Top 30 Name Tattoo Designs To Honor Your Loved Ones

Choose from beautiful floral or minimalistic designs to full-blown intricate works of art,

By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

Looking for some tattoo inspiration? How about name tattoos? Getting someone’s name inked on your body is the best way to honor them or acknowledge their importance in your life, whether it is that of your children, parents, grandparents, pets, or partners.

Initially, names and name tags were given to military or prisoners as an identification mark. In some cultures, women who were recently married used to ink the name of their husband as a symbol of forever love. Some get name tattoos done as a remembrance of someone close to them, while some get their spouse’s or kid’s names inked to hold them close until eternity.

Here, we have compiled 30 best name tattoo designs that would totally tempt you to get one yourself. Take a look!

Top 30 Name Tattoo Designs

1. Lover’s Name Tattoo

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This one is a name tattoo written in a beautiful font with a stunning red heart. Along with the name and the heart, there is a lifeline to finish the design. You can get your spouse’s or kid’s name inked in this design. These name tattoo designs look best when done along the wrist, arm, or shoulder. You can also get it done on the back if you want an elaborate tattoo.

Simon Guobadia and Porsha Williams are the two popular names who have tattooed each other’s names on the upper back and neck, respectively, to show their love for each other.

2. Short Name Tattoo

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When it comes to name tattoos, small names are easier to inscribe and merge into a fancy symbol that you want. For example, here, the name Kyle is easily fused with a stunning rose stem. This design is simple yet majestic. The subtle dot-tattoo shading of the rose adds to the realistic feel of the tattoo.

3. Simple Name Tattoo

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While some like adding elements to their tattoos, some like keeping it simple. If you want to keep the tattoo simple and let the name be the only highlight, this is how you should get it done. This minimalistic tattoo looks quite striking due to the stylish font.

4. Name With A Crown On It

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A name tattoo with a magnificent crown above it looks gorgeous if placed right. The crown represents royalty and utmost importance, so when you add that element to the name tattoo design, make sure the person holds utmost importance in your life. The best place to get this tattoo done would be your arm.

5. Name Tattoo With A Fluttery Butterfly

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Butterflies are fun, feminine, and beautiful! They are even more pleasant and captivating to see when you combine them with the name of the person who fills your life with fun and never-ending happiness. This is a stunning name tattoo with a couple of butterflies placed beautifully across the shoulder bone.

6. Realistic Rose Name Tattoo

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The 3D colorful rose looks realistic. The illustration and rendering of the tattoo ensure that it looks as close to real as possible. Keep the font stylish and use italic style to make it look stunning.

7. All Heart For Your Beloved

Name Tattoo With Heart Design On Sleeve

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If you are inking your beloved’s name, you sure would love to add a heart along with it, wouldn’t you? This tattoo design is minimalistic and checks all boxes of being stylish and elegant. If you want a prominent heart design, you could go for a colored heart as that would add a pop of color to your rather simple name tattoo.

8. Remembrance Name Tattoo

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Most people get this tattoo done as a remembrance of their near or dear ones after they have passed away. Some do it out of faith and belief in God. The tattoo combines the symbolism of religious beliefs while holding on to a name that is dear to the heart. Some go for a simple cross with a stylish name tattoo font, while others make the cross more elaborate and keep the name tattoo font simple.

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Instead of the wing, some also use angel wings along with the name as a symbol of remembrance.

9. Stylish Arrows With Name Tattoos

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Here, we see a mother flaunting two tattoos across her forearms with the names of her children. The tattoos have stunning arrow designs with the names inscribed in the middle of them. The arrows can be done facing opposite directions as well. It totally depends on your personal preference and choices. Arrow tattoos usually signify protection from any harm, and what’s better than to add it along with the names of your beloved people?

10. Birthdate Name Tattoos

Name And Date Of Birth Tattoo On Ankle

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This gorgeous tattoo consists of a cute little name, date of birth, as well as the time of birth. How cool is that! And to top it all, it also has an arrow that signifies protection from harm. Truly something any mother wouldn’t mind getting inked with!

11. Freedom Feather And Name Tattoos

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A feather tattoo signifies that the person has the ability to take flight or is free-spirited. However, many people don’t go too much into the details and significance of the tattoo and get it done due to its stunning appearance. Here, the name tattoo displays the name ‘Ashmaan,’ which blends into a stunning feather and also has a pair of birds flying away.

12. All About Love And Peace

Love And Peace Tattoo On Side Of Sleeve

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Doves are all about peace and harmony. They signify that the person calms you down with happiness and soothes your heart with peace. Also, traditionally, doves are supposed to be an essential part of the wedding ceremony. Incorporating doves and hearts along with the name is a wonderful idea. If you are a free-spirited person, this is a fine pick to match your personality.

13. Apples Of Your Eyes

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Every mother’s heart resides in her children, quite literally! There’s nothing as stunning as getting name tattoos of all your children. If you aren’t parents yet, you can get your pet’s name tattooed. There are so many ways and designs to get it done. Here, the name tattoos are inked with arrows of different styles, and all look stunning, don’t they?

14. Honoring The Family Name

Honoring The Family Name Tattoo On Sleeve

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Getting a person’s name is the usual way to go. But some people like to take it up a notch by getting their last name tattooed. Those who love their family, their family traditions, or want to honor their family name or their last name opt for this style. Some believe it is important to show respect and honor your ancestors before yourself. It also signifies the closeness and the bond that you have with your family.

15. Baby’s Name Tattoo

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Getting your baby’s name inked on yourself is a beautiful experience. You can get it tattooed anywhere on your body. This one is inked on the wrist, also with a heart and the birthdate of the baby. Isn’t it simply attractive?

16. Minnie Mouse Name Tattoo

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Now, isn’t this tattoo just too cute? It is written in the good old Disney font with a cute Minnie Mouse bow, along with the name tattoo. It is placed on the forearm, which makes it quite prominent.

17. Infinity On The Wrist Name Tattoo

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Wrist name tattoos look the best and instantly demand attention. Instead of writing the name in the usual plain, simple way, you could get it done in this infinity symbol style. Get this quirky design done and see how your loved one’s face lights up.

18. Engraved Lifeline Name Tattoo

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Name tattoos on the shoulders look extremely sexy and alluring. This one is the perfect example of a simple yet appealing shoulder name tattoo. It is inked right on the shoulder blade, with a red heart and lifelines leading to the name.

19. Side Wrist Name Tattoo

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This side wrist name tattoo looks just too beautiful. The statement heart outline takes this simple tattoo design up by several notches. Choose a quirky font, and you’ll keep flaunting it for the rest of your life.

20. Charming Chest Tattoo

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This simple chest tattoo is a name tattoo that is inked slightly on the lower side of the shoulder with an amazing calligraphy font. The name tattoo doesn’t have any other added elements like crown, hearts, or doves. Yet the striking placement of the tattoo on the chest in an appealing font makes it totally eye-catching.

21. All About Love Name Tattoo

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Arm tattoos don’t always have to be extremely elaborate ones that fill the entire arm. These mini tattoos can look equally gorgeous. If you are a ‘less is more’ kind of person, this tattoo is for you.

22. Thigh Name Tattoos

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Like how men prefer getting tattoos on their backs or chest, some women prefer getting tattoos on their thighs, lower back, or hips. There is nothing sexier than a stylish thigh name tattoo. Thigh tattoos become a great accessory when you wear elegant dresses or a pair of shorts. Also, thigh tattoos are less painful as compared to tattoos on the other spots.

23. Rib Cage Name Tattoos

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Rib cage tattoos are private tattoos that you may flaunt or may not. They are something close to you – and only you. This beautiful name tattoo is placed right on the rib cage with a remembrance quote, along with the person’s name. It is, quite literally, holding someone close who has passed away.

