There are some people who are just really into words, names, and sounds in general.
They can’t help but give thought to the interesting ways language develops and changes and is passed around the globe.
I am one of these people.
Maybe it’s that I’ve always been, inescapably, part word nerd, part poet. It’s just the way my brain was wired, I guess, and still is after all these years.
That’s why when I sat down to list out for you dear readers a rather extensive list of short and summery names, I — swear on the dictionary — quickly typed out something like 28, paused for a short few minutes, and then thought of a handful more.
Names are my thing. I gave so much careful thought to the first and middle monikers of my own two children. Countless walks around the neighborhood were spent brainstorming ideas with my husband or running through the various letters of the alphabet – again – just in case we might think of something we liked and had somehow forgotten to consider.
The point is, in case you didn’t pick up on it by now, that this is fun for me. And I’m not currently expecting myself, so I’ve channeled all my baby-naming energy into this list for you: 30 one-syllable baby names perfect for a summer baby.
Starting in springtime, there’s an eruption of color that lasts well into the warmer months in many places of the world.
Yep, when the weather turns warmer, the snow melts, and the baby birds begin to be born, it’s when many plants really begin to grow and start to bloom.
As a celebration of all this renewal of life, of warmth and sun and nature, why not choose something simple, sweet, and yet a tad sophisticated and even exotic?
Your little flower might just be that much cooler than all the rest because, well, her name is French, you know.
And after checking BehindTheName.com, I am assured that my memory did not fail me: This name is also that of a certain Harry Potter character, just in case that happens to make you fall in love with it even more.
NameBerry.com lays it out like this: “Fleur is a generic, delicate flower name that emigrated into the English-speaking world when John Galsworthy bestowed it on one of the Forsytes in his celebrated saga. More recently, there was Fleur Delacour, a French witch and the Beauxbatons champion for the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter. Fleur is currently Number 21 in Holland, home of the tulip and other fleurs. As for the literal translation, Flower, don't forget that it was the name of the little skunk in Bambi.”
If you, like the singer of the 1960 hit “Calendar Girls,” Neil Sedaka, love your calendar girls, then consider taking name inspiration from the actual months of summer. Clever, right?
May just may sound a bit old-fashioned, but then maybe that’s part of its special and pretty charm, eh?
You might also choose to spell it Mae or even Maye. So don’t think you can’t get a little creative or put your own special spin on this classic.
The name website BehindTheName.com has some history to share about this sweet, classic for a girl name:
They say it’s derived “from the name of the month of May, which derives from Maia, the name of a Roman goddess. May is also another name of the hawthorn flower. It is also used as a diminutive of Mary, Margaret, or Mabel.”
The beauty of it to me is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be interpreted as religious in any way.
If you like where that’s headed but don’t feel like you’re quite ready to call it quits on your name search, consider these variants, listed on that same site: Madge, Mae, Maggie, Mamie, Marge, Margie, Mariel, Marinda, Mayme, Meg, Peg, Peggie, Peggy, or Midge.
And of course the next way I will have to go with my whole calendar idea is to the other summer month that is just one sweet syllable: June.
What a cute little name for a cute little girl, right?
If you love lazy days at the beach, walks in the warm, sunlit garden, swinging in hammocks, and swaying on the porch swing with lemonade in hand, I think I might have just stumbled upon the perfect little name for you.
Wikipedia.org says this of the summery moniker: “June is a female given name, but it is also used as a male given name in English-speaking countries.
It comes from the name of the month, which is derived from Juno, the name of a Roman goddess.
It is also a short form of the names Juniper, Junia, Junius and Junior.”
I think it has such a unique sound in the way that it rolls of the tongue, and it also seems like one that young children might have less trouble learning to pronounce than some other names. (That’s also part of the beauty of the single-syllable name, in general, to me.)
Maybe your baby is due to be born in this month, it’s when you met your man, or you just really like all things summery!
