100 Spirited Baby Names Meaning Ghost, Soul, or Phantom

Emily Polash
Written by Emily Polash Updated on July 23rd, 2021

Choosing a unique and meaningful name for a new baby is top of mind for all new parents, and those who are spiritual might feel called to choose a name relating to the otherworldly.

Though names that mean ghost, soul, or phantom might feel unusually spooky to some, there’s no need for them to have a dark connotation — they can reflect the unique and sometimes benevolent qualities attributed to these supernatural beings. Likewise, name meanings which describe a strong or loving type of spirit or soul are as aspirational as any other.

Let’s take a look at some of these unique monikers.

Baby names meaning ghost

Unisex

  • Yurei – this is the Japanese word for ‘ghost’ and would make a great name for a girl or boy

Boys

  • Avatāraya – this is the Sinahlese word for ‘ghost’
  • Axar – this is a Gujarati name meaning ‘ghost’
  • Draugur – this is the Icelandic word for ‘ghost’ and makes a powerful name for a boy
  • Drogo – this name has evolved from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘drog’ meaning ‘ghost’ or ‘phantom’
  • Mamua – this is the Basque word for ‘ghost’
  • Hantu – this is an Indonesian word meaning ‘ghost’
  • Roho – this is the Swahili word for ‘ghost’

Girls

  • Bhūta – this is the Gujurati word for ‘ghost’
  • Eulalia – this is the Corsican word for ‘ghost’ and makes a beautiful name for a girl
  • Gayna – this is an English name meaning ‘white phantom’
  • Ginette – another version of the name Gayna, this English name means ‘white phantom’
  • Genevra – this is a Greek name meaning ‘white phantom’
  • Lillith – this is an Arabic name meaning ‘ghost’ or ‘belonging to the night’
  • Masina – this is the Malagasy word for ‘ghost’
  • Morrígan – this is the name of an Irish mythological character and is translated as ‘phantom queen’
  • Phi – this is the Laothian word for ‘ghost’
  • Yennifer – this is a Welsh name meaning ‘white phantom’

Baby names meaning spirit

Boys

  • Achak – this is a Native American and Algonquin name meaning ‘spirit’
  • Avira – this is a name of Arabaic origin meaning, ‘air’, ‘amosphere’, and ‘spirit’
  • Cheveyo – this is a Native American name from the Hopi tribe, meaning ‘spirit warrior’
  • Chuchip – this is a Native American name from the Hopi tribe, meaning ‘deer spirit’
  • Caden – this is a Welsh boy’s name meaning ‘Spirit of War’
  • Espiridion – this is the Spanish version of the Greek name Spiridion (see below) meaning ‘ghost spirit’ or ‘little spirit’
  • Euthymios – this Ancient Greek name means ‘in good spirits’. Broken down, the ‘thymos’ element means ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’
  • Euthymius – derivative of the Ancient Greek name Euthymios (see meaning above)
  • Eutimo – derivative of the Ancient Greek name Euthymios (see meaning above)
  • Fravardin – this is a Persian name derived from the word ‘fravashi’, meaning ‘guardian spirit’
  • Hania – this is a Native American name used by the Hopi tribe, meaning ‘spirit warrior’
  • Hew – this is of Scottish and Old German origin, meaning ‘soul’, ‘mind’, and ‘spirit’
  • Hewie – this is of Scottish and Old Germain origin, meaning ‘soul’, ‘mind’, and ‘spirit’.
  • Hototo – this is a Native American name used by the Hopi tribe meaning ‘warrior spirit who sings’
  • Imamu – this is an African name, meaning ‘spiritual leader’
  • Jeongsin – this is the Korean word for ‘spirit’
  • Kneph – this name is of Egyptian origin, meaning ‘soul breath’. It is also the name of the Egyptian deity Kneph, the god of animals and spirit
  • Kotori – this is a Native American name used by the Hopi tribe, meaning ‘screech owl spirit’
  • Mahatma – this is a sanskrit term, meaning ‘great soul’ which is also used as a name
  • Roh – this is the Indonesian and Javanese word for ‘spirit’
  • Ruyu – this is a Hausa word meaning ‘spirit’
  • Ryuu – this is a Japanese name, meaning ‘dragon spirit’
  • Shen – this is the Chinese word for ‘spirit’
  • Spiridion – this is a Greek diminutive of the latin word ‘spiritus’, meaning ‘ghost spirit’ or ‘little spirit’
  • Vogi – this is the Armenian word for ‘spirit’
  • Wanageeska – this is a Native American name, meaning ‘white spirit’

Girls

  • Arima – this is the Basque word for ‘spirit’ and is a powerful name for a girl
  • Āvi – this is a Tamil word meaning ‘soul’
  • Hehewuti – this is a Native American name used by the Hopi tribe meaning ‘warrior mother spirit’
  • Kachina – this is a Native American name used by the Hopi tribe meaning ‘sacred dancer’ and ‘spirit’. The kachina doll is a popular toy used by the children of the Native American tribes
  • Pneuma – this is an Ancient Greek word meaning ‘spirit’
  • Spyridoula – this is the feminine version of the Greek name Spiridion meaning ‘ghost spirit’ or ‘little spirit’
  • Suli – this is the Georgian word for ‘spirit’
  • Tien – this is a Vietamese name meaning ‘fairy’, ‘angel’, and ‘spirit’

Baby names meaning soul

Unisex

  • Ātmā – this is a sanskrit term meaning ‘self’ or ‘soul’, which is also used as a name
  • Atman – a variation of Ātmā, this is a sanskrit name meaning ‘self’ or ‘soul’
  • Jan – this is a Kazakh word meaning ‘soul’
  • Janan – this name is of Arabic origin and means ‘heart’ or ‘soul’
  • Jiva – this is a sanskrit term meaning ‘an individual soul’, which is also used as a name
  • Moyo – this is the Chichewa word for ‘soul’
  • Nirvana – this is a sanskrit term meaning ‘liberation of the soul’, which has become a popular name
  • Nurzhan – this is a Kazakhstani name meaning ‘light soul’
  • Nwaya – this is the Javanese word for ‘soul’
  • Rŭh – this is a Kurdish word meaning ‘soul’

Boys

  • Aatamgosh – this is a Hindu name meaning ‘inner light’ or ‘soul’
  • Anam – this is the Irish word for ‘soul’
  • Baiszhan – this name is of Persian origin and means ‘a rich soul’
  • Du’an – this is a Serbian name meaning ‘soul’
  • Dušan – this name originates from the Slavic word ‘duša’ meaning ‘soul’
  • Dušek – although this is most commonly a Polish surname, we think this slavic name, meaning ‘soul’, makes a great first name too
  • Tamashī – this is a Japanese word meaning ‘soul’

Girls

  • Alma – this is the Spanish word for ‘soul’ and is also an English name meaning ‘to feed one’s soul’
  • Anima – this is derived from the latin word ‘Anima Mae’ meaning ‘soul’
  • Ānmā – this is the Tamil word for ‘soul’
  • Ātmaya – this is a Sinhalese word meaning ‘soul’
  • Banafrit – this is an Egyptian name meaning ‘beautiful soul’
  • Dušana – this is the feminine version of Dušan and originates from the Slavic word ‘duša’, meaning ‘soul’
  • Enid – this is a Welsh name meaning ‘soul’
  • Enide – variation of the Welsh name Enid, meaning ‘soul’
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Emily Polash
Written by Emily Polash Updated on July 23rd, 2021

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