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14 Unique Names for Autumn Babies

September 19, 2016 Linda Rosenkrantz

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The first day of the new season is upon us!  Happy Autumn! And that means it’s time to explore names for autumn babies.

For our annual Autumn blog we usually go with the more obvious choices—the colors of the turning leaves — the various autumnal hues of red, gold and brown–and the names of the trees themselves, plus Fall flower names, the ancient harvest goddesses and such. But this year we’re offering a potpourri of more subtle references to the starting season, including some interesting international ideas.

Aki and Akiko are two Japanese girl names with autumnal meanings: Aki means born in autumn, while Akiko translates to autumn child. Another international name for girls is the Turkish Hazan, which also means autumn.

Albero—The Fall season immediately brings to mind the amazing palette of fantastic tree foliage colors, and Albero is the word for tree in Italian. An exotic namesake for an ancestral Albert? For Nameberry’s comprehensive list of individual tree names, go here.

Ashoun, Ashun—A lovely Armenian name meaning Autumn

Azaroa—If you’re looking for a truly distinctive name beginning and ending in A for your autumn baby, Azaroa means November in Basque.

BlazeThe perfect name to describe the wild coloration of New England autumn foliage, word name Blaze—originally a form of the French Blaise—has been on fire lately, now at Number 706, after entering the Top 1000 in 2000. Kate Winslet used it as the middle name of her son Bear, and there’s a rock musician named Blaze Bayley.

ChristabelAnd now for something completely different: a notable namesake born on the Autumn Equinox, September 22nd.  Christabel Pankhurst was a famous British suffragist, daughter of the movement’s leader, Emmeline Pankhurst. An undiscovered ‘bel’ name, Christabel was a poet character in A. S. Byatt’s novel, Possession.

Jora/h—This pretty Hebrew name with the lovely meaning of ‘autumn rain’ could fit right in with playmates Nora, Flora and Cora. George R.R. Martin used the Jorah spelling for the male character Jorah Mormont in his A Song of Fire and Ice novels and the TV adaptation, Game of Thrones.

LibraOne of the few wearable Zodiac sign names beside Leo, Libra spans the astrological period from late September to late October and is an air sign whose attributes include balance, a sense of justice, and appreciation of beauty and harmony. And Libra could be another path to the nickname Libby.

Lugh—Pronounced LOO, this is an Irish mythological name of a divine hero, associated with the harvest festival of Lughnasadh, which is named after him. It’s similar to the Welsh Llew.

NinaAbby recently wrote a great blog on number names, but I want to share one of the best names for the ninth month of SeptemberNina. This stylish classic appears in several cultures, from Russian to Spanish, and in many works of fiction. Now at Number 300 (175 on Nameberry), this decidedly not-weird name was chosen by Weird Al Yankovic for his daughter. .

OctoberThe creativity of two noted writers, Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, is clearly evidenced by their choice of the name October Adelaide for their daughter. September, October and November are among the rarest of month names, but could make interesting, distinctive middles. The Italian form of the month name, Ottobre, is another possibility, Otto for short.

SoleilWe may not think of Autumn as the sunniest season, but the connection here (a bit of a stretch?) is the autumnal equinox, marking the beginning of Autumn, in which the plane of the equator passes through the center of the sun. Soleil is a particularly lovely French name starting to be appreciated here– we’ve already seen it on a couple of Berrybaby birth certificates. It was first brought into the spotlight via Soleil Moon Frye.

TopazThe glowing golden birthstone for the month of November, Topaz is a gem name just waiting to be discovered, with its z-ending sizzle. The topaz is said to have healing and energizing properties and also to bring good luck. The other Autumn gemstones are Sapphire for September, Opal for October, and the alternate Citrine for November.

Woods—Forest has long been used as a boys’ first name and there’s no reason why its synonym shouldn’t be considered as well. A fairly common surname (Tiger, James, Elle), it has the newly trendy s-ending for boys.

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