A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!
May 1st – Jamie Dornan
James “Jamie” Dornan – Actor, born in Ireland on May 1, 1982.
James is a popular English name, meaning supplanter. Traditionally a male name, we’re seeing more and more celebrities use the name James for their daughters first and middle names.
May 2nd – Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Douglas Johnson – Actor/Professional Wrestler, born in the United States on May 2, 1972.
Dwayne is a spelling variation of the name Duane or Ó Dubhán, an Irish surname meaning “swarthy”. Johnson’s wrestling names is “The Rock”.
May 3rd – Poppy Delevingne
Poppy Angela Delevingne – Model/Socialite born in England on May 3, 1986.
Poppy is a cheerful flower name, rarely used in the United States, though popular in most other English speaking countries.
May 4th – Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Kathleen Hepburn – Actor, born in Belgium on May 4, 1929.
Audrey is an English name meaning noble strength. A lovely name with the classy association to Hepburn, Audrey is now more popular in the U.S. than ever before.
May 5th – Danielle Fishel
Danielle Christine Fishel – Actor, born in the United States on May 5, 1981.
Anyone Boy Meets World fans? Danielle is a female form of the Hebrew name Daniel, meaning God is my judge.
May 6th – George Clooney
George Timothy Clooney – Actor, born in the United States on May 6, 1961.
George is a Greek name meanings farmer. George is the name of politicians, literary characters, and a little prince.
May 7th – Eva Perón
María Eva Duarte de Perón– First lady of Argentina, born in Argentina on May 7, 1952.
Eva is a Latin form of the name Eve meaning life. Eva is rising in popularity, though still not quite as popular as Ava.
May 8th – Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler– Singer, born in Spain on May 8, 1975.
Enrique is a Spanish form of the German name Henry, meaning “estate ruler”. Enrique is also the first name of singer Ricky Martin.
May 9th – Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson – Actor, born in the United States on May 9, 1979.
Rosario is a unisex name meaning rosary. In Spanish Rosario is feminine and in Italian Rosario is masculine.
May 10th – Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson – Actor/Comedian, born in the United States on May 10, 1978.
Kenan is a spelling variation of the Irish name Cianán, meaning ancient. In the U.S. the spelling Keenan is most popular.
May 11th – Sabrina Carpenter
Sabrina Ann Lynn Carpenter – Actor/Singer, born in the United States on May 11, 1999.
The name Sabrina comes from the Welsh River Sevren. Sabrina may remind you of the character Sabrina Fairchild or of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
May 12th – Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale – Scientist, born in Italy on May 12, 1910.
Isn’t Nightingale a romantic surname? Florence is a place name and a Latin name meaning flourishing. Could Florence be the next old-fashioned name to make a comeback?
May 13th – Darius Rucker
Darius Carlos Rucker – Musician, born in the United States on May 13, 1966.
Darius is a Greek form of a Persian name meaning to possess well. Darius was the name of several ancient Persian kings.
May 14th – Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook, born in the United States on May 14, 1984.
Mark is a Latin name meaning warlike. One of the most notable Mark’s, Mark Twain, was born Samuel Clemens.
May 15th – Zara Phillips
Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips – Royalty, born in England on May 15, 1981.
Zara may be an English form of the name Zaïre, or Arabic from Zahra meaning Princess. Zara is also the name of a popular clothing store.
May 16th – Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brendan Brosnan – Actor, born in Ireland on May 16, 1953.
Pierce is an English name meaning son of Piers. I think Pierce makes for a strong, one-syllable middle name.
May 17th – Tessa Virtue
Tessa Jane McCormick Virtue – Ice Dancer, born in Canada on May 17, 1989.
Tessa is a spunky name that originated as a nickname for the name Theresa, meaning to reap. Tessa has steadily been rising on my own favorites list.
May 18th – Spencer Breslin
Spencer Breslin – Actor, born in the United States on May 18, 1992.
Spencer is an English name meaning house steward. Recently we’ve seen more and more girls named Spencer as well.
May 19th – Sam Smith
Samuel Frederick Smith – Singer, born in England on May 19, 1992.
Samuel is a timeless Hebrew name meaning told by God. Both Samuel and Samantha have been quite popular. Samson and Samara could be great alternatives and ways to get to the nickname Sam.
May 20th – Cher
Cherilyn Sarkisian– Singer/Actor, born in the United States on May 20, 1946.
Cherilyn and Cher are derived from the name Cheryl, a French form of Cherie meaning darling. Cher is an iconic name strongly associated with this performer.
May 21st – Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse– Actor, born in the United States on May 21, 1974.
Fairuza is a Turkish/Arabic name meaning turquoise. Fairuza was given her name because of her deep blue green eyes.
May 22nd – Apolo Ohno
Apolo Anton Ohno – Speed Skater, born in the United States on May 22, 1982.
Apolo is a variation of Apollo, a Greek mythological name. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale used the name Apollo for one of their sons.
May 23rd – Drew Carey
Drew Allison Carey – Host/Comedian, born in the United States on May 23, 1958.
Drew began as a nickname for Andrew, though Drew Carey’s full first name is Drew. Drew means strong and manly.
May 24th – Queen Victoria
Alexandrina Victoria – Royalty, born in England on May 24, 1819.
The Victorian era was name for this long reigning queen. Victoria is a timeless name meaning victory.
May 25th – Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian Murray McKellen – Actor, born in England on May 25, 1939.
Ian is a Scottish version of the name John, meaning God is gracious. Ian packs a big punch for a small name.
May 26th – Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter – Actor, born in England on May 26, 1966.
Helena is a Latinate form of the Greek name Helen, meaning bright and shining. Helena was named for her mother Elena.
May 27th – Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany – Actor, born in England on May 27, 1971.
Paul is a Latin name meaning small. Vin Diesel recently named his daughter Pauline in honor of late actor Paul Walker.
May 28th – Kylie Minogue
Kylie Ann Minogue – Singer/Actor, born in Australia on May 28, 1968.
Kylie, with this spelling, is an aboriginal name meaning boomerang. A spunky name for the Australian singer.
May 29th – Noel Gallagher
Noel Thomas David Gallagher – Musician, born in England on May 29, 1967.
Noel is French in origin meaning Christmas. A great name for a baby born in December but clearly usable for anytime of year!
May 30th – Idina Menzel
Idina Kim Menzel – Singer/Actor, born in the United States on May 30, 1971.
Who knew Idina’s middle name was Kim? Idina is a variation of Edina, meaning from Edinburgh, Scotland.
May 31st – Clint Eastwood
Clinton “Clint” Eastwood Jr. – Actor, born in the United States on May 31, 1930.
Clinton is an English name meaning hilltop town. The name Clinton dipped in popularity while President Clinton was in term, but it’s steadily climbing again in popularity.