The change of season is inspiring, no matter what’s coming next. It’s like a new start that offers endless possibilities. While autumn is a precursor to long dark winter nights it’s also a fantastic time to celebrate harvest, nature, back to school, cool breezes, and Halloween.
Everything is bright, colorful, magical, and filled with picturesque scenery as far as the eye can see, plus you can post some killer pictures of your own autumn experience on Instagram. Who wouldn’t want to name their child after this wonderful and magical time of year?
It’s a time for long hikes, hayrides, making preserves, carving pumpkins, and memories. It’s also the time of year when people provide thanks through looking at humbling holidays like Thanksgiving, or veterans day/Remembrance Day where we try to show appreciation towards the sacrifice of others, and the freedoms they have provided for future generations.
Expecting parents with a child due any moment might be particularly stoked about the arrival of a new season particularly if it means welcoming the newest member of their family, and that long hot summer nights in the last trimester of pregnancy have finally come to an end.
Whether a child arrives in autumn or it just happens to be a favourite season it’s an excellent source of namespiration. There is so much happening particularly in terms of nature as the trees and plants prepare for their winter hibernation. Put on the kettle and pour a piping hot cup of apple cider. It’s time to explore the greatest baby names inspired by falling leaves, dropping temperatures – the wonderful season of Autumn.
Bite into the crisp taste of this fresh fall name. Apples can be tart, sweet, and range in color from yellow to green, to all shades of red. Nutritiously they are the perfect wholesome treat to help keep the doctor away. The name apple first made headlines when celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin decided to name their little “Pink Lady”, and the apple of their eye, after their favorite fruit.
Some love the name to its very core, whereas others think it’s another example of Paltrow’s bizarre Hollywood attitude. Those who love the inspiration behind a fruit influenced baby name, but want something even more different may want to consider naming their child after a classification of apples like, Pippin (after the Ribston Pippin), Pearl, Opal, Mutsu, Szampion or Elstar.
This may be a bit of a no-brainer, but a perfect way to pay tribute to a favorite season is to name a child after it. Autumn is currently the most popular “season” name, and has enjoyed a spot in the top 100 names recently. Autumn begins in September in the Northern Hemisphere, and March in the Southern Hemisphere.
In North America the start of the season begins with the September equinox and ends with the winter solstice in late December. Before the 16th century the word harvest was usually used to mark the season, however as more people moved to towns and cities, harvest became the activity of reaping bounties of food, and autumn was used instead.
It’s primarily used for a little girl, has an English origin, with the name specifically meaning: born in the fall. Actor Jennifer Love Hewitt recently named her daughter Autumn James. Eastern Canada and New England are most famous for gorgeous autumn foliage filled with beauty and color.
For a long time the name Casper was primarily associated with the kind hearted, cartoon “friendly” ghost and not a lot else. The name Casper was a family name derived from the Chaldean name Gaspar meaning treasurer. The regal and rich sounding name Casper can be traced back to the Old Testament as Casper was among the three Magi who were said to have brought gifts to baby Jesus.
In an early episode of popular television show The Simpsons there is a theory that Casper, The Friendly Ghost is the ghost of cartoon character Ritchie Rich, but most people today aren’t familiar with the cartoon character bearing the name. Casper is also the name of a city in Wyoming, USA.
Cedar is a fragrant evergreen tree and unisex name that more and more new parents are beginning to sniff out. The tree has held high spiritual significance for many years and its wood used as the doors for sacred temples and also used in cleansing ceremonies. The tall trees point to the sky (or Heaven) and are sometimes used as symbols of immortality and elevation.
The English word cedar originates from the Hebrew word Qatar meaning to smudge, like in the above-mentioned cleansing rituals. In Sanskrit the word derives from devdar, meaning timber of the Gods.
The tree of life is a magical tree represented in many cultures and dates back in legend to ancient times. The tree provides air, which is essential for life, the leaves are said to signify healing and nourishment. In the roots the tree is said to connect with the soil and the earth.
This is the name of the lesser known Goddess of the Harvest in Roman Mythology, a perfect name for any autumn born baby girl. The Greek version of this name is Demeter. This Goddess is known for her relation to agriculture, grain crops, fertility, and maternal relationships.
