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
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.
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
When it comes to choosing Easter baby name
s, you don’t have to limit yourself to hopping down the Bunny Trail
. There are more subtle options related to the name and time of the holiday itself, to relevant Biblical characters, symbolic animals—bunnies, chicks, and the lamb–plus botanicals, and names whose meanings relate to immortality or rebirth.
Here are the Nameberry picks of the names leading the Easter
parade, some as obvious as Lily
, others as oblique as the Italian name meaning lamb.