59 Names that Mean Dream | Unique Ideas for Girls and Boys

If you’re looking for names that mean dream, you’re in the right place! Whether you are searching for the perfect name for your baby, pet, or creative writing, you’ll find many unique ideas here.

Names that mean dream

Girls names that mean dream


This beautiful and unique feminine name means dream or vision in Gaelic. Aisling is actually pronounced Ashling, meaning you could use the nickname Ash!


Alora means my dream in the Bantu language spoken in Botswana in Africa. I t could also be spelled Elora (like the character from the movie Wiilow),Ellora, or Elnora.

alora names that mean dream


The Spanish name Esperanza means to hope. A girl with this name likely has big hopes and dreams!


Fantasia means fantasy in Italian. This gorgeous name is also shared with the American Idol winner Fantasia Burino. While it might be unusual as a girl’s first name, consider using it as a middle name!

fantasia names that mean dream


Goda is a female Lithuanian name that means thought or dream 


The elegant girls name Hayal means dream, fantasy, imagination in Turkish. 


Kalpana means imagining or fantasy in Sanskrit. Bangladeshi human rights activist Kalpana Chakma, film director Kalpana Lajmi, and entrepreneur Kalpana Saraj have made this name more famous!


In Hindi, the girl’s name Kanasu means dream.

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Mamu may have been an ancient Babylonian god or goddess of sleep and dreaming. 


Maya means illusion in Sanskrit, good mother in Greek, and water in Hebrew! So many different cultures use this name, it is widely known! In the US, Maya hit peak popularity on the early 2000s, but it continues to be in the top 200 girls names each year.


Little is known about the Norse goddess Niorun (spelled Njorun in Norse), but she may have been the goddess of dreams. 


Nisa is a short but easy to pronounce Thai name for girls. It means night, dreams.


In Greek, Nyx means night. And in Greek mythology, 


The Spanish name Oniria probably comes from the word oneiric, meaning dreamlike.  Cuban revolutionary Oniria Gutierrez was a famous bearer of this name.

oniria names that mean dream


According to Greek legend, Pasithea was the goddess of meditation, rest and relaxation, and was the wife of Hypnos, the god of sleep.


Reverie is the French word for daydream. It’s given to a handful of baby girls every year in the US.


In Persian, Roya means dream, or vision.


The gorgeous Serbian and Croatian name Sanja means dream.



Sovanna means golden, dream in Khmer. It reminds me of Savannah


Yume is another Japanese name that means dream! I love this short and simple girl’s name. 

yume - meaning - dream

Boys names that mean dream


Almos is a male name from Hungarian legend that means dream. 

almost - boy name meaning dream


The unisex Arabic name Amani means wishes or dreams. 


Amets is a unisex Basque name meaning dream.  


The unisex Japanese name Ayumu comes from the kanji for dream, vision.


The boy’s name Endri comes from the Albanian word for dreamer.  I’m not certain of the pronunciation, but the spelling reminds me of Andre.


The biblical name Helem means dreaming.


The Greek god of nightmare Ikelos, also known as Phobetor, is the son of Nyx, goddess of night. 


Does the unisex name Lorien sound fantastic to you? That’s because JRR Tolkien invented it as the name of an elven city in the Lord of the Rings series! It means land of gold, dream, and Dreamflower.

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lorien - land of gold, dream


Morpheus was the god of dreams in Greek mythology. 


In Greek myth, the Oneiroi are Nyx’s children, including Hypnos, Thanatos, and Geras. They are considered the personification of dreams. 


This name comes from the Greek word for phantasm or apparition.


Sanal is a unique boy’s name that means memorable, dream. It comes from the Epic of Jangar, an ancient Mongol poem. 

sanal - means memorable, dream


In Roman mythology, Somnus was the god of sleep. His counterpart in Greek mythology, Hypnos was also the god of sleep and the twin brother of Thanatos, god of death.

What names are related to dreaming? 

While the names below don’t literally mean dream, these people’s dreams inspired them to do great things. Many are from the Bible.


God spoke to Abram while he was in a deep sleep. His name means high father in Hebrew.


Abimelech means my father is king in Hebrew. In Genesis, he had a dream vision that showed him that the woman Sarah was already married to another man.


Artemidorits the Dream-Interpreter, also known as Epheseus was a diviner who lived in the second century AD in Greece. He wrote a five-volume series of books on dream interpretation. 

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Brizo was an ancient Grecian prophetess who specialized in interpreting dreams. This name means slumber.


In the bible, Daniel interpreted dreams for the king in Babylon, which made him famous. His name means God is my judge.


In the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh, the heroes Enkidu and Gilgamesh have several prophetic dreams.


Ancient Sumerian king Gudea was told to reconstruct the Temple of Ningirsu in a dream


In the bible, Jacob dreams of a ladder to heaven. His name may mean supplanter or may God protect. Did you know the name James is another form of Jacob?


The famous dreamer Jeanne d’Arc claimed to receive dreams and visions from the saints and angels guiding her in how to win the Hundred Years War.

Jeanne is the French version of Joan or Joanna. All of these names are feminine versions of John, which means Yahweh is gracious. 


Jacob’s son Joseph dreamed of his future success, and interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh of Egypt.

And the other biblical Joseph dreamt not to fear taking Mary as his wife.

Joseph means he will add


Kasia Szpakowska translated an ancient book of Egyptian dream interpretation into English. This name may mean pure.


In his dreams, Paul received instructions from God to go to Macedonia. Paul means humble.


Solomon conversed with God in his dreams. His name means peace.

Names that mean sleep

Along the lines of dreaming, here are 24 names that mean sleep:

Boy names that mean sleep

  • Dufr
  • Durinn
  • Dvalinn
  • Dwalin
  • Hypnos
  • Kokin
  • Min
  • Moeata
  • Shunmin
  • Swapan
  • Swapnil
  • Uramoe (unisex)

Girl names that mean sleep

  • Drema
  • Hunydd
  • Iowa
  • Khoni
  • Moerani (unisex)
  • Moehau (unisex) 
  • Moeroa (unisex)
  • Nemu
  • Netra
  • Suanach (unisex)
  • Swapna
  • Wasan

Sources for names that mean dream

The UPenn Classics website has extensive information relates to Greek deities and historical figures related to dreams

I also use Behind The Name to research name meanings and origins

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