Birthday Names

by Pamela Redmond and Linda Rosenkrantz, creators of Nameberry
Your child's birthday -- month or season of birth, astrology sign, and holidays -- can provide fertile inspiration for their name. You can use a literal season or month or holiday name, such as Winter or August or Christmas, or simply a name redolent of all the markers of that time of year. Here you'll find lists of names for babies born in each of the 12 months and zodiac signs, all four seasons, and a range of inspiring holidays. Let your baby's birthday provide meaning for their name.

  • April Baby Names

    April baby names may be related to two of the month’s biggest holidays, Passover and Easter. Even minor holidays, like Earth Day or Arbor Day, could provide naming inspiration for an April baby. Names for an April baby could also include those connected to April’s birthstone, the diamond, or daisies, April’s birth flower. Memorable events and renowned people associated with April can relate to names for babies born in April, as can saints with feast days during the month. Consider these possibilities if you are expecting an April baby.

  • Aquarius Baby Names

    Names for Aquarius babies have a range of evocative references, including nature, wisdom, and Presidential heroes. Aquarius is the water bearer of the zodiac, so a seaworthy name would be fitting for an Aquarian baby. Names related to the air, wind, or sky or names that mean air are also great for a baby Aquarius, as it is an air sign. Names for an Aquarius baby could also include those related to the months of January and February. Aquarians are known for being wise intellectuals, so any name meaning “wise,” such as Sophia and Cato, would make an excellent choice. Of course, there are many notable Aquarius namesakes that could inspire an Aquarian baby name, from Abraham Lincoln and Clark Gable to Jackson Pollack and Bob Marley. If you are expecting an Aquarius baby, these names are worth a look.

  • Aries Baby Names

    by Pamela Redmond

    Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, making names related to primacy such as Primo and Una apt for an Aries baby. Names for Aries babies might also include names that mean fire, the element of Aries, as well as names that mean red.

    Along with red-meaning names Ruby and Scarlett, Aries baby names in the US Top 1000 include Jasper, April, Cole, and Phoenix. Unique Aries baby names that might catch your eye include Andromeda, Endellion, and Fox. Aries in and of itself makes a wonderful name for an Aries boy.

    There are plenty of famous Aries who would make great namesakes for a baby Aries, from Tennessee Williams to Chance the Rapper. Take a look at these names if you are expecting an Aries baby, and join the discussion on our forums about names for Aries children.

  • August Baby Names

    Babies born in August might have names related to August’s birthstones, peridot and onyx, or names linked August’s birth flowers, the poppy and gladiola. The name August itself is quite fashionable right now, but less popular variants such as Augusta and Augustine would also be lovely on an August baby. Names for babies born in August can also include those which reference the zodiac signs of the month, Leo and Virgo. August is the last full month of summer, so names connected to warmth and sunshine are appropriate for an August baby. If you are expecting an August baby, add some of these names to your list.

  • Cancer Baby Names

    Names for Cancer babies start with the Moon, the ruling celestial body for anyone born under the sign of the crab. Any summer-related names would be fitting for a Cancer baby, as the Sun is in Cancer during June and July. Names that mean water may also be right for a Cancer baby, as Cancer is one of the water signs of the zodiac. Names for a Cancer baby could also include those related to the number four, since Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac. Famous Cancers like Frida Kahlo and Princess Diana make for suitable baby Cancer namesakes. For a baby born under the Cancer sign, these names are worth a thought.

  • Capricorn Baby Names

    Names for Capricorn babies may be inspired by Capricorn’s status as an Earth sign of the zodiac and so might include names that mean earth. Capricorn’s astrological symbol is the goat, so related names like Giles and Capella would work well as Capricorn baby names. Also included are names related to Capricorn’s properties, such as its color, silver, and flower, Snowdrop. If your baby is going to be born under the Capricorn sign of the zodiac, any of these names would be very fitting for your little goat.

  • Charming Easter Baby Names

    Expecting an Easter baby? These baby names refer to the springtime holiday, including international names for Easter, biblical personages connected with the holiday, or Easter's symbolism of rebirth. Names associated with the animals of Easter, such as rabbits, lambs, and butterflies, are also appropriate as Easter baby names. Likewise, names connected to Easter's natural elements of lilies, birch, and willow make wonderful options for babies born in the Easter season. Consider these names if you're looking for an Easter-inspired baby name.