There was a seven day festival in April to honor her called Cerealia which included several intense rituals, to help “cleanse” the crops. Space lovers who live to star gaze on an autumn night might enjoy this tidbit on the name; Ceres is the name of the first asteroid or dwarf planet ever discovered, named in 1801 lying in the orbit between Mars and Jupiter.
Ceres is also a spirit character within the Shakespearean play The Tempest and is both a small town in Fife, Scotland, and a city in California known for its robust agriculture.
Fancy an autumn hike in the woods? Forest is traditionally a baby boy’s name meaning woodsman or woods. A forest is simply a large area that is dominated by trees and the right choice for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Because of the nature base of the name many use it as a unisex name.
In numerology the name is associated with those who have a very spiritual nature and deep desire to inspire others. Perhaps the family has some fantastic memories from one of the most famous forests in the world like: The Black Forest in Germany, or the Red Wood Forest.
Notable people who share the name include actor Forest Whitaker, and fictional character Forrest Gump. Parents may prefer to use this as a middle name as they might worry that kids might tease their child “Forest” since Forrest Gump, although very successful and kind, wasn’t a very smart man.
The female name Gaia originates from a Greek word meaning “earth”. Within Greek mythology Gaia was the keeper of the earth and can be seen as the personification of the earth. She held a maternal role, as the mother of the Titans and the Cyclopes. The equivalent of the name Gaia (or Gaea) in Roman culture is the name Terra. Either of these names are wonderful fits for ecologically inclined families looking to pass on their environmental baton and teachings to the next generation.
Many Neopagans believe that Gaia is the Goddess of the Earth and worship her accordingly. Those who love autumn, the earth, and want to show their appreciation for the planet in the next generation may be drawn towards this “well-rooted” name.
Garnet is a gem of a unisex baby name, standing up strong next to other gem names like Pearl or Ruby, mainly because of its ability to work well for both little girls and boys. Originally this was a surname in Old English given to those who sold hinges. The English meaning of the name is armed with a spear, whereas the French or American meaning is keeper of the grain.
In numerology the name Garnet represents those who thrive in a stable environment and seek a sense of community.
The stone garnet can be seen in a variety of gorgeous fall colors including fiery orange (in the Mandarin Garnet) to rich and deep green (in the Tsavorite Garnet) and the more traditional deep red. Gifting someone with a garnet is said to represent friendship and trust.
Perhaps Hunter is a family name, and a fun way to pay tribute, as it works well for both boys and girls. Although once upon a time it was associated with intense masculinity. This name is derived from the English Middle Ages and is an occupational name for the hunters and bird catchers of the period. In numerology people given the name Hunter are born leaders meant to organize, supervise, and will achieve both power and wealth. Hunter green is a bright and bold darker shade of green originally worn by hunters. Sports fans know that Hunter green is the official color of both the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets. As a boy’s name Hunter ranked number 40 in popularity for both 2015 and 2016.
Nicknames for little ones called Hunter include: Hunt, Hunny, Hunny Bee, Hunny Bunny, or Hunny Bear.
Let this little boy’s name light up the Halloween carved pumpkin and heart. Jack Skellington is the infamous (and slightly misguided) Pumpkin King in the Tim Burton modern Classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Jack-o’-lantern is named after the curious light that flickers over peat bogs or the will-o’-the-wisp when people used lit bundles of sticks to make lanterns.
The name Jack comes from Jackin which is a medieval interpretation of the name John. John is a Hebrew name meaning God is gracious and there are variations to the name John in many cultures and languages. In the middle ages it was so common the name became a slang word meaning man. The name is common in children’s fairy tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Jack Horner, and Jack Sprat.
Famous Jack’s include: Jack Nicholson, Jack White, Jack Black, Jack Kerouac, and Jack London.
Jumping into a pile of leaves with this evergreen little girl name bound to put a smile on your face and hers. The Juniper tree’s name came from the Latin word juniperus. While in the past this has been used as a unisex name, more recently it has been popular among little girls. The name is a combination of two words; Juno meaning young, and parere meaning to produce. Juniper shrubs have berries that are used in some flavored gins. In the Renaissance era Juniper shrubs were used as a symbol in artwork to represent chastity and purity.
Parents will often give their little Juniper cute nicknames including: Juno, June, Junie or June bug when they are young.
