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Short, "springy" names for girls?

(39 Posts)
CheerfulYank Fri 19-Apr-13 01:00:45

We're having a DD next month and have pretty much decided on the first name Margaret. (She'll be Maggie for short)

DH wants something like Grace in the middle but I'd like something a little different.

We've had five more inches of snow this week angry and I feel like winter is going to last forever!

I'd quite like to give my May baby a middle name that reminds men of Spring.

I like Wren and Lilac...any other suggestions?

CheerfulYank Fri 19-Apr-13 01:01:39

ME of spring, not men!

MummyBurrows Fri 19-Apr-13 01:17:41

A month name would be good smile Perhaps April to remind u of the spring that was more like winter wink xx May is good though,very common here in the uk (going by the more snow part I'm guessing ur not in the uk?)

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 19-Apr-13 01:18:36

What about Phoebe?

Although, Maggie May is lovely grin And, she would have her own song.

MoelFammau Fri 19-Apr-13 01:32:24

Demeter (goddess of changing seasons, also known as Ceres)
Ostara (the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring)
Anthea (means Spring)

Thumbwitch Fri 19-Apr-13 01:34:14

Boing? wink

Ummmmm - Vesna means spring in Russian/Ukrainian
Or you could have the name of a spring flower - Bluebell, Primrose, Crocus (Saffron), Daffodil, Iris

Persephone = goddess of spring in Greek mythology (Proserpina in Latin); or Hebe
Flora = goddess of flowers in Roman mythology
Freya for the Nordic
Maia is another Greek one
Olwen for the Welsh
Sita (Hindu)

Lots to choose from! smile

KittenOfDoom Fri 19-Apr-13 01:34:21

The trouble with names like May is that they have become clichés, filler names that have almost lost their true meanings through overuse. Violet, Daisy, Rose - all "names" rather than flowers.

I think you need something a little less established as a name, and as it's a middle name you can get away with it.


En masse they're a bit reminiscent of a dairy herd though ....

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 19-Apr-13 01:42:33

Speedwell? (blue flower)

Bearandcub Fri 19-Apr-13 02:21:45

Faith (that Spring will come)

telsa Fri 19-Apr-13 08:39:29


CheerfulYank Fri 19-Apr-13 08:42:08

<Arf> at "Boing" Thumbs. grin

I do love Primrose, always have, but DH thinks it's a bit "out there." That's what middle names are for though!

extracrunchy Fri 19-Apr-13 08:44:20

Love Flora

ipswitch Fri 19-Apr-13 08:50:48

I also really like April, May or June and Bluebell

Really like Maggie ( Margaret) for first name too

KittenOfDoom Fri 19-Apr-13 10:35:42

In a way you're already there, as one of the meanings of Margaret is daisy.

BlueChampagne Fri 19-Apr-13 12:08:44

Zoe (means life)

thermalsinapril Fri 19-Apr-13 12:24:26

Alyssa - from the flower Alyssum
Calantha - means "beautiful flower"
Crisanta - means "golden flower"
Chloe - means "green shoot"
Elodie - means "marsh flower"
Iolanthe - "violet flower"
Tamiko - "child born in Spring"
Phoebe - means "bright, radiant"

KittenOfDoom Fri 19-Apr-13 13:36:34


Sorry, none of these are short but am trying to think of seasonal blooms, rather than random "nature" names. As you are in the USA, OP, perhaps you have some other spring-flowering plants that I'm not familiar with.

mathanxiety Fri 19-Apr-13 16:26:44

Daphne always seems very springy to me. It means 'laurel'
Chloe means 'green shoot'.
Roisin (fada accents on O and second I are missing as my number pad is full of something sticky DD4 spilled onto the keyboard) means 'rosebud'. Pronounced ROE-sheen.

fussychica Fri 19-Apr-13 16:58:23

Laurel, Pernille, Lila, Mai

KittenOfDoom Fri 19-Apr-13 17:07:42

Sticky Bud
Pussy Willow

....... maybe not grin

ipswitch Fri 19-Apr-13 18:58:22

avril?????? I love this one sound spring like to me!

CruCru Sun 21-Apr-13 14:59:52

I know a girl who's middle name is Rainbow.

CruCru Sun 21-Apr-13 15:02:11

Or what about Posy?

HagsFlungOut Sun 21-Apr-13 15:34:21


nooka Mon 22-Apr-13 05:31:46

The title just made me think Zebedee grin Margaret Zebedee would be a pretty special name though wouldn't it! I always wanted a 'z' name.

Most of the spring related names seem to be flowers (Iris, Hazel?). One suggestion I quite liked was looking at migrating birds that come your way in spring. Perhaps there's one with a nice sounding name?

Are you in Minnesota CheerfulYank? I've a friend who lives there and it sounds like the weather has been terrible this spring. Maybe you need a summery warm name instead! Or maybe 'Hope'!

You could try something from this list of wildflowers - short options include Rue, Cress (I don't think Cress would really work, but Margaret Cressida sounds nice), Cynthia, Lucy, Cicely, Lily and Violet.

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