  • Cool Winter Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Winter baby names for the child born when the snow is falling and the weather is chill populate this list. Some of these winter names, like Neve, Frost, and Snow itself, refer to the season's weather. Other winter names are what are called day names, connecting with the months and holidays of winter .

    Names that work for a winter baby include Christmas baby names as well as those that relate to Kwanzaa, New Year's, and President's Day. We have Solstice and Hanukkah names meaning light and Valentine's Day names meaning love. Then there are the mythical winter names, baby names related to nature in winter along with names that mean white, such as Bianca and Gwen.

    Along with Bianca and Gwen, other winter baby names in the US Top 1000 include Aspen, Estelle, Ivy, Lucia, Natalie, Nicholas, Oakley, and Rory. Unique wintry baby names that are under-the-radar but stylish choices include Chiara, Coco, Hart, and Lumi.

    Along with Winter itself, you might consider these winter baby names for girls and boys.

  • Day Names

    The ancient tradition of day-naming—choosing a name from the day of the week, the month, the season or holiday, or even a time of day—feels fresh again now. Names inspired by your child’s birthday can be obvious or subtle. Day names include word names like Tuesday and Early, as well as names that connote time in their meanings, like Danica and Kwame. Here, examples of day names that could work as modern baby names.

  • December Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    December baby names are often equated with Christmas names or possibly names associated with Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. But there are names for December babies beyond holiday names.

    December baby names might be names relating to winter, the season that begins on December 21. December 21 is also the date of the Winter Solstice, another source of December baby names, which may include names that mean light….or dark.

    And then there may be baby names related to snow, to the number 12, to the end of the year, to important namesakes connected to the month of December, or to the astrological signs Sagittarius or Capricorn. December baby names might also relate to December's birthstone, turquoise, or its flower, holly or narcissus.

    If you’re expecting a December baby or perhaps naming a child conceived in December or one with another important December connection, consider these names for December babies.

  • Delicious Thanksgiving Names

    If you're expecting a baby around the Thanksgiving holiday or simply love the idea of expressing gratitude in your child's name, you might want to consider these Thanksgiving-themed baby names. Thanksgiving name can reference the harvest or the sumptuous Thanksgiving meal, the Pilgrims or the fall season. Here's a collection of Thanksgiving names for boys and girls.

  • February Baby Names

    February baby names center on love: all names meaning love or related to love, including Valentine itself, are perfect for February babies. Names connected to February’s birth flowers are plentiful, as the month is symbolized by violets, primroses, and irises. February’s birthstone is amethyst, which might inspire names related to purple hues. Names for a February baby can also include those of saints with feast days in February, or historical figures born during the month. If you are expecting a baby in February, these names are worth your consideration.

  • Gemini Baby Names

    Names for Gemini babies often start with the symbol of the twins. If you're looking for a Gemini baby name, you could consider names that mean “twin,” or use a name that references a famous twin from history or literature. Gemini is represented by the color yellow, which comes in many shades that could work as a name for a Gemini baby. Names for a Gemini baby might also include those related to the sign’s intellectual qualities, or its status as an air sign of the zodiac, drawing in names that mean air. Include some of these Gemini baby names on your list if you are expecting a baby born in late May until the start of summer.

  • Gorgeous Autumn Baby Names

    By Sophie Kihm

    For those expecting a fall baby, there are a flurry of colorful autumn-inspired baby names. Names that work best for autumn babies include the names of fall months as well as the season and encompass names for September and October babies as well as names for November babies.

    Names for autumn babies also reference the colors of fall leaves, and autumn-themed nature names such as Birch and Crisanta. Names of the ancient gods of autumn and of fall astrology signs and birthstones can also be appropriate for a baby born in the fall. Autumn baby names might also reference Halloween and Thanksgiving, the prime fall holidays.

    Along with Autumn itself, other popular names for babies born during the fall include Octavia, Luna, Samantha, Hunter, and Oliver, all ranking among the US Top 1000. Unique autumn baby names you might find intriguing include Auberon, Orla, Topaz, Redmond, and Persephone.

