Baby names are incredibly meaningful. Finding the perfect name for your new Baby can be a fun challenge. We want to make it easy for you. If you have a strong connection to the outdoors there are many names that reflect the love of the wild. Whether you love to hunt and fish, or hike and explore, we’ve compiled a list of outdoorsy baby names inspired by nature, explorers, and the outdoors.
Baby names are deeply personal and important so we’ve included a short description of why each name inspired us. Whenever possible we tried to include variations and alternatives whenever possible. We’ve selected over 96 names for your future adventurer. Be sure to check our other lists for even more great baby names!
We’ll start with Outdoorsy Baby Names for Boy’s. Girls names are listed below.
Adventurous Boys Names With Strong Ties to Exploration and the Outdoors:
For those who love shooting archery, bow hunting, fans of Robin Hood, or admirers of historic statues, as well as anyone who is intrigued by the mystical flight of the arrow.
Also consider: Bowman
Arrow is a great name as mankind has been flinging these projectiles for thousands of years to acquire food, and for competition.
The name also carries Biblical connotations as children are compared to “arrows” in the hand of a skilled warrior in Psalm 1
Charismatic mega fauna at it’s best. Why not pick a name representing such a powerful and beautiful animal. Not to mention Bear Grylls represents adventure and the outdoors for an entire generation.
Check out our full list of Baby Names that Mean “Bear”
Shares it’s pronunciation with one of the most popular hunting weapons of all time. Whether it’s a compound bow, re-curve bow, or longbow, archery has a strong connection with the outdoors and adventure.
Also consider: Archer, Bowman
Meaning “bear” this name has Germanic and Scandinavian origins. It is a strong name encapsulating the charisma and courage of the animal it denotes.
Variations: Beorn, Bjørn, Björn
It can be a part of a tree, or a tributary of a stream or river. It also describes a fork of deer or elk antlers. It’s natural and masculine.
The mechanism on a compound bow that produces arrow speeds in excess 400 feet per second. It is also the first name of famous hunting and fitness celebrity Cameron “Cam” Hanes.
Among the numerous terrain features that make great names, Canyon has a rugged quality that encompasses the freedom and energy of the west.
Capturing the spirit of the old west with its dual association with the offspring of horses and the most popular guns of that time period, the Colt revolvers.
Also consider: Roan
A drake is a male duck. It may have origins in older words meaning “dragon”. Perfect for all lovers of waterfowl; bird watchers, bird hunters, and stamp collectors alike.
We’ve already explored the name Arrow. Easton is a major manufacturer of arrows in America giving many archery loving outdoorsmen and women a certain affinity for the brand. It is also the name of beloved baseball bats for those who love America’s favorite pastime.
The Viking explorer Leif Erikson, who may have been the first European to make the journey all the way to the Americas and carved his name into a rock on an island off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
Also consider: Leif
Famed art and antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn hid a treasure worth more than $1 million somewhere on public land in the Rocky Mountains. He then released a poem giving clues to its whereabouts sparking a massive treasure hunt. His reasoning? Get people outside exploring and having adventures.
Also consider: Forrest
Huck Finn is one of the protagonists of Mark Twain’s adventure stories. The best friend of Tom Sawyer, Finn builds a raft and sets off down the Mississippi river with runaway slave Jim.
Also consider: Huck, Huckleberry
Whether you go there to hunt, hike, camp, fish,
or bathe, the love of wild places preserves a strong connection to the name Forest.
A ford is a place in a river where the water runs shallow and the make-up of the riverbed allows for vehicles and people to safely cross. If you happened to play the classic 1974 video game Oregon Trail, then you know how important a Ford can be.
Perhaps one of the oldest and best methods of starting a fire in the woods, Flint is also a key component in the striking mechanism of vintage flintlock rifles.
Also consider: Steel
Commonly associated with the shotguns, gauge refers to the number of lead balls of a particular diameter that add up to one pound. 12 and 20 gauge are among the most popular shotguns.
Another strong name, Granite is a hard rock that has given us some of the most stunning vistas and unique rock structures in all of nature. Many have made it their obsession to conquer the steep granite faces of the world, climbing thousands of vertical feet while dangling from ropes.
Also consider: Stone, Cliff, Rocky
From the Nordic origin meaning fighter, soldier, or attacker, and the Viking saying meaning “Brave or Bold Warrior”. Also a gunner is a specially trained field in the Army.
Also consider: Gunner
If you love to hunt and want to pass on the heritage to your child, Hunter is a great option.
