Anyone who has been enjoying the lighter mornings and evenings of late will agree that spring is a season of hope and renewal; a time of year when blossom emerges on the trees and blue skies begin to appear again. It’s no wonder then that so many people choose baby names inspired by spring, but which are the most popular?
To find out, nursery retailer Kiddies Kingdom created a list of over 200 spring-themed names, analysing each name against the latest UK data from the Office of National Statistics to find the number of children born with those names in 2020.
Flowers, animals and the natural world have inspired a huge number of names, particularly for girls. The most popular spring-inspired name for a girl was Ava, which originates from the Latin word ‘avis’, meaning ‘bird’. Other names in the top ten were botanically-inspired – such as Ivy, Lily or Willow. Even the name Chloe is of Greek origin meaning ‘young green shoot’, so has springtime associations you might not be aware of.
The top 10 spring-inspired girls’ names are:
While flower and animal-themed names were less common for boys, there are many that are originally inspired by the seasons and the earth, from Adam, which has Hebrew origins and means ‘son of the red earth’, to Riley, Stanley, Harley and Sidney which all mean various forms of ‘clearing/meadow’. Then there are more obvious nature-inspired boys’ name, such as Oakley and River, while Sonny is a lovely name for someone born as the sun starts to make its presence known again!
The top 10 spring-inspired boys’ names are: