What’s in a name? A lot! That’s part of why deciding what to call your baby can be so tough — names are typically forever, and you want your child’s name to fit into what you value! If you’re having trouble settling on a baby name, think about who you are as a person. Are you old-fashioned, or do you love all things modern? Are you practical and straight-to-the-point, or do you like to take a walk on the wild and whimsical side? Would you rather blaze a trail or honor important traditions? And, most importantly, what’s your Myers-Briggs type? Not surprisingly, we think your personality type — and all the preferences and quirks therein — can predict the type of baby name you might choose. Here are our best suggestions, type by type.
ISTJ: THE LOGISTICIAN
Practical to their core, an ISTJ is the type of personality who values tradition and structure above all else. A traditional family name might be a good fit for the ISTJ, or perhaps a name tied to your cultural background. At the end of the day, we see the ISTJ choosing a thoughtful, historical name rooted in tradition, like Harriet or Frederick.
ISFJ: THE DEFENDER
Just like their ISTJ cousin, the ISFJ is big on conventions and tradition, but this personality also boasts a love for nostalgia. So while the ISFJ might opt for an old-school baby name, they might sway a little more toward vintage than historical — think June for a girl or Hank for a boy.
INFJ: THE ADVOCATE
An idealistic and sensitive nurturer, the INFJ is likely to think long and hard about their child’s name and how it might affect them down the road. A deep and meaningful name — like any of these names that mean “peace” (e.g., Axel or Paxton) — would be right up the reflective INFJ’s alley.
INTJ: THE ARCHITECT
For the ever-strategic INTJ, life is complicated, and that’s a good thing. Since efficiency is so important to this problem-solving personality — along with a little nuance and complexity — they’d probably be into a modern, gender-neutral name like Arlo or Beryl.
ISTP: THE VIRTUOSO
ISTPs are natural explorers. Driven by their five senses, this spontaneous, flexible type loves a good thrill, whether building something just to take it apart or exploring the great outdoors. One of these explorer-inspired baby names, such as Sawyer or River, would be a great tribute to this personality’s love for exploring the world around them.
ISFP: THE ADVENTURER
Down-to-earth and sensitive, ISFPs connect deeply with the world around them, and themselves, through sensory experiences. A bright and colorful baby name — like Jade or Jasper — fits the ISFP’s quirky, artistic persona.
INFP: THE MEDIATOR
The poet of the Myers-Briggs spectrum, the INFP highly values self-expression and individualism. This personality’s deeply emotional side would lend itself to a soulful, offbeat baby name, like any of these names inspired by nature. (We’re big fans of Fern and Forrest for the INFP.)
INTP: THE LOGICIAN
The INTP is a lifelong learner. Everywhere they go, they’re looking for new opportunities to stretch and grow their knowledge. It wouldn’t surprise us if this personality went for a literary baby name, such as Holden or Scout, in honor of their favorite book.
ESTP: THE ENTREPRENEUR
Goal-oriented and ambitious to the core, the ESTP is more style-conscious than other personality types. Chances are, this go-getter type would be inspired to choose an equally ambitious (yet still on-trend) name for their offspring — maybe even a royal baby name like Charlotte or George.
ESFP: THE ENTERTAINER
Known for being warm and hospitable, this personality also loves to entertain others with their creativity, sense of humor, and lively personality — so it would make sense for them to choose something a little surprising, like one of these magical names from Harry Potter, such as Luna or Sybill.
ENFP: THE CAMPAIGNER
A spontaneous, vibrant, and extroverted feeler, the ENFP would be likely to choose a crowd-pleasing baby name with a little extra personality for oomph — think Hayden or Rowan or any of these trend-setting gender neutral names.
ENTP: THE DEBATER
If any personality would choose a hip, minimalist baby name, it’s probably the ENTP. Something equally simple and inventive, like Remy or Ziza, would show off the ENTP’s penchant for innovation and new ideas while embracing the way they value independent thinking.
ESTJ: THE EXECUTIVE
Fueled by their strong personality and analytical tendency, it’s no surprise why this MBTI type is nicknamed “The Executive.” This personality would be a big fan of a strong, powerful baby name that reflects their ambition, like Athena for a girl or Maximus for a boy.
ESFJ: THE CONSUL
Easygoing yet outgoing feelers who treasure the beauty they experience in the world around them, people who fall under this personality type would be into a unique, sunny baby name that reflects their positive, sensory-driven personality — think Blaine, which means “yellow” in Gaelic, or the ever-feminine Daisy.
ENFJ: THE PROTAGONIST
The ENFJ is friendly, giving, and charismatic — the MBTI’s protagonist. A well-worn unisex baby name, like Quinn or Avery, would be both a generous gift to this personality’s offspring and a tribute to their own diplomatic personality.
ENTJ: THE COMMANDER
The ENTJ is a little intense at first, but it’s all for a good reason. This personality type is highly visionary and driven, which makes for a unique baby name choice. Bonus points if it’s a word name or celebrity baby name, like Saint or Rocket.
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