Spring Baby Names Inspire Optimism
Spring baby names that embody the fresh, green, uplifting feeling of the season may help dispel the gloom of this particular spring. These may be dark days, but choosing a name for a new spring baby can be an exercise in optimism.
When considering names for spring babies, a good starting point are the names of the month and the season itself.
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 MAY – May (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 gets an update with a tranlation to Avril or Abril). Easter is a fresh holiday name, or you might choose Pascal or Pascoe, which mean Easter.
Spring nature names are all, or at least mostly, about the flowers. Along with longtime favorites Lily and Daisy, you might consider these nature names celebrating spring flora, fauna, and weather.
BLOSSOM — Quirky old-fashioned name that references both flowers and newness.
FLORIAN — Boy name meaning flowering.
LEAF — Gender-neutral spring nature name
LILAC — May’s signature flower name
OONA or UNA — Means lamb, one of spring’s favorite animals
OSTADAR — Basque name for boys meaning rainbows
TULIP — Eccentric flower name emblematic of spring.
ZENEBE — African boy name meaning raining
These names literally mean spring in different languages and cultures.
BAHAAR – Hindi name meaning springtime, for girls
CAROUN – Armenian girl name meaning springtime
CERELIA – Name of Latin origin meaning springtime, for girls
GEN – Japanese girls’ choice meaning spring
HARUKI – Japanese name meaning spring for boys; Haruki Murakami is a wonderful novelist
PRIMAVERA – Italian name with literal spring meaning, for girls
RABIAH – Arabic girls’ name meaning spring
VASANT – Sanskrit boys’ name meaning spring
VERNA — Another Latin girls’ choice meaning springtime
Names meaning new relate to spring’s fresh start.
DAGNY — Scandinavian girl name meaning “new day”
NEO – The name of Keanu Reeves’ Matrix character, meaning new, is used for boys and girls
NEON — If Neo isn’t, well, new enough for you, try this gender neutral name..
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. Both have new in the meaning
NOUVEL – Shiloh 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. The similarSpanish names for girls are Xaviera or Javiera.
ZELENKA – Czech girls’ name that means fresh and innocent
Names with green meanings reference spring’s green leaves and grass.
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–now in the Top 10.
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
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on March 22nd, 2011 at 2:21 am
How about Flora? She was the goddess of Springtime! My MIL was born on the first day of spring and my mom on March 18. Unfortunately March doesn’t have any good names. But because of that, and the fact that both sides of the family are avid gardeners, I would love to use a Springy name. I feel like there are less options than there should be, considering how fantastic Spring is. But like you said, pretty much any flower name would work.
Pssst, I think maybe this was written a couple years ago when Chloe was #16? She’s #9 now, I’d call that tops in the US, no?
on March 22nd, 2011 at 2:57 am
Gwanwyn – ‘spring’
Ebrill – April
Mai (MY) – May
Mehefin (meh-HEV-in) – June
Gwaynten – spring
Ebrel – April
Metheven (meh-THEV-in)- June
Delen – petal
on March 22nd, 2011 at 3:56 am
Maybe I should blame Harry Potter for this, but I personally don’t find Neville stuffy at all. I think it’s one of the cutest name ever. Also love Signy and Cerelia.
on March 22nd, 2011 at 6:24 am
March makes me think of Little Women, but it could work for boys.
Peridot is a great idea!
on March 22nd, 2011 at 7:53 am
I’m liking Cerelia, Jarek, Kelda. Haven’t really thought of March as a first name before, but I agree that it would sound so adventurous and fun on a girl. I have to disagree about Jade, though; it doesn’t seem particularly stylish, and to me it has indeed lost its gleam.
on March 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 am
I like a good handful of these:
May, Bahaar (such a pretty sound!), Navin, Neville, Xavier & Peridot. The last is my late Mom’s birthstone and is the color of my eyes. (and yes, Peri/Perry is wicked awesome!
I’ll second Flora and wonder, if Emerald is green, what is my auntie Esmeralda’s name? 🙂
Sara A. Said
on March 22nd, 2011 at 11:14 am
Bluma- flower (Yiddush)
Deborah or Devora- Bee
on March 22nd, 2011 at 4:20 pm
Don’t forget Nova, which also means “new” as one of its meanings.
on March 22nd, 2011 at 4:21 pm
I always associate Persephone with springtime, and I think the nickname Persey is so cute!
on March 22nd, 2011 at 5:10 pm
I have recently met a woman named Aviva. I love the name and I just looked it up: “springlike, fresh, dewy.”
on March 22nd, 2011 at 6:27 pm
I love March and I love Cerelia. Aviva is a sassy springy name, too!
on March 22nd, 2011 at 7:15 pm
my great-grandma’s name was signe, pronounced sing-nuh. signy is a good alternative. although with both i can imagine siggy is the nickname that would be difficult to avoid, which i don’t like.
on March 22nd, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Isn’t Aviva a drug? (prescription not recreational) I really like Primavera. So long and pretty, and nns galore!!!(prima mave ava eva vera…I’m sure there’s more too….)
on March 22nd, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Just remembered…bird names. So springy! Aya, Lark, Wren? Fabulous.
on March 23rd, 2011 at 6:19 am
Oh, I forgot to say that March never reminds me of the month, but of music (The Nutcracker March anyone?), and I think it would be better as a nickname. But if I used it, I’d feel the need to name any sibling Overture (because I think March and Overture make a great sib-set). So not much of a spring name to me.
on March 23rd, 2011 at 8:45 pm
Cerelia! So gorgeous!
on May 21st, 2011 at 9:38 am
Neville isn’t a French boy’s name. It’s an English surname derived from the French for “new town”, but not used in France as a forename.
on July 9th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
What about all those flower names along with month, bird, and goddess names? My fav is Dahlia. Sounds Arabic.
on December 5th, 2012 at 10:51 am
How about Springer?
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on March 19th, 2020 at 7:20 am
I love Lilac and May.
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