Evocative baby names inspired by the time of day your baby is born offer an opportunity to celebrate the moment of his birth for the rest of his lifetime. These baby names for boys capture a moment in time and crystalize it into a perfect memento. Perhaps your baby boy is born in the middle of the night or at sunrise, whenever he arrives, you can be sure there’s a name out there to remember the moment.
There are an assortment of ways to capture a time of birth inside a baby’s name. Think of the season of his birth, a special day or holiday he is born near the day of the week, or even the hour of birth for a number baby name. Whatever vehicle you choose to get there, baby names meaning a time of day or celebrating the season of his birth are aplenty! There are just so many handsome and meaningful possibilities. Let’s take a look at a few, shall we? Here are 25 timely boy baby names that celebrate the moment your little pride and joy meets you for the very first time!
Contrary to popular belief, Tali is not just a nickname for Natalia. Tali is a gender-neutral Hebrew baby name that means “morning dew.” You scarcely hear this name outside of Israel today and we think that should totally change. Tali feels like Lee’s fancy cousin.
Completely unrelated to Aaron, but an approachable alternative, Aroon has a lovely long O sound that sets it apart. Aroon enjoys Thai origins that mean “dawn.” This sunny name has yet to become widespread in the US, but we would not mind hearing it much more.
If your baby is born on or around a holiday, like Valentine’s day, consider a baby name to commemorate the occasion. Valentine is the perfect choice for a February baby boy that has Latin origins meaning “strength.” There are other names in this genre like Noel for a Christmas baby and Pascal for Easter!
Pronounced AH-nah-tole, Anatole has Greek origins that mean “rising sun!” This uncommon baby name was given to just six boys in the US last year even though the name is huge in France today! Anatole Kuragin from War & Peace gives this name plenty of reference and character.
Jasper is an established baby name for boys, so why not Vesper? Vesper seems like it could be the perfect unisex baby name for the right kind of parents. Vesper has Latin origins that mean “evening star” or “evening prayer.”
Pronounced with a long E, like vee-hahn, Vihan has Sanskrit origins that mean “dawn.” The name evokes ideas of fresh beginnings and new possibilities. This gorgeous name has found a home in the US, making the US top 1000 list in 2011 for the first time, it has only grown in popularity since.
Rocio has been a mildly popular baby name in the US since the 1970s. Pronounced roh-SEE-oh, Rocio is an elegant Spanish name that means “dewdrops.” The evocative name is symbolic for Mary as the Virgin of the Dew.
Orpheus is a somewhat loaded Greek name that means “darkness of the night.” The name belonged to a legendary Greek poet and musician whose song was so sweet it made the trees dance and running water stop to listen. This name has never been wildly popular in the US, but that does not mean it can’t ever be!
Last year, Samir was the 693rd most popular baby name for boys. It has enjoyed a meteoric rise since the late 1970s and we love to see it! Samir has Arabic origins that mean “a friend to talk with in the evening.” Also popular in the Middle East, England, and Germany, Samir is shaping up to be one of the world’s most beloved names!
You will recognize the popular Hebrew name Asa, but the name is found in many, many other naming traditions. Asa, the most popular baby name on this list, means “healer” in Hebrew tradition. In Yoruba, the name means “hawk.” In Igbo, the name means “beautiful.” In Old Norse, it’s for girls meaning, “goddess.” But, for our purposes, we will look to the Japanese meanings, “morning” or “born in the morning.”
Dagny, sometimes shortened to Dag, is a delightful Swedish baby name with a vintage, old-world sound to it. Dagny means “day.” Whether you go with Dag or Dagny, we think you will have a unique moniker on your hands as this name is virtually unknown to American ears. It’s pronounced, DAHG-knee.
Erykah Badu proved you can break the baby-naming rules to come up with a completely original and charming name. She chose the name Seven Sirius Benjamin for her son born in 1997. Seven is a number name that sounds like Scandinavian name Sven but means exactly what you think it does, somewhere between six and eight. New parents are doing as they should, they are following Badu’s lead and choosing this colorful choice. In 2019, the name appeared on the US top 1000 list for the first time ever.
