It’s that time! You are searching for that perfect name for your baby. Perhaps, you are a writer and need the perfect name for a character. Regardless, there are some fabulous names that mean joy. It can be difficult to have all the best names in one place for a definition. There are so many sites to sift through and so many different names from a variety of countries. Some of the names are average names and some are incredibly unique. Hopefully, this provides you a definitive list of names that mean “joy!”
1. Ellery: (English) With the popularity of Ella and Ellie, Ellery is a great choice for your little one. It has an “it” sound but is still fresh and new.
2. Chinmayi: (Indian) For parents who like something more interesting and exciting, this is a great choice. Mayi is also a really cute nickname.
3. Daia: (African) This is short, sweet, and unique all at the same time. Funkier than Maia or Naia too.
4. Abagail: (Hebrew) Abby is an adorable nickname and there are many spellings and variations of this common name.
5. Nihal: (Arabic) I feel like this could work on a little girl or boy. It’s simple and beautiful.
6. Caio: (Welsh) Cai is a great nickname and Caio is such a cool name. I think this is great for a modern baby boy.
7. Nanda: (India) This is a cool upgrade from Amanda. Nanda is cute on a little girl and mature enough for a woman.
8. Abarrane: (Hebrew) If Abagail is too boring for you, Abarrane is a cool choice. I think it could definitely work as a unisex name.
9. Olabisi: (Egyptian) Ola and Bisi are both adorable nicknames. In the states this would be considered very daring and unique.
10 Editha: (English) There’s a professional dance on “Dancing With the Stars” who has this name and that has brought it to our televisions every night. It’s a great way to name a girl after a grandfather Edward too.
11. Tatum: (English) This name is becoming hip again and for good reason. It’s cute and very gender ambiguous.
12. Caroline: (English) A beautiful and traditional name that is still perfect for any baby girl.
13. Gael: (English) With “Hunger Games,” this name has shot up for boy possibilities and girl possibilities. It’s great for a middle name too.
14. Chedva: (Hebrew) Ched is a cute middle name and with two syllables it’s to the point.
15. Mysha: (Arabic) This is another name that has variations that are becoming very popular. You can be hip and have a name that means “joy.”
16. Damerae: (Jamaican) Merae is a gorgeous nickname, and Damerae has such a cool sound.
17. Ranen: (Hebrew) This fits right in with the popular male names, but still manages to be unique.
18. Afrah: (Arabic) Afrah works for a boy or a girl and is sweet and short. It’s definitely a name worth considering.
19. Meridel: (English) This reminds me of the name Maribel, which is also very beautiful. I love the nickname Meri and Del.
20. Bashira: (Arabian) Shira is an amazing nickname, and frankly Bash is kind of cool too.
21. Saran: (African) Sara is boring, but Saran is totally current and ready to go. Saran could work on a little boy too.
22. Fain: (English) If you hate nicknames, a short name like Fain is perfect for you!!!
23. Agalia: (Greece) Azalia’s Greek cousin Agalia is a great name. It also gives you the nickname possibilities of Aggie and Lia.
24. Daylan: (India) Dylan is so 1980s, but Daylan is amazing. This name is just ready to take off!!!
25. Rena: (Hebrew) Sweet and to the point, Rena is a perfect girl’s name for parents who hate nicknames.
26. Ahlad: (India) I love this name for a baby boy. It has a great spelling and a nice, simple sound.
27. Laticia: (England) With two possible pronunciations, Laticia leaves the options open for parents who like solid names with a side of frill.
28. Tamah: (Israel) Tammy is so outdated, but Tamah brings a new spin to a familiar sound.
29. Bayo: (African) This invokes a feeling of water and has the definition of “joy.” I think this baby might like being outdoors at the pool!
30. Oline: (Hawaiian) Olivias are everywhere!!!!! Parents who love Olivia but don’t want to have a name that is so popular should take a look at Oline. It’s like Olive’s cooler cousin.
