The Merry Month of March welcomes warmer weather and longer days as we head into spring. March is the celebration of Women’s History Month, Saint Patrick’s Day, and Middle Name Pride Day! All of these holidays can offer inspiration for March baby names, as can other properties of the month, like it’s birth flower, the daffodil, or birthstone, aquamarine. Famous figures connected to the month also provide great name choices for a March baby. Let’s spring into spring with this eclectic list of notable March events and birthdays.
The celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day is held annually on March 17th. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, known for his missionary work and converting people to Christianity. Legend has it that he drove the snakes out of Ireland; however it is now believed that snakes never actually inhabited the Emerald Isle. Patrick carries a strong Irish image, though it is a Latin name meaning nobleman or patrician. Patrick is currently Number 171 in popularity.
Actress and activist Eva Longoria celebrates her birthday on March 15th. Longoria became well known via her role as Gabrielle Solis on the TV series Desperate Housewives. Eva is a Latin form of the Hebrew name Eve, meaning life. Currently ranked at Number 73, Eva has been steadily rising in popularity, up over 100 spots in the past ten years and poised to move higher, like cousin Ava.
The third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was the first to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C., which was on March 4, 1801. Thomas is a classic name that has always ranked in the US Top 100. Jefferson is not nearly as popular at 694, though it fits in well with the current trend of patronymic surnames. Jefferson is an English name meaning son of Jeffrey.
Tony award winning singer Pearl Bailey was born on March 29, 1918. Bailey received an award for her performance as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! Pearl is a sweet vintage name making a big comeback. At 652, Pearl hasn’t been this popular since the mid 1960s. Celebrities Jack Osbourne and Maya Rudolph both used this charming gemstone name for their daughters.
One of the most legendary Wild West icons, Wyatt Earp was born on March 19, 1848. Earp is perhaps most vividly remembered for the infamous shootout with his brothers at the O.K. Corral. Wyatt is currently the most popular it has ever ranked, at Number 25. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis made name news by choosing the name Wyatt Isabelle for their daughter in 2014.
Susan B. Anthony was a pivotal figure in the women’s suffrage movement. On March 8, 1884 Anthony appeared before Congress asking for an amendment allowing women the right to vote. Susan is an Anglicized form of the Hebrew name Susannah, meaning lily. Peaking in 1960, Susan is currently the lowest it has ever ranked at Number 963, but is still an honorable namesake for a little girl born during women’s history month.
Actor and activist Ewan McGregor blows out his birthday candles on March 31st. Ewan is a Scottish name, pronounced YOO-un. McGregor helped introduce his handsome name to American audiences. He has starred in a wide array of movies, including Moulin Rouge and Star Wars: Episode I. Ewan is derived from the Gaelic name Eoghan, meaning born of the yew tree. Only 116 little boys were given the first name Ewan last year.
Politician and playwright Clare Boothe Luce was born on March 10, 1903. Luce was the first American woman appointed as an ambassador to a major country, Italy, by President Eisenhower in 1953. A woman of diverse talents, she is also well remembered for writing the hit play The Women, featuring an all-female cast. Clare, also spelled Claire, is a lovely one-syllable French name meaning bright and clear. Clare is currently Number 861 in popularity, while Claire is 49, down a bit from its 2016 peak at 40.
César Chavez, a prominent civil rights activist and labor leader, was born on March 31, 1927. Chavez dedicated his life to improving the treatment of farm workers. César comes from the Latin Caesar, meaning hairy. César peaked in 2004 in the U.S. and currently comes in at Number 311, and is also in the Top 100 in Chile, Mexico, Portugal, and Spain.
With 18 Number 1 hit songs, Mariah Carey is one of the few musical artists recognizable by first name alone, a name inspired by the song “They Call the Wind Mariah.” She celebrates her birthday on March 27th. Mariah may be a variation of Mary meaning bitter or Moriah meaning the lord is my teacher. The name Mariah became popular in the 1990s, the same time Mariah Carey began dominating the music charts.