Girls' names meaning "dawn" - Aubeline?

(66 Posts)
BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:07:48

Looking for a girl's name that means dawn.

I actually quite like Dawn.

Don't want to use Aurora, just not for me.

I do like Ayelet, "dawn hind/gazelle" in Hebrew.

Stumbled across Aubeline, which allegedly means dawn in French but is potentially way too much like aubergine.


GinSoakedMu1berryLush Sat 08-Dec-12 21:10:12

Alba is spanish for dawn and is used as a name there.

la madrugada also means dawn though! hmmm.

Aubeline is abit ........ strange.

Aurora is terrible. Sorry. Really awful.


EqualsX Sat 08-Dec-12 21:11:24


Yika Sat 08-Dec-12 21:12:03

Aubergine - well that's actually quite pretty - you could start a trend!! :D

I seem to recall that Roxane/Roxana means Dawn.

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:12:32

No, I don't like Aurora either! I was trying to be polite about it.

Aubeline is a bit strange, isn't it.

I don't like Alba either, sorry. It's a good thought and I know many like it but to me it is "albumen".....

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:13:44

Oh I'm difficult. Aurelia sounds terrible with our surname. And Roxanne is a great Police song, but I couldn't use it....

Welovecouscous Sat 08-Dec-12 21:15:50

Why not compromise and go for something related to dawn?

So, on a light theme then:

Lucy - light
Lucia - light
Lucille - light
Lucinda - light
Stella - star
Clara - clear / bright
Estrella - star
Seren - star

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:19:13

I like the light theme, and had thought Lucienne. But will it just end up Lucy? Which is a perfectly nice name, but lacks the wow factor I'm looking for.

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:22:03

DH has dismissed both Stella and Estrella on the grounds of beer. And he hates Estella and Estelle.

Clara - I've read Heidi to DD1 too many times.

Seren - nice but not for me. Tis a bit plain sounding for my taste, although I understand why it is well liked.

MrsMerryMeeple Sat 08-Dec-12 21:22:48
seeker Sat 08-Dec-12 21:23:02

Names don't need to have the "wow" factor. The baby will have that in spades!

MrsMerryMeeple Sat 08-Dec-12 21:23:48
expatinscotland Sat 08-Dec-12 21:25:57

What's wrong with 'Dawn'?

ISeeSmallPeople Sat 08-Dec-12 21:27:12
Welovecouscous Sat 08-Dec-12 21:29:52

What about Lucia - unusual, beautiful and has a good meaning?

ISeeSmallPeople Sat 08-Dec-12 21:31:00

Or Luciana?

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Sat 08-Dec-12 21:31:40

yeah, Dawn would be brave.

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:32:04

Thanks for the links Mrs.

Seeker, I know. I know wow factor sounds stupid.

And I do like Dawn, I really do. I think it is graceful and elegant. But I have a slight funny feeling about using it as my mother's cousin was called Dawn and she died of leukemia as a teenager. This was long before I was born ; DM was only about 20 at the time. I just don't know whether it might be strange/upsetting for both DM and DGM to hear the name used again. I don't know. I don't really want to ask. I don't know why.

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Sat 08-Dec-12 21:32:10

but what i meant was why not dawn.
Only ever known one dawn and she was lovely

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:34:43

Hmmm Sheherezade: kill at dawn (according to one of those links). Nice.....

FunnyBird Sat 08-Dec-12 21:34:47

I think the Welsh for Dawn is Gwawr. Lovely name. I know one, and she is lovely too. But you probably have to be a bit welsh to use it.

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Sat 08-Dec-12 21:35:20

so true about the wow factor seeker. although i love my daughter,she's actually very sensible, practical, average height, quite good at everything, brilliant at nothing but bad at nothing, still though; very confident, argumentitive, such a good negotiatior, she loves company and sees the humour in everything. She comes up to me and gives me a hug when I'm stressed. I'm not sure a 'wow' name would have suited her as much as her actual name suits her.

I do remember being pregnant though!!!

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:36:12

Am I over thinking the family history with Dawn?

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Sat 08-Dec-12 21:36:31

Gwawr! You'd have to be welsh yes!

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Sat 08-Dec-12 21:37:52

I think Dawn as a middle name and the name you love as the first name!
Because Dawn is quite simple it would be a perfect middle name really.

FrancesFarmer Sat 08-Dec-12 21:39:15

You may be over-thinking it, BackInMetropolis.

My dd has the same name as her great-great grandmother and people have said they like hearing it again.

Inclusionist Sat 08-Dec-12 21:42:36

I love Iola. 'Violet coloured dawn', how beautiful.

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 21:48:35

Ah Mulberry, you've just reminded me that I'm using Joy as a middle name for family reasons.

So, on the topic of over thinking, doesn't Dawn Joy sound rather like Morning Glory or have I got not only an over thinking but also a low thinking mind?? Poor DD2.....

Welovecouscous Sat 08-Dec-12 21:49:16

I can see why you aren't sure about using dawn - that would worry me a bit too. Maybe speak to your dm?

Inclusionist Sat 08-Dec-12 21:54:06

Yes, Dawn Joy sounds like Morning Glory!

Iola Joy on the other hand.. lovely! wink

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 22:02:39

Inclusionist do you say Eye-ola or Ee-ola?

V pretty meaning but it's slightly alliterative with our surname. Glad to see I'm not alone in the dubious connotations thought. Can't believe I didn't make the connection until now. I'm probably too tired and hormonal to be in charge of naming anything at this point......

serin Sat 08-Dec-12 22:34:04

Lark? They get up early.