    Here are some of the most inspired picks for autumn baby names.

  • January Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    January baby names might mark the beginning of a new year with meanings related to newness or freshness.

    Names for babies born in January can reference all things winter, including snow. January’s birthstone is the garnet, which works as name for a boy or a girl. The snowdrop, January’s birth flower, offers some naming inspiration as well.

    Famous figures born in January, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Henri Matisse, would make great namesakes if you are expecting a baby in January.

    Along with Nova and King, popular January baby names ranking in the US Top 1000 include Hope, Dawn, Aurora, Reagan, Sophie, and Zane. Unique January baby names that we recommend include January, Winter, and Wolf.

    All the choices here make excellent names for January babies.

  • July Baby Names

    July baby names can be connected by the Independence Day holiday, which abounds with name inspiration. July itself works as a name for a July baby, as do all the other related names like Julian and Juliette. Names linked to July’s birth flowers, the larkspur and water lily, are excellent options, as are those related to the ruby, July’s birthstone. Late July babies might have a leonine name related to the Leo sign of the zodiac. Since it is the seventh month of the year, names like Seven and Septima are especially appropriate for a July baby. Names for babies born in July can also reference saints whose feast days are celebrated in July. If your baby is going to be born in July, these names make wonderful options.

  • June Baby Names

    June marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, so any sunny, summery name is would be fitting for a June baby. Names related to June’s birthstones, pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone, are bountiful. Likewise, names inspired by rose and honeysuckle, June’s birth flowers, are apt for a baby born in June. Names for June babies may also connect to famous people born in June, or historical events that took place during the month. Father’s Day is celebrated in June in the United States, so names with fatherly meanings, like Abigail and Axel, make good options for a June baby. These names are worth a thought if you are having a June baby.

  • Leo Baby Names

    Names for Leo babies have lots of appealing inspirations: lions, gold, and the sun, to name the three main Leo symbols. Leo is the sign of the lion in the zodiac, and there are plenty of leonine baby names to consider, even Leo itself. Names for a Leo baby could also include those inspired by the color gold, which is both the element and the color associated with Leos. In astrology, the Sun rules over Leo, so any sun-related names would be appropriate for a baby Leo, along with names that mean fire. If you need a name for a little Leo, these names are great options.

  • Libra Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Libra is symbolized by scales in astrology, making balance and harmony an ideal theme for names for Libra babies.

    Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac, so any names related to that lucky number count as Libra baby names. Names for a Libra baby might be inspired by its associated flowers, roses and daisies, or names that mean air, a nod to its element, air. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, so any names connected to the goddess of love would be appropriate for a baby Libra.

    Consider some of these amazing names for Libra babies if you are expecting a little Libra of your own, born between September 23 and October 22. You may also want to explore our wider list of Names for Autumn Babies.

  • Magical Christmas Baby Names

    Names for Christmas babies can be drawn from many sources, from names that mean Christmas to figures associated with the magical holiday to symbols of Christmas and winter. The Christmas names here represent many origins and styles and include Christmas names for girls and boys as well as gender-neutral names with Christmas meanings. Names that mean blessed or holy, star or light, joy or peace might be considered Christmas names. Nature names related to snow or the trees and flowers of Christmas qualify, along with the names of the Holy Family, the angels and the Wise Men. If you're expecting a baby born during the end-of-year holidays, or simply want a name that connotes the magical season, consider this collection of Christmas baby names.

  • March Baby Names

    Names for March babies might be inspired by the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, which suggests names with Irish origins or green hues. Names related to March’s birthstone, Aquamarine, work nicely as March baby names, as do names connected to March’s birth flower, the daffodil. As it is the third month of the year, names linked to the number three would be fitting for a March baby. March marks the beginning of Spring, which offers a myriad of name possibilities. And since March is known to come in like a lion, a leonine name could be perfect for your early March babe. Take a look at these names if you are expecting a baby in March.

  • 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.

  • November Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Names for babies born in November may be inspired by the fall season or late-autumn colors such as gold or brown.

    November baby names might also reference the Thanksgiving holiday or be drawn from the roster of names for Scorpio babies. Names related to the November birthstone, Topaz, and names related to Chrysanthemum, the November flower, work well.

