Fall-Inspired Girl Names Needed Now!

October? Autumn? Time to ask the Name Sage!

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A double challenge: getting dad more involved in the naming process AND finding a girls’ name both parents love for their new daughter. But does that mean mom has to give up her favorites?

Amber writes:

Thank you in advance for helping us name our daughter, due at the end of September/early October.

This baby will have two sisters, Emily and Haven Grace. Emily is from a prior relationship, thus the huge difference in names.

I chose Haven Grace and her dad agreed, so this go-round, I would like him to play a bigger part.

Harlow is my favorite, but it has been vetoed. My runner-up loves are October and Sage (go figure, Name Sage!) but Dad is not impressed with October, even though it’s the month we were married.

He likes Autumn, Serenity, and Faith. I’m not a huge fan, though I might like Autumn Rain or Autumn Reign.

I’m looking to capture the fall season with the beautiful colors of the season being highlighted in the name. Her baby color theme is orange. That beautiful, New England, fall sunset type of orange that can be yellow or pink. We very much enjoy Biblical names and terms. Jesus is our homeboy. We aren’t afraid of Halloween themes, as our wedding was just that.

One more wrench in the works: our last name. Kids are vicious, and our last name sounds like Please without the ‘L’ sound.

The Name Sage responds:

How exciting to be expecting another daughter!

Here’s what leaps out at me: you’d love your daughter’s name to reflect your favorite time of year. That’s a sweet idea, especially since your anniversary falls in October. Plus, you’d like your husband to be more involved in choosing a name this time around.

It sounds like your wish came true.

Not only did he suggest a name that brings to mind your favorite season, Autumn bridges traditional Emily and more modern Haven nicely. Emily, Haven, and Autumn sound very much like sisters.

So maybe this isn’t just about a great, seasonal name and getting your partner more involved in the process. Maybe it’s also about finding something slightly unusual that appeals to you both. It sounds like that happened with Haven’s name, so it’s possible he’ll warm up to something a little less mainstream – even if the doesn’t come up with it on his own.

The question, then, is how unusual? Autumn and Emily both rank in the Top 100. Harlow, Sage, and Haven are beyond the Top 250, but comfortably in the Top 500. October is quite rare. It was given to just 52 girls and six boys last year.

So let’s look at names that nod to your favorite season, but are all over in terms of popularity.

Aurelia – Ancient Aurelia means golden, which seems right for the season. At Number 677, it’s unusual, but feels like it would fit right in with Olivia and Sophia and Amelia. But is it too frilly compared to tailored Haven and Autumn?

Aveline Aveline is the French word for hazelnut. It’s quite rare, and likely to be confused with Evelyn and Adeline. But it is tailored, rare, and picks up on the gorgeous golden-brown hues of the season.

Ember – Fall is the season of bonfires, which made me think of Ember. (And Blaze and lots of other fire-inspired baby names.) But Ember ranks Number 289, and shares Haven’s tailored style. Perfect, right? Except … can Emily‘s sister be Ember? And can Amber’s daughter be Ember?

Harvest – A logical – if very rare – name for a child born during the season. It picks up on some of Harlow’s sound, and feels very compatible with a sister named Haven. But maybe it’s too different? 15 girls and 6 boys were named Harvest last year.

Hazel – I mentioned Aveline above; top 100 favorite Hazel shares the same colorful image. At Number 43, it’s popular – plus, it’s a vintage choice, in contrast to fresh, modern Haven. Still, Hazel feels at home in the fall.

Maisie Maize is another word for corn, as well as a golden color. It comes from the Spanish form of a Native American word. It’s utterly unrelated to Maisie, which is a Scottish diminutive for Margaret. But the sound is there – and at Number 524, this might be familiar enough for him and different enough for you.

Orla Orla comes from the Irish words for gold and princess; the name appears in Irish history, though this is the more modern spelling. Just 18 girls were named Orla in the US last year, but  a handful of notable Irish Orlas make this name feel more familiar. Simple, straightforward, and rare – that’s a winning combination!

Saffron Saffron is a deep golden-yellow color, one that feels like a fit for your favorite season. It’s also tailored and unexpected; it’s never made the US Top 1000, though it’s more familiar in the UK.

