40 Palindrome Baby Names

Do you remember popular palindromes from your childhood? (If it’s slipped your mind, a palindrome is a word or phrase that can be spelled the same way forward or backward).

My favorite was always: “A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.”

I also have a soft spot for “race car.”

Of course, plenty of baby names are palindromes too. Some of the names on this list are very popular, while others are more unique. You’ll notice that there are a lot of “a” names on this list, and many of them are pretty short (3-4 letters). Check them out:

  • Ava

    Ava

    This is the most popular name on this list, sitting at #5!

  • Pip

    Pip

    I love this sweet name (boy or girl!). It reminds me of Pip from “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens.

  • Ivi

    Ivi

    Swapping out the “y” for an “i” makes the more common “Ivy” into a palindrome.

  • Otto

    Otto

    This name lost popularity in the mid-seventies, but has started making a comeback since 2011.

  • Elle

    Elle

    This name is so feminine and classic.

  • Noon

    Noon

    This sunny name is pretty for a girl or boy.

  • Nolon

    Nolon

    This spelling of the more common “Nolan” makes it into a palindrome.

  • Hannah

    Hannah

    This is the second most popular name on this list, coming in behind Ava.

  • Nirin

    Nirin

    Add an “a” to the end of this boy’s name and you’ve got a lovely girl name (although no longer a palindrome).

  • Neven

    Neven

    Pronounced either “NEEven” or “Neven” (rhymes with “seven”).

  • Nen

    Nen

    An Egyptian name meaning “ancient waters”

  • Nayan

    Nayan

    A shortened version of “Nayana”

  • Navan

    Navan

    A girl’s name meaning “beautiful.”

  • Nan

    Nan

    This form of Anna is a Hebrew name meaning “gracious”

  • Lil

    Lil

    A shortened version of Lily or Lilian is spunky and fun.

  • Layal

    Layal

    This name, with close ties to the word “loyal,” is perfect for a girl.

  • Ramar

    Ramar

    This is a fairly uncommon name, but has a strong masculine vibe.

  • Izzi

    Izzi

    I love a name with double letters, but you don’t see lots of names with double “z”s!

  • Isi

    Isi

    A short simple name, similar to Izzy.

  • Halah

    Halah

    Means “halo.”

  • Eve

    Eve

    This Biblical name continues to be popular today.

  • Emme

    Emme

    A modern variation of Emma, this is one of my favorite names on this list.

  • Eme

    Eme

    Or, drop down to one “m”.

  • Anna

    Anna

    This is the third most popular name to appear on this list, currently clocking in at #35.

  • Ege

    Ege

    This boy’s name is a little edgy, in a good way.

  • Bob

    Bob

    Short for Robert, Bob was in the top 200 names for most of the 1960s

  • Azza

    Azza

    This Arabic name means “Roe of Spring”

  • Assa

    Assa

    A short version of the Greek name, Assaracus.

  • Arora

    Arora

    A different spelling of the famous Sleeping Beauty’s name.

  • Ara

    Ara

    I love this simple English name.

  • Anina

    Anina

    This city in Romania makes a beautiful name.

  • Ana

    Ana

    This name is shooting up the rankings.

  • Alla

    Alla

    This name, popular at the turn of the 20th century, is a pretty alternative to Ella.

  • Alala

    Alala

    In Greek mythology, Alala is the female personification of the war cry.

  • Ailia

    Ailia

    This Greek name means “light”

  • Aidia

    Aidia

    A Spanish name meaning “help”

  • Viv

    Viv

    This hip version of the most old-fashioned Vivian is one of my favorites.

  • Ada

    Ada

    This name, like many old-fashioned ones, is quickly regaining popularity.

  • Siris

    Siris

    Means “Strength in Courage”

  • Renner

    Renner

    This one makes a good male or female name.

And if you need more naming inspiration, try BabyZone’s baby name finder.

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