Juno – The month of June gets its name from Juno, an ancient Roman goddess. Juno is a Latin name meaning queen of the heavens. Not only does June’s weather make it a popular season for weddings, but Juno is also the goddess of marriage. The quirky 2007 film, Juno may have made this a household name, though only 49 girls were given it in the United States last year.
Junius – With the recent rise in popularity of Ancient Roman names like Maximus and Titus, could Junius be next? Junius is a Latin name possibly derived from the name Juno or a variant of Julius, meaning youthful. Marcus Junius Brutus, often known simply as Brutus, was a Roman politician and one of the assassins of Julius Caesar.
Summer – June marks the beginning of summer in the Northern hemisphere. Summer is a warm, seasonal name that peaked in 1977. At Number 182 in popularity, Summer is still very current. In 2014 Christina Aguilera used it for her little girl. We’ve also seen Summer used a lot as a character name, from the one Zooey Deschanel played in (500) Days of Summer to Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts in The O.C.
Rose – A timeless flower name and the month’s birth flower, we’re seeing Rose used more and more as a first as well as being a common middle name. June is the most popular month for weddings and roses are the most popular wedding flower, a symbol of love and beauty. There are many beautiful names that stem from Rose, from Rosalie to Rosalind.
Pearl – The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl is a vintage name that has been rising in recent years. Pearls are symbolic of health and purity, which may be one reason why they are a popular jewelry choice for brides. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne names her daughter Pearl. Celebrities from Maya Rudolph to Jack Osbourne have used this gem of a name for their daughters.
Monroe – Fans of Marilyn Monroe, a June baby, might consider using her stage surname. Monroe is a Scottish name meaning mouth of the river Roe and boasts US presidential cred. Monroe has become a unisex name, which entered the Top 1000 for girls in 2012. Could be because Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon used the name for their daughter (in tribute to Marilyn) in 2011, giving it a huge boost in popularity.
Solstice – June 21st marks the summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and official start of summer. Solstice makesan interesting word name, meaning point at which the sun seems to stand still. Many celebrations worldwide are connected to the summer and winter Solstice.
Abigail – Father’s Day is celebrated in many countries on the third Sunday in June. Abigail is a Hebrew name, meaning my father is joyful, a sweet meaning for a daughter born on or around Father’s day. Abigail is an old name that came back into fashion in the 20th century. Abigail has been a top ten name for girls in the United States since 2001.
Hattie– Hattie McDaniel made history for being the first African American to win an Academy Award. Born on June 10, 1895 in Wichita, Kansas, she is best known for her award-winning role as Mammy in the epic 1939 film Gone With the Wind. Most popular in the year 1900, Hattie is one of the many sweet old-timey names that are now making a comeback.
Diego – One of the most influential painters of the seventeenth century, Diego Velázquez was born on June 6, 1599 in Seville, Spain. Velázquez painted numerous portraits of the royal family during the Spanish Golden Age, his work inspiring several artists, from Dali to Picasso. Diego is a handsome Spanish name that ends in the appealing “o” sound.
Annelies – Anne Frank (born Annelies Marie Frank) was born June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany and is one of the recognized and discussed victims of the Holocaust. She received a gift of a diary on her thirteenth birthday. Following her death her diary was published as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has been the subject of several plays and films. There are numerous interesting forms of the name Anne, including Annelies.
Garland – Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm) was born June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. A legendary singer and actress best remembered for her portrayal of Dorothy in the timeless 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Garland is a sophisticated unisex name that also has an appealing floral connection.
What are your favorite June baby names?