Day Names: Which would you pick?
If you had to pick a day name — for a child, for yourself, for a favorite — which would it be?
We skipped our usual seasonal names blog this summer because we had so much else going on, but we did meet a baby named August, and another named Julia. We’ve been having fun watching the Showtime series Episodes, which features a character named Morning. And on another of our favorite shows, Louie, there was a (not very nice) little boy named Never.
Day names are an ancient tradition in many cultures, most notably African ones where many names are often drawn from the time of day, day of the week, or season that a child is born. Early African-American slave roles contain many Anglicizations of such names, from Monday to Friday, Early to Afternoon, Christmas to Easter.
In modern day America, day names are getting more attention now than ever before. While such names as April and Autumn have been perennial hits, names like May and June are rising through the ranks and choices such as January and Sunday, Winter and Midnight are emerging.
So if you were going to choose just one day name, which would you pick? Here’s a list of the basics to help focus. And why?
Would you use day names in a symbolic way — Noelle for a Christmas baby, for instance, or June only for someone really born in that month — or would you mix it up?
(And if day names are just not your style, tell us that too!)
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on August 28th, 2012 at 11:11 pm
I’ve always like Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday for girls and I think Monday would be kind of cool on a boy. This was a pretty cool post.
on August 28th, 2012 at 11:44 pm
I really like Sunday, and then really any of the season names I adore Winter, Autumn is cute, and Summer has a great vibe only one I couldn’t imagine is Spring… I like Evening nn Evie as well, kinda cool
on August 28th, 2012 at 11:47 pm
I’m not a huge fan of most day names, but August is one of my favorites for a boy. I also like Autumn, Summer, and Noelle for girls.
on August 28th, 2012 at 11:49 pm
I was born on Christmas Eve and everyone always asks why my name isn’t Noelle or Eve or something…..kind of glad my mom didn’t name me based on when I was born, simply because I don’t care for many “Christmas” names, though I DO kind of like Merry.
on August 29th, 2012 at 12:41 am
My name is Noelle and everyone asks me wether I was born on Christmas. I wasn’t, so my go to reply is “no, 9 months after…”.
on August 29th, 2012 at 4:18 am
I love the idea of day names, but I don’t think I’d ever use them. Our son was due on Christmas, and someone suggested we should call him Alexander Noel. We didn’t … and he actually arrived a few days before the holiday. But if he’d actually been born on Christmas? I might have argued for it.
My favorite day names? Holiday, Tuesday, just plain Day, January, and August. August is the only one we might actually use.
on August 29th, 2012 at 4:31 am
I actually have quite a soft spot for some of the names on this list! I really love Winter in the middle name spot for a girl but I think it may be a little bit too different to my other choices for it to work. I also like January and Tuesday for girls but again, I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to go there! I can be a little shy and conservative with names, so I think I’d be much more likely to use something more common like May, June or Autumn. However, I do think that August is lovely for a boy.
on August 29th, 2012 at 7:11 am
I love September for a boy! I’m worried it would be shortened to Ember though, and that’s too trendy for my tastes (that last bit sounded so stuck up lol!!). I think the only month that I wouldn’t like to see used as a name is March.
I think I would like any day-of-the-week name except for Saturday, and I probably wouldn’t use Friday because that seems really ‘used’ commercially.
All season names sound lovely, Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn. Probably not Fall, but it might work as a middle name if the first name was perfect.
Peridot would be fantastic, but constantly mispronounced around here, and I don’t like to re-spell things for names. Plus I don’t care for ‘Perri’ as a nn. Amethyst is stunning, I’ve met a little girl named Amethyst, it was really cute!!
on August 29th, 2012 at 7:45 am
I love January! My dad was born in January and it would be a good way to honor him if I have a daughter. I’d only use it in the middle.
I also really like Winter, Summer, August, September, June, November, Tuesday, Midnight, etc…
on August 29th, 2012 at 8:02 am
I love August for a boy although I prefer the longer names of Augustus or Augustine.
