Summer Inspired Baby Names

Top 20 Summer Inspired Baby Names

As summer is approaching, I have complied a list of summer inspired baby names for you. Summer baby names are some of the sweetest of the year, it is one of the nicest times of the year to have a baby. The warm weather and slow pace making it that much easier to relax into motherhood.

We have baby names related to the summer months of June, July, and August, as well as the summer zodiac signs. First up, girls:

Iris

  • Origin: Flower name; also Greek
  • Meaning: "rainbow"
  • Description: Iris is directly derived from the Greek word iris, meaning “rainbow.” In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, a messenger for Zeus and Hera who rode the rainbow as a multicolored bridge from heaven to earth. In ancient times, the Iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. This colorful image led to the naming of the flower and to the colored part of the eye.

Rose

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: "rose, a flower"
  • Description: Rose is derived from the Latin rosa, which referred to the flower. There is also evidence to suggest it was a Norman variation of the Germanic name Hrodohaidis, meaning “famous type.” In Old English it was translated as Roese and Rohese.

Daphne

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: "laurel tree, bay tree"
  • Description: In Greek mythology, Daphne was the nymph daughter of Peneus, a river god. Peneus saved Daphne from Apollo’s romantic obsessions by transforming her into a laurel tree. It is from this myth that the plant genus daphne, which contains the laurel species, gets its name.

Lily

  • Origin: English flower name
  • Meaning: "lily"
  • Description: Lily came into use as a given name as a direct influence of the flower. The floral name was derived from the Latin lilium, itself derived from the Greek leirion. Lily later became an adjective to describe whiteness and purity.

Poppy

  • Origin: English from Latin
  • Meaning: "red flower"
  • Description: Poppy, unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, has a lot of spunk. Long popular in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at #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 and – just three years later – the Top 500 in 2019.

Ruby

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: "deep red precious stone"
  • Description: Ruby, vibrant red, sassy and sultry, has definitely outshone the other revived vintage gem names, with its sparkling resume of cultural references.

Daisy

  • Origin: Diminutive of Margaret or flower name, from English
  • Meaning: "day's eye"
  • Description: Daisy, fresh, wholesome, and energetic, is one of the flower names that burst back into bloom after a century's hibernation. Daisy is now second only to Delilah among most popular girl names starting with D. Originally a nickname for Margaret (the French Marguerite is the word for the flower), Daisy comes from the phrase "day's eye," because it opens its petals at daybreak.

Julia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: "youthful or sky father"
  • Description: Julia was an ancient Roman imperial name given to females in the house of a Julius, as in Caesar. Its origin is shrouded in history, but possible roots include Latin iuvenis, meaning "youthfu"; Greek ioulos, meaning "downy-bearded"; or Jovis, a form of Jupiter, which means "sky father".

Juliet

  • Origin: English from Latin
  • Meaning: "youthful or sky father"
  • Description: One of the most romantic names, the lovely and stylish Juliet seems finally to have shaken off her limiting link to Romeo. In Shakespeare's play, it was Juliet who said "What's in a name?"

June

  • Origin: Latin, month named for goddess Juno
  • Description: June, a sweetly old-fashioned month name derived from the goddess Juno, was long locked in a time capsule with June Allyson (born Ella) and June Cleaver, but is rising again especially as a middle name.

Next up boys names:

Leo

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: "lion"
  • Description: Leo was derived from the Latin leo, meaning “lion.” Thirteen popes have carried the name, including St. Leo the Great. In Germanic languages, Leo has historically been used as a nickname for names including Leon and Leopold. In Latinate languages, Leonardo is considered a full form for Leo.

Kai

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: "sea"
  • Description: Kai has many origins, but in the US is most commonly referred to as being of Hawaiian derivation, meaning “sea.” In Europe, Kai is largely considered to have Frisian origin as a diminutive of the name Kaimbe, meaning “warrior.” Kai is also found as an independent name in African, Chinese, Turkish and Native American cultures.

August

  • Origin: German form of Latin Augustus
  • Meaning: "great, magnificent"
  • Description: August is THE celebrity baby name of the moment, chosen by both Princess Eugenie and Mandy Moore for their baby boys in early 2021. Before that, August had been heating up in Hollywood – used by Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews and Jeanne Tripplehorn for their sons, and is rapidly becoming the preferred month of the year for boys' names. The month of August was named after the Emperor Augustus.

Elio

  • Origin: Italian and Spanish from Greek sun god, Helios
  • Description: Elio is a sunny and spirited Italian and Spanish name that makes a great crossover prospect, which could catch on as Enzo has. Elio is also currently popular in France, ranking in the Top 250.

Cyrus

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: "sun"
  • Description: Very popular in the Iranian community, this name of the founder of the Persian Empire has had a more down-home, corncob pipe-smoking image for most Americans in the past, but this has begun to change.

Julian

  • Origin: English from Latin, variation of Julius
  • Meaning: "youthful, downy-bearded, or sky father"
  • Description: Julian was derived from Iulianus, which in turn came from Julius, a Roman family name. Its origin is shrouded in history, but possible roots include Latin iuvenis, meaning "youthfu"; Greek ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded”; or Jovis, a form of Jupiter, which means "sky father".
  • Julian was a 4th century Roman emperor, and St. Julian the Hospitaller is the patron saint of travelers. In Medieval England, Julian was considered a unisex name, eventually giving rise to the feminine given name Gillian.

Maverick

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: "independent, nonconformist"
  • Description: At the rate it's growing, Maverick soon won't seem like such a maverick anymore. Heard first in a 1950s James Garner western TV series, and then as the Tom Cruise character in Top Gun, Maverick symbolizes an unfettered, free spirit.

Ari

  • Origin: Diminutive of Ariel, Hebrew "lion of God"
  • Meaning: "lion of God"
  • Description: This short form of Ariel (or any other Ari- beginning name, such as Aristotle) stands up better as a boys’ namethan its progenitor does. It is also short for Aristotle, as in Onassis, and is a prominent character on TV's Entourage -- the uberagent Ari Gold.

Dylan

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: "son of the sea"
  • Description: Dylan was derived of the Welsh components dy and llanw, meaning "sea." In Welsh mythology, Dylan was a legendary sea god who prompted all the waters of Britain and Ireland to weep when he died. The name came to prominence via the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, whose name Bob Dylan adopted in tribute.

Apollo

  • Origin: Greek mythology name
  • Description: With mythological names rising, the handsome son of Zeus and god of medicine, music, and poetry among many other things might offer an interesting, if high-pressure, option. But if Romeo and Venus are now deemed baby-appropriate, why not Apollo? Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno might inspire some parents. And now that it's been chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, it could take off as their first son's name—Kingston—has.

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