Like Symmetry? Try Palindromic Baby Names

palindromic baby names

Did you know that a handful of baby names happen to be palindromes? Here are some names that can be read the same way in either direction (i.e. both forwards and backwards):

Two of these, Hannah and Ava, happen to be very popular for baby girls at the moment.

Need two names? You could consider a pair of names that become a palindrome when written side-by-side (i.e., names that are anagrams of one another):

Aidan & Nadia
Aileen & Neelia
Alan & Nala
Allan & Nalla
Allen & Nella
Amin & Nima
Ariel & Leira
Arik & Kira
Aron & Nora
Avram & Marva
Axel & Lexa
Aydan & Nadya
Ari & Ira
Cam & Mac
Eliah & Haile
Eliam & Maile
Ellen & Nelle
Etan & Nate
Flor & Rolf
Gem & Meg
Iris & Siri
Leon & Noel
Linus & Sunil
Miles & Selim
Nazar & Razan
Nero & Oren

It’s also possible to come up with your own palindromic pairs by flipping traditional names to create brand new names. For instance, I’ve seem James, Kevin, Manuel and Ramon flipped to become Semaj, Nivek, Leunam and Nomar.

15 thoughts on “Like Symmetry? Try Palindromic Baby Names

  1. Here are some longer one’s:





  2. Stumbled over two more flipped names:

    Ariam (used both one boys and girls) from Maria,

    Aseret (for girls) from Teresa

  3. On Neven: it is a name from all the states making up former Yugoslavia. A famous bearer is the football player Neven Suboti? (playing for Borussia Dortmaung and for the Serbian national team).

  4. Going for some lengthy palindromic names, here’s a rather natural one (at least for German speaking people):


    It can be be made to letters longer by adding the letter H at both ends:


    (but Susannah looks no longer natural to German speakers).

  5. Here’s another pair of mirror names:

    Koryan and Nayrok, the given name and the stage name of Erykah Badu’s younger sister Koryan Wright.

  6. Here are two more palindromic names I just spotted on Scotland’s 2015 list: Otuto and Umema. Both were used just once in Scotland last year.

  7. Some palindromes featuring personal names from Futility Closet:

    Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?
    Sit on a potato pan, Otis!
    Norma is as selfless as I am, Ron.
    Marge let a moody baby doom a telegram.
    Too far, Edna, we wander afoot.
    Sir, I demand — I am a maid named Iris
    Poor Dan is in a droop.
    Stella won no wallets.

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