50 Vietnamese Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular Vietnamese baby names

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Choosing a Vietnamese name for your baby is a good way to honor your family heritage. Vietnamese names are often gender-neutral and many of their meanings come from the natural world, like Chi, meaning "branch," or Tuyết, meaning "snow."

Vietnam is known for its beautiful beaches, delicious food, and its rich cultural history. You will see motorbikes, rice terraces, and floating markets in this paradisal country and if you're lucky, you'll taste the distinct flavor of Vietnamese coffee.

Vietnamese, which is spoken by more than 1.5 million people in the U.S., follows a unique naming convention which puts the family name first followed by the middle and given names.

If you want to give your child a Vietnamese name in the English speaking world, you may want to reorder the names on their birth certificate.

Popular Vietnamese Baby Names For Girls

Here are some of the most popular and unique Vietnamese baby names for girls along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information. 

Bích

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Bluish-green
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aoi, Bich
  • Famous Namesakes: Novelist Bich Minh Nguyen, 1988 Miss Vietnam Bui Bich Phuong
  • Peak Popularity: Bich is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Cam

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Orange (the fruit)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cameron, Camryn, Kam, Kamryn
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Cam Akers, filmmaker and writer Cam Archer, ice hockey player Cam Janssen
  • Peak Popularity: Cam is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Chi

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Branch
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chinwi, Chichi, Chioma
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Chi Cheng; politician, doctor, and pastor Chi Hyun Chung, British politician Chi Onwurah
  • Peak Popularity: Chi is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Diệp

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Leaf
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Diem, Điệp
  • Famous Namesakes: Athlete Diệp Hoài Xuân
  • Peak Popularity: Diệp is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Diệu

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Mysterious, subtle, exquisite
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Diem, Dieu, Miao
  • Famous Namesakes: Television actress Dieu Nhi
  • Peak Popularity: Diệu is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Dieu means "God" in French.

Hằng

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Lady
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hang
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer and actress Minh Hằng, Instagram star
    Hang Iseoul
  • Peak Popularity: Hằng is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000, but it is common in Vietnam, ranking at No. 50.

Fun Fact: The accent mark in the name Hằng denotes a high-rising pitch.

Hoa

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hana, Hòa, Hua
  • Famous Namesakes: World music singer Hoa Minzy
  • Peak Popularity: Hoa is a rare name in the US and has never been in the top 1,000.

Huệ

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Bright, intelligent or tuberose flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hue, Hui
  • Famous Namesakes: Second emperor of the Tây Sơn dynasty of Vietnam Nguyễn Huệ
  • Peak Popularity: Huệ is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Extracts from the tuberose flower, which is one of the meanings of the name Huệ, are often used as a note in perfumery.

Kim

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Gold, metal
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kimberly, Kimball
  • Famous Namesakes: Vietnamese prime minister Trần Trọng Kim
  • Peak Popularity: Kim is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000, but it is the 17th most popular name in Vietnam.

Fun Fact: Kim is one of the most common Korean last names.

Liên

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Lotus, water lily
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Carolien, Lien
  • Famous Namesakes: Taiwanese politician Lien Chan, Taiwanese businessperson Lien Sheng-wu, actress Lien Van de Kelder
  • Peak Popularity: Liên is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Loan

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Mythological bird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elouan, Loann, Lohan Loane
  • Famous Namesakes: Soccer player Loanny Cartaya, politician Peter van Loan
  • Peak Popularity: Loan is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Mai

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Plum, apricot
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mae, Maia, May, Maya, Mei, Ume
  • Famous Namesakes: Voice actress and singer Mai Nakahara, voice actress and singer Mai Kadowaki, singer Mai Oshima
  • Peak Popularity: Mai ranks at number 64 in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Made of rum, orange curaçao, fresh lime juice and orgeat, the Mai Tai is one of the most famous Tiki drinks in the world.

Mỹ

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maia, Maya, Mei, My
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Mỹ Linh
  • Peak Popularity: Mỹ is the number 10 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Mỹ is pronounced like the English word "me."

Phượng

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Direction, way
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fang
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician, songwriter, and singer Le Uyen Phuong, singer Phuong Hong Que, empress of Vietnam Marie-Thérèse Nguyễn Hữu Thị Lan
  • Peak Popularity: Phượng is the 22nd most popular name in Vietnam but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: When Empress Marie-Thérèse Nguyễn Hữu Thị Lan first visited Europe in 1939, she made such an impression on European women that they began to dress in Vietnamese-inspired fashions.

