Names that Mean Lucky?

A propos of Laura's Blog post about name 'meaning' (and despite the debate over what name 'meaning' actually means and how significant it should be), it occurs to me to collect names with meanings/connotations of luck for those naming little ones in the potentially unluck year of 2013.  I didn't think I was superstitious, but what with the inauspiciousness of 13 in European numerology and the fact that many born in that year will miss being born in the auspicious year of the water dragon in the Chinese calendar, I'm finding I want to hedge these little ones' bets.


Laura has a lovely blog post about the name Felicity, which strikes me as a great example.  Can you think of others? 


April 20, 2012 9:25 AM

Names pertaining to luck, fortune:  Boniface, Bonaventure, Fortunato, Chance, Selig/Zelig, Gad.

By Guest (not verified)
April 20, 2012 10:57 AM

Since you mentioned Felicity, I have to bring up Felix (don't want the boys to feel left out).  

For sounds/looks like Lucky, maybe Lucy or Luca?  

You could also go with something with blessed as part of the meaning like Asher, Beatrix/Beatrice, Edith, Edward and Gwen (definitions from


By hyz
April 20, 2012 12:53 PM

Dont' have any names to add offhand, but I though it was funny you brought this up.  I was recently sort of lamenting that we'd missed the chance to have a baby in 2012, and now I almost feel like we should wait until 2014 if we're going to do it, since 2013 does seem an inauspicious year to be born.  I'm not typically superstitious, but somehow this bothers me a bit and causes me to get irrational--like, "omg, what if 13 really is unlucky and the baby's whole life is bad because of it!?!?!?"  It makes me want to look up some people who were born in 1813, 1913, etc. to be assured that some people born in a '13 turned out just fine.  I know, I know, completely ridiculous.  But your post made me feel like I'm not alone in my selective superstitiousness. :) 

April 20, 2012 7:04 PM

hyz-You've all missed the boat entirely because there is not a good way to concieve and have a child born before Dec 21 2012 since that is when the world is going to end anyway. :P

(just teasing-and yes I know if someone did concieve the baby could possibly be born preemie)

Seriuosly though, I don't consider 2013 to be an unlucky year. Am I missing something besides it ending in 13? Aside for the obvious hassles of life with a teenager, is my life next year going to be absolutely BAD?

Some people born in 1913:

Jim Backus-from Gilligans Island; Burt Baskin-co founder of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream; Lloyd Bridges; Bear Bryant; lots of others.

Born in 1900 (so turned 13 in 1913):

By hyz
April 20, 2012 10:56 PM

Thanks, zoerhenne. ;)  Yes, it is just that it ends in 13, and yes, I know it's very silly.  It looks like you found some people from 1913 who did ok for themselves, so maybe we won't try and avoid the whole year.  ;) I guess if we all live past 12/21/12 and live to see 2013, we can all count ourselves lucky!  Good luck with your soon-to-be teenager!

By EVie
April 21, 2012 12:19 AM

There's still time for the year of the dragon if you hustle! ;) The Chinese year doesn't end until February 9, 2013 (it doesn't correspond exactly to the Western calendar).

When I was in middle school I decided to be contrary and chose 13 as my jersey number for various sports. I wore it all through high school and it served me very well, so I have no compunctions about having a baby born in 2013 (in fact, if all goes according to plan...) Anyway, if 2013 is the year that you're blessed with this awesome new person in your life, shouldn't that make 13 a new lucky number for you? It's all about perspective.

But to play the game, here are some name ideas:

  • Faustus, Fausto, Fausta (meanings in Latin span the range of favored, lucky, auspicious, prosperous, successful)
  • Victor, Victoria (Latin, self-explanatory)
  • Prospero (Latin, self-explanatory)
  • Laurel, (also Laura, Lauren, etc.) (Latin, classical symbol of victory, Biblical symbol of prosperity and fame)
  • Daphne (Greek, same as above)
  • Eugene (Greek, literally, "well-born")
  • John (Hebrew, Jehovah has favored)

Old English and Germanic names:

  • Edgar (prosperity-spear)
  • Edmund/Edmond (prosperity-protector)
  • Edward (prosperity-guard)
  • Edwin (prosperity-friend)
  • Cuthbert (famous-bright)
  • Cuthric (famous-ruler)
  • Robert (fame-bright)
  • Sigmund (victory-protector/protection)
  • Sigbert (victory-bright)

Or you could go with a "lucky number" name to counteract the 13: Septimus (7), Tertius (3)


April 20, 2012 1:01 PM

Add Evangeline to your list, as it means "good news".

I would think any of the names that mean "gift of___" would also work:

Some research I just briefly did:


April 20, 2012 2:39 PM

Gad was the first one that came to mind, as I've just been studying Genesis (his mother said "what good fortune!" and named him Gad)

April 21, 2012 3:18 AM

Another thought:  Leif after Leifr Eiriksson hin heppni, that is, Leif the Lucky, son of Eirikr inn rauthr, Erik the Red.

Also, I remember that when I was teaching in the Head Start program many years ago, one of the little students was named simply Lucky.  From what we knew, his initial circumstances were not auspicious, but perhaps later in life his fortunes improved. 

April 22, 2012 5:56 PM

Interesting question! Other posters have covered all the etymologically "lucky"/happy names I can think of already ... so I'll focus on other associations. How about Clover, as in four-leafed? Or Penny ("lucky penny")? Stretching things a bit, Drake (as in "lucky duck")? Let's skip Horseshoe, Rabbit's Foot and the like, though!

Maybe take some inspiration from your lucky number, as the Beckhams did with Harper Seven. Or, at a very personal level, you could pick something that invokes whatever you individually find "lucky" (place you met your spouse, totem animal/patronus, birthstone of three generations of women in your family, etc.). Along the same lines, maybe a "lucky" namesake comes to mind (your grandfather? The guy who survived being struck twice by lightning? Bill Gates? That lady who won Powerball last week?).

For another approach, how about names that mean "strong" ... or "skilled" ... or some other positive personal attribute that doesn't have to do with luck but more with making one's way surely through life (despite whatever luck comes your way)? I'm not superstitious myself, so I'd use a name like that as a wish/encouragement, but it seems to me it could serve just as well as a talisman, for those to whom that sort of thing appeals. A few that come to mind are Leo/Ari ("lion") for courage, Sophia ("wisdom"), Kalpana ("imagination"); much of EVie's list works along these lines too.

I'm just now remembering that there's a musician named H@ppy Tr@um (symbols there because he may not want Google to link him to a names forum); my sister had a beginning guitar lesson cassette taught by him. The last name translates as "dream" - a distinctive moniker for sure!

April 29, 2012 8:23 AM

during a long crazed pregnancy-hormone induced stretch in 2008, i was completely stuck on naming my daughter Charm. can you imagine? my husband really liked the show Charmed, too. and well..... thank God, it didn't happen.

By Guest (not verified)
May 1, 2012 5:45 PM

There is a Chinese American writer whose name is Jennifer 8 Lee.  8 is very lucky in Chinese culture, which is why it is her middle name.  I briefly considered Cricket, which is also lucky in Chinese culture.  I suppose you could go with Charm or Talismen.  Fortunata? - Tirzah