What are the best Pokémon baby names? You might think: ‘Girl, what took you so long to make this list?’ But let’s get real. There are already a lot of baby name lists out there. Some lists are wonderful and some are plain awful. Some names are too much on the nose (We can’t all name our kids Ash. Don’t be ridiculous!). And some are needlessly complicated and over-the-top unique. Believe me, nobody wants to walk around with a name like Zigzagzoon. Furthermore (Hah, fancy!), some names have a negative association (Do not name your baby Slowpoke or Primeape. Please.) So this list required some thought. Here is my version of the best Pokémon baby names. Enjoy!
Pokémon baby names for girls
Eevee is hands down one of my favorite names with a feminine ring to it. I have seen many varieties of this name (Evie, Eve, Evee, Evy) with one of my favorite babies in the world being named Evi.
Who: Eevee is the name of a very versatile Pokémon with an unstable genetic makeup, which causes it to mutate in different ways. Often due to the environment in which it lives.
Origin and meaning: Eevee and Eievui are the pronunciations of E-V, the first two letters in the word evolution. The name Eevee means ‘Life’
This might seem like a controversial name, but it still made the list. Jynx is another feminine name that hits the ear in a pleasant way. The association is quite mystical if you like it or not. But geeky people having babies to be able to name them Jynx, we could all assume there has to be some sorcery involved. Just kidding, some gamers actually leave the house and meet people. Or so I’ve heard.
Who: Jynx is a human-shaped female-only species of Pokémon with a fanbase. It often has a beautiful and delicate voice and its alluring movements can compel others to dance.
Origin and meaning: Jynx comes from the Latin word ‘Jinx’. The name Jynx means ‘spell’ or ‘magic charm’.
Who: Just like the name itself suggests, Goldeen is a very beautiful and elegant water Pokémon with wavy fins and a single horn.
Origin and meaning: The name Goldeen could come from the Anglo-Saxon name Goldean, Goldyn, or Golden. Goldeen may be a combination of goldfish and queen (referring to its feminine appearance and as a contrast to the king in Seaking).
Pokémon baby names for boys
Even though the name is short and cute, it has a very clear boyish/masculine, and familiar feel to it. Yet the name is anything but ordinary. It’s a fitting name for a protagonist in a heroic story, at least I believe it is. The name could be considered unisex, depending on the region you live in.
Who: Natu is a lovable bird type with psychic and flying abilities. This type of Pokémon can be seen as pretty down to earth, quite literally. Due to its underdeveloped wings, Natu has developed very strong jumping and climbing abilities.
Origin and meaning: Natu might have an Eritrea origin which means ‘Gift of God’ or a Finnish origin (girl name) meaning ‘Birthday (of Christ)’.
Granted, this sounds like a powerful, yet an unusual name for a person. The name has a masculine ring to it and sounds a bit like the more known names like Ingmar or Oscar.
Who: Magmar is a bipedal bird-type Pokémon whose body appears to be made out of flames and who was born in the crater of a volcano.
Origin and meaning: The name Magmar seems to be a combination of magma and fulmar (a seabird known for projectile-vomiting stomach oil as a defense mechanism).
Unisex baby names
A more unisex name, which could be perceived as equally feminine and masculine, is Abra. The name ends with an ‘a’ which makes it sound as light as a feather, like Anna or Ella. But the ‘b’ and ‘r’ make the name sound more unique.
Who: Abra is a bipedal psychic Pokémon with foxlike features and with the power of teleportation. Due to its impressive powers, it can become drained and requires a lot of rest.
Origin and meaning: The name Abra has an Arabic origin and means ‘lesson’. Or a Hebrew origin, meaning ‘father of multitudes’. The name could easily be used as a feminine form of the name Abraham.
Rank: as a girl’s name #16.219 and slightly higher as a boy’s name #13.561.
A name that has been rising in the ranks these past years is Onix (or Onyx). The name is short, powerful, and cute. Like the Pokémon, the name Onix sounds sturdy and tough.
Who: Onix is a long-bodied rock-type Pokémon that can move through the hard ground. The Pokémon is commonly found in mountains and caves.
Origin and meaning: This gemstone’s name means shiny black stone. In Greek it also means fingernail.
Rank: #4.737 (boys) and #5.721 (girls) for Onix, but a whopping #273 (boys) and #1.159 (girls) for Onyx.
Other names from Pokémon
The Pokémon universe offers a world of inspiration for unique baby names if you are creative enough to shorten the names or change the spelling. But there are a lot of fun names for human characters as well. Here is a list of human names that sounded good in my ears:
- Brock (Takeshi in the Japanese version)
- Misty (Kasumi in the Japanese version)
- Dawn (Hikari in the Japanese version)
- Clemont (Citron in the Japanese version)
And if you absolutely must:
- Ash (Satoshi in the Japanese version)
What is your favorite baby name?
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