Deciding on a name for your baby isn’t always easy. Should it be unique, or should you pick the most trending name of the year?
Names that mean fire are among the top chosen ones this decade — it’s a broad category with both ancient and new names being popular.
If you’ll allow me to get symbolic — fire is often associated with warmth, energy, vitality, passion, hope, and inspiration.
Some names have a mythical, spiritual, or symbolic connection with the most significant fire in our solar system — the sun, so we’ve also interspersed them in our selections.
Baby Boy Names That Mean Fire
Aarush is of Hindi origin and means “first ray of sun.”
Aarush is doing surprisingly well in the U.S., making it into the top 1000 list both in 2010 and 2015 (1). It has an appeal to it that we can’t resist.
Adar stems from Hebrew and translates to “fire.”
It’s also the name of a month in the Jewish calendar, in which they celebrate Purim on the 14th day. Adar is quite laid back, but an excellent way to pay homage to possible Jewish roots.
Agni is the name of the Hindu god of fire, making it an extraordinary name for a baby.
If he’s born under a fire sign and you think he’ll have a fiery personality, it would work perfectly.
Aiden is of Irish origin and means “little” and “fiery.” Aiden stems from an old Celtic god of sun and fire, but was spelled Aodh and pronounced “ee.” It was later changed to Aiden and was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint, St. Aidan.
Aiden has increased in popularity in the U.S. In the last decade, it rose to the top ten, then dropped a few spots, but is steady now as number 19. You have a variety of spelling variants, like Aidan, Aden, or Ayden.
Adis is of Persian origin and translates to “fire.”
There are only a few people called Adish in the U.S. so it would be a rare but exotic name for your little one.
Afi stems from both Norse history and Polynesian — we’ll focus on the latter today because it’s that one that means “fire.”
Afi is a fun name, which sounds a lot like a nickname. When translating it in ancient Norse, it means “grandfather.”
Ardere is a Latin name, equating to “burn,” “parch,” or “scorch.”
Although the meaning is quite strong, because it sounds like Adele, who is a famous songstress, some parents prefer using it as a girl’s name.
Ashbel means “an old fire.”
Pronounced ash-bale, it’s a Hebrew name that also has a lighter meaning of “the fortunate.” With Ashbel, you could always use the nickname Ash.
Atesh is of Turkish origin and translates to “fire.”
Atesh is a simple yet quite rare name in the U.S. It’s a common boy’s name in India.
Baskara draws its roots from Indonesia, and means “sun.”
In its original settings, Baskara is a boy’s name. However, due to the “a” at the end, it might be mistaken for a girl’s name.
Of Latin origin, the name blaze means “stutter.” But, because the word blaze means “to burn with a bright flame” when you look it up in the dictionary, it’s suitable for this list.
It’s popular with comic book fans because Marvel’s Ghost Rider’s name is Johnny Blaze.
Bodaway is a name with Native American roots — it means “the fire maker.”
Bodaway would make a fantastic middle name for a son of outdoorsy parents, or those with Native American heritage.
Brand is of English, German, and Norse origin and means “fiery torch” or “beacon.”
In Scandinavian countries like Denmark and Sweden, Brand means “fire.” It’s not a typical baby name and sounds quite rugged. However, it’s easy to confuse with the word “brand,” which means a type of product manufactured by a particular company.
Brando comes from Italy, where it means “firebrand” or “sword.”
The name is famous due to the iconic screen actor Marlon Brando.
Branton is of Gaelic origin and means “sword” or “fire town.”
Branton is close to the more popular name, Brandon, which may lead to confusion. Still, it has some flair to it for today’s society. You could also use a spelling alternative like Brenton.
Brent is an English boy’s name, meaning “dweller near the burnt land.”
Brent has a modern, concise sound to it, something that’s suitable for today’s families. It’s not as high on the popularity list as it was during the 1970s though.
Conleth stems from Ireland, where it refers to “chaste fire.”
It’s an old-fashioned name, with a lot of appeal for the modern family. The name is most famous as that of the actor who played Varys in the TV series Game of Thrones, Conleth Hill.
Cymbeline originates from Greek and translates to “sun lord.”
It’s a hot, rhythmic name, which was featured in Shakespeare’s play, Celtic King. Cymbeline could also suit a baby girl.
