50 Baby Names Based on Astrology & the Solar System

Give your child a name that’s out of this world (literally!) with these unique baby names influenced by astrology, constellations and our solar system. Whether you name your child after an astrological sign (hello, Leo!) or something that will impress an astronomer (like Cressida, an inner satellite of Uranus), there are lots of heavenly names to choose from. For unique names a bit closer to home, consider baby names based on nature or travel.


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Amalthea
One of Jupiter’s moons, the name comes from Greek mythology. Amalthea was a goat who nursed Zeus.

Archer
If you’re having a Sagittarius baby, consider this beautiful name. Sagittarius means archer in Latin.

Aries
Another astrological sign, Aries is a fire sign represented by a ram.

Ascella
The third brightest star in the constellation Sagittarius.

Aurora
Named for the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora refers to the beautiful lights you can see in high-latitude regions like the North and South poles.

Bianca
A moon of Uranus, Bianca is part of the Portia group of satellites that includes Cressida, Desdemona, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Cupid, Belinda and Perdita.

Caelum
This name means chisel in Latin and represents a faint constellation in the southern sky.

Carina
This constellation is located near the celestial south pole and in Latin means the keel of a ship.

Celeste
It means heavenly in Latin, which makes sense, since celestial is another word for heavenly.

Ciro
It means sun and is the Spanish and Italian version of the name Cyrus.

Cosmo
This name comes from cosmos, meaning universe.

Cressida
Like Bianca, Cressida is one of Uranus’s moons.

Cyrus
This Persian name means sun; Ciro is the Spanish and Italian variation.

Elara
This moon of Jupiter is also the name of one of Zeus’s lovers.

Elio
This name means sun in Spanish and Italian.

Eos
The Eos family is a very large asteroid family in the outer region of the asteroid belt.

Estelle
Like Estrella and Stella, the name Estelle means star.

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Faye
The name of a mid-size comet currently in the constellation of Gemini that’s controlled by Jupiter’s gravitational effects.

Francisco
This small, dark moon has a retrograde orbit around Uranus, meaning it moves in the opposite direction from the regular moons and Uranus’s own rotation. Perfect for an independent, free-thinking child.

Galatea
This small moon orbits around Neptune and is named for the sea nymph who attended to Poseidon.

Halley
The most famous comet, Halley taught astronomers that comets could be seen in our skies more than once. It revolves around our sun every 76 years and will return in 2061.

Helene
This small moon of Saturn shares an orbit with another moon, Dione, and is therefore referred to as a Trojan moon.

Holmes
Another comet that travels through our solar system, it was last seen from earth in 2008.

Janus
Discovered in 1966, the moon Janus orbits around Saturn.

Jupiter
Originally a boy’s name, Jupiter is now commonly used for girls too. It’s the largest planet in our solar system and the god of the sky and thunder in Roman mythology.

Kyler
Gaining popularity because it sounds like both Kyle and Tyler, Kyler comes from the Dutch and means archer, so it would make a great name for a Sagittarius baby.

Larissa
This small moon near Neptune’s faint ring system was discovered in 1989 and was named for a nymph in Greek mythology.

Leo
Leo is both the name of a constellation and a dwarf galaxy within that constellation.

Lucian
The name Lucian means light and is another sun-related baby name.

Luna
Meaning moon in Latin, Luna was also a moon goddess in Roman mythology. Lunette, a variation of Luna, means little moon in French.

Maia
A star in the constellation of Taurus, it’s part of the Pleiades open star cluster, along with Alcyone, Atlas and Electra, all excellent baby names.

Mercury
The smallest and fastest planet in our solar system and the closest to the sun, it comes with a built-in nickname, Merc.

Miranda
Discovered in 1948, this moon of Uranus is known for its varied landscape. It was named for Prospero’s daughter in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.

Boppy

Navi
This bright star is in the Cassiopeia constellation. It was named by American astronaut Virgil Ivan Grissom, after his middle name spelled backwards.

Nova
It means new star and is the name for exploding stars whose luminosity increases.

Nunki
A star located in the constellation Sagittarius, it’s even more massive than our sun.

Nysa
The name of a bright main-belt asteroid, Nysa is also the name of a mountainous region where nymphs raised the god Dionysus.

Ophelia
A small inner moon of Uranus and another example of people loving to name moons after Shakespearean characters.

Orion
If you love the name Hunter, consider Orion, the name of a constellation depicting a hunter. Orion is also the name of a NASA spacecraft.

Pallas
Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, Pallas Athena, Pallas is a massive asteroid.

Phoebe
This moon around Saturn was named after a Titaness in Greek mythology who was associated with the moon.

Phoenix
The Phoenix space probe landed on Mars in 2008 and was used to assess the history of water on the planet.

Rhea
Like Phoebe, Rhea is a moon of Saturn. Other Saturn moons include Dione, Titan, Daphnis, Europa and Tethys.

Rigel
This blue-white supergiant in the constellation Orion, Rigel is one of the brightest stars in the sky.

Saturn
The sixth planet from the sun, this gas giant has more than 50 known moons and beautiful rings.

Stella
Like Estelle and Estrella, the name Stella means star.

Themis
Launched by NASA in 2007, the Themis satellite measures minerals on Mars.

Titan
Like Rhea and Phoebe, Titan is a moon of Saturn. Titan is the planet’s largest moon and the second-largest natural satellite in our solar system.

Vega
This bright star is visible in the summer sky in the Northern Hemisphere and is part of the constellation Lyra.

Venus
The second planet from the sun, Venus is named for the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

—Eva Ingvarson Cerise

 

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