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83 Space Names for Babies that are Actually Cool

Jul 12, 2021

83 Space Names for Babies that are Actually Cool

Choosing an out-of-this-world space name for your baby…

If you’re looking for a quirky but not totally alien baby name, you’re in the right place.

Because let’s be honest: Luna is cool but it’s wayy too popular right now.

And Andromeda is very space-y but you’re probably not naming your child that, are you?

This mega-list of space names for boys and girls will hopefully strike the right balance.

These baby-name-worthy ideas come from the planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and everything in between!

Some are even inspired by famous astronauts, scientists, and characters in movies about outer space.

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So put on your astronaut helmet and let’s blast off!

Use the TOC below to navigate.

Table of Contents

  1. GIRL NAMES
  2. BOY NAMES

Modern space names for girls

This first batch of space names for girls is slightly eclectic but not too weird.

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Alexis

Alexis Clairaut was a [male] French mathematician and astronomer in the 1700s whose important work led to more accurate predictions about the motions of the Moon and planets.

Name meaning: Defender.

Popularity: Alexis is the 309th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Alexis Skye
  • Alexis Moon
  • Alexis Lyra
  • Alexis Claire (to emulate Clairaut)

Other middle name ideas:

  • Alexis Blake
  • Alexis Jade
  • Alexis Sophia

Ariel

Ariel is the fourth-largest moon of the planet Uranus. It is thought to be composed of equal parts ice and rocky material.

You may also like Arielle or Ariella.

Name meaning: Lion of God.

Popularity: Ariel is the 200th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Celestial middle name ideas:

  • Ariel Nova
  • Ariel Phoenix
  • Ariel Ripley
  • Ariel Violet

Other middle name ideas:

  • Ariel Quinn
  • Ariel Harlow
  • Ariel Embry

Aurora

A natural light display in the Earth’s sky, predominantly seen in high-latitude regions. The magical phenomenon is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with Earth’s magnetosphere.

aurora northern lightsName meaning: Dawn.

Popularity: Aurora is the 36th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Outer space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Aurora Sky
  • Aurora Nova
  • Aurora Mae

Other middle name ideas:

  • Aurora Jane
  • Aurora Belle
  • Aurora Everly

Ayla

A halo of light around the moon.

ayla moonlightName meaning: Moonlight.

Popularity: Ayla is the 131st most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Ayla Mae
  • Ayla Moon
  • Ayla Starr
  • Ayla Phoenix
  • Ayla Celeste

Other middle name ideas:

  • Ayla Marie
  • Ayla Emerson
  • Ayla Rose

Bailey or Baily

Named after Francis Baily, Baily’s Beads are bright spots of sunlight that shine along the edge of the moon’s silhouette during an eclipse of the sun.

solar eclipse bailyImage: Tomruen, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Name meaning: Law enforcer.

Popularity: Bailey is the 171st most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Celestial-themed middle name ideas:

  • Bailey Aurora
  • Bailey Starlette
  • Bailey Rhea
  • Bailey Moon

Other middle name ideas:

  • Bailey Reese
  • Bailey Meadow
  • Bailey Jade

Carina

A constellation meaning ‘Keel of the Argonauts’ ship’.

(A keel is a longitudinal beam that runs across the body of a ship).

carina constellation stars

Name meaning: Dear little one.

Popularity: Carina is not currently in the top 1000 baby girls’ names, making it a cool but unconventional space-related baby name.

Outer space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Carina Sky
  • Carina Nova
  • Carina Mae

Other middle name ideas:

  • Carina Faye
  • Carina Blaire
  • Carina Isabella
  • Carina Aubrey
 

Celeste

Name meaning: Heavenly or celestial.

Popularity: Celeste is the 353rd most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Celeste Sky
  • Celeste Star
  • Celeste Nova

Other middle name ideas:

  • Liliana Celeste
  • Emilia Celeste
  • Celeste Oakley

Delia

The birthplace of Artemis, a Greek goddess of the moon.

Name meaning: Born on the island of Delos.

Popularity: Delia is not currently in the top 1000 baby girls’ names, making this a unique celestial baby name.

Celestial middle name ideas:

  • Delia Moon
  • Delia Mae
  • Delia Phoenix

Other middle name ideas:

  • Delia Juliet
  • Delia Blake
  • Delia Rose

Elara (or Lara)

The 8th largest moon of Jupiter.

Name meaning: In Greek mythology, Elara was the name of one of Zeus’s lovers and the mother of the giant Tityos.

Lara, of Russian origin, means “citadel”.

Popularity: Elara is not currently in the top 1000 baby girls’ names, making this an unusual space-themed name for a girl.