27 Ray / Rae
Maybe your little boy is the perfect little Ray of sunshine, or perhaps your baby girl is destined to be the Rae of light in your life, even on your darkest days.
If you happen to be particularly religious, isn’t there something about the rays of light shining down from heaven, something to do with God? So hey, maybe there’s also that!
Ancestry.com sheds some, ahem, light on the subject (sorry, I couldn’t help it…): The name is apparently English and “of Norman origin.”
It’s a “nickname denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities, from Old French rey, roy ‘king.’ Occasionally this was used as a personal name.”
In English, the site says there are these associations: It’s a “nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ray ‘female roe deer’ or northern Middle English ray ‘roebuck.’”
It’s, the site continues, a “habitational name, a variant spelling of Wray.” In Scottish, it’s “reduced and altered form of McRae.”
As far as French, it’s “from a noun derivative of Old French raier, ‘to gush, stream, or pour,’ hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a spring or rushing stream, or a habitational name from a place called Ray.”
Well, aren’t I clever? What could be more summery than the sun itself? I like it. Don’t you?
I have never yet personally met a person named Sun, and maybe that’s part of why I sort of enjoy it.
Whether you have met a Sun in your travels across this weird, wild earth or not, it might make you pause and consider whether it’s just the right name for your summer babe.
Hey, you could put a Latin spin on it and call the kid Sol, too. The sky (he he he…) is the limit!
Whether you’re obsessed with astronomy or just enjoy the feeling of being outside on a particularly bright and cloud-free day, perhaps just the thought of this short and simple name warms you up toward it…
All puns and various word jokes aside, though, there are so many various interpretations and variants on this summery theme.
The name website NameBerry.com has some info on the more international origins of this single-syllable name: “The name Sun is a girl's name of Korean origin meaning "obedient." Sun … is often added to user-created lists like Turkish Girl Names and discussed in our forums…”
Then, they take it right back to where I was headed: “But to Westerners, it just means that huge glowing orb in the sky.”
Sometimes it’s Jon, and others, it’s John with an “H.” Sometimes, all of this depends on whether or not it’s a nickname for Jonathan.
Is it super original? Um, no.
But classic names tend to be classic for a reason.
They’re nice, they’re familiar. They’re passed down through families, inspired by beloved friends and mentors, and have amazing staying power.
Like so many other classic or slightly old-fashioned names out there, this one carries, of course, some biblical connotations, if you so choose to care about that facet of the moniker.
The naming website BabyNameWizard.com says the following about the short and simple name: It’s “derived from the Middle Latin Johannes, which is from the Ecclesiastic Late Latin Joannes, which is from the Greek Iōannes. Iōannes is Derived from the Hebrew Yonatan, a short form of Yehonatan which is derived from yehōnātān (Yahweh has given). The name is borne in the Bible by the eldest son of King Saul.”
The site goes on to include that variants of the name, of course, are Jonothan or Jonothon, while the short forms can be Jon and pet names can be Jonnie or Jonny.
It’s probably hard to avoid any particular associations from your own life, but maybe that doesn’t really matter because it’s just so good.
Sure, it’s often short for Nicholas or something similar, but how many people do you know who actually go by that long form of the name?
You might go with Nic, even, if you’re feeling spicy, or if that makes more sense to you with your particular cultural background.
This one just might have some summer Olympics connections, if you give it some careful thought. To see what I mean, check out what BabyNameWizard.com has to say about the cute and classic name:
It’s from “the Latin Nicolaus, a derivative of the Greek Nikolaos (victory of the people), a compound name composed of the elements nikē (victory) and Laos (the people).
The name was borne by St. Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop of Myra who is regarded as the patron saint of Russia and Greece, and of children, sailors, and wolves.”
So if you think of baseball or Olympic victories when you think of the summer season, the connection is definitely there.
