Do you remember popular palindromes from your childhood? (If it’s slipped your mind, a palindrome is a word or phrase that can be spelled the same way forward or backward).
My favorite was always: “A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.”
I also have a soft spot for “racecar.”
Of course, plenty of baby names are palindromes too. Some of the names on this list are very popular, while others are more unique. You’ll notice that there are a lot of “a” names on this list, and many of them are pretty short (3-4 letters). Check them out!
I’m simply obsessed with this classic name.
I love this sweet name (boy or girl!). It reminds me of Pip from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Swapping out the “y” for an “i” makes the more common “Ivy” into a palindrome.
This name lost popularity in the mid-seventies, but has started making a comeback since 2011.
This name is so feminine and classic.
This sunny name is pretty for a girl or boy.
This spelling of the more common “Nolan” makes it into a palindrome.
This is the second most popular name on this list, coming in behind Ava.
Add an “a” to the end of this boy’s name and you’ve got a lovely girl name (although no longer a palindrome).
Pronounced either “NEEven” or “Neven” (rhymes with “seven”).
An Egyptian name meaning “ancient waters.”
A shortened version of “Nayana.”
A girl’s name meaning “beautiful.”
This form of Anna is a Hebrew name meaning “gracious.”
A shortened version of Lily or Lilian is spunky and fun.
This name, with close ties to the word “loyal,” is perfect for a girl.
This is a fairly uncommon name, but has a strong masculine vibe.
I love a name with double letters, but you don’t see lots of names with double “z”s!
This Biblical name continues to be popular today.
A modern variation of Emma, this is one of my favorite names on this list.
Or, drop down to one “m.”
Another classic I’d definitely consider for my little one.
This boy’s name is a little edgy, in a good way.
Short for Robert, Bob was in the top 200 names for most of the 1960s
This Arabic name means “Roe of Spring.”
A different spelling of the famous Sleeping Beauty’s name.
I love this simple English name.
This city in Romania makes a beautiful name.
This name is shooting up the rankings.
This name, popular at the turn of the 20th century, is a pretty alternative to Ella.
In Greek mythology, Alala is the female personification of the war cry.
This Greek name means “light.”
A Spanish name meaning “help.”
This hip version of the most old-fashioned Vivian is one of my favorites.
This name, like many old-fashioned ones, is quickly regaining popularity.
Means “Strength in Courage.”
This one makes a good male or female name.