Autumn Baby Names

In what is fast becoming a nameberry tradition, we turn our attention to names of the new season.  If you’re expecting a fall baby, these choices might inspire you.

AUTUMNAutumn is ironically the hottest season name, the only one in the Top 100 where it’s maintained its status for over a decade now.  The name Autumn first entered the U.S. Top 1000 in 1969, inspired by the hippie nature names and word names.  While it’s still attractive, however, it’s hardly fresh.

Names from other cultures that provide a newer route to Autumn include the Japanese girls’ names Aki and Akiko, the Turkish girls’ 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 – Why are March, May, August and even January hot while September (along with October, November, and December) is not?  Maybe there’s something chilly about that “ber” ending.  Still, this has an attractive sound and is certainly unusual.  The Latin Septimus, which means “seventh son,” sounds a bit Harry Potter and is perhaps too redolent of things septic.  But Seven (lets forget that September is the ninth month, since we still have November to deal with) has potential.

OCTOBER – An equally unusual month name that gets an extra helping of cool from hipster writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, who chose it for their daughter.  Perhaps more attractive are the Latin pair Octavius and especially Octavia, both of which mean (as does October) “eighth.”  Other Octavius and Octavia variations you might consider: Octavian, Octaviana, Octavienne, the Italian Ottavio or Ottavia, or the nicknames Tavy or Tavia.

NOVEMBER – Certainly as usable as September and October, which is to say, not very unless you’re extremely adventurous.

Nature names that summon up an image of fall include tree names, particularly:

ASH (any of the Ash names – Asher, Ashley – relate)

BIRCH

BRANCH

CEDAR

FORREST

HAZEL

JUNIPER

LAUREL

LEAF

LINDEN

OAK

OLIVE (and Oliver and Olivia)

PINE

WILLOW

The following may be a stretch, but other names that mean tree in a less obvious way include:

ADAIR – Scottish and Irish unisex name that relates to oak trees.

CORMAC – This handsome Irish boys’ name means “tree trunk,” which is close enough.

DAPHNE – Classic name that means laurel tree.

KEZIAH – Beautiful Old Testament name that means cassia tree.

LENNOX – A Scottish name that relates to the elm tree.

NIMA – Middle Eastern favorite, also found as Neema and Neemah, that means margosa tree.

PERRY – Works for both boys and girls and means “pear tree.”

ROWAN – A unisex name that’s also the name of a tree with red berries and that means “little redhead.”  Related names include Rowena, Rhonwen, Roan, and Rowney.

Fall’s brilliant colors might also provide baby-naming inspiration.

Names that mean red include:

ADAM

CARMINE

CRIMSON

OMAIRA

RADLEY

RORY

RUBY

SCARLETT

If golden is the fall hue you prefer, try:

AURELIA, AURELIO or AURELIUS

CRISANTA

DORY

FLAVIA, FLAVIE or FLAVIUS

ORIEL or ORLA

TAWNY

XANTHE

ZARINA

Even brown, fall’s ultimate color, relates to some appealing names:

BAIZE – A French girls’ name that means “dark brown”

BRUNO or BRUNA

KIONA – A Native American girls’ name that means “brown hills”

ROUX – Unisex and pronounced “roo,” this might make a good middle name

SORRELL – Can be spelled with one or two r’s and l’s

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esperrosa Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 12:20 am

Just curious, but how do you pronounce Hazan? It looks very pretty and appealing to me (even though I’m expecting a fall boy, not girl)

redridinghood Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 5:06 am

I love so many of these names, and really enjoyed this blog! I am an Autumn girl myself, and have been pondering Names I would Have LIked to Have been Called lately, usually when my dislike for my middle name Joyce gets the better of me and I drift off into daydreams.

I love the name Autumn, although I think that from what you were saying, it is a lot more used in America than in the UK. I also love the sound of the name October, my birth month, and I think that September and November are lovely choices too. (when I first heard the name of the actor January Jones from MAD MEN, I thought this was a bit weird, but then it grew on me and I think it is a charming choice).

Rowan, Sorrell and Briony are perennial favourites of mine. You could also use many of the “Finn/n” names as this means fair/yellow haired too.

And how about the name Russet? (my favourite apple?!)

SJ Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 10:06 am

I was also born in the fall and think the names September, October, and especially November sound very appealing. (Although it would be weird if the child weren’t actually born in that month, I think.)

How about birthstones for autumn months? Sapphire or Lapis for September, Opal or Tourmaline for October, Topaz or Citrine for November. My favorite is Topaz.

Dearest Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 10:23 am

There are a couple of names I thought would be on this list that aren’t, Rufus and Rufina which also mean red… There’s also the place name Edom which means red, and it’s Greek equivalent that no one has heard of, Idumea, which I think would make a darling name for a little girl ^^

Orla and Roux are fantastic!!! I love those names!! I also love Autumn, but hate how popular she is…

And regarding October, I always thought of that as best suited for a boy for being so heavy on the ‘o’ sounds… November is for a girl in my head… Octavia and Octavian are my favourite alternatives to October, and I always though Nova would make a good alternative to November, and Berry a good nickname for those brave enough to use either September, October or November…

The tree names are fantastic! Loving Ash, Birch, Cedar and Oak for boys, and Juniper, Laurel and Willow for girls, although Laurel and Willow are too common for me…

I also love Autumn, so I really hate that she’s as popular as she is…

Great blog, as usual!! ^^

pam Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 10:28 am

Thanks, everyone. Hazan is pronounced hah-zahn. Love the idea of the birthstones — wish I’d thought of that! I also like Topaz along with Sapphire.

mayberry Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 10:46 am

I’ve always wondered why Octavia isn’t more popular, given its similarity to Olivia.

http://legitbabenames.wordpress.com/ Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 10:52 am

There is Opal which is the birthstone of October, there is Tola which is Khmer for the month of October and Hedra which is Cornish for the month of October. I think of Amber as an Autumn name.