Cyrus is a Persian name, meaning “sun.” Cyrus was the name of a Persian leader during the fifth century — he was famous for conquering Babylon and establishing an empire. The name is also mentioned in the Old Testament.
For a long time, it was a favored name in Iranian communities. It was also well-liked in the Southern states of the U.S. Some famous people with the first or last name of Cyrus include Cyrus McCormick, Cyrus Vance, Billy Ray Cyrus, and his daughter, Miley Cyrus.
Egan is of Irish roots and means “little fire.”
Egan was often used in folklore and poems — one particularly famous Egan was the Irish poet, Egan O’Rahilly (1670-1726).
Elio stems from Spain and Italy and is an epithet to Helios, the ancient Greek god of the sun.
Elio is a warm and spirited name that could catch on like fire, as Enzo has. If we look to Europe, Elio has found great success in France, where it currently sits firmly in the top 250.
Finlo is of Manx origin and means “fair Lugh.” We can find Finlo’s roots from the Isle of Man, where it stems from a pagan sun god, Lugh.
Finlo could be a fantastic alternative to the now popular Finn and Finley.
Fintan stems from Ireland and translates to “white fire” or “white bull.”
In Irish mythology, Fintan was an Irish saint, who was the only person to survive The Flood. It’s widely used in modern Ireland and is ripe and ready for export to the U.S. We haven’t seen much of it yet, but it’s a stylish alternative to Finn.
Flint is of English origin and means “born near an outcrop of flint.” Flint is a type of stone formed from the mineral quartz. It’s been used throughout history to make weapons and to start fires.
Flint has become a macho-name — it’s often associated with an old-school tough guy and a rebel. Its popularity is rising, along with Stone, Steel, and Slate. In pop culture, you’ll find Flint in Marvel comics, novels, and movies.
Haco stems from Celtic roots and means “flame” and “fire.”
The name originates from a mythical Cornish leader, who unfortunately lost his beautiful bride to a musician whose work he admired. It’s a stunning name, with some romance behind it.
Hagan is another Irish name meaning “little fire.”
You could use it as a more interesting alternative to Logan or Aidan. It sounds like Hogan, but with a quirky twist.
Hakan is a Native American name which means “fiery.”
Hakan is also a Norse name that’s still frequently used in modern Scandinavia. There, however, it’s spelled as Haakan (Håkan).
Helios is of Greek origin and was the name of the Greek god of the sun.
Helios is a mythological name, which might work better as a middle name. Although, it has a lot of power to it, and could rise on the charts in the upcoming years.
Ignacio is of Spanish origin and translates to “fiery.” It’s an exotic name, (pronounced eeg-Na-see-o), and is quite trendy in Spanish-speaking countries.
Names beginning with “Ig” are on the rise at the moment, so we look forward to seeing more Ignacio babies.
Ignatius is a Latin word for “fiery.”
It was the name of several saints, one of which was the creator of the Catholic Jesuit order. It hasn’t been a serious contender since 1913, but thanks to celebrities like Cate Blanchett and Julianne Nicholson, who named their children Ignatius, it’s making a comeback. Some of its appeal lies in its possible nicknames, such as Iggy, a fast-growing nickname for kids.
Inigo draws roots from Spain and Basque, where it means “fiery.”
Inigo sounds fashionable, with a strong, three-syllable beat. It’s pronounced In-ih-go, with short “I’s.” In the U.S., it’s best known as the name of a character in the book and movie, The Princess Bride.
Ishaan comes from India and translates to “the sun.” In the Hindu religion, Ishaan is a guardian of the Northeast.
Ishaan can easily translate to be the name of a non-Indian boy — it has an exotic sound without being too tricky to pronounce.
Keahi is a Hawaiian name, meaning “flames.”
It’s pronounced kay-ah-hee and is fantastic for outdoorsy parents who plan to spend or live a lot of the time near the beach.
Keegan is of Irish origin and means “son of Egan” and, according to some sources, it means “fiery.”
Keegan is a common surname and ranked number 351 for a first name in the U.S. in 2018. It is appealing for baby girls as well.
Kenneth is of Scottish-Irish origin and means “born of fire” or “handsome.”
Although Kenneth has lost most of its luster these days, in the past, it was the name of Kings and crusaders. In the U.S., Kenneth was a common name from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Kiran is derived from Sanskrit and translates to “ray of light.”
