Since the Fall season is officially upon us, it’s time once again for an update of our annual round-up of names for autumn babies–those appellations which refer to the season directly and those that are more subtle references.
Autumn — Autumn is ironically the hottest season name once again this year, 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. (Note: Winter is also in the air—though it hasn’t yet made the list, we’re seeing more and more interest in it as a name.)
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, June, 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, as recently chosen as the middle name of little Harper Beckham, might have some 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.
Nature names that summon up an image of fall include tree names, particularly:
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.
Perry – Boy’s name that works for girls too, and means “pear tree.”
Fall’s brilliant colors might also provide baby-naming inspiration.
Names that mean red include:
If golden is the fall hue you prefer, try:
Even brown, fall’s ultimate color, relates to some appealing names:
Baize – A French girls’ name that means “dark brown”
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
Some other ideas?
Seasonal signs of the zodiac:
Cerridwen – Welsh nature goddess
Gaia – Greek goddess of the earth
Rhea – Greek goddess of the earth
And one god-
Lugh—connected with a harvest festival
Other international names with autumnal meanings:
Ashoun – Armenian—autumn
Liqiu – Chinese — beautiful autumn
Do you have any other ideas for autumn names?
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