Dr. “Indiana” Jones. The fictional professor of archeology and adventure seeker was the subject of numerous films and books chronicling his search for artifacts of religious, and historical significance. He’s pretty much one of the coolest fictional characters of all time.
Also Consider: Henry (Indiana Jones’ full name was Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones)
Jack London was the author of the classic adventure story Call of the Wild about the bond between a man and a dog set in the Yukon during the 1890’s Klondike Gold Rush. If you dig into Jack’s life you will find he actually lived quite an adventurous life himself.
Also consider: London, Yukon, Dawson (Dawson City)
A juvenile male turkey is known as a Jake. Turkeys are now one of the most popular game species in North America, after being rescued from the brink of extinction in the early 1900’s by the efforts of conservationists.
Also consider: Tom
This moniker covers a broad gamut of outdoorsy meanings. In Japanese – “ocean”, in Navajo – “willow tree”, in Scottish – “fire”, in Swahili – “loveable”.
The Hawaiian word meaning “brave, bold, fearless”, Koa encapsulates the spirit of the island people who populated the pacific islands by setting out across the open ocean in primitive canoes. Koa is also a tree whose wood was used in the construction of the ancient Hawaiian surfboards.
Giant, placid, blue pool of water, reflecting the sky, the trees, the mountains and your face, much like your traits as parents will be reflected in your baby.
Also consider: Lakeson, Laken
Traditionally a surname but following a modern trend of using surnames as a first name, Lakeson is a perfect name for your child. If you have a strong connection the lake this might be the name for you.
Variations: Lake, Laken
This name probably evolved as a Native American pronunciation of a French-Canadian fur trapper by the name of “Lawrence”, who was killed by a grizzly bear in western Montana in the early 1800’s. It is also the name of about 2 million acres of National Forest in Montana.
Mariner is a Celtic name meaning “lives by the sea” and has become synonymous in many languages with the occupation of sailor. As such it carries with it the mystique and allure of setting sail for a far-off, unexplored land.
Straight from nature moss is all over in wild places, bogs, logs, trees, stones and more. It’s green, it’s soft and it makes a great name.
It’s a state in the heart of the old west, but it’s also one of the most rugged mountain ranges in North America. The Sierra Nevada’s boast numerous iconic rocky craggy structures including El Capitan and Half Dome.
The outdoor connection here comes from spawning trout. Trout lay their eggs on gravel beds in rivers called “redds”. Conscientious anglers avoid stepping on them and often refuse to target trout in these areas in order to avoid disturbing the reproductive process.
Variations: Redd, Red
Another great name for hunters and gun enthusiasts, this name comes from the Remington Arms Co. which was founded in the early 1800’s and has produced some of the most iconic guns of all time including the Remington 700.
Also consider: Remi, Eli (the shortened version of Eliphalet Remington, the company’s founder)
Ridges play an important role in nature. Many a hunter and explorer have succumbed to the urge to see what lies beyond the next ridge.
Meaning “river” in Spanish this name also is also the frontend of several famous rivers as well as the John Wayne movie Rio Bravo.
Variations: Río, River
The English version of the afore-mentioned Rio. Rivers have long been central to all kinds of adventure, exploration, and recreation.
The Rocky Mountains stretch nearly 3,000 miles from New Mexico all the way to the northern parts of British Colombia. Encompassing some of the best hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, skiing, and climbing in the world. What’s not to love?
Also consider: Granite, Stone
Throughout history explorers and adventurers have made use of scouts. These valuable members of the group had to have exceptional woodsmanship and survival skills as they were tasked with moving stealthily ahead of the party to gather valuable information.
The front end of the famous gun makers Smith & Wesson, this name means “metal worker or blacksmith”. Traditionally a surname it has been used throughout history as a very cool first name as well.
Also consider: Wesson, Weston
This name carries a great deal of nuance in a slightly blunt package. Stones are strong and hard, yet beautiful. We skip them, climb them, build on them, and marvel at their immensity.
Means “sharp” which could refer to both the intellect and the looks of its namesake. The connection to the outdoors comes from the claws of the majestic birds of prey, which are known as “talons”.
The occupational name for someone who takes animal hides and “tans” them making them useful for clothing and other purposes.
The 26th president of the United States “Teddy” Roosevelt was about as hardcore as they come. He hunted and trapped all over the world, but also helped establish much of the modern conservation model that has preserved North America’s most charismatic species. He also established the National Park System. Roosevelt was once shot in the chest by a would-be assassin before a speech. Because of his knowledge of anatomy knew the wound was not fatal. He proceeded to deliver his 90-minute speech with the bullet in his chest before going to the hospital.
