Summer Baby Names

Summer is one of the nicest times of year to have a baby, the warm weather and slow pace making it that much easier to relax into new motherhood (and, from your baby’s point of view, into life!)  Here, some summer baby names that summon the season:

SUMMER — As a seasonal name, Summer may not be your top choice.  It’s feeling a tad shopworn after coming close to cracking the Top 100 in 1977; it’s been above number 200 for the past fifteen years.  Autumn is more popular but Winter is cooler.

Summer also has three excellent months names that include several usable variations.  These are:

JUNEJUNE, the hip middle name du jour, was out of favor for many years but now is back in a big way.  The name, and the month, are derived from JUNO, the Roman

goddess of marriage and finances (great role model!) whose name got a big boost from the teenage heroine of the eponymous film.  The related and obscure JUNIA is a New Testament name.  Male versions include the Spanish JUNOT, popularized by Pulitzer winning writer Junot Diaz, and JUNIUS, Latin for “born in June.”

JULYJulius Caesar gave his name to this month, which has spawned many attractive first name variation.  JULIUS itself is being dusted off by a new generation of parents.  JULIO is the attractive Spanish variation.  For girls, JULIA is one of the most enduring and appealing classics, fashionable now.  The French JULIETTE or English JULIET has a tremendous amount of style and grace, along with JULIANA.  Sixties-style JULIE is the only variation on the wane.

Of course, in July you may want to choose holiday names such as AMERICA or LIBERTY.

AUGUST – All variations of summer’s last month, named for the emperor AUGUSTUS, are also stylish now: AUGUST (for girls as well as boys), AUGUSTINE and AUGUSTEN for boys, even the somewhat grandmotherly AUGUSTA for girls.  And GUS is the new MAX.

Summer calls to mind many nature names, from LAKE to RIVER to DAISY to LILY to SKY and BIRCH.

But covering all of them is too much for the scope of one blog, so we’ll focus on names connected with the sea.  The full list is here but some of the most intriguing examples are:

DENIZ, Turkish boys’ name that means sea.
DYLAN, Welsh god’s name that works for both genders, means “son of the sea.”
HALI, Greek name used for both boys and girls, though in English speaking country, its closeness in sound to Hallie et al may disqualify it for boys.
KAI, Trendy Hawaiian name that works for both genders.
MORRISEY, Irish name that means, oddly, “sea taboo” and has rocker associations
MORWENNA, Ancient Cornish name meaning “waves of the sea,” newly popular in Wales
MURPHY, Irish surname that means “hound of the sea” and works as well for girls as for boys.
NERIDA, Greek name that means mermaid.
NERISSA, Shakespearean name with Greek pedigree
OCEANE, Popular French choice for girls.
PELAGIA, Another obscure Greek beauty, name of several early saints.
SEATON, English surname meaning town by the sea
THALASSA, Greek sea goddess

Or you might want to go with one of these other names related to the sea:


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Nicole Feliciano Says:

June 28th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

What a great site. I had fun reviewing your book. Here’s a link to my post on Momtrends:

Marissa Says:

June 28th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Yay, my name is on a baby name post! I can’t separate it from myself in any objective way, so I always hope to see someone talk about it. I was a December baby so there was no summer reference but that’s besides the point.
But the REAL point of this comment is that I would like to add that Cordelia, which was overlooked (on both lists!), means “daughter of the sea” and happens to be somewhat lovely in my opinion.
Also, I really like Pelagia and Thalassa. And I like the idea of calling a kid Winnie for Winter without having to have used Winnifred.

linda Says:

June 28th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Thanks so much, Nicole, for your nice words and for the great review of our book on your blog–really appreciate it!

Barbara Says:

June 29th, 2009 at 3:31 am

Beach? Did we seriously hear a recommendation for Beach, as a name? And Rocky?

But that said, the July versions are nice, and I’m glad June’s on a comeback trail.

pam Says:

June 29th, 2009 at 6:35 am

Yes, thanks, Nicole — we’ll add it to our media page. And Marissa, can’t believe I missed Cordelia, one of my favorites!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

June 29th, 2009 at 6:59 am

I do like for a baby’s name to have some correlation to the season if it’s just the feel of the name.

Lush list here: Marina, Morwenna, Juliet, Augustine (also for girls), Thalassa, Nerissa…

One of my favorite water related names is Ondine. It’s a French name that means wave. It sounds terrible in French because it sounds like “one eats” (roughly), but I hope some Americans pick up on it because it’s gorgeous!

Abby Says:

June 29th, 2009 at 9:52 am

I love Bay and August. I knew an 80-something Bay, but it was a nickname for some other name (Bernard, maybe? Or was it Albert? I can’t recall.)

And Marin and Maris are great.

Azure Says:

June 29th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I swear I saw the name Beach in the list of “Production Babies” in the current Pixar film “Up.”

Sebastiane Says:

June 29th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

My favorite summer names are Vasare (vah-SAH-ray) which is Lithuanian and means “summer” and Sumarlina, and Icelandic name that means “summer.”

Sebastiane Says:

June 30th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Elisabeth, Ondine is one of my absolute favorite names too. I want to name my first daughter that. At least for now, maybe my tastes will grow by the time I actually have a child. Another water related name not mentioned is Lorelei.

I have a whole list of names associated with Summer posted on my blog just look under the “Summery Names” tag.

TeenDad Says:

August 11th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I’m now 19 and experiencing being a dad. I must say although it feels good it’s still hard. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but to be honest, the hard part is having to balance time. My daughter is great and makes managing her never dreadful. -Teen dad

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