For girls, January, Summer, June, May (spelled Mae) and Holiday are lovely.
on August 29th, 2012 at 8:29 am
I love January, April, May, and June for girls, March for a boy, and all the season names including Spring. My favorite day name is actually just Day itself. I’ve also had Daily/Daly on my GP list for a long time.
on August 29th, 2012 at 8:55 am
January is a surprisingly pretty name. Also, I quite like Primavera – which is Italian for Spring. Plus I have always like Noelle for a girl.
Sabato – Italian for Saturday – has possibilities for either gender (I like it for a boy).
on August 29th, 2012 at 9:24 am
Love Juliet & Noella. Really like Christmas too!
on August 29th, 2012 at 9:29 am
Love Sunday for a girl!
on August 29th, 2012 at 9:38 am
The more I hear it, the more I love Winter. I also like November. If we have another boy, I’d love to use August in the middle as a way to honor my mother.
on August 29th, 2012 at 10:06 am
Love and would use Autumn, Summer, April, Noelle, or August!
May or June would be good as mn’s.
Love Natalie for a Christmas baby too.
Tuesday and Sunday are cute, but not sure I would be brave enough to use.
on August 29th, 2012 at 11:17 am
Evening, nn Eve or Evie, is one I hadn’t thought of before now — love it! Like so many others, I’m a fan of Winter, too. Also a fan of July in the middle spot. I’m not sure if I’d be brave enough to use them, though!
on August 29th, 2012 at 11:50 am
I’d definitely go with Noel/Noelle. I not only adore this name, it has a family connection for me. My great-grandfather was named Noel (rhymes with Joel). My mom was technically named for him, but her dad chose Elnoel, a creation, rather than Noelle, a feminization. Her teachers thought she was mispronouncing her own name as a yound child and she was coined Eleanor/Elinor/Ellinor depending on which grade she was in! She legally changed it to Eleanor when she was 18, choosing the spelling of the former First Lady Roosevelt. Had I had a daughter I always wondered whether or not to honor her with Noelle or Eleanor.
on August 29th, 2012 at 12:13 pm
These are on my list:
Afternoon – girl, as middle name
August – girl
Christmas – boy, no combo yet.
December – boy no combo yet
Evening – either
January – boy
Morning – either
November – either prefer boy
October – both
Spring – girl
Sunday – boy
Tuesday – both
Winter – boy
Saturday – both
Friday – girl
Wednesday – girl
Thursday – both
Halloween- girl middle name
on August 29th, 2012 at 12:32 pm
I’m not a huge fan of seasonal/month/time of day names. Though a few months ago August took me by surprise and I am now infatuated with it. I also think Noelle is charming – probably because I’ve been known to sing Christmas songs all year round – as in this very moment. I think I’d prefer a more round about way of addressing the season or time of day through a birthstone or something. I was born in November and while I think Yellow Topaz is maybe much, Citrine sounds appealing to me.
on August 29th, 2012 at 3:51 pm
If I had to pick one I’d choose Avril (I believe its the French version)because it’s more of a subtle version of a “day name”. I like the “v” sound along with the “l” ending and I also like names that start with “A”. A lot of day names seem uncreative because they are used so often in the everyday. I like Noelle, also a more subtle seasonal reference.
on August 29th, 2012 at 4:52 pm
I don’t really like season names.
I mean, just because a baby girl was born on a Tuesday doesn’t mean that you have to let her have that heavy weight of a name. Names shouldn’t show off the month that your kid was born in.
on August 29th, 2012 at 5:39 pm
October and September are names I love but will probably never use.
on August 29th, 2012 at 5:49 pm
May (Loved this spelled Mae)
Amethyst (birth stone)
Twilight (Obviously, this is a Guilty Pleasure, do to its connections with vampires)
Natalia (Baby born at Christmas)
Jason (July, August, September, October and November: The most subtle day name ever)
on August 29th, 2012 at 5:50 pm
I LOVE Holiday (Billie H. is hands-down my favorite musical artist ever), though I think Halliday is much more usable. I like Winter and even have a soft spot for January. Juniper is a perennial favorite, nn June. And as far as I’m concerned, August is the perfect name for a boy: classic with a modern sound and the adorable nn Gus.
on August 29th, 2012 at 5:51 pm
Oh, and how could I forget Vesper?! It’s at the top of my guilty pleasure list.
