Baby Names Meaning Happiness

If you're grinning ear to ear waiting for baby to arrive, these names are for you!

  1. Abigail+ Perhaps the most popular "happy" name on the list, Abigail a Hebrew name that means "my father is joyful." It's #7 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 here in the U.S. Read more about Alisa
  3. Allegra+ An Italian name that means "joyous," this beautiful name was chosen for a baby on Grey's Anatomy. Keep in mind that it's also the name of an allergy medication. Read more about Allegra
  4. Asher+ This Hebrew name, which means "fortunate, blessed, and happy one," has skyrocketed to the top of the boys' baby name chart in the past decade, and is poised to break the top 100 names. Read more about Asher
  5. Beatrice+ This classic Latin name means "blessed, she who brings happiness," and is back on the rise in popularity after bottoming out in 2000. Consider alternate spellings like Beatrix or Beatriz for 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, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson; 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 intense happiness makes a sweet name for your child. Read more about Bliss
  7. Blythe+ This pretty British girls' name means free spirit, happy and carefree. Actress Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow's mom) is the most famous bearer of the name. Read more about Blythe
  8. Caius+ This Latin name means "rejoice." Caiuses pop up all over Shakespeare's plays, but you'll likely find most people know this as one of the big bad Volturi vamps from the Twilight saga. Read more about Caius
  9. Content+ This American word name means satisfied, and is an offbeat choice for a baby's name. Read more about Content
  10. Farah+ This Arabic name means "happiness," and is most famously associated with '70s actress Farrah Fawcett. Read more about Farah
  11. Felicity+ This pretty name, meaning "happy," has been in the top 1,000 names 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 happy and fortunate inspired this classic boys' name. It's famously linked with both a cartoon cat, and the fussy roommate, Felix Unger, from the play, movie, and hit '70s TV show The Odd Couple and it's a relatively common name in the U.S., 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, practically has the same meaning). Read more about Gwyneth
  14. Hilary+ This Latin (from Greek) name means "cheerful, happy" -- and has a raft of famous namesakes, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and actresses Hilary Swank and Hilary Duff. Read more about Hilary
  15. Joy+ This name is currently on a downswing, after a 50-year ride in the top 200 names in the U.S. 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 has the same meaning -- rejoice -- though it's pronounced "keys." Read more about Keyes
  18. Merry+ This name means "lighthearted and happy," and is a nice alternative to the ultratraditional name Mary (which has a less auspicious meaning, bitter). Read more about Merry
  19. Rowena+ This Welsh baby name means "famous friend" -- it's most famously found in Harry Potter, 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 simply "gladness, mirth, festivity," and although it's generally a boys' name, it can be used for girls as well. Read more about Simcha
  21. Vidor+ This Hungarian baby name means "cheerful, happy," and makes a nice alternative to the more popular Victor. Read more about Vidor