40 Baby Names Inspired by Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is Thanksgiving Sunday here in Canada and tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Many people associate Thanksgiving with the food, the turkey and family gatherings. It’s also a time to count your blessings and share your gratitude with those you care about the most.

Perhaps Thanksgiving means quite a bit to you and your family as well, or maybe your baby is due around the same time as the holiday. With Thanksgiving Day in the USA, just several weeks away, I thought it would be fun to share names that are inspired by the holiday. Some of these names are slightly unusual, while others are more common.

  • Aimon


    Aimon is a French name that means “Home.” It’s a handsome name that symbolizes the soul of the holiday.

  • Maize


    This name comes from a Latin and Gaelic origin. Maize is another name for corn, a food that is a staple for most Thanksgiving dinners. It’s a unique name with a nice twist to it. Maisie and Mason sound similar and are good options for those who like the name, but want a variant.

  • Grace


    This is a classic name that originates from the virtue of grace. It’s simple, pure and classy. Over 7,300 girls were given this name in 2012!

  • Jadon


    This Hebrew name means thankful, “God will judge.” It’s an attractive name that is a variant of the popular -en names like Caiden.

  • Chutney


    Would you ever name your child Chutney? It’s a name that would have worked well in my hippy name round-up several months ago and offers a nod to the holiday as well as the Eastern culture.

  • Ginger


    This name is commonly used for babies with red hair, but it’s also a form of Virginia. The spice is very warming and used quite often during the autumn.

  • Cinnamon


    The autumn season wouldn’t be the same without cinnamon. This warm spice adds sweetness and spice to everything we cook. It’s also a cute name suited for a girl.

  • Asher


    Happy and blessed. Two very fitting meanings for this Jewish name!

  • Berry


    This is another gender neutral name that has been used for both sexes over the years.

  • Pilgrim


    The meaning of Pilgrim is traveler; wanderer. It’s a rare name for boys that comes from English origins.

  • Pumpkin


    They’re cute, round, sweet and wholesome! Pumpkin is commonly used as a nickname, but some parents are naming their children after this traditional vegetable. It is a name that could be used for both boys and girls.

  • Shakira


    This is an Arabic name that means thankful. Most famously used by the singer Shakira Ripoll.

  • Mercy


    Mercy means compassion. It’s a beautiful virtue name that fits right in with the spirit of Thanksgiving.

  • Farmer


    Would you name your boy Farmer? It’s a rare and unusual name, but depicts honesty, hard work and wholesome living.

  • Hunter


    The meaning is just as it sounds. A Hunter is “one who hunts.” It’s a very strong, manly name.

  • Prudence


    Prudence is a good Puritan name meaning prudent. Try and say that sentence ten times fast!

  • Oceanus


    Oceanus Hopkins is a name you may recognize from your history books. He was the first and only child that was born on the Mayflower ship as it made its way to America.

  • Apple


    Sweet, wholesome, cute and red. Not convinced? Gwyneth Paltrow named her first child and daughter after this fruit.

  • Cheyenne


    Cheyenne is one of the Algonquian tribes of the Great Plains in America.

  • Cherokee


    One of the largest American Indian tribes.

  • Pepper


    If your baby is feisty, this is the perfect name. Spicy with a punch!

  • Rosemary


    Rosemary is one of the many savory spices used to cook a delicious Thanksgiving meal. The Latin meaning is “sea dew.”

  • May


    May is a nice short version for Mayflower. It is also the name of May, the Greek goddess of Spring.

  • William


    William Bradford was one of the men who travelled to America on the Mayflower. His recorded experiences and the voices of those who came to this country with him can be found in his book “A History of Plymouth Plantation.”

  • Samoset


    Samoset was one of the Native Americans present at the very first Thanksgiving celebrations. He was said to have spoken English. A variant of this Native American name is “Sam.”

  • Dakota


    Dakota is the name that was given to the tribes of the northern Plains Indians, more commonly known as Lakota and Sioux.

  • Catori


    Catori is a Native American name for girls that means “spirit.”

  • Autumn


    Back-to-school, mild temperature, exquisite colors, pumpkins and Thanksgiving. Those are just five of the many things you can look forward to during this season!

  • Hazel


    This American baby name means commander.

  • Ruby


    Ruby reds, bright oranges, stunning yellows. The leaves show off their beautiful colors in the fall. Cranberries, leaves and apples come in many shades of Ruby.

  • River


    A natural beauty and wonder. River is a name that can be used for both boys and girls.

  • Kuron


    Expressing our gratitude and giving thanks is what we do during Thanksgiving. Kuron is a name that originates in Africa and simply means “thanks.”

  • Asante


    Asante is a boy’s name that comes from Africa, meaning “thank you.”

  • Charmaine


    Charmaine is of French origin and means “bountiful orchard.”

  • America


    America was a popular name in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is a strong name for a girl and was made famous by the actress of America Ferrera, the star of “Ugly Betty.”

  • Rain


    Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for everyday blessings and Rain meaning “abundant blessings from above,” does just that.

  • Matteo


    Matteo is of Spanish origin and it means “gift of God.” A fitting name for a boy born during or in and around Thanksgiving.

  • Demetria


    Demi Moor’s first name is Demetria. It’s the name of the Greek goddess of harvest.

  • Jonathan


    This is a very traditional name that means “God has given.”

  • Jendayi


    I think Jendayi is such a beautiful name! Coming from Egyptian decent it means “thankful.”

Perhaps your baby is due around Thanksgiving, or maybe the holiday is one that means quite a bit to you and your family. And if you need more naming inspiration, try BabyZone’s baby name finder.

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