Thi

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Poetry, poem, verse
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Thị
  • Famous Namesakes: Female wrestler Nguyen Thi Lua
  • Peak Popularity: Thi is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Tiên

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Immortal, transcendent, celestial being, fairy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tiến, Tien
  • Famous Namesakes: Educator, politician, and Chinese diplomat Cheng Tien-fong, distinguished professor of mathematics Tien-Yien Li
  • Peak Popularity: Tiên ranks at No. 39 in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Hồ Động Tiên cave, which means "Fairy Lake Cave" in Vietnamese, is a cave that you can visit in Vietnam. The cave is in pristine condition and under governmental protection to prevent it from being exploited for tourism, and to maintain the cave’s magnificent natural beauty.

Trinh

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Virtuous, chaste, loyal
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jeong, Jong, Jung, Zhen
  • Famous Namesakes: First Cardinal of the Catholic Church of Vietnam and Archbishop of Archdiocese of Hanoi Trịnh Như Khuê, first Vietnamese astronaut Eugene Huu Chau Trinh, scientist Trinh Xuan Thuan
  • Peak Popularity: Trinh ranks at No. 37 in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Tuyết

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Snow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Xue, Yuki
  • Famous Namesakes: Businesswoman Tuyet Le
  • Peak Popularity: Tuyết is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Yên

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Calm, peaceful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: An, Yasu
  • Famous Namesakes: Baseball player Yen Chun-Hao; basketball player, singer, actor, and model Yen Hsing-Shu, president of China Yen Chia Kan
  • Peak Popularity: Yên is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Popular Vietnamese Baby Names for Boys

Here are some popular and unique Vietnamese baby names for boys along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information. 

Bảo

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Treasure, jewel
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bao, Takara
  • Famous Namesakes: Cultural icon of justice Bao Zheng, Han dynasty general Bao Xin, Qing dynasty general and official Bao Chao
  • Peak Popularity: Bảo is a top 100 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Bao Xishun is one of the tallest men on Earth. In December 2006, he assisted veterinarians in removing shards of plastic from the stomachs of two dolphins by using his 3-foot arms to reach into the dolphins' stomachs and remove the plastic manually.

Chí

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Will, spirit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zhi
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Chi Cheng
  • Peak Popularity: Chí is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: In traditional Chinese culture, chi refers to the energy force of life itself.

Dương

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Male, virile
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Duong, Haru, Yang
  • Famous Namesakes: King of Vietnam Dương Tam Kha, footballer Dương Hồng Sơn, composer Dương Thụ
  • Peak Popularity: Dương is a top 100 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Hải

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Sea, ocean
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hai, Kai
  • Famous Namesakes: Basketball player Hai Rui, football player Yu Hai, music artist Ocean Hai
  • Peak Popularity: Hải is a top 20 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Rhyming names Hải and Kai both mean "ocean".

Hào

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Brave, heroic
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hạo, Hao
  • Famous Namesakes: Taichi master Hao Weizhen, football player and coach Hao Haitao, writer Hao Qun
  • Peak Popularity: Hào is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Khánh

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Congratulate, celebrate
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kei, Khanh
  • Famous Namesakes: Prime minister of South Vietnam Nguyễn Khánh, singer Khánh Ly, founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire Genghis Khan
  • Peak Popularity: Khánh is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Liêm

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Clean, honest, upright
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lian, Liem
  • Famous Namesakes: Badminton player Liem Swie King, economist and politician Liêm Hoang-Ngoc, badminton player Liem Tjeng Kiang
  • Peak Popularity: Liêm is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Minh

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Bright
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ming, Myeong, Myung 
  • Famous Namesakes: Communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, filmmaker Đặng Nhật Minh, saxophonist Quyền Văn Minh
  • Peak Popularity: Minh is a top 20 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the largest and most populous city in Vietnam.

Ngải

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Sagebrush, wormwood
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ngai, Ni
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Ngai Wai Man
  • Peak Popularity: Ngải is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Nguyên

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Original, first
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nguyen, Nguyễn
  • Famous Namesakes: Poet Nguyễn Du, actor Dustin Nguyen, writer Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Peak Popularity: Nguyên is the No. 1 most popular name for boys in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the US and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Nguyễn is the most popular surname in Vietnam. While it is often simplified to remove the diacritics (accent marks) when used out of Vietnam, within Vietnamese Nguyễn and Nguyên are different names.

Quân

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Army
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jun, Quan
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Quan Lei, actress Quan Yi Fong
  • Peak Popularity: Quân is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: The diacritic accent mark over the letter 'a' in Quân is called a circumflex.

Quang

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Bright, clear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Guan, Kwang, Hikaru
  • Famous Namesakes: Mahayana Buddhist monk Quảng Đức 
  • Peak Popularity: Quang is a top 20 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Quyền

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Power, right, authority
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Quyên
  • Famous Namesakes: Anti-colonial activist Nguyễn Quyền
  • Peak Popularity: Quyền is a top 100 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Quyền is sometimes pronounced like the English word "queen," another word that refers to power and authority.

