Autumn is a beautiful time of year, of reaping in a bountiful harvest. As the days and nights cool down, we all look forward to warm soups, fresh baked goods, fall sports and the gorgeous, vibrant foliage.
If your baby is due in the fall, have you considered giving him or her an autumn-themed name? Or, is it your favourite time of year? These lovely, unique choices range from the traditional to the trendy.
Enjoy the collection!
- Autumn – a beautiful name, which for some reason or other has gotten the rep of being a hippy classic. Pshh. Autumn replaced the word Harvest mid 16th Century and has quickly become more popular than Summer.
- Amber – the gorgeous fossilized tree resin, found in jewelry. I chose it because of its availability in a vivid array of autumn-hued colours.
- Aster – of the Aster flower, which blooms in early fall.
- Hawk (or Hawke) – a strong, unique name; every fall, hundreds of thousands
- Raven – a highly intelligent bird, revered as spiritual figure who forages on a rich assortment of insects, cereal grains, berries, fruit, small animals, and food waste. Harvest… bird-style.
- Wheatley (or Wheatleigh) – “from the wheat meadow.” A rather poetic and elegant name making me think of baked goods, warm homemade bread, sugar and spice.
Of Trees, Specifically for Their Turning of Leaves
- Ash (or Asher)
- Daphne – meaning “laurel tree.”
- Lennox – a Scottish name related to the elm tree.
- Laurel – of the laurel tree, an aromatic evergreen.
- Woody – I know a couple!
The Colours of Autumn
- Garnet – those lovely minerals that glitter and shine in tones of deep, rich red, crimson and candied maple. Another favourite group of fall shades.
- Redd – my partner’s uncle’s name!
- Rowan – known as a flowering tree with little red berries.
Earth & Harvest Goddesses / Gods
- Annona – the Roman Goddess of the grain.
- Dionysus – The Greek god of wine. A glass of red wine on a chilly autumn evening? Perfection. I like Dion for short. Less stately that way.
- Demeter – the Greek Goddess of grain, agriculture and fertility.
- Gaia – the Goddess of the earth.
- Persephone – the Goddess of vegetation.
- Rhea – Titaness mother of the Gods, and a goddess of female fertility and motherhood.
- Lugh – the Celtic god of the sky.
Harvest: Food & Drink
- Apple – made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow, many others have hopped on the Apple naming bandwagon
- Maize – pronounced May-zee. This name is so cute! Known in English as corn, domesticated by indigenous peoples, made bright and colourful for many types of autumn decor.
- Pumpkin – obvious! A cute nickname.
- Bean – most favoured as an adorable nickname, harvested in the fall.
- Saffron – Safi for short. I chose it for its rich golden colour and frequent use in aromatic, hearty fall dishes.
- Kale – in season during the fall.
- Sage – a popular spice in cooking. It is perhaps most widely known for its use in stuffing. Sage is also one of the four sacred medicines in Native culture.