Not Covid or Corona: pandemic inspired baby names that you won't regret

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While we are all trying to find ways of maintaining positivity and hope during the coronavirus outbreak, some new parents are navigating pregnancy, birth and the newborn phase in isolation.

And while it's enough of a task to find the perfect baby name at the best of times, it must be an even more onerous during times of great worry and stress. But there's help at hand: and, no, we are not talking about naming your baby Covid or Corona.

A Twitter user claims a new mother in the Philippines has named her baby daughter Covid Bryant, after the virus and the recently-departed basketballer Kobe Bryant. One person aptly replied, "This is so 2020."

And according to some reports twins born late last month in India were given the names Covid and Corona. 

It was reported the parents chose the names as a reminder of the "hardships they conquered during their birth" by arriving in the midst of a global health pandemic.

Such strong reminders of a global health crisis are unlikely to appeal to many parents-to-be, but some might like their new son or daughter's moniker to reflect the mood of our times. If so, then why not herald your new arrival with a name that reflects your hopes and dreams for their future - a happy, healthy and prosperous one.

The names below are grouped according to a desirable meaning for babies born during times of pandemic.

Names that mean hope, light  and new

Girls

Aine

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Alberta

Alina

Alpha

Apollonia

Asha

Aviva

Chiara

Clara

Clarissa

Dove

Eliora

Estelle

Evangeline

Helena

Hope

Inara

Lucille

Lucinda

Margot

Nadia

Nova

Oriana

Phaedra

Soleil

Sorcha

Star

Stella

Boys

Aaron

Albert

Anwar

Bodhi

Cruz

Cyrus

Kiran

Lior

Ming

Neo

Oran

Phoenix

Raiden

Robert

Rupert

Sampson

Sherwood

Uri

Xavier

Names that mean strength

Girls

Adira

Andrea

Asta

Audrey

Beren

Bree

Bridget

Briella

Imara

Gabriella

Kiah

Melisande

Millicent

Philomena

Valentina

Valerie

Boys

Aldric

Anders

Andrew

Angus

Carlisle

Denzel

Drew

Eric

Ethan

Evander

Frederick

Gabriel

Griffin

Kenji

Montgomery / Monte

Nero

Roderick

Valentine

Zeke

Names that mean prosperity and fortune

Girls

Aisha

Alda

Clio

Edie

Edith

Felicity

Florence

Fortune

Gloria

Odette

Ottilie

Ozara

Rowena

Ventura

Boys

Asher

Ayan

Eamon

Edgar

Edward

Felix

Merrick

Ned

Orlando

Otis

Rafferty

Virtue names

Girls

Blythe

Charity

Constance

Destiny

Ever

Faith

Grace

Harmony

Haven

Honor

Hope

Joy

Patience

Prudence

Sage

Serenity

Trinity

True

Boys

Ace

Brio

Chance

Earnest

Integrity

Pax

Prosper

Sage

Valor

Zen