There’s a reason why April marks the beginning of wedding season—it is one of the loveliest months of the year. April marks a time of blossoming flowers, rising temperatures, and a lovely time to bring a baby into the world. Here are some fresh floral and other April baby names that would be perfect for your spring-born Berrybaby!
Anthea–Anthea is a delicate name inspired by the Greek goddess of flowers. A delightful springtime moniker, the neglected Anthea sounds both erudite and feminine. Anthea is a distinctive yet not-too-obvious choice for any little girl born in the springtime with a great ready-made adorable nickname—Thea. A famous literary reference is the 17th century Robert Herrick ode, “To Anthea, Who May Command Him Anything.”
April—April is one of the more traditional of the month names. Its U.S. usage peaked in 1979, when it was an impressive Number 23 on the charts. April now stands at a more modest 396, and although some may argue that this name sounds dated, it is still a gentle, Latin-inflected choice with an obvious connection to babies born in April. There have been April characters on Parks and Recreation, Grey‘s Anatomy, Glee, The Vampire Diaries and Jericho.
Asa—Young Asa Butterfield, born on April Fool’s Day, 1997, has already made his mark in films like Hugo and Ender’s Game, in both of which he paid the title character. Asa is an Old Testament name that was popular with the Puritans, was in the Top 200s in the 1880s, and is now at Number 554, but it could rise due to it kinship with cousins Ava and Ada.—
Carson–Rachel Carson is a well-known environmentalist who penned the classic Silent Spring. Carson would be a good choice for babies of either gender born on or near Earth Day. The name Carson is strong, sophisticated and professional-sounding, and also has a literary connection to the brilliant, sensitive female novelist Carson McCullers. Current Carsons include TV personalities Carson Daly and Carson Kressley.
Charlotte—Charlotte Brontë (shown), who was born on April 21, 1916, has always been my favorite of the literary sisters, probably because I infinitely preferred Jane Eyre to the snobby Catherine Earnshaw. Charlotte is a regal name with a variety of great nickname choices, from the unisex Charlie to the cute, up-and-coming retro Lottie. Charlotte now ranks just outside the Top 10 at Number 11, and is in the running for the next British royal baby.
Daisy—Daisy is a fresh and sprightly springtime name with many literary ties, most notably to The Great Gatsby’s glamorous heroine, Daisy Buchanan. Daisy is also connected to April as the birth flower for this month. Originally a nickname for Margaret, Daisy is unusual among floral names because it doesn’t feel ornate or outdated; instead it is vibrant, short, and perfect for a modern girl. Meg Ryan has a daughter named Daisy.
Diamond—Unlike some other gems like Ruby Pearl, the birthstone for the month of April has been relatively lightly used as a girl’s name, though it did reach as high as Number 150 in 1999; it is now down at 712. A singer named Diamond White was a finalist on the X Factor TV show.
Harper—To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926. She would be a timely namesake for any baby born in the next few months considering that her second novel ever will be debuting soon. The name Harper is a unisex choice that has become wildly popular in the past few years (now at Number 16 for girls!), embodying a kind of versatile, tomboyish air that appeals to many parents. Celeb parents of Harpers include the David Beckhams, Neil Patrick Harris and Jenna Fischer, to name just a few.
Leonardo—April-born Leonardo di Vinci was, of course the original Renaissance man. Although Leonardo is a long and elaborate choice, it was infused with modern star quality with the rise of Leonardo di Caprio (also an April baby)—whose name was inspired by da Vinci’s. The name ranks at an impressive Number 131, while his jaunty nickname Leo is just ahead at 112. Star couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem used Leonardo for their son.
Marguerite—Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928, and passed away just last year. Both Marguerite and Maya are beautiful and elegant choices that honor a dynamic and talented award-winning poet and memoirist. Marguerite is an under-the-radar choice that could also honor a relative named Margaret, whereas Maya is a more popular and exotic option.
Paloma—Paloma Picasso, dramatic daughter of Pablo, is a French fashion designer best known for her jewelry. Paloma means ‘dove’ in Spanish, thereby symbolizing peace. This striking yet soft name is now ranked at 458 on Nameberry; it was the first name pick by David Caruso for his daughter, while Salma Hayak used it in the middle.