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October Baby Names Spook and Delight

October 8, 2020 Sophie Kihm
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Now that it’s October, Autumn is in full swing, and October baby names reflect the crispness of the season. Perhaps an Autumn baby name is exactly what you’re looking for, or even a Halloween baby name, for fans of all things spooky.

You may be inspired by the symbolism of the month, such as the opal birthstone and marigold flower, as well as October’s zodiac signs, Libra and Scorpio. Beyond Halloween, other October holidays, such as Indigenous People’s Day, may lead you to consider a name with Native American origins.

If you’re going to welcome a baby in October, consult our guide to naming October babies to find the perfect name for your little one.

Top October Baby Names

The most popular October baby name for boys is Jack, as in the Jack-O-Lantern, a symbol of Halloween. For girls, the top October name is Hazel, for the green-brown hue that is evocative of the Autumn season. Speaking of Autumn, it’s the most common season name for babies, ranking at Number 82.

Harmony and Justice are two names to consider if you’re expecting a child during the first part of the month, when the Sun is in Libra. The Libra zodiac sign is symbolized by scales, which represent both justice and harmony.

October and Octavia are derived from the Latin root octo, meaning “eight,” as October was the eighth month of the Roman calendar. Octavia is a wonderful choice any time of year, but perhaps especially during the month of October.

Here, October baby names within the US Top 600:

Ada

Arthur

Annabelle

Autumn

Blair

Camilla

Carson

Ezra

Francis

Harmony

Hazel

Ian

Jack

Juliette

Justice

Macy

Octavia

Serena

Sabrina

Theodore

October Names for Girls

October symbolism inspires many options for baby girl names. October’s flower is the calendula, or Marigold, which is on the rise in the US. It’s a feminine and playful name, especially with the nickname Goldie.

Opal is the birthstone for October and has traveled quickly up the charts as a baby name. After its reemergence in the Top 1000 in 2017, Opal is already ranking at Number 679 among babies born in 2019. With all its vintage charm, Opal might one day give Ruby a run for her money.

As the tenth month of the year, a name that means ten would work well on an October baby. The best options are Decima and Dixie, the latter of which barely squeaked onto the charts in 2019, coming in at Number 1000.

Namesake-worthy women with October birthdays include actresses Kate Winslet (October 5) and Neve Campbell (October 3), and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11).

Below, our picks for the best October names for girls:

Decima

Denali

Dixie

Eleanor

Kaya

Libra

Marigold

Neve

October

Opal

Ottavia

Poe

Rosemary

Salem

Tabitha

Tallulah

Thais

Trixie

Wednesday

Winslet

October Names for Boys

October names for boys include many Halloween-themed baby names, such as Casper (the Friendly Ghost), Freddy (Kruger), and Cullen (as in Edward, vampire from Twilight). You may also recognize two Dracula-related names — Bram, as in Bram Stoker, the author of the book, and Bela, in honor of Bela Lugosi, who portrayed Dracula onscreen and was also born this month.

Other notable October-born men include South African human-rights activist Desmond Tutu (October 7), poet John Keats (October 31), and Jonas Salk (October 28), who developed the polio vaccine.

Here, a selection of our favorite October names for boys:

Aki

Alfred

Bela

Bram

Bruno

Casper

Cosmo

Cullen

Desmond

Freddy

Jonas

Keats

Lennon

Luciano

Maximilian

Nestor

Octavius

Toby

Wilde

Wolfgang 

Unique October Baby Names 

The Sun moves from Libra to Scorpio on October 24th, so if your child is born during the last week of the month, you may want to consider a unique name related to the sign of the scorpion. This includes Scorpio itself, but also Ishhara and Selket, two goddesses associated with scorpions.

The second Monday in October is Indigenous People’s Day in the US. With few exceptions, many Native American names are quite rare. Halona, Pavati, and Shada are among the many wonderful options for girls, while Quanah, Nakos, and Hakan make our list for boys.

Quirky saints’ names are abundant, so if you’re looking for a rare choice for your October-born baby, you’re in luck. Try Aurea, Faustina, or the golden-hued Flavia for a daughter, and Zenobius, Viator, or the especially autumnal Crispin for a son.

These unique October baby names were given to fewer than 30 babies in 2019, according to official government records. Here, 20 rare names for October babies:

Aurea

Baldwin

Crispin

Faustina

Flavia

Hakan

Halona

Ishhara

Jora

Junian

Nakos

Pavati

Quanah

Sarad

Scorpio

Selket

Shada

Treat

Viator

Zenobius 

What would you name an October 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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