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May Baby Names Celebrate Spring!

April 30, 2020 Sophie Kihm
May baby names

May baby names are bright and springy — reminiscent of the month itself. It’s been a particularly challenging year thus far, but May is coinciding with increased hopefulness around the globe. If you’re expecting a child this month, there are many ways to connect his or her name to the month of May.

May’s holidays and annual events may inspire the name of a May baby. In the US, Mother’s Day gives us names that means mother, and Memorial Day names could be those related to famous veterans of history. A child born around the Kentucky Derby — normally in May, although it has been rescheduled this year — would do well with a horse-related name. And for all you Canadian Berries, what better name for a daughter born on Victoria Day than, well, Victoria?

The zodiac signs that occupy the month of May are Taurus, until May 20th, and Gemini, from the 21st on. Taurus baby names can be related to the earth or bulls — the symbol of the sign. Gemini names may be connected to air or the color yellow — which is also one of the colors of May.

Other name-inspiring symbols associated with May include its birthstones, emerald and agate, and flowers, lily of the valley and hawthorn.

For all the best in May baby names, consult our guide, below.

Top May Baby Names

The saying “April showers bring May flowers” rings true with the most popular May names for babies. Floral choices including Poppy, Dahlia, and Lily are among the most favored May-related baby names.

The month of May is named after Maya, the goddess of the Spring. Maya has been in the US Top 100 since 2002, but despite being one of the most usable month names, May has not made a comeback yet. It fell out of the Top 1000 in the 1960s and returned for a single year in 1982. Alternate spelling Mae is at Number 554 and rising, but each are far more popular as middle names.

The top May names for boys include Adam and Thomas, which connect to May’s zodiac signs. Adam means “son of the red earth,” relating to Taurus’s classification as an earth sign. Gemini is the sign of the twins, making Thomas, which means “twin,” the perfect name for Gemini son.

Here, a menu of the trendiest May names for babies, all within the US Top 1000.

Adam

Adele

Amelia

Arabella

Audrey

Dahlia

Esme

Florence

Gabriel

Helen

Hunter

Ivy

Logan

Lily

Margaret

Maya

Poppy

Thomas

Victoria

Zoe

May Girl Names

The birthstone for May is the Emerald, which is rising quickly as a baby name — we’re likely to see it in the Top 1000 for 2019. Spanish variation Esmeralda has seen more mainstream success, particularly in the early aughts, and is currently in the Top 400. Emeraude is the intriguing French variation.

May is also associated with the colors yellow and green, inspiring names like Orla, India, and Xanthe for May-born baby girls.

Famous women from history including Nellie Bly, Sally Ride, and the two most notable Hepburns — Audrey and Katharine — were born in May and may provide inspiration for spring baby names for a daughter.

Below, a selection of the best May baby names for girls.

Araminta

Breeze

Derby

Emerald

Esmeralda

Fleur

Gaia

India

Isadora

Katharine

Lilac

Linnea

Marigold

May

Nellie

Orla

Sally

Tamsin

Valley

Xanthe

May Boy Names

May is the fifth month on the Gregorian calendar, making all names that mean five very suitable for a child born this month. There are particularly great options for boys, including Quint– names Quintin and Quintus and the Spanish Ponce.

Botanical names Birch and Hawthorn are ideal for a May baby. Hawthorn is one of the flowers associated with May, and maypoles, used to celebrate May Day on the first of the month, are traditionally made out of birchwood.

Distinguished men of the arts including Orson Welles, Bing Crosby, and Salvador Dali were all born in May. Each of their first and last names would make a fashionable honorific for these creative heroes.

Here, a collection of our favorite May baby names for boys.

Archibald

Bing

Birch

Crosby

Fintan

Flavian

Gale

Gray

Guthrie

Hawthorn

Irving

Malcolm

Naseem

Ponce

Quintin

Quintus

Salvador

Ulysses

Walter

Zephyr

Unique May Names

In the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. A name that means mother would be very appropriate for a child born around the holiday, and can serve to honor an important mother figure in your life. Amaya and Maia are the most common names with maternal meanings — Amma, Lillemor, and Moa are among the more unique options. If it’s a boy, you might consider Quigley, which means “from the mother’s side.”

Nightingale has a double connection to the month of May. It is the surname of Florence Nightingale, who is credited with founding the modern nursing profession and born in May of 1820. It’s also related to the lily of the valley, May’s birth flower. A legend associated with the flower said that the lily of the valley and the nightingale were in love, and that the flower would only bloom when the bird would return in May.

Browse more unique names for May babies below and see our entire collection of May names for babies here.

Agate

Amma

Anemone

Brisa

Charleston

Coro

Gemini

Hazard

Lillemor

Maso

Moa

Nightingale

Ochre

Petal

Pollux

Quigley

Taurus

Tempest

Vardon

Xanthippe

Which are your favorite May baby names? What would you name a baby born in May?

About the author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top middle names of 2019, the top baby names in each state, and the hottest nickname names of 2018. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.

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