September Baby Names Welcome the Fall
The symbols of the month, including flowers morning glory and aster, sapphire birthstone, and Virgo and Libra zodiac signs, offer more inspiration for September baby names. So too do the holidays taking place in September — Labor Day and the Jewish High Holidays.
The first Monday in September is Labor Day in the US, which makes an occupational name very appropriate for a child born around the holiday. The top occupational name for boys is Mason, meaning “stoneworker,” at Number 9. For girls, Harper (“harp player”) is the most common name related to a profession — it is also ranked at Number 9.
The zodiac signs in September, Virgo and Libra, also inspire popular baby names. Virgo is symbolized by the maiden, a meaning found in names such as Cora and Ella. Libra is the sign associated with balance — a virtue represented in the Top 200 name Harmony.
Below, common September baby names within the US Top 500:
This particular September hosts both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the High Holy Days of Judaism. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, so a name meaning new — particularly a Jewish name, such as Aviva or Oriana — could be perfect. You may also consider names connected to apple, honey, pomegranate, and ram’s horn — symbols of the High Holidays. Avalon, Rosamel, Anara, and Jubilee are among the related options.
The flowers associated with September, the morning glory and aster, lead to many possible girl names, including Aster and Astera, Glory and Gloria. September’s birthstone is the sapphire, which can be a name on its own or inspire you to choose an alternate name that means blue.
Here, a collection of our favorite September names for girls:
For many students, the month of September signals the start of school. And even though school is looking very different this year, it still may inspire you to choose a scholarly name for your child. Clark or Schuyler, a Dutch occupational name meaning “scholar,” are wonderful choices — just know that the homophonous Skylar is a top name for girls. Or you may prefer a name that means smart, intelligent, or wise.
Famous September-born men with name-worthy surnames include architect and “father of the skyscrapers” Louis Sullivan (September 3), soul musician Otis Redding (September 9), and The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24).
Below, our picks for the best September baby names for boys:
Many saints with September feast days have unusual but usable names. Verena and Euphemia are two great options for girls — the latter comes with the nickname Effie. Cyprian, Finbar, and Zeno are evocative choices for boys, and Cloud works for either sex.
What would you name a September baby?