24. Name Tattoo With A Jewel On It

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Getting a name tattoo on the neck or nape is a brilliant idea. This one is a 3D colorful tattoo with a gorgeous diamond and a crown as other elements with the name. The crown is carefully placed on the diamond, making it look appealing and unique. The name tattoo is kept subtle by sticking to one deep shade of green that blends into the black ink.

25. Foot Name Tattoos

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Foot tattoos are gaining popularity as they look subtly gorgeous when done perfectly. Many celebrities rock their foot tattoos, and we are sure you are tempted too. Get two different names inked on each of your feet or both on one – depending on your preference. Pick the cutest font and get it done!

26. Fancy Permanent Anklet Name Tattoo

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One of the best things about an ankle tattoo is that you can wear shoes and cover it up if you are conscious about it at your workplace. But apart from that, ankle tattoos are worth flaunting. When it’s the season of flip-flops, beach days, or chilling by the pool, what better than showing off your feet in the coolest style? Pick a name tattoo that you want to inscribe and add some stunning elements around it. This tattoo has a beautiful anklet chain with a colorful feather that looks uber-stylish.

27. Minimalistic Finger Name Tattoo

Name Tattoo On Finger

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Finger name tattoos are trending. These tattoos are also considered the new way to announce an engagement, a wedding, or love towards each other. While some get the name inked on the length of the finger, others get it inked as a form of a wedding band around the finger.

28. Realistic 3D Name Tattoo

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Very few and extremely talented artists can create stunning 3D tattoos. These tattoos look very realistic and give an illusion of being above the skin or within the body. The tattoo in the image has butterflies that look extremely realistic with the shadows below them. A tattoo like this is sure to fetch you a lot of compliments.

29. Vibrant And Colorful Name Tattoos

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When it comes to colorful tattoos, this one tops our list of favorites. A 3D rose tattoo that merges into the name as its stem is worth getting done. The beautiful red rose is done with the dot-tattoo method with a 3D effect, and the stem color trails and forms a name tattoo.

30. Baby’s Foot And Hand Print Name Tattoos

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Getting your child’s name inked is a popular trend these days. Apart from just getting the birthdate or time inked, people are also adding elements like footprints or handprints to the tattoo. These ultra-realistic looking footprints and handprints with your baby’s name and birth date are simply amazing and visually very pleasing.

If you want to get a name tattoo done and are confused as to where you should place them, here is a quick list of places you could get it done.

Name Tattoos Placement

  • Shoulder

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  • Arm

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  • Forearm

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  • Wrist

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  • Finger

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  • Back

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  • Thighs Or Legs

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  • Feet Or Ankles
Feet Or Ankles

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Getting your name or someone else’s name inked on your body is a great way to honor them. Initially, name tattoos were given as an identification mark for military personnel and prisoners. Today, name tattoos are done as a symbol of love and remembrance of a person’s loved ones. You can go for simple name tattoos, feather name tattoos, or heart name tattoos. If you are thinking about what are some of the best places for these name tattoo designs, you can do it on your shoulder, wrist, or ankles. Ensure that you take precautions before and after getting inked!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I choose the right size for my name tattoo?

You must consider a few key factors before choosing the right size for your name tattoo. They include the placement (body parts like fingers or arms), the length of your name, and the font size. Some styles may occupy more space and some body parts (like fingers) may have space restrictions.

Can name tattoos be done in different languages?

Yes. Many people opt to get their name tattoos in foreign languages other than their mother tongue. However, ensure that you get it done by a professional and the script is correct (to avoid translation errors).

Are name tattoos a good idea for couples or friends?

Yes. Anyone can get their loved ones’ names as tattoos to show their love towards them. But before getting inked, think about the longevity of your relationships because tattoos are permanent.

Are name tattoos a good choice for a first tattoo?

Yes. You can choose a name tattoo as your first tattoo. But consider the placement of the tattoo and try to get it done by a professional artist to ensure its quality.

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