31. Devanand: (India) If you want to spice up Devan, this is clearly the best way to go!
32. Leta: (Dominican Republic) I love the simple, elegance of Leta. I bet you will too!
33. Akanni: (Nigeria) Akanni is a cool name and it belongs on the coolest of kids! It has such a great spelling!
34. Lok: (China) Simple, strong, and meaningful, Lok is an excellent choice for parents who prefer shorter names.
35. Thalia: (Greece) Gorgeous and melodic, Thalia is popular without being TOO popular.
36. Rona: (Hebrew) This is a great name for those honoring a grandparent named Ronald or Ronda.
37. Aleeza: (Hebrew) Eliza and Elizabeth are very popular, but Aleeza is a great alternative.
38. Phelan: (Ireland) This is a cool alternative for Phillip and a unique Irish name.
39. Farah: (Arabian) If you can get past the fact that this might be associated with “Teen Mom,” it really is a nice, pretty name.
40. Alitza: (Hebrew) Litz is a really cute and unique nickname, and Alitza is sort of a fancy Alyssa.
41. Freida: (Germany) I adore this name and it is such a classic choice that still sounds new and fresh.
42. Diza: (Israel) I love names that have the letter “z” in them and this is also short and to the point.
43. Lowenna: (Scotland) This name draws emotion of a fairy tale land from yesteryear. Lo is also a great nickname.
44. Beatrice: (French) “Divergent” is bursting this name back on the scene and also reminded us that Tris is a really cool nickname.
45. Allegra: (Italian) It’s surprising that Allegra isn’t more popular. It has a bounce to it and a familiarity.
46. Farihah: (African) This name has a fire to it and an interesting spelling.
47. Charmion: (Greece) Who doesn’t want to call their child Charm as a nickname? It also fits in with the boy names of the day.
48. Anabal: (Gaelic) There are a variety of spellings and variations of Anabal. It is popular, but not as overused as Isabelle.
49. Ilo: (Finnish) This is like the male version of Ayla. I prefer the pronunciation “Eee-lo.”
50. Maeve: (Irish) Eve is great, but Maeve adds even more to the mix without overcomplicating the graceful sound.
51. Aviran: (Hebrew) A strong cool male name and it could also work on a girl too. Avi is an excellent nickname.
52. Euphrasia: (Greece) Stunning and interesting, Euphrasia could never end up a boring person.
53. Bahjat: (Arabic) This is a great name, especially if you’ve been looking for a strong male name meaning “joy.”
54. Vinod: (India) If you want an Indian name and the nickname Vinnie, then this name is perfect!
55. Faigan: (English) With the popularity of Teagan, it only seems natural that Faigan could come back into the mix.
56. Whelan: (Irish) This name really stuck out to me in my research. I think this name could really head on to the top 300 in the next few years. It’s got a great sound!
57. Ananda: (India) I love Nanda, but I love Ananda even more!!!!
58. Lavena: (Celtic) If you want beautiful and girly, Lavena is a great, unique way to get there.
59. Benjiro: (Japanese) Benjamin is so last century!
60. Galron: (Hebrew) This works well with the popular sounds of today, but is very unique.
61. Le: (China) If you had twins whose names mean the same things, Le and Lok would be perfect!
62. Anisa: (African) Anita still sounds dated, but Anisa sounds fresh and new.
63. Geela: (Hebrew) Geela is adorable and sassy.
64. Bliss: (English) This is right to the point, this is not for subtle parents.
65. Kaemon: (Japanese) Kaiden is really in right now, but it is so annoyingly popular. This is a great alternative.
66. Blyde: (English) The male Blythe.
67. Hathor: (Egypt) This could work as an alternative spelling for an updated Heather, or as a boy’s name.
68. Aviva: (Hebrew) This name has a lively feel to it. I like the excitement.
69. Gilana: (Hebrew) Gila could totally be the new Mila!!!!!
70. Ayobami: (African) Ayobami sort of has an Obama sound to it, without actually naming your baby after the President.
71. Hilary: (English) Speaking of politics, Hilary could definitely bounce back in popularity of Hillary Clinton runs.
72. Ayoka: (African) Cool and sassy, Ayoka is a perfect choice for parents who are tired of traditional names.
73. Yi: (Chinese) Simple and easy, Yi would also work as a middle name.
74. Zorion: (Portuguese) I am shocked that this name isn’t already popular. It’s awesome!
75: Joslyn: (French) This name is actually quite popular for many spellings. It’s beautiful and frilly.
Thanks to Meaning-of-Names , Think Baby Names , and Nameberry for help in my research!