Kathryn Lamoreux is a college composition instructor. She loves to read and has always been fascinated by the fabulous diversity of names.
Names for Girls Born in the Month of September
1) Agatha - The name of Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, one of the most popular crime novelists in history. Agatha Christie was born on September 15, 1890. Therefore, Agatha (or Mary, Clarissa, or Christie) would be a fitting choice for a September baby. The creator of fictional detectives Poirot and Miss Marple, Christie wrote the classic novels Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None, and The Mousetrap. She is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling novelist of all time. As a bonus, the name Agatha literally means "good woman" and boasts the cute nickname "Aggie."
2) Apple - Gwyneth Paltrow's notoriously quirky choice for her daughter calls to mind both the autumn apple harvest and the traditional gift given to favorite teachers. That might make Apple a fitting choice for adventurous parents looking for a name evocative of the month of September.
3) Aster - Aster is both the name of the September birth flower and a shortened form of the Greek word for star, asteria. Asters are lush, daisylike blooms found in a variety of colors, including purple, pink, lavender, white, and blue. The Greeks believed that asters sprouted up from the tears shed by the goddess Astraea after Zeus destroyed most of humanity in a flood. Astraea was so upset at the coming flood that she asked to be turned into a star, but even as a star, she was saddened at the sight of the flood. When the waters abated and she saw the devastation left in their wake, she wept tears of stardust that bloomed into the starlike flower that we call the aster. Today, asters are believed to represent patience, daintiness, and regret. They are sometimes left at the graves of soldiers to express the wish that the battle had turned out differently. Aster was the middle name Gilbert Gottfried chose for his daughter, Lily Aster Gottfried, and the alternative spelling Astor was the name of a child on the Showtime series Dexter.
4) Astraea - Astraea was the name of the Greek goddess of innocence and purity who became the constellation Virgo. She is sometimes called "star-maiden" and is often associated with justice as well. Because of these associations, Astraea would be an apt-- although intimidatingly exotic-- name for a girl born under the signs of Virgo or Libra. Astraea was also the pen name of groundbreaking female author Aphra Behn.
5) Autumn - A classic season name, autumn calls to mind crisp sweater weather and changing colored leaves. It was the name that both Michael Chiklis and Jennifer Love Hewitt chose for their daughters.
6) Gwyneth - The mastermind behind the infamous starbaby name Apple (also included on this list), Gwyneth Paltrow was born on September 27. Although the Shakespeare in Love and Iron Man actress who founded the lifestyle brand Goop is not universally admired, her euphonious Welsh name is worth consideration. The name Gwyneth is a bit unusual without being weird, and it opens up the possibility of cheerfully cute nicknames like Gwyn, Wynne, and Winnie-- all of which is rather fitting, since the name means "blessed or happy,"
7) Justice - A virtue name with more punch than Hope or Grace, Justice could be a wonderful choice for a Libra girl. It is the name of Jensen Ackles' daughter and has connections to Astraea, the goddess who became Virgo, as well.
8) Katherine - A classic name meaning "pure," Katherine (or one of its many alternate forms, including Catherine, Kathryn, Kathleen, Caitlyn, Catriona, Katrina, Katie, Kathy, Katie, Kat, or Kitty) is a subtle nod to the zodiac sign Virgo, the virgin. Katherine is also a name that has been borne by a variety of strong and interesting women. It was the name of actress Katharine Hepburn, Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, novelist Kate Chopin, feminist Kate Millet, numerous Catholic saints, and countless European queens princesses, and other royals-- including Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.
9) Lucy - Since September is the month of Labor Day, parents of September babies may find inspiration in the names of prominent labor activists like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, Frances Perkins, Dolores Huerta, or Margaret Haley. Lucy is an especially appealing name, as it is popular, but not overly common. It also has a number of appealing connections: to activists like Lucy Parsons and Lucy Stone, to comedienne Lucille Ball, to Chronicles of Narnia heroine Lucy Pevensie, and to a host of Catholic saints. Lucy was also the name of bossy, yet beloved character Lucy van Pelt in Charles Schultz's Peanuts cartoons and the name used in the Beatles' hit "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Also appealingly, Lucy means "light."
