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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

    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.

  • 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

    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 .

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • January Baby Names

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • October Baby Names

    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.

  • Pisces Baby Names

    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.

  • 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.

  • Sagittarius Baby Names

    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.

  • Scorpio Baby Names

    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.

  • September Baby Names

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Virgo Baby Names

    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.