Top 31 Name Tattoo Designs To Honor Your Loved Ones

Looking for some tattoo inspiration? How about name tattoo ideas? Getting someone’s name inked on your body is the best way to pay tribute to 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 the military or prisoners as identification marks. In some cultures, women who were recently married used to ink the name of their husbands as a symbol of forever love and commitment. Some get name tattoos done as a token of memorial for someone close to them, while others get their spouse’s or children’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!

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Top 31 Name Tattoo Designs

1. Lover’s Name Tattoo

Love Name Tattoo Designs Side Of Sleeve

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This one is a name tattoo on the hand written in a beautiful font with a stunning red heart. Along with the name and the heart, there is a lifeline to finish the lettering. 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.

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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 and dedication for each other.

2. Short Name Tattoo

Name Tattoo Design With Rose On Wrist

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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.

Related: 23 Minimalist And Small Tattoo Designs With Meanings

3. Simple Name Tattoo

Simple Name Tattoo On Above Elbow

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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 its stylish font.

4. Name With A Crown On It

Name Tattoo With Princess Crown On Sleeve

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A name tattoo design on the hand with a magnificent crown above it looks gorgeous if placed right. The crown represents royalty, sentimentality, 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.

Related: 30 Top Design Ideas For Couple King And Queen Tattoos

5. Name Tattoo With A Fluttery Butterfly

Name Tattoo With Butterfly On Shoulder

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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

Realistic Rose Name Tattoo 

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Image: nextwavetattoo Instagram

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 an italic style to make it look stunning.

In his blog, Cory Stumpf recounts the experience of getting matching rose tattoos with his wife. He says, “Now here we are today, both branded with designs in honour of each other and half a lifetime of memories together. Hers, a modern purple rose design with my initials carved into the stem. Mine, a classic style akin to the cover of the album that contains the tune that was its inspiration, with “BRITTANY” emblazoned across it in a banner (i).” He fondly reminisces about how these tattoos symbolize the song “Rose Tattoo” by the Dropkick Murphys, a melody that was their wedding song and resonates deeply for them.

Related: 50 Beautiful Rose Tattoos With Names For A Unique Identity

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 and also enhance aesthetics.

8. Remembrance Name Tattoo

Memorial Name Tattoo Design On Forearm

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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

Stylish Arrows With Name Tattoos On SleeveImage: Instagram @rob_tattooer

Here, we see a mother flaunting two tattoos across her forearms with the names of her children. The tattoos have stunning arrow designs with 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

Freedom Feather Name Tattoo On Shoulder

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A feather tattoo signifies that the person has the ability to take flight or is free-spirited. It also symbolizes individuality, aspiration, and expression of oneself. 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 adds to the beauty and is a wonderful idea. If you are a free-spirited person, this is a fine pick to match your personality.

Related: 37 Best Love Tattoo Designs That Showcase Your Love

13. Apples Of Your Eyes

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. It is a great way of showcasing your love for your kiddos and letting them know that you are proud of their achievements, professional success, the status they hold in life, and the fame they have earned. 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

Baby Name Tattoo On Wrist

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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

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

Infinity Name Tattoo On Wrist

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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. You can also add a shadow effect in black to give to create an illusion of texture. Get this quirky design done and see how your loved one’s face lights up.

18. Engraved Lifeline Name Tattoo

Lifeline Name Tattoo With Heart

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Name tattoos on the shoulders look extremely sexy and alluring. This pattern 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

Name Tattoo On Side Wrist

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This side wrist name tattoo looks just too beautiful. The statement heart outline motif 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

Name Tattoo On Chest

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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

Love Name Tattoo On Elbow

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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

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

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

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

Name Tattoo On Foot

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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

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.

Related: 34 Best Tiny Finger Tattoo Designs To Try In 2024

28. Realistic 3D Name Tattoo

3D Butterfly Tattoo With Names On Wrist

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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 shadows below them. A tattoo like this is sure to fetch you a lot of compliments.

29. Vibrant And Colorful Name Tattoos

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

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.

You can also create a temporary tattoo on your own at home using a black gel pen. Showcase your creativity by making meaningful name tattoos or inking words that reflect your identity, hobby, career, fashion, or your favorite celebrity, just anything you truly admire in life that means the world to you!

31. Sibling Name Tattoos

Sibling name tattoos

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Who says you can only get your spouse’s, kid’s, or parents’ name tattooed on your wrist? You can also do the same for your sibling. Sibling tattoos are a meaningful way to celebrate the bond and connection between brothers and sisters. They not only showcase the importance of family but also serve as a constant reminder of the unwavering support and unconditional love that siblings provide. One of the most common sibling name tattoo ideas is getting each other’s names tattooed in a matching font. You can also give it a little twist and add your siblings’ birth flower or a heartbeat pulse line in the design too.

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

Shoulder

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  • Arm

 Arm

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  • Forearm

Forearm

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  • Wrist

Wrist

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  • Finger

Finger

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  • Back

Back

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  • Thighs Or Legs

Thighs Or Legs

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  • Feet Or Ankles
Feet Or Ankles

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