10) Nina - Lovely and feminine, yet underused, Nina is a nice alternative to the somewhat more old-fashioned Nona, an Italian name meaning "ninth." Since September is the ninth month, it fits right in on this list. Most well-known as the name of singer Nina Simone and Natalie Portman's ballerina character Nina Sayers in the film Black Swan, Nina is a simple, elegant choice for a September girl.
11) Rhianwen - A Welsh name meaning "white maiden," Rhianwen is an unusual alternative to popular Welsh name Rhiannon. It is also a nice reference to the sign of Virgo. For a shorter alternative, try Rhian, pronounced REE-ann, and meaning simply "maiden." Just be prepared for people to call her "Ryan."
12) Sapphire - A much more unusual gemstone name than Ruby or Pearl, Sapphire is the September birthstone. Although generally thought of as blue, sapphires can be found in nearly every color of the rainbow, although most commonly blue, pink, yellow, and white. Sapphires are said to symbolize wisdom, faith, and sincerity, and some even display a six-rayed star known as an asterism when exposed to light. All in all, it's a fitting symbol for the month represented by a star maiden and the aster flower that sprang from her tears.
13) September - It doesn't get much more on the nose than this. A newly viable alternative to more traditional spring and summer month names like April, May, June, and August, September is the name of the daughter of reality stars Brady and Paulie Williams. The name was also given to the protagonist in the children's book The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
14) Stella - If you're intrigued by Astraea but feel that the name is a bit too unusual, try this classic Latin name meaning "star." The name was created by the poet Sir Philip Sidney for his sonnet sequence Astrophel and Stella in 1590. Since then, it has become a popular name. Although most famously featured in Tennessee Williams' classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, Stella is also the name of a number of celebrity children, including the daughters of Jennifer Grey, Dave Matthews, Molly Shannon, and Tori Spelling. Another notable Stella is fashion designer Stella McCartney. Children might be familiar with the name from the classic children's book Stellaluna.
15) Virginia - Perhaps the clearest reference to the zodiac sign Virgo, Virginia was a name used to refer to England's Elizabeth I, the "Virgin Queen" for whom the state of Virginia was named. The name Virginia has a long and storied history in the U.S., where the first American-born child of British parents was named Virginia Dare. Other famous Virginias include author Virginia Woolf and dancer Virginia "Ginger" Rogers. In addition to Ginger, Ginny is a common nickname for Virginia.
Keep reading after the poll to find fifteen September names for boys.
Names for Boys Born in the Month of September
1) Archer - One source of baby names for boys born in the same month as Labor Day is occupational names. Among the most appealing of these is Archer, a sleek alternative to the old-fashioned Archibald and a more unusual name than the common Asher. Archer can be shortened to Archie, and it has had a number of interesting bearers over the years, from Nobel Prize winning chemist Archer John Porter Martin to cartoon spy Sterling Archer.
2) Atticus - A name taken straight out of high school required reading, Atticus is a great choice for a boy born around back-to-school time. Daniel Baldwin, Summer Phoenix, and Casey Affleck chose the name for their sons.
3) Booker - Another occupational name, smart-sounding Booker means "scribe." It's a perfect September name for both its Labor Day associations and its back-to-school appeal. The best-known historical Booker is Booker T. Washington, who was born into slavery but became a renowned writer, educator, activist, and advisor to Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Bookish parents will also see a connection to Britain's Man Booker Prize, awarded annually to the best novel of the year.
4) Carver - Yet another appealing occupational name, Carver is an interesting alternative to Carter or Carson. It was the surname of African-American botanist and peanut butter proponent George Washington Carver and the masterful short story writer Raymond Carver. It is also the first name of villain Carver Doone in the classic historical romance Lorna Doone.
