50 Constellation Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of constellation baby names

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Preparing for a new baby comes with many decisions, and one of the most difficult is what to name them. If you've always loved space or are big into astrology, a name inspired by the stars might be what you're looking for. From common star-based names like Stella or Leo to unique names like Crux and Hydra, the options are endless—much like the night sky. We gathered 50 constellation baby names to help spark some inspiration.

Alnair

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: The bright one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alnare, Alnayr, Alynair
  • Peak Popularity: The name Alnair is rare and not currently in the top 1000 baby names.

Altair

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Falcon
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Altare, Altayr, Alytair
  • Famous Namesakes: Brazilian football player, Altair Gomes de Fiqeiredo; Mexican actress, Altair Jarabo
  • Peak Popularity: Altair has never reached the top 1000 baby name charts.

Apus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Ungrounded, without footing; Bird-of-Paradise constellation
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Appus, Apys
  • Peak Popularity: Apus is a rare name that has not yet been on the charts.

Aquila

  • OriginGreek
  • Meaning: Eagle
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aquilla, Achillia, Quill
  • Famous Namesakes: Papua New Guinean footballer, Aquila Emil; Pakistani scholar, Aquila Berlas Kiani
  • Peak Popularity: The name Aquila has never appeared in the top 1000 baby names.

Ara

  • Origin: Arabic, Armenian
  • Meaning: King; the Alter constellation
  • Famous Namesakes: Canadian film director, Ara Ball; American lawyer, Ara Bartlett; Armenian composer, Ara Dinkjian; Armenian-Turkish photojournalist, Ara Guler
  • Peak Popularity: Ara, as a boy name, has never been on the charts; but in 1900, the name Ara (for girls) was No. 776. In 1901, it reached peak popularity in spot 559. Ara stayed in the top 1000 girl names until 1918.

Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, Ara represented the altar that Zeus and other Greek gods used to swear a vow of allegiance before they went off to fight Cronus and the Titans.

Aries

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The ram
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Arys
  • Famous Namesakes: American comedian and actor, Aries Speers; American actress, Aries Sanders
  • Peak Popularity: The name Aries has never reached the top 1000 for girls, but in 2018 it was No. 945 for boys. In 2020, Aries reached peak popularity at position 890.

Blaze

  • OriginEnglish
  • Meaning: Flame, fire
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaize, Blayze
  • Famous Namesakes: English singer Blaze Bayley; Macedonian writer Blaže Koneski
  • Peak Popularity: Blaze was most popular in 2013 when it reached No. 716.

Caelum

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Heaven; the engraving tool
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cae, Cael, Caelem, Caelim
  • Peak Popularity: Caelum has never been in the top 1000 baby names.

Capella

  • Origin: Arabic, Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Chapel; little she-goat
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Capel, Capelle
  • Peak Popularity: The name Capella has not yet arrived on the top 1000 baby names chart.

Carina

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Dear little one; the keel of a ship
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cari, Carinae, Karina
  • Famous Namesakes: Swedish politician, Carina Adolfsson Elgestam; American author, Carina Axelsson; British singer-songwriter, Carina Round
  • Peak Popularity: The name Carina arrived on the baby name charts in 1976 and stayed there until 2010. In 1995 the name peaked at No. 383.

Castor

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Twin brother
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Caster
  • Famous Namesakes: Brazilian entrepreneur, Castor de Andrade
  • Peak Popularity: Castor is a rare name that has not yet reached the top 1000 baby names chart.

Fun Fact: Castor is the name of one of the twins that make up the Gemini constellation.

Cepheas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: The king
  • Famous Namesakes: Mythical King Cepheus of Aethiopia
  • Peak Popularity: The name Cepheas has never appeared on the top 1000 baby name charts.

Cetus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Whale, large fish, sea monster
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cetis
  • Peak Popularity: Cetus has never been on the top 1000 names list.

Crux

  • Meaning: Southern cross
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cruxx
  • Peak Popularity: Crux has never been a top-1000 baby name.

Delphinus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Dolphin
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Del, Delph, Delphin, Delphini, Delphinius
  • Peak Popularity: Delphinus has yet to enter top-name charts.

Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, Delphinus represents the dolphin that was sent by Poseidon (the sea god) to fetch Amphitrite, a goddess of the sea.

