Girl Baby Name

Autumn

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Quick Facts on Autumn

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 65
Pronunciation:
AW-tum
Simple meaning:
Season of harvest

Characteristics of Autumn

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Autumn

Autumn is an English vocabulary word defining one of the four seasons. It comes from the Latin “autumnus” via the Old French “autumpne” meaning “harvest time of plenty; the time of gathering crops”, perhaps taken from “auctus” meaning “to enhance, increase”. Originally the fall season was referred to as “hærfest” (harvest) in Olde English before being replaced with “autumpne” in Middle English (c. late 14th century) under French influence. In England, autumn falls between August and October while in the United States it’s September through November. In Greek Mythology, Demeter was the goddess who presided over the seasons. When Zeus stole her daughter, Persephone, and gave the girl to Hades (god of the underworld), the worried Demeter traveled to the four corners of the earth looking for her precious daughter. Unable to find Persephone, Demeter became so distraught that she ceased producing food on the earth. In order to save the dying earth and starving mortals, Zeus sent for Hermes (the messenger god) to retrieve Persephone from Hades. Hades agreed to let her go providing she didn’t eat any food in the underworld; but the girl unwittingly ate some pomegranate seeds just prior to her release. As a consequence, she is forced to return to the underworld for four months of the year. According to tradition, Persephone returns to earth during the seasons of autumn, winter and spring, but is back with Hades in the summer (when plant life is not flourishing and exposed to droughts). As a female given name, Autumn has only been around since the 1960s. It’s most popular in the United States, but is also used with respectable frequency in Canada and England.

Popularity of the Name Autumn

Autumn made her first appearance on the U.S. popularity charts in 1969. This most likely corresponded with the hippie-era when such organic, nature-oriented names became the fashion in some circles. Not only does Autumn predate Summer on the charts, but it’s also been quite a bit more popular. The only time Summer surpassed Autumn in annual usage was during a brief spell in the 1970s. Summer has never been on the Top 100 list, but Autumn achieved that echelon in 1997 and it hasn’t looked back. Even though it’s a common vocabulary word, it still feels unique as a given name. Autumn is a wholesome, lovely name choice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Autumn
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Autumn

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Autumn

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Autumn

    “To Autumn” (A poem by John Keats) “To Autumn” is a poem written by the English romantic poet, John Keats, in 1819. The poem is three stanzas and personifies Autumn as Keat’s describes “her” beauty of sights and sounds. The poem is highly regarded and considered one of Keat’s finest. The first stanza addresses Autumn, describing its abundance and its intimacy with the sun, with whom Autumn ripens fruits and causes the late flowers to bloom. In the second stanza, the speaker describes the figure of Autumn as a female goddess, often seen sitting on the granary floor, her hair “soft-lifted” by the wind, and often seen sleeping in the fields or watching a cider-press squeezing the juice from apples. In the third stanza, the speaker tells Autumn not to wonder where the songs of spring have gone, but instead to listen to her own music.

  • Popular Songs on Autumn

    Popular Songs on Autumn

    Autumn - a song by Barbra Streisand

    Autumn - a concerto from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

    Autumn & Me - a song by Saving Jane

    Autumn Changes - a song by Donna Summer

    Autumn Goodbye - a song by Britney Spears

    Autumn in New York - a song by Frank Sinatra

    Autumn Jones - a song by Hootie & The Blowfish

    Autumn Leaves - a song by Nat King Cole

    Forever Autumn - a song by the Moody Blues

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Autumn

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Autumn

    Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Get into the crisp, brisk fall spirit with Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy! Rachel and Kirsty love the fall! They can't wait to go apple picking, carve pumpkins, and take a hayride. But this fall, everything is going all wrong -- because Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy's magic is missing! Can the girls help her outsmart Jack Frost and his goblins, and make sure that fall is fun again? Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic (Steven Schnur) - From School Library Journal: “Seasonal books are always in demand and this alphabet acrostic will be especially welcome. In clever, poetic verse, a fall riddle is presented for each letter of the alphabet. The answer is spelled out in the first letter of each line. The riddles are spare with striking images as seen in "Bats/And owls/Roost among empty/Nests." The 26 poems cover such chilly-day themes as knitting, frost, leaves, and icicles. The only source of confusion comes with the always challenging letter "X." Schnur uses the Roman numeral "XII" for 12 and the answer to the riddle is "Xylem," a term not familiar to most primary-grade students. Evans's stunning hand-colored linoleum block prints are clear, bright, and provide sharp clues for the riddles, which are placed in a white box right on each illustration. This delightful alphabet book with a new twist will provide inspiration and challenges for a wide audience.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    For the Love of Autumn (Patricia Polacco) - Miss Parks just loves her new home, her new teaching job, and all her new students. But most of all, she loves Autumn, her perfect little kitten. Then one night, during a terrible storm, Autumn runs away. Miss Parks’ students band together to search for Autumn—with no luck. Hope is lost until Autumn turns up at Miss Parks’ front door with a brand new collar and a bandage on her tail. Someone has been taking care of Autumn! With the help of her students, Miss Parks unravels the mystery of Autumn’s disappearance and finds true love along the way. A tender and sweet story. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Autumn

    Famous People Named Autumn

    Autumn - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Autumn.

  • Children of Famous People Named Autumn

    Children of Famous People Named Autumn

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Autumn - Forest Whitaker (actor); Jermaine Jackson (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Autumn - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Autumn - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Autumn.

Personality of the Girl Name Autumn

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Autumn

  • No Variations Found.
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