5) Cesar - One of the most prominent labor activists in American history was United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez. His name might therefore be a fitting moniker for a baby born near labor day. Although Cesar carries the rather odd meaning "head of hair," it also has noble connections to Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. It is also the name of two prominent Cesar Romeros, an American actor and an American soccer player.
6) Galen - A Greek name meaning "calm healer," Galen would be a perfect fit for a kind, practical, hardworking Virgo. It is most well-known as the name of the renowned ancient Greek physician and philosopher. It's a future doctor's name if ever there was one!
7) Harry - Born on September 15, 1984, Prince Henry of Wales-- popularly known as Prince Harry-- is the younger grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. His nickname is a classic, yet casual name with a number of modern British namesakes, including Harry Potter and One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles. Famous historical Harrys include President Harry Truman and escape artist Harry Houdini.
8) Kiefer - An occupational name that doesn't sound like an occupational name, Kiefer means "barrel maker." It is best known as the name of Donald Sutherland's son, Kiefer, whose full name is something of a mouthful: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland. One could almost write a baby name article solely inspired by the names of Kiefer Sutherland.
9) Sawyer - A name meaning "woodcutter," Sawyer is another Labor Day-inspired possibility. It immediately calls to mind Tom Sawyer, the boy hero from Mark Twain's novel of the same name. More recently, Sawyer was the alias of the roguish character James Ford on the TV series Lost. Sawyer was also the name chosen by director Steven Spielberg for his son and actress Sara Gilbert for her daughter.
10) Scott - Born on September 24, 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most admired authors in American literature. He wrote a number of early twentieth century classics, including The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and Tender is the Night. Saddled with the longer form Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at birth, the author chose to shorten his for professional use, keeping the first initial and middle name Scott. Therefore, the name is a nice literary choice for babies born in September. Other famous Scotts include African-American composer and ragtime pioneer Scott Joplin and the teenage protagonist in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
11) Septimus - A Roman-sounding name meaning "seventh son," Septimus sounds quite similar to September. The name of a Roman Emperor who was a patron of the arts, Septimus is seldom used for modern babies and therefore might be a good option for parents looking for a unique September name.
12) Stephen - Born on September 21, 1947, Stephen King is one of the best-known American authors of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. He has published 54 novels to date, including Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, The Dark Tower, and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Even those unfamiliar with the novels have probably seen one of the many movies based on his works. Other famous Stephens and Stevens include composers Stephen Foster and Stephen Sondheim, Apple Founder Steve Jobs, comedian Steve Martin, director Steven Spielberg, scientist Stephen Hawking, late night host Stephen Colbert, and even the very first Christian martyr, St. Stephen. To say the least, a baby Stephen would be in good company as a bearer of this storied name.
13) Travis - The last occupational name on this list, Travis means "toll collector." It has a relaxed, country western feel to it, being the name of country music star Travis Tritt.
14) Truman - Truman Capote, the author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood, was born on September 30, 1924. He rounds out the list of famous authors born in September and makes a nice namesake for a September baby, as his name means "loyal one." Another famous Truman is, of course, FDR's successor President Harry Truman.
15) Virgil - The name of the famous Roman poet who wrote the Aeneid, Virgil peaked in popularity in the first half of the twentieth century. However, it remains an interesting and unusual choice for a newborn baby Virgo.
Kathryn Lamoreux (author) on September 06, 2017:
Yikes! I meant the 7th of September.
Kathryn Lamoreux (author) on September 05, 2017:
It turns out I missed a wonderful girls' name for this list: Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth I was born on the 7th of October, 1533. She grew up to become one of the greatest monarchs in British history. The name is thoroughly regal, as it is the name of the current Queen of England and her mother. Elizabeth can be shortened to even more nicknames than fellow September-inspired name Katherine. These include Lizzie, Liz, Libby, Lily, Beth, Betty, Betsy, Bess, Bette, Eliza, Elsie, Bella, Ellie, Elise, and even Elizabeth II's childhood nickname, Lilibet.