Spring names for girls?

(75 Posts)
aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 14:40:41

Trying a different tack as still stuck with names! Our DD will born in April, so I thought maybe a Spring-related name. Some we've considered:

Persephone - but we have a friend called that already.
Olwen - (Welsh goddess of flowers and springtime) - I like but DP not keen.
Freya - (Nordic fertility Goddess linked with spring growth and flowers) DP loves but I'm not keen as very popular not so long ago
Maia - (Spring goddess) - lovely name but very Maya is popular and a friend's DC called this already

Generally we like Celtic and more unusual names (we have Welsh and Scottish heritage) - not so keen on popular names like Lily, Rose, Iris, April etc.

I'd be grateful fro any help, I'm sure her name is out there somewhere but atm I'm stumped!
TIA smile

Takver Mon 11-Feb-13 14:49:09

Eirlys (Snowdrop) - I love this and think it would work fine anywhere

Trickier for pronounciation but still pretty
Llinos (Linnet)
Enfys (Rainbow)

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 14:55:41

Thanks for the suggestions smile

The English - well, and Scottish DP come to that - would struggle with the Ll sound, which is a shame as Llinos is lovely.

Eirlys is nice, but April's a but late for snowdrops isn't it? Maybe if she's very fair ... (my Dsis's middle name means "snowy" in Welsh incidentally).

Enfys, will mull that one, thanks smile

gindrinker Mon 11-Feb-13 15:04:01

How about willow? Rose? Fleur? Fearne?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 11-Feb-13 16:09:31

How exciting!

I would have suggested Olwen but as that's out...

Antheia was a Greek goddess of spring.
Ayida was Haitian gooddess of rainbows.

Bit 'out there' but once knew someone called Jonquil. A small pretty fragrant yellow flower that blooms in March/April.

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 16:12:25

I quite like Willow, it's a lovely name, but it's not "the one!"

Rhubarbgarden Mon 11-Feb-13 16:13:12

How about Avril? French for April and very pretty.

dubai71 Mon 11-Feb-13 16:17:53

Rhubarb beat me to it- 2nd vote for Avril here smile Whilst French in origin, lots of Scottish Avrils (but NOT common- only 3 registered in Scotland in 2011 (not in top 100 for England or Wales that year)).

MERLYPUSS Mon 11-Feb-13 16:29:25

Maia was Bhuddah's mum I was told when expecting DTs. Dunno if that's the same spelling though.

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 18:33:23

Some lovely suggestions here, but still not "the one"!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 11-Feb-13 19:11:18

I guess Easter or Ester (Persian meaning 'star') is out of the question?

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 19:16:12

[Grin] Donkey, you assume right. Although I did consider Ostara briefly!

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 19:16:27

or grin even!

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 19:18:01

Oh, I didn't notice you said Ester too. I really like it but have an adult friend Ester so it would seem weird.

You've reminded me actually, I did have a dream early on in the pregnancy where I dreamt we called her a star name (she was called both Estelle and Star in my dream).

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 11-Feb-13 19:25:54

No problem aufaniae!

Btw someone on another Baby Name thread is contemplating Stella.

Shybairns Mon 11-Feb-13 19:26:14

I love Persephone! Does it get shortened to Perci?

I love Freya too.

How about Flora?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 11-Feb-13 19:41:02

Intrigued now and dipping into the Internet, not necessarily Spring themes but unusual:
Seren (meaning star)
Adara (meaning beautiful)

dubai71 Mon 11-Feb-13 20:25:39

I like Seren. On the star theme, Altair? I knew a lovely girl with that name.

Ham69 Mon 11-Feb-13 20:31:37


Primrose? Or is that a bit cutesy? I can't decide grin

CheeseStrawWars Mon 11-Feb-13 20:40:23

Chloe means "green shoot", but may not be 'unusual' enough for your tastes
Florentina means "blossoming"
Yvonne means "yew"... they flower in spring
Danica means "morning star"
Cassiopeia is a girls name as well as a star

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 20:46:02

Donkey thanks smile you're on the right track, I love Seren but already know a baby Seren.

Can't possibly use Stella though! Pre-motherhood, I used to like a drink or seven two. When I started putting on weight I called my new fat belly my baby Stella, for quite some time!

Gimmeechocolate Mon 11-Feb-13 21:10:48

Pascale? (Meaning born at Easter)

amck5700 Mon 11-Feb-13 21:15:49

Stretching the brief a bit with some of these grin

Aibrean/Aibreann? - gaelic for April
Dymphna - Young Deer
Finscoth - Wine Blossom
Meriel - Bright as the Sea
Sorcha - Brightness/Light
Ula - Little Bear

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 21:31:28

I love Persephone too, but it's out as we know an adult one.

Dymphna would be following a theme - DS's name means little deer smile

Meriel's nice, will mull that one ...