Kiran sounds like a new name that’s contemporary enough to be used by celebrities. However, it’s a traditional Hindu name, stemming from India. It’s also another fiery “K” name that’s becoming a favorite among baby girls, too.
Maccoy is another Irish name that means “fire.” The prefix “Mac” in Scotland means “son of”, and Maccoy also means “son of Hugh.”
It’s a classic surname, which can make for an attractive first name in today’s society. We have several famous Maccoy’s with some variation in the spelling — one example is McCoy Tyner.
Nuri is of Arabic origin and means “light” or “my fire.”
Despite its popularity in the Middle-East, it hasn’t caught on in the Western world yet, though, we have high hopes. It’s a unisex name that also works well for girls, but spelled as Nuria.
Prometheus is Greek and means “forethought.” It was also the name of the ancient Greek god of fire.
Prometheus is perhaps more suitable as a middle name.
Ra was the name of the ancient Egyptian god of the sun.
It’s perhaps one of the stranger names on this list, mostly due to how short it is. Ra might also be better as a middle name.
Although the true meaning of the name is “enthusiastic,” Rhys is the name of a light healing priest in the popular game “Fire Emblem.” Its connection to fire comes from that game.
But we like this name of Welsh origin, that in 2004, entered the list of the most used baby names — probably due to actors Rhys Ifans and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Sampson is of Hebrew origin, where it means “sun.” It was the name of a legendary Hebrew warrior and judge, who was known for his super strength. He was also mentioned in the biblical book of judges.
Sampson is excellent for parents who want an unusual route to Sam. You could also spell it, Samson, without the “P.”
Seraphim, another name with Hebrew roots, means “fiery.”
Seraphim might be too much for a modern-day baby but could work as a middle name.
Sol is of Spanish origin and means “sun.”
It’s pronounced sahl, which sounds a lot like Sal. We can’t see why Sol shouldn’t have a shot at becoming a trendy name in the U.S., even for girls. In Scandinavian countries, Sol is a common name for baby girls, thanks to its warm, sunny meaning.
Solaris means “of the sun.”
Solaris is a relatively new name — the first records of its use was after the turn of the 20th century. This also means it’s one of the rarer names, but a possible route to a nickname like Sol.
Sulien is a Welsh name meaning “sun born.”
It closely resembles “Julien,” making it a strong contender on the list. Sulien is reportedly the name of the most learned man in ancient Wales.
Surya is of Hindi origin and means “sun god.”
Surya is graceful sounding, and many of us know it from the sun salutation used in yoga. The inflection on the “a” at the end might sound too feminine for a boy’s name in the U.S.
Tyson is of English origin and means “firebrand.”
It’s a well-known name, thanks to the boxer Mike Tyson and model and actor Tyson Beckford. The name is masculine, giving it a tough-guy flavor.
Uri stems from Israel, and in Hebrew means “my flame” or “my light.” This is a mighty name with a forceful, yet soft meaning.
Mentioned in the Old Testament, Uri was the father of Bezalel, the person in charge of building the Ark of the Covenant. Uri is often used as a symbolic name for boys born on Hanukkah. The most famous Uri is the illusionist Uri Gellar.
Vulcan is of Latin origin and translates to “flash.” In Roman mythology, Vulcan was the god of fire, which is where the word “volcano” comes from.
However, it’s probably more famous from its use in Star Trek for the pointy-eared humanoids.
Baby Girl Names That Mean Fire
Aalish is of Persian origin, and it translates to “flame.”
Despite its exotic roots, Aalish has a sound that could easily work in the U.S. It’s on the rarer side, not even in the top 2,000.
Abellona is a Danish name, and it’s a female, Danish version of Apollo, the Greek sun god.
Abellona is one of the many versions of the famous Apollo, but one of only a couple suitable for girls. We can’t say it’s trending in the U.S., but we’re cheering it on.
Adan is of Gaelic origin and means “little fire.”
Adara stems from Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew roots, where it means “beauty,” “noble” or “virgin.” It’s also viewed as a substitution for Adar, which means fire.
Adara is lovely for baby girls with Arabic or European roots.
Aithne is of Irish origin and means “fire.”
