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May Baby Names

Names for babies born in May might be related to the signs of the zodiac of the month, Taurus and Gemini. Names connected to May’s birthstone, emerald, also work, as do those related to the birth flowers, Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn. May baby names can also include occupational names, which are related to the Memorial Day holiday. Since April showers bring May flowers, any floral name is fitting for a May baby. Notable namesakes connected to May are also a possibility. You may want to add these names to your list if you are naming a baby in May.

  • Amelia

    Amelia is derived from the German name Amalia, which in turn is a variation of Amalberga. The root, amal, is a Germanic word meaning “work,” and in the context of female given names suggests... Read More 

  • Amma

    An anagram of Mama, in tune with its Hindi meaning. Amma is also a Ghanaian name. The Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast frequently name their children after the day of the week they were... Read More 

  • Aquila

    An evocative ancient word that's used as a first name in the New Testament, among other places. It's also the name of an eagle-shaped constellation.

    That said, contemporary interest in... Read More 

  • Arabella

    Arabella was used as a given name beginning in the 12th century with the birth of Arabella de Leuchars, granddaughter of William the Lion, King of Scotland. It is derived from the Latin... Read More 

  • Araminta

    Araminta is an enchanting eighteenth-century invention familiar in Britain and just beginning to be discovered here. It was used in 1693 by William Congreve in his comedy The Old... Read More 

  • Archibald

    The short form Archie is so open and friendly --and very trendy in the British Isles--that some parents are now beginning to consider the formerly fusty Archibald as well. SNL comedians Amy... Read More 

  • Astarte

    Astarte is the ancient goddess of sexuality, fertility, and war, associated with Ishtar as well as Venus.Read More 

  • Audrey

    Audrey is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Aethelthryth, the name that later evolved into Ethelred. St. Audrey was a seventh century saint who was particularly revered in the Middle Ages. Her name led... Read More 

  • Blossom

    Now that parents have picked virtually every name in the garden, from the common Rose to the exotic Zinnia, some are reconsidering the old, more generic names like Flora and Posy and Blossom--... Read More 

  • Castor

    Forget the oil. It's one of the twins that make up the constellation Gemini, and a mythological name on the cutting-edge of fashion; used by Metallica's James Hetfield. Read More 

  • Cathay

    A perfect example of what a difference a single letter can make. Add an 'a' to the ho-hum CATHY and you have the exotic old name for China, often used by such poets as Edna St. Vincent Millay and... Read More 

  • Celestine

    Celestine is a pretty, crystalline extension (actually a diminutive) of Celeste that would make a choice that is both delicate and strong. It is also a popular name in France.

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  • Charleston

    Lovers of the languid South Carolina city might be attracted to this rich-sounding name. Could make an interesting update on Charles -- and can certainly work for a girl too. Actor Joey Lawrence... Read More 

  • Cybele

    Cybele, the name of a Greek goddess of fertility, health, and nature, would unfortunately and undoubtedly be confused with Sybil.Read More 

  • Dahlia

    One of the flower names, used occasionally in Britain (where it's pronounced DAY-lee-a). It seems to have recovered from what was perceived as a slightly affected la-di-dah air. The flower was... Read More 

  • Derby

  • Emerald

    Emerald is the intriguing color and jewel name of the deep green stone treasured as far back as ancient Egypt--it's supposed to open one's heart to wisdom and to love and be good for strengthening... Read More 

  • Emese

    A Hungarian name rarely heard outside its native culture.Read More 

  • Esmeralda

    Esmeralda came into use as an applied use of the Spanish word for emerald, esmeralda. In the 1831 Victor Hugo novel Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as The Hunchback of... Read More 

  • Ferdinand

    Ferdinand, a traditional name in the royal families of Spain and a handsome young prince shipwrecked on Prosper's island in Shakespeare's The Tempest has, unfortunately, to the American... Read More 

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