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noun as in travel from one place to another

Strongest matches

  • exploration

Strong matches

  • constitutional
  • peregrination
  • transmigration
  • vagabondage

verb as in travel

  • peregrinate

Weak matches

  • knock about
  • take a trip

Example Sentences

If either is selected, it would not launch until 2026 at the earliest, and would take at least a few months to make the journey.

The job is a cherry on top, but the journey and the experience of being able to audition and leave your heart in the room and feel good about it, no matter what happens, that’s rare and that was amazing.

Cross-device measurement helps connect the dots of your customer’s journey and ensures you know how effective your campaigns are at driving user behavior.

You are somewhat of a new grandmother and you’ve been enjoying that journey.

Instead of having numerous articles addressing each of these particular questions, brands and publishers could consolidate this information as it is all pertinent to the same stage of the journey that the user is in.

The brokers then scout out potential “crew members” who can earn substantial discounts for working the journey.

The next day, after driving to Putney on the outskirts of London, we start the end of our journey.

The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.

We began a journey with Koenig in the first episode of Serial.

But the sunlight is threatening to fade and a three-and-a-half-hour river journey back to Kisangani looms.

With a hammer the boy knocked off some of the slats of the small box in which Squinty had made his journey.

Then summoning a smart young jemadar with whom he had talked a good deal during the journey, he asked him to read the chit.

But dismissing them from our thoughts for the time being, as we did then from our presence, let us continue our journey.

If the journey is now distasteful to her, she has but her own rashness to blame in having sought it herself.

It was past sundown when they left San Bernardino, but a full moon made the night as good as day for their journey.

Related Words

Words related to journey are not direct synonyms, but are associated with the word journey . Browse related words to learn more about word associations.

noun as in existence

  • subsistence

noun as in revolution, track, boundary

  • bound/bounds
  • circulation
  • circumference
  • circumnavigation
  • circumscription
  • circumvolution
  • perambulation

verb as in sail

  • keep steady pace
  • push off/push on
  • wander about

noun as in sailing expedition

verb as in travel, visit

  • pass through

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On this page you'll find 148 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to journey, such as: adventure, campaign, course, crossing, drive, and expedition.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

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100+ Names That Mean Adventure (Girls, Boys, Gender-Neutral)

Names guaranteed to suit intrepid little explorers.

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While names that mean adventure can seem unconventional, they’ll certainly work for you if you’re a lover of the great outdoors and are passionate about pushing life’s boundaries, especially if you’re inclined to think outside the box.

Any adventurer knows that planning is essential before they embark on a journey, so to help you instill that same spirit of wanderlust into the heart of your newly-arrived little voyager, we’ve compiled an exciting list of names that mean adventure or traveler for intrepid girls and boys, one of which could start them on their own path of discovery into life’s wide blue yonder. 

Have a safe journey!

  • Aaron – Hebrew for “exalted one,”
  • Aiden – Irish for “little and fiery,”
  • Alan – Celtic for “rock,”
  • Alaric – Germanic for “ruler of all,”
  • Alastair – Scottish for “defender of men,”
  • Alex – Greek for “defender,”
  • Ammon – Ancient Egyptian for “hidden,”
  • Anderson – Scandinavian for “son of Anders,”
  • Ansel – German for “divine helmet,”
  • Arlo – English for “fortified hill,”
  • Armon – Hebrew for “strength,”
  • Arran – Gaelic for “rugged,”
  • Arthur – Celtic for “bear,”
  • Atticus – Greek for “from Attica,”
  • Barrett – German for “bear strength,”
  • Bartholomew – Aramaic for “son of Talmai,”
  • Bennett – Latin for “blessed,”
  • Bryce – Celtic for “quick,”
  • Calvin – Latin for “bald,”
  • Callum – Scottish for “dove,”
  • Caspar – Persian for “keeper of the treasure,”
  • Conrad – German for “brave counsel,”
  • Eamon – Irish for “guardian,”
  • Edward – Old English for “wealthy guardian,”
  • Elias – Hebrew for “Jehovah is my God,”
  • Elias – Greek for “the Lord is my God,”
  • Everett – English for “brave as a wild boar,” 
  • Gabriel – Hebrew for “man of God,”
  • Gideon – Hebrew for “feller,”.
  • Griffin – Welsh for “strong lord,”
  • Henry – German for “ruler of the house,”
  • Hugh – German for “bright in mind and spirit,” 
  • Jack – Hebrew for “God is gracious,”
  • Jacob – Hebrew for “supplanter,”
  • Julian – Latin for “youthful,”
  • Leo – Latin for “lion,”
  • Maxwell – Scottish for “great spring,”
  • Nathan – Hebrew for “gift,”
  • Noah – Hebrew for “rest,”
  • Sawyer – English for “woodcutter,”

Girls names

  • Abenthe – Old German for ‘brave journey’
  • Aeryn – Cornish for ‘adventurous’
  • Afra – Arabic for ‘white and pure’, and an adventure in itself
  • Alina – Latin for ‘noble and kind’, and an adventurous spirit
  • Amaris – Hebrew for ‘Goddess of adventure’
  • Aria – Italian for ‘melodious’, and an adventure in music
  • Aventine – Latin for ‘venturesome’
  • Aviv – Hebrew for ‘springtime’ and a metaphor for the adventure of life
  • Aziza – Swahili for ‘beloved’, and a journey of love
  • Blythe – Old English for ‘joyful’ and an adventure of joy
  • Bonita – Spanish for ‘beautiful’ and a journey of beauty
  • Calliope – Greek for ‘beautiful voice’ and the adventure of the imagination
  • Cara – Irish for ‘beloved’, and a journey of love
  • Chara – Greek for ‘joyful’, and an adventure of joy
  • Daria – Persian for ‘kingly’, and a journey of greatness
  • Elodie – French for ‘marsh flower’, and an adventure of discovery
  • Emani – African for ‘faith’ and a journey of faith
  • Eris – Greek for ‘goddess of chaos’, and a journey of chaos
  • Esme – French for ‘esteemed’, and the adventure of self-discovery
  • Freya – Norse for ‘goddess of love’, and a journey of love
  • Halina – Polish for ‘bright’, and a journey of brightness
  • Inara – Turkish for ‘light’ and an adventure of light
  • Isla – Scottish Gaelic for ‘island’, and a journey of exploration
  • Kamari – African for ‘moon’ and an adventure of the night
  • Kavi – Sanskrit for ‘poet’ and a journey of the soul
  • Layla – Hebrew for ‘night’ and a journey of dreams
  • Lotus – Greek for ‘flower’ and an adventure of beauty
  • Magda – Polish for ‘exalted’ and an adventure of greatness
  • Naida – Greek for ‘water nymph’ and a journey of mystery
  • Neriah – Hebrew for ‘fire of the Lord’, and a journey of faith
  • Nissa – Hebrew for ‘miracle’ and a journey of miracles
  • Onora – Irish for ‘honor’, and a journey of honor
  • Phoenix – Greek for ‘resurrection’, and the adventure of life
  • Raine – Old English for ‘queen’ and a journey of power
  • Ramla – Arabic for ‘tender’ and a journey of tenderness
  • Risa – Japanese for ‘laughter’ and an adventure of joy
  • Sabra – Hebrew for ‘patience’ and a journey of patience
  • Sahara – Arabic for ‘desert’ and a journey of exploration
  • Talea – Latin for ‘blossom’, and an adventure of growth
  • Uma – Sanskrit for ‘tranquility’, and a journey of peace

Unisex names

  • Arun – Sanskrit for ‘sun’, and ‘adventure’
  • Cora – Latin for ‘heart’ and ‘adventure’
  • Dante – Italian for ‘enduring’.
  • Farah – Arabic for ‘joy’ and ‘adventure’
  • Hadley – English for ‘heather field’, it also means ‘adventure’
  • Iggy – Latin for ‘adventurous’
  • Kale – Hawaiian for ‘man of adventure’
  • Lyra – Greek for ‘lyre’, it also means ‘adventure’
  • Maren – Scandinavian for ‘beloved of the sea’.
  • Nia – Welsh for ‘bright’, and ‘adventure’
  • Orion – Greek for ‘son of fire’.
  • Quinn – Gaelic for ‘wise’, it also means ‘adventure’
  • Rae- Latin for ‘adventurous’
  • Sage – Latin for ‘wise’, it also means ‘adventure’
  • Taran – Welsh for ‘thunder’, it also means ‘adventure’
  • Vance – French for ‘adventurous’
  • Weston – English for ‘west town’ and ‘adventure’
  • Xavier – Latin for ‘bright’, it also means ‘adventure’
  • Yara – Arabic for ‘small butterfly’ and ‘adventure’
  • Zane – Hebrew for ‘God is gracious’, it also means ‘adventure’

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28 Beautiful Travel Words that Describe Wanderlust Perfectly

Travel words and wanderlust synonyms

Describe your travels with these unique and beautiful travel words from different languages around the world.

I love travelling and I love languages, so imagine my excitement when I came across a treasure trove of travel words and wanderlust synonyms that describe how we feel before, during, and after we travel. 

Just like a photo can’t fully capture what it feels like to stand on the edge of a fjord , neither can ‘wanderlust’ fully express how we feel when we crave our next adventure. These travel words are literary gems which have been gathered from languages around the world. From Japanese to Swedish , Latin to Greek , travel brochures of the future will be peppered with travel words like of resfeber , livsnjutare, and coddiwomple .

Wanderlust meaning

As you’ll see in the list below, every language has its own variation of how it explains and defines what wanderlust is. In English, wanderlust means to have a strong desire for or impulse to travel, wander and explore the world.

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During these times it can be bittersweet to think about travelling when we have to stay at home and practice social distancing, let this list of wanderlust-filled words inspire you to a learn a language from home and prepare yourself for your next trip. Being travel fluent is the best way to enrich your travel experiences.

Without further ado, here are 28 beautiful travel words you should slip into your vocabulary. When you’re done, take and look at this collection of inspirational travel quotes . I’d love to hear which ones are your favourites in the comment section below.

1. Resfeber  (n.)

Origin: Swedish

Definition: The meaning of resfeber refers to the restless race of the traveller’s heart before the journey begins when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.

It’s that moment just after you buy your plane tickets and excitement and fear floods in all at once, creating a mixture of emotions that make you feel anxious or physically ill.

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2. Sonder (v.)

Origin: Unknown

Definition: The realisation that each passerby is living a life as complex as your own.

The full definition, taken from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows reads:

[Sonder is] the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

I often feel this way when I pass groups of strangers, speaking a language that is completely foreign to me, and realise just how incredibly big the world is. We all have a life that is full of different connections, memories and possibilities. That’s sonder.

The internet suggests this may not be a real word, either way, the concept is beautiful.

3. Solivagant (adj.)

Origin: Latin

Definition: Wandering alone. A solitary adventurer who travels or wanders the globe.

Not all those who wander are lost, but all those who wander alone are definitely solivagants . From the Latin word solivagus , meaning lonely or solitary, solivagant describes anyone who enjoys meandering around new countries, alone, in order to take it all in.

4. Fernweh (n.)

Origin: German

Definition: This German word,means an ache to get away and travel to a distant place, a feeling  even stronger than wanderlust. If wanderlust wasn’t poetic enough for you, allow me to present fernweh , a German word that literally translates to “distance-sickness.”

While someone with wanderlust might sit at home and happily fantasise about all the places they might visit, someone with fernweh would feel a deeper sense of longing, a sort of homesickness but for foreign lands.  For me, it’s wanting to be back in Rome . Fernweh is one of most those beautiful untranslatable words I’ve ever come across.

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5. Sehnsucht (n.)

Definition: A wistful longing and yearning in the heart for travels past and future.

One author translated it as the “ inconsolable longing in the human heart for we know not what .” Another compared it to “ a longing for a far-off country, but not one which we could identify.”

When you return from travelling and wish you could do it all over again and experience every moment like it was the first.

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6. Eleutheromania (n.)

Origin: Greek

Definition: An intense and irresistible desire for freedom.

We all want to be free, and travelling shows us how the freedom in the lives of others that is different from our own. Eleutheromania describes a person who has a strong desire and obsession for freedom.

7. Cockaigne (n.)

Origin: French , Middle French

Definition: An imaginary land of luxury and idleness.

Every destination seem like a wonderland or cockaigne before you set foot there and see it for yourself.

The term c ockaigne ” comes from the Middle French phrase pais de cocaigne, which literally means “the land of plenty.” The word was first popularised in a 13th-century French poem that is known in English as “The Land of Cockaigne.”

8. Quaquaversal (adj.)

Definition: Moving or happening in every direction instantaneously.

This perfectly describes my state when I’m in a new place and want to see and do everything at once.

9. Dérive (n)

Origin: French

Definition: A spontaneous and unplanned journey where the traveller leaves their life behind allows themselves to be guided by the landscape and architecture.

Literally translated as “drift”,  dérive is the idea that even if you drift you will end up on the right path. This could describe life in general, but it also describes small journeys. When you’re wandering through a new city and you just happen to wander on a path that takes you to great discoveries.

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10. Ecophobia (n.)

Origin: English

Definition: This word came into English word via Greek and means a fear or dislike of one’s home.

I don’t dislike my home, but recently I can’t stop thinking about going back to Lofoten, Norway.

11. Numinous (adj.)

Definition: A powerful feeling of both fear and fascination, of being in awe and overwhelmed by what is before you.

Originally, this word refers to having a strong religious or spiritual quality; but it can also be used to describe how you feel when you see things that are so beautiful that you realise how wonderful the world is and the small part you play in it.   Hiking Trolltunga was a numinous moment for me.

12. Schwellenangst (n.)

Definition: Fear of crossing a threshold to begin a new chapter.

From s chwelle (“threshold”) and a ngst (“anxiety”), this word explains that feeling you get before deciding to set out on a new journey. Argh! Did I make the right decision?

13. Strikhedonia (n.)

Definition: The pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”.

Another personal favourite word on this list. Not only is it the joy I feel, but the freedom to be able to say “to hell with it” and book that next trip and embark on your next adventure.

14. Vagary (v.)

Definition: A whimsical or roaming journey.

From Latin, vagārī meaning “ to roam”, is an unpredictable idea, desire or action to travelling without knowing the destination, and not caring.

15. Livsnjutare (n)

Definition: Literally meaning, “enjoyer of life”, this describes a person who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme.

If you’re reading this, that’s probably you!  Need more inspiration?

16. Commuovere (v.)

Origin: Italian

Definition: To stir, to touch, to move to tears.

Just like the euphoric emotions I felt whilst whale watching.

17. Sturmfrei (adj.)

Definition: The freedom of being alone and being able to do what you want.

Literally translating to “stormfree”, this describes the freedom of not being watched by others and being alone in a place where you have the freedom and ability to do what you want.

Another great German word. Travelling solo can be especially rewarding because you have complete control. No compromises, no one else to please. Just you and the big wide world.

18. Saudade (n.)

Origin: Portuguese

Definition: This Portuguese word describes the emotional state of nostalgia and longing for someone or something distant. S audade  was once described as “the love that remains” after someone is gone.

Saudade  is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places, or events that brought excitement and happiness but now triggers the senses and makes one live again.

19. Yūgen (n.)

Origin: Japanese

Definition: A profound and mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe.

An awareness of the Universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and powerful for words.

20. Acatalepsy (n.)

Definition: The impossibility of comprehending the universe.

Henry Miller said “ One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. ” Do we ever really understand the world and what we see on our  travels,  and how they mould us? Sometimes, if at all, it takes time to discover how these things change our lives.

21. Trouvaille (n.)

Definition: A chance encounter with something wonderful.

Whether it’s stumbling across a hidden back street, a quaint cafe, or connecting with a local, trouvaille describes those magical moments we experience in our journeys. 

22. Hygge (n.)

Origin: Danish

Definition: Pronounced hue-guh , hygge describes the warm feeling you get while enjoying the company of great friends and all life has to offer.

