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27 Names That Mean Chaos Because, You Know, Kids

Call your little one something that captures the beautiful wildness they bring.

Written by Brianne Hogan
Names that mean chaos can be perfect for kids since, by nature, children are chaotic.
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Life instantly becomes chaotic as soon as you have a baby. Maybe your birth was a bit unexpected, or you're juggling multiple kids at once. It could be that you live for the drama and thrive amid chaos. Perhaps you just gave birth, and you can already tell your little one is giving off some big chaotic energy. Whichever the case, if you're looking to name your baby, you might be leaning towards names that mean chaos. And, honestly, why not?

Tons of people wax poetically on what it means to be peaceful and calm, but there's validity in welcoming a little chaos and trouble in your life — especially if you're one to rise above life's challenges and embrace the uncertainty of it all. What's even better is that many of these names that mean chaos are actually quite lovely, like Emily, Briar, and Aiden. Isn't it time we celebrate the fact that beauty and love and chaos can all exist in the same space... and often do? In fact, you can't get much closer to the definition of a baby than that.

So, if you're looking for edgy names that mean chaos, you'll love the following list.

01

Aiden

This classic Irish means “little and fiery,” which is so fitting for your chaotic little boy.

02

Alastor

This strong and classic name comes from Greece and means “persecutor” or “tormentor,” which might delightfully describe your new son.

03

Asani

A gender-neutral name, Asani means “rebellious.” And, as any parent can attest, there are few things more chaotic than the rebellion of a small and willful child.

04

Breaker

On a superficial level, this name means “a wave that makes white foam on the shore.” However, it conjures up a much more chaotic image: a kid running around Hulk-smashing things. Which, c’mon, feels pretty appropriate.

05

Briar

A gorgeous name for your little Sleeping Beauty, this English word means “thorny patch” — a fit for your fierce but sweet daughter.

06

Brutus

This masculine name means “heavy” in Latin and was most famously known as the assassin of Julius Caesar. So, yeah, it definitely gives off chaotic vibes.

07

Danger

It might be too much on the nose or a perfect fit for your little troublemaker, which is exactly what it means in French.

08

Deirdre

This pretty Irish name means “sorrowful,” which could be a great choice for your complex baby girl.

09

Delilah

This sophisticated Biblical name comes from the story of Delilah, who cut off Samson’s hair and gave it to the Philistines. And c’mon, that was super chaotic.

10

Draco

Although dragons are mythical creatures, one could easily imagine that they would be full of chaos. Then there’s also the Harry Potter connection of Draco Malfoy, who left a trail of destruction wherever he went.

11

Emily

This traditional feminine name comes from the Greek word aimylos, which means “wily” and is perfect for your curious baby girl.

12

Fogarty

Traditionally an Irish surname, this unique name means “banished” or “exiled,” which might give your little boy a bit of an edge.

13

Iniko

This boy’s name of Nigerian origin means “time of trouble,” so it could also be symbolic of a time when something beautiful was born from the chaos. Bonus: It comes with the cute built-in nickname of Niko.

14

Jinx

If you’re a little witchy, then you’ll love that this cute unisex name means “charm” in English and is derived from the Greek word iynx, which means “bird used in witchcraft.”

15

Lorelei

This name of German origin means “ambush cliff” and comes from the legend of a girl who lured fisherman off a cliff. And you thought the quirky Lorelei Gilmore was trouble!

16

Lowell

OK, so it technically doesn’t mean “chaos.” But this boy’s name of English origin does mean “little wolf,” which definitely conjures up images of a chaotic little mischief maker.

17

Mara

This cute name of Czech and Hebrew origin means “bitter” and could be a great starting point of realism for your little girl.

18

Ophelia

This elegant, feminine name derives from the Greek word opheleia, which means “help” or “advantage.” That definitely gives that chaotic vibe and is proven in the character of the same name in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

19

Pandora

While this unique girl’s name means “all gifted” in Greek, the mythology of Pandora is about a woman who opens a box and unleashes evil into the world — talk about chaotic.

20

Pranav

Can you think of anything more chaotic than the unruly beginnings of the universe? Pranav, of Hindi origin, is a boy’s name with a meaning that hearkens back to that: “primordial.”

21

Rebel

This unisex name is strong with a cool factor, meaning “defiant person.”

22

Rowdy

A cute name for your little boy that might describe him perfectly — boisterous and the center of attention.

23

Stormi

If you’re a fan of Kendall Jenner’s unique name choice for her daughter, you probably know that it is derived from the Old English word “storm.” And storm means “a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning,” or “a serious disturbance of any element of nature.”

24

Terach

This Hebrew boy’s name has two hilariously chaotic meanings that you’d probably never guess. Give up? “Wild goat” and “silly old fool.”

25

Tristan

A beautiful gender-neutral option, Tristan is a Celtic name that means “noise” or “sorrowful.” Plus, there’s Brad Pitt’s character in the cult classic Legends of the Fall, who was divine chaos.

26

Weylin

This powerful English name means “son of a wolf,” which gives off some complicated-yet-strong vibes for your little boy.

27

Wolf

A moody name for your little name that stands for “fierce and quiet,” and refers to the mysterious and troublesome animal.