Hello everyone! A new year is upon us, which for me usually means buying a few new calenders that I will inevitably stop changing around April or so. Calenders aren't something you'd normally think about for gaining name inspiration but in actuality, they are full of great ideas! I'm excited to share with you some ideas based on seasons, months, and holidays! I'm not including days of the week but I'll try and write an article on that sometime in the future.
We'll start with seasons:
We'll start with seasons:
Winter is a name that seems to be rapidly gaining popularity. It has an edgy almost- under-the-radar feel without feeling too out there. I've written a boys article and a girls article about winter names but some of my top suggestions for winter names are Snow, Neva, Belle, and Juniper for girls, as well as Jack, Douglas, North, and Grey for boys.
Spring is the only season name that is not in the top 100. If you want an uncommon name for a baby girl born in the spring, Spring itself would make a lovely choice! Some other suggestions for spring babies are Renee (reborn), Azalea, Brooke, and Violet for girls, and Denver (green valley), Neville (new village), Green, and Renato (reborn) for boys.
Summer is the second most popular season name and lets be honest, who doesn't love the summertime? Other names with a summer feel include names with a water, sun, or wind theme such as Marisol, Solana, Kaia, River, Oceanus, Dylan, and Keanu. There's also Theros, the Greek word for summer.
Autumn is the most popular season name by more than 100 places and it certainly has an endearing sound, Other suggestions for autumn names have to do with trees such as Oak, Ash, Rowan, Laurel, and Hazel (see my article on tree names) as well as the brilliant and earthy colors of fall like Aurelia, Orla, and Bruno. When I think of fall, I think of trees. Check out my article about tree word names!
Now, on to month names:
January itself is not unheard of as a first name but it's not common. January is cute and lends itself to nicknames such as Jan, Jana, or Jannie. Themes I chose for January names are names relating to newness and the new year, virtue names (hopes and goals for the new year), names of praise and celebration, names that mean blessing, and gift of God. Some of the names I chose that fir this theme were Nova, Jana, Hope, Beatrice, Joy, Anna, and Blessing for girls and Neo, Asher, Jude, Xavier, Bennett, and Jonathan.
While I can see January easily fitting into name trends today, February would be a little harder to use, partially because of the lack of a usable nickname. February is my birth month and my name is Alyssa, which has absolutely nothing to do with being born in February. I was even born quite close to Valentines Day but my parents went with a more everyday name for me, which totally fine. However, if you're having a baby in February and would like a themed name there are plenty of great choices. Amethyst is the birthsone for February and it would make a lovely girls name. Amethyst is featured on my gem names article as well. The other names on the list have to love, friendship and Valentines Day. In Mexico, Valentine's Day is commonly refered to as the Day of Love and Friendship. What a great thing to celerate in naming a child! Of many different possible options I've chosen to list Amorette, Valentina, Rose, Carys, and Philomena for girls and Valentino, Theophilus, Reuel, Aldin, Connelly, and David. Look for a more extensive list of Valentine's Day themed names coming soon!
March is in like a lion and out like a lamb, so I chose lion and lamb themed names such as Arielle, Rachel, Ari, Leo, and Cordero. March's birthstone aquamarine wouldn't make a good name but Marina might make a great choice. Spring in all its glory begins in March so I also chose Meadow and Denver. I have mixed feelings about using the name March itself. For starters, I don't know it sounds masculine or feminine. Many of these names are also featured in my articles about human names with animal meaning for boys and girls.
April is one of the few month names that is actually well used. It was the most common month name for a long time but has since been eclipsed by June. Its French for Averil might also appeal. April is known for its showers so I chose names with meanings and associations such as rain, green, rainbow, and storm such as Rain, Iris, Vera, Amaya, Gale, Noah, Beau, and Viggo.
I can't believe sweet May isn't in the top 1000! Mae, the more popular spelling, is about mid-range, though and similar sounding Maya is #72. For boys, similar sounding Mason is #4. May is the 5th month, making Quincy a good choice. May's birthstone Emerald would make a lovely choice (check out my gem names article). Another theme for May is Mothers Day so I chose Eve, the mother of the living, and Sarah, mother of the faithful. Flowers are another theme for May so I chose Florian, Flora, and Fleur.