Hygge is the conscious appreciation of recognising everything you have and enjoying to the present moment.

23. Onism (n.)

Definition: The world is a big place as not everyone will get to see it. Onism describes understanding that we’ll never get to see it all. It’s the frustration of being stuck in just one body that can only inhabit one place at a time. I felt this way before going to Copenhagen !

Similar to the Swedish word ‘resfeber’, onism describes the feeling of knowing that you’ll never be able to see it all. They say that the more you travel, the harder it gets to stay in one place.

24. Novaturient (adj.)

Definition: A desire to change and alter your life.

This was exactly how I felt when I quit my job and moved to Rome . There was this strong urge that pulled me towards my dream of pursuing a life of speaking Italian and travelling. I knew I  wouldn’t be living my life if I didn’t go.

25. Yoko meshi (n.)

Definition: This untranslatable gem describes the stress of speaking a foreign language .

The Japanese word ‘meshi’ literally means ‘boiled rice’ and ‘yoko’ means ‘horizontal,’ together it means ‘a meal eaten sideways.’ The Japanese have created a beautiful way of describing the unique kind of stress you experience when speaking a foreign language. Furthermore, ‘yoko’ also references the fact that Japanese is normally written vertically, whereas most foreign languages are written horizontally. Clever, right?

Related: 69 Wonderful Japanese Expressions That Will Brighten Your Day

26. Selcouth (adj.)

Origin: Old English

Definition: When everything you see and experience is unfamiliar and strange, yet you find it marvellous anyway.

It’s that feeling you get when you travel to a foreign land and food, culture, customs, or language, is strange and different to everything you’ve experienced before, yet you love it and find it fascinating.

27. Eudaimonia (n.)

Definition: A state of being happy whilst travelling and everything feels great.

That intense excitement and appreciation when you travel and everything feels great. Seeing the Northern Lights was one of the best experiences of my life, a feeling I won’t forget.

28. Coddiwomple (v.)

Origin: English slang

Definition: To travel purposefully towards an unknown destination.

A brilliant word, coddiwomple is when you have a vague idea of your destination within a care for how long it takes to arrive. A great example is when you go hiking, you know you’ll eventually reach the summit, but every part of the trail along the way is just as beautiful.    Like the time I hiked Norway’s Trolltunga.

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Amazing list! One word I’d add is the Dutch word “gezellig” or “gezelligheid” – similarly to hygge, it describes a feeling of warmth/comfort/coziness/quaintness in certain settings or around certain people.

Thank you so much for sharing this Heba. So interesting to learn that Dutch has a similar word :)

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This is such a fun article! Love these words and phrases!

Glad to hear it! Thank you so much, Eric :)

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So many of these describe me or my feelings about seeing the world. But, if I had to pick one, the one that best describes how I choose my destinations would be “selcouth”. I so want to be a stranger in a strange land. To have my belief that there is no such thing as “normal” affirmed again and again and over again.

What a beautiful word. Thanks for sharing, Janet :)

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Thanks Michele what a wonderful list of inspirational words. It nearly made me cry as I realised that I suffer from acute eleutheromania! ha

Thanks Juliana :) I’m so glad you enjoyed this list. Eleutheromania? I know how you feel hehe

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Unique list i must say – If you want to add one more word than check this !

In Hindi language (India) traveler called as “Musafir”

thanks Niraj :)

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Thanks for sharing this! Really enjoyed it a lot ❤

Thanks Donah, I’m so glad you enjoyed it ;)

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100+ Wanderlust Names That Mean Journey Or Adventure For Boys and Girls

Exploring names that mean journey? Bring out the wanderlust for travel with these adventure name ideas.

Babies are born with a curious mind and an adventurous spirit that continually develops while exploring their surroundings. Encouragement is key to helping them explore and grow.

There are a lot of various names that mean journey or adventure. While these names have many different meanings, they have one thing in common: they all have a unique feel.

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This article lists some unique and special names that mean to wander or journey for your little voyagers. It’s also helpful if you are a go-getter yourself and love different kinds of adventures. Continue reading to learn more!

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Imagine your baby boys running around everywhere and enjoying themselves. They love to explore and are always curious to learn about new places. If you want to name your little wanderer with something that means adventure, check out our list below!

  • Aaron: Aaron is a Hebrew name meaning “mountain” or “exalted.”
  • Ace: Ace is an English name meaning “one who excels” or “the best.”
  • Ahim: Ahim is a Hebrew name that means “brotherly” or “brotherhood.”
  • Aniveshak: Aniveshak is an Indian name of Sanskrit origin, which means “researcher” or “seeker.”
  • Archer: Archer is an English name referring to someone skilled in archery.
  • Arvad: Arvad is a Hebrew name meaning “wanderer” or “exile.”
  • Ash: Ash is an English name that can refer to the tree or the color “ashen” or “gray.”
  • Bahis: Bahis is an Arabic name that means “speed” or “swiftness.”
  • Bertrand: Bertrand is a Germanic name meaning “bright raven” or “shining raven.”
  • Brendon: Brendon is an English name derived from the Welsh name “Brandun,” meaning “prince” or “little raven.”
  • Cedar: Cedar is an English name referring to the aromatic and durable coniferous tree.
  • Charaka: Charaka is a Sanskrit name that means “disc” or “wheel.”
  • Christopher: Christopher is a Greek name meaning “bearer of Christ” or “Christ-bearer.”
  • Cliff: Cliff is an English name referring to a steep, high rock or a cliffside.
  • Cyler: Cyler is a variant spelling of the name “Tyler” and does not have a specific meaning on its own.
  • Dirk: Dirk is a Dutch and German name meaning “ruler of the people” or “leader of the people.”
  • Dolen: Dolen is a Welsh name that means “valley.”
  • Doran: Doran is an Irish name meaning “stranger” or “exile.”
  • Don: Don is an English name that can be a short form of various names and does not have a specific meaning on its own.
  • Dwade: Dwade is a variant spelling of the name “Dwayne” or “Duane,” which means “dark” or “swarthy.”
  • Ed: Ed is an English name that can be a short form of various names, such as Edward or Edmund, and means “wealthy protector” or “wealthy guardian.”
  • Edmund: Edmund is an English name meaning “wealthy protector” or “wealthy guardian.”
  • Emin: Emin is an Arabic name that means “trustworthy” or “honest.”
  • Everest: Everest is an English name referring to the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest.
  • Farren: Farren is an Irish name meaning “adventurous” or “wanderer.”
  • Ferdinand: Ferdinand is a Germanic name meaning “bold voyager” or “brave journey.”
  • Flint: Flint is an English name referring to a hard, sedimentary rock used to make tools and weapons.
  • Gypsy: Gypsy is an English name associated with the Roma people and their nomadic lifestyle.
  • Harry: Harry is an English name that can be a short form of “Henry” and means “ruler of the home” or “estate ruler.”
  • Henry: Henry is an English name derived from the Germanic name “Heimirich,” meaning “ruler of the home” or “estate ruler.”
  • Huck: Huck is a diminutive form of the name “Huckleberry,” and its meaning is not clearly defined. It is often associated with the adventurous character Huckleberry Finn from Mark Twain’s novel.
  • Igashu: Igashu does not appear to have a widely recognized or specific meaning.
  • Jagatbehari: Jagatbehari is an Indian name derived from Sanskrit. “Jagat” means “world” or “universe,” and “behari” means “one who supports” or “upholder.” Therefore, Jagatbehari can be interpreted as “upholder of the world” or “supporter of the universe.”
  • Jeffrey: Jeffrey is an English name derived from the Germanic name “Godfrey” or “Gottfried,” meaning “peace of God” or “God’s peace.”
  • Jett: Jett is an English name referring to a dense black mineral or a dark gemstone. It can also be associated with the word “jet” meaning “to move swiftly.”
  • Luke: Luke is an English name derived from the Greek name “Loukas,” meaning “from Lucania” or “man from Lucania.” Lucania was a region in southern Italy.
  • Marco: Marco is an Italian name derived from the Latin name “Marcus,” meaning “warlike” or “dedicated to Mars,” the Roman god of war.
  • Maverick: Maverick is an English name that originated from the surname of Samuel Maverick, a Texan rancher. It has come to mean “independent,” “nonconformist,” or “unorthodox.”
  • Nemo: Nemo is a Latin name meaning “nobody” or “no one.”
  • Nestor: Nestor is a Greek name derived from the Greek mythology character Nestor, known for his wisdom and age. The name can be interpreted as “one who returns” or “homecoming.”
  • Noah: Noah is a Hebrew name meaning “rest” or “comfort.” In the Bible, Noah was the builder of the ark and the survivor of the Great Flood.
  • Polo: Polo is a name of Tibetan origin, associated with the sport of polo. It can also be connected to Marco Polo, the famous Italian explorer.
  • Raahi: Raahi is an Indian name derived from Hindi and Urdu, meaning “traveler” or “wanderer.”
  • Ranulph: Ranulph is an English name derived from the Germanic name “Randolf” or “Randulf,” meaning “shield-wolf” or “wolf of the shield.”
  • Romer: Romer is a Dutch and German name meaning “pilgrim” or “traveler.”
  • Rover: Rover is an English name referring to a wanderer or traveler.
  • Sawyer: Sawyer is an English occupational surname referring to someone who saws wood. It is associated with the profession of a woodcutter or carpenter.
  • Scott: Scott is a Scottish name referring to someone from Scotland or of Scottish descent.
  • Somerled: Somerled is a Scottish name derived from the Old Norse elements “somer” (summer) and “led” (light). It can be interpreted as “summer light” or “light of summer.”
  • Stig: Stig is a Scandinavian name meaning “path” or “wanderer.”
  • Sylvan: Sylvan is an English name derived from the Latin word “silva,” meaning “forest” or “woodland.” It is often associated with nature and the beauty of wooded areas.
  • Tom: Tom is a diminutive form of the name “Thomas,” which has Aramaic and Greek origins and means “twin.”
  • Tripp: Tripp is an English name that originated as a nickname for a person who frequently trips or stumbles. It can also be associated with the word “trip,” suggesting a sense of adventure or travel.
  • Tyr: Tyr is a Norse name derived from the Norse god of law and heroic glory. It is often associated with qualities such as courage and honor.
  • West: West is an English name referring to the direction west, which represents the setting sun and the concept of going toward the unknown. It can symbolize exploration, new beginnings, and embracing change.
  • Wendel: Wendel is a German name derived from the Old High German name “Wandal,” which means “Vandal” or “Wend.” It can also be associated with the Germanic name “Wendelin,” meaning “wanderer” or “pilgrim.”
  • Wilder: Wilder is an English name that suggests a sense of untamed nature or wilderness. It signifies someone who is adventurous, free-spirited, or living close to nature.
  • Zulan: Zulan does not have a widely recognized or specific meaning. It may have originated from a specific culture or may be a variant or unique name without a defined meaning.

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wanderlust names

Your little girls deserve to wander and explore the world too! If you are looking for girl names that will help bring out their adventurous side, check out our list!

  • Alexandrine: Alexandrine is a feminine form of the name Alexander. It is derived from the Greek name Alexandros, which means “defender of men” or “protector of mankind.”
  • Alice: Alice is a name of Germanic origin, derived from the name Adalheidis. It means “noble” or “of noble kind.”
  • Alissa: Alissa is a variant spelling of the name Alyssa, which is derived from the name Alice. It carries similar meanings of “noble” or “of noble kind.”
  • Alma: Alma is a Latin name that means “nurturing” or “soul.” It can also be associated with the Spanish word for “soul” or “spirit.”
  • Amber: Amber is a name derived from the English word for the fossilized tree resin. It is associated with the warm, golden-brown color of the gemstone.
  • Amelia: Amelia is a variant of the name Amalia, which has Germanic origins and means “work” or “industrious.” It can also mean “rival” or “striving.”
  • Asra: Asra is an Arabic name that means “pure” or “untouched.” It can also carry the meaning of “virgin” or “virginal.”
  • Athena: Athena is a Greek name associated with the goddess of wisdom, courage, and strategic warfare in Greek mythology.
  • Barbara: Barbara is a Greek name meaning “foreign” or “strange.” It can also be associated with the Greek word “barbaros,” which means “barbarian” or “non-Greek speaker.”
  • Beatrice: Beatrice is a Latin name meaning “she who brings happiness” or “bringer of joy.” It is derived from the Latin word “beatus,” which means “blessed” or “happy.”
  • Beatrix: Beatrix is a variant spelling of the name Beatrice, carrying similar meanings of “she who brings happiness” or “bringer of joy.”
  • Brooke: Brooke is an English name referring to a small stream or a watercourse. It symbolizes a peaceful and flowing presence.
  • Bice: Bice is a diminutive form of the name Beatrice, derived from the Latin word “beatus,” meaning “blessed” or “happy.”
  • Deedra: Deedra is a variant spelling of the name Deirdre, which has Gaelic origins and means “sorrowful” or “broken-hearted.”
  • Delia: Delia is a Greek name associated with the Greek island of Delos. It can also be derived from the Greek word “delos,” meaning “visible” or “manifest.”
  • Elissa: Elissa is a variant of the name Alyssa or Alice, carrying similar meanings of “noble” or “of noble kind.”
  • Everette: Everette is an English name derived from the Germanic name Eberhard, meaning “brave boar” or “strong as a wild boar.”
  • Fara: Fara is an Arabic name that means “captivating” or “enchanting.” It can also carry the meaning of “lovely” or “beautiful.”
  • Fawn: Fawn is an English name referring to a young deer. It symbolizes grace, gentleness, and innocence.
  • Fernanda: Fernanda is a feminine form of the name Ferdinand, which is derived from the Germanic elements “frithu” meaning “peace” and “nanth” meaning “daring” or “brave.”
  • Freya: Freya is a Scandinavian name associated with the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. It can be interpreted as “lady,” “noble woman,” or “beloved.”
  • Gypsy: Gypsy is an English name that originated from the term “gypsy” or “Romani,” referring to a group of traditionally nomadic people. It can connote a sense of wanderlust, free-spiritedness, or an unconventional lifestyle.
  • Haimi: Haimi is a Sanskrit name meaning “golden” or “golden-hued.”
  • Hermione: Hermione is a Greek name derived from the name of the daughter of Menelaus and Helen of Troy in Greek mythology. Its meaning is uncertain, but it is often associated with grace, charm, and intelligence.
  • Hester: Hester is an English name derived from the Greek name “Esther,” meaning “star” or “myrtle leaf.”
  • Hilda: Hilda is a Germanic name that means “battle woman” or “warrior.” It carries connotations of strength, courage, and resilience.
  • Hollis: Hollis is an English name referring to a type of tree known as the holly tree. It can symbolize protection, fertility, and everlasting life.
  • Imelda: Imelda is a Spanish and Italian name derived from the Germanic elements “irmin” meaning “whole” or “universal” and “hild” meaning “battle.” It can be interpreted as “universal battle” or “whole-hearted in battle.”
  • Iris: Iris is a Greek name referring to the iris flower, which is associated with the rainbow. It symbolizes beauty, wisdom, and hope.
  • Isabella: Isabella is a variant of the name Isabel, which is derived from the Hebrew name Elizabeth. It means “devoted to God” or “God is my oath.”
  • Jane: Jane is an English name derived from the name “Jehanne,” which itself originated from the Hebrew name Yochanan, meaning “God is gracious” or “graced by God.”
  • Kai: Kai is a name with multiple origins and meanings. In Hawaiian, it means “sea” or “ocean.” In Scandinavian languages, it can mean “warrior” or “rejoice.”
  • Kaimi: Kaimi is a Hawaiian name meaning “the seeker” or “the one who desires.”
  • Kelly: Kelly is an Irish name derived from the Gaelic surname “Ó Ceallaigh,” meaning “descendant of Ceallach.” It can be interpreted as “bright-headed” or “warrior.”
  • Lara: Lara is a name of Latin origin meaning “cheerful” or “famous.” It can also be associated with the Greek name “Larisa,” which means “citadel” or “protection.”
  • Lawanda: Lawanda is a combination of the names “La” and “Wanda.” It does not have a widely recognized or specific meaning.
  • Lyra: Lyra is a Greek name referring to a musical instrument similar to a small harp. It can symbolize harmony, music, and poetic expression.
  • Mae: Mae is an English name derived from the month of May, which is often associated with spring, growth, and freshness.
  • Maren: Maren is a Scandinavian name derived from the name Marina, meaning “from the sea” or “belonging to the sea.”
  • Margana: Margana does not have a widely recognized or specific meaning. It may be a variant or unique name without a defined meaning.
  • Marlow: Marlow is an English name derived from a combination of the elements “mere,” meaning “lake” or “pool,” and “hlaw,” meaning “hill.” It can be interpreted as “hill by the lake” or “driftwood hill.”
  • Matilda: Matilda is a Germanic name composed of the elements “maht,” meaning “might” or “strength,” and “hild,” meaning “battle.” It can be interpreted as “mighty in battle” or “strong in war.”
  • Nahomtima: Nahomtima does not have a widely recognized or specific meaning. It may be a variant or unique name without a defined meaning.
  • Nellie: Nellie is a diminutive form of the name Helen, which has Greek origins and means “bright,” “shining,” or “sun ray.”
  • Osa: Osa is a Nigerian name that means “God’s gift” or “God’s favor.”
  • Peregrina: Peregrina is a Spanish name derived from the Latin word “peregrinus,” meaning “traveler” or “pilgrim.” It can symbolize a person who embarks on a journey, either physical or spiritual.
  • Pleeha: Pleeha does not have a widely recognized or specific meaning. It may be a variant or unique name without a defined meaning.
  • Prairie: Prairie is an English name referring to a large, flat or gently rolling grassland. It evokes images of open spaces, nature, and a sense of freedom.
  • Qaza: Qaza does not have a widely recognized or specific meaning. It may be a variant or unique name without a defined meaning.
  • Reo: Reo is a Japanese name with multiple meanings depending on the kanji characters used. It can mean “to thank,” “to shine,” or “sound” among other interpretations.
  • River: River is an English name referring to a flowing body of water. It represents fluidity, adaptability, and the passage of time.
  • Saira: Saira is a name of Arabic origin meaning “traveler” or “one who journeys.” It can also mean “bird” in some contexts.
  • Serik: Serik is a Kazakh name derived from the Persian word “sarikh,” meaning “leader,” “chief,” or “noble.”
  • Sojourner: Sojourner is an English name that means “traveler” or “one who stays temporarily in a place.” It represents a person who journeys or explores, often with a sense of purpose.
  • Somerild: Somerild is a variant spelling of the name Somerled, which is derived from Old Norse and means “summer traveler” or “summer wanderer.”
  • Summer: Summer is an English name referring to the warmest season of the year. It symbolizes sunshine, warmth, and a vibrant, lively atmosphere.
  • Valentina: Valentina is a feminine form of the Roman name Valentinus, which is derived from the Latin word “valens,” meaning “strong” or “healthy.” It can also be associated with the word “valere,” meaning “to be strong.”
  • Vanda: Vanda is a name with multiple origins and meanings. It can be derived from the Czech name Vanda, meaning “wanderer” or “stranger.” It is also associated with the Vanda orchid, which was named after an 18th-century botanist. Additionally, Vanda is a name of Sanskrit origin meaning “praised” or “loved.”
  • Wanda: Wanda is a Polish name that means “wanderer” or “pilgrim.” It is derived from the Old Slavic word “vanda,” which means “to wander” or “to roam.”
  • Yayati: Yayati is an Indian name with roots in Hindu mythology. Yayati was a king and a character in the ancient epic Mahabharata. The name’s meaning is uncertain, but it is often associated with concepts like “expansion,” “youthfulness,” or “vitality.”
  • Zita: Zita is a name of Greek and Italian origin. In Greek, it means “seeker” or “searcher.” In Italian, Zita is derived from the name “Sita” and is associated with the word “zita,” meaning “young girl” or “virgin.” It can also be seen as a diminutive of the name “Teresa” in some contexts, meaning “harvester” or “reaper.”

