Category: baby name May
The merry month of May has arrived and you just might be shopping for a name for your May baby girl. How about choosing a baby name that incorporates the pretty sound of the month of May itself? One way would be to take the vintage smoosh route, with something like Annamae or Ellamae or Maybeth, but we think–Ismay being one charming exception)– a more straightforward choice would be better. Here, an overview of May baby names for girls.
May and Mae—Yes, they sound identical, and share a sweet faded yet fresh flowery feel, but there are some slight—almost indefinable—differences in tone. May started as one of the innumerable pet forms of Mary and Margaret, as well as a springtime month name along with April and June. She’s represented in classic American lit by May Bartram in Henry James’s The Beast in the Jungle and May Welland in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Actresses Emily Morton and Madeline Stowe named their daughters May, and Eric Clapton, Molly Sims and Jodie Sweetin used it in middle place for theirs. May ranked as high on the list as Number 57 in the 1880s; it’s now 228 on Nameberry.
Maia / Maya – The month of May was named after Maia, a Greek and Roman goddess of spring; Maia is a Greek name meaning mother. The Roman’s considered Maia to be an incarnation of Mother Earth. Maia and Maya have the same sound, but differ in popularity and meaning. Maia was #639 in 2013 and Maya, a Hebrew name meaning water, was #72. Both Maia and Maya are great names for a baby born in May.
April showers bring May… baby names? The fifth month, along with tulips, orchids and apple blossoms, promises a number of colorful and exciting baby names, twelve to be exact, that denote its history. This month, it’s astronauts, record-breaking aviators, activists and Olympic athletes who grace the charts of notable May names. Take a look and see if maybe one might be a perfect match for any future Taurus or Gemini.
Alan—The first American to enter outer space, on May 5, 1961, was Alan Shepard, piloting the Freedom 7 spacecraft. This triumph took place during the era of booming technology that became known as the Space Race. The Irish name meaning “handsome, cheerful” is one of three popular spellings, along with Allen and Allan.
If you had to pick a day name — for a child, for yourself, for a favorite — which would it be?
We skipped our usual seasonal names blog this summer because we had so much else going on, but we did meet a baby named August, and another named Julia. We’ve been having fun watching the Showtime series Episodes, which features a character named Morning. And on another of our favorite shows, Louie, there was a (not very nice) little boy named Never.
Day names are an ancient tradition in many cultures, most notably African ones where many names are often drawn from the time of day, day of the week, or season that a child is born. Early African-American slave roles contain many Anglicizations of such names, from Monday to Friday, Early to Afternoon, Christmas to Easter.