What's in a name? Well, quite a lot, if the men of Reddit are to be believed! Turns out that your attractiveness isn’t just based on your appearance or your personality. Being lucky enough to have a certain name really does change the way some men look at you. It often depends on personal preference, but some names really are considered 'sexier' than others! It’s not that some are especially ‘ugly’, just that others roll off the tongue in a more sensual way.
Of course, you can’t exactly control this aspect of your attractiveness – changing your name because it’s not on this list might be a bit extreme! You really have to hope that your parents knew how to pick a decent enough name. Some of the 'hottest' names according to these dudes are pretty common; others are more unusual. Some of them are clearly considered ‘sexy’ because a whole load of hot celebrities just happen to have that name. So, are you one of the lucky ones? Have the men of Reddit singled out your name as one of the most irresistible ones out there? You’ll have to read on and find out! We’ve got our fingers crossed for you…
16 "Alessandra... I will forever be looking for another girl like her."
It may be slightly unusual, but this gorgeous name definitely has a certain ring to it. Alessandra is the Spanish and Italian version of 'Alexandra', a name originally of Greek origin. It reportedly translates as "beautiful flower of God". This Redditor certainly agrees with the 'beautiful' part! He was so charmed by the Alessandra in his life that he's never going to forget her. It's a shame that things between the two of them clearly didn't work out!
Alessandra is definitely a sophisticated, exotic, and elegant name. It suggests the presence of passion in its owner and is nothing if not incredibly classy. Quite a few famously irresistible women happen to share this name: recently retired former Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio immediately springs to mind! If you're lucky enough to be an Alessandra, you can rest easy in the knowledge you've got one of the most irresistible names out there.
15 "Heather... Just the way it rolls off the tongue sounds sensual."
Heather was once the third most popular name in the USA, a fact that this Reddit user is clearly quite happy about. He's not incorrect in his praise of the name: it certainly does roll off the tongue! The name Heather has its origins in England and Scotland, where the purple-flowering plant of the same name is super common. It was one of the first botanical names to become popular there and is still given to a handful of babies each year.
In pop culture, the film Heathers certainly brought this name into the public eye. Every single snobby yet beautiful girl in the film's high school class just happened to be named Heather! It's a testament to both the name's popularity and its associations with beauty. Heather definitely deserves its place on our list of irresistible names.
14 "It's so gentle... but I guess Emily would have something freaky to hide."
I never really would have associated the name Emily with someone who gets 'freaky' in the bedroom, but clearly, this Reddit user does! Whether he's correct or not is up for debate, although Emily is definitely a beautiful and alluring name. It's got quite a lot of literary associations: it became popular partly due to the success of novelist Emily Bronte and poet Emily Dickinson. The name has a kind of artistic beauty about it and is still one of the most-used female names in the world.
Originally, the name Emily was derived from the Roman name Aemilia, which apparently had the meaning 'rival'. This could just be a folk story, although a lot of the Emilys out there certainly have few rivals for the title of most irresistible woman. Just look at actresses Emily Blunt and Emily Ratajkowski!
13 "Naomi... just spell it backward!"
This Reddit user has a pretty raunchy reason for liking the name Naomi: spelled backward, it reads "I Moan"! How cheeky! The name's irresistibility is made a tad awkward when who consider its origins, however. It's a Hebrew name originating from the Old Testament, with Naomi being the mother-in-law of prominent Biblical figure Ruth. Clearly, the initial religiosity and purity associated with the name have disappeared in the eyes of the modern Redditor.
The direct meaning of Naomi is 'pleasantness', a soothing and positive connotation that makes the name popular with many parents. However, these days it's also commonly associated with two super-hot female celebs: model Naomi Campbell and actress Naomi Watts. Both of these gorgeous women demonstrate exactly why the name has become so irresistible. Not only are they super sexy, they're incredibly successful in their respective fields.
12 "I dated a Cambodian girl named Soriya in high school... super hot name"
Soriya is another name that's unusual but seriously stunning. This Reddit user was lucky enough to date a Soriya back in his younger years and was understandably enchanted by her name. It's a name of Cambodian origin that's incredibly rare in the rest of the world. However, if you're one of the lucky few, you've truly been blessed with a beautiful name. Soriya translates to "sun", and the owner of such a name has a beauty that consequently shines brightly. Such a radiant name is bound to be pretty irresistible!