Dont forget to get someone to take a picture of the daybreak on her first day.


BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 22:46:56

The reason I've got dawn on my brain is that DD2 represents a new start, after a truly shitful few years. Of course she'll be her own brand new person, and not saddled with the grimness and crap of the past, but she's been forged from it in her own way. And I'd really like to find a name that captures a sense of the dawning of a new era for my little family, which has been just me and DD1 for quite some time now.

I'm open to and grateful for any ideas....

Yika Sat 08-Dec-12 22:53:18


Yika Sat 08-Dec-12 22:54:34

Paige (as in, turning the page)

seeker Sat 08-Dec-12 22:58:19

Felicity Joy

seeker Sat 08-Dec-12 22:58:57

Gloria Joy

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 22:59:15

Another idea is Vita, life.

Although dh's comment was "Ry-"

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 23:03:44

Is Gloria really usable? Part of me loves it. The other part thinks Laura Branigan, redeemed by Van Morrison. I love his Gloria, always have.

BackInMetropolis Sat 08-Dec-12 23:14:15

Gloria Joy?

Gloriana Joy?

Our last name starts with G. Am I onto something or have I lost the plot? Just now, those names feel uplifting, positive and powerful.

But I am mindful of the hormones.

Welovecouscous Sat 08-Dec-12 23:37:14

I love Aviva - Spring/renewal in Hebrew
Anastasia means resurrection in Greek

seeker Sat 08-Dec-12 23:40:56

Not Gloriana- that's Elizabeth 1.

But I think Gloria'a a goer.

I'm afraid Aviva is q rail company........

Welovecouscous Sat 08-Dec-12 23:41:56

Isn't that Arriva, Seeker?

juneybean Sat 08-Dec-12 23:44:39


Yika Sat 08-Dec-12 23:49:26

Vita is lovely. So is Zoe, which also means life.

seeker Sat 08-Dec-12 23:49:59

Oh sorry, yes. Aviva's the insurance company!

FloozieTinsel Sun 09-Dec-12 00:22:10

Iola is pronounced Yo-la with a short 'o' sound (not like yo-yo). If you know how the football manager Martin Jol's surname is pronounced, the 'yo' part is the same as the 'jo' bit.

I think having a relative who died young in sad circumstances would put me off a particular name even though I'm not remotely superstitious. Just because of the association if you know what I mean.


On the light theme - Chiara? Italian (key-ar-ah) meaning clear, bright.

Good luck!

MoelFammau Sun 09-Dec-12 02:39:31

Vivienne Joy
Vita Joy

Dowan is an old variant of Dawn...

mathanxiety Sun 09-Dec-12 04:48:40

Olivia is a name signifying a new start and a promise of better times ahead -- the dove sent out from Noah's ark plucked an olive sprig which told Noah that the floodwaters had receded and life could resume on land.

Esperanza means hope. There is also Hope.

Zora (Balkan area), Tsura and Tsuritsa (Romani) mean 'light of dawn'

Zaria means 'morning star' or 'sunrise'

I love Vivienne Joy and Vita Joy.

mathanxiety Sun 09-Dec-12 04:49:37

You can't have Hope Joy even if it is Christmas smile

mathanxiety Sun 09-Dec-12 04:52:52

I like Gloria too.

cuillereasoupe Sun 09-Dec-12 07:13:30

Aube is French for dawn, and a lovely name in its own right. Otherwise, on the Lucy theme, I used to know a Lucina (Loo-chee-na).

seeker Sun 09-Dec-12 08:00:01

Go for Gloria Joy.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 09-Dec-12 08:13:34

Oriana is dawn I think?
And Zara means to blossom .

BackInMetropolis Sun 09-Dec-12 09:24:32

I've woken up feeling really positive and excited about Gloria!

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Sun 09-Dec-12 09:27:20

I like Gloria Joy too

iamabadger Sun 09-Dec-12 09:32:16

Do not call your child Gloria. The poor thing.

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Sun 09-Dec-12 09:38:04

I think the Gloria on Modern Family will make the name a little bit more mainstream.

Smeggnog Sun 09-Dec-12 09:56:03

Oriana - sunrise
Danica - morning star (think it's pron. Dan-eesha)
Lux - light

NotChristmasCarol Sun 09-Dec-12 14:41:39

I like Gloria Joy. It's different but not faddy, and it's got a lovely fresh feel. I'd do it.

sparklechops Sun 09-Dec-12 19:01:15

Gloria Joy is beautiful. Maggie Gyllenhaal has a baby daughter called Gloria so it's probably back in fashion!

EyeoftheStorm Sun 09-Dec-12 22:16:21

One of the meanings of Zara is 'radiant dawn'.

FriggFRIGG Sun 09-Dec-12 22:46:34

Gloria is lovely.

Vita is one of my favorite names though grin

BackInMetropolis Mon 10-Dec-12 14:21:42

I still like Gloria Joy!

I like Vita as well but for some reason it's not grabbing me for this baby.

Zara - I like, but I've got a very good friend with a 4yo Zara which feels a bit close to home

Lux - I feel I should like but, having grown up in Australia where I think the brand might have been bigger, it's still a soap to me

Oriana - love the look and sound, but there's the cruise ship dimension

Danica - not keen on this one; not sure why....

There have been some really great suggestions on this thread but Gloria Joy just has something about it, even though it's not remotely what I started off wanting!!

MoelFammau Mon 10-Dec-12 17:34:59

I like Gloria too.

So you're sorted! grin

BackInMetropolis Mon 10-Dec-12 23:32:39

Now all I need to do is push the baby out. Simples grin

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