What To Name Your Autumn Baby
It’s the first day of fall…the air is getting crisper, the days are getting shorter…the moment to think about the names of autumn.
Unlike spring, summer, and even winter, fall is not a season that immediately brings a bonanza of name possibilities to mind. But when you think about it, there are almost as many autumn blooms as there are springtime ones, there are harvest deities, and a palette-full of fall colors, among other options.
So if you’re expecting a fall baby, and are looking for a name reflecting the season of their birth, there are lots of colorful choices to consider, beginning with:
The autumnal flowers and shrubs:
- Adonis (blue)
- Belle of the Night
- Susan (black-eyed)
Trees known for their brilliantly colorful fall foliage:
Colors in the autumnal palette:
Seasonal signs of the zodiac:
- Annona – Roman, personification of plenty
- Cerridwen – Welsh nature goddess
- Demeter—Greek harvest goddess
- Jeyriall—Santharian goddess
- Persephone— daughter of Demeter
- Rhea – Greek goddess of the earth
And one god-
Lugh— Irish god of the harvest (and light)
Names with autumnal meanings:
- Aki — Japanese—born in autumn
- Akiko – Japanese –autumn child
- Ashoun – Armenian—autumn
- Chyoh—Chinese –autumn
- Hazan – Turkish—autumn
- Jora/Jorah – Hebrew—autumn rain
- Liqiu – Chinese — beautiful autumn
- Qiu – Chinese – autumn
And of course we can’t forget Autumn herself, a pretty name that’s currently in the Top 100 (at #81), given to more than 3,600 baby girls last year.
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on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:33 am
I think that I would be more likely to name my baby October or November or possibly Autumn than any other name on the list.
on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:38 am
on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:32 am
Interesting article, as always. One note, however: Acacia trees bloom in late Winter/early Spring, usually around February.
on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:02 am
Thanks, erzulie–Acacia has now shed its last autumn bloom.
on September 23rd, 2010 at 12:25 pm
My friend had a baby last week and named her Maple. I never considered that a viable name option before, but I think it works. Baby #1, a son, is Ocean.
on September 23rd, 2010 at 1:41 pm
There are some great names on this list. I don’t know if there are any that I would name my own child.
I do however write and love names for that reason. I can totally see a character with these names. (FYI, I write romance)
Aster (regal, upper-crust, careless disregard for those under her socially. She would be a great historical heroine who would have her world tossed into upheaval. Perhaps her father loses all his money and she’s forced to marry “new money”)
Ivy (she’s a fun more modern heroine. Her parents were hippies and she embraced the lifestyle. Since I write romance, she meets an uptight business man that wants her family farm to turn it into a mall or something.)
Poppy and Opal are Ivy’s sisters
Ash (perhaps short for Ashley or Asher is male. He’s younger than the heroine in his story. He helps her enjoy life away from the uptight responsibilities and expectations of her life. She teaches him that responsibility is important)
Brown (He’s a southern boy. His mother wanted him to carry her maiden name. He hunts, fishes, and runs a successful business. His first love left him because he didn’t want to leave their small town when they graduated. Now she’s back.)
Anyway, I love it when a name causes a character flash in front of my eyes and this blog had a ton of them for me. 🙂
on September 23rd, 2010 at 7:23 pm
I really like this blog, however there are some…inconsitistancies with the harvest goddess portion within the greek names.Rhea is not the goddess of the earth. The mother earth in greek mythology is Gaia. Rhea is the goddess of health, fetility, motherhood, and regeneration. And Persephone is the goddess of of spring groth or jsut spring time. Not the Harvest. She was however the queen of th eudnerworld after being kidnapped and trapped by Hades. Demeter however is correct 🙂 Just a quick Fix 🙂
on September 30th, 2010 at 7:56 pm
@L.–I’ve never seen the name ‘Maple’, but I do really dig it for a girl!! How sweet (literally!) 😉
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on October 11th, 2010 at 7:19 am
I love the name Autumn it self along with…
Belle which is just gorgeous
Ivy and Iris there similar and so cute
Poppy this is sweet
Rose it’s my favourite girl’s name suitable for all seasons let’s face it it’s gorgeous
Sage I love this for both sexes
Persephone associated with the main character of my favourite book lovely name so stunning and interesting
Opal really cute gem stone name that’s hardly used
Very interesting blog!
on October 13th, 2010 at 10:14 pm
Ooh, I like Jora!
on May 17th, 2011 at 3:34 pm
I love Rhea and Opal. i like Aspen too, but what would the nickname be for that? Hopefully Penny:)
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