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Maia / Maya – The month of May was named after Maia, a Greek and Roman goddess of spring; Maia is a Greek name meaning mother. The Roman’s considered Maia to be an incarnation of Mother Earth. Maia and Maya have the same sound, but differ in popularity and meaning. Maia was #639 in 2013 and Maya, a Hebrew name meaning water, was #72. Both Maia and Maya are great names for a baby born in May.
My love affair with names began in elementary school when I selected a book about the meaning behind names from the monthly book order catalog. I enjoyed it so much I asked my parents to buy me a second name book. I picked up the original Beyond Jennifer and Jason, and highlighted it within inches of its life. I loved the way names sounded in my head and how Pamela and Linda took thinking about names a step further than most books. They gave them new meanings and classifications and offered insight into how names might be perceived by other people at all stages of someone’s life. It fascinated me and thus, a name nerd was born.
For years, I scribbled stories here and there but my favorite part of the process was always naming the characters. I labored over who would get which moniker, many times to the detriment of the story. I’d have two full pages of characters with spectacular names and one page of actual story completed before I gave up and started something new.
Some highly unusual names in Cara’s comprehensive list this month, including an Ioni, a girl named Berlin—sister of a girl named Bowie, a Blues (not Blue), and a Hutch (brother of Tug). The three sets of twins born to celebs in March included the trendy Knox Blue and Violet Moon.
Among the highest profile celebs, Cate Blanchett went with the lovely classic Edith Vivian Patricia, Vin Diesel made the moving tribute to his late friend and co-star Paul Walker by naming his baby daughter Pauline, and Kevin James chose the name Sistine for her daughter, just as Sylvester Stallone did in 1998
There’s a reason why April marks the beginning of wedding season—it is one of the loveliest months of the year. April marks a time of blossoming flowers, rising temperatures, and a lovely time to bring a baby into the world. Here are some fresh floral and other choices that would be perfect for your spring-born Berrybaby!
Anthea–Anthea is a delicate name inspired by the Greek goddess of flowers. A delightful springtime moniker, the neglected Anthea sounds both erudite and feminine. Anthea is a distinctive yet not-too-obvious choice for any little girl born in the springtime with a great ready-made adorable nickname—Thea. A famous literary reference is the 17th century Robert Herrick ode, “To Anthea, Who May Command Him Anything.”
By Abby Sandel
Take an overlooked name with an on-trend sound, add a high profile celebrity birth announcement, and voilà – the next big thing in baby names.
Or not. Some names are too offbeat to catch on. I’m looking at you, Apple and Zuma.
But more often, celebrity baby names are truly influential. Starbabies can turn that name everyone is cautiously considering into the next Top Ten favorite. Ava, Isabella, Jayden, and Liam all got a big boost when Hollywood mamas chose the names.
When it comes to vintage baby names, a new celebrity baby can be a powerful signal that a name is prime for a comeback.