Summer Names: Cool names for hot weather babies
Today is the official start of summer—though for many of us the weather announced its arrival weeks ago. 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. Here is our annual round-up of names that summon the season:
June – June, a hip middle name du jour (Amanda Peet used it, for one), 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 2007 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.”
July – Julius 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.
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. Also, Leo is the astrological sign for mid-summer babies, opening the door to all the Leo–beginning names–Leon, Leonardo, Leonora, Leonie, .
But covering all of them is too much for the scope of one blog, so we’ll focus for now on names connected with the sea. A fuller 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.
Marin, Marine, Marina
Maris, Marisa, Marissa, Marisol
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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on June 21st, 2011 at 9:15 am
I have July twins, 25 this year. Leo & Simon. I get kidded a lot about Simon’s name. It means listener or “I have heard” (or something like that) and the joke is, summer sounds are my favorite. The cicadas chirring, the gentle breezes, even thunderstorms are beloved by me.
So I suppose anything could be a summer name, depending on how you look at them! You’ve got a great list here, there’s quite a few I like (probably won’t use but still like): Deniz, Marina, Marisol, Nerida, Nerissa, Oceane & Coral. Ruby & August I’m likely to use. Ruby’s my birthstone and my Mom was August born. I love summertime!
C in DC Said
on June 21st, 2011 at 11:41 am
We have lots of August babies in my family, none of whom have summer names.
My favorite “of the sea” name is Cordelia.
on June 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm
I love Junia and found that one a few weeks ago, now I’m seriously considering it.
Do you say June-yah, or Joo-nee-ah? I can’t decide.
Leslie Owen Said
on June 21st, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Had my son been born on July 4 we would have named him George Thomas Benjamin….
I too love Cordelia as my favourite “sea” name. But Kai is Norse and Welsh as well as Hawaiian, with different meanings from those traditions.
Both my children were summer babies. My daughter was born in the heat and humidity of New York August and our best baby shower present was an a/c unit from my mother. My son was born in a wet and cold summer in Burnaby, BC when we didn’t see the sun until September.
on June 21st, 2011 at 6:03 pm
Leslie Owen: Hey, my birthday is July 4th! 🙂 but I’m Canadian (Canada’s birthday is July 1st)
I like the idea of using the birthstones in honor of someone (Ruby for me).
spotlightstarlit: I say Junia as Joo-nee-uh
on June 22nd, 2011 at 11:14 am
I was born on June 21st (I just turned 34) and one of my middle names is Summer since I was born on the first day. 🙂
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on May 7th, 2013 at 10:30 pm
This is very interesting to me at the moment because, if we conceive this month, our baby will be born in late January/early February, which is summer in Australia. Of course, the month-related names in this blog aren’t applicable, but the summery names are! I like the idea of names relating to summer because we live near the beach.
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