Easter Names: From Acacia to Pascal
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 the 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 the popular Lily and her sisters recently, but this is the flower name most closely associated with Easter. Its many lovely variations and Lilia. Daffodil, Tulip and Hyacinth are also in bloom during the Easter season include Liliana.
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
Osiris – Egyptian god-king who died and was reborn every year.
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on April 21st, 2011 at 12:33 pm
I think that Agnes also means “lamb” or “lamb of God.” It’s a lovely, old-fashioned name that is not too trendy.
on April 21st, 2011 at 6:40 pm
I loved this post. Easter’s my favourite holiday…just for the chocolate. Best chocolate is Easter chocolate. Love the butterfly names! I also think Arley is so cute.
on April 21st, 2011 at 7:02 pm
What about Veronica?? She was the disciple that wiped Jesus’s face when he was carrying the cross!
on April 21st, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Mariposa nn Posy is growing on me.
on April 22nd, 2011 at 1:35 am
Oh my gosh! How could you forget Agnes/Annes/Inez as a lamb names!!!
on November 24th, 2011 at 2:14 am
Pascua is the actual word for Easter in Spanish, and I think I like it better as a name than the names Pascual and Pascuala.
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