We are but a few weeks away from the glorious time of year, spring! If you are expecting a spring baby, you should give her a baby name that imparts newness, nature, or growth. These joyful names celebrate the season and all of its lively qualities. What is not to love about a spring baby with a very fresh name?
We decided to take a look at a variety of baby names from diverse naming traditions that all hold the promises of spring in their luscious sound and inspiring meanings. These baby names for girls will delight new parents who want to give their daughters a name that honors the season of their birth, which we might add, is one of the very best times to bring a baby girl into this world. Welcome her home with a spring baby name that illuminates the world! Here are 25 spring baby names for girls that offer novelty and zeal for a season of growth and love.
Juniper is a lovely unisex name that has been trending for girls in recent years. In fact, it first made the top US 1000 names in 2011 and has been on the rise ever since. Juniper is the name of an evergreen shrub but it also has origins in Latin that mean “young.”
Itzel has established itself as a top 1000 name for girls in the US thanks to parents honoring a Mayan mythological figure with the name who is known as “Rainbow Lady.” Primarily popular among Hispanic parents, this name has been popular for nearly 30 years in the US and we would love that to continue!
Nova reentered the US top 1000 in 2011 after almost 80 years off of it. We are happy to see this fresh, yet old, Latin name return! Nova means “new” making it the perfect choice for a spring baby who is just getting her start in life.
Olive is another favorite that took some time off, spending fifty years off the top 1000 and out of the limelight. While this name is nowhere near as popular as its cousin, Olivia, we still love good old Olive. A lovely botanical name, Olive refers to the “olive tree” and has been used as a name since the days of ancient Rome.
Pronounced ZEE-ah-sahn, Ziazan is an impeccable Armenian name for girls that means “rainbow.” Aside from its sunny meaning, this name is also a blast to say. Z-names are all the rage right now and you can get two for the price of one with this offbeat and marvelous name.
Tulip, to be such a well-known flower, is unusual as a baby name. Unlike others in its class, this name has never landed in the US top 1000. The name derives from the Persian word dulband meaning “turban,” due to the distinctive shape of the flowers.
Renata is back and bigger than ever after it fell from use in the 1980s. We are pleased as punch that this regal name has returned! Renata has Latin origins and is very popular in Italy today. This name means “reborn.” In addition to sounding absolutely amazing, Renata also gives parents the opportunity to use the wonderful nickname Ren.
Anastasia is bigger than ever before in the US today and we are very pleased about it. The name comes from a Greek masculine name Anastasios which means “resurrection.” The name has a long history of use in Ancient Britain, Ireland, and, of course, Russia.
The Spanish form of Amaya is both a given name and a surname, originating from the Spanish mountain and village of Amaya. In this context, it means “mother city” or “the capital.” Amaya can also be considered a derivation of Amaia, a Basque name meaning “the end.” In Japan, Amaya is a surname meaning “night rain.” Clearly a multicultural hit, Amaya has been in the top 1000 since 1999 in the US.
A royal name in ancient Egypt that’s never quite existed in the modern world, though nickname Cleo is widely used, Cleopatra has Greek origins that mean “glory to the father.” Other now-extinct Cleopatra diminutives, including Cleora and Cleola, achieved some popularity in the early 20th century when the country was obsessed with all things Egypt.
Eartha is an English name that means “earth” which you probably guessed. This name was once very popular in the US, but it has not been since the 1950s. The retro name brings to mind the icon Eartha Kitt. This lovely nature name is perfect for parents who want to impart a love for it.
Clover is an Old English name for a flower that means “key.” Clover is a perky choice that is associated with luck thanks to the Irish and their affinity for four-leaved ones. This name has never made the US top 1000 but we foresee that changing as it has become a popular choice for celebrity parents such as Neal McDonough and Natasha Gregson Wagner.
In the ancient Hindu religion, Indra is the warrior god of sky and rain. Thus this name with origins in Sanskrit and Hindu means “possessing drops of rain.” We would love to hear this rare name in the US much more often. Isn’t it gorgeous?
