may have its reindeer and holly, and Thanksgiving its turkeys, but no holiday has as many flowers and trees and animals associated with it as Easter
, symbols that evolved from both pagan and Christian
sources. From Jesus
as “the Lamb of God,” to chicks and bunnies symbolizing abundant new life, to the Easter
lily, there’s a wealth of baby name inspiration to be found in the flora and fauna of Easter
When it comes to choosing Easter baby name
s, you don’t have to limit yourself to hopping down the Bunny Trail
. There are more subtle options related to the name and time of the holiday itself, to relevant Biblical characters, symbolic animals—bunnies, chicks, and the lamb–plus botanicals, and names whose meanings relate to immortality or rebirth.
Here are the Nameberry picks of the names leading the Easter
parade, some as obvious as Lily
, others as oblique as the Italian name meaning lamb.
We all know Berries have great style, right? As an extension of the chic baby names on nameberry, today we’re excited to announce a new column on children’s style by Elisabeth Wilborn, the genius behind the name blog You Can’t Call It “It”! along with the new child style blog The Itsy Factor. Look for Elisabeth‘s new Nameberry Style column here every weekend.
Recently I wrote about names compatible with the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, from Calista to Frederick to Harley. Since then, rabbits have been multiplying at a furious pace. Whether it’s filling an Easter basket or looking to commemorate the Year of the Rabbit, the furry darlings have our undivided attention. Here’s a roundup that has a little something for everyone.
Easter is a wonderful time of year to have a baby, and an inspirational holiday for names.If you’re due right about now, here are some name directions you might consider:
NAMES OF THE HOLIDAY
EASTER – Less common than Christmas but definitely a holiday name that works in its plain English version.
PARASHA – A Russian girls’ name that means “born on Good Friday.”
PASCAL etc. – There are many attractive versions of this name.The French Pascal, for boys, and Pascale for girls is especially appealing.The Spanish versions are Pascual and Pascuala; Italian is Pasquale.
PASCOE – English twist (Cornish, technically) on the Easter name popular in medieval times. PASCO is another spelling.
SUNDAY – This day name somehow seems best related to the Easter holiday and season.
NAMES OF EASTER PERSONAGES
JAMES, JOHN and PETER – Prayed in the garden with Jesus (but fell asleep)
JOANNA – Lesser known Biblical personage who was one of the women at Jesus’ tomb.