And although this list is about summer, there’s always that wintery connection, if you like it: The same site says, “Due to the renown of Saint Nicholas, this name has been widely used in the Christian world and has been common in England since the 12th century, though it became a bit less popular after the Protestant Reformation.”
When I think of summer, I think of the sun, and surely, I am not alone in this association. Longer days and warmer weather mean plenty of exposure to those golden rays.
And what does the sun do? Why, it goes up and down every day (or around in an orbit), at sunrise and sunset.
And what is another, quite pretty and feminine, word for sunrise? Dawn.
Do you see what I did there?
Something funny just happened to me, here, too, and I’ll try to explain. When I thought of “Dawn,” I pictured a pretty and tan young woman with long, blonde hair – very summery indeed, and instantly had the sense that many others in my generation would somehow do the same.
Then I realized why… After a quick google, my suspicions were confirmed: Dawn was the name of one of the members of The Baby-Sitter’s Club.
Amazon.com confirmed it for me, and reminded me of a title that I surely had a used paperback version of: The synopsis for Dawn and the Impossible Three reads, “Dawn Schafer is the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club. While she's still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook after moving from sunny California, she's eager to accept her first big job. But taking care of the three Barrett kids would be too much for any baby-sitter.”
Some roses, apparently, only bloom in the spring or fall, so I guess for those varieties, you could say that the summer season is significant in that it requires a period of being without their beauty, of patiently waiting for their luscious petals to return again.
However, the blog at ArborGate.com says that “Most modern roses sold today bloom somewhat regularly throughout the growing season,” and to me, the growing season means all of those warmer months.
But do we really need to get all that technical when forming associations between something so fragrant, romantic, and lovely and one of the most romantic, warm, and magical seasons of the year – summer?
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, sure, but would it be as pretty and quaint of a name?
You might even be able to find an earlier “Rose” to pay homage to if you look back at the matriarchs in your own family tree. Who knows!
It’s cute, it’s a classic, and it’s a perfect fit for a perfect little beauty of a girl baby.
BabyCenter.com suggests these related names, too, in case you sort of like Rose: “Grace, Violet, Charlotte, Hazel, Scarlett, Lily, Ava, Amelia, Emma, Olivia, Rosalie, Ruby.”
You’re out in the late evening, staring up at that summer sky. It’s a time for romance, a time to dream, and a time to wonder, or simple to be content in the current moment. (This is all just my poetic association with stargazing, but I have a feeling it’s something quite universal. Can you dig it?)
Your little one might just be destined to be a Star, whether she actually becomes ultra-famous in life or not.
It’s pretty, it’s interesting, and it’s not yet overused, not in the population I’ve encountered so far, anyway.
A little girl with this name might be fittingly bright, and she might really stand out from the rest of the crowd. Who knows!
NameBerry.com says that the “experts” would say, “Most parents today would prefer the softer-sell Stella.”
I don’t know about that, though.
I think the interesting factor might just be too tempting for some modern parents to pass up… but that’s just my opinion.
Whether or not you’re super interested in the solar system, Star might be a name that you find to be, quite frankly, out of this world.
Just be prepared, I’d say, for your kid and others to not be able to form that ending “R” for a few years.
Maybe it sounds sort of hippy-dippy to you – and you love it. Perhaps it has romantic connotations, like lying in a field and watching the clouds roll by as you hold your lover’s hand in happy silence.
The summer sky is something to be cherished, to be sure. After all, there’s no snow falling from it, and apparently, that can become sort of tiresome for people in during winter in many places of the world.
It could be short for Skyler. It could be a boy – but I’d say it could also very well be a little girl. It’s one of those nicely gender-ambiguous names, and yet I’d never considered it to sound overly feminine, I don’t think if it was given to a little boy.
It’s simple. It is easy to say (which is nice for toddlers and young kids, in particular). You probably won’t ever have to repeat yourself upon introducing your tot to new company, as it is clear and concise as far as names go.
And yet it’s also sort of interesting and unique.