Lara, however, is the 706th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Elara Moon
  • Elara Starlette
  • Elara Phoenix

Other middle name ideas:

  • Elara Brooke
  • Elara Abigail
  • Elara Cove
  • Lara Sage
  • Lara Harper
  • Lara Grace

Halley

Halley’s Comet is regularly visible to the naked eye from Earth and can be seen twice in one person’s lifetime. It’s expected to be visible again in mid-2061.

Named for astronomer Edmond Halley.

halley commetName meaning: One who lives near an opening in the woods.

Popularity: Halley is not currently in the top 1000 baby girls’ names.

(The similar name Hailey is #81, Haley is #517, and Hadley is #111.)

Celestial middle name ideas:

  • Halley Stella
  • Halley Tyndall
  • Halley Luna

Other middle name ideas:

  • Halley Hannah
  • Halley Lennox
  • Halley Fiona

Related: Middle Names for Hailey

Juno

Name meaning: The Roman goddess of the heavens. She is the daughter of Saturn, the wife of Jupiter, and the mother of Mars.

Popularity: Juno is not currently in the top 1000 baby girls’ names, making this an unusual (but familiar-sounding) space name for a girl.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Juno Bailey
  • Juno Ayla
  • Juno Alexis

Other middle name ideas:

  • Juno Hart
  • Juno Oakley
  • Juno Bryn

Leia or Leya

Princess of the fictional planet Alderaan in the Star Wars movies.

Name meaning: Weary or relaxed.

Popularity: Leia is the 295th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Leia Star
  • Leia Ripley
  • Leya Zenith

Other middle name ideas:

  • Leya Emerson
  • Leia Rowan
  • Leia Shiloh
 

Luna

You didn’t think you’d see a ‘space names for girls’ list without the name Luna, did you?

If you’re worried this adorable name is overdone, consider it as a middle name.

In ancient Roman mythology, Luna is the divine embodiment of the Moon.

Name meaning: Moon.

Popularity: Luna is the 14th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Celestial middle name ideas:

  • Luna Mae
  • Luna Ripley
  • Luna Rayleigh
  • Luna Selene (Luna’s Greek counterpart was Selene)

Other middle name ideas:

  • Luna Reese
  • Luna Kinsley
  • Luna Harlow

Lyra

Lyra is a constellation of a harp.

If you like the space name Luna but fear that it’s too popular, Lyra is a great alternative.

Lyra constellationImage: Pithecanthropus4152, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Name meaning: Lyra means Lyre, which is a harp-like instrument shaped like a U.

Popularity: Lyra is the 552nd most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Lyra Mae
  • Lyra Nova
  • Lyra Tyndall

Other middle name ideas:

  • Lyra Harper (SUCH an awesome name because of the meaning!)
  • Lyra Sophie
  • Lyra Brinley

Mae

Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space in 1992. Mae can also refer to May, the fifth month of the year.

Name meaning: Bitter or pearl.

Popularity: Mae is the 576th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Mae Ripley
  • Mae Phoenix
  • Mae Violet

Other middle name ideas:

  • Mae Jules
  • Mae Emerson
  • Mae Rylan

Meri

Meri is a god of the sun in the mythology of the Brazillian Bororó people.

Name meaning: Joyous.

Popularity: Meri is not currently in the top 1000 baby names for girls, making it a cool and uncommon space name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Meri Moon
  • Meri Selene
  • Meri Skylar

Other middle name ideas:

  • Meri Viviana
  • Meri Annabelle
  • Meri Shiloh

Mira

A red giant star that’s estimated to be 200–400 light-years from the Sun.

Name meaning: Wonderful, peaceful, prosperous.

Popularity: Mira is the 485th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Mira Star
  • Mira Phoenix
  • Mira Sky

Other middle name ideas:

  • Mira Brooke
  • Mira Lennox
  • Mira Quinn

Nova

This baby name is hot right now, in more ways than one!

A nova is a star that suddenly and dramatically increases in brightness and then slowly returns to its original state over several months.

Name meaning: New.

Popularity: Nova is the 38th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Outer space middle name ideas:

  • Nova Lynx
  • Nova Bailey
  • Nova Halley

Other middle name ideas:

  • Nova Brooke
  • Nova Jade
  • Nova Juliet

Ophelia

Name meaning: Help.

Popularity: Ophelia is the 391st most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Ophelia Sky
  • Ophelia Mae
  • Ophelia Celeste

Other middle name ideas:

  • Ophelia Leighton
  • Ophelia Sloan
  • Ophelia Teagan
 

Pandora

An inner satellite of the planet Saturn.

Name meaning: Gifted.

Popularity: Pandora is not in the top 1000 baby names for girls, making it an unusual outer space name.