Scarlett – I tend to think of red as a winter color, but of course, it fits with fall, too. At Number 18, it’s the most popular name on this list, and yet, Scarlett sounds very much like a sister for Haven and Emily.

Season – I keep saying “season,” so maybe that’s why I’m adding it to the list! On the downside, it could refer to any time of year. And yet, it reminds me of Haven, too, so I’ll mention it here.

From that long list of ideas, here are my top three favorites:

Sage — Overall, my favorite from your list is Sage. It’s a nature name just outside the current Top 300, and it refers to wisdom. Like Haven, it’s a modern word name that doesn’t feel invented or too different.

Maisie — Maisie feels modern, but has history galore. And it falls somewhere between Haven and Emily, which seems like a good thing, too.

Autumn — I keep coming back to Autumn. It sounds like it’s dad’s first choice, and it’s important to you that he be an active part of the naming process. Even if it’s not the name you might choose on your own, I wonder if his love for the name is enough to sway you? If you can find a great middle name to pair with Autumn, I think it would be tough to beat!

Which of these 3 finalists is your pick?

  1. ASage
  2. BMaisie
  3. CAutumn
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ceryle Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 11:03 pm

Sounds like Autumn is the perfect choice, for all the reasons Abby mentioned.

What about Autumn Sage?

Bassilly Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 11:04 pm

Sage, Maisie, and Autumn are all beautiful names!

LLBaby22 Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 12:10 am

What about Opal? It’s the birthstone for October so would honor your anniversary month. And I think it bridges the gap between Emily and Haven really well.

bjoy Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 12:24 am

I’m seriously crushing on October lately. Even so, I think Autumn is your winner 🙂

LibelluleClaire Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 12:27 am

I like the suggestion of Opal, however Autumn would be my first choice for you. I really do think it bridges the style difference between Haven and Emily.

I would suggest Autumn Violet, to me it captures the feel and colors of the season

LibelluleClaire Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 12:29 am

I would also suggest Sienna, it reminds be of Sage but means burnt orange

diane921 Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 12:41 am

How about……

Emily, Haven and Sienna?

Sienna……
Hope
Faith
Jane, Jean, Jeanne
Claire, Clare
Kate, Cate
Eve
Dawn
Rose
Mae, May, May

brittanyanitarose Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 1:29 am

I really feel like Autumn hits the sweet spot here!

I liked her original thought of Autumn Rain well enough, but I’m thinking Autumn Sage would be so perfect with Haven Grace and older sister Emily.

custard Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 5:24 am

What about Octavia, in lieu of October, to commemorate your anniversary? Autumn Octavia or Octavia Autumn are wonderful combos, as is Sage Octavia or Octavia Sage.

Cordelia16 Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 5:51 am

I’m not a fan of October or Autumn (seems too matchy to her birth date).

I think Ember is too close to both Amber and Emily. And Hazel is too close to Haven.

I love the suggestions of Orla, Sienna, and Octavia (Tavi is a sweet nn).

Also love Opal, but not with your surname.

Some sources list Marigold as the October flower. Goldie would be a cute nn. If you named her Marigold Sage, then you could also use Maisie as a nn.

Good luck!

katinka Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 7:13 am

What about Vesper? It’s got a modern sound and shares that spunky V with Haven, but it’s also got a long history, a beautiful meaning (“evening star”) and a religious tie-in with the evening vespers service.

If it feels a bit too “out there” with sister Emily, how about putting it in the middle? Autumn Vesper, Hazel Vesper, Orla Vesper…

Selkit Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 8:01 am

I see I’ve been beaten to it, but I came in here to suggest Octavia. It’s similar in both sound and meaning to October, but perhaps more to your husband’s taste? I think Octavia Sage and Haven Grace sound really pretty together.

If you like the idea of a gemstone name but aren’t feeling Opal, maybe Ruby or Garnet? They aren’t fall birthstones, but they’re both most often associated with deep rich red colors that go well with your autumn colors theme.

I also like the suggestions of Sienna and Vesper.

sarah1800 Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 10:34 am

I think Sienna is perfect. I also like Autumn, Sage, and Scarlett. Autumn Faith would work well.

