Baby Names for Pirates and Mermaids

Nov 5th 2018

Mermaids and pirates have been captivating the imaginations of both children and adults for ages. These timeless legends of seafaring have given us songs, stories, movies, national holidays, theme parks, and more.

We simply love the sea and the stories that have been told about it. If you’re looking for some keen pirate names, or some sea-worthy mermaid names, we have you covered on both fronts.

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Beyond tales of peg-legged charmers in search of gold, these are names of the most infamous real-life pirates of all time. The era when piracy was in its peak is from the 1500s to the 1800s, and many the names reflect that. There are traditional names and a few surprises among these names borne by sinister scalawags.

This traditional name strikes us as flowing and reliable, with just the right amount of quirkiness. Bartholomew was the name of an infamous Welsh pirate also known as Black Bart, or the Great Pirate Roberts.

You don’t find too many Howells here in the United States, but it’s a lot more common to see as a surname or given name  in Wales. This was the first name of the clever Welsh pirate Howell Davis.

Nothing says pirate quite like the name Jack. We get that idea from the creator of the Jolly Roger flag, a pirate named Calico Jack. Our favorite pirate with this name, however, comes from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

The famous pirate Black Sam, born Samuel Bellamy, was so successful he was named the #1 top-earning pirate by Forbes. (Who knew?) We’re charmed by his on-trend French surname, meaning “beautiful friend.”

A really unusual English name, we think Stede is surprising choice for a pirate or a gentleman. Known as The Gentleman’s Pirate, Stede Bonnet had inherited his family’s estate and fortune, but turned to piracy nonetheless.


Mermaids have played an important part in sea tales and fantasy novels for centuries. But oddly enough, literary mermaids are often not named. The most famous mermaid tale, Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid is never referred to by any name. Nameless mermaids are featured in Peter Pan, Moby-Dick, the Harry Potter series, and sirens can be found in Homer's Odyssey. So we curated mermaid names from a variety of sources, some a bit surprising.

Once a mysterious mythological name, so many of us are fond of this lyrical choice. Before Gilmore Girls came around, this was the name of a mermaid or water spirit popular in folklore.

It’s difficult not to associate this name with a mermaid. Disney's name for Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid put this lovely name on the modern map.

Perhaps derived from Cleopatra, this twist on an Egyptian name was created for a mermaid princess by L. Frank Baum in his novel The Sea Fairies.

Where would we be without the movie Splash? From that 1984 hit, many were inspired to use the name chosen by the main character when she came across Madison Ave.

The heroine from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Miranda is a wonderful name for a mermaid! It was used for a beautiful mermaid in a 1948 film of the same name.

Iara or Yara
Iara is a Brazilian mythological mermaid featuring green hair and olive skin. Her name means "mother of waters" and remains an undiscovered gem in the US.



November 5, 2018 1:26 PM

I have a Jo1yon who sometimes gets called Jolly and from there it was a clear path to a nickname of Jolly Rodger, as in the pirate flag. (Also Jolly-o, and from there Yo-yo.) Nicknames will find a way, and given our location I’m sure we’ll encounter more pirate nicknames. (Island living, school sports teams are the pirates.)

November 5, 2018 5:03 PM

I'd have expected to see Circe on the list. Perhaps not a real siren per se, but she is definitely heavily associated with all manner of sea creatures.

Speaking of which, a super-daring but on-trend name would be Scylla.

November 5, 2018 11:02 PM

The flying dutchman might be related to the first point

November 6, 2018 7:43 PM

For anyone else who was hoping for some female pirate names: there was an Irish pirate queen named Gráinne Ní Mháille, who was apparently quite formidable. From what I understand, Gráinne is pronounced something like "Granya" (which I personally think is quite pretty).

November 7, 2018 1:37 PM

I agree that the lack of female pirate names here is super disappointing, as the male merman names. It's a big contribution to the problem of naming boys after power and girls after luxe possessions.

Anyway, some female pirate names are fairly standard names that don't strongly shout "pirate" in isolation, but Anne Bonnie as a double name sure would send a signal. Ditto Teuta Illyria.

However, there are also more interesting new-to-me names like Ingela and Jacquotte and Sayyida and Alfhild or Alvid or even Sela). Missed opportunity for sure.

As for merman names, I know a little Triton, and that seems like a massive oversight on this list. Enki also seems very usable.

February 26, 2019 7:14 AM

very good blog for kids name 


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