    Notable people or events connected to the month, including the names of saints who celebrate their feast days in November, can connect to November baby names. November itself might be an appropriate name for a November baby, as might Nova or Eleven.

    Along with Nova and Aurora, the most popular November baby names ranking in the US Top 1000 include Grace, Elizabeth, Charles, and Theodore. Unique November baby names we recommend include Leopold, Clement, Octavius, Amabel, and Winifred.
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  • October Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    October baby names might relate to Halloween or the autumn season in general. Names inspired by the marigold, October’s birth flower, or opal, its birthstone, are equally appropriate for an October baby.

    Names for babies born in October may reference the October zodiac signs, Libra and Scorpio. Names connected to the number eight, which puts the oct in October from the original Roman calendar, or ten to reference its standing in the modern calendar, might also be appropriate. Famous namesakes for October babies include Desmond Tutu, John Lennon, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Consider these names if you are expecting a baby in October.

  • Pisces Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Names for Pisces babies are likely to relate to water, as Pisces is one of the water signs of the zodiac and is symbolized by the fish.

    There are plenty of purple and blue hues that would be fitting as Pisces baby names, inspired by the sign’s associated gemstones, Amethyst and Aquamarine. In astrology, Pisceans are known for their creative, gentle, and loving natures, so any names related to those qualities would work well as Pisces baby names.

    Names that mean water are also right for a baby born under Pisces. Along with Brooks and River, other popular Pisces baby names that rank in the US Top 700 include Finn, Jordan, Marina, Teagan, and Pearl.

    If you are looking for names for a Pisces baby, browse the options here.

  • Remarkable Weather Baby Names

    Weather baby names are a branch of nature names that reference the—well, the weather! Some have direct weather meanings while others have a subtler connection to the weather—Cyrus, for instance, is a Persian name that means sun, and Keilani is Hawaiian for sky.

    Along with Cyrus and Keilani, other weather names in the US Top 1000 include Autumn, Blaze, Iris, Keanu, Neil, Samson, Sky, and Sunny. Weather names for babies with an international flavor include Brisa – the Spanish word for breeze – Elio, Varsha, and Yuki.

    There are plenty of weather patterns to draw inspiration from, from sun and snow to wind and rain. Maybe even tornados or hurricanes for the braver namers among us. Here are some weather boy and girl names for you to consider.

  • Sagittarius Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Names for Sagittarius babies, born from late November through late December, may be inspired by a wide range of amazing symbols and signs. In astrology, Sagittarius is the sign of the archer, making names like Apollo and Arrow ideal for a Sagittarian baby.

    Sagittarius is one of three fire signs of the zodiac, so names that mean fire could be another appropriate choice. Purple and blue hues are associated with the Sagittarius zodiac sign, as are gems such as Turquoise, Topaz, and Citrine.

    Babies born under Sagittarius could potentially share a name with a well-known Sagittarian like Taylor Swift or Jimi Hendrix. Add some of these Sagittarius-themed names to your list if you are expecting a baby Sagittarius.

  • Scorpio Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Names for Scorpio babies can be drawn from a variety of sources that include the properties of this zodiac sign for babies born between October 23 and November 22.

    In astrology, Scorpios are associated with steel, the color red, and fall flowers such as the chrysanthemum. Names for babies born under Scorpio might include names that mean water, as Scorpio is a water sign.

    Halloween is the most notable holiday that takes place under the sign of Scorpio, so you might want to consider names associated with magic and the spiritual world. The number 11 and the autumn season may also provide inspiration for names for your Scorpio baby.

    You could also look to famous Scorpios from Emma Stone to Frank Ocean to Julia Roberts to Drake in search of names for a Scorpio baby. Along with Emma and Drake, Scorpio baby names ranking in the US Top 1000 include Autumn, Brooks, Hazel, Luna, and Phoenix. Unique Scorpio baby names stylish right now include November, Eleven, and Sabrina.

    For a baby born under the Scorpio zodiac sign, these names are worth consideration.

  • September Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    The September equinox is the official start of Fall, so names inspired by the falling leaves or season of harvest are apt for a September baby.

