A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!
March 1st – Jensen Ackles
Jensen Ross Ackles – Actor, born in the United States on March 1, 1978.
Jensen is a twist on the Scandinavian name Jenson, meaning “son of Jens”. A wonderful name to use to honor a Jennifer.
A great day to be born, Jensen and I share the same Birthday.
Bryce Dallas Howard
March 2nd – Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard – Actor, born in the United States on March 2, 1981.
Bryce comes from the Scottish surname Brice, meaning “speckled, freckled”. Not currently in the top 1,000 for girls, Bryce is #117 for boys in the U.S.
March 3rd – Camila Cabello
Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao– Singer, born in Cuba on March 3, 1997.
A Spanish and Portuguese form of Camilla, Camila has Latin roots meaning “young ceremonial attendant”. At #39 for girls in the U.S. Camila is a name on the rise.
March 4th – Erin Heatherton
Erin Heather Bubley – Model, born in the United States on March 4, 1989.
Erin is an Irish name derived from the name Éireann meaning “Ireland”. I love to see celebrities given names. Erin Bubley and Erin Heatherton have completely different vibes.
March 5th – Joel Osteen
Joel Scott Osteen – Preacher and Author, born in the United States on March 5, 1963.
Joel is a Hebrew name, meaning “Jehovah is God”. Currently #144 in the U.S. Joel also makes for a great, easy to pair middle name.
March 6th – Connie Britton
Constance Elaine Britton – Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 6, 1967.
Whatever happened to the name Constance? Could it be the next vintage revival? Constance is a medieval form of Constantia, meaning “steadfast, constant”.
March 7th – Peter Sarsgaard
John Peter Sarsgaard – Actor, born in the United States on March 7, 1971.
Peter is a Greek name, meaning “rock”. Currently #208 in the U.S. I love the many literary associations to this classic name!
March 8th – Boris Kodjoe
Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe– Actor & Model, born in Austria on March 8, 1973.
Boris is a Slavic name, popular in Russia with multiple meanings, including “snow leopard”, “short”, “wolf”, or “fight”. Boris Kodjoe has quite the name, huh?
March 9th – Raúl Juliá
Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay– Actor, born in Puerto Rico on March 9, 1940.
Raúl is a handsome Spanish/Portuguese variation of the name Ralph, meaning “wolf counsel”. At #409 in popularity, Raul makes for a usable name with a slightly exotic sound. Raoul is another great variation of this name.
March 10th – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Marie Underwood– Singer, born in the United States on March 10, 1983.
Carrie is a diminutive of the name Caroline, meaning “free man”. The rise of the name Carly coincided with the decline of the name Carrie.
March 11th – Ainsley Bailey
Ainsley Bailey– Actor, born in the United States on March 11, 1992.
Ainsley is a Scottish surname and placename, meaning “field”, “hermitage”, or “Anne’s field”. A unisex name, Ainsley is more popular for girls at #322.
March 12th – Liza Minnelli
Liza May Minnelli– Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 12, 1946.
“It’s Liza with a ‘Z’, not Lisa with a ‘S’. Liza is a diminutive of the name Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”. Liza Minnelli was named after a Gershwin song.
March 13th – Emile Hirsch
Emile Davenport Hirsh– Actor, born in the United States on March 13, 1985.
Emile is a French form of the Latin name Emil, meaning “rival”. It’s interesting to me how Emile/Emil is so underused in comparison to the wildly popular Emily.
March 14th – Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort– Actor, born in the United States on March 14, 1994.
Ansel may have old French roots meaning “follower of nobleman”. It may also come from a German name, Anselm, meaning “god, protection”. A famous bearer of this names is photographer Ansel Adams, whom Elgort was named after.
March 15th – Eva Longoria
Eva Jacqueline Longoria– Actor, born in the United States on March 15, 1975.
Eva is a lovely Latin variation of the Hebrew name Eve, meaning “life”. At #88 Eva is a popular name, but still not as popular as Ava, which is #4.
March 16th – Victor Garber
Victor Joseph Garber– Actor, born in the United States on March 16, 1949.
Victor is a strong Latin name meaning, “a victor, or conqueror”. Currently #142 for boys in the U.S. Garber shared his first name with writer Victor Hugo.