Other ideas: Auburn, Garnet, Laurel, Meadow, Sorrel

HistoryGirl Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 10:50 am

I think that Autumn is the perfect choice. It encompasses everything you’re looking for: the time of your anniversary, the colors associated with fall, the season of her birth, and it’s his name choice.

mcinkat Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 10:54 am

I think Maisie Autumn would be perfect.

oliviamcdonald Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 11:34 am

I love colour names, Sienna, Saffron & Sage!

I’d like to suggest Oakley. Autumn makes me think of the leaves on oak trees. Oak also has a strong meaning if that’s important to you.

Autumn Sage is a stunning name though

RL Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Did someone already suggest Ivy? It flowers in autumn. Emily, Haven and Ivy – I love the combo together, especially the shared V with Haven.

sarah1800 Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 7:08 pm

A few more suggestions are Aubrey and Shiloh. Maybe Shiloh Autumn for the fall theme? It has a similar sound to Harlow with a religious connection. Aubrey isn’t technically a fall name, but it sounds similar to Autumn and Auburn and is a nice middle ground between Haven and Emily.

Erin Beth Says:

June 7th, 2018 at 7:58 am

So many wonderful suggestions! I voted Sage because I liked the way it bridged the sister names, but I really love Autumn, Sienna, Maisie, and Octavia for you too. I think Sienna might be my very favorite, but it is a very tough call. This query was a fun one!

tfzolghadr Says:

June 7th, 2018 at 10:06 am

I like Saffron and Aveline.
Crimson- for the color
Marigold- blooms in the fall
Aster- like Esther and Astrid smooshed, blooms in the fall
Maple- maples have such beautiful leaves in the fall
Arista- means harvest
Oakley- oaks are also gorgeous in the autumn

Sunshinebee Says:

June 7th, 2018 at 6:17 pm

I love Autumn Sage.
Other suggestions: Octavia, Maple, Sienna, Aspen, Juniper, Sapphire, Linden, Olive, Apple, Marigold and Willow

namelover55 Says:

June 7th, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Autumn Hazel

blackcatsmeow Says:

June 8th, 2018 at 12:18 pm

I have to say I really love Autumn as a name. I also really love the imagery of Autumn Reign. A queen of Autumn, such a beautiful image! I agree with Abby that it seems like a nice bridge between her sister’s names and has wonderful imagery besides. I will also add I met a little girl named Autumn a few years ago that went by the nickname Mina. Not sure how her parents arrived at that, but if Polly can be a nickname for Margaret i don’t see why Mina can’t be a nick name for Autumn.

Also super love the other suggestions on this thread of Sienna, Maple, and Opal. I feel like Sienna or Maple may be a bit more your style then Opal.

My suggestions would be…

Arbor – Has a modern feel to it, while also evoking an image of trees and stately brick buildings.

Cedar- Is an evergreen and so no colors for the fall but the scent of burning Cedar very much reminds the fall for me!

Quincy/Augusta- Both places in New England known for their fall colors. Augusta is the capital of Maine. Quincy is in Massachusetts.

Claret- A color of red. Feels a bit more daring then Scarlet, has an adorable nickname of Rhett, or Ettie, built in.

Ginger- Unlike Maple this doesn’t match as well with your other names, but I love the name Ginger for a fall baby! Associated with red hair, and spiced delicacies, Ginger seems like a great middle name at the very least.

Blaze- A variation of Blaise, (which means one who stutters), but this would actually mean a roaring fire. A huge bonfire definitely brings to mind Autumn in my mind.

Last but not least I’d like to suggest Eve. Eve nicely beings to mind Hallow’s Eve or Halloween! It also fit’s nicely into your other daughters’ names. It starts with E like Emily and has a V in the middle like Haven, though is very much it’s own name.

In all I really love Autumn Reign, though also really love the suggestions of Maple and Sienna. Out of my suggestions I like Eve the best. Good luck and congratulations!

Flambeau Says:

June 8th, 2018 at 4:39 pm

How about:

Maple

Raven

Clove

Jora (means “autumn rain”)

Pomona

Rory

Roux

Rowan

Wheatley

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