Space middle name ideas:

  • Pandora Sky
  • Pandora Rhea
  • Pandora Mae

Other middle name ideas:

  • Pandora Bryn
  • Pandora Blakely
  • Pandora Reese

Phoebe

An irregular satellite of the planet Saturn.

Name meaning: Bright shining one.

Popularity: Phoebe is the 256th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Phoebe Lyra
  • Phoebe Starlette
  • Phoebe Skylar

Other middle name ideas:

  • Phoebe Rainn
  • Phoebe Reese
  • Phoebe Quinn

Phoenix

A constellation in the southern sky named after the mythical bird.

Name meaning: A mythical bird that lived for five- or six hundred years. It’s known for rising from the ashes with renewed youth.

Popularity: Phoenix is the 286th most popular girl’s name in the U.S. (It’s ranked #238 for boys).

Outer space middle name ideas:

  • Phoenix Starr
  • Phoenix Ripley
  • Phoenix Nova
  • Phoenix Skye

Other middle name ideas:

  • Phoenix Brooke
  • Aubrey Phoenix
  • Phoenix Arya

Portia

A moon of Uranus. Interestingly, it will eventually break up into a planetary ring or hit Uranus.

Name meaning: The name means pig or doorway… but you can pretend it’s just the latter. 😉

Popularity: Portia is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names for girls, making it a beautiful and unusual space name.

Outer space middle name ideas:

  • Portia Starr
  • Portia Ripley
  • Portia Nova
  • Portia Skye

Other middle name ideas:

  • Portia Brooke
  • Portia Everly
  • Portia Mazie

Rayleigh

A science-y invented name.

Ray or Leigh both make cute nicknames!

Name meaning: The scattering of sunlight in Earth’s atmosphere. The reason for the blue color of the daytime and twilight sky.

Popularity: Rayleigh doesn’t make the top 1000 baby names for girls—which isn’t a surprise because I invented this space name while browsing Wikipedia. 🙂

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Rayleigh Skye
  • Rayleigh Mae
  • Rayleigh Nova

Other middle name ideas:

  • Rayleigh Laila
  • Rayleigh Lennox
  • Rayleigh Sage

Rhea

The second-largest moon of the planet Saturn.

You can pronounce it REE-uh or RAY-uh.

Name meaning: Flowing stream.

Popularity: Rhea is the 628th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Rhea Ripley
  • Rhea Nova
  • Rhea Selene

Other middle name ideas:

  • Rhea Meadow
  • Rhea Scarlett
  • Rhea Madelyn
 

Ripley

A (powerful female) famous character in the Alien films played by Sigourney Weaver.

Name meaning: Clearing in the woods.

Popularity: Ripley is not in the top 1000 baby names, making it a unique space name for a girl or a boy.

Space middle name ideas:

  • Ripley Mae
  • Ripley Nova
  • Ripley Leia

Other middle name ideas:

  • Ripley Faye
  • Ripley Rainn
  • Ripley Savannah

Selene

Name meaning: In Greek mythology, Selene is the goddess of the Moon.

Popularity: Selene is the 800th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Selene Halley
  • Selene Bailey
  • Selene Eclipse

Other middle name ideas:

  • Selene Monet
  • Selene Gabriella
  • Selene Ariella

Sky, Skye, or Skylar

My take: Skylar makes a great first name (with the nickname Sky).

Sky (or Skye) makes a better middle name than a first name.

Name meaning: The atmosphere and outer space.

Popularity: Sky is the 801st most popular girl’s name in the U.S. The similar name Skylar is #63.

Space middle name ideas:

  • Skylar Alexis
  • Skylar Phoenix
  • Skylar Mira

Other middle name ideas:

  • Skylar Marin
  • Skylar Oakley
  • Skylar Isabella
  • Teagan Skye
  • Aria Sky
  • Hazel Skye

Stella

Uncoincidentally part of the word ‘constellation’.

Name meaning: The Latin word for Star.

Popularity: Stella is the 42nd most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Stella Phoenix
  • Stella Nightingale
  • Stella Luna

Other middle name ideas:

  • Stella Grace
  • Stella Roux
  • Stella Leighton

Tyndall

A very cool (invented) science-y baby name.

Name meaning: The Tyndall Effect refers to the light scattering by particles such that blue light is scattered much more strongly than red light.

Popularity: Tyndall doesn’t make the top 1000 baby names for girls—which isn’t a surprise because I invented this space name while browsing Wikipedia. 🙂

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Tyndall Sky
  • Tyndall Alexis
  • Tyndall Ariel

Other middle name ideas:

  • Tyndall Brooke
  • Tyndall Eve
  • Tyndall Page

Violet

Like ultraviolet… Ultraviolet astronomy is the observation of electromagnetic radiation.

Ultraviolet means having a wavelength shorter than that of the violet end of the spectrum but longer than that of X-rays.

