June Names: Cool names for a warmer weather babe

Any minute now, June will be busting out all over—the summer solstice month of long days, of bridal parties and Father’s Day tributes.  If you’re anticipating a June baby, why not consider one of the names that relate directly or slightly indirectly to the month of its birth?  Here are some June names to ponder.

June—Too obvious for a June baby?  Perhaps.  Until recently, June was considered the quintessential fifties goody-goody girl name, as in June Cleaver– apronned mom of Beaver– and twinkly actress June Allyson (born Ella).  But as those images have faded to sepia, June is sounding less saccharine and more modern.  Balthazar Getty used it for his daughter in 2008, and Amanda Peet realized its middle-name potential when she named her daughter Molly June.

JuniaJunia is the name of a Roman woman who was an early convert to Christianity and in all probability the only female apostle in the New Testament, praised and complimented by the apostle Paul. A common name in ancient Rome, it also belonged to the first wife of the Emperor Caligula, Junia Claudilla, but is rarely heard today.

Junior—Once common as an independent given name and not just tacked onto the end of a dad’s, Junior was a Top 200 name from 1920 to 1936, and was still given to almost three hundred babies in 2011.  Edgy British musician Peter Andre and model Katie Price have a son named Junior (and a daughter named Princess Tiaamii Andrea), suggesting that these days it might be bestowed with a sense of irony.  The musician known as Junior Walker was christened Autry.

Juniper –A recent favorite of fashionable parents, the fragrant Juniper entered the Top 1000 this year for the first time.  It’s got an appealing mix of assets, as a nature name via the fragrant shrub and its berries used to make gin, a biblical reference to its wood, a slight retro hippie edge via the Donovan song ‘Jennifer, Juniper,’ a few literary associations (eg. Juniper, Gentian and Rosemary)–as well as a bouncy, rhythmic sound.

JuniusJunius is the name of an ancient Roman family, derived from Juno.  Fusty sounding now, Junius was actually in the Top 1000 until 1950, peaking at 345 in the 1890s.  Though it means ‘born in June’, most contemporary parents would prefer Julius—if not Julian.

Juno is the name of the Roman queen of the gods, wife of Jupiter and mother of Mars and goddess of marriage and childhood, which was first brought to US attention via the 1924 Sean O’Casey play Juno and the Paycock.  But it really popped here with the release of the popular eponymous indie film in 2007.  With its energetic o-ending, this Roman goddess name has seemed more and more feasible as a modern baby name—Coldplay’s Will Champion used it for one of his twins.

JunotThis unusual  name is associated with Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American author of the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  It is pronounced just like Juno—which could cause confusion.

Jun is a common name in both the Chinese and Japanese cultures.

The month of June has three birthstones, the moonstone, Alexandrite and Pearl, pointing to the possibilities of all the Alex+ names from Alexa to Alessandro, and to newly polished-up PearlJune’s birth flower is the Rose, leading to a score of further options, including putting Rose back in first place after a decade of middle-spot stature.

James Joyce aficionados will know that Bloomsday falls in the month of June, opening the door to the cast of rich Irish character names that appear in his novel Ulysses, including:

Dilly

Florry

Garrett

Hugh

Josie

Kitty

Leopold

Lydia

Malachi

Marion, better known as Molly

Millicent/Milly

Simon

Zoe

From the dozens of saints’ feast days that fall in the Month of June, here are some of the most interesting:

Ada

Adelaide

Alice

Ambrose

Aquilina

Augustine

Bardo

Barnabus

Bartholomew

Benno

Bron

Bruno

Calliope

Candida

Cassius

Colman

Cornelius

Didier

Felix

Florentina

Humphrey

Inigo

Jarlath

Laszlo

Lorenzo

Olive

Ronan

Samson

Zenon 

Would you use a day, month or season-related name?

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9 Responses to “June Names: Cool names for a warmer weather babe”

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SwirlyO Says:

May 31st, 2012 at 1:42 am

On this list I’m loving Juniper and Juno on a girl or boy.

Alexandra.Iseult Says:

May 31st, 2012 at 2:27 am

As usually, I am severely impressed by the detail of this blog posting. From ‘June’ names to Saint names in June, this thoroughly covers how one parent can honor a child’s birth month. Thank you so much!

I’ve never heard of Junot or Junius before, and I must say I like them both. I prefer Juno and Junia to June (June as a possible nickname) however I have a westie puppy named Juniper so I am partial to that name as well. Juniper also has a vague meaning connection with Guenevere, another June name.

I love Olive, Florentina, Calliope, Ada, and more.

Thanks so much for these names!

LJandRL Says:

May 31st, 2012 at 7:53 am

I loved this post! Please do one for August this year since I’m desperately trying to find a creative way to honour someone born in August! 🙂

My faves are June, Juniper, Pearl, Josie, Kitty, Lydia, Molly, Adelaide, Alice, Ambrose, Calliope, Cassius, Florentina, Inigo, Olive and Ronan 🙂

Maerad Says:

May 31st, 2012 at 8:53 am

I think Pearl or an Alex name would be so cute! I also really like Juniper, but it’s a bit too out there for me.

As for August name; The stone is Peridot or Onyx – so a ‘Per’ or ‘Peri’ name could be nice.
The birth flower is Poppy or the Gladiolus.
The Zodiac is Leo and Virgo – Leo is very nice, or if it’s a girl there’s Leona, Leora, Leonora etc.

Whirligig Says:

May 31st, 2012 at 12:27 pm

My name is on there!!!
I like:
Millicent
Samson
Juniper

I would use month, day, season related names. In fact I love things like:
November
May
August
Tuesday
Autumn
Winter

BritishAmerican Says:

May 31st, 2012 at 7:45 pm

My daughter was due in July, so we never really thought about June names. But then she was born in June and we named her Rose, not knowing that was June’s birth flower. It just happened to be a happy coincidence. 🙂

grackym Says:

June 1st, 2012 at 6:18 am

I quite like the idea of bringing of bringing June back, but I already love Jane for a middle name – my mothers name!
I love the sound of Junia and the fact that it’s biblical; also Malachi, Simon , Adelaide, and Samson are great names 🙂

UniqueNameLover Says:

June 2nd, 2012 at 11:15 am

I call my brother “Junior”. He is named after our father. Juno is nice but it reminds me of the movie. Love that it is from Roman mythology. June is cute. I call Junior “Junie” or “June Bug” sometimes.

Leopold and Alice are on my list. I love Lorenzo “Enzo”, Laszlo, Lydia and Malachi.

starophie Says:

June 4th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Yay, June babies!!! Also, for girls, Rose and Pearl (our birthflower and birthstone, respectively!)

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