Spring Baby Names

If poets and songwriters can draw inspiration from springtime, why not baby namers?  The fresh, green, uplifting season offers plenty of ideas.  There are the names of the season itself and its months, for starters:

SPRING – The mid-century actress Spring Byington, who played the grandma on a television show of my youth, was one of my early influences in the world of baby naming.  I’d never heard of anybody named Spring, but the whole idea was intriguing.  If you could name a baby Spring, why not….well, just about anything else?  Still an unusual, sprightly choice, and a lot more acceptable now than it was in the 1960s.

MARCH, APRIL, and MAYMay (or Mae, or Mai for that matter) is definitely the most fashionable of these choices, lovely as a first name or a middle.  March is the only one of the three that might work for boys, and makes an adventurous first for girls.  April (or Avril or Abril) feels a bit tired.

Original names from around the world that mean spring:

BAHAAR – Hindi, for girls
CAROUN – Armenian, for girls
CERELIA – of Latin origin, for girls
GEN – Japanese girls’ choice
HARUKI – Japanese for boys; Haruki Murakami is a wonderful novelist
JAREK – Slavic boys name that can stand alone or be a diminutive for any name that starts with Jar-
KELDA – Girls’ name with Norse origins
PRIMAVERA – Italian, for girls
RABIAH – Arabic girls’ name
VASANT – Sanskrit boys’ name
VERNA — another Latin girls’ choice.

Another possibility for a spring baby is names that mean new:

NAVIN – A Hindi name for boy
NEO – The name of Keanu Reeves’ Matrix character is used for boys and girl
NEVILLEStuffy French boys’ name jazzed up by Neville Brothers
NEWLAND or NEWLYN – Boys’ name Newland is most famous as the protagonist of Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence; Newlyn is a forward-looking girls’ version
NOUVELShiloh Pitt’s middle name, for a French architect, can work for girls or boys
SIGNE or SIGNY – This Scandinavian girls’ name means “new victory”
XAVIER et al – This newly-hip Basque name meaning “new house” is Javier in Spanish and, for girls, Xaviera or Javiera.
ZELENKA – Czech girls’ name that means fresh and innocent

Green is another inspiration for spring baby names.  Among the names that mean or connote green, most for girls:

BERYL – Old-fashioned pale green gemstone name that’s beginning to enjoy some fresh life itself.  Berilo is the attractive Spanish male version.
CHLOE – Name meaning “young green shoot” that’s tops throughout the UK and Europe and is rising in the US as well.
EMERALD – Ultimate green gem name
JADE – Stylish and edgy choice that hasn’t really lost its gleam
MIDORI – The name of both a Japanese violinist and a green liqueur
PERIDOT – Another green gem name, for the adventurous
PHYLLIDA or PHYLLIS – Names that mean “green bough,” with Phyllida way out in front in the style race.
VERDE or VERDI – Could work for either boys or girls

Since we’ve done a lot on flower and spring nature names recently, we won’t walk the garden path again, beyond saying that names such as DAFFODIL and TULIP certainly connote spring.

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Emily28 Says:

April 17th, 2009 at 8:38 am

How do you pronounce Cerelia?

Pam Says:

April 17th, 2009 at 9:48 am

seh-REEL-ya

Lola Says:

April 18th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Oh Neville thrills me! Even the nerdy one in HP doesn’t ruin it for me (actually, if I were 15, he’d be my type) 😛
Bahaar feels fantastic coming out of my mouth, too. I’m related to a few J/Yareks, generally short for J/Yaromir.

Emerald’s wicked cool, would Esmeralda be springish as well? And Verdi, I’d use that one for the musician!

Andrea Says:

April 18th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

How could you forget Aviva and Aviv?

Nephele Says:

April 19th, 2009 at 1:37 am

A great list of springtime names! I just want to add that, while the name “Verna” on your list appears to be derived from a Latin adjective meaning “related to spring; vernal,” it should be noted that in ancient Roman times the name “Verna” meant: “a slave born in the master’s house.” In fact, “Verna” was a common slave name, along with Domesticus/Domestica, Familiaris, Servus/Serva, and Vicarius/Vicaria.

Spring Says:

July 8th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

There are a few of us out there named Spring. I’ve personally met one other.

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July 9th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

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Spring baby names… my vote is for “beryl” Says:

September 1st, 2009 at 6:55 am

[…] Jade, Midori, Verdi or Peridot -but by far, my favourite is “Beryl”.  According to nameberry.com Beryl is an  old-fashioned pale green gemstone name that’s beginning to enjoy some fresh life […]

sissamom Says:

September 4th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

We named my son Jarick. I love that it is uncommon, but has the feel of an older name. We also wanted the option of calling him Ricky as a nickname. We don’t though 😉

D Says:

January 21st, 2010 at 12:07 am

Hi,
I’m originally from the Czech Republic and just wanted to let you know that Zelenka definitely doesn’t mean what you claim.
Zelenka is a fairly common Czech last name (male form – female would be Zelenkova) and it means green.
I can assure you that nobody would be caught dead to name their baby girl that 😉

Kristy Says:

March 21st, 2011 at 8:24 pm

My husband and i couldn’t agree on a baby boy name.
I wanted Brandon (simple and common) he wanted Randall (after my brother)
One day i was sitting down writting down the names trying to make myself agree to Randall and i added Brandon to Randall
Trying to match up something. Then it came to me if i just kept the Randall and added a B to make Brandall
This is what we decided to name our Son. Brandall. It is uncommon no other Brandalls have i ever met. And plus EVERYONE loves his name. In the end we both got our name and we were both very happy with Brandall..

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