50 Names That Mean Butterfly For Your Baby

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Feb 16, 2024 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Oct 22, 2020
Edited by Harriet Sambrook
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Why give your baby a butterfly name?

Butterflies have big, colorful wings and are enormously popular in visual arts as a representation of something beautiful, and often delicate. Some cultures view them as a symbol of rebirth and strength because of their life cycle, so no wonder butterfly inspiration is a popular choice for baby names! After all, who wouldn't want to name their little miracle after something so pretty and precious?

Popular Girls' Names Meaning Butterfly

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1. Annabella (English origin) means 'beauty'. It is a commonly used name that is a mixture of the terms' grace' and 'beauty.'

2. Aponi (Native American origin) means 'butterfly.'

3. Ava (German origin) means 'bird' recently associated with the action movie 'Ava.'

4. Beata (Latin origin) means 'blessed' associated with the actress 'Beata Pozniak.'

5. Bindi (Australian origin) means 'butterfly.'

6. Birabiro (Ethiopian origin) means 'butterfly.'

7. Butterfly (American origin) means 'the beautiful species' works wonderfully for a baby girl. Butterfly McQueen is an American actress who acted in the classic 'Gone With The Wind.'

8. Cho/Kocho (Japanese origin) means 'butterfly.'

9. Chouka (Japanese origin) means 'butterfly.' It also means flower in Japanese.

10. Chrysalis (Greek origin) means 'golden pupa of a butterfly.'

11. Claudina (Latin origin) means 'enclosure.' This is also the name of a breed of butterflies called Nymphalidae, found in Venezuela.

12. Cressida (Greek origin) means 'golden' and is a type of butterfly. It is considered a Medieval English name, making it rare today.

13. Cynthia (Greek origin) means 'moon goddess.' A popular name amongst American celebrities. It is also a type of butterfly.

14. Die (Chinese origin) means 'butterfly.'

15. Edith (English origin) means 'riches or blessed.' Associated with the French singer named Edith Piaf, known for her song 'La Vie En Rose.'

16. Farasha (Arabic origin) means 'butterfly.'

17. Flutura (Albanian origin) means 'butterfly.'

18. Kelebek (Turkish origin) means 'butterfly.'

19. Kimana (Native American origin) means 'butterfly.' It can be shortened to Kim.

20. Kimimela (Native American origin) means 'butterfly.'

21. Mariposa (Spanish origin) means 'butterfly baby.'

22. Memphis (Greek origin) means 'enduring.' After a type of butterfly.

23. Paloma (Catalan origin) means 'butterfly.'

24. Phaedra (Greek origin) means 'bright.'

25. Pocahontas (Native American origin) means 'the playful one.' It is associated with the famous Disney animated movie of the same name.

26. Titli (Indian origin) means 'butterfly.' It is a common name in the Indian subcontinent.

27. Valeria (Latin origin) means 'strength.' It is associated with the Spanish drama-comedy of the same name.

28. Vanessa (Greek origin) means 'butterfly.' It comes from the name Phanessa, a mystic goddess and daughter of Pandora.

29. Vlinder (Dutch origin) means 'butterfly', pronounced as 'flin-der.'

30. Yara (Arabic origin) means 'small butterfly', the name taken by American actress Yaya Shahidi.

Unique Boy Names Meaning Butterfly

31. Adonis (Greek origin) means 'handsome.' It is known as the eternally youthful God. This name took popularity after Drake's son was named Adonis Graham.

32. Blues (English origin) means 'ivy, blue color' is a commonly used English name and highly associated with the colors of the butterfly.

33. Ekval (Indian origin) means 'butterfly.'

34. Ītzpā (Aztec origin) derived from Ītzpāpālōtl, the name of an Aztec god known as Obsidian Butterfly.

35. Kamehameha (Hawaiian origin) means 'the one set apart.' The name refers to the Kamehameha butterfly. Kamehameha is also a signature power move of Goku from the 'Dragonball' series.

36. Lysandros (Greek origin) means 'liberator, freeing men.' It was the name of a Spartan admiral, according to mythology, and is currently associated with the musical artist by the same name, Lysandros Falireas.

37. Monarch (Middle English origin) means 'King.' The monarch butterfly is a type of butterfly.

38. Papillon (French origin) means 'butterfly.' It is popular because of a book of the same name.

39. Perhonen (Finnish origin) means 'butterfly.'

40. Sommerflue (Danish origin) means 'butterfly.'

41. Xiuhtecuhtli (Aztec origin) means 'God of spirit.' This God is represented with butterfly wings.

42. Zephyr (Greek origin) means 'God of wind.'

Gender Neutral Names Meaning Butterfly

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43. Azure (Latin origin) means 'bluish color.'

44. Hitomu (Japanese origin) means 'beautiful.'

45. Icarus (Greek origin) means 'follower.' The name is associated with the Son of Daedalus, who made wings for himself and Icarus to escape a prison.

46. Shalabha (Sanskrit origin) means 'butterfly' or 'moth.'

47. Mantech (Ethiopian origin) means 'butterfly.'

48. Pepe (Samoan origin) means 'butterfly.' The name or word is associated with 'Pepe the Frog', a popular internet meme.

49. Psyche (Greek origin) means 'life' or 'butterfly.' Psyche refers to a God associated with butterflies.

50. Vivalter (Middle German origin) means 'butterfly.' The name can be shortened to Viva.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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