Butterfly Names

Butterfly-related baby names came to wider attention when it was rumored that Kylie Jenner would choose a butterfly name for her new baby girl, to symbolize her love of the fluttery species. Baby names that relate to butterflies can be literal word names, like Butterfly itself as in the name of Gone With the Wind actress Butterfly McQueen, or the names of stages of the butterfly or mother development such as Chrysalis, the rumored name of Jenner's baby. Other butterfly names include exotic butterfly-related words or species names. Plus butterfly names are not just for girls.

  • Annabella

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    With the ascent of all names -ella, and even -bella, we predict that Annabella will rise as an alternative for such favorites as Isabella and Angelina. It's possible to spell the name Anabella.... Read More 

  • Bindi

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    In the Noongar language of Western Australia, Bindi means butterfly. Bindi is usually seen as a girls' name, as seen in Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin.Read More 

  • Butterfly

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Fluttery and flighty. But there are a couple of names that mean butterfly you might consider, such as Yara and Farasha.Read More 

  • Cassius

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Cassius is a Shakespearean name with the feel of antiquity that is coming into fashion. Cassius Clay was an abolitionist and the birth name of Muhammad Ali. It was chosen for their sons by singer... Read More 

  • Chrysalis

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    Chrysalis is a girls' baby name derived from the state of a butterfly or moth between larva and adult. A chrysalis is a hard-shelled pupa in which the transition of the butterfly or moth takes... Read More 

  • Cressida

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    Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct. For although... Read More 

  • Cynthia

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    Cynthia is an attractive name -- in classical mythology an epithet for Artemis or Diana -- that was so overexposed in the middle of the twentieth century, along with its nickname Cindy, that it... Read More 

  • Farasha

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Farasha is butterfly in Arabic, which means that to English-speakers, it feels more like a soft feminine name and less like a fluttery animal. Pretty without feeling flighty.Read More 

  • Icarus

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Icarus, the mythological figure famous for flying too close to the sun, has a couple of negatives: his rash reputation, and those "icky" nicknames. Read More 

  • Kimana

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Kimana, the name of a resort in the foothills of Mountain Kilimanjaro in Kenya, would make an exotic path to the nickname Kim. Read More 

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