It’s pronounced et-na and is a fiery name, ideally suited for a red-haired little girl.
Akosua is of Ghanan origin and means “born on a Sunday.” We included this name here because Sunday relates to the sun.
It may seem a tenuous link, but Ghanaians have a unique name system, where many will name their baby after the day they were born.
Alinta is an Aboriginal name, meaning “fire” or “flame.”
Alinta Energy is a top Australian energy company and retailer showing how the name is associated with power and vitality. This name has a pleasing sound, which contradicts its fierce meaning.
Anala is of Hindu origin and translates to “fire.”
Anala is laid back, yet packs a punch with its fiery meaning. It’s also not too unfamiliar, making it good for edgy families.
Apollonia stems from Greek and is the female version of Apollo, the god of the sun.
Apollonia has an exotic appeal in the modern world. One of the first records we have of it was from the movie Purple Rain. The name was widely used during the Middle Ages, thanks to St. Apollonia of Alexandria.
Arpina is an Armenian name, meaning “rising of the sun.”
We adore the sound of this name — it’s fresh and crisp, precisely like the meaning. You could also use the spelling variant, Arpineh, for something extra.
Azar is of Iranian origin and translates to “fire.”
Simple, short, and exotic — a good combination for parents who dare to be different. This fiery name may give your little one strength in times where she needs it.
Barbara is of English origin and was the name of a third-century martyr. In Catholic customs, St. Barbara was a protector against fire and lightning.
This is a sought-after name in England but hasn’t been a huge success in the U.S. Famous Barbaras include ex-first lady Barbara Bush and Barbra Streisand (who took an “a” out of her name).
Calida is a name derived from Spain and translates to “heated.”
An unusual choice, but we’re all over the stylish, sassy sound. Perhaps it will become the new pick for Hispanic parents.
Candace, derived from Greek origins, means “white-fire” or “fire white.”
Candace is a famous name in the U.S. — one example is Candace Cameron Bure from Full House and Fuller House. The name’s popularity peaked during the 1980s but has fallen slightly since then.
Cinderella means “from the ashes” and is of French and English origin.
Cinderella is known from the fairytale, and may not be suitable for a modern baby. If you’re interested in this name, you could use the French version, Cendrillon.
Cyra stems from old Persia, where it means “sun,” “throne” or “lord.”
You can pronounce Cyra in two ways — either seer-a or CY-ra. It could be a feminine variant of Cyrus, for someone with Persian heritage. The most famous bearer is the writer Cyra McFadden.
Edan is derived from Irish roots, and means “little and fiery” or “fire.”
It’s a variant of Aidan that’s more suitable for girls. Edan is short and concise, exactly what a future girl boss needs.
Eilidh stems from Scotland, and means “sun” or “radiant one.” With a long history in Scotland, it’s been on the top of the charts there.
Eilidh is often considered to be a variant of Helen. However, Eilidh was readily transformed into Evelyn, following its introduction to the British Isles by the Normans. Despite its peculiar spelling, it’s pronunciation is a straightforward ay-lee.
A Greek name, Electra, or Elektra, can mean “shining” and “light.” Those words can often be associated with fire.
Many comic book fans know this name because of the fiery and popular Elektra, an anti-heroine who is the love interest of Daredevil.
Eliane has Greek, Hebrew and Latin roots, though it merely means “sun.”
It’s a melodic name that has the fashionable “El” start, but then a romantic twirl thanks to the “ane.”
Elidi stems from Greek and translates to “gift of the sun.”
Elidi is quite intriguing, although it could quickly become confusing. So, perhaps it’s better as a middle name. If you like this name, you could try the French version, Elodie.
Ember is an English word name for burning coal, glowing coal, or coal that’s in a dying fire.
Ember is easy to confuse with Amber, which is quickly declining in popularity, thanks to the phrase “Amber Alert.” Ember, on the other hand, is fiery and hot.
Ena is of Celtic origin and means “passionate” or “fiery.”
Ena is a smoking name, excellent for red-haired baby girls who are ready for action. Because of its meaning, it might inspire your child to find a burning passion in life.
Enya is of Irish origins and means “fire.” It’s a variant of another Irish name, Eithne.
Enya resembles Anya, but with a definite difference of the “E” sound. It feels like a suiting name for a Norse female warrior. Enya, an Irish singer and songwriter, has brought fame to the name.