The place where everything’s bigger. It’s a big name and somebody’s bound to love it. Texas has long been associated with cattle ranching, country music, and a pioneering spirit.
Trapping has a rich history in America that continues today. Did you know the first homegrown millionaire in North America was an investor in the fur trade? The fur industry was trapping beaver to make top-hats in the late 18th century producing enormous wealth for it’s key players.
From the shortened form of the French name Art(h)urin, a form of Arthur which originates from the Celtic word “artos” meaning “bear”.
Also Consider: Bjorn, Bear
Derived from the Norse legend of Wayland the Smith, which tells of a blacksmith with mythical powers who, among other feats, crossed the sea in a hollow log, forged a powerful sword, and married a princess.
Also consider: Jennings
John Wayne. The Duke. Wayne is a symbol of masculinity for his no-nonsense cowboy persona in the many old western movies in which he starred.
The latter name of the famous gun maker Smith and Wesson, this would be a great name for anyone who loves early American history, hunters, and gun enthusiasts.
There is no hidden meaning here. If you love the outdoors and wild places you may also want to pass on the wild adventurous spirit to your child. Wilder is also the married surname of Laura Ingles Wilder taken from her husband Almanzo giving it even more of an adventurous pioneer feel.
Variations: Wild, Wilde
The name of one of the most famous slaves in history, York was the only black member of the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase. York proved invaluable on the journey; Clark later set him free.
Fierce Girls Baby Names With Outdoorsy Meanings:
This name reflects sought after adventure, rugged beauty and lighthearted play. As Aspen is located in a remote area of the Rocky Mountain Range in Colorado one of the most sought after destination areas for winter adventure and play.
The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Varying in color and complexity it is a magical lights show that is undeniably beautiful. The name is Latin meaning “from the dawn”.
It’s hard not to love Autumn. Cool mornings and evenings, with warm days. The colors, the smells, and of course Pumpkin Spice.
From the Old French meaning blue. Like the color from the sky, ocean, mountains, the glaciers, lakes, or the rivers of the great outdoors.
It was a Disney movie with a strong female lead, but before it was a movie it has been a characteristic we admire and aspire to. We think it could be a great name for a girl. It reminds us of the quote: “though she be but little, she is fierce”.
Also consider: Merida
A gentle and free spirited name that represents the free flowing waters of a gentle and winding babbling brook. Its traditional name meaning is one who lives by the brook.
We think Cam is an awesome girls name. Its connection to the outdoors is two-fold. It’s part of the mechanical workings of a compound bow, one of the most popular hunting weapons. It is also a piece of rock climbing equipment used to anchor climbers and mountaineers as they ascend the some world’s most dangerous ascents.
A creative name reflecting nature, ingenuity and rest. The Cedar tree is a fragrant ornamental tree that has also been instrumental in many societies throughout history as it’s wood has been used for boats, buildings, and even weapons.
There is a certain wildness in the Dakotas that is found nowhere else. The states vastness varies from wild horses, windswept and snow covered flatlands to beautiful hills and rich ranchland. Dakota is a Native American baby name, meaning friend and we find it to be strong, beautiful and courageous.
If you’ve ever had the chance to take in a sunrise from a mountain peak, or watched the colors of the Dawn reflect on a glassy lake you know just how magical the moment can be.
The tallest mountain in North America rising 20,310 ft. above sea level. Named by the Koyukon people it literally means “high”. Whether you have a special connection with the mountain itself or you are just filled with awe at the sight of the majestic peak, we think Denali is a beautiful name.
Also Consider: McKinley, Dawson, Yukon
If you love the outdoors you’ve most certainly spent cool dark nights watch your campfire slowly die. Watching the light dance across the glowing embers is a captivating and peaceful sight.
Also Consider: Emberly
The tallest mountain in the world, Everest has been a destination for adventure seekers and those wanting to push their limits to achieve greatness since New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary first reached its summit in 1953.
Also consider: Hillary
It literally means “dweller at the holly trees”. We think it’s a beautiful name that has a modern feel.
Also consider: Holly
A gift of this vibrant and beautiful plant traditionally symbolizes friendship or faithfulness. Ivy reflects the vibrant and faithful friend you will have in you daughter.
Like life, like venturing into the backcountry, or a 10-day backpacking trip. A Journey changes us; it shapes us. We bond with those who go on the journey with us.