OhBabyNames.com says, “Sky is an English vocabulary word signifying the uncertain distance high above us or the upper regions of the air. The English word is a modern mutation of the Old Saxon ‘scio’ borrowed from the Old Norse ‘ský’ meaning ‘cloud.’”
I bet I don’t have to sell this one these days. With the live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast recently released, Belle is back in full force once again.
Perhaps she’s beautifully adorning your toddler’s PJs, or currently playing in your minivan as your husband drives your family to an amusement park.
Seriously, though, what’s better for a little girl, in our society… than a name that means “beauty”?
Maybe you love the band Scottish Belle and Sebastian… There’s a completely different interpretation for you.
Or perhaps you think of a bell, as in a pleasant and magical little chiming sounds tinkling pleasantly through the air.
Dude, I’m sort of selling myself on this name, myself!
It’s just so pretty. It’s just so classic. It’s just so… French! What’s not to love?
And for a girl born in a comfortable and beautiful season, how about a name that is all things beautiful?
It’s just so fitting.
Someone at BabyNameWizard.com brought up the idea of the “Southern belle, a refined woman from the southern United States” and that this lovely name can also “be short for Isabel, Isabella, Isobelle, Arabella, Maybelle, Belinda, or any name containing the -bel element.”
Does summer make you think of filling idle time with friends and family around the card table? Maybe that’s sort of an old-fashioned or Midwestern thing – or maybe not.
For your boy of summer, why not go with something simple, short, and easy to love?
The baby name site OhBabyNames.com has quite a lot to offer about this nice little name. They say, “Ace developed into a given name by way of a nickname. The word ‘ace’ is quite obviously the English vocabulary word for the highest (and sometimes lowest) ranking card in a standard deck of playing cards. It is also a colloquial term used for a person who excels at something; someone who is “number one” or tops. This is derived from the ace representing a one in card games… Ace is ultimately derived from the Latin “as” meaning a ‘single unit’… Today most people associate the word Ace with high levels of excellence achievable by only a very few. The word has been used to describe a heroic pilot (Flying Ace), an un-returnable tennis serve, the best starting pitcher on a baseball team, a perfect test score, and a sure victory (ace in the hole). … [Naming] your kid Ace exhibits a fair amount of confidence and pride.”
Though I’ve mainly met boys named Brett in my modern life, I can’t forget a certain tragic female figure from one of my favorite novels from Hemmingway, as well.
For the bright days of summer, why not go with Brett for your summer baby?
In case you are considering it for a girl, know that some find it lovely and interesting, but here’s what one girl who was actually named Brett had to say about it in a comment on BehindTheName.com:
“My name is Brett and I'm a girl. I used to hate my name because people made fun of me … But then people matured as I got older and I got lots of compliments and I started to like my name. I've only met one other girl with the name Brett and plenty of guys. … I like it because it's unique. I've learned to embrace it…”
As far as the moniker’s meaning, SheKnows.com has plenty to share, including, “The name Brett is an English baby name. In English, the meaning of the name Brett is: A native of Brittany: (France) or Britain: (England). Derived from the surname Breton or Briton, Brett and Bret became popular first names after 19th-century U.S. writer Bret Harte. Brett became very popular in Australia in the mid 20th century.”
16 Cane / Kane
This is a name that has many cultural connections, indeed.
First of all, this is what NameBerry.com has to say about the meaning of the masculine name: “The name Kane is a boy's name of Welsh, Japanese, [and] Hawaiian origin meaning ‘warrior.’” So there’s that.
They include, also, that the “experts” have the following to say about it:
“A name of multiple identities: a somewhat soap-operatic single-syllable surname, a homonym for the biblical bad boy Cain, and, when found in Japan and Hawaii, it transforms into the two syllable KA-neh. Kane also has multiple meanings: in Welsh, it's ‘beautiful’; in Japanese, ‘golden’; and in Hawaiian, ‘man of the Eastern sky.’”
