The Names of March: Kennedy, Knute and Casimir
The third month of the year holds more than the promise of spring. The thirty-one days of March encompass a little bit of everything—from the birthdates of famous artists, sportsman, war heroes, inventors, musicians, and writers, to the observance of women’s history innovators, and of course, the luck of old Saint Patrick himself. Before you get to finally set your clocks forward for that extra hour of sunlight thanks to Daylight Saving Time, check out these 11 marvelous March baby names.
Beryl – One of the birthstones for March is the aquamarine, the blue or turquoise variety of a mineral called beryl. The crystal is naturally small and colorless, though often tinted bluish-green by impurities. The dated British favorite Beryl is scarcely used in the US—a distant runner-up to the green gem of choice, Jade
Casimir— Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski, who fought for freedom alongside General George Washington in 1777, was born in Poland in March of 1747. Called “the father of American cavalry,” Pulaski was one of only seven people to be awarded honorary United States citizenship. Also the traditional name of Polish kings, the strong and exotic Casimir means “announcing peace.”
David—The legendary Renaissance artist who sculpted works such as David and the Pietà was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni in Caprese, Italy in March of 1475. The statue of David depicts the second king of Israel, the highly cultivated leader who enjoyed music and poetry. #19 for boys in 2012, the Hebrew name David means “beloved”.
Graham—Inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell was born in Scotland in March of 1847. Climbing almost 200 places in a decade, this smooth and sophisticated boy’s name has also been popular in Scotland and England since the fifties.
Harriet– The third month of the year is also Women’s History Month, with International Women’s Day falling on March 8th, on which the U.S. observes the stories of those who struggled for equality. Suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul to name a few.
Johann– The German variation of John draws up images of Johann Sebastain Bach, the great composer and musician of the Baroque period, who was born on March 3, 1685. Though still very Old-European, Johann has recently risen in popularity after Seal and Heidi Klum chose it (with one ‘n’) for their son.
Kennedy—On March 1st 1961, the Peace Corps was established by President John F. Kennedy. For over fifty years, the program has accumulated over 210,000 American volunteers to aid in social and economic development across continents. The Irish surname now has appeal for girls; its trendy yet classic charm helped it climb into the Top 100 in 2012.
Knute– Regarded as one of the best coaches in the history of college football, Knute Kenneth Rockne, player and mentor for the University of Notre Dame team, was born in Voss, Norway in March of 1888. The powerful Norse choice was also the name of the patron saint of Denmark.
Patrick (the patron saint & Patrick Henry) – A Top 25 name in Ireland and the namesake for international St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Patrick was a patron saint and “Apostle of Ireland” in the fifth century. March 23rd is the anniversary of another prominent Patrick’s speech; Patrick Henry ignited the Revolutionary War at the 1775 Virginia Convention with the memorable words, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
Tennessee — American playwright of A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie was born Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911. His creative pen name inspired a new possibility for a U.S. place name. Now unisex, Tennessee was recently chosen by Reese Witherspoon for her son.
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on March 6th, 2014 at 9:02 am
Some really cool names! Both of the names that I like from this post are for the boys, Casimir (swoon) and Patrick.
on March 6th, 2014 at 9:14 am
I like Knute.
on March 6th, 2014 at 9:53 am
Also, March 1st is St David’s Day, the holiday for the patron saint of Wales. Dafydd is the Welsh version, with the distinctive Welsh nn Dai.
I love the name Beryl, for both author and aviatrix — yet the only child I’ve ever known named this was Berel, a boy, a Hungarian-Jewish name. His brothers were Avi and Sascha.
As someone with a Norwegian heritage, I love the name Knut, and actually have a cousin with this name. (Also, one of my favourite authors — Knut Hamsun.)
Harriet — the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve grown to appreciate the simple charms of Harriet, with its cute nn’s of Hattie and Harry.
And I adore Patrick and its Gaelic counterpart, Padraic.
Lots of March babies in my family — from my great-aunt Karoline (Kari) to my sister Victoria (Torie) to my aunt Andrea (Andi).
I think March is a great name — I’ve frequently used it as a surname for characters — certainly a name I now would consider using, were I not done (lol) with having kids.
Lastly, Aviva is a name one occasionally hears at Hebrew school, with its meaning of “spring.”
on March 6th, 2014 at 10:07 am
Patrick is set to be my boys middle name as it’s my fathers middle name as well. Glad to see its getting some love.
on March 6th, 2014 at 4:21 pm
Are you sure about Casimir? Behindthename says that it is derived from the element “kazic” meaning “to destroy” and either meer (great) or Mir (peace). So either “destroy great” or “destroy peace”. I am no Slavic scholar though, and I would be happy for it to mean announcing peace- do you have a source for that?
on March 10th, 2014 at 4:49 pm
My favourites are…
on March 23rd, 2014 at 10:01 pm
Beryl is my Grandmas middle name. I wish I liked the sound of it more.
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