), Scarlett O’Hara, or even the beautiful Scarlett Johansson.
With its overwhelming association with Gone With the Wind, Rhett is one of the most romantic names for boys.
A popular modern middle name, the name “Rose” has many romantic references — from the popular Valentine’s Day flower to Kate Winslet’s Titanic character.
Best known as the beloved heroine in Cyrano de Bergerac.
Two words: Latin Lover.
Dimitri (a variation of Demetrius, the Greek god of fertility) has an exotic romantic appeal.
This strong-sounding name has roots in Greek mythology as well as celestial ties. The constellation “Orion” is one of the brightest in the sky. And how romantic is that?
Fans of the romantic classic Casablanca might choose this Old Hollywood name to honor the iconic Humphrey Bogart.
Although Ingrid doesn’t have a classically romantic sound to it, it has the romance and glamour of Humphrey Bogart’s co-star in Casablanca, Ingrid Bergman.
If you can look past its Cosby association, Heathcliff was the leading man in one of the most romantic books of all time: Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. And although the full name boasts romance, he could go by the more modern “Heath.”
Catherine, one of the most traditional name choices, also happens to have a deep history with romantic literature — Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and A Farewell to Arms. And now, of course, it’s associated with the romance between Catherine Middleton and Prince William.
Fans of classic romantic literature may choose the name Bennet for its Pride and Prejudice associations.
Yet Darcy may be the most famous Jane Austen hero namesake. Ironically, while Bennet (of Elizabeth Bennet) works better for a boy, Darcy (of Mr. Darcy) feels more like a girl name.
Much like Romeo and Humphrey, Apollo has a romantic quality that might be hard to live up to. Apollo was, after all, the Greek God of music and poetry.
Lancelot is certainly a romantic name — a lá Sir Lancelot, the seductive knight from the King Arthur legend — but is it too romantic?
Yes this is the name Snooki choose for her son, but look past that! Lorenzo has that “Italian Lover” feel to it — and even similar names and nicknames (Angelo, Renzo, Enzo) sound romantic.
This name gives off such cheesy “romance novel” vibes that it might feel too comical. But, let’s be honest, Fabio is romance personified.
The heroine of the classic Hunchback of Notre Dame has a romantic, melodious sound.