March baby names might be inspired by Women’s History Month, St. Patrick’s Day, birthday namesakes, and the season of spring. From cool place names like Ireland and Tennessee to more traditional names like Ruth and Vincent, March delivers a wonderful bouquet of names to choose from!
Aviva is vibrant Hebrew name that fittingly means spring. Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere this year on March 20th. Aviva is a radiant palindrome name that would be a cool alternative to the rising names Vivian and Vivienne. Aviva is so rare that it was only given to 117 baby girls last year as a first name. You may recognize Aviva as the name of TV personality Aviva Drescher from The Real Houswives of New York City. Other names that also mean spring include Aviv, Pinar, Primavera, Rabi, and Rabia.
March celebrates women’s history and March-born Bonnie Blair is one woman who made history as a five-time Olympic speed skating gold medalist, making her the most decorated female Winter Olympian in U.S. History. Bonnie is a sweet Scottish name meaning beautiful. Currently ranked at Number 871, it peaked in the late 1940s after the release of Gone with the Wind, Bonnie bring the nickname of Scarlett and Rhett’s daughter in the beloved film. Bonnie may also evoke actors Bonnie Hunt and Bonnie Wright and singer Bonnie Raitt.
Sir Elton Hercules John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, celebrates his birthday on March 25th. Elton John chose his stage name in honor of Blues legends Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. A name now strongly associated with the singer-songwriter, Mr. Elton is also one of the main characters in Jane Austen’s Emma. Elton is an old English surname meaning from the old town or Ella’s town. Elton peaked in popularity in 1915 at spot Number 278 though today it has dipped down to Number 964.
Millions of Americans will be celebrating their Irish heritage this month on St. Patrick’s Day. Actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger brought this place-name to the public eye when they named their daughter Ireland in 1995. Ireland first entered the U.S. Top 1000 three years later and currently hangs on at Number 983, though it’s a bit more popular here on Nameberry, at Number 766. Erin, another name for Ireland, is dwindling in popularity, but may make for a nice subtler choice. If you like Irish place names you could also consider Clare, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Shannon or Tara.
Marcus is derived from Mars, the Roman god of war, also the namesake of the month of March. Currently Number 168 in popularity, Marcus was a widely used name in ancient Rome. For a long time the more streamlined Mark was leading in the charts, but modern parents are now gravitating more towards Marcus. A few famous ancient bearers of this name include the philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero, politician Marcus Antonius, and philosopher Marcus Aurelius. Lead singer of Mumford and Sons Marcus Mumford is a modern namesake.
The daffodil is March’s birth flower, and while it may be fun to say, Narcissa, the Greek version, is a more usable choice. Narcissa ends with the same familiar sound as names like Marissa and Alyssa though it’s much less common and was used by fewer than 5 little girls last year. Harry Potter fans will associate this name with Draco Malfoy’s mom, Narcissa Malfoy. Another notable namesake is pioneer and missionary Narcissa Whitman.
A popular choice for a baby born around St. Paddy’s Day, Patrick offers many fun nicknames such as Paddy, Pat, Patch, Rick, and Ricky. The feast of Saint Patrick is held annually on March 17th. The patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was known for converting people to Christianity as well as his missionary work. Though Patrick is a name tied to Ireland because of the saint, it is a Latin name in origin meaning nobleman or patrician. Patrick peaked in popularity in the late 1960s when it reached spot Number 30. Today Patrick is still well-loved and used at Number 164.
The second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15th. A fitting choice for Women’s History Month, Ginsburg spent the majority of her legal career advocating for women’s rights. Ruth is a Hebrew name meaning compassionate friend. Currently ranked Number 293, Ruth is rising in popularity, up over 50 spots in the last 5 years. In the Old Testament Ruth is a Moabite woman and the loyal daughter-in-law of Naomi, whom she accompanied to Bethlehem following the death of her husband. Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein chose the name for his daughter born in 2002.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams, born Thomas Lanier Williams III, was born on March 26th. One of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are just a few of his remarkable works. Tennessee is derived from a Native American Cherokee word meaning village. Only 28 boys and 26 girls were given Tennessee as a first name last year. Musician Eric Church and actor Reese Witherspoon each have sons named Tennessee.
Influential painter Vincent van Gogh was also born in the month of March. Virtually unknown in his lifetime, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Sunflowers are now two of the most recognized and reproduced paintings. Vincent, in use since the Middle Ages, became popular in the 19th century and currently ranks at Number 109. A Latin name rich in history, Vincent has been worn by several saints, including Saint Vincent de Paul. Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary used the name Vincent for their youngest son in 2011.
Would you use any of these March-inspired names for your baby?