A couple of momberries-to-be who are expecting Fall babies have written in to ask for some Autumn name suggestions, and so, as we come close to the official onset of the season,Â here is our annual, updated round-up of Autumn names.
AUTUMN â€”Â Autumn is ironically the hottest season name, the only one in the Top 100 where itâ€™s maintained its status for over a decade now.Â The nameÂ Autumn 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.
Names from other cultures that provide a newer route toÂ Autumn include the Japanese girlsâ€™ namesÂ Aki 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.
September â€“ Why areÂ March,Â May,Â June, August and evenÂ January hot while September (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 Harry Potter and is perhaps too redolent of things septic.Â ButÂ Seven, as recently chosen as the middle name of little Harper Beckham, might have some potential.
October â€“ An equally unusual month name that gets an extra helping of cool from hipster writersÂ Dave Eggers andÂ Vendela Vida, who chose it for their daughter.Â Perhaps more attractive are the Latin pairÂ Octavius and especially Octavia, both of which mean (as doesÂ October) â€śeighth.â€ťÂ OtherÂ Octavius and Octavia variations you mightÂ consider: Â Octavian,Â Octaviana,Â Octavienne, the Italian Ottavio orÂ Ottavia, or the nicknamesÂ Tavy 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:
Adair â€“ Scottish and Irish unisex name that relates to oak trees.
Cormac â€“ This handsome Irish boysâ€™ name means â€śtree trunk,â€ť which is close enough.
Daphne â€“ Classic name that means laurel tree.
Keziah â€“ Beautiful Old Testament name that means cassia tree.
Lennox â€“ A Scottish name that relates to the elm tree.
Perry â€“ Boy’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:
Even brown, fallâ€™s ultimate color, relates to some appealing names:
Baize â€“ A French girlsâ€™ name that means â€śdark brownâ€ť
Kiona â€“ A Native American girlsâ€™ name that means â€śbrown hillsâ€ť
Roux â€“ Unisex and pronounced â€śroo,â€ť this might make a good middle name
Sorrell â€“ Can be spelled with one or two râ€™s and lâ€™s
Some other ideas?
Seasonal signs of the zodiac:
Cerridwen â€“ Welsh nature goddess
Gaia â€“ Greek goddess of the earth
Rhea â€“ Greek goddess of the earth
And one god-
Lughâ€”connected with a harvest festival
Other international names with autumnal meanings:
Ashoun â€“ Armenianâ€”autumn
Jora/Jorah â€“ Hebrewâ€”autumn rain
Liqiu â€“ Chinese — beautiful autumn