90+ Fairy Names And Meanings That Will Make Your Heart Flutter

90+ Inspiring Fairy Names That Will Make Your Heart Flutter

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So, you fancy yourself or your baby as a bit of a fairy, huh? Maybe you relate to woodland sprites. Or maybe you just understand Tinker Bell on a deeper level than most Disney fans. Whatever your reason for loving fairies, know that you’re not alone. People all over the world are obsessed with fairy life. There are actually whole sections of children’s bookstores devoted to the tiny winged creatures. There’s just something so magical and precious about the myth and lore behind fairies. And, OK, maybe a little creepy, too. Did you know the Irish believed that fairies would come in at night and “steal” the breaths of babes? That wasn’t the only less than happy rumor about fairies, either. Multiple cultures and religions have folklores that center around mischievous and often mean fairy-like creatures.

Either way, if your little one is giving you serious mystical vibes, a fairy name might be suited for them. Children and the entire process of having a little one can be absolutely magical. So why not give your kiddo a name with just as much whimsy and playfulness? Fairy names have a certain lightness and fancy to them and aren’t just for your little girls. If you’re looking for a short name or one that will stick out in your kids’ class, you’ve come to the right place.

The idea of fairies has been around for centuries, and they typically represent all that is sweet and whimsical in the world. Although they sometimes mess around with the fates of humans, they tend to teeter on the side of love, magic, springtime, and new beginnings. Sure, in some cultures they can also represent death, sexual depravity, abduction, and immorality. But let’s be real: Which magical creature doesn’t get a bad wrap sometimes? It’s nice to know fairies are complicated since, hey, so are people. Fairies just happen to have a human and magical side.

Depending on where you get your fairy lore, you probably have a certain idea of names that work for fairies. If you’re particularly interested in the world of Tinker Bell, you know that sometimes fairies in that realm have fairly normal names that just sound a little, well, magical. Or, oftentimes, their name relates to the “job.” (Tinker Bell, for instance, “tinkers” and invents things.) If you’ve always fancied those delicate, watercolor “Flower Fairies,” you probably believe that most fairies have names found in nature: Irish, Peony, Sweet Pear, etc.

Speaking of Tinker Bell, did you know her look was based on the actress Margaret Kerry? Disney wanted a live reference for their design. And although Margaret isn’t a real fairy, (or is she?) people have claimed to come in contact with these magical beings for centuries. The earliest case was in 1907, where a man and his wife claimed to have caught a fairy and kept it for two weeks. According to folklore, fairies can be incredibly small or they can be as big a child. They weren’t always believed to have wings but magic that gave them the gift of flight.

Then, of course, the 2000s brought us a whole new version of fairies tied to literature — especially young adult fiction. In those worlds, we found names like Holly (Artemis Fowl) or Magnus (Laurell K. Hamilton). Even the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, had fairies in his work: Oberon, Puck (Robin Goodfellow), and Titania. Since many fairy stories are based in the United Kingdom (Ireland predominantly), nearly any name of Cornish, Welsh, or Celtic heritage might spring to mind the image of a fairy or pixie.

One final note of interest? Mythically, fairies often have green eyes. So if your little one comes out with a celadon pair of their own, it might be a sign to gift them with a magical name.

These names are our absolute favorite options for fairy names for your babes.