The Flora and Fauna of Easter: Lily, Birch and Oona
The lamb is associated with Easter via the traditional reference to Jesus as “the lamb of God”-- in Latin, Agnus Dei. Agnes is a name that’s rapidly shedding its fusty image and starting to appear in the celebrisphere, chosen by Elisabeth Shue and by Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. We also like the rhythmic Italian version, Agnella.
- Easter via the traditional reference to Jesus as “the lamb of God”-- in Latin, Agnus Dei. Agnes is a name that’s rapidly shedding its fusty image and starting to appear in the celebrisphere, chosen by Elisabeth Shue and by Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. We also like the rhythmic Italian version, Agnella." >
- Israel. If you’re looking for an uncommon Hebrew name with a zippy ‘z’ center, this could be it." >
- Easter trees.” There’s been a growing interest in arboreal names, and this one evokes pleasant images of the tall, graceful, white-barked tree, celebrated in a Robert Frost poem." >
- Cecily Parsley is a Beatrix Potter bunny, bearing a dainty, lacy appellation and joining other Potter cottontails Peter R. and Benjamin Bunny. Cecilys have also been found in Road to Avonlea, the Chemical Garden trilogy, The Importance of Being Earnest and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Off the list since 1991, Cecily is a Nameberry fave, now rated at Number 170." >
- Jamie Scott’s pet rabbit on TV’s One Tree Hill, Chester is a comfy, cuddly, but also presidential name that was in the Top 100 for five decades before vanishing in 1995. Used by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for their now-grown son, Chester could be ready to shave off its mutton-chops and make a return." >
- Hazel is an (oops) male rabbit in Richard Adams’s Watership Down. The soft and gentle girls’ nature name was considered quirkily old-fashioned when Julia Roberts chose it for her twin daughter a decade ago, but since then it’s leaped up the list, and now ranks at Number 175. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski picked it for their baby girl this year." >
- Leo may sound completely leonine, but it does have a lapin connection as well, via the Stephen Cosgrove book Leo the Lop. Leo has been roaring up the popularity list, now at Number 134 in the US and also in the Top 20 in France (as LAY-o)." >
- Lily is of course the flower most closely associated with Easter, and a name that has been so widely used it can be considered a classic. Now at Number 16—with 7800+ little Lilys born last year—has inspired numerous parents to consider such alternatives as Lilian, Liliana, Lilla and Lilia/Lillia." >
- Oona is an oomphier Irish variation of Una, which means lamb. In the past it was strongly identified with Oona O’Neill Chaplin, daughter of playwright Eugene and wife of the iconic Charlie. Another attractive lamb-related option is Inez, the Portuguese version of Agnes." >
- Christ as he entered Jerusalem, which is commemorated on Palm Sunday, the week before Easter. Palma—also a Spanish geographical name—is an attractive choice less common than the growing-in-popularity Paloma." >
- Shoshana has recently come into the spotlight in the US as one of the quartet of girls on Girls. The nickname commonly heard on the show—Shosh-- makes it a lot more user-friendly. Susanna is the New Testament form of the name." >
- Tamar Braxton and meaning ‘date palm’, is a more subtle reference to the palm branches waved by the crowds greeting Jesus. The Russian version, Tamara, has been in the US Top 100, while Tamar has never hit 1000." >
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
on April 17th, 2014 at 11:06 pm
Rachel means lamb, and is an awesome name, if I may say.
on April 18th, 2014 at 5:13 am
Half these names really have nothing to do with Easter. What about a real Eater name like Pascale-fem or Pascal-male?
on April 18th, 2014 at 5:15 am
Here in Florida, zephyr lilies (aka Easter lilies) grow wild. White zephyrs sprout up in my grandparent’s field every year around Easter time
on April 18th, 2014 at 9:14 am
@shelly68–We’ve covered those names directly connected to the holiday in years past, so just tried to widen the net a bit this time.
on April 18th, 2014 at 10:40 am
Love Agnes, especially in the Catalan and Italian pronunciations, Birch (for a boy), Cecily (one of my favourites), Chester (after the famous American baritone Chet Ludgin who was a great friend and whom I adored), Leo, Lily, Oona (another wonderful name), Shoshanna, Susanna, and Tamara.
I too love Rachel (meaning ewe, not lamb), Pascal/Pascale (which is often used for Jewish babies born at Pesach), and I submit March as well.
My favourite bunny name is Benjamin, as I loved that story when I was little, followed by Peter….However, we owned a beautiful bunny when my kids were growing up who had a wonderfully feisty personality. We named him Bracken — and I suggest that that would be an awesome nature name to use for spring.
on April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 am
I do like Lily and Palma from your list. I think my favorite Easter Association name would be Christian. I’ve always love Christian for a boy or a girl.
on April 18th, 2014 at 11:19 am
Oooh, Palma. I’ve never considered it, but today it is really appealing! I’ve been sort of torn about Paloma. I like it, but I don’t LOVE it. I think I could love Palma.
on April 18th, 2014 at 11:22 am
Also, @jamee29. I’ve always loved Christian for a girl too! I’m usually in the minority on that one. I always said I’d use Christiana, nn Christian. My name is Christina (though I go by a nn) so I think it is probably too close, though.
on April 18th, 2014 at 1:31 pm
for Leo, you forgot to include Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo DaVinci and Leonardo from TMNT.
on April 18th, 2014 at 1:34 pm
oh, and, for Lily, you didn’t include Lily Potter, Lily Evans or Lily from Hannah Montana. In Hannah Montana, Lily’s real name is Lillian.
on April 18th, 2014 at 11:50 pm
@miloowen: A ewe is a female sheep, or a young female sheep aka a female lamb. So, yes, some refer to Rachel as meaning lamb, probably because we don’t speak of “ewe.”
on April 19th, 2014 at 12:36 pm
I’ve always loved Paloma, so I think Palma is amazing! I also love Lily, but it’s being so over used right now. If I had a choice from your list above, I’d choose Oona as my favorite.
on April 19th, 2014 at 7:10 pm
My daughter was born Easter last year and we named her Robin Johanna Rose Lastname. The mn Johanna was a reference to Easter, as Johanna (Joanna) was one of the women who goes to Christ’s tomb and discovers he is risen.
Robin was a springtime coincidence; I have no idea why that name spoke to us, and Rose is a family name.
on April 20th, 2014 at 11:41 am
I really like Easter names. My favorites would have to be from the Evangeline category. I also recommend Aneska, the Hungarian form of Agnes meaning “Lamb of God.”
Blog in the Spotlight: Nameberry – KendraNicole.net Said
on April 23rd, 2014 at 9:57 am
[…] Nameberry blog posts about all-things names, from current naming trends and celebrity babies, to seasonal names and historical favorites. Each week, readers are asked to weigh in on a name-related question (such […]
leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.