Primrose is a bit cutesy, and Chloe's a bit mainstream, sorry grin

Quite like Pascal but she probably won't be born at Easter itself - unless she's early.

amck5700 Mon 11-Feb-13 21:57:23

Owena - yew born
Ayalah/Ayala/Ayla - means Deer in Hebrew

Duckegg80 Mon 11-Feb-13 22:03:17

Fiadh - pronounced fee-ah, Irish for 'little deer' -I think it's lovely

Duckegg80 Mon 11-Feb-13 22:13:19

Can also be spelt Fia if the 'dh' at the end is confusing, although I prefer it

MoppingMummy Mon 11-Feb-13 22:20:26

Nia / Nyah ( means purpose)

LeoandBoosmum Mon 11-Feb-13 22:23:52

What about Poppy? I also love Eponine too, though I don't think it's related to Spring... I like the name Aisling (pronounced Ashling) which means 'dream, vision, inspiration' in old Irish. Orla is Irish for 'golden woman'. I think Orla is really pretty and I've only ever heard the name once, Orla Kiely. I know you may not want to share the surname but I find that helpful as some names go with some surnames better than others...

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 22:30:31

Love Nia, however DS's name is taken from the same legend as Nia, they're lovers. (Some of you will know DS's name now!)
It'd be like calling your DCs Romeo and Juliet, I couldn't do it!

Orla, Aisling, Fiadh and Ayla all lovely, but not "the one" yet. (Picky aren't I, sorry!)

MidnightMasquerader Mon 11-Feb-13 22:31:22

Maybe stretching it a bit, but I think the name Eléa is really pretty - means 'light'.

Duckegg80 Mon 11-Feb-13 22:55:03

Ok I'll give you more Irish names as they are my particular thing

Niamh - pronounced like eve with an N in front, starts sounding like knee and then into eve - 'neeeve', means radiant
Aoibheann - pronounced 'ayveen', there are other, easier spellings of the name
Aoife - 'eeefa' - means beautiful
Roisin - 'rowsheen', little rose
Réiltín - 'rayilteen' - little star
Ciara -keera, kiera
Maeve - mayiv

LeoandBoosmum Tue 12-Feb-13 01:14:37

I know you weren't sure about flower names but I thought I'd suggest Iris because I think it's beautiful and not so girly girly as other flower names. It also means 'rainbow' in Greek.
Also, love Anya - no idea what it means but I've only met one Anya IRL.
Have you made any progress? smile

Startail Tue 12-Feb-13 01:20:32

Hazel is probably a bit mainstream, but lovely spring catkins

In have liked to called DD2 Esther, but it was DHs turn.

Startail Tue 12-Feb-13 01:21:10

I'd, daft autocorrect

Dottiespots Tue 12-Feb-13 01:33:30

Hi.....Ebrill....means April in Welsh; Haf .....means summer
Lili......Lily; Mai......May; Nia means brightness.
Were Welsh and these are some names we here often.

LeoandBoosmum Tue 12-Feb-13 02:15:33

I have to add Cerys (pronounced Kerris), which I believe means 'love' in Welsh smile

Dottiespots Tue 12-Feb-13 04:04:25

Thought id better add.....Ebrill...pronounced Ebrith .
Mai.....pronounced Mi (sort of as its hard to explain)
Haf.....pronounced Hav

HouseOfBears Tue 12-Feb-13 08:34:31

How about Anthea (meaning flower/blossom) or Aurora (meaning Dawn)?

HouseOfBears Tue 12-Feb-13 08:51:00

Ooh or Gaia (meaning earth) or Ianthe (meaning violet flower)

CheeseStrawWars Tue 12-Feb-13 08:54:24

Or Iolanthe?

Pasiphae Tue 12-Feb-13 11:50:38

Persephone is also called Korë, which became Cora in English?
Azalea, Dahlia, Fleur/Flora, Florentina (means blooming), Laverne/Laverna means born in Spring.
Anthea symbolise Spring in poetry quite often.
Cerelia, born in spring too.
Chloris minor goddess of spring.
Marcella/Marceline after Mars the roman god for which March is named for?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 12-Feb-13 12:03:24

I thought of Laverne last night, Pasiphae, it's still uncommon and makes a change from Laura or Lauren.

How about herb or spice names, Saffron (from the spring flower, crocus) or Anise?

WingDefence Tue 12-Feb-13 12:09:23

I have a friend who called her daughter Meadow and another one who called hers Clover if you fancy either of those (following on from Pasiphae).

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 12-Feb-13 12:12:08

Dymphna and Meadow, rare and striking.

telsa Tue 12-Feb-13 12:48:16

all spring-related


aufaniae Tue 12-Feb-13 21:06:54

Oh wow, lots of suggestions! I'll have a look now ...

aufaniae Mon 18-Feb-13 15:51:04

Some lovely names here, thanks for the suggestions.

I love Nia, but in legend Nia is the lover of DS's name, so that's out!

Nana is actually my gran's name! (Her real given name, not a NN for gran). But we know a Nana (Danish I think) so that's out too!