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adventure names

There are also gender-neutral names that mean journey or adventure. Our list has cool names that will certainly not disappoint! Check them out below.

  • Aspen: Aspen is a name that refers to a type of tree, specifically the trembling aspen. It symbolizes resilience, strength, and endurance.
  • Brooke: Brooke is an English name that means “small stream” or “brook.” It represents the flowing movement of water and can symbolize tranquility and serenity.
  • Darcy: Darcy is an English name with various meanings. It can be derived from the Norman French surname D’Arcy, which means “from Arcy” or “from Arciacum,” referring to places in France. Darcy can also be associated with the Gaelic word “dorchaidhe,” meaning “dark one.”
  • Finn: Finn is an Irish name derived from the Gaelic word “fionn,” meaning “fair” or “white.” It can also mean “warrior” or “hero” in some contexts.
  • Forest: Forest is an English name that refers to a large area covered with trees. It symbolizes nature, tranquility, and a connection to the natural world.
  • Indiana: Indiana is a name derived from the word “Indian,” referring to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It can evoke a sense of adventure, exploration, and a connection to Native American culture.
  • Jett: Jett is an English name that means “black gemstone” or “black stone.” It represents strength, boldness, and sophistication.
  • Journey: Journey is an English word that has been used as a name. It signifies a voyage, an adventure, or a life’s path. It can symbolize personal growth, discovery, and the experiences of one’s life journey.
  • Kyle: Kyle is a Scottish name that means “narrow strait” or “narrows.” It can also be associated with the Gaelic word “caol,” meaning “slender” or “fair.”
  • Louis: Louis is a French and Germanic name derived from the name “Hludwig,” which means “famous warrior” or “famous in battle.” It can also mean “renowned” or “illustrious.”
  • Perry: Perry is an English name with multiple origins and meanings. It can be derived from the Old English word “pirige,” meaning “pear tree.” It can also be associated with the French word “pierre,” meaning “stone.” Additionally, Perry can be a variant of the name Peter, which means “rock” or “stone.”

An adventure also means outdoor and nature. When your little boys explore the world, they will certainly appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. We also compiled these names in the list below if you want to give them a name inspired by majestic nature!

  • Acorn: Acorn is a name derived from the small, nut-like seed of an oak tree. It symbolizes strength, growth, and potential.
  • Aaron: Aaron is a Hebrew name meaning “exalted” or “high mountain.” It is associated with nobility, leadership, and strength.
  • Bark: Bark is a name that refers to the outer protective covering of a tree. It symbolizes durability, resilience, and protection.
  • Barrow: Barrow is an English name that means “mound” or “hill.” It represents a small hill or burial mound and can symbolize stability and connection to the land.
  • Bear: Bear is an English name that refers to the large mammal known for its strength and courage. It symbolizes power, protection, and a strong, nurturing nature.
  • Birch: Birch is a name that refers to a type of tree known for its slender trunk and distinctive white bark. It represents grace, purity, and renewal.
  • Bluejay: Bluejay is a name derived from the colorful bird species known for its vibrant blue feathers. It symbolizes intelligence, resourcefulness, and adaptability.
  • Bo-Lin: Bo-Lin is a name with Chinese origin. The meaning of Bo-Lin can vary depending on the Chinese characters used to write it, as Chinese names often have multiple meanings associated with the characters chosen.
  • Buckthorne: Buckthorne is a name that combines the words “buck,” meaning “male deer,” and “thorn,” referring to the sharp, pointed branches on a thorny shrub. It can symbolize strength, protection, and resilience.
  • Cedar: Cedar is a name that refers to a type of tree known for its fragrant wood and durability. It symbolizes strength, grounding, and resilience.
  • Chestnut: Chestnut is a name that refers to a type of tree known for its edible nuts. It can symbolize abundance, nourishment, and warmth.
  • Cliff: Cliff is an English name that refers to a steep, vertical rock face. It represents strength, determination, and a sense of adventure.
  • Cloud: Cloud is a name that refers to the visible mass of condensed water vapor in the sky. It symbolizes dreaminess, creativity, and a free-spirited nature.
  • Coast: Coast is an English name that refers to the land along the edge of a body of water. It symbolizes adaptability, tranquility, and a connection to the sea.
  • Dean: Dean is an English name that means “valley.” It represents a deep valley, often with wooded slopes, and can symbolize a sense of peace, harmony, and natural beauty.
  • Field: Field is an English name that refers to an open expanse of land used for cultivation or pasture. It symbolizes fertility, abundance, and productivity.
  • Hawk: Hawk is an English name that refers to a bird of prey known for its sharp vision and agility. It symbolizes keen observation, strength, and a determined nature.
  • Hawthorne: Hawthorne is an English name that refers to a thorny shrub or tree with white or pink flowers. It symbolizes protection, resilience, and natural beauty.
  • Heron: Heron is a name that refers to a wading bird with long legs and a long neck. It symbolizes grace, tranquility, and patience.
  • Huck: Huck is a name of American origin. Its meaning is uncertain, but it is often associated with adventure, independence, and a free-spirited nature.
  • Leaf: Leaf is an English name that refers to the flattened, usually green, structure of a plant that is specialized for photosynthesis. It symbolizes growth, renewal, and connection to nature.
  • Leo: Leo is a name of Latin origin that means “lion.” It symbolizes strength, courage, leadership, and nobility.
  • Marlowe: Marlowe is an English name that has multiple origins and meanings. It can be derived from a combination of the elements “mere,” meaning “lake” or “pool,” and “hlaw,” meaning “hill.” It can also be associated with the Welsh name Meirion, meaning “from Merioneth.” Marlowe can symbolize a connection to water, hills, or a specific geographical location.
  • Nahele: Nahele is a Hawaiian name that means “forest” or “woods.” It symbolizes a deep connection to nature, tranquility, and a sense of grounding.
  • Raiden: Raiden is a Japanese name that means “thunder and lightning.” It is associated with power, strength, and the forces of nature.
  • Silas: Silas is a name of Greek and Latin origin that means “forest” or “woodland.” It can also be associated with the Latin word “silva,” meaning “forest” or “wood.” Silas symbolizes a connection to nature, tranquility, and a sense of grounding.
  • Sylvan: Sylvan is an English name that means “of the woods” or “from the forest.” It symbolizes a deep connection to nature, tranquility, and a sense of grounding.
  • West: West is an English name that refers to the cardinal direction. It can symbolize a sense of adventure, exploration, and a forward-looking perspective.
  • Zeus: Zeus is a name of Greek origin and is the name of the king of the gods in Greek mythology. It represents power, strength, leadership, and authority. Zeus is associated with the sky, thunder, and lightning.

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names that mean adventure

Let your sweet little girls appreciate the outdoors as they wander with these nature-inspired names! Check them out below. 

  • Amber: Amber is a name that refers to the fossilized tree resin that is often used in jewelry. It can symbolize warmth, clarity, and a connection to nature.
  • Anemone: Anemone is a name that refers to a flower with vibrant petals. It symbolizes anticipation, fragility, and the beauty of fleeting moments.
  • Autumn: Autumn is an English name that refers to the season between summer and winter. It symbolizes change, transformation, and the beauty of nature’s colors.
  • Blossom: Blossom is an English name that refers to the flower or bloom of a plant. It symbolizes growth, beauty, and the arrival of new beginnings.
  • Breeze: Breeze is an English name that refers to a gentle wind. It symbolizes lightness, freedom, and a refreshing presence.
  • Cascade: Cascade is a name that refers to a waterfall or a series of descending water. It symbolizes energy, movement, and the power of nature.
  • Evening: Evening is an English name that refers to the time of day between afternoon and night. It symbolizes calmness, reflection, and the transition from day to night.
  • Fern: Fern is a name that refers to a type of plant with delicate, feathery leaves. It symbolizes resilience, humility, and a connection to nature.
  • Gaia: Gaia is a name of Greek origin that means “earth” or “mother earth.” It represents the personification of the Earth as a nurturing and life-giving force.
  • Galaxy: Galaxy is a name that refers to a vast system of stars, planets, and other celestial objects. It symbolizes expansiveness, wonder, and the mysteries of the universe.
  • Hazel: Hazel is an English name that refers to the hazelnut tree or the color hazel. It can symbolize wisdom, knowledge, and protection.
  • Iris: Iris is a name that refers to a flower with vibrant, colorful petals. It symbolizes beauty, grace, and a connection to the rainbow.
  • Ivy: Ivy is a name that refers to a climbing evergreen plant. It symbolizes strength, resilience, and eternal life.
  • Maple: Maple is a name that refers to a type of tree known for its beautiful leaves and sap used in making syrup. It symbolizes balance, harmony, and abundance.
  • Misty: Misty is an English name that refers to a light fog or mist. It can symbolize mystery, tranquility, and a sense of enchantment.
  • Moriko: Moriko is a Japanese name that means “child of the forest.” It symbolizes a deep connection to nature, tranquility, and a free-spirited nature.
  • Petal: Petal is an English name that refers to the colorful, delicate part of a flower. It symbolizes beauty, fragility, and the ephemeral nature of life.
  • Summer: Summer is an English name that refers to the season between spring and autumn. It symbolizes warmth, joy, and the vibrancy of life.
  • Tempest: Tempest is an English name that refers to a violent storm. It can symbolize strength, power, and a free-spirited nature.
  • Tierra: Tierra is a Spanish name that means “earth” or “land.” It symbolizes grounding, stability, and a connection to nature.
  • Thora: Thora is a Scandinavian name that means “thunder.” It represents power, strength, and a strong, assertive nature.
  • Tuulikki: Tuulikki is a Finnish name that means “little wind.” It symbolizes freshness, freedom, and a gentle nature.
  • Xylia: Xylia is a Greek name that means “from the forest” or “woodland.” It represents a deep connection to nature, tranquility, and a sense of grounding.

Remember that the meanings of names can vary based on cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and individuals may attach personal significance to their names beyond their traditional definitions.

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Wanderlust is a strong desire or impulse to travel and explore the world. It is a term that is often used to describe a deep passion for experiencing new places, cultures, and adventures. 

People who have wanderlust may feel a strong urge to explore new destinations, learn about different cultures, try new foods, meet new people, and engage in a wide range of travel-related activities. Wanderlust can also refer to the act of traveling itself, as well as the feelings of excitement, freedom, and adventure that come along with it.

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Wanderlust Names That Mean Journey Or Adventure For Boys and Girls

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140 Names That Mean Traveler or Wanderer For Boys & Girls

140 Names That Mean Traveler or Wanderer For Boys & Girls

The world is full of wanderers, adventurers and travelers. They are people who are always seeking new experiences, new cultures and new destinations.

If you’re someone who loves to travel or simply has an adventurous spirit, then you may have considered giving your child a name that reflects this passion.

In many cultures, names have meanings attached to them. Some parents choose names for their children based on the meaning and symbolism behind them.

So, if you’re looking for a name that signifies wanderlust, here are some great options to consider.

Names That Mean Traveler or Wanderer

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Boy Names That Mean Traveler or Wanderer

Finn: This Irish name means “fair” or “white” and is also associated with adventure and exploration. It has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Journey: This English word name literally means a trip or voyage, making it the perfect choice for parents who love to travel.

Atlas: In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. This name is often associated with strength and endurance, qualities that are useful for any traveler.

Rohan: This Hindi name means “ascending” or “rising,” which can be interpreted as someone who is always moving forward and seeking new journeys.

Wilder: This English name means “untamed” or “wild,” which perfectly captures the essence of a wanderer who loves to explore off the beaten path.

Aniveshak: This Sanskrit name means “one who searches” or “seeker,” which is a fitting name for someone with a curious and adventurous spirit.

Ewan: This Scottish name means “youth” or “born of the yew tree.” It’s also associated with adventure and exploration, as seen in the well-known explorer Ewan McGregor.

Peregrine: This Latin name means “traveler” or “pilgrim,” making it a unique and meaningful choice for parents who love to travel.

