Whether you and your partner can’t get enough fun in the sun, or the seashore holds sentimental value for you, we know one thing: Life’s sure to be a beach with a tropical island name for your baby.
Tropical Island Names for Babies
These names are from islands or tropical regions. Get creative with spelling or use them as inspiration to make up an entirely new name for your little one.
An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, Seychelles is one of the world’s smallest countries. Its main island, Mahé, could also make for a sweet tropical name option.
Saint Lucia is a Caribbean hotspot for a good reason. Its pristine beaches are surrounded by tapered mountains and lush vegetation. The ocean is filled with beautiful reefs. Lucia’s Latin meaning translates to light. And we love the idea of using Lucy as a nickname.
Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. The islands are characterized by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and hedgerows of blue hydrangeas.
While Canary can also have you thinking of the bird, The Canary Islands host some of the most beautiful beaches and tropical island landscapes.
The Hawaiian island is a favorite of beach lovers and could make the perfect tropical island baby name choice for parents who have visited the island before. Love the idea of a baby name that is short and sweet? Take a look at these 4-letter name ideas.
Maldives is a small archipelagic island country in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It’s known for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and floating tiki huts above the ocean.
An overseas region of France, Martinique, known as the Isle of Flowers, is known for its incredible, rugged natural beauty.
Fernando de Noronha an island in Brazil makes a great island name choice that has subtle ties to its beachy origin. Fernando is a name from Spain, which means daring or adventurous.
Tropical Baby Names
These words and names may not be from actual islands, but they are reminiscent of lush surroundings, relaxing waves, and bright turquoise waters.
If you’re considering a name steeped in culture outside your own, you may want to do a deeper dive into its meaning. For instance, some Hawaiian names are sacred to Hawaiian culture, so it’s worth the time it takes to do more research. Always choose appreciation over appropriation.
Meaning, “from the sea” in Hawaiian, we think Kai can also make for a great gender neutral baby name choice.
Cove is a great tropical baby boy name that means “small bay” or “place of rest.”
Of Latin origin, Marina is associated with “the sea.” Parents who feel a deep connection to the water or a coastal environment are sure to love this sweet baby name.
Solana is of Spanish origin and derived from “sol,” meaning “sun.” It’s a name that brings to mind the warmth and radiance of tropical sunsets.
Combining “Kai” meaning “sea” and “hina” meaning “silver,” this Hawaiian name represents the shimmering beauty of tropical waters.
Leilani is another of our favorite Hawaiian names. Meaning “heavenly flowers,” it is a graceful name reflecting the beauty of tropical flora.
This time it’s a Polynesian name that means “sun.” Tavana is one of many beautiful options for bringing warmth of the sun to your new little one.
Inspired by the coconut palm tree, this Spanish name is playful, lively, and gives a tropical spirit vibe.
Also meaning island, Isla can make for a great baby name choice for those who love all things, calm, beautiful and surrounded by water.
In Greek Mythology, Ceto was the goddess of the ocean. When you really dig into Ceto’s story, she was the goddess of the dangers of the sea and, more specifically, of sea-monsters, whales and large sharks. (source)
Representing a tropical island favorite feature, coral reefs, we think Coral, a colorful name choice, could make for a great nod to tropical beach baby names without being too island-specific.
Meaning “dew of heaven,” this is a perfect tropical inspired name for your new little angel.
Lana translates to “calm as still waters.” It’s one of the most popular Hawaiian girl names. It gives a feeling of tranquility and serenity. And the Lana Del Ray vibe is an added bonus.
This throwback name has found its way onto many lists of baby girl names. While its origin is Celtic, it means “daughter of the sea.”
A cross cultural name with many origins and meanings, one of the meanings of Mira is “ocean” in Sanskrit.
Another name that might not immediately make you think of a full moon reflecting on the ocean at night, Dylan is a Welsh name that actually means “son of the sea.” It’s also a delightful gender-neutral name.
Disney used this name for the caring girl with a big heart in Lilo & Stitch. Derived from “Lilinoe” meaning “fine mist,” it’s a name that makes us think of the early morning mist rising up from tropical rainforests.
Meaning “Inspired by heaven” or “heavenly grove” Ululani evokes native Hawaii and all of its magic.
We love this one as a unique middle name. Calypso is more than a style of Caribbean rhythmic music. It’s a Greek name meaning “hidden.” It was also used in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Hebrew for “oak tree,” Alon is a name that signifies strength and resilience, inspired by tropical forests.
Meaning “island” in Spanish, Isla is a name that pays homage to the enchanting allure of tropical islands.
This name means “beautiful princess” but it makes our list of tropical baby names because it’s the name of singer and writer Cedella Marley Booker, who also happened to be the mother of Reggae legend Bob Marley.
A Japanese name that means “wave.” We love the rhythmic feel of this name.
Reminiscent of the Caspian Sea, this English name means “white.” It’s a great name The Chronicles of Narnia series fans and the character Prince Caspian.
Of Polynesian origin, Mana means “power” or “spiritual energy.” It’s another name that embraces the mystical and captivating aspects of the tropics.
Another powerful middle name in our minds. Neptune was the Roman god of the sea.
In Hawaiian, Kalani translates to “the heavens” or “royalty.” This stunning name bestows a sense of majesty and heavenly beauty.
Palmira is a Latin name derived from “palma,” meaning “palm tree.” This name reflects the graceful movement of tropical palms.
This French word for “sun” makes a gorgeous baby name in our book. It’s also a fun 80’s inspired name, reminiscent of Soleil Moon Frye who played Punky Brewster, a girl who marched to the beat of her own drum.
First and Middle Tropical Island Names
Super unique yet somewhat classic, this makes for a bit of an under-cover tropical island baby name.
Meanwhile, there is nothing subtle about this name combination’s tie to the sea!
Daring, adventurous and dramatic, this baby name choice is sure to make a statement.
A great example of a combo that takes a fairly common first name and pairs it with a unique middle name, this name feels approachable and powerful.
If you and your partner share a love of lush rainforests, pristine beaches, or the rhythmic sound of ocean waves, these names will evoke a sense of tropical paradise for your new little one.