30 February Baby Names for Girls and Boys
Names for Girls Born in February
Amethyst - The name of February's beautiful violet-colored birthstone, Amethyst is an exotic alternative to more popular gemstone names like Ruby and Pearl. The name "Amethyst" comes from a Greek word meaning "without drunkenness," and therefore, the stone is associated with wisdom, clear-headed decision making, and protection from poison. In Indian religious traditions, amethyst is associated with the Crown Chakra, the source of enlightenment and spiritual connection to the universe. The most famous real-life Amethyst is probably rapper Iggy Azalea, whose birth name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly. Fictional Amethysts include DC Comics' Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (also known as Amy Winston) and Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne of Phantasmorania (who also goes by Amy) in M.M. Kaye's children's book The Ordinary Princess. As indicated by the two fictional works mentioned here, Amy would be a wonderful nickname for a baby Amethyst.
Brigid - With a feast day celebrated on February 1, St. Brigid is the patron saint of Ireland and newborn babies. As such, she would be a wonderful namesake for a newborn infant-- particularly one of Irish descent. In Christian tradition, St. Brigid's generosity was legendary, eventually causing her father to attempt to sell her to a Christian king in frustration. However, upon witnessing Brigid giving her father's jeweled sword to the poor in order to help feed them, the king convinced her father of her holiness, and he granted her freedom instead. St. Brigid shares her feast day with a pre-Christian Irish goddess of the same name, whose festival, Imbolc, was held at the beginning of February to welcome the beginning of spring. Imbolc is celebrated with feasting, making St. Brigid's crosses from rushes, visiting holy wells, and attempting to divine the weather. This practice of early February weather divination may be the origin of the modern holiday Groundhog Day.
Carys - This beautiful Welsh name rhymes with "Paris" and means "love." It was the name chosen by Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones and her husband Michael Douglas for their daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas. The name sounds a bit like "caress," and it is related to the Welsh word cariad, meaning "sweetheart." Carys would be a lovely name for a girl born in the month of Valentine's Day.
Darcy - Fans of the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice may find Darcy to be an appropriately romantic choice for a February baby. It has born Irish and French origins and can mean either "dark one" or "from Arcy" respectively. Marvel movie fans may be familiar with Darcy Lewis as the quirky comic relief sidekick played by Kat Dennings in the first two Thor films.
Freya - This Norse name meaning "a noble woman" was the moniker for the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. As such, Freya is an interesting alternative to fellow deity name Venus, and a fitting name for a girl born in the most romantic month of the year. Already quite popular in England and Wales, the name is beginning to gain traction in the United States and other nations as well.
Juliet - The archetypal romantic heroine name, Juliet was, of course, one of the two "star-cross'd" lovers in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The name is a diminutive of the Latin Julia and means "youthful." Equally romantic, the French spelling Juliette is also quite popular, and other variations include Juliana, the Italian Giulia, and the sporty nickname Jules. Famous Juliets include Juliet Lowe, the founder of the American Girl Scouts; Juliet Sharp from Gossip Girl; and Juliet, Keira Knightley's character in Love Actually.
Kalila - Pronounced ka-LEE-la, Kalila is an Arabic name meaning "beloved" or "dearly loved." It can be shortened either to the girly Lila or the tomboyish Kal.
Laura - Born on February 7, 1867, Laura Ingalls Wilder is among the most beloved American authors, best known for her Little House on the Prairie series, which tells the story of her childhood pioneering the American West. Laura was also the woman to whom Petrarch dedicated many of his love sonnets, making it a doubly fitting name for a February baby. The name Laura means "bay laurel," in reference to the laurel wreath worn by Olympic athletes and Roman emperors to signify victory. Famous Lauras include First Lady Laura Bush and actresses Laura Linney, Laura Dern, and Laura Prepon.
Love - It doesn't get much more on-the-nose than this. A virtue name originally popularized by the Puritans, Love has a much more modern, less straight-laced image than cousins Prudence, Temperance, and Charity. This romantic name is most commonly used as a middle name today, most notably by the actress Jennifer Love Hewitt and by Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys Love Presley.
