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November Baby Names Are Rich with Meaning

November 3, 2020 Sophie Kihm
November baby names

November baby names are full of rich meaning. The holidays of the month — Thanksgiving, Día de Los Muertos, Veteran’s Day, Election Day (how about Democracy?) — offer a number of choices that may inspire you.

Native American names are always meaningful, but they feel especially significant in November, which is Native American Heritage Month.

Or you may consider the symbolism of the month, such as the topaz birthstone and chrysanthemum flower, when naming your November baby. Sagittarius and Scorpio baby names should also make your list, depending on when your due date falls.

If you’re still hunting for the perfect November baby name, take a look at our guide to naming November babies, below.

Top November Baby Names

The most popular November names include many classics, such as Pilgrim names Elizabeth and Samson. Contemporary names also make the list — Jayden means “thankful” and Nova works as a nickname for November.

Many of the top November baby names are Thanksgiving-themed, including Grace and Macy — for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — and herb names Sage and Rosemary.

As the last full month of Fall, Autumn is well-suited to a November-born daughter. It currently ranks at Number 82 on the US popularity charts.

Below, November baby names within the US Top 600:

Archer
Apollo
Aurora
Autumn
Charles
Elizabeth
Emery
Grace
Jayden
Killian
Mabel
Macy
Nova
Sadie
Sage
Samson
Sylvia
Rosemary
Theodore
Tobias

November Names for Girls 

November is Native American heritage month, giving you all the more reason to choose one of the many lovely Native American names for girls. Dakota and Kaya are the two most common options, but we also love Sequoia, Topanga, Zaltana, and Tallulah — each familiar yet rare.

For a daughter born around Thanksgiving, a name that means thanks could be a perfect choice. Gratia, which means “grace” in Latin, is a name used in Germany, and Odeya is a Hebrew name derived from a phrase meaning “I will thank God.”

Marigold makes the list as it is a symbol of Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday honoring loved ones who have died.

Notable November-born women with fashionable names include actress Vivien Leigh (November 5), champion tennis player Billie Jean King (November 22), modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe (November 15), and novelist Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name, George Eliot (November 22).

Here, our curated collection of the best November names for girls:

Billie
Eliot
Flavia
Flora
Georgia
Gratia
Ivara
Marigold
Montana
Navy
November
Odeya
Sequoia
Tallulah
Topanga
Una
Vivien
Winifred
Zaltana
Zendaya

November Names for Boys

Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11 in the US in honor of those who have served in the Armed Forces. A Baby-Names”>name with a military meaning would be especially appropriate for a child born on this day — Army and Sergeant have obvious ties to the military, while Walter and Herbert are among the subtler options.

The zodiac signs of November are Scorpio and Sagittarius, symbolized by the scorpion and the archer, respectively. Sagittarius baby names are particularly good options for November-born sons. Bowman, Ivo, Arrow, and Kyler all have archery-related meanings.

Famous men you may consider for a November namesake include actor Leonardo DiCaprio (November 11), musician Jimi Hendrix (November 27), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill (November 30), and American frontiersman Daniel Boone (November 2).

Below, our favorite November names for boys:

Army
Arrow
Aurelius
Boone
Bowman
Bruno
Clement
Emilian
Hendrix
Herbert
Ivo
Kyler
Leonardo
Roland
Rufus
Scorpio
Sergeant
Shaqir
Walter
Winston

Unique November Baby Names

If you’re searching for a unique November girl name, look to the gem and floral symbols of the month. Topaz, Citrine, and Chrysanthemum are ultra-rare names for girls, having been given to fewer than seven babies each last year.

As for boys, you may take inspiration from the Thanksgiving holiday with Pilgrim names. We’re not going to suggest you name your son Truelove or Wrestling (yep, names of actual Mayflower Pilgrims), but Oceanus, Brewster, or Peregrine are intriguing options.

There are a number of great rare saints’ names for both sexes, such as Gratia, Lucretia, and Hilda for girls, and Emeric, Cybi, and Malachy for boys.

These unique November baby names were given to fewer than 50 babies in 2019, according to official government records. Here, 20 unusual but usable names for November babies:

Brewster
Chrysanthemum
Citrine
Coro
Cybi
Democracy
Eleven
Emeric
Grania
Hilda
Ishhara
Lucretia
Maize
Malachy
Niabi
Oceanus
Peregrine
Ram
Tendai
Topaz

What would you name a November baby?

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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