Names that mean numbers range from subtle Finn to straight-up Eleven.

They work for so many reasons. Numeric baby names might commemorate a significant date (like your anniversary), symbolize good fortune, carry spiritual meaning, or even remember a favorite athlete’s jersey number.

Even the most daring names can work, possibly as middles if not first names.

These are some of the best number names, from the familiar to the unexpected.



CARDINAL (unranked)

Cameron diaz and Benji Madden welcomed their second child and first son in 2024, a brother for Raddix. Cardinal is a nature name, a color name, a religious office, and, as it happens, potentially fits with names that mean numbers, too. One, two, three, and so on, are all cardinal numerals – the words we use to count. In Latin, cardinalis means principal or essential, and so Cardinal feels like it fits with names inspired by the (cardinal) number one.

HANA (#725)

Multiple meanings and origins compete, but Hana means one in Korean.

ICHIRO (unranked)

A large number of Japanese first names relate to birth order, including Ichiro, which means firstborn son. While most aren’t familiar in English, figures like baseball’s Ichiro Suzuki have put this name on our radar.

PENNY (#676)

A nickname for popular Penelope, Penny appears here because it’s another name for the one cent coin in the US.

PRIMO (unranked)

In Italian, Primo means first, putting on the list of numeric baby names. It can also mean excellent. Something described as primo is the best. Italian author Primo Levi comes to mind.

PRIMROSE (unranked)

Primrose means “first rose,” because the flower blooms early in the spring. (At least in some climates.) It’s also a name straight out of The Hunger Games novels, worn by the younger sister of heroine Katniss. Primrose Everdeen answers to the nickname Prim.

UNA (unranked)

Una comes from the Latin word meaning one. It’s also an Irish name meaning lamb, sometimes spelled Oona instead. With Ava and Mia in the Top Ten, why not Una?

UNITY (unranked)

At first glance, this name fits with Felicity and Charity. It refers to a state of being one, and feels like a subtle virtue name. But what’s the statute of limitations on problematic bearers? Because Unity Mitford, of the aristocratic English family, is best remembered as a member of Hitler’s inner circle.

WINONA (#881)

This name means firstborn daughter in Dakota. We know Winona thanks to a tragic Native American story about a princess who leapt to her death rather than consent to an arranged marriage. Well, and we know the story because of celebrated actress Winona Ryder, named for a town that was named for the Native American figure.


BRACE (unranked)

We think of brace as a verb that means something along the lines of hold on. (Think of “brace for impact.”) But it can also mean to hold things together, and because that can mean two things, brace has also referred to a pair, since at least the 1400s. Brace sounds like a strong, bright name for a son, too, and since it started out as a hunting term – and is now used in soccer – it feels outdoorsy and sporting.

JIRO (unranked)

A Japanese name familiar in the West, Jiro means second son.

MALACHY (unranked)

The Latin name Secundus became Seachnall in Ireland. Mail Sechnaill meant “disciple of Saint Seachnall.” The latter became Malachy over the years, influenced by the Old Testament Malachi. So while it’s not obvious, Malachy ultimately comes from the Latin word for second.

TWAIN (unranked)

Author Mark Twain took his pen name from an archaic term meaning two. On riverboats, “mark twain” meant that the water was two fathoms deep – the level required for a ship’s safe passage.


HATTIE (#383)

Strictly speaking, Hattie is short for Harriet. But in ice hockey and some other sports, Hattie is short for hat trick. And a hat trick? That’s three goals in a single game, scored by just one player.

TRACE (#674)

Trace is traditionally used as a nickname for a III. If you know your Spanish numbers, tres is three.

TRE, TREY (unranked, #718)

A go-to nickname for a third, though now given independently – or used as a nickname for any name including the sound.

TRIPP (#456)

On a similar note, Tripp comes from triple. It’s another nickname for a third.

TRESSA (unranked)

It sounds like Tessa with an added ‘r’, but Tressa comes from a Cornish word meaning third.

TRINITY (#349)

Trinity refers to a Christian concept to describe God, but it comes from the Latin trinus – threefold.


CLOVER (#675)

Four-leaf clovers bring good luck, and also put Clover on the numeric baby names list.

DRU (unranked) and DREW (#540 for boys, #761 for girls)

This might be a stretch, but the sound is right there in quaDRUple.

EMBER (#170)

At first glance, it’s a nature name. But Ember Days are Christian days of fasting and prayer that occur in every season of the year – four times annually. The name comes from a Latin phrase meaning “four seasons.” It’s subtle, but it has potential.

FORD (#521)

Ford sounds almost like fourth.

IVER (unranked)

In Roman numerals, IV means four. That makes Iver a possible subtle nod to the number.

IVES (unranked)

Ives is cousin to Yves, and not numeric in meaning. (They refer to the yew tree.) But it looks like IV.

IVY (#38)

One more IV option: Ivy, literally the pronunciation of the Roman numeral IV.

QUADE (unranked)

Quade might come from the prefix quad, though it’s actually a form of MacQuaid, an Irish surname ultimately related to … Walter. Really!


CINCO (unranked)

Singer-songwriter Usher is really Usher Raymond IV. He passed the name down to his son, who is nicknamed Cinco – Spanish for five.

FIVE (unranked)

Does Five sound more like a name than Two, Three, or Four? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just our affection for middle ‘v’ names, from Ava to Oliver to Everett, that makes Five seem like it has potential.

FINN (#188)

A five-dollar bill was once called a fin. Amazing Race alums Ernie Halvorsen and wife Cindy drew on this story to nickname their son Ernest V “Finn.”