Twila (derived from “twilight”) is also lovely, though not for me.
on August 29th, 2012 at 6:37 pm
I really like August, Vesper, and Sunday. I would love to use Jonquil as the middle name for the babe I’m currently carrying if it’s a girl as she’ll be born in March and Jonquil is March’s birth flower. Unfortunately, my DH is not a huge fan of the name. I’ve also thought about Marcheline.
on August 29th, 2012 at 9:30 pm
I’ve long loved the French word for Monday, Lundi, for a girl. I would use Avril to honor my mom, and I love the name August. Elula is from the Hebrew month Elul and Sivan is another Hebrew month. I would love to use Mae since it’s our wedding month. July in Spanish, Julio is pretty legit.
on August 29th, 2012 at 11:04 pm
I just wanted to say I’m so glad someone else noticed the name of the boy from Louie! I know you guys are awesome now, you have to be awesome to love Louis CK. <3
on August 30th, 2012 at 2:39 am
I know a man named Navidad(Christmas in Spanish) and another man named Genaro(January in Italian). my daughters middle name is January and I love it.
on September 4th, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Ever since I read the Thursday Next novels, I’ve kinda thought Thursday was an awesome name for a girl. I wouldn’t have the courage to do it, though.
on September 5th, 2012 at 10:45 am
There are a few I like but only for girls.
Sunday, June, May, April, Autumn, Spring, Summer, and August.
on September 6th, 2012 at 3:02 am
May/Mae is the only one I really like
on September 6th, 2012 at 3:29 am
May/Mae, Summer and Autumn
on September 6th, 2012 at 8:08 pm
May has always held a dear place in my heart. It is a lovely time of year with beautiful fresh colors and perfect temperatures~ one reason I was set on marrying in May; my husband was born in May and, as an avid Victorian lover, I must note that this was also the month the beloved queen was born! May was also a sweet character in a book series that stole my heart about 10 yrs ago.
My mom’s middle name is June; the month she was born and wed. My niece was named after my maternal grandma, Ruby; however, both my brother and his wife’s birthstone is the ruby (July) which is a great personal touch 🙂 To be perfectly honest, I love old names, but I cringed when that’s what they announced! All I could see was my 87 year old grandma… but now, Ruby is the cutest little 5 yr old you’ve ever seen! She makes you fall in love with the name. Actually, one of my brother’s first serious relationships was a girl named Autumn. But that relationship ended in a disaster and makes me think of better names.
As a girl, I remember watching Disney’s Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N. and being fascinated by the island girl the Lt. discovered and named Wednesday. I think I prefer Tuesday tho. I also know of a woman named January; she grew up with one of my good friends. When I first heard her name, it was different so I asked if she went by Jan, but my friend said that she was only known by her full name. I thought that was interesting.
Besides May, I’ve always LOVED the name Sapphire! It’s so sleek and distinct. I don’t know how I came up with it, but I distinctly remember naming my stuffed toy that a very long time ago. My husband keeps reading this blog over my shoulder and thinks Amethyst is such a beautiful name. He told me that one of his former students boasted it as her first name; if anything, I’d use it as a middle. Nadia Sapphire or Nadia Amethyst does sound rather pretty, doesn’t it? 🙂
on September 17th, 2012 at 9:09 am
I like a lot of them but would probably never use them. They would be great on someone else.
August – Augie or Gus (This one is actually in my top 5 for boy names.)
October – Toby
January – Janie
June – Junie
November – Nova or Ember
Winter – Winnie
on September 26th, 2012 at 1:33 am
I just thought of it after reading everyone else’s posts – What about Equinox or Solstice?
on November 23rd, 2012 at 12:15 am
I have a short list of favorites:
August (I know a boy with this name, called Gus, adorable)
on December 25th, 2012 at 11:46 am
on November 10th, 2013 at 11:24 am
I like Sunday because of its sound and I was born on it, Tuesday for its sound and it has a certain significance to me, Wednesday because of its sound and its significance, and Monday because of its significance.
on November 10th, 2013 at 11:25 am
I also like Autumn, October (also has significance), January (significance), and Evening.
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