Sơn

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Mountain
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Søn, Son, Yamato
  • Famous Namesakes: Footballer Nguyen Hong Son
  • Peak Popularity: Sơn is a top 100 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Thuần

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Pure, clean, simple
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jun, Thuận
  • Famous Namesakes: Astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan
  • Peak Popularity: Thuần is a top 100 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Trai

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Oyster
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Trae, Trey
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Trai Byers, basketball player Trae Young
  • Peak Popularity: Trai is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Tuân

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Obey, follow, honor
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Duan, Tuấn, Tuan
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional poker player Tuan Lam, politician Tuan Yi-kang
  • Peak Popularity: Tuân is a top 10 name in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Viên

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Round, full, complete
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Viện, Vienna
  • Famous Namesakes: Pianist and singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, politician Thomas Vien
  • Peak Popularity: Viên is a rare name in the US and has never been in the top 1,000.

Popular Gender-Neutral Vietnamese Baby Names

Here are some popular and unique Vietnamese gender-neutral baby names along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information. 

An

  • Origin: Chinese
  • Meaning: Peace, quiet
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Án, Ân, Yasu, Yên
  • Famous Namesakes: Computer engineer and inventor An Wang, professional poker player An Tran, shōjo manga artist An Nakahara
  • Peak Popularity: An is a top 10 name in Vietnam but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Anh

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Flower petal or brave hero
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: An
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress and model Ahn Duong, foster daughter of former French President Jacques Chirac Anh Dao Traxel
  • Peak Popularity: Ahn is the third most popular name for girls in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: The name Anh is often used as the first name in a compound name. Anh can mean either "flower petal" or "brave hero" depending upon the second element of the compound name.

Bình

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Level, even, peaceful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ping
  • Famous Namesakes: Viet Minh lieutenant general Nguyễn Bình
  • Peak Popularity: Bình is a top 50 name for both boys and girls in Vietnam, but is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Châu

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Pearl, gem
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chao, Chau
  • Famous Namesakes: Footballer Nguyễn Minh Châu
  • Peak Popularity: Châu is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Giang

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: River
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Yang, Zhang
  • Famous Namesakes: Taekwondo practitioner Hoàng Hà Giang
  • Peak Popularity: Giang is a top 50 name for girls in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Lan

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Orchid, elegant, mountain mist
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lanh
  • Famous Namesakes: Tennis player Lan Bale, novelist Lan Cao
  • Peak Popularity: Lan ranks at number 21 for girls in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Linh

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Spirit, soul
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lin, Ling
  • Famous Namesakes: Television actor Lin Yi, badminton player Lin Dan, film director Việt Linh
  • Peak Popularity: Linh is the number one name for girls in Vietnam and it is a top 100 name for boys. However, it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Quỳnh

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Deep red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Qióng
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Quynh Mi
  • Peak Popularity: Quỳnh is a top-five name for girls in Vietnam, but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Quỳnh is the Vietnamese name for a flowering plant that falls under the genus Epiphyllum.

Thanh

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Blue, green, young, or sound, voice, tone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Qing
  • Famous Namesakes: Vietnamese emperor Thành Thái
  • Peak Popularity: Thanh is a top 20 name for boys in Vietnam and a top 100 name for girls. However, it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Emperor Thành Thái would often slip out of the Forbidden City dressed as a commoner to talk with his people directly and see how they were being affected by government policies in Vietnam.

Trúc

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Bamboo
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Take, Truc, Zhú
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Truc Hoang Le
  • Peak Popularity: Trúc is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tu
  • Famous Namesakes: Pharmaceutical chemist and malariologist who discovered a malaria treatment Tu Youyou
  • Peak Popularity: Tú is a top 100 name in Vietnam but it is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Vân

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Cloud
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Văn, Van, Yun
  • Famous Namesakes: Rock singer Van Morrison, actor Van Crosby, historian Van Wyck Brooks
  • Peak Popularity: Vân ranks at number 25 for girls in Vietnam. In the U.S., Van first appeared on the charts in 2005, rising steadily in popularity over the next five years before peaking in 2010 at position No. 755. Since then it has yo-yoed between positions in the late 700s and the early 900s.

Fun Fact: Changing the accent in a Vietnamese name will change both its pronunciation and its meaning. While Vân means "cloud," alternative spelling Văn means "literature, culture, writing."

Xuân

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Spring
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Haru, Xuan
  • Famous Namesakes: Taoist Ge Xuan, political figure Xuân Thủy, gymnast Liu Xuan
  • Peak Popularity: Xuân is a rare name in the U.S. and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Xuan Bello Fernán is a poet from Tineo, Asturias, Spain. He is one of the best-known contemporary Asturian writers and along with poetry, he has written essays, narratives, children's literature, and translations.

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