Spring Names: Fresh green choices for your baby

If poets and songwriters can draw inspiration from springtime, why not baby namers?  The fresh, green, uplifting season offers plenty of ideas for spring names.  So here, once again, is the Nameberry spring names blog–our annual tribute to 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 or middle for girls.  April (or Avril or Abril) feels a bit tired.Original names from around the world whose meanings relate to 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 a name 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 the 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, tribute to French architect Jean Nouvel, can work for girls or boys
SIGNE or SIGNY – This Scandinavian girls’ name means “new victory” and is a usable import
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

The color 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 hass risen in the US as well, now at Number 10.
EMERALD – Ultimate green gem name
JADE – Stylish choice that hasn’t lost its gleam
MIDORI – The name of both a Japanese violinist and a green liqueur
OLIVE—Vintage Olivia alternative that was chosen by Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen 

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

We’ll save the spring flower names for another time beyond saying for now that names such as DAFFODIL, AMARYLLIS, HYACINTH and TULIP certainly connote the season.

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11 Responses to “Spring Names: Fresh green choices for your baby”

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notsoclevername Says:

March 20th, 2012 at 1:56 am

This list isn’t what I’d call fresh considering it’s just a copy and paste of last year’s spring name blog. Surely there are more spring names to explore?

aunt_ning Says:

March 20th, 2012 at 6:44 am

I love the name Neville, but I think Harry Potters Neville Longbottom when I hear it (also the reason I love it)

Lola Says:

March 20th, 2012 at 8:21 am

Neville makes me think Longbottom too, at least at first. Then I remember the Neville Brothers!

Would Esmeralda count as a Spring name? As an offshoot of Emerald, I would think. Maybe? I adore Esmeralda! My Great, Great Aunt, sister to my Great Grandmother held the name and I’d kill to use it.
I’m also fond of Mimosa, which is an alcoholic drink (like Midori) but also a lovely smelling tree. My favorite tree, actually. That would work as a Spring name too, I would guess. Happy Spring, All! (I’m so happy to say Goodbye Winter, blech!) 😀

minorbeatrice Says:

March 20th, 2012 at 8:32 am

I believe Xavier is Catalan and Xabier is the Basque variation, no?

But there’s a pretty good chance that I am wrong, I don’t know much about Spanish/Basque/Catalan names really, I just watch too much football.

Kibby Says:

March 20th, 2012 at 10:25 am

I hope no one thinks it’s okay to name their daughter Primavera, that’s more of a menu item than a baby name to most people I would hope!

miloowen Says:

March 20th, 2012 at 11:17 am

You could add Aviva to the girls’ side, an Israeli name that means a spring.

I always think of my Tante Kari, whose birthday it is today. She was the wife of my great-uncle Ketil– her name was Karoline — and she was the cook for the Daniels family, the in-laws of President Harry Truman. She lived to be 103 — a wonderful emblem of spring, she was a boisterous, cheerful person her entire life, despite her outliving her husband and both her sons.

minorbeatrice Says:

March 20th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I think we can also add Avani, a Sanskrit girl name that means “the earth”.

calou Says:

March 20th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

@notsoclevername: it’s an annual post, they did the same list in 2010 and 2009. Every year people suggest Esmerelda but it never makes it in 😉

notsoclevername Says:

March 21st, 2012 at 7:06 pm

@calou I’m relatively new so I didn’t know it was the exact same post three years running. But then of course Esmeralda would never make it in, nothing is added or taken out of the list. And my point remains the same, can’t they do a spring names post with different names each year? Or at least SOME sort of variation?

pam Says:

March 22nd, 2012 at 6:10 am

We do brand new blogs five days a week all year round. In a very few cases, as with large collections of seasonal and holiday names, we have pieces we spent a lot of time developing on that we sometimes vary and sometimes don’t, depending on whether we think they need updating. In this case at this time, we didn’t think so, and sorry if some of you disagree.

dresdendoll Says:

August 10th, 2012 at 1:46 am

Let’s not forget the boy’s name Springer!

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