Gender: Female Meaning of October: "eighth" Origin of October: Latin

October Origin and Meaning

The name October is a girl's name meaning "eighth".

What is so rare as a month named June? October--and November and December--are a lot rarer. Brisk and substantial, they're so much more memorable and modern than April or May. October got its name via being the eighth month in the old Roman calendar.

October was chosen by innovative author/editor Dave Eggers and wife Vendela Vida for their daughter.

Neil Gaiman wrote a story personifying the month in his collection Fragile Things entitled October in the Chair.

Some related, more exotic variations are Octavia and Ottavia,

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Kia97 Says:


I love this name, Toby or Tobie for short

blueylit Says:


Love the nickname Tobie!

Haids1987 Says:


Simply adorable!!

JossieChris Says:


October Gonzalez nn Tobie American television show host and personality who rose to fame on the FOX game show series Beat Shazam

orphanedhanyou Says:


I initially think the same, however there are other 'normal' Oct- names currently and come from the same Latin origin. Just because we dont use names like this now and instead use it as part of our calendar naming system doesn't mean it wasn't legitimate in multiple forms in the past, most notably Roman names. One day Ashley could become synonymous with how we name time on a new Earth where the 'day' is faster do to whatever planetary situation is happening if we colonize space. The future of humanity would balk at calling a person Ashley as if it were 'Minute' ' Year' 'Second Day of the Week'. Current society and language dictates what constitutes as a human name and that changes all the time.

FionaW Says:


Not to cause offense, but this is not even a name.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I agree, but the others are adorable, even though they don't really sound like names.

Netta5187 Says:


I'd add August to the list, but I agree with you.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Love those names, and the nickname is cool, too.

Mandy Gagliardi Says:


My daughter's name is October Jane and people call her Tobie :) We get looks as well but its normally OMG I LOVE that name! lol! I however picked the name from a horror movie called Stay Alive that came out the year she was born.

Mandy Gagliardi Says:


Well if we teach our children not to be little assholes then they wouldn't pick on other children's names. That being said my daughter is 9 and in 9 years the only people to tease her about her name were asshole adults.

Mandy Gagliardi Says:


My daughter's name is October Jane. Some people call her Tobie

RoddyThlayli Says:


I love basically all months as names! Most of them have tons of nickname choices that can make it sound way more normal. October I prefer on a boy, but I could see it on a girl. Nickname possibilities could be Otto, Toby, Tober, Coby, Ber, Berry or Obi.

Zelliew Says:


The only months that sound like names are April, May & June in my book

Amber Says:


There is a series of books by Seanan McGuire that stars October Daye, a half fairy woman that works to save both worlds. She goes by Toby in the books. Ever since I read the first one, I've wanted to have a child in October just so I could name her October and Toby for short.

laurelrobyn Says:


I love that story, October in the Chair (assuming that's the one). It's my absolute favorite short story and I always loved the idea of using unusual month names as actual names. I lean towards November, but October is just lovely and interesting. nn Toby is awesome.

Jena Brown Says:


October is my son's name! And we do call him Toby :) We get a lot of weird looks when we tell people his name, but it suits him and we love it. (And he is actually named after that Neil Gaiman story!)

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


thanks :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I love most month names, although January, February and September were ruined for me by personal association. And I like May spelled Mae.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I see. I just found it a bit unusual because I've never heard of anyone getting teased for a month name before. Anyway, Mae is a really pretty name! Cooler than mine anyway

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I'm not saying that no one should have a month name. Heck, my middle name is Mae. Even then though I sometimes get weird looks when I tell people that, but it doesn't bother me. I just wouldn't name a kid something that they could possibly get teased about. I don't personally hate the name.

Guest Says:


I really love November! October is hard-sounding though. April is so common I don't know why anyone would tease it. It's pretty.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Just because one person you know gets teased because of their name, that doesn't mean no one should have a month name. :(

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


My mothers best friend is called April. She got teased with stuff like "is your middle name May?" And "Are you named that because you were born in April?". She still gets it from men at bars. My point is, if someone got teased with a common month name like April, then a girl called October is definitely going to get tease a lot.

eveyalecia Says:


I really like this! I think it does sound like a name-- the "oct" start is reminiscent of Octavius/vian/via and "tober" is similar to the "topher" ending of Christopher. And Toby is adorable as a nickname! I think I'd prefer it for a boy however. November (w/ nicknames Nova, Ember, Emmy, etc.) is my favorite month name for a girl. :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I love this name! I think it's my favorite month name! I would love to know someone named October.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I don't like this name. It's not at all feminine, and doesn't sound like a name.