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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.
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.
Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of one of our absolute favorite blogs,Â You Canâ€™t Call It â€śIt,â€ť imparts ideas on how to tie your child’s name to the Chinese Year of the Rabbit.Â You can also find Elisabeth atÂ The Itsy Factor, or at home with her family in Brooklyn.
How happy I am to usher in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. Â It’s not a rat, a tiger, a snake or something equally frightful sounding. Â It’s not a pragmatic pig nor an ox, as my own children claim, but a lovable cute bunny rabbit (we like to refer to the pig year as “the year of the golden boar” by the way– so much nicer).
Even if you’re not Chinese, don’t you suspect that after thousands of years maybe they’re onto something? Â Not only does the rabbit sound sweet and cuddly, but it also happens to have some of the most pleasant characteristics associated with it. Â Considered a most auspicious sign, your 2011 bon vivant will have good taste, good fortune, and live forever. Â Or something like that. Those born in a rabbit year have an appreciation of beauty and make great artists and curators, favor peace over conflict, are demure, well-liked, and well-mannered. Â A downfall may be that their taste for luxury borders on over indulgence, but being lucky with money, this likely won’t result in dire straits. Â Above all, they have a tendency to be happy.
When the Chinese look at the moon, they see the hare standing underneath the cassia tree, grasping the elixir of immortality. Â During the autumn harvest festival, Chinese children carry paper lanterns shaped like rabbits and climb up the hills to observe the lovely moon hare, which symbolizes the start of day and the yin of heaven.Â