October Baby Names Spook and Delight
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.
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:
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.
Below, our picks for the best October names for girls:
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.
Here, a selection of our favorite October names for boys:
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.
What would you name an October baby?
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on October 8th, 2020 at 12:43 pm
Woohoo, my username got a shoutout today! (Selkit and Selket are two different spellings for the same goddess, who was also known by Serqet and Selqet.)
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