15 Military Names for Babies

With the U.S. Social Security Administration’s release of America’s most popular baby names for 2012 last week, we discovered pop culture dictated the fastest-rising name for girls. The rising star in boy names was major — no, literally Major. Clearly, Americans have had the military on their minds when naming their little ones!

From the release from the SSA,

acting commissioner Colvin added, “I have no doubt Major’s rising popularity as a boy’s name is in tribute to the brave members of the U.S. military, and maybe we’ll see more boys named General in the future.” You also might trace Major’s increase in popularity to a cable TV show. “Home by Novogratz” is a popular home-design show featuring Major Novogratz, the youngest son of designers Robert and Cortney.

OK, FINE, we love military AND pop culture.

I’ve gathered a handful of great military names for babies that have pop-culture cross-over appeal.

15 Military Names for Babies

  • Military Baby Names 1 of 16
    Military Inspired Baby Names

    There is no telling if using a military themed baby name will ensure your child will have a happy and well adjusted childhood, but you can't argue with the strength of character these names carry!


    Image Credit: Military Baby Tumblr

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    Arrow is a Military Baby Name

    Arrows and babies have gone hand and hand since St. Valentine's Day. 


    Jason Schwartzman has a dog named Arrow. (Which doesn't really help the baby name game, but if you are a big fan of Jason's it might.)


    Image Credit: Jootix

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    Bowie is a Military Baby Name

    Bowie is considered a military name for two reasons:

    1) It has a connection to bow and arrow 2) Colonel James Bowie 


    Image Credit: NYCProwler

  • Bravo 4 of 16
    Bravo is a Military Baby Name

    Alpha Bravo Charlie!  Give your kid a standing ovation they day he arrives by naming him Bravo.


    Image Credit: Emily Barraclough

  • Cannon 5 of 16
    Cannon is a Military Baby Name

    Larry King named one of his sons Cannon. The name can also mean wolf cub.


    Image Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Crew 6 of 16
    Crew is a Military Baby Name

    Want your kid to always be a team player? Well you can't go wrong with the name Crew. 


    Image Credit: Wikimedia

  • Garrison 7 of 16
    Garrison is a Military Baby Name

    Friends may suspect you have named your child after Garrison Keillor but if you had a military name on the brain you can just let them know that Garrison is the name for a military barracks.


    Image Credit: Wikimedia

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    Gunther is a Military Baby Name

    Gunther is a German name that means warrior. As your child grows up you will learn what those battles are...a battle of the bands could be awesome!


    Image Credit: TheNelsonBrothers.com

  • Jet 9 of 16
    Jet is a Military Baby Name

    Naming your baby after something like an aircraft is pretty fantastic. The name Jet has serious military roots. Your kid will also appreciate being able to have posters in his room of a rockband named Jet and Jet Li.


    Image Credit: Wikimedia

  • Lance 10 of 16
    Lance is a Military Baby Name

    A Lance is a weapon. Lances can also group up to be in boy bands. And there is NOTHING more American than boy bands.


    Image Credit: National Space Society Board of Governors

  • Marine 11 of 16
    Marine is a Military Baby Name

    My Grandmother had a friend named Marine and I have heard that it is not so far fetched a name for girls. Most people associate the name with the sea.


    Image credit:  NY Times

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    March is a Military Baby Name

    I adore the idea of the name March for a little girl. This is probably because I am a total Louisa May Alcott nerd. The idea that it could also be a military tribute name is lovely.


    Image Credit: Kathleen K Parker

  • Scout 13 of 16
    Scout is a Military Baby Name

    Scout is forever connected to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, but the meaning of the name is said to be "first explorer".


    Image Credit: Wikimedia

  • Sergeant 14 of 16
    Sergeant is a Military Baby Name

    I saw both Sergeant a Sargent as "options" for a military themed baby name while I was researching. I like the idea of going with Sargent as that brings to mind Sargent Shriver (first director of the Peace Corps).


    Image Credit: Wikimedia 

  • Sailor 15 of 16
    Sailor is a Military Baby Name

    Ever the fan of the sea, Christie Brinkley named her youngest daughter Sailor Lee. Sailor just sounds like a name that would belong to someone that would be good to have on the journey.


    Image Credit: Wikimedia

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    Major is a Military Baby Name

    If you name your child Major just promise me that you will teach him or her their personal anthem:

    "I am the very model of a modern Major-General,I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historicalFrom Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;aI'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news, (bothered for a rhyme)With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse...." [Major General's Song from The Pirates of Penzance]


    Image Credit: Go! Standard

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