A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!
June 1st – Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jeane Mortenson – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 1, 1926.
An iconic stage name. With a generation or Marilyn’s now becoming grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s, I wonder if we’ll see this name used to honor. Marilyn is a comibination of the names Mary and Lynn.
June 2nd – Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Earl Miller III – Actor, born in England on June 2, 1972.
Wentworth as an Old English surname that may possibly mean winter enclosure or pale man’s estate. Wentworth sounds like the name of a nobleman to me.
June 3rd – Anderson Cooper
Anderson Hays Cooper – Journalist, born in the U.S. on June 3, 1967.
A handsome, Scandinavian name meaning son of Anders. A name on the rise, Anderson was given his name years before it picked up in popularity.
June 4th – Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie Pitt Voight – Actor and Activist, born in the U.S. on June 4, 1975.
Angelina is a variation of the name Angelina meaning angel. A lovely, feminine name, perfect for a baby born around Christmas.
June 5th – Pete Wentz
Peter “Pete” Lewis Kingston Wentz III – Musician, born in the U.S. on June 5, 1979.
I love the many literary ties to the name Peter. Peter is a Greek name meaning rock. There are several cool variations of Peter, Petros being one of my personal favorites.
June 6th – Diego Velázquez
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez – Painter, born in Spain on June 6, 1599.
Diego is a Spanish form of the name James, meaning supplanter. At #129 in popularity, Diego is as usable today as it was in 1599 Spain when Velázquez was born.
June 7th – Anne McClain
Anne Charlotte McClain – Astronaut, born in the U.S. on June 7, 1979.
A simple, timeless, and classic name. Anne is French from a Hebrew name meaning grace. I enjoy many variations of Anne, from Anwen, to Annabelle.
June 8th – Julianna Margulies
Julianna Luisa Margulies – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 8, 1966.
Julianna is one of the many popular “Jule” names, Latin in origin, meaning youthful. Currently #185 in popularity, Julianna has been in the top 200 since 2006.
June 9th – Natalie Portman
Neta-Lee Hershlag – Actor, born in Israel on June 9, 1981.
Natalie is a popular name, currently #23 in the U.S. A French form of the name Natalia, Natalie means born on Christmas day.
June 10th – Shane West
Shane West Snaith – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 10, 1978.
Shane is a variation of the name Sean, meaning God is gracious. In recent years we’ve seen the name Shane used for girls as well as boys.
June 11th – Shia LeBeouf
Shia Saide LeBeouf – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 11, 1986.
There are many different possible meanings of the name Shia. It may possibly be an Arabic or Hebrew name meaning follower or gift.
June 12th – Adriana Lima
Adriana Francesca Lima – Model, born in Brazil on June 12, 1981.
Adriana is a feminine form of the Latin name Adrian, meaning of Adria. Adriana is one of the many beloved feminine names that end and begin with the letter A.
June 13th – Malcolm McDowell
Malcom John Taylor – Actor, born in England on May 13, 1943.
Malcolm is a handsome Scottish name. Most popular in 1928 and least popular in 2007, Malcolm is currently #442 in popularity.
June 14th – Lucy Hale
Karen Lucille Hale – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 14, 1989.
Lucy is a darling little name meaning light. Lucy is on the rise, up 141 spots in the past 10 years. Lucy is much more popular in almost every other English speaking country.
June 15th – Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 15, 1973.
Neil is an Irish name meaning cloud. Isn’t that a sweet meaning? Neil and his husband, David Burtka seem to be namer’s to be. They named their twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace.
June 16th – Sidney Fullmer
Sidney Fullmer – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 16, 2000.
Sidney is a French unisex name meaning Saint Dennis. Sidney is #915 for girls in the U.S., much less popular than Sydney at #109.
June 17th – Paulina Rubio
Paulina Susana Rubio Rue – Signer and Host, born in Mexico on June 17, 1971.
Paulina is a Spanish form of the name Paul, meaning small. Paulina shares her name with model Paulina Porizkova.
June 18th – Blake Shelton
Blake Tollison Shelton – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 18, 1976.
Blake is an Old English surname meaning someone with dark or fair hair. A unisex name, Blake is #84 for boys and #589 for girls in the U.S.
June 19th – Lou Gehrig
Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig – American Baseball player, born in the U.S. on June 19, 1903.
Louis a French and German name used by royals throughout history. Fittingly, Louis means renowned warrior. There are many cool variations of the name Louis, from Ludwig to Luis.
June 20th – Lionel Richie
Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 20, 1949.
My favorite thing about Lionel, a Latin name, is that it means young lion. How fun is that? Lionel Hardcastle was the name of a beloved character on the show As Time Goes By played by Geoffrey Palmer.
June 21st – Prince William
William Arthur Philip Louis – Duke of Cambridge, born in England on June 21, 1982.
William is a popular English name meaning resolute protection. Last month the world watched as William and Kate welcomed daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. She joins older brother George Alexander Louis.
June 22nd – Meryl Streep
Mary Louise Steep – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 22, 1949.
In her case, a cool combination or play on her first and middle name, Meryl may also be derived from the Irish name Muriel, meaning “of the bright sea”.
June 23rd – Selma Blair
Selma Blair Beitner– Actor, born in the U.S. on June 23, 1972.
Selma is of unknown orgin. It may be derived from the German name Anselm, meaning God’s helmet/protection. Selma may also have Arabic roots, a variation of Salma meaning peaceful protection.
June 24th – Mindy Kaling
Vera Mindy Chokalingam – Actor and Comedian, born in the U.S. on June 24, 1979.
Mindy is an English name which began as a nickname for Melinda. Mindy first entered the U.S. top 1,000 charts in 1950, peaking in 1979, and falling out of popularity in 1997 when it was last ranked.
June 25th – George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair – Writer, born in British India on June 25, 1903.
I find pen names to be fascinating. It’s hard for me to imagine George Orwell as Eric Blair. George is a widely used Greek name meaning farmer.
June 26th – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grane-Butera – Singer and Actor, born in the U.S. on June 26, 1993.
Ariana is an Italian form of the name Ariadne, meaning most holy. Ariana is a name quickly climbing the charts, up 17 spots in the last year alone. Ariana is currently #37 in the U.S.
June 27th – Drake Bell
Jared Drake Bell – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 27, 1986.
When you hear the name Drake you may think of the singer, Drake who is widely known by his first name alone. Drake has old English and Norse roots meaning dragon. Drake is also a word used to identify a male duck.
June 28th – Mel Brooks
Melvin “Mel” James Brooks (Kaminsky) – Producer and Comedian, born in the U.S. on June 28, 1926.
Melvin is a Scottish surname, possible derived from the name Melville. Melvin may sound like a name from years past, but it’s currently #672 in popularity in the U.S.
June 29th – Melora Hardin
Melora Diane – Actor, born in U.S. on June 29, 1967.
Melora sounds like a name straight from a name-lover’s fairytale. A Greek name, meaning golden apple, Melora has never been in the U.S> top 1,000.
June 30th – Cody Rhodes
Cody Garrett Runnels – Wrestler & Actor, born in U.S. on June 30, 1985.
Cody is an English name, meaning helpful or pillow. Cody peaked in the 1990’s, but is still used at #220 for boys in the U.S.
If you’re looking for some Notable Names for the month of June, check out my latest Nameberry Article!
A joyful June to you,