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:
NAMES OF THE HOLIDAY
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.
NAMES OF EASTER PERSONAGES
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.”
SALOME – One of the women at the tomb.
EASTER-RELATED BOTANICAL NAMES
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.
EASTER ANIMAL NAMES
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.
NAMES THAT MEAN REBIRTH
ANASTASIA and ANASTASIOS – Appealing and underused names that mean “resurrection.”
OSIRIS – Egyptian god-king who died and was reborn every year.
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Emmy Jo Said
on 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?
on 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.
on April 10th, 2009 at 8:25 am
that’s hilarious, because I went to college with a girl named April Sunday!
on 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!
on 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?
on 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.
on 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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on 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!
on 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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