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The name of the Greek mythological earth goddess and universal mother, Gaia offers green parents the opportunity to choose a storied nature name. Gaia, with its Greek origins, means “earth mother.” Pronounced GUY-ah, this name would be a distinctive option.
Lily has emerged as the most popular English flower name in the US today. It catapulted into the top 50 in 2005 and has remained a favorite ever since. The name is also very, very popular across the UK. Lily comes from the Latin word lilium which means “truth.” Thus, the name has been associated with purity.
This name made famous in the New Testament has gone from crusty grandma to sleek and chic in recent years. Mary Magdalene is such an intriguing figure to believers because she was both a sinner and saint. The name has origins in Aramaic and means “from Magdala” or “high tower.” We find this name charming and a perfect option for a baby born around Easter.
The Irish spell the name Oona but you will also see this one as Una. In Latin the name means “one” and in Irish tradition it means “lamb.” Unfortunately, you rarely encounter this name in the US and we think that should most definitely change (no matter how you choose to spell it).
Helped by being the name of Tony Soprano’s daughter, Meadow is more popular today than ever before. It started trending in the early 2000s and now has established itself as a completely wonderful, nature name. Meadow comes from a German word for “mead” that later evolved in old English. Now, it makes us think of open fields and the smell of freshly cut grass.
A name you will not find outside of Hungary, Emese is a wonderful appellation that we feel parents in the US should adopt. Emese has a storied history as a royal name in Hungary and it means “mother.”
Cybele, the name of a Greek goddess of fertility, health, and nature, is often confused with Sybil, a different name entirely. You will find Cybele in both Greek and French traditions as a name meaning “the mother of all gods.”
We have no earthly idea why some Hebrew names take off and others do not. Why has Aviva been overlooked for so long? It has never appeared in the US top 1000 despite it starting with an A, which parents love, and have a lively, energetic sound. Aviva means “springlike” or “fresh” or “dewy.” Bring on this spring baby name, new parents!
Thallo, the Greek goddess of spring, buds, and blooms has an unquestionably less flowery name than her Roman counterpart, Flora. Thallo is one of the Horae in Greek mythology which are goddesses associated with the cycle of life, growth, and the seasons. The name is pronounced THAH-low and wonderfully means “bringer of the blossoms.” Bringer of the blossoms! Who would not want that as a name?
No, the Scandinavian name Signe is not pronounced the same as “sign.” We find its traditional pronunciation SIGG-neh to be delightful. In Norse mythology, Signe was the twin sister of Sigmund. Thus, the name means “new victory.”
Poppy, unlike most flowery names which are warm and feminine, has a lot of zest. Long popular in the UK, where it peaked at number 5 in 2014, Poppy is just starting to catch on in a big way in the US, where it entered the top 1000 for the first time in 2016. This English name has Latin origins and means “red flower.” We especially love this spring name for a redhead!
Pronounced RAY-vah, Reva is a Hindi name that you will also find in Hebrew tradition as well. Reva is also the name of one of the seven sacred rivers in India and means “rain.” This name enjoyed immense popularity in the US from the 1920s to the 1950s before it fell out of fashion. Bring it back for your spring baby!
There you go! We hope you feel inspired by these spring baby names for girls that are a nod to nature, rebirth, newness, and everything fresh. If you are expecting a baby in the spring months, use the season as an excuse for an elegant baby name like the ones we shared with you on this list!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Juniper
- 2 24. Itzel
- 3 23. Nova
- 4 22. Olive
- 5 21. Ziazan
- 6 20. Tulip
- 7 19. Renata
- 8 18. Anastasia
- 9 17. Amaya
- 10 16. Cleopatra
- 11 15. Eartha
- 12 14. Clover
- 13 13. Indra
- 14 12. Gaia
- 15 11. Lily
- 16 10. Magdalene
- 17 9. Oona
- 18 8. Meadow
- 19 7. Emese
- 20 6. Cybele
- 21 5. Aviva
- 22 4. Thallo
- 23 3. Signe
- 24 2. Poppy
- 25 1. Reva
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