Odin: In Norse mythology, Odin was the god of wisdom, war, and poetry. He was known for his travels and adventures, making this name a perfect fit for a little wanderer.

Arvad: This Hebrew name means “wanderer” or “exile.” It’s a lesser-known name but has a beautiful and unique sound to it.

Abir: This Arabic name means “strong” or “powerful,” which can be interpreted as someone who is strong in their travels and explorations.

Ahascharah: This Hebrew name means “traveler” or “pilgrim,” and has a lovely and melodic sound to it.

Ahimun: This Native American name means “to wander” or “travel far,” and has a strong and powerful meaning behind it.

Bodhi: In Sanskrit, this name means “enlightenment” or “awakening.” It’s also associated with the famous tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment, making it a meaningful name for a little wanderer on a spiritual journey.

Evander: This Greek name means “good man” or “bow warrior,” and is also linked to the Trojan prince who traveled to Italy and founded the city of Pallantium.

Bahishti: This Persian name means “wanderer” or “traveler,” and has a beautiful and exotic sound to it.

Charaka: This Sanskrit name means “traveler” or “wanderer,” and is also the name of an ancient Indian sage who was known for his travels and teachings.

Christopher: This Greek name means “bearer of Christ” or “Christ-bearer,” and is often associated with the famous explorer Christopher Columbus.

Faridun: This Persian name means “traveler” or “wanderer,” and also has a regal and majestic feel to it.

Kai: In Hawaiian, this name means “sea” or “ocean,” making it a beautiful and meaningful choice for parents who are drawn to the water and love to travel.

Ahim: This Hebrew name means “brother of the sea” or “ocean,” and also has a spiritual connotation as it is mentioned in the Bible.

Cruz: Derived from the Spanish word for “cross,” it symbolizes a “cruise” or an “adventurous spirit” ready to traverse vast distances and explore new horizons.

Easton: This English name, meaning “eastward exploration,” evokes images of journeys toward the sunrise, symbolizing new beginnings and the pursuit of adventure.

Erasmus: Bearing the name of the patron saint of sailors, Erasmus means “ocean explorer,” a nod to those who are drawn to the mysteries of the seas and the adventures they hold.

Faramund: With its roots in ancient names, Faramund translates to “protector of journeys,” ideal for those who seek to provide safety and guidance on travels far and wide.

Jett: This name speaks to speed and agility, meaning “fast mover; traveler.” It’s perfect for a child with a restless spirit and a passion for exploring the world at a brisk pace.

Miles: Originally a Latin term describing a soldier, Miles has evolved to mean “world explorer,” symbolizing endurance and the quest for discovery across the globe.

Rhodes: This name, meaning “rose grower,” also embodies the spirit of an “adventurer.” It draws images of thriving in new environments and the beauty of exploring the unknown.

Ryder: Signifying “in motion,” Ryder is the quintessential name for those always on the move, seeking new adventures and horizons to explore.

Westin: This name, meaning “western travel,” encapsulates the spirit of the pioneer, moving toward new frontiers and exploring uncharted territories.

Dwade: Derived from the Old English word “dwadian,” meaning to wander or stroll, this name is perfect for a child with a free-spirited and curious nature.

Zarek: With its origins in Slavic mythology, Zarek means “traveler” or “wanderer.” It also has an edgy and modern sound to it.

Doran: This Irish name means “exile” or “stranger,” which can be interpreted as someone who is not afraid to leave their comfort zone and explore new places.

Faerch: In Norse mythology, Faerch was a god associated with travel and transportation. This name has a mystical and adventurous feel to it.

Journey: As a word name, Journey is a perfect way to symbolize the act of traveling and exploring. It also has a beautiful and poetic sound to it.

Fasach: This Gaelic name means “wilderness” or “wildness,” which captures the untamed and free-spirited nature of a wanderer.

Ferdinand: This German name, meaning “bold voyager,” carries a strong, adventurous sense. It’s also linked to royalty, associated with several kings through history.

Eira: This Welsh name means “snow” or “white,” representing the beauty and serenity of travel through snow-covered landscapes.

Gypsy: This word name has a bohemian and nomadic feel to it, perfect for parents who embrace a carefree and adventurous lifestyle.

Hitch: Another word name, Hitch symbolizes traveling by hitchhiking or taking a ride with someone else, embodying the concept of going wherever life takes you with an open mind.

Farren: This Irish name means “adventurous” or “wanderer,” perfect for a child with an independent and daring spirit.

Igashu: This African name means “traveler” or “journey,” capturing the essence of a wandering soul.

Jagatbehari: This Sanskrit name means “world traveler” or “universal wanderer,” symbolizing a person who is at home wherever they go.

Yatri: This Sanskrit name means “traveler” or “pilgrim,” representing a person on a journey towards enlightenment and self-discovery.

Jatri: Another Sanskrit name, Jatri, means “traveler”, and also has a lyrical sound to it.

Jeffrey: This name has German roots and means “peaceful traveler,” representing someone who seeks harmony and tranquility on their travels.

Niall: Derived from the Irish word for “cloud,” Niall symbolizes a person who is always on the move, chasing new experiences and adventures like a cloud moves across the sky.

Lokachari: This Sanskrit name means “world traveler,” symbolizing someone with a deep curiosity for different cultures and places.

Parikshit: Meaning “examiner” or “one who explores,” this Sanskrit name represents someone on a quest to learn and understand new things through their travels.

Musafir: This Arabic name means “traveler” or “wanderer,” capturing the essence of someone who is always on a journey, both physically and spiritually.

Girl Names That Mean Traveler or Wanderer

Saira: This Arabic name means “traveler” or “journey,” representing a person who is constantly on the move and seeking new experiences.

Odessa: This Greek name means “long journey,” symbolizing a person who is ready to embark on an adventure and explore distant lands.

Viatora: This Latin name means “traveler,” paying tribute to the ancient Roman god of travelers, Viator.

Pilgrim: As a word name, Pilgrim represents someone on a spiritual or physical journey, seeking enlightenment and new experiences.

Astrid: This Scandinavian name means “divine strength” or “star,” representing someone who is guided by their inner strength and curiosity to explore the world.

Roaming: Another word name, Roaming speaks to a person’s desire to wander and discover new places, cultures, and experiences.

Vagabond: This French word name carries a sense of adventure and freedom, representing someone who is always on the move and open to new experiences.

Asra: This name has an ethereal quality, meaning “night traveler.” It suggests a person who navigates the world by the stars, moving through the darkness with purpose and grace.

Barbara: Historically, Barbara means “foreign traveler,” ideal for a child with a destiny to cross borders and explore cultures beyond their own.

Beatrix: With origins that breathe life into the word “voyager,” Beatrix evokes images of journeys filled with joy and discovery.

Fernanda: This bold name means “adventurous,” perfectly suited for a girl with a daring heart and an unquenchable thirst for exploring the unknown.

Mareesha: An unusual yet captivating name, Mareesha means “frequent traveler,” denoting someone always ready for the next adventure.

Sayyora: Reflecting the essence of its meaning, “constantly moving,” Sayyora captures the spirit of a lifelong wanderer, always in motion and in search of new experiences.

Wanda: Originally meaning “shepherdess,” Wanda symbolizes guidance, exploration, and the carefree wandering of pastoral landscapes.

Delta: As a word name, Delta represents the third letter of the Greek alphabet and also symbolizes change and movement, making it an ideal name for a little traveler.

Safira: This name means “traveler” or “journey,” making it perfect for a child with an adventurous spirit and a desire to see new places.

Isla: This Scottish name means “island” or “sea,” representing a person who is drawn to the ocean and loves to travel by boat.

North: A directional name with a sense of adventure, “North” represents a female explorer charting her own path in the world.

Liberty: Symbolizing the freedom of travel, Liberty is a name that evokes the spirit of adventure and the quest for exploration.

Marina: Derived from Latin, “Marina” means “from the sea,” perfect for a girl with a love for oceanic adventures and maritime journeys.

Sally: Traditionally, Sally means “princess,” but it also represents an “off-path adventurer,” a woman who seeks out new routes and undiscovered lands.

Neveah: This name is “heaven” spelled backwards, representing a person who sees the world as a beautiful and magical place to explore.

Vesta: As the Roman goddess of hearth and home, Vesta symbolizes safety and protection during travels, making it an ideal name for a girl with adventurous ambitions.

Journey: A word name that speaks to a person’s path in life, Journey symbolizes the ups and downs, twists and turns of a traveler’s experiences.

Soleil: Meaning “sun” in French, Soleil evokes images of warm destinations and sunny adventures, perfect for a girl who loves to travel to tropical destinations.

Yayati: This Sanskrit name means “wanderer,” representing a person who is constantly on the move, seeking new experiences and knowledge.

Sachi: This Japanese name means “happy traveler” or “fortunate journey,” reminding us that travel can bring joy and good fortune.

Somerild: Derived from Old Norse, Somerild means “summer traveler,” capturing the essence of a person who loves to wander during the warm summer months.

Qazaq: Originating from the Turkic word for “wanderer,” this name symbolizes a person who is always exploring and discovering new paths.

Cascade: As a word name, Cascade represents the flow of water and also signifies continuous movement and change, making it an ideal name for a girl with wanderlust.

Pleeha: This unique name signifies “joyful traveller,” embodying the happiness and exhilaration one finds in exploring new lands and cultures.

Perry: Derived from “peregrine,” meaning “wanderer” or “one from abroad,” Perry encapsulates the spirit of someone always seeking new horizons and adventures.

Nocona: This Native American name means “wanderer,” reflecting the innate desire to roam freely and explore the vastness of the world.

Njeri: Originating from the Kikuyu people of Kenya, Njeri means “warrior” or “one on a journey,” symbolizing strength and resilience in the pursuit of exploration.

Nester: With roots in Greek mythology, Nester was known for his wisdom and longevity, this name represents a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and adventure across the globe.

Margi: This Sanskrit name means “traveler,” symbolizing someone always seeking new experiences and knowledge. It also suggests spirituality and self-discovery.

Aurelia: Derived from Latin, meaning “golden” or “sunrise,” Aurelia signifies the start of a new journey, filled with endless possibilities and adventures waiting to be discovered.

Tallulah: This Native American name means “leaping water,” representing a person who is constantly moving and exploring, like a rushing river or waterfall.

Aiden: With roots in Irish mythology, Aiden means “fiery one” or “little fire,” symbolizing a burning passion for adventure and exploration.

Margana: This unique and powerful name means “traveler of the moon,” evoking a sense of mystery and magic, perfect for a girl with an imaginative spirit and a love for lunar adventures.

Lawanda: Originating from the Native American Choctaw tribe, Lawanda means “wanderer” or “one who roams,” reflecting a person’s innate desire to explore and wander.

Alma: This Spanish name means “soul” or “spirit,” representing a person’s inner desires and dreams, which often include travels to new places and cultures.

Bice: This Italian name means “voyager” or “traveler,” capturing the essence of someone always on the move and seeking new experiences.

Ilma: Derived from Arabic, Ilma means “whole world” or “universe,” symbolizing a person’s endless curiosity for exploring different corners of the globe.

Jasmine: With origins in Persian, Jasmine means “gift from God,” representing the blessing of travel and the beauty it brings to our lives.

Avery: Originally a surname, Avery means “elf ruler” or “wise traveler,” reminding us that through our travels, we can gain wisdom and understanding of the world.

Diadra: Derived from Greek, Diadra means “ready for the journey,” symbolizing a person’s readiness and eagerness to embark on new adventures.

Everette: This English name means “brave traveler,” representing a person’s courage and resilience in the face of new and unknown experiences.

Haimi: As a Hindi name, Haimi means “golden” or “sacred,” signifying the transformative power of travel and the precious memories it creates.

Kaimi: This Hawaiian name means “the seeker,” representing a person who is always on the lookout for new opportunities and experiences, especially in travels.

Non-Binary Names for Adventurers / Traveler

Arin: Meaning “mountain of strength” in Irish, Arin represents a person who is resilient and determined when facing challenges on their journey.

Rio: This name has roots in Spanish and Portuguese, referring to a river or stream, symbolizing the continuous flow and movement of an adventurous spirit.

Ember: With roots in Old English, Ember means “spark” or “fire,” representing the passion and excitement that comes with traveling to new places.

Sparrow: This unique name represents a free spirit that is always on the move, like a bird flying from place to place, seeking new adventures.

Kai: Of Hawaiian origin, Kai means “sea” or “ocean,” reminding us of the vastness and wonder of the world waiting to be explored.

Luca: This Italian name means “bringer of light,” symbolizing the enlightening experiences and perspectives gained through travels.

Phoenix: As a word name, Phoenix represents rebirth and renewal, reminding us that every journey brings new growth and transformation.

Avery: This name has both English and French origins, meaning “elf ruler” or “wise traveler,” capturing the adventurous spirit of a person who seeks knowledge through travel.

Skye: Derived from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, this name signifies a connection to nature and the outdoors, making it perfect for a lover of adventure and exploration.

Rumi: This name has roots in Persian, meaning “traveler” or “pilgrim,” reflecting the journey that life takes us on and the lessons we learn along the way.

Jules: With origins in Latin, Jules means “youthful” or “full of energy,” representing the boundless enthusiasm and curiosity that comes with traveling to new places.

Hollis: Meaning “dweller by the holly trees,” this name represents a person who is in tune with nature and finds solace in exploring the great outdoors.

Raahi: This Hindi name means “traveler,” symbolizing a person’s constant desire to explore and discover new places.

Wynne: Of Welsh origin, Wynne means “fair” or “blessed,” representing the joy and fulfillment that comes with experiencing different cultures and landscapes in travels.

Holiday: This word name represents the excitement and joy that comes with embarking on a new adventure or vacation, making it perfect for an adventurous spirit.

Lane: Derived from English, Lane means “path” or “route,” representing the many paths and routes that a traveler takes in their journey through life.

Meridian: This word name refers to the imaginary line that runs from the North to South poles, symbolizing a journey that spans the entire globe.

Ocean: As a word name, Ocean represents the vastness and mystery of the sea, making it perfect for an adventurous soul drawn to coastal or island travels.

Niko: This Slavic name means “victorious” or “conqueror,” representing a person who overcomes challenges and obstacles in their journey through life.

Quest: Meaning “search” or “seek,” this word name captures the never-ending pursuit of new experiences and adventures that drives a traveler.

Popular Place Names For Babies

Popular Place Names For Babies

Siena: This Italian city is known for its beautiful architecture, art, and cuisine, making it a perfect namesake for a child with a love for culture and history.

Cairo: The capital of Egypt, Cairo is steeped in ancient history and mythology, making it a unique and meaningful name choice for a child.

Aspen: This mountain town in Colorado is popular for its ski resorts and scenic landscapes, making it a perfect name for a child with a love for the outdoors.

Luna: Derived from Latin, Luna means “moon,” making it a fitting name for a child born under the night sky or with an adventurous spirit that reaches for the stars.

Savannah: This name has roots in Spanish, meaning “treeless plain,” representing the vast and wild landscapes of the African savannah.

Kyoto: As a Japanese city known for its traditional temples and gardens, Kyoto is a beautiful and serene namesake for a child.

Valencia : This Spanish city is famous for its vibrant culture, art, and food, making it a perfect namesake for a child full of energy and creativity.

Adelaide: This Australian city is known for its beautiful beaches and laid-back lifestyle, making it a charming name choice for a child.

Rio: Meaning “river” or “stream” in Spanish and Portuguese, Rio is a popular place name that can also symbolize the flow and movement of a child’s life.

Dallas: This city in Texas is known for its southern charm and lively music scene, making it a perfect namesake for a child with a free-spirited personality.

Milan: As an Italian fashion capital, Milan is associated with elegance, style, and sophistication, making it a unique and fashionable name choice for a child.

Phoenix: This city in Arizona is known for its desert landscapes, making it a fitting namesake for a resilient and adventurous child.

