What To Name Your Spring Baby

Spring baby names are a fresh bunch, and if poets and songwriters can draw inspiration from springtime, why not baby namers?  The fresh, green, uplifting season offers plenty of ideas.  So here is our annual tribute to spring baby names, starting with the name of the season and its months:

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 that mean spring:

BAHAAR – One of the Hindi names for girls with a springtime meaning
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 of the springlike Latin names for girls.Another possibility for a spring baby is names that mean new:

NAVIN – One of the Hindi names for boys that works for a spring baby.
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 JoliePitt’s middle name, tribute to 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 has 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
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 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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Helly Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 1:08 am

My great-grandma was from Norway and her name was Signe (pronounced Sing-nuh). I do like it, but think it would be way too hard for a kid growing up stateside to have a name that would always be mispronounced as Sig-knee, and sadly the nn that would follow would be Siggy. Ugh!

susan Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 1:33 am

I love Chloe the most. So pretty! I love this time of year. At the end of March, we like to go away for a couple of days to the ocean.

Caroline Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 6:40 am

I actually saw the name Spring in another group and I fell in love with it! Some others I like from here are Jarek and Chloe.

JNE Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 8:20 am

Zelenka, the last name on the new list is actually the diminutive of the word “green” (which also connotes fresh and new), so it’s a fitting transition to the ‘green’ names… Fun post -looking forward to the floral one!

Bella Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 9:13 am

I love-




Andrea Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 10:31 am

I knew a Spring when I was in college. I thought it was a pretty unusual name at the time but it was pretty. I also knew a young woman named Sparrow, which seems like a good spring name too.

Michelle Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Another name that means “dew” is Tal, which is a fairly common Hebrew name.

Peach Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I never thought of “Spring” as a name but it quite energetic. I like Cerelia, Jarek, Kelda, Verna, Neville, Xavier, Beryl (LOVE!), and Peridot.

LilacaRose Says:

March 22nd, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Cerelia is so pretty! Beryl is a guilty pleasure 🙂

Charlotte Vera Says:

March 24th, 2010 at 9:53 am

Cerelia is gorgeous!

The Hindi/Sanskrit word for green is “Hara”.

Annee Says:

April 2nd, 2010 at 5:00 pm

“Spring,” by Tanya Tucker (written by John Tipton)

In a broken down apartment house
Lay a woman in labor
She said by the grace of God I’ll have this child
And the help of a neighbor
At six o’clock the sun was rising
On upon the world
At seven forty five
The neighbor smiled and said
You’ve got a beautiful girl
She named her Spring
Winter’s been a long time passin��?BR> She named her Spring
And though she’s never been wed
She held her newborn child and said
Spring, I’ve waited a long, long time for you
In a broken down apartment house
Lay a woman dying
And by her side a little six year old girl
Who was softly crying
Momma don’t go away
And leave me all alone
Momma said to the welfare lady
Find my child a good home
I’ll miss my Spring
Winter’s been a long time passing
I’ll miss you Spring
The angels carried her away
The welfare lady knelt to pray
Spring, she’ll be a long time gone from you
In a beautiful church out side of town
Stands a woman smiling
On her hand is a wedding band
Of fashionable stylin��?BR> All the years in the orphan’s home
He shared with you
And now you hopes and childhood dreams
Have all come true
He loves his Spring
Winter’s been a long time passing
He loves you Spring
He promised you today
He’ll never ever go away
Spring, he’s waited a long, long time for you
A long, long time for you

Olivia Says:

March 5th, 2011 at 9:34 am

I love April and Emerald. They are lovely.

deanne Says:

June 13th, 2011 at 11:37 am

I named my daughter Katie Mai as she was born in
May and her moms name is Catherine.

sparklesanonymous Says:

June 24th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I love all these choices and I really want to use Mae. By the way Neo means birthmark in Italian so though the sound is pretty it’s a turn off for me.

bronwynsunshine Says:

January 18th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

what about Aviva?

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