Fiamma is Italian and means “flame.”
It’s a smoky, feminine name, with all the essence of Italy. The name is exceedingly rare in the U.S.
Fiammetta is another Italian name, but this one means “little fiery one.” It’s derived from the word, Fiamma, meaning flame, and contains the same femininity and spunk.
For an authentic Italian, Fiammetta has some romance behind it. It has been used as a pseudonym in art and was the name of a lover of Cesar Borgia.
Helia is of Greek origin and means “sun.”
It might be a feminine version of Helios, the Greek god of the sun. Either way, it’s a hot name resembling other favored ones like Lelia, Delia, and Amelia.
Hestia is another name of Greek origin — this translating to “hearth” or “fireside.” Hestia was the Greek goddess of the home, hearth, and chastity.
Although it isn’t a common name, we think parents will appreciate the deep roots as well as its uniqueness. It’s not too different and easy to pronounce, providing a balance between familiar and distinctive.
Idalia stems from Italy, and implies “behold the sun.” Idalia was an epithet of Aphrodite and is derived from a Greek place called Idalion.
This is a pretty name — it brings us summer feelings. It’s also a way to pay homage to Grandma Ida, if you have one in the family.
Idris has different roots, and thus, various meanings. From its Welsh origin, Idris means “passionate” or “fiery,” which is likely to be the definition you’re going for. In Arabic, however, Idris is the name of an Islamic prophet, believed to be second after Adam, and the name is also mentioned in the Bible.
Idris is most commonly used as a boy’s name — one example is actor Idris Elba. Still, it’s starting to grow as a name acceptable for girls, too.
Kalama is a name coming from Hawaii, and signifies “flaming torch.”
Despite its exotic essence, Kalama is entirely accessible on the mainland, as well. The name has a rhythmic sound, which is quite unusual, but somehow works exceptionally.
Kalinda is of Hindi origin and translates to “sun.”
Kalinda relates to mythical mountains, where sacred rivers flow. The name was used on the TV series The Good Wife, which made it familiar in the Western world.
Kenna is of English origin and means “born of fire” or “the handsome one.”
It’s supposedly a female version of Kenneth. Kenna has a stylish sound and could be a fancier variant of Jenna.
Mirri is an Aboriginal name meaning “the sun.”
It’s pronounced MIH-ree, and can be used for both girls and boys. However, we feel that it has excellent sound for a baby girl.
Nuria draws its roots from Portuguese, Catalan, and Hebrew, where it means “fire of the Lord.”
In Portugal and Spain, Nuria is closely associated with the Virgin Mary, making it a widespread name among baby girls. In Hebrew, it’s spelled Nuriel.
Oriane is of French origins and means “sunrise.”
It is a beautiful name and has an even more mesmerizing meaning. Also, seeing that it’s French, your little one probably won’t have many namesakes in the U.S.
Pele is another tropical name derived from Hawaii. Pele is the name of the Hawaiian goddess of fire.
It’s lovely and straightforward, but don’t let people associate your daughter with the soccer player.
Phoenix is a Greek name, derived from ancient folklore. It belongs to a mythical, long-lived bird, which cyclically regenerated or was reborn.
The bird is associated with the sun, where it gets a new life by rising from the ashes of its former self.
Salana comes from Latin roots and means “sun.”
It’s closely related to names like Solana but has a charming rhythmic tone, which is pancultural. The name is also quite unusual, which may appeal to edgy, modern families.
Savita comes from Hindi and translates to “Sun.”
In India, it’s among the more favored names for girls, and we can’t see why it couldn’t migrate. It even sounds a little Spanish.
Seraphina stems from Hebrew and translates to “fiery” and “ardent.”
It’s derived from the six-winged seraphim angels and was brought into the U.S.spotlight when Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose it for their daughter’s name. Other similar names that aren’t as out there are Sabrina, Angelica, or Serena.
Shula is Arabic in origin. It is a shortened version of the name Shulamit, and translates as “flame.”
Shulamit is a derivation of the Hebrew word “shalom,” meaning “the perfect one” or “the peaceful one.” We think either of these meanings is beautiful.
Solana is a name of Spanish origin and describes “sunshine.”
This bright and warm name is a win-win for summertime baby girls. Solana is riding the wave of other famous names sounding like Selena.