Aurora: Derived from Latin, Aurora means “dawn,” representing new beginnings and possibilities, making it an uplifting and meaningful name for a child.

Asia: This continent, rich in diverse cultures and landscapes, is a popular place name for girls, symbolizing a child’s potential to explore and experience the world.

Hudson: As a river that flows through New York, Hudson is a strong and classic namesake for a boy with an adventurous spirit.

Geneva: This Swiss city is known for its picturesque landscapes and peaceful atmosphere, making it a serene and elegant namesake for a child.

Caspian: As the largest inland body of water in the world, the Caspian Sea represents mystery, depth, and endless possibilities, making it a unique name choice for a child.

Sienna: This Tuscan city is known for its medieval architecture and rich history, making it a beautiful and meaningful namesake for a child.

Boston: As the capital of Massachusetts, Boston is known for its rich history and vibrant culture, making it a popular place name for boys.

Havana: This Cuban city is famous for its music, art, and colorful streets, making it a lively and charming namesake for a child.

In conclusion, there are many beautiful and meaningful names that reflect the spirit of a traveler or wanderer.

From names rooted in different cultures to popular place names, each one has its unique significance and charm.

Choosing a travel-inspired name for your child can also be a reminder of the endless possibilities and adventures waiting for them in life.

Whether they grow up to explore new places or simply carry a love for adventure in their hearts, these names serve as a beautiful tribute to the adventurous spirit within all of us. 

So go ahead and choose a name that speaks to you and your child’s journey through life – the possibilities are endless!

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118 Baby Names That Mean Traveler, Wanderer, Or Seeker

Let wanderlust bite your little bug — unique names for your little backpacker.

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If you want your little bundle of joy to become a wanderlust and seek interesting adventures in life, your search for baby names meaning traveler, can end here. Travelling entails being on the lookout for great things, being adventurous, and experiencing interesting incidents along the way that usually fall beyond the realm of one’s normal routines. Travelers are not ready to settle for the mundane kind of life. And if that is what you had in mind for yourself and now for your little one as well, read on as we bring you some meaningful babies that mean traveler, seeker, or wanderer. Pick out the one that intrigues you the most.

Boy Names That Mean Traveler, Wanderer, Or Seeker

Ace means ”winner.” The English name represents an adventurous soul who loves to take risks. The short name is powerful and evokes a person with a winning mentality.

The name is derived from Hebrew and means “exile” or “voyager.” Arvad is also the only inhabited island in Syria in the Mediterranean Sea.

A famous Egyptian, Indian, and Jordanian name with Hebrew roots, it means to fly or soar.

4. Ahascharah

This unique Sanskrit name has a beautiful Vedic ring to it. Ahascharah means “the day wanderer.”

This is a Hindi-origin name with various meanings, including water, cloud, and traveler.

6. Aniveshak

This Indian name means “one who finds” or “seeker.” It has been associated with many celebrities and rulers over the ages.

7. Brandan, Brendan , Brendon

An Anglicized version of the Irish name Breandán, this name means “ Prince .” The name was popularized by Saint Brendan, who is also called “the Navigator,” “the Voyager,” “the Anchorite,” and “the Bold.”

Bahis is a Quranic male name meaning seeker, learner, researcher, or explorer.

A roaming soul is referred to as a Charaka. The word is of Indian origin and means “vagabond” or “traveler.”

10. Christopher

It is a Greek-origin word meaning “Christ-bearer.” St Christopher is the patron saint of all travelers.

This English name resonates with a climber or a traveler in search of heights, with eyes set on the peak of a cliff. Famous personalities with this name include the singer Cliff Richards and American actor Cliff Robertson.

The name Csaba finds its origins in Hungarian mythology. It refers to a shepherd , one who wanders with his cattle.

This is a Dutch name meaning “wanderer.”

This is a unisex name of Irish and Gaelic origin and means wanderer or pilgrim.

It is believed that this English name is an amalgamation of two names, namely Dwayne and Wade . Dwade means the “dark traveler.” Some say the name may have originated in the US.

Emin Pasha of the Ottoman Empire was one of the greatest explorers in German history. Although the literal meaning of the word is “trustworthy,” Emin has become synonymous with “wanderer.”

17. Faramund

It is an Old German name meaning protector of travelers. “Fara” means “journey” or “to travel” and “munt” means “to protect.”

Although a popular name in England, this Old German name comes from “fardi,” meaning “journey” and “nanthi,” meaning “venture.” Three famous Holy Roman emperors and several Spanish and Italian kings have borne this name.

The unisex English name is a diminutive form of Ferdinand and means “journey ready.”

This old English name refers to a traveler, preacher, or messenger bringing the good news.

21. Ferdinand

This has been given to many powerful leaders through the ages. This name of German origin means “bold traveler” or “voyager.”

Also used as a common noun, this word refers to people who are constant wanderers. Gypsies do not live in one place for long, and this English name brings to mind the personality of a traveler, a roamer.

This Native American name means “one who wanders or seeks.”

24. Jagatbehari

The name Jagatbehari means “world traveler.” The word is of Indian origin and is a masculine name. Hindus usually use this name.

As an English name, Jal has a unique ring to it. It refers to one who is a “wandering spirit” or a “traveler.”

26. Jahanjuy

This Parsi name means “seeker of the world.”

It is derived from the English word “jet,” which literally means power and speed. It denotes movement, travel and adventure.

28. Jeffrey / Geoffrey

This English name has many meanings, one of which is “traveler.” The name has many variants and short forms, such as Jeff and Geoff. Many notable people have this popular name, including Jeff Bridges and Jeff Bezos.

29. Kevalin

Meaning “Seeker of the Absolute,” Kevalin is a Sanskrit name of Indian origin.

Kymani is a name of East African Origin. Bob Marley chose this name for one of his sons, as it meant “adventurous traveler,” and Marley himself was a seeker.

31. Lokachari

This Sanskrit name means “wanderer of the Earth.” People with this name are known to be seekers of religion, spirituality, and wisdom.

This Egyptian male name means “traveler.” Some similar-sounding names are Masha , Misha , Meshia, Moishe , Moosha, and Moshe .

33. Naikasanucharah

This unique Sanskrit name for boys means “wanderer over the peaks.”

The name Nerio is a popular unisex first name in Italy and the US. It is of Latin and Greek origin and means “sea traveler.”

Nestor finds its origin in Greek Mythology. Nestor, the son of Neleus, the King of Pylos and Chloris, was a wise voyager. The word literally means “one who returns from travels.”

Noah was a famous Biblical traveler who built a giant ark to save the animals from disaster. This Hebrew name means “wanderer.”

This Indian name is common amongst Jains and Hindus and refers to one who is a “traveler.”

A derivative of Pathik, this Indian name also means “traveler.”

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Pippin was the name of a hobbit in the 1954 original version of The Lord of the Rings. It is a nickname for Peregrin, which means “pilgrim” or “traveler.”

40. Peregrine

Derived from the Latin word Peregrinus, this name means “one from abroad,” “a traveler,” “foreigner,” or “pilgrim.”

This English name means “wanderer.” It could be a derivation from the longer name Peregrine or a name in itself.

A beautiful male name, it means “brave wanderer” and finds its origin in Tibet.

A name of Indian origin, Raahi refers to a “traveler.” ‘Raah’ means “path,” and Raahi means “one traveling on a path.”

44. Raaheel

A name of Indian origin, Raaheel is a masculine name that means “traveler.” This name is commonly used by Hindus and Muslims.

A wanderer by nature, Ravid is a Hebrew name given to a boy child. It is associated with a big brother who takes pride in taking care of their younger siblings. Ravid is also the name of a famous mountain in Israel.

Romer is a German name. It refers to “one who roams or has wandering roots.” It’s also another word for “pilgrim.”

This name is commonly used for pets but is also used to refer to adventurous children. The English term means “wanderer or traveler.”

48. Satyesu

Meaning “the seeker of truth,” this Indian name resonates with people who are open-minded and fearless. People with this name are excited to explore and often have a gypsy-like personality. They seek adventure and freedom.

The term Scott is of Gaelic origin. The English call people from Scotland as Scotts, but in Scotland, this boy-name means “wanderer.”

50. Sekgolokhane

Sekgolokhane is a Basotho name. Te unique name means a “wanderer” and is commonly used within the community itself.

This male name originated from Norway and is derived from the Old Norse name “Stigandr,” which means “wanderer.” Another translation of the word is “swift on his feet.”

This name is also another modern derivation of the Old Norse name “Stigandr.” Stig is also a Scandinavian name meaning “one who wanders.”

This Indian name means “seeker of God.”

54. Somerled

This is the Anglicized version of the Old Norse or Scottish name Sumarliði. It means a “summer traveler.”

55. Sumarlidr

This Norwegian name of Old Norse origin means “summer traveler.” It is a strong, masculine name.

it is a direct Quranic name that means “one who seeks knowledge” or a “seeker. The word also means “student.”

This Muslim name with Arabic origins means “the seeker of truth.” The name gained popularity after Talib Shabib, a famous Iraqi politician, shot to fame with his planned coup against President Abdul Karim Qassim.

Tarka was the name of the (male) otter protagonist of Henry Williamson’s 1927 novel Tarka the Otter. The word literally means “wandering like water.”

Trent means trespasser or traveler. This male name is of English origin. The name is usually found amongst Christians.

Quite like the word “trip,” this English name also means “journey.” In old English, the name also referred to a dancer.

61. Ulysses

This famous wanderer in Homer’s Greek epic poem Odyssey was an angry and wrathful soul. Ulysses is the Latinized version of Odysseus, the protagonist of the poem.

This masculine name of Norwegian origin literally means “winter traveler.”

63. Vipinbehari

This Indian name means “Forest wanderer.” This name is used in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Oriya, Telugu, and almost all Indian Hindu languages and communities.

Wayman is an English name. It means wanderer or traveler. Some famous personalities with this name are Wayman Britt, a retired American basketball player, Charlie Wayman, an English footballer, and Wayman Crow, one of the founders of the Washington University.

Wendel was a popular name in the 1940s. The Dutch- and German-origin name means “wanderer” or “someone who wanders.”

This is usually a surname or family name, but some people like to use it as a first name. The English word means “wanderer.” Another meaning of the name is “of the forest.”

The name Zulan is of Zulu origin and means “wanderer.”

Girl Names That Mean Traveler, Wanderer, Or Seeker

Alissa is a variant of the Phoenician name “Elishat,” which means “wanderer.” The name has many popular variants, including Alisa and Alice.

Ahima is the female version of the Hindu male name “Ahim,” meaning “traveler” or “cloud.”

With Latin roots, this popular Celtic name was popular in the US in the mid-1900s. It has several meanings, one of which is “an independent spirit.”

Asra is a Muslim girl name with multiple meanings. The Arabic name means “to travel at night.”

72. Barbara

The Greek word “barbaros” means “a traveler from a foreign land.” This English name has been derived from “Barbaros” and Anglicized to “Barbara.” Notable women with this name include singer Barbara Streisand and first lady Barbara Bush.

73. Beatrice

The name Beatrice finds its origins in Hungary , Dutch, England, Germany, and Rome . It is derived from the Latin word “Viatrix” meaning “a voyager” or “traveler” and is lovingly shortened to “ Bea .” The name was ranked the 573rd most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2018.

74. Brahmacharini

This Indian name means a “seeker of Brahman.”

This English word means a “ small stream .” Name your little girl Brooke if you want her to be free-spirited like a stream. It is a great name for someone who seeks adventure and carves their own path.

A derivation of Beatrice, the Italian girl’s name means “traveler” or “voyager.”

This American name means “sorrowful wanderer.”

This name finds its roots in Gaelic. It is derived from “O Deorian” and means “pilgrim” or “wanderer.”

79. Diadra/ Deidre

A variation of Deedra, this American name also means “sorrowful wanderer.” Deidre, derived from Deirdre , was a tragic heroine in Irish mythology.

In Greek mythology, Elissa was another name for Dido, the Queen of Carthage. This name denotes a “wanderer.” It is often used as a short form of Elizabeth.

Fara is an Old High German name meaning “traveler.” The Middle Eastern version of the name spells Farah and means joy.

82. Fernanda

This name is a variation of the popular name Ferdinand. Fernanda means “a wandering spirit” and finds its roots in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

This Indian name means “traveler” or “wanderer.”

The famous Tom Hanks movie Forrest Gump popularized this name. The character in the movie was a seeker who wandered into many adventures. The Old English name literally means “dweller of the woods” and can be interpreted as a saint or seeker of spirituality.

This romantic Spanish name means “wanderer” or “gypsy.”

Gypsies are known to be wanderers. They have no permanent place of residence. The name Gypsy finds its origins in the wilderness of England and represents a “Bohemian traveler.”

The Hawaiian name Haimi means “the seeker.” Haimi is also another name for Goddess Parvati in the Hindu religion.

Igashu is a Native American name for a “seeker” or “wandering spirit.” People with this name are seekers of truth and spirituality.

Isra represents a “nocturnal journey.” This name is of Arabic origin and literally means “to travel at night.”

90. Journey

Journey is a beautiful name for a baby girl. It implies she is a voyager, a seeker, a traveler, and a wanderer.

This Hawaiin name for girls means “seeker.” Kaimi is also used as a Polish name .

92. Lawanda

Lawanda is an American name for girls, and it means “little wanderer.” This name can also be found in Germany and a few English-speaking countries.

93. Margana

This Sanskrit name for girls means “seeker of truth.”

94. Marlowe

This name of English origin evokes a sense of wandering. The word literally means “driftwood” and represents a drifter.

The name Mamga finds its roots in the Swahili language. It means “wanderer.”

96. Mareesha

A name of Hindu origin, Mareesha is a name for a female child. It means “traveler.”

This feminine name of Indian origin means “traveler.” This name is commonly used amongst Hindus, Jains, and Christians.

98. Nahomtima

Nahomtima is a Chowtaw tribe name given to a girl child. It means “seeker” or “giver.”

Nijeri is a tribal name from Kikuyu land in Kenya. The name represents one who loves to visit or travel.

100. Nocona

This Native American name has an adventurous ring to it. Nocona means “wanderer” or “camper.” It is an apt name for a girl who loves the outdoors.

101. Peregrina

This name of Latin origin means a “traveler” or “pilgrim.” The name can be used for boys and girls.

It is a derivative of the Latin name Peregrina. Perry means “traveler.”

103. Pleeha

An Indian name for a female child, Pleeha means a “wanderer.”

This is a common Zulu name for females. It means a person who is a “seeker.”

Reo is a Japanese name. Although it literally means “at the summit of the mountain,” it refers to the one who seeks and travels to the summit.

A river is a “stream of water that flows to the sea.” This English name represents someone who is on an ultimate journey.

The name River holds a close connection to nature because it is loved by many. Amanda Muse, a mother and a storyteller, shares how she came up with the middle name River for her son. She says that she chose the middle name River for her son out of a deep admiration for its beauty and its profound connection to nature. River holds a special significance due to its elegant association with water, a vital element to her and her family. Living in Vancouver, surrounded by nature entwined with water, has strengthened their reverence for it. For her, water symbolizes the ebb and flow of life—a reminder that amidst life’s fluctuations, water continues its steady course, reflecting the resilience and dynamism inherent in life’s journey ( i ).

This Arabic name is derived from its popular version “ Sarah ,” which means “traveler.” This name is common worldwide.

This feminine name of Kazakh origin means “supporter” or “traveler.”

109. Sojourner

This name means a “traveler.” It was popularized by Sojourner Truth, the African American women’s rights activist.

110. Somerild

This Scandinavian name is popular in England as a girl’s name. It means a “summer traveler.”

111. Sutapa

This name finds its roots in Orissa, India. It means “Seeker of God.” A famous person with this name is Sutapa Basu, the Indian author of the best-selling book Padmavati.

112. Talibah

This is a Quranic name for girls. It means a “ seeker of knowledge ” or “pursuer.” It also means “student.”

113. Traviata

This Italian female name means “astray” or “wanderer.”

