Autumnal Names

December 5th, 2008

Vermont Hillside


The leaves have fallen.  The pumpkin patch is cleared and the apples have all been picked. But with technically sixteen days left of Fall, I thought I’d squeeze this post in while I still could!  Stay tuned for Christmas names soon.  


Shades of changing leaves:

Amber- Reddish brown petrified resin

Aurelia- “Golden”



Jasper- Reddish brown stone that recalls the hue of the season

Marigold- Golden in color, this flower also blooms well into the fall

Ora- “Gold”

Saffron- Spice yellow in hue

Scarlett- “Scarlet red”

Tawny- Yellowish brown in color, evocative of caramel and port


Tasty Treats:





Myrtle, Myrtille- Myrtille is blueberry in French



In Bloom & Fall Foliage:


Ash (or Ash names?)







Maple (again)




In Mythology, Religion & Lore:

Anona- Roman goddess of the harvest

Aphaea- Greek goddess associated with agriculture and fertility

Dhanya- Sanskrit for “grain”

Demeter- Greek goddess of the harvest

Devi- Hindu goddess who blesses the abundance of the harvest

Laksmhi- Hindu goddess of the harvest, in the form of Dhanya Lakshmi

Saturn- Roman god of the harvest

Sif/Sifa- Norse god of the harvest

Sita- Also Hindu goddess of the harvest

Willow- Used during the Jewish feast celebration of Sukkoth, in conjunction with etrog (citron), lulav (date palm), and myrtle


Writer’s who love the Autumn:

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Hawthorne, Nathaniel David

Keats, John

Rilke, Rainer Maria

Thoreau, Henry David- Wrote about Lake Walden


By Month:

Aster-Flower for September

Sapphira- Sapphire is September’s gem stone

September- Itself is also occasionally given as a name

Lapis Lazuli- Gemstone for September.  Either one would make an unusual choice

Opal- October’s birth stone

Tourmaline- Also shares the honor of being October’s birth stone

Chrysanthemum- November’s flower, shortens to the user friendly Chrys

Topaz- Shares the role of birth stone for November

Citrine- November’s other gemstone

December- If September works as a first name, why not try December, November, or October?

Poinsettia- The famed red plant used for Christmas decor and December’s flower

Orchid- Also known to be flower of December

Turquoise- December’s shockingly colorful birth stone for its season


Why not the season itself?

Aki- Japanese, “bright autumn”

Akiko- “Bright autumn child” in Japanese


Ekin- “Harvest” in Turkish

Hazan- “Autumn” in Turkish

Qiu- Chinese for “autumn”

Thu- “Autumn” in Vietnamese

Wekesa- “Born during harvest”, in East Africa


Thanks to Emmie and Elizabeth for your additions!

7 Responses to “Autumnal Names”

  1. Lola Says:

    Autumn’s my least favorite season but I like these:

    Some lovely ideas there! :)

  2. Heather Says:

    Autumn’s my favorite season, so this list was fun.

    However, I would never name a child Orchid, especially a girl. It would be okay (so part of it rhymes with dork, but you could get over that), except its etymology may be a little disturbing for a girl’s name. Pretty flower, though.

  3. Bizzyluv Says:

    This is a gorgeous, rich list, just like the season! I love so many of these. It makes me want another fall baby.

  4. Mummie Says:

    Add to your list one of my faves: Therese, the French way (I can’t do her diacritical marks, but I think you can). Therese, Teresa et all mean “harvester”.

  5. Natalie Says:

    I love Aurelia and Ivy :)

  6. Krys Slovacek Says:

    Oh, my grandma’s name was Ora. I’d never heard it before, or since. How lovely that you’ve included it here. She was a fantastic woman.

  7. Emmie Says:

    Kiss kiss my favorite QB!

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