Name meaning: Purple

Popularity: Violet is the 37th most popular girl’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Violet Sky
  • Violet Phoenix
  • Violet Mae

Other middle name ideas:

  • Violet Hayes
  • Violet Magnolia
  • Violet Rain

Eccentric celestial names for girls

The names on this list are a little bit “out there”, making them really cool middle names. Or, if you like unusual first names, these will be right up your alley!

Adara or Adhara

One of the brightest stars in the sky. It’s 10 times the mass of the sun and more than 10 times its diameter.

Name meaning: Virgins.

Popularity: Adhara/Adara is not in the top 1000 names for girls, making it a unique space-inspired baby name.

Outer space middle name ideas:

  • Adara Skye
  • Adara Bailey
  • Adara Celeste

Other middle name ideas:

  • Adara Gabriella
  • Adara Grace
  • Adara June

Ara

A constellation meaning ‘altar’, where in ancient Greek mythology, the gods made offerings.

Name meaning: Also means King.

Popularity: Ara is not in the top 1000 baby names for girls, making it a unique space name.

The similar name Aria is #26.

Outer space middle name ideas:

  • Ara Skye
  • Ara Ripley
  • Ara Celeste

Other middle name ideas:

  • Ara Isabella
  • Ara Shiloh
  • Ara Rose

Lynx

A constellation of a wild cat.

Lynx would make an incredibly cool middle name!

Name meaning: A wild cat with a short tail and tufted ears.

Popularity: Lynx is not in the top 1000 baby names, making it a cool and unique outer space name for your little girl.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Lynx Starr
  • Skylar Lynx
  • Tyndall Lynx

Other middle name ideas:

  • Aubrey Lynx
  • Shiloh Lynx
  • Indigo Lynx

Mina

Mina is the Hindu equivalent of Pisces.

You can pronounce it either MEE-nah or MINN-ah.

Name meaning: Child of the red earth.

Popularity: Mina is the 662nd most popular baby girl’s name in the United States.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Mina Starlette
  • Mina Lynx
  • Mina Violet

Other middle name ideas:

  • Mina Shiloh
  • Mina Indigo
  • Mina Juliette
 

Moon

Moon screams “space name” perhaps like no other!

It makes an adorable middle name for any celestial first name.

Name meaning: The natural satellite of the planet earth.

Popularity: Unsurprisingly, Moon is not in the top 1000 first names for baby girls.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Moon Elara
  • Violet Moon
  • Skylar Moon
  • Ayla Moon

Other middle name ideas:

  • Harper Moon
  • Lila Moon
  • Muriel Moon

Sally

Sally Ride was the first female American astronaut to make the journey to space.

Name meaning: Princess.

Popularity: Sally hasn’t ranked in the top 1000 baby names since 2004, making it an unusual space name for a little girl.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Sally Nova
  • Sally Portia
  • Sally Ariel

Other middle name ideas:

  • Sally Hannah
  • Sally Olivia
  • Sally Blaire

Starlette

This name sounds a lot like Scarlett, which is a popular first name, but Starlette is probably best as a middle name.

Name meaning: A cute invented name for your little star.

Popularity: You’re probably not surprised, but this isn’t a popular name and doesn’t make the top 1000.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Starlette Sky
  • Ayla Starlette
  • Ophelia Starlette

Other middle name ideas:

  • Ruby Starlette
  • Hazel Starlette
  • Lacey Starlette

Terra

The Roman Goddess Terra Mater was Mother Earth.

Name meaning: Latin / Italian / Portuguese term for Earth.

Popularity: Terra is not currently in the top 1000 baby names, making it a cool and unusual choice for a little girl.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Terra Sky
  • Terra Phoenix
  • Terra Bailey

Other middle name ideas:

  • Terra Brinley
  • Terra Faye
  • Terra Lennox

Ursa

Name meaning: A constellation of a bear. There are two: Ursa Minor and Ursa Major.

Popularity: Ursa, unsurprisingly, is not in the top 1000 baby names, making it a unique space name for girls.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Ursa Violet
  • Ursa Phoenix
  • Ursa Elara

Other middle name ideas:

  • Ursa Rivers
  • Ursa Cove
  • Ursa Rainn

Vela

A constellation meaning Sail of the Argonauts’ ship.

You can pronounce it VEH-la or VAY-la.

Name meaning: Coastline in Sanskrit.

Popularity: Vela is not in the top 1000 baby names for girls, so it’s yet another uncommon space-inspired name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Vela Skye
  • Vela Halley
  • Vela Phoenix

Other middle name ideas:

  • Vela Brooke
  • Vela Ember
  • Vela Crane

Zenith

Name meaning: The point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer.