The biblical connotations, as well as the classic American movie Citizen Kane, are what come to mind for me, even if I’m absolutely no expert on either of these topics.
You can pick your spelling, as well as which associations you choose to include in your reasoning for picking this short, simple stunner.
You might even think of sweet sugar cane in the Southern summer. Apparently, my associations with harvesting being done in the summer are correct: BundySugar.com says that “Sugar cane grows for 12 to 16 months before being harvested between June and December each year.”
This name very well might be a great way to honor your Nordic heritage – as well as a sweet and simple yet quite dignified, if you ask me, name for your summer babe.
What’s interesting about this one, in fact, is the different meaning that the monosyllabic name holds in all of the various cultures.
The baby name site SheKnows.com breaks it down quite nicely. It includes that “In English the meaning of the name Dane is: Brook,” and also that it is “from the surname Dane, meaning 'From Denmark.’” It has similar Danish, American, Norse, and Scandinavian meanings, which makes perfect sense.
The site includes that it’s a Hebrew baby name, as well, meaning, “God will judge.”
So perhaps it makes you think of a babbling brook on a warm summer day, out camping or fishing with your family.
It could even make you recall (or simply dream of going on, someday) that trip to Europe one summer.
OhBabyNames.com says, “Dane made his debut on the American male popularity charts in 1945. … Today, the name remains at levels where it’s still considered familiar but not even bestowed upon 700 baby boys each year. Dane is a great name for people who appreciate their Danish heritage… It’s a simple, straight-forward, one-syllable, confident name. It also makes us think of Great Danes, the ‘gentle giant’ breed of dogs.”
I like this interesting and short name, and maybe that’s because I have fairly positive associations with it based on the people I’ve met in my own life. Funny how inescapable that is, huh?
The baby name site SheKnows.com says the following of the male moniker: “The name Drew is a Scottish baby name. In Scottish, the meaning of the name Drew is: Manly. From the Greek Andrew.” The site continues that the first name “[has] long been a popular Scottish name, because St. Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland after whom the town of St. Andrews was named.”
Again, it might just take you back to your summer holiday spent exploring different cultures in Western Europe.
It also might bring to mind a manly, healthy man, and I know I associate healthfulness, strength, and vivaciousness with that superb season called summer.
The site Ancestry.com has much to say on the origin of this old name, including something in a similar vein to what I was touching on above: “English (of Norman origin): nickname from Middle English dreue, dru, Old French dru, ‘favorite,’ ‘lover’ (originally an adjective, apparently from a Gaulish word meaning ‘strong’, ‘vigorous,’ ‘lively,’ but influenced by the sense of the Old High German element trut, drut ‘dear’, ‘beloved’).”
Well it is the name of a long-running magazine, as a quick Google search reminded me just now, but it’s also quite a nice little name, airy and light like a summer breeze.
Wikipedia.org explains the following of the sweet little moniker’s meaning: “Elle is a female name, which is usually pronounced ‘Ell,’ but is sometimes pronounced ‘Ellie.’ It derives from the French pronoun "elle," meaning ‘she.’ The name can also be a shortened version of names such as Eloise, Elizabeth, Eliza, Felicia, Amelia, Danielle, Gabrielle, and Eleanor.”
So that sort of presents you with an entire other world of options right there.
Elle could be the easy, breezy nickname that your summer daughter uses when she so chooses, while one of the longer names listed above could serve as her formal name on paper.
It’s always good to have options, right?
Or maybe it’s not, and maybe it’s nice to just keep things as simple as a summer day in childhood. Elle — one syllable — it is…?
Want to hear what the crowds think? Here’s what commenters at SheKnows.com had to say: “Elle Woods is the character played by Reece Witherspoon in Legally Blonde,” notes one. Others note that it’s the first name of a few famous models and actresses of the last few decades.