A derivative of Wanda, Vanda means ‘wanderer.’ The name has its origins in Germany and Spain.

This Polish name was made famous after the 1980s movie A Fish Called Wanda. The name means “wanderer.” It was the 47th most popular girl’s name in the United States in 1934.

116. Wande/Wandie/Wandy

These are variations of the name “Wanda,” and refers to a”‘wanderer.”

117. Yayati

This is a female name of Indian origin. Yayati is a name usually given to a Hindu child. It means “wanderer” or “traveler.”

This Spanish name means “the seeker.” One may find its origin in the Italian word Zita, meaning “young girl” or as a pet name for the Hungarian name Felicita. In Greek, the word means “the hunter .” A hunter is also a seeker.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do baby names that mean traveler reflect a sense of adventure and wanderlust?

Baby names that mean traveler evoke a sense of adventure; they pique people’s interest, encourage experimentation, and foster a spirit of exploration. Parents picking such names hope their little one will live a life full of adventure and independence.

2. What are some positive qualities associated with the meaning of traveler in baby names?

According to numerology, traveler-themed names are frequently associated with positive traits such as friendliness and approachability. Individuals with such a name tend to possess a warm and calm nature, a keen sense of style, and a deep appreciation for belongings. However, these qualities may not be the same for everyone named on this theme.

3. What factors should parents consider when choosing a name with the meaning of traveler for their baby?

When choosing a name for your child, researching its historical and cultural significance is crucial. You may choose names for their uniqueness or popularity based on your preference but remember uncommon names might lead to mispronunciations. Also, consider pairing the given name with another meaningful name to add depth to its significance.

While you look for the most-suited name for your baby, you want it to be unique and meaningful. It should be fabulous yet easy to spell, remember and pronounce. If you love traveling, these names for travelers could match your naming preferences. These names are derived from various origins and have a touch of travel and adventure. Each name has a distinctive essence but goes by the same meaning of a seeker, traveler, or wanderer. So go ahead and pick the one most suited for your little explorer.

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Parents who value travel may be on the lookout for some baby names that mean journey . Seeing other parts of the world can be an eye-opening experience, so names that reflect that are a great way to give your child a name with positive associations. Here, you'll find a list of names that mean journey to help you find the perfect name for your little one! 

From male to female to unisex options, there are no shortage of great journey names! The Spanish name Ferdinand, and its female variation Ferdinanda, translate literally to journey. The classic boy name Noah means wandering and the underused girls name Wanda means wanderer. The name Viatrix, meaning voyager, can be great for parents looking for a unique alternative to Beatrix. Cute and unconventional boys names like Stian and Doran also have translations related to journeys and travel.  

Do you have a favorite name that means journey? Give the best options a thumbs up and please add any good names we may have missed. For more wanderlust names, check out some names that mean traveler as well. 

Male, Hebrew: Wandering

Female, Urdu: Traveler 

Female, Arabic: Travel at night

Male, Latin: Traveler

Female, Arabic: Nocturnal journey

Female, Latin: Voyager

Male, Irish: Wanderer

Male, Ancient Germanic: Journey

Female, Yoruban: One who is born during a journey

Male, English: Word name

Female, Slavic: Wanderer 

Male, Greek: Voyager

Male, Norse: Wanderer

Male, Spanish: Journey

Male, Latin: Voyager

Male, Spanish: Bold voyager

Female, Spanish: Journey

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Journey Name Meaning

The meaning of “Journey” as a name is quite fitting, as it represents a sense of adventure, growth, and change. It’s a name that symbolizes the journey of life and the many experiences that come with it. For parents, it’s a way to remind their child that life is an adventure and that they should embrace it.

Origins of the Name Journey

The word “journey” has been around for centuries, with the first recorded use dating back to the 1300s. It comes from the Old French word “jornee,” which means “a day’s travel.” The word was originally used to describe a specific trip or voyage, but it has since taken on a broader meaning to include any type of journey or adventure.

Popularity of the Name Journey

The use of “Journey” as a first name for girls is relatively new. The name first appeared on the Social Security Administration’s list of most popular baby names in 2000, but it didn’t make a big splash until the 2010s. In 2012, “Journey” was the 563rd most popular name for girls in the United States. By 2018, it had jumped to the 243rd spot.

The popularity of “Journey” as a girl’s name has been on the rise in recent years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s a unique and stylish choice that stands out from the more traditional names. It’s a name that’s perfect for parents who want their child to have a unique name that symbolizes the journey of life.

Final Thoughts on the Name Journey

In conclusion, “Journey” is a name that has a rich history and a deep meaning. It represents a sense of adventure, growth, and change. It’s a name that has seen a surge in popularity in recent years and it’s a perfect choice for parents who want their child to have a unique name that symbolizes the journey of life.

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Candy Apr 2 at 8:20 am

Having 2 miscarriages prior to having her, Finding out I was pregnant with her through ultrasound, The whole process of being pregnant, Giving birth, and now that she’s here are all different journeys within themselves. So it just fit.

Skylar Manis Jun 1 at 1:40 pm

Her dad chose it I love her name

Teika Dec 25 at 5:58 pm

I named her Journey, to remind me daily of how hard my life has been, it’s been one hell of a journey that’s for sure, and also to represent more positive journeys ahead

Journey Nova Reign Barber Nov 27 at 11:07 am

It’s always been a tradition on my side of the family to have a J name , and we are running out of new ones! So her father and I agreed on Journey and then I let my oldest daughter pick a middle name and ger father picked a middle name . So that’s how she ended up Journey Nova Reign

Tamara Oct 23 at 10:31 am

We picked the name Journey because me and my husband have been on a long Journey since we met each other. Journey is my miracle baby and she is my rainbow baby. I’m so excited to have her and see all the new milestones she does every day

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Are you looking for cool names that mean traveler for your baby? We have compiled a list of amazing names inspired by the idea of exploring new places and having fun adventures.

Choosing a name for your baby is a big decision, and it is great when the name has a special meaning. If you are a fan of travel and the outdoors, you might find the perfect name on this list. The list includes names connected to general travel, U.S. National Parks, the sea, and even major cities.

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or just love the idea of naming your baby after a place or the spirit of exploration, you will love these inspiring ideas. Read out to explore 150 travel-inspired baby names for boys and girls.

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Best Names That Mean Traveler

1. Alon (Hebrew) – Oak Tree or Strong and Enduring Wanderer

2. Apollo (Greek) – Destroyer or Purifying Traveler

3. Calypso (Greek) – Concealing Wanderer or She Who Hides

4. Caravan (Persian) – Group of Travelers

5. Exodus (Greek) – Going Out or Departure Traveler

6. Israfil (Arabic) – The Burning One or Angel of the Trumpet

7. Kai (Hawaiian) – Sea or Ocean Voyager

8. Marama (Maori) – Moonlit Traveler or Journeying by Moonlight

9. Nomad (Greek) – Wandering Herdsman or Nomadic Explorer

10. Nomia (Greek) – Pasture or Grazing Land Wanderer

11. Odysseus (Greek) – Wrathful or Full of Wrath Explorer

12. Peregrina (Spanish) – Female Traveler or Pilgrim

13. Peregrine (Latin) – Traveler or Pilgrim

14. Peregrinus (Latin) – Foreign or Alien Voyager

15. Pilgrim (English) – One Who Journeys to a Sacred Place

16. Roamer (English) – One Who Moves About Aimlessly

17. Seraphina (Hebrew) – Fiery-Winged Angel or Burning One’s Traveler

18. Sojourner (English) – Temporary Resident or Journeyer

19. Tala (Native American) – Wolf or Stalking Wolf Traveler

20. Tethys (Greek) – Grandmother or Sea Goddess Wanderer

21. Vagabond (French) – Person Who Wanders from Place to Place

22. Vardo (Romani) – Wagon or Mobile Home Traveler

23. Viator (Latin) – Traveler or Wayfarer

24. Wander (English) – To Roam About with No Fixed Destination

25. Wayfarer (English) – Traveler on Foot or Wanderer

26. Yara (Arabic) – Small Butterfly or Traveler

27. Zephyr (Greek) – West Wind or Gentle Breeze Voyager

Girl Names That Mean Traveler

Girl Names That Mean Traveler

1. Amala (Sanskrit) – Hopeful Wanderer or Bird of Hope

2. Astra (Latin) – Celestial Voyager or Star Traveler

3. Astrid (Old Norse) – Beautiful Star or Beloved Wanderer

4. Aysel (Turkish) – Moonlit Explorer

5. Calista (Greek) – Most Beautiful Journey or Lovely Traveler

6. Eilidh (Scottish) – Radiant Wanderer or Sunlit Traveler

7. Elara (Greek) – Bright, Shining Journey or Voyager of Light

8. Hikari (Japanese) – Light-Bringer or Shining Explorer

9. Ilaria (Italian) – Cheerful Journey or Joyful Traveler

10. Journey (English) – Traveler or Expeditionist

11. Kailani (Hawaiian) – Voyager of the Sea and Sky

12. Odalys (Greek) – Path of the Journey or Wanderer’s Path

13. Rhea (Greek) – Flowing Stream, Symbolizing a Continuous Journey

14. Safira (Portuguese) – Precious Gem of the Journey

15. Selene (Greek) – Moonlit Voyager or Goddess of the Moon

16. Seren (Welsh) – Starlit Wanderer or Night Traveler

17. Solene (French) – Solemn Journey or Dignified Explorer

18. Tamsin (English) – Twin Voyager or Twin Traveler

19. Valkyrie (Norse) – Chooser of the Slain on the Battlefield

20. Vega (Spanish) – Swooping Eagle or Falling Star Wanderer

21. Yaretzi (Nahuatl) – Always Loved Traveler or Eternal Love Seeker

22. Zara (Arabic) – Princess of the Journey or Flowering Wanderer

Boy Names That Mean Traveler

Boy Names That Mean Traveler

1. Altair (Arabic) – Flying Eagle or Bird of Prey

2. Aslan (Turkish) – Lion or Brave

3. Eamon (Irish) – Guardian or Protector

4. Elan (Hebrew) – Tree or Oak Tree

5. Ender (Turkish) – Rare or Scarce Wanderer

6. Evander (Greek) – Good Man or Brave Man

7. Faris (Arabic) – Knight or Horseman

8. Jarek (Slavic) – Fierce or Strong Wanderer

9. Jovan (Serbian) – Young Warrior or Youthful Traveler

10. Kairo (Swahili) – Victorious One or Conqueror

11. Kitai (Japanese) – North or Seeker of the North

12. Navin (Sanskrit) – New or Fresh Explorer

13. Nomar (Spanish) – Modern Blend, Nomadic Explorer of the Sea

14. Soren (Danish) – Stern or Severe Voyager

15. Theron (Greek) – Hunter or Pursuer of Adventures

16. Ulysses (Latin) – Wrathful or Full of Wrath, Alternative to Odysseus

17. Vaghn (Welsh) – Small or Little Wanderer

18. Venture (English) – Undertaker of Risky Journeys

Unique Names Meaning Traveler

Unique Names Meaning Traveler

1. Driftan (Old English) – To Drift or Wander Aimlessly

2. Farsan (Persian) – Traveler or One Who Journeys

3. Itineris (Latin) – Of the Journey or Traveler

4. Meandros (Greek) – To Meander or Wander Gracefully

5. Navarius (Latin) – Navigator or Sailor

6. Navigio (Italian) – To Navigate

7. Nomaris (Greek) – Nomadic Explorer of the Sea

8. Orbison (English) – Cosmic Traveler

9. Pilgrimar (Spanish) – Pilgrim or Traveler

10. Questen (English) – Signifying a Journey

11. Questorix (Latin) – Evoking a Questing Traveler

12. Roveo (Latin) – To Roam or Wander

13. Seekeris (English) – Symbolizing a Seeker on a Journey

14. Terraflite (Latin) – Earthbound Journeys

15. Traverse (French) – To Cross or Travel Through

16. Treadwell (English) – A Journey with Purpose

17. Vardo (Romani) – Wagon or Mobile Home Traveler

18. Ventureo (Latin) – Adventurous Travel

19. Waylen (English) – Path or Road Wanderer

Creative Names Meaning Wanderer

Creative Names Meaning Wanderer

1. Ahascharah (Sanskrit) – The Day Wanderer

2. Alissa (Phoenician) – Wanderer

3. Arvad (Hebrew) – Voyager or Wanderer

4. Bahis (Quranic) – Explorer

5. Brandon (Irish) – The Voyager

6. Charaka (Indian) – Traveler

7. Christopher (Greek) – The Saint of All Travelers

8. Dolen (Dutch) – Wanderer

9. Dwade (English) – Dark Traveler

10. Emin (German) – Wanderer

11. Faer (English) – Wanderer

12. Ferdinand (German) – Voyager

13. Igashu (Native American) – Someone Who Wanders

14. Jagatbehari (Indian) – World Traveler

15. Jahanjuy (Parsi) – Seeker of the World

16. Kevalin (Indian) – Seeker of the Absolute

17. Lokachari (Sanskrit) – Wanderer of Earth

18. Mshai (Egyptian) – Traveler

19. Naikasanucharah (Sanskrit) – Wanderer Over the Peaks

20. Noah (Hebrew) – Wanderer

21. Polo (Tibetan) – Brave Wanderer

22. Raahi (Indian) – Wanderer

23. Rover (English) – Wanderer

24. Scott (Gaelic) – Wanderer

25. Taeka – Wandering Like Water

Names That Mean Explorer

1. Anvesh (Sanskrit) – Dedicated Explorer or Seeker

2. Delfinio (Spanish) – Dolphin-Like Explorer of the Seas

3. Peregrine (Latin) – Traveler or Wanderer

4. Questan (English) – Inquisitive Explorer

5. Rovek (Slavic) – Wandering Explorer

6. Sagarika (Sanskrit) – Explorer of the Ocean

7. Trailor (English) – Trailblazing Explorer

8. Venturo (Italian) – Adventurous or Daring Explorer

9. Viatore (Italian) – Traveler or Wayfarer

10. Yondera (English) – Woman Explorer Beyond the Horizon

Names That Mean Travel Or Adventure

Names That Mean Travel Or Adventure

1. Alaric (Germanic) – Ruler of All, Signifying a Journey of Great Significance

2. Odys (Greek) – Inspired by Odyssey, Symbolizing a Long and Adventurous Journey

3. Ramblera (English) – Woman Fond of Adventurous Wanderings

4. Sojournix (Latin) – Unique and Temporary Travel Experience

5. Trekarius (Latin) – Skilled and Determined Traveler

6. Trepidara (Latin) – Woman Embarking on a Courageous Adventure

7. Vagabert (French) – Wandering Adventurer

8. Vagary (English) – Unpredictable Travel or Excursion

9. Wanderlusta (German) – Woman with a Strong Desire to Travel

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4. Maverick

13. Solaris

15. Venture

16. Venture

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I know you can’t wait to meet Journey the baby.  There’s only one problem with that, w What her middle name is going to be is something you haven’t figured out yet.

Should you pay tribute to a loved one? Is it acceptable to use your backup first name as a middle name? Or do you just pick anything that sounds interesting?

In fact, this is exactly why I’ve been putting together my middle name guides in the first place: lists of middle names that go wonderfully with every given first name.

What Does The Name Journey Mean?

Journey is an American word that means “to travel from one place to another” or “to travel from one place to another.”

The name Journey is a unisex baby name with an English origin that is mostly used in the Christian religion. One who enjoys traveling is referred to as a journey name.

People believe that the name of their children can have an impact on their future success in life. It can also have a bearing on a child, what their name means.

As a result, people often choose names based on their meanings, believing that the meaning of the child’s name may reflect the nature of the child or influence the child later on.

How do You Pronounce Journey?

Journey is pronounced as /JUR nee/.

Famous People Called Journey

  • Journey River Green (b.2016)son of actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green.
  • Journey Jameson Gomez (b. 2011)son of musician Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas.
  • Journey Jette Ortiz (b. 2009)son of adult film actress Jenna Jameson.