Popularity: Zenith is not in the top 1000 baby names for girls, making it an unforgettable celestial moniker.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Zenith Skye
  • Zenith Rai
  • Nova Zenith

Other middle name ideas:

  • Zenith Rivers
  • Zenith Jade
  • Zenith Aria

Final Thoughts on Space Names for Girls

What is more exciting than space?

Nothing, that’s what!

Hopefully, you’ve picked an out-of-this-world name that will make your daughter feel like she’s the center of your universe (which she’s going to be no matter what).

If you haven’t decided on the perfect name, or if you’re not 100% sure you want a space name for your baby girl, here are some other lists to check out:

If you happen to be having a boy or you don’t know your baby’s gender, keep on scrolling for space names for boys!

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Modern space names for boys

This first batch of space names for boys is slightly eclectic but not too weird. Some are even mainstream right now.

Click on the pink plus sign to view more details about the name.

Abner

Name meaning: Of Hebrew origin, this space name means father of light, creator of the sun and stars.

Popularity: Abner is the 971st most popular boy’s name in the U.S. Since it’s just barely in the top 1000, it’s a perfect uncommon yet familiar space name for a boy.

Outer space middle name ideas:

  • Abner Luke
  • Abner Ryker
  • Abner Zeus

Other middle name ideas:

  • Abner Reed
  • Abner Knox
  • Abner Slate

Apollo

A NASA spaceflight program that succeeded in landing the first humans on the Moon.

Name meaning: Destroyer.

Popularity: Apollo is not as obscure of a name as it used to be, with 659 baby boys named Apollo in 2020. It’s currently in the top 500 baby names for boys.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Apollo Luke
  • Apollo Samson
  • Apollo Mars

Other middle name ideas:

  • Apollo Tripp
  • Apollo Gage
  • Apollo Gabriel

Atlas

In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan forced to hold up the celestial heavens or sky for eternity. Today, the word Atlas is associated with maps.

Name meaning: To carry.

Popularity: Atlas is the 189th most popular boy’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Atlas Ryker
  • Atlas Draco
  • Atlas Lynx

Other middle name ideas:

  • Atlas Tripp
  • Atlas Miles
  • Atlas Judd

Branson

In July 2021, business magnate Sir Richard Branson flew above the U.S. definition of outer space as part of a test flight for his company, Virgin Galactic.

Name meaning: Son of the raven.

Popularity: Branson is the 877th most popular boy’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Branson Ryker
  • Branson Drake
  • Branson Mars

Other middle name ideas:

  • Branson Pierce
  • Branson Fielder
  • Branson Knox

Draco

Name meaning: A constellation meaning ‘dragon’.

Popularity: Draco does not make the list of top 1000 names for boys, making it a unique space-inspired baby name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Draco Lynx
  • Draco Mars
  • Draco Zeus

Other middle name ideas:

  • Draco Zane
  • Draco Hayes
  • Draco Nash

Drake

Similar to Draco, Drake is a space name in its own right.

Frank Drake pioneered the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and was one of the founders of SETI. He devised the Drake equation, a way to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.

Name meaning: Dragon.

Popularity: Drake is currently the 533rd most popular boy’s named in the United States.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Drake Ryker
  • Drake Samson
  • Drake Cosmo

Other middle name ideas:

  • Axel Drake
  • Drake Harrison
  • Jagger Drake

Finlay or Finn

William Henry Finlay was a South African astronomer known for his work on comets.

Name meaning: Finn means white or fair. The similar name, Finley, means fair-haired hero.

Popularity: Finlay does not rank in the top 1000 baby names

Finley is name #201 in popularity for girls and #304 for boys.

Finn is the 178th most popular boy’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Finlay Newton
  • Finn Herschel
  • Finley Luke

Other middle name ideas:

  • Finley Cruz
  • Finley Grey
  • Finley Pierce
 

Isaac

Isaac Newton invented celestial dynamics, the law of gravitation, and the reflecting telescope.

Name meaning: Laughter.

Popularity: Isaac is currently the 39th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Isaac Newton (why not? haha)
  • Isaac Nova
  • Isaac Abner
  • Isaac Barlow
  • Isaac Cosmo

Other middle name ideas:

  • Isaac Reese
  • Isaac Reign
  • Isaac Quinn

Kirk

James T. Kirk was the captain in Star Trek: The Original Series who embodied the principles of the Confederation to go “Where no man has gone before”.

Name meaning: Church.

Popularity: Kirk does not make the list of top 1000 names, making it a great choice for an uncommon space baby name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Kirk Ryker
  • Kirk Finlay
  • Kirk Oberon

Other middle name ideas:

  • Kirk Jackson
  • Kirk Wilder
  • Kirk Benson

Leo

Name meaning: A constellation meaning lion.