Destiny

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Fate, fortune
  • Famous Namesakes: American track and field athlete Destiny Carter; singer Destiny Clark; American all-girl singing group Destiny's Child
  • Peak Popularity: Destiny reached its peak position in 2001 when it reached position 22.

Dorado

  • Origin: Spanish; Latin
  • Meaning: Swordfish, golden
  • Peak Popularity: The name Dorado is rare and has never been a top 1000 baby name.

Draco

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Dragon
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Drac, Drak, Drako, Drayco
  • Famous Namesakes: Draco Lucius Malfoy, a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series.
  • Peak Popularity: The name Draco is rare and therefore not on the top 1000 baby name charts.

Eridanus

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: River
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Danus, Eri, Erid, Eridan, Eridani, Eridanis
  • Peak Popularity: Eridanus is not a popular name and has never appeared in the top 1000 baby name lists.

Gemini

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Twins
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gem, Gemi
  • Peak Popularity: The name Gemini is not a top 1000 baby name.

Fun Fact: Castor and Pollux are twin half-brothers in Greek and Roman mythology, known together as the Dioscuri. They are also who the Gemini constellation represents.

Grus

  • Meaning: The crane
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gru, Gruis
  • Famous Namesakes: There aren't any famous people named Grus, but Gru is the name of a fictional animated character from "Despicable Me."
  • Peak Popularity: Grus is a rare name that has not appeared on the name charts.

Hao

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Good, great, queen
  • Famous Namesakes: Chinese author, Hao Jingfang; Chinese actress, Hao Lei
  • Peak Popularity: Hao has never been on the top 1000 baby name charts.

Hamal

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: The lamb
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hamaal
  • Peak Popularity: The name Hamal is rare and has not yet appeared on the top 1000 baby name charts.

Hydra

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Female water snake
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Haidra, Hydrae
  • Famous Namesakes: From Greek Mythology, Hydra of Lerna was a multi-headed monster who resided in Lake Lerna.
  • Peak Popularity: Hydra has never been a top-1000 baby name.

Fun Fact: Hydra is the largest of the 88 constellations.

Hydrus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Male water snake
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Haidrus, Hydraes
  • Peak Popularity: This is a rare name that has never been on the top 1000 baby name charts.

Fun Fact: Hydrus is known as the lesser water snake, and is a counterpart to the larger Hydra constellation. 

Indus

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: Indian; from the river
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Indy
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress, Indus Arthur, best known for her role in "MASH"
  • Peak Popularity: The name Indus has not reached top-1000 baby name status.

Journey

  • Origin: American, English
  • Meaning: Going from one place to another, a day's time
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Journee, Jorney, Jurney
  • Famous Namesakes: Journey Green, son of actress Megan Fox and actor Brian Austin Green
  • Peak Popularity: The name Journey was No. 298 in 2020.

Leo

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor, Leo DiCaprio; American baseball player, Leo Durocher
  • Peak Popularity: The name Leo has been a top-1000 name since 1900. Leo's most popular year was 2020 when it reached No. 36.

Libra

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Scales
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lib, Libby, Librae
  • Peak Popularity: Libra has never been a top-1000 baby name.

Lynx

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The lynx; light, brightness
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Links, Lynxx
  • Famous Namesakes: Adult film actress Lynx Canon
  • Peak Popularity: The name Lynx is rare and has never been in the top 1000.

Lyra

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Lyre
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lira, Lyrae
  • Famous Namesakes: Northern Irish journalist and author Lyra McKee; Indonesian actress Lyra Virma
  • Peak Popularity: Lyra arrived in the top 1000 baby names for girls in 2015, at position 977. In 2020, Lyra reached its peak position at spot 552.

Ma Wei

  • Origin: Chinese
  • Meaning: Horse's tail
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ma Wai, Mah Wei,
  • Peak Popularity: The name Ma Wei has never been a top-1000 name.

Fun Fact: Ma Wei is a star from the Centaurus constellation. Ma is a Chinese family surname meaning "horse" and Wei is a first name meaning "valuable."

Norma

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the north; a carpenter's square
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Norma Jeane Mortenson (Marilyn Monroe); Canadian-American actress Norma Shearer
  • Peak Popularity: Norma has been on the top 1000 baby names chart since 1900. Norma's most popular years were 1931 and 1932 when it reached spot 22.