Milena - Pronounced mill-AY-na, Milena is a Czech name meaning "love, warmth, and grace." It is the full name of actress Mila Kunis, who goes by the common short form of the name. Beautiful and feminine, yet still unusual in most English speaking countries, Milena would make a lovely choice for a girl born in the month of February.
Nayeli - This melodious Zapotec name means "I love you" and is popular among Latino parents. It is the name of the Mexican football player Nayeli Rangel and the protagonist of Luis Alberto Urrea's novel Into the Beautiful North.
Primrose - Best known as the name of Katniss Everdeen's sister Primrose (called Prim) in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, Primrose is an unusual choice, but it has been catching on recently as an interesting alternative to the classic Rose. In J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth, Primrose Gamgee was the ninth child of Samwise Gamgee and his wife Rosie Cotton. In real life, it is also the surname of Scotland's Earls of Rosebery.
Rosa - A romantic floral name meaning "rose," Rosa is the first name of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks, born on February 4, 1913. It also translates to "pink" in Spanish. These factors make Rosa a perfect choice for a girl born in February, as the namesake honors both Valentine's Day and Black History Month.
Venus - The name of both the Roman goddess of love and the American goddess of tennis, Venus Williams, Venus is a romantic, feminine name that can still pack a powerful, athletic punch. Venus is the name of numerous works of art, ranging from the Venus de Milo to the Venus of Willendorf; the second planet from the sun; the famously carnivorous plant, the Venus flytrap; and a best-selling brand of women's razors.
Violet - A Latin name meaning "purple," Violet is the birth flower for the month of February. It symbolizes modesty, wisdom, spirituality, and faithfulness. In Greek myth, Artemis transformed one of her nymphs into a violet to protect her from the unwanted advances of her twin brother Apollo. This connection between violets and modesty carries over into Christianity, where the Virgin Mary is also associated with violets and the color blue, to represent her chastity. The violet flower comes not only in purple, but in shades of blue, yellow, and white. It is the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin and a currently popular name. Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner chose Violet as the name of their daughter, and Shakespeare used a variation, Viola (which is also the flower's Latin genus name), as the name of his heroine in Twelfth Night. Other famous Violets include Violet Baudelaire in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet Parr in The Incredibles, and the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey.
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Names for Boys Born in February
Ash - In the Celtic Lunar Calendar, February is associated with both ash and rowan trees. A symbol of transitions and rebirth, ash trees are sometimes used to represent the coming of spring. In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil was a giant ash tree that was the center of the universe and connected the nine worlds. Modern parents may be more familiar with Ash as the name of Pokemon protagonist Ash Ketchum and chainsaw-handed Evil Dead hero Ash Williams.
Bennet - Another Pride and Prejudice inspired name, the surname of Jane Austen's most well-known heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, is an appropriately romantic choice for a boy born in the month of Valentine's Day. Most commonly spelled with two t's, Bennet (or Bennett) means "blessed" and is currently experiencing an upsurge in popularity. It was the name 30 Rock actress Jane Krakowski chose for her son as well as the last name of the legendary singer Tony Bennett. The name can, of course, easily be shortened to Ben.
Blaise - With a feast day celebrated on February 3, St. Blaise is the patron saint of sore throats and animals. He was a legendary healer and tamer of animals, and modern believers often pray to him for help in times of illness. Blaise is a French name meaning "to lisp or stammer," but it also sounds like the fiery word "Blaze." Famous Blaises include the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal and Blaise Zabini, a Slytherin student in the Harry Potter series.
David - It doesn't get much more classic than David. This Biblical name is Hebrew for "beloved," and of course, it calls to mind the boy who slew the giant Goliath with a slingshot before growing up to become King of Israel. Famous Davids include Davey Crockett, David Bowie, David Letterman, Dave Grohl, and David Beckham. David is arguably the most famous of Michelangelo's sculptures, and because of its Biblical significance, it is an especially important name in Judaism. The holy city of Jerusalem is sometimes known as "the city of David," and the Jewish people are often represented by the six-pointed Star of David. In Catholicism, St. David is the patron saint of Wales, poets, and vegetarianism.