Popularity: Leo is currently the 36th most popular baby boy’s name in the United States.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Leo Hubble
  • Leo Rocket
  • Leo Atlas

Other middle name ideas:

  • Leo James
  • Leo Hudson
  • Leo Gabriel

Luke

Luke Skywalker is the legendary Jedi Master from Star Wars.

Name meaning: Man from Lucania (a historical region of Southern Italy).

Popularity: Luke is currently the 31st most popular boy’s name in the United States.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Luke Ryker
  • Luke Abner
  • Luke Oberon

Other middle name ideas:

  • Luke Wilder
  • Luke Ledger
  • Luke Jaxon

Marvin

Marvin the Martian is an extraterrestrial character from the Looney Tunes. Marvin is also the “paranoid android” from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Name meaning: Sea hill.

Popularity: Marvin is currently the 607th most popular name for baby boys in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Marvin Luke
  • Marvin Buzz
  • Marvin Hubble

Other middle name ideas:

  • Marvin Holt
  • Marvin Stone
  • Marvin Jameson

Neil

Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut, was the first person to walk on the Moon.

Name meaning: Cloud.

Popularity: Neil is currently the 749th most popular name for baby boys in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Neil Riker
  • Neil Cosmo
  • Neil Kylo

Other middle name ideas:

  • Neil Archer
  • Neil Forrester
  • Neil Carter

Newton

Isaac Newton invented celestial dynamics, the law of gravitation, and the reflecting telescope.

Name meaning: New town.

Popularity: Newton does not make the list of top 1000 names, making it a great choice for an uncommon outer space baby name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Newton Mars
  • Newton Pavo
  • Newton Sirius

Other middle name ideas:

 

Nova

A nova is a star that suddenly and dramatically increases in brightness and then slowly returns to its original state over several months.

Name meaning: New.

Popularity: Nova is currently more popular as a girl’s name (top 50) but ranks in the top 800 boy’s names.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Nova Ryker
  • Nova Samson
  • Nova Abner

Other middle name ideas:

  • Nova Falcon
  • Nova Brant
  • Nova Chase

Phoenix

A constellation in the southern sky named after the mythical bird.

Name meaning: A mythical bird that lived for five- or six hundred years. It’s known for rising from the ashes with renewed youth.

Popularity: Phoenix is currently the top 238th male baby name in the U.S. (It’s #286 for females).

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Phoenix Ryker
  • Phoenix Nova
  • Phoenix Draco

Other middle name ideas:

  • Phoenix Stone
  • Phoenix Wilder
  • Phoenix Harlan

Riker or Ryker

Will Riker was First Officer on the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Name meaning: Rich.

Popularity: Riker isn’t ranking, but Ryker is currently the 148th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Riker Cosmo
  • Riker Barlow
  • Riker Hubble

Other middle name ideas:

  • Ryker Maverick
  • Ryker Weston
  • Ryker Dayton

Samson

Name meaning: Samson is derived from the Hebrew word for sun.

Popularity: Samson is currently the 571st most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Samson Atlas
  • Samson Finn
  • Samson Cosmo

Other middle name ideas:

  • Samson Barrett
  • Samson Reeves
  • Samson Wilder

Eccentric space themed names for boys

Aster

Name meaning: Derived from the Greek word for star.

Popularity: Aster is not currently in the top 1000 baby names, making it a cool-sounding but unique space name for a boy.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Aster Virgo
  • Aster Zeus
  • Aster Hubble

Other middle name ideas:

  • Aster Reese
  • Aster Brooks
  • Aster Remington

Barlow

A Barlow Lens doubles or triples a telescope’s focal length, increasing the magnification of any eyepiece used with it.

Name meaning: Bare hillside.

Popularity: Barlow does not make the list of top 1000 names, making it a great choice for an uncommon outer space baby name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Barlow Mars
  • Barlow Sirius
  • Barlow Zeus
  • Barlow Drake

Other middle name ideas:

  • Barlow Pierce
  • Barlow Reed
  • Barlow Everest

Buzz

Buzz Aldrin is an American astronaut known for making 3 spacewalks.

And of course, Buzz Lightyear is a space ranger in the Toy Story movies.

Name meaning: A nickname.

Popularity: Buzz does not make the list of top 1000 names, making it a great choice for a novel space name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Buzz Oberon
  • Buzz Herschel
  • Buzz Cosmo

Other middle name ideas:

  • Buzz Jaxon
  • Buzz Falcon
  • Buzz Mason
 

Cosmo

Name meaning: Relating to the world or universe.

Popularity: Cosmo does not make the list of top 1000 names, making it a cool choice for an uncommon outer space name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Cosmo Hubble
  • Cosmo Kepler
  • Cosmo Rocket

Other middle name ideas:

  • Cosmo Soren
  • Cosmo Parker
  • Cosmo Bowen

Dorado

A constellation meaning ‘Swordfish’.