As well as being generally gorgeous looks-wise, a Soriya is likely to have a beautiful personality to match. In Cambodian culture, the name has connotations of creativity, honesty, and trustworthiness, and signals a willingness to sacrifice things for others. All in all, a Soriya will bring great things into the lives of others!
11 "Ashley... I've never seen a girl with this name who wasn't at least somewhat attractive."
According to this particular Redditor, there's an unspoken rule that anyone called Ashley is bound to be irresistibly attractive. To be honest, there's plenty of evidence to suggest he's right! Just look at Ashley Benson, Ashley Greene, and Ashley Olsen! If you're lucky enough to share a name with these gorgeous celebs, you've got plenty to be thankful for.
Ashley was originally an English surname and place name. It loosely translates as "lives in the grove of the ash tree": it's a bit of a mouthful but you get the picture! It can also be spelled Ashlee (as in Simpson) or Ashleigh, depending on personal preference. It's another nature-linked name that has a unique resonance and meaning. If you're a guy who finds the name attractive, you're in luck: it was the most popular name in the States back in 1991, meaning there are now plenty of grown-up Ashleys about!
10 "I've always had a thing for the name Kayla..."
Kayla is a name that has a whole host of potential meanings. For this particular Redditor, it clearly means "irresistibly hot"! However, there's a lot more to it than that. The origin of the name is pretty hotly debated. Some believe it's derived from ancient Arabic or Greek and has the meaning "pure". Others have suggested it's derived from the Hebrew for "laurel" or "crown" - looks like being called Kayla could mark you out as royalty!
Alternatively, Irish culture suggests that Kayla could come from the surname Caollaidhe. Try correctly pronouncing that one!! In this case, the name would mean either "slender" (nice one!) or "keeper of the keys". All of these meanings suggest one common theme: women called Kayla are pretty incredible for their beauty and trustworthiness. No wonder this Redditor found the name so attractive!
9 "It seems like there's a rule that only hot women can be named Paige"
Ah, another Redditor who thinks he's found a direct link between a name and beauty. If you happen to be a Paige, congratulations: this guy thinks you're guaranteed to be irresistible! Lucky you! That's despite the not-so-complimentary description behind the name's origins. It's derived from 'page' - a medieval term for a young boy or servant! Oh dear. Still, it's become pretty popular over the past couple of decades.
As for personality traits, the name Paige can signify some shyness. However, that's easily overcome when her sassy side comes out! A great sense of humor is also linked to the name: a Paige is a woman who smiles A LOT. No wonder this Redditor is so hooked on the name! If you're a Paige, you have a lot to be proud of!
8 "Jennifer is pretty sexy... I speak from experience"
Well, this Redditor clearly has some interesting stories about a Jennifer he dated! If only he'd shared them - they sound like a hoot. Anyway, his experiences have obviously proved that Jennifer is a pretty hot name. It's got some pretty incredible history behind it, for one: it's a modern version of the name Guinevere, the queen of Camelot in the legend of King Arthur! The name translates as "enchantress" and "fair one", which is pretty high praise, let's be honest.
Amazingly, the 'Jennifer' version of the name didn't become popular until the twentieth century! Since then, though, it's become pretty common - especially among attractive people, according to this Redditor! It makes sense, though. Just think about Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence... The list goes on! If there are any Jennifers out there, you're in darn good company.
7 "I like names that end in -ia... Julia being top"
There are a lot of pretty hot names ending in -ia out there: Olivia, Alessia, Sophia... However, this Redditor is a particular fan of Julia, and we can kinda see why. It's a name of Latin origin meaning "youthful"... or "hairy", depending on who you ask. Let's just go with the first option, eh? If you're called Julia, you're apparently going to be blessed with youthful looks for your entire life! Who wouldn't be grateful for that?
As well as ageless looks, a Julia has other impressive aspects when it comes to her name. It originally comes from pretty impressive stock. It's the feminine version of the Roman name Julius - as in Julius Caesar! So not only are Julias youthful, they're linked to an actual Emperor! With regal credentials like that, how could anyone resist a Julia? Clearly not this Reddit user, for sure.
6 "Sasha. When I meet a woman named that... Just damn."