Orion

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: The hunter, rising in the sky
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oryon, O'Ryan
  • Famous Namesakes: American politician Orion Clemens; British actress Orion Ben; American pianist Orion Weiss
  • Peak Popularity: Orion reached spot 326 in 2020.

Polaris

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Pole star
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Laris, Palaris, Palarys, Polarys
  • Famous Namesakes: Polaris (Lorna Dane) is a fictional character from the Marvel series. 
  • Peak Popularity: Polaris has never appeared in the top 1000 baby name charts.

Pollux

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Twin brother
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Paulux, Polux, Lux
  • Famous Namesakes: Castor and Pollux are twin half-brothers in Greek and Roman mythology, known together as the Dioscuri.
  • Peak Popularity: The name Pollux has never been in the top 1000 baby name charts.

 Fun Fact: Pollux is the brightest star in Gemini and the closest giant star to the Sun.

Phoenix

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Dark red color, immortality
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fenix, Nix, Nixie
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Phoenix List; American actress Phoenix Best
  • Peak Popularity: Pheonix is not in the top 1000 most popular names.

Pisces

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Fish
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Pyces
  • Peak Popularity: The name Pisces is not common and therefore not on the top 1000 baby name charts.

Rigel

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Foot; left leg of the giant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rig, Rigelle
  • Famous Namesakes: Danish astronomer Ejnar Hertzsprung and his wife Henrietta Kapteyn (daughter of the astronomer Jacobus Kapteyn) named their daughter Rigel
  • Peak Popularity: The name Rigel is rare and has never been a top 1000 baby name.

Sagitta

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Arrow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gitta, Saggita, Sagi
  • Peak Popularity: The name Sagitta isn't a popular name and has never been in the top 1000 baby name charts.

Sagittarius

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The archer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sagitt, Tari, Rus
  • Peak Popularity: The name Sagittarius is not a popular name and has yet to hit the baby name charts.

Scorpius

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Scorpion
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Scorp, Scorpio
  • Famous Namesakes: Scorpius is the Scarran/Sebacean hybrid commander of the Peacekeeper force in the "Star Wars" series.
  • Peak Popularity: The name Scorpius has yet to hit the top 1000 baby name charts.

Sirius

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Glowing; scorcher
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Siri, Sirias
  • Famous Namesakes: Sirius is the name of Harry's godfather in the "Harry Potter" series.
  • Peak Popularity: Sirius has yet to reach the top 1000 name charts.

Fun Fact: Sirius is the brightest start in the night sky

Shaula

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: The stinger
  • Famous Namesakes: Shaula is a character in the 2014 Japanese dark fantasy novel series "Re: Zero- Starting Life in Another World."
  • Peak Popularity: The name Shaula is rare and has never been a top-1000 baby name.

Stella

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Star
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Stela
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Stella Adler; English fashion designer Stella McCartney
  • Peak Popularity: Stella has been a top 1000 baby name for girls since the 1900s. It has waxed and waned in popularity over the years reaching its peak popularity in 2018 at spot 38.

Taurus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The bull
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tauri
  • Peak Popularity: Taurus is not a common name and has never been a top baby name.

Tucana

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Toucan
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Toucana, Tucanae
  • Peak Popularity: The name Tucana is not common and has yet to reach the top 1000 baby names' chart.

Vega

  • Origin: Arabic, Spanish
  • Meaning: Stooping eagle; dweller in the meadow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vegas
  • Famous Namesakes: Indonesian singer and comedian Vega Darwanti; Chinese actor Vega Li
  • Peak Popularity: The name Vega has never been on the top 1000 baby name charts.

Fun Fact: Famous astronomer, Henry Draper, took the first photo of Vega in August of 1872.

Vela

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The sails; shore, coast
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vel, Vella
  • Famous Namesakes: Bulgarian partisan Vela Peeva; Sri Lankan-American economist Vela Velupillai
  • Peak Popularity: Vela is not a common baby name and has never been in the top 1000 name charts.

Virgo

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The maiden
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Virgie, Virgae
  • Peak Popularity: The name Virgo has never been on the top 1000 baby name charts.
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