By E. Wittig
Names for Taurus babies, born under the second sign of the Zodiac between April 21st and May 20th, often focus on the Taurus symbol of the bull. Taureans are known for their beauty and good nature. The bull is a practical, down-to-earth sign, hard-working and devoted to the ones they love. Symbols of Taurus include roses and foxgloves, emeralds, and the color green.
Alu – Taurus has been recognized as a constellation all over the world for thousands of years. Ancient Mesopotamia knew it as Alu; in China, it is a part of the White Tiger. Tau, the constellation’s abbreviation, fits well with today’s naming trends.
Cardie – The brightest star of Taurus is Aldebaran, “the follower.” This suits a bull well: Taureans would rather offer support to a leader than lead themselves. Other stars are named for the Greek Pleiades – such as Maia, Asterope, Merope, Celaeno, and Alcyone and their half-sisters, the Hyades – Ambrosia, Cleeia, Coronis, Eudora, Phaeo, Polyxo, and Cardie.
Chloe – Falling on the days of April 21st through May 20th, the Taurus is a springtime sign. Aviva and Anthea mean “springlike” and Haruko is “spring child.” Spring itself is a fresh new season name. For more, try green names Chloe, Irving, and Odran.
Dexter – For a more literal approach to naming, turn your eyes earthward to resident bulls. A look into the bull’s history gives us the interesting name Aurochs, a larger and more powerful ancestor. And while I wouldn’t advise naming a child Beefalo, plenty of types of cattle, such as Angus, Kyloe, and Dexter, have perfectly ordinary names. Nimari, Nellore, Masai, and Lohani are among the more interesting breeds.
Ferdinand – The well-known storybook character Ferdinand is a kind and gentle bull. Otis, Daisy, Annabelle, Maggie, and Grace are other taurine characters in children’s fiction. Fairley and Farley are English names meaning “bull meadow.” The Latin Taura, unsurprisingly, means “bull-like.”
Golda – History offers many Taureans to draw inspiration from. Golda Meir, the first female prime minister of Israel, Golden Age actress Audrey Hepburn, wrestler Andre the Giant, and renowned author Harper Lee were all born under the sign of the bull. Modern Taurus celebrities include Cate Blanchett, Kal Penn, Penelope Cruz, and John Oliver.
Indah – Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, named for the goddess of love and beauty. Due in part to that tie with Venus, Taureans are known for their beauty. Indah, Belle, Beau, and Kalisto all mean “beautiful.” Goddesses Freya, Cliodhna/Cliona, and Lada, and gods Bes and Eros rule over love.
Liluri – As an earth sign, earth-meaning names Adam, Terra, Ajax, Riku, and Avani are a perfect fit. Deities of the element earth include Gaia and Rhea in Greece; Dhara in India; the Babylonian Dagan and Etruscan Cel; and Arinna, a Hittite earth goddess. Liluri is twice lucky – the Syrian goddess of mountains, bulls were sacred to her.
Orion – Mythology from many cultures references the bull in the sky. Principal characters featured in these stories include Zeus, Europa, Ishtar, Inanna, Io, and Orion. Another name to pull from Taurus myth is Copper, as some cultures give it significance as the metal of Taurus.
Rosamund – Half a dozen gemstones represent the Taurus. Amber, Coral, Sapphire, Emerald, and Turquoise are all known as names; the sixth gem, rose quartz, gives us the quirky Quartz for a boy and any of the various Rose names – Rosamund, Primrose, Rosalie, etc. – for a girl. Additionally, Rose is a flower of Taurus, joining Poppy, Foxglove, Aster, and Sweet William.
Wesley – While many of these names suit the modern, different-is-better trend, the Taurus personality is somewhat opposite. Taureans are practical, dependable people, and a different sort of name reflects such a person. Names that have that down-to-earth feel are those without the bells and whistles, like Jack and Charlie, Anna and Tess. More classic, recognizable monikers: Bridget, Sarah, Catherine; Wesley, Henry, Sam, and Max.
E. Wittig is a stay at home mom to three well-named kids and is a big fan of unconventional names. She writes novels in her spare time.