How Common is the Name Journey?

The first name Journey was given to a child in September 1st, 1883 , according to the Social Security Administration’s birth record database.

The name Journey is the 1,941st most popular name in the world. The Social Security Administration has recognized 16,233 babies born in the United States with the first name Journey between 1880 and 2019.

With a total of 1,378 babies born in 2018, the first name Journey saw the most use. Journey was named after 1,068 girls and 117 males in 2020.

How to Choose the Perfect Name to go With Journey

The most appropriate middle name for Journey is the one that blends nicely with her first and last names. For example, choose the middle names you want for Journey from the list below and jot them down on a piece of paper.

Say the names out loud with Journey at the start. For example, Journey Ann.  Remove any names that are strange, bizarre, or difficult to pronounce.

Step 2 should be repeated, but this time include the last name and listen to how it sounds. Delete any further names that don’t sound suitable.

Examine the initials of the remaining names and identify the ones that work particularly well together. Make certain that it does not sound absurd or harsh. Consider looking for ones that can be given nicknames when they are grouped together.

By the time you are finished with steps 1-4, you will have cut down the selection to a manageable amount of options that will assist you in deciding on the ideal middle name for Journey.

129 Best Middle Names for Journey

We’ve pulled together the best girl’s names that go well with the name Journey. Here’s our list:

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First Name for Middle Name Journey

If you have already decided on Journey as the middle name you might be looking for the perfect first name as Journey makes a great middle name. We have our top 10 here!

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10 Classic Girl Names That Go Well With Journey

10 modern names that go with journey.

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10 Unusual Girl Names That Go With Journey

European names that match the name journey.

If you love European names or even have European ancestry we’ve compiled the best Irish, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Polish names to go with Journey. We’ve kept these spelt in their original authentic way, but you can always update the spelling if you prefer.

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7 italian names for journey, 7 german names for journey.

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Names of certain length.

If you have a long or short surname, you might want to choose middle names with just 1, 2 or 3 syllables, we’ve got the best of each to help you choose the best middle name for your child.

7 Names for Journey with 1 Syllable

7 names for journey with 2 syllables, 7 names for journey with 3 syllables.

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Names for Journey with the Same Initial

7 names for journey starting with a vowel, nicknames for journey.

Journey is often given the following nicknames:

Different Ways to Spell Journey

Similar names like journey, sibling names for journey.

If you already have a child named Journey, you might be looking for some great sister or brother names that go with it. We’ve compiled some classic names that go together really well with Journey.

Sister Names for Journey

If you already have a baby Journey, and she’s going to be an older sister, then we’ve come up with some gorgeous sister names!

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Brother Names for Journey

If you are expecting a baby boy, and already have an Journey then check out our boy names that will match your baby girl!

What are middle names for?

Not everyone has a middle name, and indeed many people have multiple middle names. I have three, and they were all named after relatives that my parents cared about dearly.

The story behind my middle names matters and I love the fact my middle names represent both my grandmothers and my mother. My own children all have middle names named after their relatives.

Often people can make the middle name a nickname later on or even you can put the initials together to form a new name, for example, Journey Thea could become Joth! 

Research has also indicated that having middle names improves people’s chances of getting a better job in the future!

According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, people who have middle names are believed to have a high social position and to be intellectually superior.

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The claim: Video shows Trump shooter shouting ‘Slash Republican throats’

A July 15 Instagram post ( direct link , archive link ) shows a video of a man screaming threats against members of one political party. An image of Thomas Matthew Crooks, the shooter who attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump, is in the upper right corner of the video.

"Slash Republican throats!" screams the man in the video.

On-screen text in the post reads, "So you believe the shooter was a Republican. I don't think so."

Other versions of the claim spread widely on TikTok and on X, formerly Twitter .

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The video dates to 2020 and was filmed on the Arizona State University campus. The university's president said the man yelling in the video is not tied to the assassination attempt and has a different name and date of birth than the Trump rally shooter.

Crooks was in high school when video was recorded

A gunman opened fire during Trump's July 13 rally in Pennsylvania, killing one person, seriously injuring two others and leaving the former president with a wounded ear. Officials identified the shooter as 20-year-old Crooks , whom the Secret Service killed at the scene . He was registered to vote as a Republican, as USA TODAY previously reported.

But that isn't Crooks in the Instagram video, which dates to 2020 and was recorded on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, as reported by The Arizona Republic at the time.

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In a July 15 statement , Arizona State University President Michael Crow said Crooks is not the man in the video and has no association with the university.

“ASU concluded its investigation back in 2020, in conjunction with the FBI, and determined the subject in the video was not a credible threat – and that person has a different name and different date of birth than the suspect in the attempted assassination of former President Trump over the weekend,” Crow wrote. 

The university did not release the name or date of birth of the man in the video. Its police spokesman did not respond to an email asking why not.

At the time the video was taken, Crooks would've been around 16 years old and was attending high school in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania .

USA TODAY has debunked an array of claims stemming from the assassination attempt, including false assertions that the shooter was identified as Mark Violets and arrested at the scene, that a viral image shows Crooks and that an authentic image shows Secret Service agents smiling after the attack. 

USA TODAY reached out to users who shared the post for comment but did not immediately receive responses.

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  • The Arizona Republic, Feb. 6, 2020, ASU working to identify man yelling ‘Slash Republican throats’ in viral on-campus video 

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What does 'JD' Vance stand for? Trumps V.P. pick has changed his name several times

W ith Ohio Sen. JD Vance recently announced as President Trump's vice-presidential running mate for the 2024 election , many are curious about the origins of his name. Vance, 39, has a unique and evolving naming history that reflects his personal journey.

Born James Donald Bowman in Middletown, Ohio, Vance’s early years were marked by significant changes. After his parents divorced, his middle name was changed from Donald, his father's name, to David. This was just the beginning of a series of name changes that Vance would undergo.

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During his teenage years, Vance adopted the surname of his stepfather, becoming James Hamel. This name is reflected in his 2003 senior yearbook at Middletown High School, where he was known as such.

As an adult, Vance decided to honor his maternal grandparents by legally adopting their surname when he married his wife, Usha, in 2014, becoming James Vance. Despite these changes, Vance has always preferred to go by "JD," a choice he maintains in his official U.S. Senate biography , which spells his first name as JD.

However, Vance's popular 2016 memoir , "Hillbilly Elegy" – which was adapted into a Netflix film directed by Ron Howard in 2020 – lists him as JD Vance. This spelling was also used by Trump in the recent announcement of Vance as his running mate.

The transformation from James Donald Bowman to James David Vance is a testament to his personal history and family influences. Since the release of "Hillbilly Elegy," Vance has risen as an influential voice within the GOP. His journey to becoming a U.S. Marine veteran, venture capitalist, best-selling author, and now VP candidate, is a unique story.

More: Is JD Vance Catholic? What to know about Trump VP pick's religion

Jeremy Yurow is a politics reporting fellow based in Hawaii for the USA TODAY Network. You can reach him at [email protected] or on X, formerly Twitter @JeremyYurow

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Moana Goes on a 'Completely Different Journey' in Sequel, Teases Auli'i Cravalho: 'She's Growing' (Exclusive)

Cravalho, who also co-produces the upcoming live-action film, says she's grateful to "come back to this character that I know so well" in the 2024 animated sequel

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Auli'i Cravalho is spilling details on one of the most anticipated sequels of the year!

The 23-year-old actress tells PEOPLE that she feels thankful for getting to be a big part of Moana 2 , which sees her reprise her voice role of the titular island princess.

"She's growing. She is pushing herself now even further beyond the reef," says Cravalho, who has partnered with SHEBA and Kuleana Coral Reefs for a short-film series titled "Growing Hope in Hawai'i," in honor of Coral Reef Awareness Week.

The actress goes on to say that over the past nearly eight years since the first movie's release, she "felt like I grew right along with" Moana.

"The recording booth is truly my happy place, and [I'm grateful to] come back to this character that I know so well, but also take her on a completely different journey," says the Hawaii native.

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Per the official tagline from Disney, Moana 2 follows the titular character after she receives “an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors” and takes a journey “to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she’s ever faced.”

Directed by David Derrick Jr., Jason Hand and Dana Ledoux Miller, the sequel will feature original characters such as Moana and Maui — the latter voiced once again by Dwayne Johnson , who will also appear as the popular troublemaking demigod in the upcoming live-action Moana adaptation . Additionally, Johnson, 52, and Cravalho are part of the producing team for the live-action film.

For Cravalho, it's been quite the personal journey from the first Moana movie in 2016 to the "many iterations" of what a follow-up might look like, including conversations about a potential animated series before it turned into a feature film.

She also admits she "had no idea" that Moana would ever get a sequel when she signed on for the first film, but that movies like Frozen II and Inside Out 2 have given her extra hope about Moana 2 .

"I think we're in the era of really good sequels, and I'm happy to be a part of it," Cravalho tells PEOPLE.

Asked whether she gets recognized often in public as Moana, Cravalho says she actually gets a lot of comments about a more recent character she has portrayed.

"I've been recognized more and more for Janis 'Imi'ike from Mean Girls , which was a nice surprise because I also shaved my head," she shares. "I was expecting a little more anonymity, because I have a deliciously boyish haircut right now. Wrong. I walk into Walmart and they're like, 'Hey, really love you in that musical.' I go, 'Oh my God.' "

"I didn't expect to be known like that. Is it nice? I don't know," Cravalho adds. "I'm just trying to buy beans. I'm not trying to be recognized everywhere. [But] it's very heartwarming."

Moana 2  sails into theaters Nov. 27.

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50+ Wanderlust Baby Names for Parents Who Love Travel & Adventure

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The desire to travel live deep within you? Why not pass on this passion to your little adventurer with a travel-inspired baby name? We happen to have 50 great adventure baby names to pick from. 

Check out our favourite wanderlust baby names to keep the adventuring spirit growing with the newest member of your family. 

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Our top ten wanderlust baby names

Names with a travelling vibe .

  • Isla – means ‘island’ 
  • Rhodes – a play on ‘roads’ and one of the Greek Islands
  • Rome – both a city and a play on the word ‘roam’
  • Terra – means ‘the planet earth’
  • Christopher – the patron saint of travel
  • Mercury – the Roman god of travel
  • Marlow – means driftwood, a lovely symbol for travel
  • Everest – after the mountain, of course
  • West – East is also cute

 Travel-inspired meanings 

  • Beatrix – means ‘voyager’ or ‘traveller’
  • Vett – Short for Vettel, which means ‘winter traveller.’ Or you could opt for Somerled, meaning ‘summer traveller’.
  • Farrah – means ‘travel’ 
  • Ferdinand – means ‘journey’
  • Saira – means ‘traveller’
  • Doran – means ‘wanderer’
  • Faron – means ‘wanderer’
  • Noah – means ‘wandering’
  • Scott – means ‘wanderer’
  • Alissa/ Elissa – means ‘wanderer’
  • Faer – means ‘traveller, a messenger of good news’
  • Jal – means ‘traveller’ or ‘wanderer’
  • Kymani – means ‘adventurous traveller’
  • Alma – means ‘independent spirit’
  • Cain – means ‘wandering spirit’

Names of famous adventurers 

  • Valentina – named after Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to travel into space
  • Merida – named after the heroine in ‘Brave’
  • Alice – the curious heroine in Alice’s Adventurers in Wonderland
  • Amelia – named after Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
  • Sawyer – The adventurer in Mark Twain’s books. Huck also works 
  • Emin – named after Emin Pasha, a German explorer
  • Freya – named after Freya Stark, an Anglo -Italian explorer and travel writer
  • Mae – named after Mae Jemison, the first African-American to travel to space
  • Osa – named after Osa Johnson, an adventurer, photographer, and writer
  • Nellie – named after journalist Nellie Bly, who took a trip around the world
  • Fraser – named after Simon Fraser, a Canadian explorer
  • Hudson – named after Henry Hudson, an English explorer

Geographical baby names 

There are so many geographical baby names (Sydney, Adelaide, Paris, London, Dallas, Austin, Madison, Charlotte, to name a few). But we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten.

Check out  True Blue Baby Names for Your Little Aussie Bub for additional options.

If you like adventure baby names, you may also be inspired by our list of 100+ boho baby names , perfect for little wild spirits. 

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J.D. Vance Was Not Always His Name. But It’s the One That Felt Closest to Home.

James David Vance has had a number of names in his life, a function of an upbringing marked by domestic instability.

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In May 2022, when J.D. Vance was a primary candidate vying for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, former President Donald J. Trump referred to him — or, seemed to refer to him — in passing at a rally in Nebraska.

“We’ve endorsed J.P. — right? J.D. Mandel, and he’s doing great,” Mr. Trump told the crowd. “And let’s see what happens.”

Mr. Trump had apparently confused Mr. Vance, whom he had just given a major boost with an endorsement the previous month, with his opponent in the Ohio Republican primary, Josh Mandel.

In Mr. Trump’s defense, James David Vance has had a number of names in his life, a function of an upbringing marked by domestic instability and a revolving door of father figures, as chronicled in his best-selling 2016 memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy.”

At birth, Mr. Vance was named James Donald Bowman, after his father, Donald Bowman. Mr. Bowman was Mr. Vance’s mother’s second husband — Mr. Vance wrote that they split up when he was a toddler, and that Mr. Bowman gave him up for adoption when he was 6.

After the divorce, Mr. Vance’s mother married Bob Hamel, who became J.D.’s legal father, and she changed her son’s name. James Donald Bowman became James David Hamel, swapping out her ex-husband’s first name for her uncle’s name, David, to preserve the “J.D.” — which by then was Mr. Vance’s established nickname. (“This seemed a bit of a stretch even when I was six,” Mr. Vance wrote. “Any old D name would have done, so long as it wasn’t Donald.”)

A few years later, Mr. Hamel and J.D.’s mother split up. “One of the worst parts, honestly, was that Bob’s departure would further complicate the tangled web of last names in our family.” His mother, he wrote, took the last name of “whatever husband she was married to.” Her own parents (“Mamaw” and “Papaw”) were Vances.

When J.D. got to Yale Law School, he began to tell his friends about his childhood and his identity. His legal father, whose name was on his birth certificate, was a “total stranger.”

After he graduated from law school, J.D. married a former classmate, Usha Chilukuri , and they both changed their last name to Vance — “giving me, finally, the same name as the family to which I belonged.”

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For someone who is not yet 40, the path JD Vance walked to become the next potential vice president of the United States is a long and winding journey from the holler to Silicon Valley to the halls of the US Senate. It encompasses four different names – from James Donald Bowman to James David to James Hamel to James David Vance – and movement through a variety of worlds and circumstances, with very distinct cultures and influences. If the vice presidency is itself a very boring job in the realm of politics, tasked with worthless drudgery, Vance is far more interesting than the role requires. And his intellectual journey to this point, whatever you think of his views today, is worth understanding to get the measure of a man who seemed more likely to end up in academia than in the White House.

‘It’s hard to beat as the worst advice ever ’, Yuval Levin acknowledges, referencing his counsel to a young JD Vance against writing a memoir. The American Enterprise Institute scholar, widely respected as one of the wisest conservatives in the country, didn’t see the point of it at the time – but Vance, ever sure of himself, went ahead anyway.  Hillbilly Elegy  would make him a verifiable star, landing with perfect timing to serve as an explanation for confused liberals and conservatives alike about the rise of Donald Trump. But it also was coming from a voice that was decidedly anti-Trump, as the author took to stages and panels critiquing the Manhattan billionaire for all the well-known reasons: that he was a grifter selling fool’s gold to a desperate people Vance knew and loved. 

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It was this version of Vance who was writing for David Frum’s FrumForum, a haven for the moderate-to-liberal Republican of the day, who viewed the rise of the Tea Party as dangerous and anti-intellectual, entertaining heterodox ideas about the policy persuasions of the GOP’s coalition while espousing entitlement reform and a traditionally hawkish foreign policy. There, he wrote under the pseudonym JD Hamel, endorsing  Jon Huntsman  over Rick Perry for president as the ‘Truer Conservative’ in 2012.

