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A Year’s Worth of Baby Names

Ready to name baby? Considering your little one’s birth month as a theme can be a wonderful place to start. You can also generate a lot of additional ideas by turning to all 12 months of the year. Linking to favorite holidays, seasons or other special times can be very meaningful, because it offers a great way to connect your personal likes to baby’s name. Whether you’re looking for vintage names or something more creative, you’re sure to find some calendar-based inspiration here.

January

This month is all about fresh starts and setting the right tone for the coming year. If you’re having a boy, consider names such as Asher (happy) or Prospero (prosperous). And for little girls, you can’t go wrong with Hope or it’s Spanish equivalent, Esperanza.

February

Yes, this is the month of Valentine’s Day, but Mardi Gras is also kind of a big deal at this time of year. You may want to think about picking one of the most popular names in Louisiana: Mason, Liam, Noah, William, Elijah, Emma, Ava, Olivia, Sophia or Aubrey.

March

Spring is known as the season of birth in nature. If you’re a mom-to-be who will be giving birth to a girl at this time of year, you might want to know that Brigit is the name of the Irish goddess of spring. Pascal is a spring-themed boy name whose meaning is associated with Easter.

April

You know that old saying about how April showers bring May flowers? Well, those wise words can be a great source of inspiration for baby names such as Rain, Bud, Florian, Iris, Lily, Jasmine and Violet.

May

If you’re someone who loves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you may want to take a look at some of the top names from Mexico. Top picks include Santiago, Mateo, Leonardo, Emiliano and Diego for boys. Sofia, Valentina, Regina, Ximena and Alejandra are popular names for girls.

June

What could be more inspiring than the official start of summer? Consider these names that are words for sun in other languages: Soleil (French) or Kalinda (Hindi) for girls and Helios (Greek sun god) or Sonny for boys. Vera, which means summer in Albanian and Lete, the Haitian Creole word for summer, offer additional options for girls.

July

Happy birthday, America! Take a look back at some of the names that were popular in the early days of our country’s history. Favored boys names included Seth, Truth, Emory, Alden and Elias. Top picks for girls included Aurinda, Charity, Rebekah, Emeline and Selah.

August

Lots of kids across the country are now going back-to-school in August. Bristol, Cameron, Hagen, Parker, Courtland, Clemente, Yale and Emory are all real school names that could be just right for your baby.  

September

One of the most amazing things about fall is when the leaves start to change color. Some of the best displays of autumn color can be found on trees that also happen to make creative unisex names for baby: Alder, Ash, Aspen, Beech, Sumac and Willow.

October

This is the month of all things sweet. Not only is it Halloween time, but it’s also National Dessert Month. If your little one is a girl who will be born in October, Candy or Dulce (sweet in Spanish) are options. Pollux (very sweet) or Zusman (sweet man) are possible names for your baby boy.

November

Honor the pilgrims and Thanksgiving Day by taking a look at these unique names of actual passengers who set sail on the Mayflower in 1620. Males onboard included Myles, Jasper, Love, Bartholomew, Wrestling and Resolved. Desire, Damaris, Oceanus and Constanta were some of the females who traveled on the ship. 

December

If you’re a fan of winter holidays, there is definitely a December-inspired name for you. Maulana (the first name of the professor who created Kwanzaa), Claus, Yule, Noel, or Nicholas are boys names. Crystal, Holly, Noelle or Laila (the Hebrew word for night) are some options for your baby girl.

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