25 magical baby names for your little bundle of wonders

Is there anything more magical than creating a human? Who knows. Maybe the exact night you “started the process” wasn’t particularly upsetting. But when you spend the next 40 weeks conjuring cells to form a blob that turns into a baby, well, that’s pretty magical. It might be the best magic trick in the universe. Let’s see David Copperfield, David Blaine or any other famous magician summon life out of thin air. Friendship?! Of all the alchemy in the universe, creating a baby just might be the most powerful spell – so magical baby names seem particularly fitting.

It’s a big responsibility to find the perfect thing to name your little one. You want to choose something that is meaningful – something that could imbue your baby with a trait or quality that will help her navigate her way through this big world. And if our collective obsession with Harry Potter has taught us anything, it’s that magic is all around us. What better way to greet that than with a magical baby name? Maybe it will give your child a mystical edge in life.

The following bold suggestions are quite rare but absolutely enchanting. That said, keep reading if you want to give your baby a name that sounds like a special incantation.

01

Albrun

This ancient Germanic girl’s name looks and sounds like the word “auburn”, so it won’t be entirely unfamiliar. However, Albrun means “magical elf” or “shining magic”.

02

Ambrose

This name comes from the Greek word “ambrosia”, the divine nectar of the gods. So the fact that it means “immortal” makes sense – the ancient Greeks believed that anyone who ate the food of the gods would have eternal life. Another magical connection? This is the name of a character from Netflix’s dark magic series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

03

Brussels

We’re not talking about Bruxo — but we should! This Portuguese version of Bruno means “sorcerer”. That’s right; Encanto went that far.

04

Bormey

Rooted in Khmer, the girl’s name Bormey simply means “magical power”.

05

Calypso

Doesn’t Calypso remind you of beach vacations and salty hot air? Calypso was actually the name of a nymph in Greek mythology. The name means “she who hides”.

06

Cosmos

Just a few years ago, this name might seem super unexpected. But it’s shared by three pop culture figures – (Cosmo) Kramer from the iconic series Seinfelda popular children’s cartoon character my godparents are magic, and the son Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost welcomed in 2021. It’s not that rocket science now! Although it technically means “beauty, order”, it seems magical thanks to its intergalactic vibe.

07

Cullen

If you want a name with magical underpinnings that still feels mainstream, Cullen might be for you. It looks like Cohen’s oh-so-popular pick, but it’s more unique. And although it means “holly”, the name is mainly associated with a famous family of magic. Dusk saga.

08

Cyfrin

Looking for a magical, mystical name with a -y in it? The Welsh have you covered. Cyfrin means “mystical”.

09

Dahud

Need a name fit for a princess? According to the Celts, Dahud was the princess of Ys, a sunken city. The name means “good magic”.

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Elendil

What? You didn’t really think you’d get out of here without the Lord of the Rings name, do you have? Elendil means “elven friend” or “star pupil” in Quenya (aka Tolkien’s language of the elves).

11

Elysia

From Latin, Elysia means “from Elysium” – the place in mythology where heroes go after death.

12

fay

You can spell it as Fay or Faye, and it still means the same thing: fairy. You’ll need to track down a kid-friendly version of the King Arthur legends, so you can talk to your little fairy about the witch she’s named after, Morgan le Fay.

13

Galdur

This gem sounds fantastic, but it’s actually Icelandic. Galdur literally means “magic”.

14

Gandulf

No, no – it’s not another LOTR suggestion. Gandalf comes from Tolkien. Gandulf, however, is Old Germanic and means “magical wolf”. Which, come on, might be even more badass than the wizard.

15

Gondul

Believe it or not, Gondul is not the name of an elf in a Tolkien fantasy. Gondul was a Norse Valkyrie, and her name means “magic” in Old Norse. Sounds perfect for your future shield girl!

16

Guinevere

Oh, you know, just another Arthurian name. Guinevere is French and Welsh. The name means “blessed magical being”. And, yes, there are several well-known ways to spell the nickname.

17

Gwydion

Although this Welsh name (which sounds a bit like Gideon) actually means “born of the trees”, it’s still quite magical. Additionally, Gwydion was a powerful magician in Welsh lore.

18

Kimaya

This name, which means “magic” and “sleight of hand”, has Marathi origins and comes from India.

19

magician

Magus sounds like the word “mage”, and it has a similar meaning – this popular name in Scandinavia means “sorcerer”. Do it, mom!

20

Odin

Odin wasn’t just Thor’s father. He was also the god of magic, wisdom and battle, according to Norse mythology.

21

ramil

Ramil comes directly from the Arabic word meaning “magical, wonderful”. And thanks to actor Rami Malek, Ramil doesn’t seem so unheard of anymore.

22

Seksan

Meaning both ‘peaceful’ and ‘magical’, this Thai name certainly carries a lot of weight.

23

Taika

You might be familiar with Taika’s name, thanks to famed director Taika Waititi. You pronounce the Finnish version of the name TAH-ee-kah, which means “magic”.

24

Zinta

How is Zinta not more popular? This cute and sassy girl’s name means magic in Latvian. Obsessed!

25

Vanir

The Vanir were ancient Norse wizards and magicians. If Vanir seems like “too big” a name for a small child, you can always shorten it to “Van”. It’s a solid and somewhat common nickname.

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