Popularity: Dorado does not make the list of top 1000 baby names, making it a great choice for unpopular outer space names.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Dorado Hubble
  • Dorado Kepler
  • Dorado Buzz

Other middle name ideas:

  • Dorado Ryder
  • Dorado Maverick
  • Dorado Knox

Hamlet

The largest crater Uranus’ moon, Oberon.

Name meaning: Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play and one that was extremely influential in the world of literature.

Popularity: Hamlet does not make the list of top 1000 names for boys, making it a unique space-themed baby name.

Space middle name ideas:

  • Hamlet Aster
  • Hamlet Kylo
  • Hamlet Ryker

Other middle name ideas:

  • Hamlet Kane
  • Hamlet Grant
  • Hamlet Grey

Hercules

A constellation representing the son of Zeus.

Hercules is known for his strength and adventurous spirit.

Popularity: Hercules does not make the list of top 1000 names, making it a great choice for an uncommon outer space baby name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Hercules Phoenix
  • Hercules Lynx
  • Hercules Aster

Other middle name ideas:

  • Hercules Wilder
  • Hercules Blaze
  • Hercules Hamilton

Herschel

William Herschel discovered Uranus as well as its first two moons.

Name meaning: Deer.

Popularity: Herschel does not make the list of top 1000 baby names, making it a great choice for an uncommon space name.

Celestial middle name ideas:

  • Herschel Kylo
  • Herschel Hamlet
  • Herschel Cosmo

Other middle name ideas:

  • Herschel Gentry
  • Herschel Dalton
  • Herschel Caleb

Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope is a versatile astronomy research tool named after astronomer Edwin Hubble.

Name meaning: Brave heart.

Popularity: Hubble is not in the top 1000 names, making it a novel space-themed name for your baby boy.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Hubble Mars
  • Hubble Zeus
  • Hubble Drake

Other middle name ideas:

  • Hubble Chase
  • Hubble Jackson
  • Hubble Prescott

Kepler

A German astronomer and mathematician who during the Renaissance devised a system that correctly described the details of the motion of the planets around the Sun.

Name meaning: Maker of cloaks and hoods.

Popularity: Kepler does not rank in the top 1000 baby names, making it a novel space-related name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Kepler Finn
  • Kepler Drake
  • Kepler Leo

Other middle name ideas:

  • Kepler Jameson
  • Kepler Shane
  • Kepler Vince
 

Kylo

The chosen name of Ben Solo, the child of Star Wars characters Han Solo and Princess Leia.

Name meaning: A variation of Kyle, which means “narrow spit of land”.

Popularity: Kylo is the 449th most popular boy’s name in the U.S. (I was shocked to see this in the top 500!)

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Kylo Aster
  • Kylo Phoenix
  • Kylo Samson
  • Kylo Drake

Other middle name ideas:

  • Kylo Ranger
  • Kylo Kingston
  • Kylo Parker

Lynx

A constellation of a wild cat.

Lynx makes a badass middle name!

Name meaning: A wild cat with a short tail and tufted ears.

Popularity: Lynx is not in the top 1000 baby names, making it a pretty badass and unusual space-related name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Aster Lynx
  • Apollo Lynx
  • Abner Lynx

Other middle name ideas:

  • Radley Lynx
  • Wesley Lynx
  • Brayden Lynx

Mars

The fourth planet from the Sun named after the Roman mythology god of war.

Mars makes an incredibly cool middle name!

Popularity: Mars does not make the top 1000 baby names, making it an unusual celestial name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Mars Cosmo
  • Mars Titan
  • Mars Riker

Other middle name ideas:

  • Mars Jaxon
  • Mars Wilder
  • Mars Ryder
  • Judson Mars
  • Dakota Mars

Oberon

The outermost major moon of the planet Uranus.

FYI if you’re a Game of Thrones fan: George R.R. Martin spells the similar name Prince Oberyn Martell with a y.

Name meaning: Noble or resembling a bear.

Popularity: Oberon does not make the list of 1000 most popular names, making it a novel space name for a baby boy.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Oberon Mars
  • Oberon Ryker
  • Oberon Samson
  • Oberon Drake

Other middle name ideas:

  • Oberon Troy
  • Oberon Radley
  • Oberon Raiden

Orion

A constellation of a hunter.

Fair warning: If you use this as a first name, many people will hear “Ryan”.

Name meaning: In Greek mythology, Orion was a heroic hunter who was later placed as a bright constellation in the night sky by Zeus.

Popularity: Orion is the 326th most popular boy’s name in the U.S. (I wasn’t expecting to see this space name being so common!)

