A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!
April 1st – Asa Butterfield
Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield– Actor, born in England on April 1, 1997.
Asa is a short but sweet, Hebrew, palindrome name, meaning “born in the morning”. P.S. How cool is Asa Butterfield’s full name?
April 2nd – Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris– Singer-songwriter, born in the United States on April 2, 1947.
Emmylou is a sweet, wholesome-sounding, smush of a name. I picture it on a darling little pigtailed girl in gingham.
April 3rd – Alec Baldwin
Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin III– Actor, born in the United States on April 3, 1958.
Alec is one of the many cool nicknames that come from the Greek name Alexander, meaning “defending men”.
April 4th – Maya Angelou
Marguerite Annie Johnson– Activist and Writer, born in the United States on April 4, 1928.
Maya’s name came about from her little brother calling her, “my-uh sister”. Maya is Hebrew name, meaning “water”.
April 5th – Booker T. Washington
Booker Taliaferro Washington– Activist and Writer, born in the United States on April 5, 1856.
Booker is an English surname and occupational name, meaning “scribe”. Booker is seldom used, though I think it would fit in well among the -er ending names that are currently trending.
April 6th – Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Helaine Bure– Actor, born in the United States on April 6, 1976.
Candace is a Latin name, meaning “white and pure”. Candace has three children with pretty cool names – Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.
April 7th – Russell Crowe
Russell Ira Crowe – Actor, born in New Zealand on April 7, 1964.
Russell is a French name with the fun meaning, “fox-colored”, reffering to someone with red hair.
April 8th – Gabriella Wilde
Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe – Model and Actor, born in England on April 6, 1989.
I love a big grand name. Check out those middle names. Gabriella is an Italian feminine form of Gabriel, meaning “God is my strength”.
April 9th – Leighton Meester
Leighton Marissa Meester – Actor and Singer, born in the United States on April 9, 1986.
Leighton Meester definitely gave this previously rare name a boost in popularity. Currently #541 for girls, Leighton is an English name meaning “meadows town”.
April 10th – Orlando Jones
Orlando Jones – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on April 10, 1968.
Orlando is an Italian form of the name Roland, meaning “famous throughout the land”. A Shakespearean name and a name shared by fellow actor, Orlando Bloom.
April 11th – Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Corine Ambrosio – Model, born in Brazil on April 11, 1981.
A beautiful Italian form of the name Alexandra. Alessandra has a slightly exotic, distinctly feminine sound, meaning “defender of man”.
April 12th – Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Úna Ronan – Actor, born in the United States (to Irish parents, and raised in Ireland) on April 12, 1994.
Saoirse Ronan is Aléna (one of my fellow name sisters’) favorite actors. I love all three of her names. Saoirse is an Irish Gaelic name meaning “freedom”. A great name with a wonderful meaning.
April 13th – Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson – Politician, born in the United States on April 13, 1743.
The perfect name for a twin, Thomas is a classic Aramaic name, meaning “twin”. At #61 in popularity, Thomas is as usable now as it was in 1743.
April 14th – Abigail Breslin
Abigail Kathleen Breslin – Actor, born in the United States on April 14, 1996.
A lovable Puritan and Biblical name. Abigail is a Hebrew name, meaning “my father is joyful”.
April 15th – Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci– Polymath, born in Italy on April 15, 1743.
Leonardo is a handsome Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of the name Leonard, meaning “brave lion”. I love the da Vinci tie and the nickname Leo.
April 16th – Martin Lawrence
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence – Actor and Comedian, born in Germany (raised in the United States) on April 16, 1965.
There are many great men named Martin, including Martin Luther King, whom Lawrence was named for. Martin is a Latin name, meaning “warlike”
April 17th – Victoria Beckham
Victoria Caroline Beckham – Singer & Designer, born in England on April 17, 1974.
A timeless, classic Latin name, meaning “victory”. Many Victoria’s go by Tori or Vicky. Lately I’ve loved the idea of Rory as a nickname for Victoria.
April 18th – Conan O’Brien
Conan Christopher O’Brien – Comedian and Host, born in the United States on April 18, 1963.
So many Irish names have delightful meanings. Conan means, “little wolf”. How precious is that?
April 19th – James Franco
James Edward Franco – Actor and Artist, born in the United States on April 19, 1978.
James is an English name, meaning “supplanter”. Traditionally a male name, James is #13 for boys in the U.S. The name James received a lot of attention last month, when it was revealed that Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively used the name James for their little girl.
April 20th – Miranda Kerr
Miranda May Kerr – Model, born in Australia on April 20, 1983.
Miranda is a Shakespearean name, meaning “wonderful”. The name Miranda is derived from the Latin word mirandus.
April 21st – Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary– Queen, born in England on April 21, 1926.
If there’s one name that has stood the test of time, Elizabeth would be it. Wildly popular since names have been recorded, Elizabeth is Hebrew, meaning “God is my oath”.
April 22nd – Jack Nicholson
John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson – Actor, born in the United States on April 22, 1937.
While Jack is popular in its own right now, it started off as a nickname for John, a Hebrew name, meaning “God is gracious”.
April 23rd – Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple Black – Actor, born in the United States on April 23, 1928.
I’d love to see this sweet, old timey name make a comeback. Shirley is an English name, meaning “bright meadow”. I also love the Anne Shirley association.
April 24th – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Brianne Clarkson – Singer, born in the United States on April 24, 1982.
Kelly is an anglicized Irish surname, meaning “war”. Originally more popular for boys, Kelly became popular for girls about 30 years ago. I could see this name being used again for boys in coming years.
April 25th – Al Pacino
Alfredo James “Al” Pacino – Actor, born in the United States on April 25, 1940.
Alfredo is an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of the name Alfred. Alfred is an old English name meaning “wise counsel”. Al, Alfie, Freddie, Fredo.. there are many nicknames that can come from this name.
April 26th – Channing Tatum
Channing Matthew Tatum – Actor, born in the United States on April 26, 1980.
Channing is an English name that may possibly mean, “wolf cub”. I think both the names Channing and Tatum have been given a bit of a boost in popularity because of this actor.
April 27th – Jenna Coleman
Jenna-Louise Coleman – Actor, born in England on April 27, 1986.
Jenna is a spunky variation of the name Jennifer, meaning “white wave, or white shadow”. I wonder if the similar sounding, but less popular name Jessa will take off given the popularity of the Duggar family.
April 28th – Jorge Garcia
Jorge Garcia – Actor, born in the United States on April 28, 1973.
Jorge is a popular Spanish form of the name George, meaning “supplanter”. Jorge is #207 in popularity for boys in the U.S.
April 29th – Jerry Seinfeld
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on April 29, 1954.
Jerome is a Greek name, meaning “sacred name”. A pretty cool name for a name lover. There are many great men named Jerome, my favorite being author J.D. Salinger.
April 30th – Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Caroline Dunst – Actor, born in the United States on April 30, 1982.
Kirsten is a Norwegian and Danish form of Christina, meaning “anointed”. This name will forever remind me of the American Girl Doll Kirsten Larson, which I adored as a child.