June is currently the most popular month name and it's a cute, vintage choice. Similar sounding Jude is #167 for boys but Junius is not in the top 1000, nor is Junia for girls. Pearl is the birthstone for June (also featured in the gem names article) and it's another cute, vintage name like June (June twins named June and Pearl maybe?). Margo, which means pearl would also be fitting. Another theme for June is Fathers Day so I chose Abra, Abigail, Axel, and Abraham which all have father in the name.
While Julia, Juliana, Julius, and Julian are all fairly popular, July is not in the top 1000. While it might get mistaken for Julie, I think July is a perfectly viable name for a little girl. July's birthstone is Ruby, which is currently the most popular gem name. July tends to be one of the warmest months in the northern hemisphere so I thought names like Solana, Marisol, and Blaze were appropriate. Of course, American Independence day is in July so names like Liberty, America, Freedom, and Amerigo would all make great patriotic choices.
August is quickly gaining steam for boys, along with its counterpart Augustus. As of yet, feminine Augusta does not share their popularity. Austin, which is a more modern sounding version of Augustine, is still the most popular of them all but its most popular days are certainly behind it. August means honor so I chose other names that have honor in the meaning such as Timothy, Teague (if you go with the Gaelic meaning), and Honor. For many in America, school starts in August so I also chose two names that mean scholar: Skyler and Skylie. August's birthstone Peridot would make a unique choice for a brave baby-namer.
September isn't often used as a name but I think it would actually make a lovely choice if you're looking for a name people haven't heard countless times before. Ember would make a cute nickname for September or any of the months ending in -ember but it would also make a great stand alone name as a way to honor the month a child was born in. Sapphire is September's birthstone and it would certainly make a stunning choice. September begins the fall months and there are plenty of different themes you could choose for fall but for September, I went with bird names because they fly south in the fall (although, all the bird names I chose might not migrate). There are lots of great bird names out there but I picked out Ava (also featured on the ABC Baby Names article), Wren, Jay, and Hawk to be on this list. Labor Day is also in September so I also chose some occupational names or names that mean 'work' such as Emmeline, Taylor, Harper, Emmett, Turner, Sawyer, and Fletcher.
I'm not sure if October is as usable as some other fall month names such as September and November but I think it might be a good fit for certain baby-namers out there. Tobi would be a cute nickname if you used October for a girl (you certainly wouldn't want Octo as a nickname...) or you could just use Toby on its own for a boy born in October. Octavia and Octavian would be cute alternatives to using October outright. Another theme for October could be tree names like Hazel, Laurel, Ash, and Oak because of the beauty of trees in the fall. Another theme would be names that have to do with fall colors such as Scarlett, Aurelia, Sienna, and Bruno.
Personally, I think November is one of the most usable of the fall month names, especially with such nicknames as Nova and Ember. Because November is the month that Thanksgiving falls in here in America, I chose virtue names (Grace, Clement, Noble), spiritual word names (Remember), and names with spiritual meanings like "God is good" (Tobias), "God is gracious" (Jack, Johannah, Jane, Siobhan, and Zane), "peace" (Shiloh), "blessed" (Bennett), "praise" (Jude), "love" (Kenenza), and "delight" (Tirzah).
December is another month name that I think could be usable for the right baby-namer, especially with the possible nicknames Deci, Demi, and Ember. December with December comes Christmastime and I wrote two articles on Chistmas themed names, one for boys and one for girls. For this list, I chose several names that mean "gift" or "gift of God", such as Matthew, Nathan, Jonathan, Theodore, Donatello, Theodora, and Mattea. Since the holidays are a joyous time, I also chose Joy, Felicity, and Felix, which all mean joy or happiness. Since December is typically a darker month and since holidays like Hanukkah focus on light, the other theme I chose for December was names like Eliora, Lucia, Norah, Elena, and Luke, which all have light in the meaning.
Well there you have it! I hope this was able to spark some ideas for you who are currently searching for baby names or those like me who are constantly dreaming of baby names! Please excuse any mistakes in the pictures. I know there are a few! I've linked many of these names back to my baby name site, Nambery.com so you can look up further information on them. If I were to pick favorites from this article, I'd say Autumn is my favorite season name (though I'm partial to Summer as it's my niece's name), November is my favorite month name, and my favorite names overall from this list are Amorette and Shiloh. I hope you enjoyed and and may God bless you!
Which names were your favorites? Which month names do you think are usable? What's your name and which month/season were you you born in? Do they have anything to do with each other? Did you name any of your kids based on their birth month or season? Let me know in the comments!