Unique and Sophisticated Names for Your Boat

Updated on September 2, 2018
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You have a new boat, a dream come true. It seems unbefitting such a vessel to have placed upon its stern some mash up of you and your wife’s names. Even worse, you cannot bear to give it any of the trite, pun filled, puerile and unimaginative monikers you have discovered thus far.

Face it, you have complex sensibilities. Common men name their boats “Jimmy’s Joy,” “Seaduction,” “Nauti Bouy,” or “Steady As She Goes.” What do you want emblazoned on the escutcheon of your quarter of a million dollar sloop? You already know it won’t be “Dock Holiday” or “Unsinkable III.”

You are articulate and maybe a Scrabble freak. You are reaching for something that is, as yet – undefined. Like naming children, it’s important. Boats and kids live up to the names we give them. Boating is an existential quest, defining you, the boat and your relationship with the sea.

You need something that, like you, is refined and enigmatic. The boat’s name must capture some undiscovered salient, embracing your thoughts, words and deeds that spring forth from your heart, mind and soul.

Lucky for you, the richness of language provides erudite and metaphorical terms which describe your state. Those spotting your stern with binoculars might well suspect that you have both a command of language as well as the sea. Yes, names such as these are conversation starters. They are archaic, obtuse, sometimes foreign and a few - snobbish.

Type them into Google Speak to pronounce them for you. Try them on. They will roll off your tongue soon enough.

See you out on the big water.

A List of Unique Boat Names for Your Yacht or Sailboat

Name
Meaning
Notes
PETRICHOR
The smell after rain
 
RIDENT
Cheerful
 
UBIQUARIAN
Someone who goes everywhere.
 
ZIRALEET
Expression of joy
 
GEGENSCHEIN
Dust in the sky opposite the sun’s position creating a night glow.
 
INTREPID
Hyper-adventurous
 
AXIOMATIC
A self evident outcome of an idea or action.
 
EPAGOMENIC
Spontaneous celebration for no worthy reason.
 
INSANGEIOUS
To be made equal to the angels.
A favorite
KAKIKSTOCRACY
A government run by the worst citizens
 
CERULEAN
Blue like the water around unspoiled tropical islands.
A favorite
BLOOTERED
Very drunk
Scottish
GOLIARD
Wandering student
(Aren’t we all?)
GLEEK
Sharp joke or a superb trick
 
WHIPJACK
A beggar who pretends to be an out of luck sailor
 
XIPHOID
Spear shaped
For medical people. Racing boat?
AMPHISBAENA
Mythical two headed serpent
Your mother in law?
CHANTICLEER
Rooster-like
For alpha males and kings of industry.
EUCATASTROPHE
Perfect ending or outcome of a story
 
OPEROSE
Displaying great ability and effort for all to see
 
OPSIMATH
A person who begins to learn late in life
 
RESOUNDING
Undeniable. Obvious and clearly marked
 
RIPARIAN
Of the river
Rights of water-usually drilling related. law term.
PANEMORFI
Beautiful
Greek
ZEITREISE
Time travel
German
ZENIT
Zenith
German
METANOIA
The process of changing your heart, mind and goals.
 
MERAKI
To do with creativity, passion and resolve
 
SIDEREAL
Determined by the stars
 
EMACITY
A fondness for buying things
 
APAIXONAR
Falling in love – like off a cliff.
Portuguese. Quaint term.
AEONIAN
Eternal and everlasting
 
VERKLEMPT
Overcome with emotion
 
DAEDALIAN
Deft, intelligent, crafty
 
ENHALO
To place a halo upon. To crown spiritually.
 
EPITOME
The perfect defining example of a type
 
LUCENT
Shining and hard to look at – gleaming brilliantly
 
DESABAFAR
Let off steam and in the process gaining balance.
 
MOEITY
Two equal parts. (husband and wife for instance)
 
RESPLENDENT
Sublime, full of color, dazzling and eye catching
 
SIGIL
Refers to a signet ring or a mark of one’s family.
 
SWEVEN
Dream, vision, premonition.
 
VISRIENT
Must see new things-one who requires visual stimuli
 
VULPINE
The characteristics of a fox
A favorite. From Latin.
ETOILE
Star
French
CARCANET
A jeweled necklace
 
VERGESSENHEIT
Oblivion
German
TRAUMSTAAT
Dream state
German
LAGOM
The right moment in time. Aligned.
Swedish.
INSUPERAVEL
Unsurpassed
Portuguese
GEHEIMGANG
Secret passage
German
PANTAGRUELIAN
Vast
 
PANURGIC
Able or willing to do most anything
 
THALASSIC
Referring to the sea
 
LEMNISCATE
Refers to the figure eight infinity symbol
 
VOORZIENE
Foreseen.
Dutch
VELSIGNET
Blessed
 
EKSAKT
Exact
Danish
SCINTILLATE
Emits sparks
 
ALGEDONIC
Pleasure and pain together
 
UENDELIG
Infinite
Norwegian
GLORIEUX
Glorious
French
UMANI
Salt, sweet, bitter, sour.
Japanese. Delicious.
LUCUBRATION
The product of laborious study.
 
OENOPHILE
A lover of wine. Not an alcoholic.
 
ZUGZWANG
A compulsion to move.
Chess term. German.
NIKHEDONIA
The elation that accompanies the moment of victory
 
BIMARIAN
Pertaining to two seas
 
DICAEARCHY
Fair and just government
 
EPHYDRIAD
Water nymph. Like Esther Williams.
 
EVENIENCY
Coming to pass. Inevitable.
 
DOSHEACHANTA
Inevitable
Irish
GIPESIAN
Pertaining to gypsies
 
HALATINOUS
Saline. Salty. (Applies to the boat owner?)
 
INOCCIDUOUS
A star that never dips below the horizon.
 
ISANGELOUS
Equal to angels.
 
NUBIVAGANT
Moving among the clouds.
 
SPARSILE
Pertaining to a star
 
THEOMENY
The wrath of God against evil
 
TRABBOCANT
Superabundant.
 
TROPAEAN
Wind blowing towards land
 
TROPHAEAL
Pertaining to trophies. Many.
 
ALIFORM
Shaped like a wing
 
ANEMOLOGY
The study of wind
 
CETOLOGY
The study of whales and dolphins
 
LAVEER
To sail against the wind
 
WEATHERLY
Able to sail close to the wind with little leeway.
 
OMNILEGENT
An omnivorous reader, bookworm.
 
MARISTO
Sailor
Esperanto
BEUNDRANSVARD
Admirable
Swedish
PRAXIS
Process in which a theory or skill is practiced and embodied
 
COGENT
A clear, logical and convincing argument
 
ANDIAMO
Let’s go!
Italian. Emphatic.
CONGRUENT
The matching of two geometric shapes.
Husband+wife?
ENDOXOS
Glorious
Greek

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