    September’s birthstone is the sapphire, which works as a name on its own, or can be linked to names in shades of blue. Names related to the September birth flowers, morning glory and aster, are also possibilities for a September baby.

    Names for babies born in September may also be related to notable people or events associated with the month, or saints with feast days in September. And of course, education and school might be important influences on names for babies born in September, the most popular birth month of the year!

    You may want to consider these names if you are expecting a September baby.

  • Shimmering New Year's Baby Names

    The start of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh beginnings, a new dawn dawning, and hopes for the future. Here are some baby names from various cultures whose meanings reflect those feelings, especially appropriate for a baby born near the start of a new year.

  • Sparkling Summer Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Summer is one of the nicest times of year to have a baby, the warm weather and slow pace making it that much easier to relax into new motherhood. Here is a list of baby names that summon the summer season, from summer flower names to names that mean ocean to the gemstone names signifying summer birthdays.

    We have baby names related to the summer months of June, July, and August, as well as the summer zodiac signs and Independence Day baby names. Beach baby names are also right for summer babies, as are names relating to warm weather.

    Along with Summer, Juliet, and August, popular summer baby names that rank in the US Top 1000 include Daisy, Dylan, Leo, Isabel, and Jennifer. Unique summer baby names worth considering range from Leonora to Sunniva to Apollo and Elio.

    Here, names for summer baby boys and girls.

  • Spooky Halloween Baby Names

    Halloween baby names reference the holiday and all things spooky. Would you really want to choose one of these baby names for a child born on or near Halloween? Debatable. But those who are into celebrating the holiday may want to adopt their own Halloween name from this collection of names of ghostly or witchy people, characters, and things.

  • Taurus Baby Names

    By Sophie Kihm

    Names for Taurus babies might reference Taurus’s astrological symbol, the bull. Names related to all things bovine, like Fintan and Ferdinand, would be especially appropriate for a baby Taurus.

    Taurus baby names could also include names that mean earth such as Adam, as Taurus is one of the earth signs of the zodiac. In astrology, the flowers associated with Taurus are roses and violets, making any rose related or purple-hued name a great choice.

    Along with Adam and Violet, other popular Taurus baby names ranking in the US Top 1000 include Belle, Chloe, Daisy, Wesley, and William. Unique Taurus baby names that strike a contemporary style note include Freya, Thelonious, and Venus.

    If you need a name for a baby born under the sign of Taurus, which runs from April 21 to May 21, these names are worth your consideration.

  • Valentine's Day Baby Names

    Names that work for a Valentine's Day baby are those with a theme and a meaning of love. Names that mean love have a wonderful feel for babies born any time of the year, but of course seem especially appropriate for a baby born on or near February 14. Along with love, we include here names that mean beloved, heart, and desire, as well as the names of mythical lovers. If you're naming a Valentine's Day baby, consider one of these names connected with love and romance.

  • Vibrant Spring Baby Names

    By Sophie Kihm

    Springtime baby names relate to the blooming of the season, including flower names as well as names that mean green and names that mean new.

    Along with Lily and Poppy, spring baby names in the US Top 1000 include month name April , tree name Willow, and green-meaning name Chloe. Unique names for a spring baby range from flower names Daffodil and Hyacinth to Neo, which means new, and Primavera, which means spring.

    For your springtime baby, or just to represent the season's lively qualities, consider these baby names that relate to spring.

  • Virgo Baby Names

    By Sophie Kihm

    Virgo baby names might reference its virginal meaning, with names connected to purity or notable virgins. Names for Virgo babies could also include Wednesday, the sign’s associated day of the week, or Rosemary and Valerian, two of Virgo’s flowers.

    Along with Cora and George, popular Virgo baby names ranking among the US Top 1000 include Maisie, Dustin, Ada and Adam. Unique Virgo baby names worth considering include Calypso, Flora, Palmer, and Truman.

    Famous Virgos include Idris Elba, Ingrid Bergman, and Pippa Middleton, all of whom would make namesakes for a baby Virgo. Virgo baby names might also include names that mean earth, given that Virgo is one of the earth signs of the zodiac.

    Consider the following options if you are expecting a Virgo baby born between August 23 and September 23.