One of the hottest parenting trends right now is getting tattoos with kids’ names to honor your special little person.
Tattoos can have particular cultural significance, showcase the things that are special to you, and honor the important experiences that have made you who you are.
They can also just be pretty.
Having your child’s name tattooed on your body can tick all those boxes — honoring their heritage, your love for them, and their impact on your life.
And also pretty.
Ready to explore? Here are our top picks.
In this article: 📝
- Child’s name tattoo ideas
- Where can I tattoo my kids names on my body?
- Tattoos with kids’ names: the final word
Child’s name tattoo ideas
1. First written name ✏️
This is one of our favorites.
Wait until they can write their own name and then have that transferred onto your skin.
Probably a little wonky, this artistic reflection of real-life may just be the definition of perfect imperfection.
2. Arrow ➡️
One of the top minimalist trends right now is to include your child’s name on the shaft of an arrow.
It can be as intricate or simple as you like and looks great across the wrist or the forearm.
3. Flower 🌸
The design options for floral tattoos are endless.
You can keep it simple with their name incorporated into the stem or have it hidden in the petals.
If you have more than one child, this is a great option to include them all together in a bunch!
You could also look up the flower associated with their birth month and use that specific design.
4. Date 📅
This is a common option if you’re interested in small tattoos with kids’ names.
It could simply be a heart and the date.
Or you could include their initials above or below — or their whole name if you prefer.
It makes for a striking tattoo that is easy to include in an existing design or as a starting point if you decide to grow your collection.
5. Heartbeat 💓
These have become very popular in the last few years.
And what a perfect way to celebrate your little one.
They are, after all, your very heart.
6. Feet/Hands 👣
If you have an ink impression done of your newborn’s hands or feet, a skilled tattooist could bring this to life on your skin.
7. Their drawing of themselves/you 🖍️
This is another super cute option.
Again, you’ll have to wait a little longer for this one, but it’s so adorable.
8. Pregnancy inspo🤰
You could also take inspiration from some part of your pregnancy.
Did you call them “Peanut” in the womb?
Or did you crave cherries?
Why not use that as your unique way to remember them and how they came into your lives?
You don’t even have to include their name.
The inspiration could be your little secret!
9. Baby room inspo 🎈
Did you decorate their room with balloon decals?
What about a tattoo of them holding a balloon from the back with their name as the string?
10. Their favorites 🧸
If they’re a bit older, draw inspiration from their favorite book.
Or do they have a particular treasured cuddly toy?
A floppy-eared bunny would be ever so cute.
11. Birds 🕊️
Images of birds are often combined with children’s names, and it can be fun to hide the name in the design.
A clever artist can shape their name into the curve of a wing.
Or, if you have more than one child, a few birds sitting on a wire can be stylish and simple.
12. Family tree 🌳
If you’re keen on a bigger tattoo, think about something like a tree.
The names of all your kids can wind their way through the branches.
Add in the names of the rest of your loved ones if you like.
13. Butterflies 🦋
These pretty feminine creatures are one of the top tattoo ideas for daughters’ names.
A spot of color works well and looks lovely in small and medium sizes.
Pretty on the back of a shoulder or the base of the back of the neck.
14. Portraits 👶
A life-like portrait of your cute kid can make for an ideal bigger tattoo, that could work well on the chest near your heart or a bicep.
15. Initials 🆔
If you’re looking for small tattoos with kids’ names, then look no further.
These can be super discrete.
An intricate “A” for Ava or “J” for Jordan can be simple and classy.
Popping it on the side of your wrist or even behind your ear can be ever so dainty.
Slightly bigger and curling into a heart at the end is a classic option for a fine-line tattoo.
16. Infinity ♾️
The infinity symbol can be used in so many ways for a tattoo of your kid’s name or date of birth, representing the neverending nature of your love for them.
17. Their star sign ⭐
An interesting idea is to use the stars as they are positioned for your babe’s star sign.
You wouldn’t even have to include their name for this one — a more subtle nod to the day you gave birth to them.
18. Poetry or text 🎹
Is there a particular phrase or song lyric that makes you think of the love you have for your child?
Why not use that in the design?
Something like, “First we had each other, then we had you. Now we have everything.”
19. Hearts ❤️
This is probably the most common tattoo of all time and for a good reason.
They’re versatile and so meaningful.
While you may first think of that classic biker tattoo with the banner text across the heart, there are more subtle options.
A simple line tattoo of your child’s name curling into a heart is sophisticated and sweet.
20. A gorgeous font 🖋️
Sometimes it’s as simple as finding the perfect font that looks like art in and of itself.
There are tons of online font libraries where you just type in your child’s name and try it with different fonts.
The tattoo could be as big as your whole inner forearm or small and simple across your wrist.
Look through your artist’s portfolio for ideas, and ask their advice.
They may well be able to design something perfect that incorporates ALL your ideas.
Where can I tattoo my kids names on my body?
A tattoo is a very personal decision.
Some folk are loud and proud with their ink and literally wear it on their sleeve.
Some choose to keep them in a place that only they usually see.
As an example, if you are considering a tattoo to honor a pregnancy loss that you choose to keep private, you could have it done just beneath your left breast close to your heart.
It’s really up to you. But there are a few things to take into consideration.
If you have an office job in a corporate setting with strict dress codes, you may prefer to choose a place that will be easy to cover during the work day.
This could be the back, chest, or upper thigh — appropriate for work but can be displayed with pride on weekends and vacation days.
The reality is, tattoos can be painful.
Different people experience pain differently, and how much your tattoo hurts will depend on where you have it done.
Those areas where the skin is thinnest, with little cushioning fat, can be more tender.
And, of course, where there are more nerve endings, there is likely to be more pain.
Chat to your tattoo artist. They will be able to advise the best placement depending on your needs.
Tattoos with kids’ names: the final word
Whether you’re looking for special tattoo ideas for your daughter’s name or the perfect boy name tattoo design, it’s about what works for you.
It’s important to find a licensed tattoo artist to lessen the health risks and ensure you get the results you want.
And if you’re currently pregnant, it’s a good idea to wait until after your baby is born.
Then let your imagination fly.
And make sure to share it with the mamas on Peanut. We can’t wait to see! 😍
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