March 17th – Nat King Cole
Nathaniel Adams Cole– Musician, born in the United States on March 17, 1919.
Most Nathaniel’s now go by the nickname Nate or Nathan. Nat is another great nickname or diminutive of Nathaniel, a Hebrew name meaning “gift of God”.
March 18th – Sutton Foster
Sutton Lenore Foster– Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 18, 1975.
Sutton Foster sounds cool enough to be a stage name, however this is her given name. Sutton is an English name, meaning “from the Southern homestead”, currently #832 for girls in the U.S. I think Sutton makes for a really cool middle name.
March 19th –Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress– Actor, born in Switzerland on March 19, 1936.
Ursula may remind you of the villainous octopus-lady in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. That association aside, Ursula is a Latin name with a cute meaning, “little female bear”.
March 20th – Chester Bennington
Chester Charles Bennington– Musician, born in the United States on March 20, 1976.
Chester comes from a surname, meaning “fortress, or walled town”. Chester fell out of popularity int he 90’s. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have a son named Chester.
March 21st – Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick– Actor, born in the United States on March 21, 1962.
Matthew is a Hebrew name, meaning “gift of God”. A well loved name, Matthew has been in the top 100 since the late 1950’s and is currently #15 in the U.S.
March 22nd – Reese Witherspoon
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon – Actor, born in the United States on March 22, 1976.
Laura is a familiar name, meaning “bay laurel”. Interestingly, Reese a Welsh name, meaning “ardor”, has now surpassed Laura in popularity. The spike in popularity of Reese is no doubt due to Reese Witherspoon.
March 23rd – Joan Crawford
Lucille Fay LeSueur– Actor, born in the United States on March 23, 1904 (some sources list her birth year as 1905, 1906, and 1908 as well).
Joan Crawford was credited in her first works as Lucille LeSueur. Pete smith of MGM worried her name sounded made up and had a “Name the star” contest in which readers selected Joan Crawford. Joan means, “God is gracious”.
March 24th – Harry Houdini
Erik Weisz– Illusionist, born in Hungary on March 24, 1874.
Houdini also went by the names Elrich Weiss and Harry Weiss. How cool and iconic is the name Houdini? Harry comes from the name Henry, meaning “estate ruler”.
March 25th – Elton John (Sir Elton Hercules John)
Reginald Kenneth Dwight – Musician, born in the England on March 25, 1947.
Elton Hercules is quite different from his birth name, Reginald Kenneth. Elton is an English name, meaning “from the old town”. Whenever I hear this name I immediately think of Elton John.
March 26th – Amy Smart
Amy Lysle Smart– Actor, born in the United States on March 26, 1976.
Amy was a top name in the 80’s and 90’s. I think Amy will make a comeback in the next 10-15 years. A French name, Amy means “beloved”.
March 27th – Pauley Perrette
Pauley Perrette – Actor, born in the United States on March 27, 1969.
Pauley has a fun alliterative name that matches her personality. Pauley is a diminutive of name name Paul, meaning “small”.
March 28th – Vince Vaughn
Vincent Anthony Vaughn– Actor, born in the United States on March 28, 1970.
Vincent is a strong Latin name, meaning “conqueror”. A popular name in the middle ages, there are many Saints that bear this commanding name.
March 29th – Lucy Lawless
Lucille Frances Lawless– Actor, born in New Zealand on March 29, 1968.
Lucille is a lovely, old French name meaning “light”. Lucy is a sweet nickname coming from names such as Lucille and Lucia. The name Lucy on it’s own is climbing the charts, currently #66.
March 30th – Piers Morgan
Piers Stefan O’Meara – Journalist & TV Host, born in England on March 30, 1965.
Piers was the first used English version of Peter. A Greek name, meaning “rock”, Piers is rarely used in the U.S.
March 31st – Shirley Jones
Shirley Mae Jones– Singer & Actor, born in the United States on March 31, 1934.
Surely the name Shirley is due for a comeback! I think it would fit in well with many vintage girls names that have been trending. An English name, meaning “bright meadow”, I love the association to the literary character Anne Shirley.