Since the Fall season is officially upon us, itâ€™s time once again for an update of our annual round-up of crispÂ Autumn names–those appellations which refer to the season directly and those that are more subtle references.
AutumnÂ â€”Â AutumnÂ is ironically the hottest season name once again this year, the only one in the Top 100 where itâ€™s maintained its status for over a decade now.Â The nameÂ AutumnÂ first entered the U.S. Top 1000 in 1969, inspired by the hippie nature names and word names.Â While itâ€™s still attractive, however, itâ€™s hardly fresh. (Note: Winter is also in the airâ€”though it hasnâ€™t yet made the list, weâ€™re seeing more and more interest in it as a name.)
Names from other cultures that provide a newer route toÂ AutumnÂ include the Japanese girlsâ€™ namesÂ AkiÂ and Akiko, the Turkish girlsâ€™ name Hazan, the Vietnamese Thu, and, in Chinese, Qiu for either girls or boys.
Fall month names are not quite as usable as those of the other seasons.
SeptemberÂ â€“ Why areÂ March,Â May,Â June,Â AugustÂ and evenÂ JanuaryÂ hot whileÂ SeptemberÂ (along withÂ October,Â November, andÂ December) is not?Â Maybe thereâ€™s something chilly about that â€śberâ€ť ending.Â Still, this has an attractive sound and is certainly unusual.Â The LatinÂ Septimus, which means â€śseventh son,â€ť sounds a bit HarryÂ PotterÂ and is perhaps too redolent of things septic.Â ButÂ Seven, as recently chosen as the middle name of little HarperÂ Beckham, might have some potential.
OctoberÂ â€“ An equally unusual month name that gets an extra helping of cool from hipster writersÂ DaveÂ Eggers andÂ VendelaÂ Vida, who chose it for their daughter.Â Perhaps more attractive are the Latin pairÂ OctaviusÂ and especially Octavia, both of which mean (as doesÂ October) â€śeighth.â€ťÂ OtherÂ OctaviusÂ andÂ OctaviaÂ variations you mightÂ consider: Octavian, Octaviana, Octavienne, the ItalianÂ Ottavio orÂ Ottavia, or the nicknamesÂ TavyÂ orÂ Tavia.
Nature names that summon up an image of fall include tree names, particularly:
The following may be a stretch, but other names that mean tree in a less obvious way include:
AdairÂ â€“ Scottish and Irish unisex name that relates to oak trees.
CormacÂ â€“ This handsome Irish boysâ€™ name means â€śtree trunk,â€ť which is close enough.
DaphneÂ â€“ Classic name that means laurel tree.
KeziahÂ â€“ Beautiful Old Testament name that means cassia tree.
LennoxÂ â€“ A Scottish name that relates to the elm tree.
PerryÂ â€“ Boyâ€™s name that works for girls too, and means â€śpear tree.â€ť
Fallâ€™s brilliant colors might also provide baby-naming inspiration.
Names that mean red include:
If golden is the fall hue you prefer, try:
EvenÂ brown, fallâ€™s ultimate color, relates to some appealing names:
BaizeÂ â€“ A French girlsâ€™ name that means â€śdark brownâ€ť
KionaÂ â€“ A Native American girlsâ€™ name that means â€śbrown hillsâ€ť
RouxÂ â€“ Unisex and pronounced â€śroo,â€ť this might make a good middle name
SorrellÂ â€“ Can be spelled with one or two râ€™s and lâ€™s
Some other ideas?
Seasonal signs of the zodiac:
CerridwenÂ â€“ Welsh nature goddess
GaiaÂ â€“ Greek goddess of the earth
RheaÂ â€“ Greek goddess of the earth
And one god-
Lughâ€”connected with a harvest festival
Other international names with autumnal meanings:
AshounÂ â€“ Armenianâ€”autumn
LiqiuÂ â€“ Chinese â€” beautiful autumn
Do you have any other ideas for autumn names?
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