NICK (unranked; Nicholas is #109)

A nickel is worth five cents, so Nick- names seem like a natural nod to the number.

PENN (unranked)

In Greek, penta- means fifth. (Think of the five-sided Pentagon.) Penny, though, is associated with a one cent coin, so it appears earlier on this list.

QUENTIN (#768)

Quentin comes from Quintinus, a Roman name with plenty of use in the ancient world. Quintinus did, indeed, refer to the number five. Versions of the name have been used over the years, possibly a fifth son, or a child whose birth date involved the number five. But Quentin – and Quintin, along with other Quin- names – have also appealed for their quirky-cool first initial and stylish sound.

QUINN (#85 for girls; #452 for boys)

In Latin, quintus means fifth. That makes Quinn a natural among numeric baby names.

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JUNE (#171)

The sixth month of the year suggests the early days of summer, but also the number.

JUNO (unranked)

Juno gave her name to the month of June, so it might also suggest six.

SIA (unranked)

Australian singer Sia – rhymes with Mia – Furler has inspired a few parents. It’s the Scottish Gaelic word for six.

SIX (unranked)

It might not have made the list, but fans of 1990s series Blossom will think of Six Dorothy Lemeure, BFF to Blossom.

SIXTINE (unranked)

Sixtine sounds like sixteen, but it likely comes from a Latin word meaning polished. Or maybe it comes from sextus, meaning six.

SIXTO (unranked)

Sixto comes from the same roots as Sixtine, and shares the same potentially numeric meaning.


SEVEN (#803 for boys; Sevyn ranks #784 for boys and #547 for girls)

In 2019, Seven debuted in the boys’ Top 1000 … along with Sevyn for girls. As numeric baby names go, Seven symbolizes good fortune. But it also suggests the seventh day in the Old Testament, when God rested. On a less spiritual note, the jersey number has inspired some parents – think of David Beckham’s Harper Seven. It’s not completely new, either – Erykah Badu welcomed son Seven all the way back in 1997.

SORAYA (unranked)

Soraya is another name for the Pleiades, a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. By either name, they’re the seven sisters – daughters of Pleione. In Greek myth, their names are Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope, and Merope.


AUGUST (#104 for boys; #913 for girls)

August means venerable, but it’s strongly associated with the eighth month. Augustus, Augustine, and Augusta are all August names that might also fit with numeric baby names.

OCTAVIA (#279)

An elaborate ancient name, Octavia comes from the Latin octo- meaning eighth. It was boosted, appropriately enough, by a sci fi television series called The 100. For boys, Octavian and Octavius could be choices, too.

OTTO (#281)

Otto sounds just enough like octo that it might belong with the subtle numeric baby names.

VALO (unranked)

It means eight in Malagasy, a language spoken in Madagascar.


NINA (#338)

A century ago, Nina was pronounced like nine-with-an-a. That’s not the name’s origin, but it feels appropriate.

NOVA (#952 for boys and #35 for girls)

Nova comes from the Latin word for new, and it points to the stars. But Nova also brings to mind the Latin novem – nine.

NOVENA (unranked)

This names comes directly from the Latin novem, for the number nine. But it brings to mind a type of devotional prayer repeated nine times, particularly in the Catholic faith.

TARA (unranked)

Tara means nine in Hausa, a language spoken mainly in Nigeria.


DECIMA (unranked)

Just like Octavia comes from eighth, Decima means tenth.

DECKER (unranked)

The Greek deka means ten, so names that include the sound – like Decker – could be obvious picks.

DEX (unranked)

Dex refers to a factor of ten. We tend to think of it meaning right – as in Dexter – or skilled, as in dexterous, but it’s a number choice, too. If Jax works, why not Dex?

DIXIE (unranked)

Dixie comes from the Latin dix, meaning ten. But associations with the Civil War might make this name problematic.

TENNYSON (unranked)

Tennyson comes from Dennis, but it includes the word “ten.” That makes it an easy fit.


ELEVEN (unranked)

Netflix series Stranger Things introduced us to a mysterious girl known as Eleven. She trades Eleven for Elle, and then her birth name – Jane. But it sounds very much like traditional favorite Evelyn, as well as so many El- names we love for our daughters.

THIRTEEN (unranked)

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian opted to name their son Rocky Thirteen. The number, dad said, was just a one that he loves. Barker has something in common with fellow chart-topper Taylor Swift: she considers 13 her lucky number, incorporating it into her work.

TWENTY (unranked)

Children’s author Roald Dahl named his firstborn Olivia Twenty Dahl. Olivia came from Shakespeare; Twenty, from the fact that he had a twenty dollar bill in his pocket when he arrived at the hospital for her birth – or maybe for her date of birth, April 20, 1955.

FORTY (unranked)

Forty makes this list thanks to Netflix series You, starring Penn Badgley as a dangerous man. In the second season, he falls for a woman named Love, who has a twin brother named Forty. The meanings are drawn from tennis: Love signals a score of zero. Forty is a score of three. If you’re scored Forty points, you can win on the next point. So far the show hasn’t inspired any parents to name their children Forty, but Love has entered the US Top 1000 for girls.

What are your favorite numeric baby names? Would you consider any of these for a first or a middle name?

First published on October 20, 2020, this post was updated on August 13, 2021, and again on January 23, 2023, May 20, 2023, March 30, 2024, March 29, 2024, and May 27, 2024.

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  1. I thought of Penny for one, because a penny is one cent. I also loved the idea of month names for their number! April, May/Mae, and January are favorites. I also like the idea of a name starting with or sounding like a specific letter to suggest the number that letter is in the alphabet, for example, Emme for 13, Elle for 12, Bee/Bea for 2, Cece for 3.