14 Leif (Leaf)
Another name that doesn’t fall far off the tree, everything autumn often has to do with foliage and leaves. Leif has Norse and Scandinavian origins, meaning descendant or son. There is an ancient Norse legend that Viking Leif Eriksson had discovered North America, landing his longboat close to 500 years prior to when Christopher Columbus landed in the Caribbean.
Naturally, according to numerology, little boy and girl Vikings named Leif have a strong and deep desire for travel, exploration, and adventure. They also balk at some traditions, wanting to set their own pace and paths.
Symbolically green leaves stand for hope, growth, renewal and fertility, where dead leaves can represent loss. The expression turn over a new leaf is a popular western colloquialism meaning to start over again. Turn over a new “Leif” with this baby name.
There’s something romantic about a harvest moon, which is the September or October full moon and arrives within two weeks before or after the autumnal equinox. The harvest moon is usually one of the larger and more colorful moons each year because of the particular tilt of the earth and atmospheric reflections.
The Harvest Moon was given its name because of the bright light it provided to farmers in a time before electricity when they’d need to spend time into the evenings tending their crops. This is why Luna, which is Latin for moon is the perfect autumn name for a little moon goddess. Luna was the Roman Moon Goddess who was often shown riding a white chariot through the sky.
The increase in popularity of the name Luna has been partially credited to The Harry Potter series and the character Luna Lovegood.
There’s a reason that bright beautiful maple leaves are used in autumn décor all the time. They are stunning and full of life, even when they’re falling off the trees. Maple trees are native to Asia, Europe, Northern Africa, and North America. They are believed to be a symbol of balance and promise in life, whereas the Japanese maple is meant to represent bountiful blessings and peace.
Patriotic Canadians may be naming their child after the coat of arms and country’s flag. This national tree of Canada is known for its strength and endurance. In the world of literature the word Maple was first published as “mapul” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale. For those who name their daughter Maple, it might be nice to plant a tree in her honor.
A famous Robert Frost Poem, “Maple” is about a mother’s memory of her daughter Maple.
Sometimes simple everyday things can make the best names. Interpretations on everyday items, favorite plants or foods can go a long way to inspiring a great baby name. This little girl’s name originate from corn, one of autumn’s most prominent staple starched items of harvest, or it can be used as a creative spelling of the name and pronounced May-See. Mazie is a modern spelling and the pet version of the name Margaret, which means a Pearl. Since Margaret is a fairly common, classic name, Mazie is a nice spin on a traditional name.
Nicknames for Mazie include: Maz or Maze.
It’s hard to hold a candle to that sweet November name! November derives from the Latin word novem meaning nine, which some people may find surprising since the year has twelve months, but this is because the name of the month remained the same as it did back when it was the ninth month in the Roman calendar.
The name November is an excellent tribute for a couple who met in November, or other relative’s birthdays. This name is more popular for girls and has seen an uptick in popularity in 2016, increasing in usage to the name of 18 babies per million.
The month of November has birthstones including citrine and yellow sapphire, and these stones are believed to give people discipline, strength, confidence and success.
We didn’t know there were so many different goddesses of harvest until we started researching autumn names. The origin of this name may be a little too dark for some parents to use as a baby name, even though it is quite pretty. Within Greek Mythology Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and the Harvest Goddess Demeter.
She is also known as Cora, or Kore and is the queen of the underworld, known for being a kind person who was abducted and married to Hades (King of the Underworld). The myth surrounding her abduction is used to represent her personification with vegetation and harvest (connecting her to her mother), which comes out each spring and disappears into the ground following harvest.
She was only allowed to return to the surface of the earth for part of the year, spending the rest in the underworld.
The poppy is a beautiful brightly colored flower, and has become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during war time. Poppies are a symbol of sleep, peace, and death, as well as resurrection with their bright color representing the promise of resurrection and life after death. November marks an important time of remembrance, with November 11th being used by countries all over the world to pay respect to fallen soldiers.
Poppy is the perfect little girl’s name to represent a bright and hopeful future.
Poppy can be used as a short form of the name Penelope. Nicknames for little ones named Poppy could include: Pip, Pop, Pop Star, or Pepper.