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Orion Drake
  • Orion Herschel
  • Orion Riker

Other middle name ideas:

  • Orion Hunter (cool double meaning)
  • Orion Cruz
  • Orion Maddox

Pavo

A constellation of a peacock.

Popularity: Pavo is not in the top 1000 baby names for boys, making it a unique outer space themed baby name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Pavo Phoenix
  • Pavo Mars
  • Pavo Ryker

Other middle name ideas:

  • Pavo Liam
  • Pavo Hutton
  • Pavo Noah

Rocket

Rocket, like rocket ship, is a fun middle name.

Popularity: Unsurprisingly, Rocket does not make the list of top 1000 baby names for boys.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Barlow Rocket
  • Nova Rocket
  • Isaac Rocket

Other middle name ideas:

  • Jonah Rocket
  • Silas Rocket
  • Darren Rocket
 

Sirius

Name meaning: Meaning “glowing”, this is the brightest star in the night sky.

Popularity: Sirius is not in the top 1000 baby names for boys, making it a fun and unique space name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Sirius Rocket
  • Sirius Oberon
  • Sirius Lynx
  • Sirius Drake

Other middle name ideas:

  • Sirius Kingston
  • Sirius Lawson
  • Sirius Ridge

Titan

The largest moon of the planet Saturn.

In Greek mythology, the Titans were the children of deities Uranus (heaven) and Gaea (​earth).

Name meaning: Defender.

Popularity: Titan is the 673rd most popular boy’s name in the U.S. (I don’t know about you, but I was surprised to see this in the top 1000!)

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Titan Herschel
  • Titan Barlow
  • Titan Dorado
  • Titan Drake

Other middle name ideas:

  • Titan Wilder
  • Titan Maverick
  • Titan Lander

Virgo

Name meaning: The second-largest constellation in the sky and the largest constellation in the zodiac.

Popularity: Virgo does not rank in the top 1000 baby names for either gender, making it an uncommon unisex space baby name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Virgo Phoenix
  • Virgo Atlas
  • Virgo Ryker
  • Virgo Drake

Other middle name ideas:

  • Virgo Storm
  • Virgo Ryan
  • Virgo Saylor

Zeus

Name meaning: The sky and thunder god in ancient Greek mythology.

Popularity: Zeus does not rank in the top 1000 names for boys, making it an unusual space baby name.

Space-themed middle name ideas:

  • Zeus Oberon
  • Zeus Herschel
  • Zeus Isaac

Other middle name ideas:

  • Zeus Jaxon
  • Zeus Emerson
  • Zeus Wilder
  • Zeus Raiden

Final Thoughts on Space Names for Boys

First, a quick joke:

How do you get a baby astronaut to go to sleep?

Rocket.

Ha!

Whether you’re an avid space explorer or you just want to infuse a little extraterrestrial flair into your baby’s moniker, there are infinite options for baby names that are out of this world.

Hopefully, you’ve found a space-inspired name that’s worthy of the center of your universe.

If you haven’t decided on the perfect name, or if you’re not 100% sure you want a space name for your baby boy, here are some other lists to check out:

Keep scrolling for more ways to find space-inspired baby names!

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Other places to look for space-related baby names

If this mega list of space names for babies didn’t quite have what you were looking for, there are tons of other places to find ideas.

Fair warning, though: Most of the other celestial names you’ll find will be a bit more “out there.”

Here are some other ways to find space names:

1) Greek and Roman mythology

So many celestial objects are named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. It’s a gold mine of space names, particularly if you tend to gravitate towards unusual baby names.

2) Science fiction movies and shows

Start with some of the most popular ones like Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, The Mandalorian, A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, and so on!

Check out the names of the characters, the locations, the spaceships, and even the aliens!

Sites like IMDB are a great resource for tracking down lesser-known movies and shows with space-related names.

3) Astronauts and scientists

Another great way to find space-related baby names is to look up the names of astronauts and scientists who have made important contributions in the field of space exploration. There are tons of lists online with all the names listed alphabetically.

Think Sagan, Gallileo, Copernicus, Einstein, and Hawking.

4) Space objects and phenomena

Think asteroids, comets, nebulas, quasars, eclipses, constellations, planets, and moons.

Some of these words themselves make for cute first or middle names.

Or you can use the names of specific ones like Saturn (obviously a planet), Eros (an asteroid), Cassiopeia (a constellation), or like I joked at the beginning of this article, Andromeda (a galaxy).

5) Other languages

Don’t feel limited to English words! Finding a great space-related baby name can be as simple as looking up words like star, space, moon, and planet in a foreign language dictionary. Google works for this too, of course.

As you can see, it’s pretty easy to find space-related baby names. The hardest part might be narrowing down your list!

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