Dotsmom Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 11:26 am

I love these names!! I also think that Redford as described in one of the discussion boards in the last two days, also fits this criteria of being a perfect autumn name!

JAKS Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Asher and Roux made our name list for our little boy. I really loved Roux (Love the movie Chocolat) for a middle name, but we decided against it when we realized that most people would probably make the Winnie-the-Pooh – Roo association based on the sound. =/

Elea Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

As an alternative you could look to the Celtic Tree calender.

September 30 – October 27 = Ivy (Gort)
October 28 – November 24 = Reed (Ngetal)
November 25 – December 23 = Elder (Ruis)
December 24 – January 20 = Birch (Beth)

The names in brackets are the Gaelic names 🙂

Janine Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

i love the name November, particularly for a girl. It has an awesome nickname in it; Nova.

and Keziah is totally in my top 3 girls names, no matter what part of the year she’s born in 😉

ailsa Gray Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

OOh, Celtic Tree Calendar! Does Nephele know about this one? Tell us more,Elea!

x

Pam Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Also forgot astrological signs! Libra and Scorpio both quite possible

Elea Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I don’t know a great deal about it, but as I understand it, it was put together by Robert Graves, based on an early medieval alphabet used to represent Old Irish using Gaelic tree names and the Celtic lunar calendar.

disa_lan Says:

October 2nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

My favorite season! Roux is a great name I’d use it alone for a girl or as a middle name. The Ru- part of Ruby is probably why I love it so much. Celtic Tree Calender??? I need to go find this, thanks Elea.

redridinghood Says:

October 3rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

What are the other months, Elea? I am glad my birthday falls under IVY – love that name.

xx

Veris Says:

October 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Interesting you say NOVEMBER is the least usable. I would have to say that title belongs to September… With November, you have the options of Nova and Ember as nicknames. October has Toby… what does September have? Other than Ember… Seppy? Temby? Nothing pretty.

Elea Says:

October 4th, 2009 at 4:36 am

Here is the full list, Ailsa!

December 24 – January 20 = Birch (Beth)
January 21 – February 17 = Rowan (Luis)
February 18 – March 17 = Ash (Nion)
March 18 – April 14 = Alder (Fearn)
April 15 – May 12 = Willow (Saille)
May 13 – June 9 = Hawthorn (Huath)
June 10 – July 7 = Oak (Duir)
July 8 – August 4 = Holly (Tinne)
August 5 – September 1 = Hazel (Coll)
September 2 – September 29 = Vine (Muin)
September 30 – October 27 = Ivy (Gort)
October 28 – November 24 = Reed (Ngetal)
November 25 – December 23 = Elder (Ruis)

I’m Ivy too! 🙂

British American Says:

October 5th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Speaking of tree and fall names, I spotted the name ‘Maple’ in a recent baby announcement.

… Says:

October 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I know an Ottavia, nickname Otti.

Charlotte Vera Says:

October 6th, 2009 at 12:17 am

I’m pretty sure a woman on my babycenter birth club named her April 2009 baby September.

http://legitbabenames.wordpress.com/ Says:

October 6th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Has anyone seen that movie starring Dominique Swain and Edward Norton. Its called “Down in the Valley” and the lead character played by Dominique Swain is named October, only she goes by Tobe (TOBE, not TO-bee) throughout the whole movie.

Sophia Corinne Says:

October 14th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I love Aurelia and think it has the potential to become more well-used but not overexposed. If Amelia is in the top 50, why not Aurelia?

Becks Says:

December 31st, 2009 at 2:13 pm

My little Rowan was born in September 🙂 She’s a redhead to boot, lol.
Her big brother Oliver was a January baby though. Named less for the season and more for his temperment 🙂

Ali Renee Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 11:40 am

I love many of these names with Autumn probably being my fave despite the popularity…I was born in October and have always thought of Autumn as my favorite season.

It occurred to me that you could also use weather names for this season…Breezy, Windy, or Rainy (depending on the type of weather your part of the world experiences during this time)

I think of orange as a fall color, though not sure of what names there are for that other than possibly Coral?

For trees, maybe Timber as I think that has a nice sound. Seems like it would be unisex, or could make it more feminine as Timberlyn (yes, I know a lot of people are sick of the add-a-lyn names…sorry I love them!) 😉

Yvette Says:

August 20th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

i really like a lot of these names! celtic calander names are GREAT too!!!

i’m having a hard time naming my little girl due in OCT.

some names that i like are:
August Rose Marie
Rowan Skye
Autumn Skye
Summer Rain

i know some people find these cheesy but i REALLy like them!

one we are considering right now is Fira (Feer-ah) it means firey (like the colors of fall! =)

another one i considered was Safira (means sapphire -like the birthstone-and with the nickname Fira can also be the “firey” colors of fall!)

Macy Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 9:55 am

Sweetie, August is a boys name, as is Rowan.

crazynamegirl Says:

March 1st, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I want to give myself a middle name because my parents neglected to do so and I hate my first name. I really love the name Ottavia, but I was born in August (still the 8th month…) not October. Do you think it would be weird?

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