Category: Easter baby names

Easter Baby Names: The lovely Lily

By Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for a name for your Easter season baby, one logical point of departure could be the lily, a prime symbol associated with the resurrection, with rebirth and a new beginning. The white lily known as the Easter Lily has long signified purity, hope, innocence and peace.

Let’s take a long look at Lily, her homegrown and distant variations and noted bearers.

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13 Best Easter Baby Names

There’s a basketful of wonderful names available for an Eastertime baby, from the sacred to the silly, the Biblical to the bunnyesque. Here are a baker’s dozen of the best. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Have you ever wondered how the bunny rabbit came to be associated with Easter and how the connection became so entrenched?  Well, it relates more to pagan folklore than Christian iconography, dating back to 13th century Germany and worship of the Teutonic deity Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility, who was honored by feasts on the Vernal Equinox.  Her symbol was the rabbit, because of the animal’s fecundity.  Which just might inspire you to consider a famous bunny’s name for your Easter baby.  These range from the classic to the comical.

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Christmas may have its reindeer and holly, and Thanksgiving its turkeys, but no holiday has as many flowers and trees and animals associated with it as Easter, symbols that evolved from both pagan and Christian sources. From Jesus as “the Lamb of God,” to chicks and bunnies symbolizing abundant new life, to the Easter lily, there’s a wealth of baby name inspiration to be found in the flora and fauna of Easter.

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Easter baby names can spring from all sorts of sources. There range from those that are related to the name and time of the holiday itself in English and in other languages, to relevant Biblical characters, to symbolic animals and trees and flowers—and even to a classic movie musical celebrating the holiday. Here are the Nameberry picks of the names leading the Easter parade, some as obvious as Lily, others as oblique as a Hollywood hoofer.

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