George - Two famous Georges, Washington and Harrison, were born in the month of February. A classic for centuries, George was the name of six Kings of England, the first President of the United States, and the patron saint of England, who famously slayed a dragon. George also has a deep literary, musical, and artistic history, with namesakes like Clooney, Gershwin, Handel, Harrison, Orwell and Shaw. Although the name has faced a bit of a decline since the 1960's, its use for the firstborn child of Prince William and Kate Middleton has lent it a new freshness and brought it back to popularity.
Hart - An English name meaning "stag," Hart is a strong, straightforward name which, of course, sounds like "heart." It is probably best known as the name of the poet Hart Crane, who was born Harold.
Hugh - Born on February 1, 1902, Langston Hughes was a prominent poet of the Harlem Renaissance and would make a fitting namesake for a child born during Black History Month. Hugh means "mind or intellect," and famous Hughs include the actors Hugh Jackman, Hugh Grant, Hugh Laurie, Hugh Dancy, and Hugh Bonneville. The association with Hugh Grant may even call to mind a few dozen romantic comedies, making this also an appropriate name for a Valentine's baby.
Jedidiah - A Hebrew name meaning "beloved of the Lord," Jedidiah was an alternate name given to King Solomon by the prophet Nathan in the Bible. It can be shortened to the more casual Jed.
Kenji - A Japanese name meaning "second son," Kenji could be an appropriate choice for a boy born in the second month of the year. Kenji is the middle name of Linkin Park frontman Michael "Mike" Kenji Shinoda.
Lincoln - Born February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln is known as the American president who saved the Union and abolished slavery. Today, his surname, which means "town by the pool," has become an increasingly popular given name for boys. It is the name of one of comedian Bill Murray's sons, along with one of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd's daughters. Former Rhode Island governor and 2016 presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee is another famous bearer of the name, which can be shortened to the Zelda-inspired Link.
Romeo - This Italian name means "pilgrimage to Rome" or "Roman," a meaning that evokes the famous scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in which the two lovers meet and engage in wordplay comparing kisses to holy pilgrimage. David and Victoria Beckham and Jon Bon Jovi named their sons after the famous Shakespearean lover.
Ronald - Born on February 6, 1911, President Ronald Reagan is still a hero to American conservatives. His name is of Norse origin and means "ruler's counselor." Other famous Ronalds include two redheads, the McDonald's mascot and Harry Potter's best friend Ron Weasley, along with the hypermasculine Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation.
Rowan - A Gaelic name meaning "little redhead," Rowan is also the name of a tree associated with the month of February in the Celtic Lunar Calendar. Balancing beauty and strength, the rowan tree bears bright red berries and can survive in an incredibly diverse variety of locations and conditions. The rowan therefore symbolizes power, balance, mystery, and healing. Famous Rowans include the British comedian Rowan Atkinson, of Mr. Bean fame.
Tristan - A Celtic name meaning "noise or sorrowful," Tristan is the hero of the medieval romance Tristan and Isolde. Tristan appears as a Knight of the Round Table in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and as the protagonist in Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde. A less common variation is Tristram, the name of the title character in Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy. Modern Tristans include Tristan Thorne in Neil Gaiman's Stardust and the sons of Chris Hemsworth, Wayne Gretzky, and Travis Tritt.
Valentine - Perhaps the most obvious of the February baby names, Valentine is Latin for "strength and health," and of course, Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14. According to legend, St. Valentine was a third century Roman saint who married Christian couples against the law of the land. He was executed for his Christian faith by the Emperor Claudius II, and his feast day came to be celebrated on February 14 to take the place of the pagan feast of Lupercalia, a fertility festival held in honor of the goddess Juno. Valentine is the name of two characters in Shakespearean drama, one in Two Gentlemen of Verona and the other in Twelfth Night. More recently, Kevin Bacon's character in Tremors was called Valentine McKee, and Ricky Martin named one of his sons Valentino. Additionally, both Salma Hayek and Adriana Lima used the feminine Valentina for their daughters.