I think this sounds like one of the ultimate classic, old-school American names. And I hope this doesn’t ruin this for you or anything, but the first thing that comes to mind for me, I think, is the cartoon character Hank Hill from TV’s King of the Hill. There are certainly loveable and endearing things about this modern Southern everyman… so don’t let this, alone, dissuade you if you kind of love the name Hank.
BehindtheName.com lists some of that helpful info in understanding more about the name and where it comes from. The site says the name was
“[originally] a short form of Hankin, which was a medieval diminutive of John. Since the 17th century in the United States, this name has also been used as a diminutive of Henry, probably under the influence of the Dutch diminutive Henk. A famous bearer is the American former baseball player Hank Aaron…”
Now, can you get more “summer” than baseball and Americana? Maybe, but I see some clear warm-season associations here, to be sure.
SheKnows.com has something to add regarding the name’s meaning: “The name Hank is a Teutonic baby name. In Teutonic, the meaning of the name Hank is: Rules an estate.”
I think Jake is instantly summery for me because I can’t help but think of ’90s ska / punk band Less than Jake, and what’s more summery than pop-y ska? Envision a summer festival or the radio in the car blasting loud with the windows down.
But no matter what decade you romanticize yourself, you might care to check out what OhBabyNames.com has to say about this boy’s name: “The name Jake comes from Middle English as a variant of Jack and another pet form of John (in Scotland, they used Jock). John is derived from the Hebrew name ‘Johahah,’ meaning ‘God is gracious.’ However, Jake is also considered a nickname or short form of Jacob.”
The site continues, “Jake has always been a pet form of John and Jacob, but American parents are using the name as a stand-alone. Given its nickname origins, Jake is an extremely informal name. It’s one syllable, snappy and strong, for sure; but it’s always an option for parents who secure more traditional names like John or Jacob and then use Jake as a nickname. We recommend parents offer their child that flexibility; what harm could it do? There’s no place else to go with Jake. Then again, therein lies its attraction, perhaps.”
The baby name site NameBerry.com simply explains the meaning behind this cute and classic name: “The name Jack is a boy's name of English origin meaning ‘God is gracious.’”
No matter what your particular religious beliefs, if any at all, isn’t summer an easy time to feel like the powers that be, or the universe, or random chance, or whatever has indeed resulted in something to be quite thankful for?
The weather is warm, they days are long, and people come together outside in nature to bask in and appreciate it all. Ahh… It’s all very nice, isn’t it?
It’s a simple thing, the stuff of nursery rhymes about a little boy and a little girl going up a hill to fetch a pail of water, a simple young man climbing up a bean stock who ends up saving the day, and many other old rhymes and tales.
OhBabyNames.com focuses on the extreme and long-lasting popularity of the title: “Given the name’s long history on the American popularity charts, we’d call it a modern classic. It has a snappy one-syllable sound that’s strong and manly. It’s cute for a little boy, but ages nicely into adulthood. It’s the quintessential male name…”
Now, what is more summery than an island? In case you have no idea what I am talking about, let’s now explore the meaning and history behind this interesting, short name.
OhBabyNames.com breaks it down thusly:
“Lyle is the transferred use of an Anglo-Norman surname derived from a place name; in this case, from the Norman French word L'isle meaning, quite literally, ‘the island.’ … The French borrowed this word from the Latin ‘insula’ (island) which has been theoretically connected to ‘salo’ meaning ‘(that which is) in the sea’ (from salum ‘the open sea’). … The modern surname Lyle is a result of the French ‘le’ (the) becoming fused with ‘isle.’”
The name site continues that “It’s unclear what prompted usage of Lyle as a given name (from a surname), but such naming practices were already in full swing by the 19th century… Lyle has been around long enough now that it feels more like a first name than a last name.”
In case you aren’t convinced of the summery-ness by the whole island thing, then how about this, also included on the same name site? “Lyle has that same sort of ‘cool kid’ quality to him that we can’t quite put our finger on.”
