by Melissa Jaramillo
Temperatures dip, parting with summer in favor of crisp days and cool nights. It signals the start of my favorite time of year -- autumn!
While I enjoy the changing seasons, fall is hands down my most beloved. As a kid, it meant back to school, sports, and more time with friends.
I live in an area where Mother Nature typically puts on an amazingly beautiful show during this season, filling the landscape with stunning colors.
I was excited when I learned that we were expecting during this period and immediately began a quest to find the perfect name to reflect the season!
A great place to start was with the name "Autumn" deriving from the English expression of "season of harvest." Clearly, this is a lovely choice for a girl, but perhaps you'd like to have something that incorporates the meaning while remaining a bit more unique or are having a boy. Consider these options:
Male: Herbst (German: Autumn), Thu (Vietnamese: Autumn), or Teruaki (Japanese: brilliant Autumn)
Female: Akiko (Japanese: Autumn child); Akiye (Japanese: Autumn painting); Stav (Hebrew: the Autumn season); or Hazan (Turkish: Autumn); Ashoun (Armenian: Autumn or fall)
Either: Aki (Japanese: Autumn) or Karif (Arabic: arriving in Autumn)
The words "harvest" and "gatherer" are inspirational staples for babes born this season:
Male: Wekesa (Eastern African); Hasad (Turkish: harvest); Krish (Indian: harvest); Minoru (Japanese: harvest); Anker (Danish); Teryl (Harvester); Asaf or Asaph (Hebrew: gatherer); Consus (Roman Mythology god of the harvest); Berislav (Croatian: reap / gather)
Female: Anona (Latin: goddess of the harvest); Teresa, Theresa, Theresia, Therese, Terrie, Resa – and more variations (Greek, Spanish, French, Scandavian, English, and German: harvest or harvester); Ekin (Turkish: harvest); or Toshi (Japanese: harvest); Jamia (Arabic: gatherer); Zyta (Polish: harvester) or Sita (Indian or Hindu: harvester); Cerelia (Greek: goddess of the harvest); Carme (Cretan goddess of harvest)
Either: Woksapiwi (Native American: harvest moon); Ke'ohi (Hawaiian: the harvest)
These words all stir up thoughts of this wonderful season! Perhaps they'll present you with the muse you're seeking! Does fall remind you of leaves?
Male: Leaf (English); Legolas (Literary – Lord of the Rings); Laramie (French: leafy grove)
Female: Kaede (Japanese: maple leaf); Alei (Hebrew: leaf); Suzuha (Japanese: bell-shaped leaf); Esther (Persian: myrtle leaf)
Their changing foliage, from green to brilliant reds and oranges form my fondest images of autumn.
Female: Phylicia, Phillida, Phyllis (Greek: foliage)
Perhaps "fall" brings to mind apples...
Male: Ringo (Japanese: apple); Apollo (Greek: apple); Abhlach (Gaelic: apple/apple tree)
Female: Kyona (Japanese: red apple); Manzanita (Spanish: small apple); Yuna (Japanese: superiority apple)
Male: Bogart (German: orchard); Carmelo, Carmine, Karmen (Hebrew: orchard);
Female: Carma, Carmela, Carmelina (Hebrew: orchard); Charmen (Hebrew: orchard); Avalbane (Scottish: white orchard)
Female: Medi or Medeni (born in September); Hepetema (Maori: September); Sapphire (English / Hebrew: birthstone of September)
Either: September (English/American: born in September)
Male: Melor (Russian: October Revolution)
Female: Oktyabrina and Melora (Russian: October Revolution); Tola (Thai: October); Opal (English: birthstone of October);
Either: October (English/American): born in October)
Female: Topaz (English: birthstone of November)
Either: November (English/American: born in November)