So why the shift to becoming one of Trump’s biggest advocates – and now his vice presidential nominee? Is it just built out of cynicism, or something else? In conversation with more than a dozen conservative intellectuals who interacted with Vance over the past decade or more, the picture is one of near constant transition, but one that also prioritised the place from which he came.

‘There is more continuity here than you might think,’ Levin says:

He’s always been motivated by belonging to the place that he came from. It’s not that Trump turned his head to an entirely new thing. His sense of what was wrong with the right was in a sense that it wasn’t populist enough. His early worry about Trump was rooted in a sense that Trump was a dead end for the people he was concerned about, and he changed his mind about that. Maybe there was something more there to work with.

Author Michael Lind has known Vance since the fall of 2016, when they met at a conference at the New America Foundation on the future of the social contract. At the time, Lind categorised Vance as a NeverTrumper in the ‘Reformicon’ lane. ‘He was a spokesman for this alienated working class trying to find his way toward a policy synthesis’, Lind says. ‘His political instincts are fairly communitarian, a Scots-Irish southerner of greater Appalachia, bound together around Jacksonianism.’

Lind found Vance to be deliberative, with a systematic mind working through the evolving state of American politics, and coming to find in Trump more of the Nixonian approach to a hardhat and holler appeal than he initially saw. They discussed industrial policy, making the GOP more pro-worker than pro-Wall Street, and finding a path back to a form of nationalism that was set aside during the 1990s. 

‘Trump gave intellectual permission to younger Republicans to think about these things’, says Lind:

The Reformicons didn’t achieve that – you couldn’t be outside the box and still be a Paul Ryan “Young Turk”, using tax credits to offset offshoring. The politicians were initially terrified [of Trump], but the intellectuals were more interested in breaking things open, not confining yourselves to savings accounts and wage subsidies.

At the time, Vance was actively reaching out to numerous intellectual figures on the right who were actively debating the policy paths and choices to be made in the aftermath of the depressing second term of George W. Bush. The disputes were numerous, and often very personal, but Vance navigated them with ease, entertaining the different approaches with less of the attitude of a future politician than a scholar of the moment.

‘We had a common interest in the party taking more account of working-class voters than Romneyesque Republicans’, one prominent author tells  The Spectator . ‘He was bright, impressive, highly ambitious. The thing is, JD has always done the right thing to get ahead – so I see in him a sincere turn toward populism, but found the more MAGA stuff to be opportunistic. He doesn’t actually respect  Marjorie Taylor Greene  – and anyone who knows him knows that.’

One area where Vance has clearly shifted is in his discourse on conservative foreign policy, where he went from being a fairly conventional Republican to being a strident critic of America’s overseas footprint. At the beginning of Trump’s term, Vance was close with a number of donors who can be considered neoconservative or hawkish – but that has shifted since, while still working to maintain those relationships.

‘There is more distance between them now because of Ukraine’, Levin tells  The Spectator , while adding that ‘He’s gone out of his way to be clear that he supports Israel. He speaks the language of Silicon Valley really well… Part of what stands out about him is that he’s a smart and articulate politician at a time when we don’t have a lot of them.’

One particular point of emphasis for Vance has become the natalist mission of conservatives, who view the declining American birthrate as a major point of crisis.

‘We are in the midst of an unprecedented “closing of the American heart” where marriage and family formation is cratering,’ Brad Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies says. ‘JD Vance sees this as a “civilisational crisis”. And unlike former Vice President Mike Pence, he is more comfortable getting behind new and creative ways to respond to this crisis with innovative public policies. In particular, I think he will aim to make marriage and family formation more affordable for working- and middle-class Americans.’

For Wilcox, this translates to attacking the federal marriage penalty, eliminating the cost of childbirth and expanding the child tax credit, along with energy devoted to vocational education and apprenticeship training to improve the fortunes and marriageability of young men. ‘The bottom line is that a Trump-Vance administration is likely to be much more aggressive in the family policy arena than was the Trump-Pence administration’, he says.

An essential element to understanding Vance’s perspective is his faith, and his shift from a typical form of Shenandoah Evangelicalism to a conversion to Catholicism a few years ago. Rod Dreher, the author and paleocon intellectual, connected Vance in 2017 with Father Dominic Legge, a Washington, DC-based Dominican who bonded with him as a fellow graduate of Yale Law School. His instruction led Vance to connect with another Dominican in Ohio, leading to him being received into the faith in 2019. Dreher interviewed  Vance  at the time, asking him about the choice of Augustine as his patron saint. ‘I was pretty moved by the Confessions. I’ve probably read it in bits and pieces twice over the past 15 or so years’, Vance told him. ‘There’s a chapter from The City of God that’s incredibly relevant now that I’m thinking about policy’.

One particular point of emphasis for Vance has become the natalist mission of conservatives

Today, Dreher shares Wilcox’s view about Vance’s likely priorities as vice president. ‘My sense is that insofar as JD redirects the right in a faith-focused direction, it’s going to be less about the traditional right-wing Christian social issues – abortion and gay marriage – and towards a more general family-first position, as well as other parts of Catholic social teaching,’ he tells  The Spectator .

One unknown that several conservative intellectuals expressed is how much Vance represents a demolishing force versus a rebuilding one – someone who wants to wreck institutions or restore them from within.

‘I disagree with him the most in the sense that the cultural moment is beyond the breaking point, and the old norms don’t matter any more’, Levin says. ‘We should be fighting for institutions, not against them. But his sense of the emergency of the moment has intensified’, referring to the experience of Vance’s wife as a clerk for Brett Kavanaugh. ‘There’s a connection there with getting radical.’

Others think Vance’s ambition may have turned him into a critic of the very system that elevated him to national prominence.

‘Look at his story. This is the résumé of someone who should be falling on his knees who says America is the greatest place on earth’, one author tells  The Spectator . ‘It does not compute to create such a strident critic.’

For Lind, Vance reminds him of his former boss, a hardscrabble youth turned public intellectual:

Pat Moynihan. That’s who he reminds me of. Both born to broken families, working class, raised by an Oklahoma single mom, moved to Hell’s Kitchen where she opened a bar and he shined shoes. There is a regional and working class outsiderism to both of them. They over-assimilate to the establishment out of shame for their origins. Or they try to maneuver their way without losing the connection to where they came from. But JD hasn’t lost touch with his roots. He sees himself as the guy from the holler. Moynihan to the end of his days was like that. His values are constant. He’s searched through things, but he’s found his way.

One way of understanding Trump and Vance together is through the lens of populism we’ve seen on cable news. Think of Trump as Bill O’Reilly – a right of centre populist who could be volatile and disruptive, but ultimately didn’t particularly care about the intellectual direction of the conservative movement. And think of Vance as Tucker Carlson – a right of centre populist who actively wanted to destroy the conservative movement as he knew it, who knew where the bodies were buried and how to blow up the buildings. The trajectories are similar, but the targets are very different.

There’s one more incident worth noting to help understand Vance’s perspective. It’s 2019 and Yoram Hazony’s NatCon conference in Washington, DC is hosting a debate between Richard Reinsch and Oren Cass, on the question of whether the United States should have an industrial policy. In the back of the room, a questioner stands up. 

‘I’m a venture capitalist and I used to work in Silicon Valley’, he says:

And if you’re in the peninsula right off Highway 101, there’s an exit called Willow Road. And on Willow Road, you’ll find the Facebook headquarters. And at Facebook, there are neuroscientists currently being paid a lot of money quite literally to addict our children to their applications. And not far from the Facebook headquarters, there are neuroscientists working on how to cure dementia, and how to cure some of the most intractable diseases that affect our society. The people who are working at Facebook, addicting our children to their applications, make much more money than the people who are attempting to cure our society of its worst diseases. And I think this question about whether we should have an industrial policy ultimately reduces to the question of: do you think our politics should have an answer about whether it is more valuable to cure our grandchildren than to addict our children to terrible applications? And I think the answer is obviously yes.”

The audience applauds, and JD Vance takes his seat. This is who he became, and who he is now – a clear and present danger to the very same people who elevated him to the vice presidency.

This piece was originally published in  The Spectator ’s World edition.

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These families escaped the Gaza war but they're struggling with survivor's guilt

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At the Islamic College of Brisbane in the city's south, three families sit around the kind of large circular tables you get at every school function.

They're refugees from the war in Gaza, and the college has welcomed them with a huge spread of traditional Palestinian food.

After many months of chaos, it's a small moment of familiarity.

But the presence of a television camera moving about the room is anything but familiar, and is making some feel self-conscious.

One man, Amer Elhabbash, would later confide that being filmed eating, while his friends and family back home endured terrible suffering, made him feel guilty.

"Many people will see and believe that I am now comfortable after I arrive in Australia," the father of three told 7.30.

"Yes, I feel safe, but I don't feel comfortable at all because my friends and relatives are in Gaza.

"These feelings I have at night … what have I done? It was just I and my family who escaped Gaza and the death and the war."

Running from death

A father sits on the grass with his daughter and son eating food.

Before the war, Amer and his family lived a very prosperous life by Gazan standards.

He was an institutional development consultant while his wife Nevin worked for the local water authority.

Man sitting at a desk with his three children, and a laptop in front of him.

"Our life was very good, very nice. We are educated also, me and my wife holding master's degrees," he said. 

But that changed very quickly after October 7.

One of the first rounds of Israeli air strikes on Gaza City, following the Hamas terror attacks on Israel, destroyed the family car parked out the front of their building.

A car is covered in rubble.

"My daughter came and woke me up and was very scared. She stayed in my arms for maybe four hours," Amer told 7.30.

Soon afterwards, their section of the city was declared a 'military zone', and Amer and Nevin decided to flee south to Khan Younis with their children Faisal, 14, Aws, 13, and Saba, 8, as well as Amer's 72-year-old mother Sadeya.

"On our way to Khan Younis I had a call and they told me my wife's uncle and all his family, his wife and his sons, were killed by the Israeli [air strikes]," he said. 

Amer was also sent photos and videos showing that their home in Gaza City had been destroyed.

In Khan Younis they lived with a large group of extended family members, but after the city also came under attack, they split up: one group living with one uncle, the rest with another.

"[The other] home with my uncle, aunt, uncle's wife was bomb-striked by the Israelis," Amer said. 

"My aunt and uncle's wife were dead. Also, my cousins, they were all dead."

The last option was a move to the extreme west of the strip, to a refugee camp overlooking the sea near Al Mawasi.

Dozens of tents pictured in a refugee camp. The sea is in the distance.

They would spend many weeks living in tents, waiting for a visa application to Australia to be processed.

"We were civilians; now they returned us to the stone age," Amer said.

A man sitting in the sand with a tent behind him and small cooking setup in front of him.

"Each day we have to wake up to cut off the roots of trees and start to search for water.

"Many times, I, my wife and my kids were eating bread with some sand."

Desperate to get out, Amer said he eventually bribed Egyptian border officials the equivalent of more than $26,000 to get his family's application put through.

"In the middle of February … many people called me to say, 'your name is on the list!'

"The following morning, we went to the border crossing at Rafah, and thank God we succeeded to get out of Gaza."

A man stands in a crowded street wearing a green hoodie.

'I was very afraid' 

Tamer Abunada, his heavily pregnant wife Afnan, and their three children Ismail, 13, Raseel, 12, and Adam, 7, also fled Gaza City when the war broke out.

Tamer and Afnan had recently opened a kindergarten, after struggling to find work in accountancy and pharmacy respectively, which Tamer blamed on "politics".

Two young kids holding up a sign reading 'My 1st Day'.

"I rented a place; I made a prestigious kindergarten and I have a Facebook page and everything," Tamer said.

One hundred children were registered to come to the kindergarten, which opened in September last year.

"We did this for one month only, and then we lost everything."

The school was destroyed by an Israeli bombing, just a few days after October 7.

Tamer's brother had migrated to Brisbane a couple of years earlier and offered to submit visas on their behalf.

Tamer initially resisted.

Afnan, Ismail and Tamer Abunada.

"I told him, 'no, no, inshallah, in 10 days it will be finished,'" he said. 

"After that, when I saw the bombing everywhere, destruction everywhere, I told him, 'Yeah, go for it.'"

Bombs dropping every night

The family travelled to Rafah and lived on blankets and wooden chairs while they waited for their turn to cross into Egypt.

"Everything is hard. You cannot find clean water to drink, to cook. You cannot find some kinds of food, because there is no electricity from day one.

"There is no safety. You cannot feel safe anywhere."

Hearing bombing all around them every night, the family would huddle together.

"Every night before sleeping I go to my kids one-by-one, I kiss them, I hug them, [I tell them] 'Daddy inshallah tomorrow, I'll see you in the morning'.

"I told them, 'Don't worry baba, if we pass away, we are shahid, we will all go to the heavens inshallah.'"

A heavily pregnant woman sleeps across a car seat.

For months, Afnan was unable to see a specialist or doctor of any kind regarding her pregnancy, as the hospitals were "only for the injured".

Finally, in late March, a cousin came to Tamer with good news.

"He said 'your name has appeared on the Egyptian authority border (list).'

"I said 'you are a liar; I need to see with my own eyes'!"

The Abunada family would first head to Cairo and then onto Brisbane, where Afnan gave birth to a baby girl, Celine, just a few days later at Redland hospital.

"I'm very lucky to have joined this country, but still my feeling is very bad [for] my people," Tamer said.

People waiting in a room with suitcases.

"Now I have 90 days in Australia and every day I hear [of] bombing and killing more than before.

"My family and my wife's family — her father, mother, brother, sisters — are all in Gaza, and it was very impactful on her while she was pregnant … and I was very afraid."

Nidal's lucky escape

Fifty-year-old Shahrazad Haseera and her 14-year-old son Nidal are also trying to adjust to life in Brisbane.

Woman in a brown hijab and floral dress.

The pair lived in the Nuseirat Camp in central Gaza before the war, a city created by refugees from the 1948 conflict.

Shahrazad and Nidal had been on a UN refugee waiting list since 2016 and were approved for repatriation to Australia in 2022.

However, when war broke out in late 2023 they were still waiting, and Shahrazad told 7.30 they saw many friends and neighbours killed and injured when the bombing came to their city.

"There was a bombing on a field where Nidal and another one of his friends were playing, standing right next to each other," she said. 

"Nidal's friend was hit in the head by shrapnel from the explosions. The ambulance came and took him. He was not dead, but he was completely paralysed.

"I was so frightened and worried for my son Nidal, because he wasn't showing any emotions.

"He wasn't crying. He seemed emotionless, and very hardened."

After several weeks of moving between camps and schools, all the while begging UN staff to fast-track their visas, they were finally approved to leave.

With just Nidal's school bag and a change of clothes packed onto a donkey, they made a tear-filled journey out of Nuseirat Camp towards the border crossing at Rafah.

"We passed through the streets and all the houses were destroyed," she said.

"People were trying to get the trapped or dead people out from under the rubble, others were burying the bodies of the dead people. [We could see] body parts, limbs of the dead.

"We were so exhausted, and emotionally distressed … especially that I had to leave my parents and family behind."

Families still processing their grief

Now in Brisbane, Nidal has been enrolled in the Islamic College of Brisbane and, according to his teachers, has made remarkable progress.

Three young children standing on a footpath in their green school uniforms.

The other refugee children are also enthusiastic learners, which the head of the college attributed to a return to feeling safe and stable at school.

But the school community is very aware that both parents and students carry with them deep emotional wounds.

They know these families need support to establish themselves in a new city, to live with the grief they have for their friends and family left behind, and to cast off any guilt they have for getting out.

"I know that most of Australia's population are refugees," Shahrazad said.

"That's why they must empathise with us more than the people of any other western country because they lived through oppression, injustice, colonisation, wars, famine, and disease.

"Everything I just said, we have in Gaza."

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