Yes, naming a baby can be overwhelming. Maybe you want to pick something that fits your child from birth to old age, or a name that sounds unique. Maybe you want it to be symbolic or sentimental. If all the options in the world are making your mind race, draw inspiration from your child’s birth month. Thinking only about baby names for May babies still gives you lots of choices to consider, but should narrow things down a bit too.
In most parts of the world, May is a gorgeous spring month full of blue skies, warm days, and new life (just think of all the blooming flowers and baby birds). You could take your cues from the freshness of the spring season by going for a flower-inspired name like Daisy or Fleur. Choose a looser association with the springtime and opt for names that mean things like “new life” or “hopeful.” Or you could look to the zodiac sign of your future child for inspiration. Depending on when in May they arrive, they could be either a Taurus or a Gemini.
Whether you want something literal (like actually naming your child May) or you’re interested in something a bit less on the nose, read on for sweet, poetic, and unique May baby name ideas for boys and girls.
Typically used as a girl’s name, Lark means “playful, lighthearted songbird.” While many bird names might fit your May baby (like Sparrow or Robin), Lark is a strong one-syllable option.
Naveen is an uncommon, absolutely gorgeous Indian name that means “hopeful.” In a season of flowers poking through the soil and birds hatching, what could be more fitting?
This Serbo-Croatian name means “dawn,” signaling a new beginning and bright light entering the world. What could be more poetic for your new May baby?
The name Renee is recognizable, so it may not be as rare as some parents want. That said, it’s a beautiful French name meaning “reborn,” and rebirth is what spring is all about.
For a beautiful twist on the classic May or Mae, try Maya. In Sanskrit the name means, “illusion,” and in Hebrew it means “water.”
Emerson gives a nod to May’s birthstone, the emerald. The name means “brave and powerful,” and is a gorgeous option for parents who want a unisex name.
In keeping with the emerald birthstone theme, Emily is a beautifully classic name meaning “hardworking.”
Memorial Day, a day to celebrate war veterans, falls in May, so you could opt for a name like Alexander which means “protector of Mankind.”
April showers bring May flowers, as they say, so any floral name is fitting for a May babe. Daisy is a happy name reflective of all the joy your little one will bring you in life.
Keeping with the theme of flower names, Iris is a beautiful bloom that shows up in May. It means “colorful” or “rainbow,” making it a vibrant choice, but also one with some elegance to it.
Meaning “golden princess,” the unique name Orla brings to mind visions of the golden, sunny days of early spring.
Names just don’t get much cuter than Birdie, and a May baby born in the month when all the birds are singing would wear it well. It’s got great vintage appeal, probably because its popularity piqued in the 1880s.
Callan is a unique name with Scottish roots. It means “battle” or “rock” and gives a subtle nod to Memorial Day (the last Monday in May).
Meaning strong-willed warrior and protector, Liam is a sweet name for a fierce Taurus. It was the most popular boy’s name in 2020 according to the Social Security Administration, so it may not be the rarest, but it’s still a solid option.
Margaret is Greek for “pearl,” which just so happens to be the birthstone of Geminis born between May 21 and June 21.
Spring is a time of rebirth and possibility, so you could honor that with a name like Xavier. It has Basque origins and means “new or bright.”
Geminis are the twin sign, and Thomas actually means “twin.” It’s a timeless choice that no one would ever suspect is associated with astrology.
Meaning “soft breeze,” Aura is a gorgeous, light name perfect for an air sign like Gemini.
Is there a cooler name than Zephyr, or Zeph for short? It means “of the west wind,” so it’s a good choice for your air sign child.
Gemma means “precious stones of the Earth,” making it a sweetly sophisticated name for your precious Earth sign baby.
Here’s another one from the flower family: Rose is a beautiful and classic name that calls to mind the vibrant roses that begin popping up in late May.
You could just keep it really literal and name your baby May, meaning “great,” which will certainly be fitting for your bundle of joy.
French for the word “flower,” the name Fleur has a quiet, buoyant elegance to it. It’s a beautiful flower name for girls if monikers like Rose or Lily don’t do it for you.
With all those May flowers comes lots of buzzing bees, and Bea, typically short for Beatrice, is a cute, subtle nod to the season. Beatrice means “she who brings happiness” or “blessed.”
Meaning “earth,” Gaia seems like a fitting name for a grounded Taurus, and one that references all the earthy goodness of springtime.
May is the fifth month of the year, and Quentin is a French name meaning “born fifth.” Use it as a little nod to your baby’s birth month, especially if you’re looking for Q baby names anyway.
The name Wells has a simple coolness to it, and it means “well” or “spring.” Not all water baby names are May-baby appropriate, but this one calls to mind images of an old well surrounded in blooms, or a bubbling spring with bird chirping overhead.
If you live in a location that’s cloudy for most of the winter, then you know what a relief it is to see the bright sun when spring rolls around. Sunny is a cute and quirky name for a bright, cheerful baby.
This gender-neutral name is a nod to the color green, the color of the Taurus birthstone, the emerald.
Strong but short and perfect for a May baby, Aviv is a Hebrew name, meaning “born in spring.”
May ushers in blue, cloudless skies, and Azurine is a super unique name meaning “sky blue.” If something about it isn’t working for you, there are countless other baby names that mean blue you could consider.
So, what will you decide to name your new little May baby? Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be the perfect fit for your new addition (though if it happens to be Naveen, Iris, or Fleur, more power to you).
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