Baby Names Meaning: Happiness

Your new baby is bringing great joy into your life -- so why not give her a baby name meaning "happiness"? Surprisingly, there are lots of sweet options available! Check out these baby names that have happy meanings.

  1. Abigail+ Perhaps the most popular "happy" name on the list, Abigail a Hebrew name that means "my father is joyful." It's currently number 8 in popularity, so expect to see a lot of Abbys around the playground. Read more about Abigail
  2. Alisa+ You may think this is a variant on Elizabeth or Lisa, but it's actually a Hebrew variant on Alice that means "great happiness." It's a less common name that's currently near the bottom of the top 1,000 names in the United States. Read more about Alisa
  3. Allegra+ An Italian name that means "joyous," this beautiful name was chosen for a baby recently on Grey's Anatomy. (But keep in mind that it's also the name of an allergy medication!) Read more about Allegra
  4. Asher+ This Hebrew name, which means "blessed and happy one," has skyrocketed in popularity over the past decade, and is poised to break into the top 100 baby boys' names chart within the next year. Read more about Asher
  5. Beatrice+ This classic Latin name means "she who brings happiness," and is a popular girls' baby name once again, after bottoming out in 2000. (Alternate spellings like Beatrix or Beatriz can give it a more exotic feel.) Famous Beatrices include Beatrix Potter, author of the Peter Rabbit tales; heroines named Beatrice in both Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Dante's Divine Comedy; British royal Princess Beatrice; and, of course, Ramona's big sister Beatrice (Beezus) in Beverly Cleary's beloved stories. Read more about Beatrice
  6. Bliss+ The English synonym for happiness makes a sweet name for a girl. Read more about Bliss
  7. Blythe+ This pretty British girls' name means "happy and carefree." Actress Blythe Danner (also known as Gwyneth Paltrow's mom) is the most famous bearer of the name. Read more about Blythe
  8. Caius+ This Roman name means "rejoice," and fits beautifully with the hot trend of ancient Greco-Roman names. Although Caiuses pop up all over Shakespeare's plays, you'll likely find most people know this as one of the big bad Volturi vamps from Twilight. Read more about Caius
  9. Content+ This American word name means "satisfied," and is an definitely an offbeat choice for a baby name! Read more about Content
  10. Farah+ This Arabic name means "happiness," and is most famously associated with 1970s actress Farrah Fawcett. Read more about Farah
  11. Felicity+ This pretty girls' name, meaning "happy," has been in the top 1,000 ever since it was picked for both an American Girl doll and the heroine of a popular TV series. Read more about Felicity
  12. Felix+ The Latin word for happiness inspired this classic boys' name. It's famously linked with both a commercial spokes-cat from the 1970s, and the fussy roommate, Felix Unger, from The Odd Couple. It's a relatively common name in the United States, where it's been in the top 400 names in the country for more than a century. Read more about Felix
  13. Gwyneth+ This Welsh name means "blessed and happy." Its most famous bearer is actress Gwyneth Paltrow (whose mom's name, Blythe, has the same sweet meaning). Read more about Gwyneth
  14. Hilary+ This Latin name means cheerful -- and has a raft of famous namesakes: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and actresses Hilary Swank and Hilary Duff. Read more about Hilary
  15. Joy+ This English word name is currently dipping in popularity, after a 50-year ride in the top 200 names in the United States. It's the name of celebrity talk-show host Joy Behar. Read more about Joy
  16. Keiko+ This common Japanese name means "happy child." Read more about Keiko
  17. Keyes+ This Anglicization of Caius (pronounced like "keys") has the same meaning -- rejoice. Read more about Keyes
  18. Merry+ This English word name means "joyful," and is a nice alternative spelling to the ultratraditional name Mary (which has the less auspicious meaning of "bitter"). Read more about Merry
  19. Rowena+ This Germanic baby name means "famous and happy" -- it's most famously found in the Harry Potter stories, as the name of one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Read more about Rowena
  20. Simcha+ This Hebrew name means "gladness" or "joy," it can be used for boys or girls. Read more about Simcha
  21. Vidor+ This Hungarian baby name means "cheerful," and makes a nice alternative to the more popular Victor. Read more about Vidor