And what’s cooler than the summer?
For those summers spent at camp, on the boat at the lake with friends, and generally enjoying a leisurely lifestyle, how about the short and simple name Lane?
The baby names site OhBabyNames.com offers this on the modern interpretation of the moniker (we’ve cleaned up some punctuation here as in other quotes in this article):
“It’s a sweet and simple choice — another example of a snappy, one-syllable name. This name is neither particularly masculine nor feminine, so it seems to work on either gender. However, it is far more popular for boys and therefore considered more of a male name.”
The site continues with some opinionated advice: “As a parent, there is something you should consider when selecting this name: It’s ripe for schoolyard bullying, such as ‘Lame Lane’ or ‘Insane Lane.’ This is a name that eventually grows on you, but there’s something about it that lacks pizzazz and substantial interest, although it does have a certain ‘preppy’ quality. Lane. It’s almost too simplistic — but perhaps therein lies its appeal.”
As simple as a summer’s day?
It’s something you can stroll casually down (the lane).
The same names site says, “Lane is the transferred use of an English surname with English, French, and Irish roots.”
OhBabyNames.com offers some guesses about the origin of this unique “Z” name, but they also offer up an opinion about the personality tendencies of someone named Zane.
They site paints this picture for readers to consider:
“The number one personality is a leader — strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. [They] work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination.”
The site goes on to say, “They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles” and they “meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. … They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.”
So it might be fitting for a summer day filled with adventure, activity, and enthusiasm!
I personally think of Zane Lamprey, host of funny travel show Three Sheets and more.
It might be time to bring this name out as more than just a nickname.
OhBabyNames.com note that “Zeke is short for Ezekiel… a Biblical name borne by one of the Major Prophets from the Old Testament… The name is Hebrew in origin and means ‘God strengthens.’ … Ezekiel has come to be known as a Prophet to the Exiles, and an important prophet in Jewish tradition. The name was also taken up by the Puritans during the Reformation and spread to America by way of the new colonies. Zeke developed as an English colloquial or pet form of Ezekiel.”
And so let’s note here that for some, summer is a time for the pilgrimage. Because of the whole exiles connection, Zeke might be interestingly fitting for a summer babe! Plus, it’s just sort of cool, is it not?
The names site continues, “Zeke has never really been used as an independently given name in America. This seemed odd to us. Considering Zach is quite commonplace for Zachariah and Jake for Jacob — why not the charming Zeke for the old-school Ezekiel? Zeke has only held positions on the U.S. Top 1000 list a couple times in the history of America. It’s hard not to like the name Zeke.”
5 Mark / Marc
I’m realizing that yes, there are simply a lot of one-syllable boy’s names. Wonder why that is? Maybe people like names or nicknames for boys in America that are short, strong, and straight-forward, due to our cultural values or something… That’s all just random conjecture on my part, though.
Plus, a lot of these short, simple, masculine names have very old and quite revered origins.
You might spell it with a “C,” or simply stick with the “K,” but whatever you do, you know that you’re selecting a baby name that’s a classic along with its variants the world over, as it has been for many, many years.
OhBabyNames.com offers up, “The name Mark is an anglicized version of the Latin name Marcus, which is one of the oldest of Roman forenames. In fact, back in antiquity and the classical era, Marcus was one of only a dozen or so given names used for boys.”
They include, also that “The etymological origin of the name is not certain. It likely comes from one of two places. The first is Mars, the Roman god of war and perhaps means ‘consecrated to the god Mars’ and thus a warrior. The second is from the Latin adjective ‘mas’ meaning ‘male, virile’ which connects nicely with Mars anyway.”
Does anyone else associate virility (having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive, as defined ag Google.com) with the summer season?
It’s sort of like Michael, a handsome classic, to be certain, and yet different. There’s more going on than just that.
