September Baby Names Welcome the Fall
September is the most common birth month of the year, but September baby names range from the familiar to the truly unusual (yet always inspired!)
The Autumn season begins on September 22 with the Autumn Equinox. As we transition into colder, brisker days, a Fall baby name such as Jora or Harvest could feel right for your baby.
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.
If you’re searching for the perfect name for your September baby-to-be, consider the options from our guide to September baby names, below.
Top September Baby Names
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.
And, of course, since September is the first month of Fall, Autumn counts itself among the top September baby names.
Below, common September baby names within the US Top 500:
September Names for Girls
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 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.
Notable female namesakes with September birthdays include French bombshell Brigitte Bardot (September 28), actress Salma Hayek (September 2), and musical icon Beyoncé Knowles (September 4).
Here, a collection of our favorite September names for girls:
September Names for Boys
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).
Unique September Baby Names
September has historically been a month associated with the harvest, so a rare name like Arista, meaning “harvest,” or even Harvest itself would be fitting for a September baby.
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.
These unique September baby names were given to fewer than 60 babies in 2020, according to official government records. Here, 20 rare names for September babies: