Easter Names

Easter is a wonderful time of year to have a baby, and an inspirational holiday for names.If you’re due right about now, here are some name directions you might consider:


EASTER – Less common than Christmas but definitely a holiday name that works in its plain English version.

PARASHA – A Russian girls’ name that means “born on Good Friday.”

PASCAL etc. – There are many attractive versions of this name.The French Pascal, for boys, and Pascale for girls is especially appealing.The Spanish versions are Pascual and Pascuala; Italian is Pasquale.

PASCOE – English twist (Cornish, technically) on the Easter name popular in medieval times.  PASCO is another spelling.

SUNDAY – This day name somehow seems best related to the Easter holiday and season.


JAMES, JOHN and PETER – Prayed in the garden with Jesus (but fell asleep)

JOANNA – Lesser known Biblical personage who was one of the women at Jesus’ tomb.

JOSEPH of Arimathea – According to the Bible, wrapped the body of Jesus in a clean shroud and placed it in his own tomb.

Mary MAGDALENE – The prime female figure in the Easter story, she witnessed the crucifixion, accompanied his body to the tomb, and later with the other women discovered the Resurrection.A saint, she is a symbol of penitence.Her name means “from Magdala.”

MARY – Mother of James the Younger and Joseph, accompanied Mary Magdalene in her vigil at the crucifixion and with Jesus’ body.

NICODEMUSSecret follower of Jesus who placed myrrh and aloes in Jesus’ shroud so he could be buried according to Jewish custom.

SALOME – One of the women at the tomb.

SIMON of Cyrene – Helped Jesus carry the cross.

Of course, the Easter story has its villains, too, whose names have not been used over the ages: PONTIUS PILATE, King HEROD, BARRABAS, and Christ’s betrayer JUDAS ISCARIOT.


ACACIA – Greek nature name for a flowering shrub that symbolizes immortality, one of the main Easter themes.

BIRCH – In Scandinavia, people attach brightly-colored feathers to birch branches in vases.

LILY – We’ve said a lot about Lily and her sisters recently, but this is the flower name most closely associated with Easter.Its many lovely variations include LILIANA and LILIA.DAFFODIL, TULIP and HYACINTH are also in bloom during the Easter season.

PALMA , PALMER , and PALMIRA – All relate to the palm branches symbolic of Easter carried on Palm Sunday.

TAMAR , TAMARA , and TAMIR – Relate to the date palm tree.

WILLOW – Scandinavian children go from door-to-door at Easter dressed as witches, exchanging willow branches for candy.


BUNNY NAMES – ARLEY and ARLEDGE are English surname names that relate to rabbits.BUNNY is a cute but overly fluffy name for a girl, and RABBIT was the hero of John Updike novels.

BUTTERFLY NAMES – The butterfly is a symbol of rebirth and Easter, and gives flight to many attractive names.KIMANA is a Native American name meaning butterfly, and MARIPOSA is a Romantic Spanish butterfly name.VANESSA was invented by author Jonathan Swift but is also a species of butterfly.And of course BUTTERFLY itself is also a name, perhaps more appealing in its internations versions: PAPILLON in French, BABOCHKA in Russian, or FARASHA in Arabic.


CHICKEN and EGG NAMES – CHICK is of course a nickname dating from the “Grease” era, but not one we recommend.BEZAI is a Hebrew name meaning “eggs” that has more possibilities.

LAMB NAMES – For boys, names that mean lamb are HAMAL in Arabic, and OAN, Breton.For girls, UNA means lamb as well as “one” and RACHEL means “ewe.”


ANASTASIA and ANASTASIOS – Appealing and underused names that mean “resurrection.”

LISSA – Name of the supreme mother goddess in African mythology and an Arabic symbol of rebirth.

OSIRIS – Egyptian god-king who died and was reborn every year.

RENATA and RENATO – Attractive Italian versions of a name that means “reborn.”

RENE and RENEELong the most popular names meaning rebirth among English-speakers, but dated now, plus the male Rene never sounded very masculine outside France.

Happy Easter!

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Emmy Jo Says:

April 10th, 2009 at 12:39 am

I used to work for a magazine in college — we had a subscriber named April Easter!

Salome or Magdalena are my favorite ideas for an Easter baby. And Anastasia, of course — I can’t believe I never thought of that one as Easter-y before. I love its meaning. Do you really think Anastasos/Anastasios would work on a boy?

pam Says:

April 10th, 2009 at 7:34 am

Sorry, my mistake on the Anastasos — the correct version is Anastasios. And it is pretty Old World, but as long as you didn’t call him Nasty, I think it could work.

Jillian Says:

April 10th, 2009 at 8:25 am

that’s hilarious, because I went to college with a girl named April Sunday!

Lola Says:

April 10th, 2009 at 10:22 am

My Great Uncle Pyotr was given the name because he was born on Easter Sunday! As my allergies are at their worst at Eastertime, it’s my least favorite holiday. (If God wanted me to celebrate wholeheartedly, he would not have made it so I was miserable during it! ) 🙂

Anastasia is gorgeous, Pascal charms me to no end & Salome is beautiful!

Melissa Says:

April 10th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

My great-grandmother was called Maggie, and I always assumed it was short for Margaret. A few years ago I came across her marriage license and realized her full name was Mary Magdalen. Cool, huh?

Jenmb Says:

April 10th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

You know, I’ve been thinking about the name Renee the past couple of weeks. It’s allegedly dated, but I can’t think of one person I know (of any age) with that name. It was definitley one of the 80’s generic middle names, but it seems pretty uncommon as a first. I’ve found it quite appealing lately as I can imagine it on a cute little girl or a successful woman. I’m keeping it on my list for now.

Abby Says:

April 11th, 2009 at 12:33 am

Jenmb, I was born in 1973 and there was usually a Renee in my class, right up through graduate school.

Parasha is cool! I can see it working with the nickname Sasha. I quite like Birch, too.

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February 4th, 2010 at 9:22 pm


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Ayana Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 11:17 am

I knew a girl that went to my dance class, and her name was April May March! Kinda confuses your months! My little sister’s middle name is Renee (She was born on Easter). Love the names Anastasia and Liliana. Very pretty names!

Thealove Says:

October 24th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

My brother is born on Easter and his name is Joseph. I know a girl, named July June Jones… We called her JJ.

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