I do like Cerys, have done for years. I'd gone off it by the time we has DS though as it's become so popular but I think it might have to be the back-up name if we can't think of anything else! (Must check with DP what he thinks of it!) My side of the family (Welsh) would be delighted if DD has a Welsh name, and I do like Cerys Matthews, come to think of it, I saw Cerys Matthews live in Glastonbury with DP before we were together, so maybe ...

I like Aoife, but know someone called Aoife already.

DP loves Roisin but I'm not so keen.

aufaniae Mon 18-Feb-13 15:53:20

Pasiphae I like your thinking on Persephone > Cora smile
However my best friends has just named her LO a name that could be shortened to Cora, so would seem a bit odd!

aufaniae Mon 18-Feb-13 15:56:00

DP said the other day he was keen on the name Fallon.

I couldn't get over the picture of a woman with 80s big hair which invaded my brain every time I heard the name. I googled it and sure enough, there was a Fallon in Dynasty and the Colby's. I didn't even watch them! Funny what your brain picks up / remembers without you even really being aware of it!

vitaminC Mon 18-Feb-13 15:59:42

How about Aviva? That's the Hebrew word for Spring (and my daughter's Hebrew name smile)

amck5700 Mon 18-Feb-13 16:17:14

I know a Fallon - she doesn't look like that smile

PipkinsPal Mon 18-Feb-13 16:34:59

Fern, Fleur, Roisin, Heather, Violet, Melissa (honey bee).

mumzy Mon 18-Feb-13 21:01:38

Jonquil is my favourite spring flower name. It's a form of daffodil/ narcissus

flowers123 Tue 19-Feb-13 11:05:41

how about Heather but I am a little biast as its my daughters name x

Insecure24 Tue 19-Feb-13 18:36:15

Aurelia smile

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 19-Feb-13 18:51:44

How about Aufaniae wink

Btw you mentioned Pascal earlier, I'd probably spell it Pascale for a girl, it's different and sounds just a bit foreign and interesting.

armagh Tue 19-Feb-13 19:16:02

Realta (pronounced rayltha) is star in irish. With a fada(line) over the e.
Is Etoile star in french?
Aurelie is a lovely gentle name.
Jolie( pretty in french ) is lovely

aufaniae Wed 20-Feb-13 00:02:07

"I know you may not want to share the surname but I find that helpful as some names go with some surnames better than others"

Surname begins Mc (Scottish obviously!)

DD will have Scottish, Welsh and English heritage - going back to her GPs' generation, and Irish and Estonian also going one generation further back. (Totally outing myself there to anyone who knows me! grin)

aufaniae Wed 20-Feb-13 00:04:45

grin DonkeysDontRideBicycles.

aufaniae Wed 20-Feb-13 00:18:21

Loving the star suggestions, thanks smile

DP really likes Roisin but I'm not as keen.

Heather's lovely, but still not "the one".

Not easy this baby naming lark is it?!

Lollybrolly Wed 20-Feb-13 01:07:30


aufaniae Wed 20-Feb-13 01:20:08

Ooh I love Briallen. Reckon the English would struggle with the double L though! Probably not really fair as we live in England atm!

aufaniae Wed 20-Feb-13 01:39:47

Ooh, we have a contender (or two!).

We both like Enfys, it's going on the list, along with Cerys.

aufaniae Wed 20-Feb-13 01:58:39

Definitely still up for suggestions though, not 100% sure on either, and got about 8 weeks to go!

aufaniae Wed 20-Feb-13 10:02:06

Having second thoughts about Enfys! The NN would be Envy wouldn't it?!

Keep coming back to Cerys. I wonder if the letters are a bit hard-sounding though?

I think I'd like a softer sound. I really like the sound of names like Roisin, Eira, Estelle, Nia but have reasons not to use each of them.

vitaminC Wed 20-Feb-13 10:13:33

How about Anaïs (pronounced an-eye-eece)? It's my dd 2's middle name.
Not a star or Spring name, but it's soft and gentle sounding without being frilly IYSWIM.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Wed 20-Feb-13 10:29:28

Mellissa means 'bumblebee' :-)

amck5700 Wed 20-Feb-13 10:33:04

what about Carys instead of Cerys - sounds a lot softer. or just Cara.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Wed 20-Feb-13 10:49:36

Mellissa means 'Bumble bee' :-)

steppemum Wed 20-Feb-13 11:21:12

Has anyone mentioned Talia? It means blossom

aufaniae Wed 20-Feb-13 15:21:39

Melissa = bumblebee is a lovely image smile

But I'm afraid it's too popular. DS has a pretty unusual name (well unusual in England anyway - Irish people know it). A very common name wouldn't sound like a sibling pair IMO.

FWIW the thing that makes me hesitate most about Cerys is its popularity. It even made the top 100 within the last decade.

I think there were something like 7 children with DS's name in the year he was born!

amck5700 Wed 20-Feb-13 16:11:41

If you move away from the spring link, then Cerenza /Kerenza is pretty and not very common.

Insecure24 Wed 20-Feb-13 18:33:01


Not spring-like though!

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