Soleil is French and means “sun.”
The name started its U.S. journey around the 1920s but is now attracting more attention than ever. Soleil has a sunny-feel while still sounding exotic and rare.
Solveig draws roots from Scandinavia, where it means “daughter of the sun,” “strong house” or “sunny path.”
It’s a hot name in Denmark and Norway. You pronounce it sol-vay, with a silent “G.”
Souzan stems from old Persia, and its literal meaning is “on fire” or “extremely hot.”
Sunniva is a Norwegian name, meaning “sun gift.”
It stems from an Irish-born saint, who escaped to Norway, where she and her followers hid in a cave. She eventually died, but due to a miracle, her body was found intact. Sunniva is a fascinating name with an even more riveting story behind it.
Tana comes from ancient Greece, where it means “fire” or “star goddess.”
Tana is also an Ethiopian place name as well as a diminutive for various Slavic names. Tana became known after Tana French found fame as the bestselling mystery writer.
Tanwen is of Welsh origin and means “holy fire.”
Tanwen is not a common name in the U.S. — according to records, it’s not even in the top 2000. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be. It’s a rare name and could be used as an alternative to Bronwen, or along with it for twins.
Vesta is of Latin and Roman origin. It’s the name of the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and chastity.
Vesta, the goddess, was rarely depicted as a human but was often represented by a fire burning in her temple.
Tips for Finding the Best Baby Name
Avoid Current Trends
Whenever there’s a new movie or another celebrity baby, we tend to see new trends in baby names. Although it seems like the right choice at the moment, chances are you’ll regret it later on when the trend passes.
Some trends that you should try to avoid include misspelled names like Rybekkah or Jakxen. Try your best to steer away from random punctuations like D’Lilah or Prin’cess. Lastly, avoid obvious pop culture references and word names such as Katniss and Tesla.
Choosing a name that can stand the test of time is imperative. When you have some names in mind, think about how they’ll sound ten years from now. Will it still be big or just strange?
Consider how other children will treat the name, or if your kid must spell or explain it repeatedly.
Cultural Or An Epithet?
Sometimes the best name for your baby is already in the family. If you’re feeling stuck, take a look at your family tree, or ask your parents or grandparents. Perhaps your relatives have a family tree somewhere you can look at.
Choosing such a name will be loved not only by you but also by the rest of your family. It will automatically have a new meaning and strong significance to your loved ones.
Try a Classic
Classic names don’t always mean boring or outdated — they’re classics for a reason. Names like Ophelia, Celeste, Candace, or even Willa are fantastic, fun, but classic names for girls. For boys, you could try Miles, Silas, or Edwin.
Many of the classic names come with strong, sweet, and deep meanings. Take Emma — a traditional name meaning “whole” or “universal.” It’s a short name with a powerful significance that continues to be a favorite.
Look for Meaningful Names
- Cecilia: Blind.
- Claudia: Lame.
- Kennedy: Misshapen head.
- Lola: Lady of sorrow.
- Gideon: Having a stump for a hand.
Sometimes a name will have several meanings, so it’s essential to research it before. Still, if you love a name, the definition doesn’t matter — just prepare yourself for when someone asks about it.
How does the name sound together with your last name? And more importantly, what will the initials be? You want to have a nice flow from the first to the last (2).
Some parents prefer pairing a short last name with a long first, and vice versa. One thing many try to avoid is two vowels connecting the first name with the surname. Another combo to stay clear off is rhyming comic names like Bud Weiser or Holly Wood.
Contemplate Future Bullies
Children can be cruel — sometimes, the worst of all — they say whatever comes to mind without considering the consequences.
Seriously consider how your chosen name can affect your little one and whether it has the possibility of submitting them to ridicule.
Contemplate possible nicknames your child could receive from classmates — are they cute or opportunities for bullying?
Choosing a name for your baby is a hard task — with many dos and don’ts, how do you even pick? Narrowing your search down to a specific theme can help, like baby names that mean fire. Fire symbolizes hope, inspiration, and positivity, so it’s a fantastic category to choose from.
Once you have a few options, see which sounds the best, have a significant meaning, and won’t provide opportunities for mocking nicknames.
Avoid current trends as they tend to pass quickly and leave you feeling nothing but regret.