Today is the first day of spring in Britain for 2017; a verdant season of lush green grass and fresh flowers.
Here are 60 choices inspired by this season:
Spring – Unlike seasons Summer, Autumn and Winter in the world of names, Spring is the underdog having not ranked at all in the last 20 years. However, Hollywood actress Spring Byington proves that the name can be usable, striking a balance somewhere between temperate Jane and androgynous Sloane.
March – The month which starts spring which has traditionally been associated with glory and victory and derived from the Roman war god Mars. March is rare as a given name, but does make a great surname-firstname crossover.
April – Currently the highest ranking month name at #194 in England and Wales, April is associated with fertility and Easter. The month was sacred to Venus, and so the name may be a form of her Greek counterpart Aphrodite.
May – Having long use as a given name thanks to its use as a diminutive for Mary and Margaret, May is derived from the Roman mother goddess Maia and associated with fire, flowers and green.
Flora – The Roman goddess of spring and flowers which currently ranks at #305 in England and Wales.
Green is a colour particularly associated with spring as plants begin to grow again and everything becomes lush and verdant.
Among the many flowers that bloom in spring, several have been adapted as given names.
Daffodil / Jonquil
Aviv / Aviva – Hebrew “spring”
Avril – French “April”
Chloe – Greek “first shoot” (i.e first flower of spring)
Crina – Romanian "lily”
Ebrel – Cornish "April"
Eilir – Welsh “butterfly” and "spring"
Eirys – Welsh “iris”
Elestren – Cornish “iris”
Esmeralda – Spanish “emerald”
Gwanwyn – Welsh “spring”
Gwaynten – Welsh “spring”
Jarilo – Slavic god of springtime, from jar "spring"
Kielo – Finnish “lily of the valley”
Laleh / Lalla – Persian “tulip”
Marzo – Spanish “March”
Nari – Korean “lily”
Nevena – Slavic “marigold”
Pranvera – Albanian “spring”.
Primavera – Italian/Spanish “spring”
Thalia – Greek “to blossom”
Sakura – Japanese “blossom”
Viorel / Viorica – Romanian “bluebell”