Baby Names: Names Starting with N

Baby Names Starting with N

NADINE: Slavic for "hope." Although the Slavic interpretaion works, "nada" in Spanish means "nothing." Relatives: Nada, Nadina, Nadeen, Nadia, Nata, Nadya, Nadie, Nadezhda. Namesakes: Nadine Gordimer, Nadia Comaneci.

NAIDA: Greek for "water nymph." Perfect for the baby who loves bath time. Relatives: Naiad, Naia, Naiia, Nayad, Nyad. Namesake: Diana Nyad.

NAIRNE: Scottish for "from the narrow river glade." May be used interchangeably for boys and girls. Namesake: Nairn County (Scotland).

NANCY: A variation of Ann. Although some might say "no no" to Nanette, we fancy Nancy. It was on the top-twenty lists during the first half of the twentieth century but has inexplicably fallen out of favor. Relatives: Nancy, Nancee, Nansey, Nansee, Nana, Nanny, Nan, Nannette, Nanine, Nanice, Nance. Namesakes: Nancy Kissinger, Nanette Fabray, Nancy Lopez, "Nancy Drew."

NAOMI: Hebrew for "pleasant one." A charming name with a strong biblical link. Relatives: Naoma, Noami, Mimi, Mimsy, Mims. Namesake: the biblical mother-in-law of Ruth.

NAPOLEON: Greek for "lion of the woods" and Italian for "from the city of Naples." Relatives: Nappie, Nappy, Nap, Leon, Leo.

NARA: Old English for "near one" or Gaelic for "joyous." If Lara, Mara, Sara, or Tara leave you flat...

NARCISSUS: From the Greek for "self-love." The Greek myth of the beautiful Narcissus tells the story of the young man falling in love with his own reflection. He is turned into a narcissus plant for his vanity. Relatives: Narcisus, Narcissa, Narcisse.

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