Timing & date names

The timing of a birth has always been seen as significant in naming. Cultures around the world have traditions of naming a baby according to the time of day, the weekday, the month, the season or even the weather during which the birth takes place.

Here are some of the names inspired by the timing of the birth…

Names for Girls born at dawn

NameOriginMeaning
AuroreFrenchdawn
AuroraLatingoddess of the dawn
BrigidIrish Celticgoddess of light
DanikaSlavicmorning star
DawnEnglishdaybreak
Estelle, StellaFrench/Latinmorning star
GwawrArabicdawn
GwendyddWelshmorning star
IzoraArabicdawn
LucyLatinlight
Orianna, OrieLatindawn
RoxannePersiandawn
SaharArabicdawn, splendour of the east
SaraHebrewbright as a dawn
ZaraHebrewdawn splendour
ZerlindaHebrewbeautiful dawn

Names for Boys born on a Sunday

NameOriginMeaning
ApolloGreekSun god
CyrusPersianlike the Sun
PhoenixGreekrising Sun
RaphaelHebrewthe angel of the Sun
SampsonHebrewsplendid Sun
Samson
SolLatinSun god
SulwynWelshthe fair Sun

Names from Christian Holy Days

NameGenderOriginMeaning
AnastasiaGirlRussianresurrection, (given to girls born at Easter)
CarolGirlEnglishfree ; a Christmas carol
CasparBoyPersianone of the Three Wise Men
ClausBoyDutchanother version of ‘Nicholas’
ChristabelGirlEnglisha beautiful Christian
ChristianBoyLatina follower of Christ
ChristinaGirlLatina follower of Christ
EmanuelBoyHebrewborn on Epiphany (6th January)
EmmanuelleGirlHebrewGod is with us, born on Epiphany (6th January)
HollisBoyOld Englishfrom the grove of holly trees
HollyGirlOld Englishthe holly tree
MaryGirlHebrewsacred virgin
NatanBoySpanishChristmas
NataleBoyOld FrenchChristmas
NatalieGirlFrenchborn at Christmas
NatashaGirlRussianborn at Christmas
NatalinaGirlSpanishChristmas
NicolaGirlLatinpeople’s victory; born at Christmas
NicholasBoyGreekpeople’s victory; born at Christmas
NoëlBoyOld Frenchpatron saint of Christmas
Noëlle
Noella
GirlOld Frenchpatron saint of Christmas
PascalBoyLatinborn at Easter
Tasha
Talya
GirlRussianborn at Christmas
Yul
Yule
BoyEnglishborn at Christmas

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