Whichever spelling you prefer Alaska’s capitol city is a gateway to America’s last frontier. The city was originally named for a prospector who came to the area looking for gold. The literal meaning is “young”.
Also consider: Juno, Dawson, Denali
The freedom of the hills is what draws us to nature. It’s the same freedom that inspires us when we see wild animals and hear their call. Liberty means “freedom” and it captures nature’s spirit.
Originally a version of Lawrence, Lolo is the name of a National Forest in western Montana. We think it’s a great girls name and apparently we’re not the only ones. Lolo Jones is an American track star and bobsledder. Lolo also appeared on the 19th season of Dancing With the Stars.
Pronounced muh-KLAIN it is the surname of author Norman Maclean whose beloved book A River Runs Through It details his growing up years in early 20th century Montana and his connection with fly-fishing. Whether you are a fan of the book or just love fly-fishing Maclean could be a fit.
With almost 1,500 rainbow trout per mile the Madison River in Montana is a fantastic destination for angling and adventure. It starts in Yellowstone National Park and winds it’s way through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northwest.
Pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable, Ma-RIN (similar to Marie) this name with Roman origins is generally accepted to mean “of the sea” similar to Mariner. We like it for it’s mystical quality.
Also consider: Mariner
The Spanish word for butterfly as well as a brightly colored flower. This is a rare and intriguing name from south of the border is as elegant as it is exotic.
The former name of “Denali”, North Americas tallest peak, it was named in support of presidential candidate William McKinley. The mountain was renamed by its local name given to it by the Koyukon people in 2015, but it is still known by many as Mount McKinley. We think McKinley is a super cute name for a baby girl.
Also Consider: Dawson, Denali, Yukon
A Meridian is a geography term for a line of longitude. It comes from a Latin word meaning “midday”. Meridians have long been markers of location for sailors and explorers.
With its headwaters in Montana, the Missouri River is one of the most important feeders of mighty Mississippi river. It’s also a prime trout fishery and winds through some of the best elk hunting ground in the world. We love the idea of “Zurri” for short!
The Latin word meaning mountain, Montana is still one of the last best places to explore, hunt, fish, and spend time in unspoiled wilderness.
Representing one of the most rugged and adventure packed mountain ranges in North America as well as a beloved state in the heart of the west this name boasts of exploration and adventure. We find it to be a creative name with fierce beauty.
American folk hero Annie Oakley was a sharpshooter who could shoot with the best of them. She routinely performed daring shooting tricks and became known as “Little Sure Shot”. She was a woman in a male dominated world, eventually joining Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. During retirement she took to hunting, fishing and teaching other women to shoot.
Also consider: Annie
Meaning “from another country” or “abroad” it has an adventurous quality from the start. It is also the name of the world’s fastest animal, my favorite bird, the Peregrine Falcon.
Also consider: Journey
It has many different meanings but it only makes me think of the volcano just outside of Seattle, WA. Maybe you’ve climbed it yourself or you have just had the pleasure of seeing Rainier on a clear day, snowcapped, surrounded by a glowing pink cloud halo reflecting the sunset. Either way there is no doubt about it’s beauty.
River is a name that is growing in popularity. Why not? So many of us have great memories with people we love floating, fishing, and swimming on rivers. They are diverse in makeup, but universal in the way we are drawn to them.
For the Rocky Mountain range in North America, which stretches over 3,000 miles and boasts vast wilderness, diverse wildlife, majestic mountain lakes and numerous snow covered peaks. This name is fresh, tough and up for anything.
I love the way the smell of Sage transports me to the open range. It’s rugged and wild and full of life.
Not just a boy’s name. Scout was the feisty female protagonist of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Her feisty personality combined with the names meaning of “one who gathers information discreetly” makes a perfect combo.
Meaning “a chain of hills or mountains with jagged peaks”. These mountains are rugged and majestic with a mighty and fierce beauty.
Long days and warm nights. Especially for those who love the outdoors it’s the best time of the year to be out enjoying nature.
A vale is another word for Valley. Change the spelling a bit and it coincides with the beautiful ski resort and mountain playground in Colorado.
Also consider: Vail, Hollow
If you’re looking for a name that embodies the spirit of adventure and your love of the outdoors then why not cut straight to the point. Wilde (with an e) strikes us an elegant way to get the point across.
Also consider: Wild, Wilder
The name willow means slender and graceful for the slender and graceful branches on the large and iconic willows.