The name Sasha's Eastern European roots make it an alluringly exotic choice. It's often the shortened version of Alexandra, but can be used in its own right too. As well as its generally sultry sound, Sasha is also notable for its grand origins. It generally means "defender or helper of mankind" - impressive stuff! If you've been bestowed with this world-saving name, you'd better be prepared for great things!
As well as being a defender of men, a Sasha is likely to be a bit of a heartbreaker too. The name implies passion, drama, and romance. It's this fiery personality that makes Sasha such an irresistible name for a lot of men. It's unsurprising to be honest - if Beyonce picked the name for her alter ego Sasha Fierce, it must be pretty hot!
5 "Vanessa... Ooooh. It seriously gives me shivers!"
Well, this Redditor is definitely pretty fond of the name Vanessa! It is a pretty pleasing name to say - it rolls off the tongue in a sultry way. Unlike a lot of names, Vanessa most likely doesn't have ancient origins. While some people have linked it to Phanessa, the patron goddess of an ancient Greek brotherhood, it was actually invented in the 1800s! Writer Jonathan Swift was its creator: he combined the pet name of his friend Esther - Essa - and added it to the start of her surname, Vanhomrigh. And so Vanessa was born!
Since then, Vanessa has been adopted as the name of a genus of butterfly. This has helped it to gain pretty yet flighty connotations. Famous beauties like Vanessa Hudgens have also helped to make it pretty irresistible to certain guys.
4 "For some reason, Sarah is a very sexy sounding name to me..."
The name Sarah has been popular for centuries thanks to its Biblical origins. However, this Reddit user isn't thinking of religion when he talks about how sexy he finds it! In the Old Testament, Sarah was the wife of Abraham. Her name has some pretty impressive meanings including 'princess', 'female leader', and 'pleasant'. If you're a Sarah or Sara, congratulations - you're a born leader who's a pretty nice person too! You can’t ask for much more than that.
As for its irresistibility, there are a lot of Sarahs out there who've helped the name to gain a reputation for attractiveness. Sarah Hyland, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Silverman, and Sarah Paulson are all prime examples of this. Maybe that’s where this Reddit user got his attraction to the name from… We wouldn’t blame him!
3 "Growing up in Ireland has made me slightly predisposed to 'Erin'. Especially if they're freckly redheads!"
You'd think that the name Erin would be pretty popular in Ireland - it derives from Eire, the Gaelic name for the country itself! However, this Reddit user was actually quite fortunate to come across an Irish Erin. It's more commonly used as a given name in England and the U.S. than in the Emerald Isle itself. Funny how these things turn out!
The name is also popular in Scotland for different reasons. There, Erin as a given name derives from a place of the same name, and means 'green water'. Lots of connections to the color green here! Let's face it - Erins have the potential to make a lot of people green with envy. They often have Gaelic good looks and the fiery personality that comes with them.
2 "Emma. Just think of Watson, Stone, and Roberts..."
This Reddit user has a pretty good point. There's a whole host of irresistible Emmas in the celebrity world! Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, and Emma Stone are great examples, although they're not the only ones out there. The name means "whole" and "universal", making Emmas the complete package of all things wonderful. A whole host of medieval queens and saints popularized the name - if you're an Emma, be sure that you're in good company!
The name also gained widespread use thanks to Jane Austen's novel Emma. It portrayed a spoiled heiress, Emma Woodhouse, unsuccessfully matchmaking before falling in love herself. She's irresistible to a lot of the men she meets - clearly, Emmas had a reputation for their beauty even in the 1800s! This Reddit user proves that not a lot has changed since then when it comes to attractive names.
1 "I've known some seriously sexy Ambers!"
Johnny Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard is pretty much all the proof you need that Amber is a seriously hot name. You'd expect nothing less of a name that's derived from a stunning gemstone! It's one of the most popular names around these days and has been for some decades. While the name is originally derived from ancient Arabic, it didn't become popular until the 19th century.
The honey-coloured stone from which it originates represents warmth, peacefulness, and the rejection of negative energy. If you're named Amber, it's likely that you have a calming effect on others! In Gaelic, the name Amber also comes from the word 'fierce'. Fiery personality and a wish to fight for what she believes in is just one of the many things that makes an Amber irresistible to the opposite sex.