Notable Names for October
October brings us crisp fall days, pumpkin-spiced treats, and a potpourri of notable October baby names. From classic choices like Lucy and Theodore, to the rising gems Rowan and Lennon, October delivers great baby name inspiration.
Lucy – The wildly popular TV sitcom I Love Lucy premiered on October 15, 1951. Lucy, a name often associated with the star of the show, Lucille “Lucy” Ball, has steadily been rising in popularity. It’s now Number 62 in the US, 8 in Scotland, and 14 on Nameberry. There’s a lot to love about this timeless English name, meaning light.
Lennon – John Lennon, singer, songwriter and Beatle, was born on October 9, 1940. John is a timeless name choice, but Lennon may be more appealing to modern parents looking to honor the legendary musician. An Irish surname, Lennon is currently Number 691 in the US.
Eleanor – Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of 32nd President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born on October 11, 1884. Roosevelt traveled extensively and dedicated her life to improving the lives of others, earning her the nickname “First Lady of the World.” Eleanor is part of a growing trend of vintage names making a strong comeback. Currently Number 78 in popularity, Eleanor lends itself to many lovable nicknames, including Ellie and Nell.
Orson – Orson is an English surname meaning bear cub. On October 30, 1938 Orson Wells performed, War of the Worlds on a radio broadcast. Welles’ rendering was so realistic that many listeners believed it was an actual newscast and that we were being invaded by Mars, and panic ensued. Only 53 boys were named Orson last year.
Kathryn – On October 11, 1984 Kathryn D. “Kathy” Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space. Kathryn is a variation of Katherine meaning pure. Less popular than the spellings Katherine and Catherine, Kathryn is still readily used at Number 293 in popularity.
Henry – American industrialist Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile in October 1908. One of the most famous antique cars today, the Model T revolutionized transportation. Henry is a German name meaning estate ruler and was used by many monarchs. Currently at Number 33, Henry is a well-loved name that is steadily rising in popularity, walking the line between classic and trendy.
Rowan – Rowan Blanchard, star of The Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, celebrates her fourteenth birthday on October 14th. Rowan is an Irish surname meaning little redhead and is also a tree name. Currently Number 412 for girls and Number 239 for boys, Rowan is a unisex name rising in popularity for both genders. Brooke Shields used it for her daughter.
Leif – October 9th is Leif Erikson day. Erikson was a Norse explorer believed to be the first European to land in North America. Leif, pronounced LAYF, is a Scandinavian name meaning heir or descendant. Another well known bearer of this name is 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett.
Theodore – The 26th President of The United States, Theodore Roosevelt (shown with his family), was born October 27, 1858. The popular teddy bear toy was named for Roosevelt who often went by the nicknames Teddy and TR. Rachel Leigh Cook and Daniel Gilles welcomed a son named Theodore last April. Several other celebrities have also used this classic Greek name for their little ones.
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on October 1st, 2015 at 1:21 am
The only name I like is Eleanor, but October is the coolest word/name in the article.
Super cute baby though! He looks like a real child rather than so many of the baby models that are garbed like fancy poodles.
on October 1st, 2015 at 4:33 am
Sorry, with the exception of Leif, who has an actual day celebrated in October, none of these are even remotely “October names.” I’m sure you could find a famous Henry born in any month of the year…
October itself is a fun name though.
on October 1st, 2015 at 2:57 pm
I heard a mom calling for her kid in the grocery store the other day. “Lenin! Lenin, get back here!” It took me a second to realize that yeah, it was probably Lennon. Sounds the same out loud though. I wouldn’t use it.
on October 1st, 2015 at 7:42 pm
For the longest time I never realized Leif Erikson Day was an actual day, and just a SpongeBob thing. I guess that tells you how much of a life I have.
on October 2nd, 2015 at 4:01 am
@R_J. Not a negative association for all of us!
on October 2nd, 2015 at 4:40 am
It really seems quite a stretch to call most of these “October names”
on October 2nd, 2015 at 7:43 am
Theodore Roosevelt hated being called Teddy because it wasn’t badass enough.
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