This simple three letter name and vibrant primary color stirs up so much beauty, particularly in the fall when red leaves float off the tree. Red is the color of both fire and blood, and as such is often associated with power, passion, desire and love. The name Red simply means redheaded one, but your child doesn’t have to have auburn hair to be named after the beautiful color.
This unisex name is short, sweet, and simple, but not very common, not yet ranking on a number of baby name lists globally.
“Designers want me to dress like spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like spring. I feel like a warm red autumn.” – Marilyn Monroe
Those who aren’t so sure about the name Red, but love the bright beauty of the color may want to consider Rusty for a little boy as another option.
Reed was once an old English last name, often spelled Reade, Reede, or Reide. It was used as a Middle English expression to describe someone with red hair or a Ruddy complexion, like when a person has been outside in cool autumn weather. In Norway Reed was used in specific families or farm towns. Reeds are also tall, willowy, grass-like plants found in wetlands.
In numerology little ones named Reed are natural born and independent leaders. They are excited by change, and don’t like to be restricted by too many rules. They are optimistic, energetic and tend to make friends very easily. They can be known to be restless and rebellious. Consider naming your little strong spirited child Reed!
Some people name their child Saffron to have his or her name match their bright golden hair, the same color as displayed in the bright canary yellow spice. This lovely fall color is a spice that comes from the flower of the Crocus Sativus. Saffron is the most expensive spice produced in the world, perfect for a little girl who is worth her weight in gold. Saffron has been a very valuable spice since ancient times.
The name Saffron has been fairly prominent in popular culture in recent years. Saffron Monsoon is a character in the British comedy, Absolutely Fabulous and Saffron is also a recurring character in the short-lived Joss Whedon show Firefly.
The name Saffron, which is popular in Egypt, is featured in the hit song “Mellow Yellow”. “I’m just mad about Saffron, she’s just mad about me.”
Sage is a unisex family name also spelled Saige or Sayge. It means spice, herb or prophet. In Dutch the name means myth or legend. As an herb there are over 750 different varieties of sage. Many believe that the plant sage has special healing or cleansing properties. Historically Sage is “the wise one” or a person with profound wisdom beyond their years.
Sage could also be named for the shortened version of the astrological sign Sagittarius. Sagittarians are the biggest travellers amongst the zodiac. They are outgoing, optimistic, curious, energetic, and embrace change. Babies born in late November can be named after their star sign which is between November 22 and December 21.
Nicknames used for Sage include: Sagie, Say, Sarge, Gage or Ace.
In the United States the name Sage recently rated as 370 in popularity for girls and 648 for baby boy names.
Sally is the smart and kind hearted creation and love interest of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Sally is a Hebrew baby name that means princess and comes from the pet version of the name Sara, and is now an independent name, with most people not knowing it comes from Sara.
The name Sally was very popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but tapered off since that time and still remains a fairly rare name today, however is currently seeing a resurgence in Sweden where it is now a top 100 name.
“For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.” – Jack and Sally, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Sally was a main character in the hit, classic, When Harry Met Sally and the daughter of Don Draper in the hit show Mad Men. Other famous Sally’s include Astronaut Sally Ride, and actors Sally Field and Sally Struthers.
Beautiful fall colors are a sign of fall in North America, and parents may find some inspiration in a name that matches the rainbow beauty around them. Sienna is a reddish brown earth tone clay used in pigments and originates from an Italian name within a Tuscany town, Siena. Another meaning for the little girl’s name is delicate.
The name Sienna was not used for baby girls until the 1900’s and wasn’t used much until the 1980’s – and recently, reaching the 9th most popular name in Australia in 2014. It’s only a matter of time before the name becomes popular in North America!
The name is featured as one of the 64 pack of Crayola Crayons and also has been released as a car, the Toyota Sienna minivan.
Grey skies are bound to clear up in autumn with the cheery baby name. The name Stormy has an English origin meaning tempest, but can also be representative of a rain cloud. It is the perfect name to represent the unpredictability in autumn weather and is a perfect match with a more traditional first or middle name.
Although mostly a baby girl’s name, Stormy can be used for a brooding little gentleman as well with many people confirming a trend towards using Storm for a boy and Stormy for a girl.
“For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.” Christina
Storm is a superhero in the Marvel Comics series X-Men. Motley Crue’s Bassist, Nikki Sixx named his daughter Storm Brieanne Sixx.
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