74 Maori Baby Names for New Zealand Boys or Girls

New Zealand's Maori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a unique, dynamic experience for new parents. Maori, also known as Te Reo, is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken by the Maori people, the indigenous population of New Zealand. There are lots of good reasons for giving your bundle of love a Maori name. Maori names have beautiful meanings and they are unique in the English world, they will acknowledge your Maori heritage, and they make your babies stand out from the crowd of today's popular names.

Maori Girl Names


Ahorangi - Enlightened
Ahurewa - Sacred place
Aihe - Dolphin
Airini - Peace
Amiria - Hard worker
Anahera - Angel
Arataki - To lead
Areta - Noble
Aroha - Love
Arorangi - To heaven
Ataahua - Beautiful
Atarangi - Morning sky
Awhina - Help, support
Haeata - Dawn
Hahana - Radiant light
Hauku - Dew
Hine - Girl
Hokaka - Desired
Huhana - Maori form of Susan
Kahurangi - A type of green gemstone found in New Zealand, meaning "sky blue"
Kiri - Skin of a tree or fruit
Maata - Maori form of Martha
Mahuika - The Maori Goddess of Fire
Manaia - A mythological creature with the head of a bird and the body of a human
Marama - Moon
Marika - Quiet, careful
Mere - Maori form of Mary.
Moana - Ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea
Ngaio - Clever
Ngaire - Silver fern
Pania - A beautiful sea maiden in a Maori myth
Roimata - Tear drop
Ruiha - Maori form of Louisa
Waimarie - Good luck
Whetu - Star
Whina - Helper

Maori Boy Names

Amiri - From the east wind
Anaru - Maori form of Andrew
Arana - Rock
Arapeta - Noble, famous
Hahona - Healer
Hare - Manly
Hehu - Rescued by God
Hemi - Maori form of James
Henare - Rules the home
Hohepa - Maori form of Joseph
Irirangi - Spirit voice
Kauri - A type of tree found in New Zealand
Maaka - The Maori version of Mark
Marama - Moonlight
Matiu - Gift from God
Mikaere - Maori form of Michael
Nikau - A type of palm tree found in New Zealand
Nikora - Maori form of Nicholas or Nicole
Paora - Maori form of Paul
Patariki - Maori form of Patrick
Petera - Maori form of Peter
Piripi - Maori form of Philip
Pita - This Maori version of Peter also embodies the qualities of stone or rock
Rangi - Sky. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Rangi or Ranginui was a god of the sky, husband of the earth goddess Papa
Rawiri - Beloved
Rongo - God of Peace
Ropata - Bright fame
Rua - Lake
Ruru - Morepork, NZ’s native owl
Tama - Son, boy
Tamati - Maori form of Thomas
Tane - Man. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Tane was the god of forests and light
Tangaroa - God of the sea, rivers and lakes
Timoti - Maori form of Timothy
Tipene - Maori form of Stephen
Wiremu - Maori form of William



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