Notable Names for November: Bram & Boone & Antoinette
November is a festive month brimming with holidays. Many countries will celebrate Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, and All Souls Day. Let’s look at historical events and notable birthdays of the month for November baby name inspiration.
November – Though now the eleventh month, November was the ninth month of the Roman calendar and so comes from the Latin word novem, meaning nine. November makes for a rare and unexpected month name that easily lends itself to great nicknames like Nova or Ember. Only 32 girls in the United States were named November last year.
Georgia – Twentieth century painter Georgia O’Keeffe, often called the “Mother of American modernism,” was born on November 15, 1887. A well recognized place name for the Southern state, Georgia has a rich, warm and welcoming sound. Georgia is one of several attractive female forms of the Greek name George, meaning farmer. Currently Number 243, Georgia has steadily been rising in popularity.
Tyson – On November 22, 1986 Mike Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history. Tyson is an English surname meaning firebrand. At Number 282 in popularity, Tyson offers parents a fresh alternative to Tyler and comes with the cool nickname Ty. Other notable Tyson’s include model Tyson Beckford and musician Tyson Ritter.
Antoinette – Marie Antoinette was born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna on November 2, 1755. The queen of France during the French Revolution, Antoinette is a name still tightly associated with the monarch. A feminine form of Antoine, meaning priceless one, only 11 little girls were given the name Antoinette in the United States last year.
Peregrine – Peregrine White was born November 20, 1620 on the Mayflower while it was anchored in Provincetown harbor. Peregrine is English, meaning pilgrim or traveler, very fitting for the first child of English parents born in New England. Peregrine is also a bird name for the peregrine falcon.
Helen – Helen Clark became the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand on November 27, 1999. Helen is a Greek name meaning shining light that peaked in popularity in 1919. Wildly popular in the early twentieth century, Helen is currently Number 404. In Greek mythology the kidnapping of Helen, Zeus’ daughter, started the Trojan War.
Bram – Abraham “Bram” Stoker, born November 8, 1847, is best known for writing the Gothic novel, Dracula. Bram started as a nickname for the biblical Abraham, meaning father of multitudes, but it is also being used as a stand-alone name. 51 baby boys in the United States were named Bram last year.
Harvey – Harvey, a play by Mary Coyle Chase about an invisible six-foot rabbit, opened on Broadway on November 1, 1944. Harvey climbed nearly 400 spots in the last three years and is currently Number 493. A French name meaning battle worthy, Harvey is definitely a name to watch.
Topaz – One of the birthstones of November, Topaz is believed to have both healing and energizing properties. Topaz is usually a golden or yellow colored gemstone that may also bring good luck. Topaz isn’t likely to rival Ruby or Pearl in popularity, though it would make an intriguing name for a November baby, with its sizzling z ending.
Boone – Frontiersman and American folk hero Daniel Boone was born on November 2, 1734. Boone is derived from a French surname meaning good or blessing. Boone has a warm Western feel and would fit in well with the popular trend of surnames used as first names. Fans of the TV show Lost may also associate this name with the character Boone Carlyle.