The baby names site SheKnows.com explains
the various meanings of the name across different cultures, and most include something to the effect of that the name Mick (either in English, Irish, or Hebrew) is an abbreviation of Michael and Micah, which are connected to the meaning “Who is like God.”
The same site uses numerology to offer an opinion about the possible personality associations with the name Mick. They say that “People with this name tend to be passionate, compassionate, intuitive, romantic, and to have magnetic personalities. They are usually humanitarian, broadminded and generous, and tend to follow professions where they can serve humanity. Because they are so affectionate and giving, they may be imposed on. They are romantic and easily fall in love, but may be easily hurt and are sometimes quick-tempered.”
Does all of this remind anyone else out there of summer love?
Whether you urge folks to use Mick as a nickname for Michael or Micah or actually choose it as your summer son’s given name, it might be the simple name with pep you come to love.
Baby names site SheKnows.com offers up this as the meaning of this short and playful-sounding name: “The name Tag is an Irish baby name. In Irish, the meaning of the name Tag is: Handsome.”
The same site also includes that “In Teutonic, the meaning of the name Tag is: Day.”
What’s more summery than the day?
In this beautiful season, the days are longer than they are for the entire rest of the year.
I don’t know about you guys, but one of the only Tags I’ve ever encountered was the character on friends whom Rachel hired, against her better judgment, to be her personal assistant because he was, quite frankly, a tasty dish, to put it in ’90s-sitcom speak.
But don’t worry, even that character is a handsome and loveable guy with a kind personality and a good heart.
I also personally think of the game… as in, “Tag! You’re it!”
Little kids running outside in an open field or on a grassy lawn is one of the more summery images I think I’ve ever pictured.
I’m glad to include this one here for you today because it’s unique, it’s playful, and I bet you hadn’t thought about it just yet during your baby name search.
Ancestry.com helps to explain some of the history behind this quite modern-sounding name: The site says that in English, the moniker is the nickname or metonymic occupational name, from the “Anglo-Norman French l’eveske ‘the bishop,’ which was wrongly taken for le vesk. This in turn became Vesk, and later Veck or Vick.”
They say, also, that the North German name is a “variant of Fick.”
Who knew? I would have just guessed that it was short for Victor or something!
Baby names site SheKnows.com includes that the Latin meaning of the name Vick is “conqueror,” while the French meaning is apparently “from the village.”
I like how through summery pursuits such as travel and conquest and things getting lost in translation, words are changed and spread.
With all of these various (and perhaps even conflicting?) meanings, I know I am personally getting a little confused.
So let’s reel it back in to focus on what a nicely SHORT and SIMPLE name Vick really and truly is.
In case you have fun picturing what the personality of a “Vick” might be envisioned to be like, SheKnows.com ventures, “People with this name tend to be passionate, compassionate, intuitive, romantic, and to have magnetic personalities…”
What a wild adventure we’ve had running through a whole slew of single-syllable and arguably quite summer-specific names for you to peruse!
I do certainly hope that you’ve been inspired, or amused, or that one name has led you to research or maybe even fall in love with another…
Names are a special thing, to be sure, and it can be so fun to choose the perfect one for your very own child.
Now, with Bart, I know, I know… Bart Simpson. But that is just one (insanely long-running) animated show, and they can’t be the only ones to enjoy the use of the name forevermore, now can they?
So let’s get into it now with the name’s meaning and all that good stuff, the better for you to consider it carefully.
BabyNameWizard.com offers up that the name is from
“the Middle English Bartelmeus, a cognate of the Late Latin Bartholomaeus, which is from the Greek Bartholomaios (son of Talmai). Talmai is an Aramaic name meaning "hill, mound, furrows."
The name is borne in the Bible by one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ.” And of course, there’s also that the short form of the name is Bart.
Whether you think of the mound that is your growing belly during pregnancy leading to the birth of your summer baby or the hill that you must climb (labor and childbirth) in order to meet him, Bart might be just the perfect pick.