Omondi comes from Lou, a language you will find spoken by the Lou people found in East Africa. While this name’s meaning is hyper-specific, it is delightful. Omondi means “born early in the morning.” A great name for an early riser!
Another name from Africa, Nuru comes from Swahili and means “born in the daylight.” Nuru has the most charming, perfect, and balanced sound.
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From sunny Africa to rainy England, we find our next name from English, Old English, in fact. This baby name is pronounced OOCHT-red, which might throw those not versed in the old Anglo-Saxon ways. The name held out in Northumbria years after the Norman Conquest. This name means “advice before dawn.”
Diaz is a Spanish surname that works extremely well as a given name. Diaz means “days” which could be special to someone who experienced a longer than normal delivery. You can get creative with it! Diaz has yet to land in the US top 1000 but we expect that to change in coming years.
Dusk is a word name that seems like an inevitability given that Dawn is such a huge name. Dusk means “twilight.” This name has yet to be discovered but with unconventional baby names on the rise, we think it will attract some adopters.
Bayan is a much more established baby name from Buryat and Kurdish tradition. This charming name means “morning” or “rich.” We are not mad about either. Bayan belonged to two famous Mongol generals in the Yuan Dynasty.
Nishant, pronounced NEESH-ant, has been adopted by several American parents for their little boys. However, this name has yet to land on the US top 1000. Nishant means “night’s end” or “dawn.” This bright and optimistic baby name has a lot going for it.
As with many traditional Hawaiian baby names, Hoku can be given to both baby boys and baby girls. Hoku means “night of the full moon.” So, if your little one decided to join this world under a full moon, this could be the perfect compliment to that.
In Greek mythology, Orion is a giant huntsman who Zeus (or Artemis) installed in the night’s sky as the big constellation. It’s one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky. Orion is a name that likely comes from Greek origins meaning “fish.” However, you can also consider the name as a reference to the mythological hunter. Orion would be ideal for a starry, baby born at night.
Tarak is a beautiful Sanskrit baby name that you rarely here in the US. This handsome appellation means “star” and “protector.” We love this name for a baby born at night.
Consider Janus a seasonal name, as it is how the month January gets its name. Janus is the Greek god of transitions and fresh beginnings, including years! Janus has Greek origins that mean “gateway.” Popular in Northern Europe and Slavic countries alike, where it is pronounced YAH-nus, Janus has never been adopted by many parents in the US. It’s likely due to the fact that this attractive baby name sounds so close to Janice.
We found a lot of Indian baby names for this list! Aarush is yet another name with Hindi origins meaning “the first ray of sun.” How utterly and completely perfect is this baby name’s meaning? Arrush is mildly popular in the US today and it did appear in the US top 1000 from 2010-2015.
If you have wished for a Luna counterpart for boys, your wish has been granted! Luan is found in a variety of naming traditions with meanings like “lion” and “warrior.” It’s within the Portuguese tradition that this rare baby name means “moon.” It’s currently a top 1000 baby name for boys in the UK and in the top 200 in Germany. Get ahead of the trend and choose this baby name for your newborn son!
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these timely baby names for boys that celebrate the time of day your baby was born, holidays, and seasons. Choosing a baby name for your son can be tough. By choosing a baby name commemorating the time of day your child was born, you will get to relive the first time you held him forever! We hope you feel inspired to do so! Happy baby name hunting!
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. Tali
- 2 24. Aroon
- 3 23. Valentine
- 4 22. Anatole
- 5 21. Vesper
- 6 20. Vihaan
- 7 19. Rocio
- 8 18. Orpheus
- 9 17. Samir
- 10 16. Asa
- 11 15. Dagny
- 12 14. Seven
- 13 13. Omondi
- 14 12. Nuru
- 15 11. Uhtred
- 16 10. Diaz
- 17 9. Dusk
- 18 8. Bayan
- 19 7. Nishant
- 20 6. Hoku
- 21 5. Orion
- 22 4. Tarak
- 23 3. Janus
- 24 2. Arrush
- 25 1. Luan
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