We love fall. Whether its the first sip of Pumpkin Spice Latte or watching autumn foliage turn, it's a beautiful season. And it makes for great baby names, too.
Everyone looks forward to something in the fall: whether it's their first Pumpkin Spice Latte, apple-picking with friends, carving pumpkins, decorating for Halloween, playing in leaves, sipping mulled cider or the taste of butternut squash soup—it's a season with a little bit of everything for everyone. But if you're expecting a little autumnal bundle of joy, you'll have even more things to look forward to—and naming your baby should be one of them. Whether you're due to give birth during one of the fall months or simply want your child's name to pay homage to your favorite season, there are plenty of autumnal baby names to choose from.
To get your creative juices flowing, the genealogy experts at MooseRoots used data from the Social Security Administration to track the most popular autumn names in the U.S. If you love fall as much as we do, you'll find your pick of baby names here, from the traditional to the unique—for either a boy, girl or both. Check out these names, ranked based on popularity, starting with the most unique ones.
Saffron is typically given to babies with strikingly gold hair, as it is named for the exotic, bright yellow seasoning. In 2014, this unusual name ranked No. 5,558 for all female newborns.
Crispin is derived from the Latin term 'Crispus,' an old Roman family name meaning curly headed. It ranked No. 3,905 for all male newborns in 2014.
Oak is a very strong and unique baby boy (or girl?) name. In 2014, it ranked No. 3,840 for all male newborns, with only 27 babies given the moniker that year.
Rye, named for the grassy grain, is an unusual name for baby boys. It ranked No. 3,497 for all male newborns in 2014, with just 31 given the name.
Maple is an uncommon name for sweet baby girls. In 2014, it ranked No. 3,145 for all female newborns, with a total of 52 babies given the designation.
Crimson, named for the dark red of autumn leaves, ranked No. 2,971 for all baby boys born in 2014. A total of 38 male infants were given this unusual name that year.
Rusty is a derivative of the modern English term for 'rust,' and is a common nickname for someone with reddish-brown hair. It ranked No. 2,811 for all infant boys born in 2014.
Fern is derived from the plant and has Portuguese and Spanish origins. In 2014, the name ranked No. 2,738 for all baby girls born during the year.
Ash ranked No. 2,086 for all infant boys born in 2014. Only a total of 66 males were given this uncommon name.
Cedar ranked No. 1,966 for all baby boys born in 2014. A total of 72 little guys were given this unusual name.
Peregrine, often nicknamed Perry, is the Old English term for someone who lived by a pear tree. This unusual name ranked No. 1,236 for all infant boys born in 2014.
Coral applies to both the marine invertebrates found in warm seas and their often orangish-pink hue. The name ranked No. 1,186 for all baby girls born in 2014.
Cormac is a traditional Irish name that boasts lasting staying power. It ranked No. 1,028 for all baby boys born in 2014.
Kale might have been invented as a masculine form of Kayley or an Anglicized version of the Irish name Cathal. Or it's just a favorite among people who favor the healthy green. It ranked No. 972 for all baby boys born in 2014.
Laurel is the 19th-century word for 'tree,' and was likely the pet name for Laura in the 16th and 17th centuries. The name ranked No. 817 for all baby girls born in 2014.
Forrest is derived from the term used to describe someone who lived in or by an enclosed wooded area. It ranked No. 719 for all baby boys born in 2014.
Scarlet ranked No. 390 for all baby girls born in 2014, with a total of 829 given the name. The fiery red name has seen a rise in popularity over the last decade.
Daphne means laurel and is rooted in Greek mythology. It ranked No. 356 for all baby girls born in 2014, with 913 daughters given the name.
Reed is a boy's name that ranked No. 317 for all male newborns in 2014. It has been more popular than ever over the last few years.
Olive is derived from the Latin name for the olive tree. It ranked No. 282 for all baby girls born in 2014, with 1,144 given the moniker.
August has Danish, Estonian, German, Latin, Roman and Swedish roots. It reached peak popularity in 1880, but is still common today, ranking No. 242 for all boys born in 2014.
Rowan has Irish roots, meaning 'the little red one.' It has become increasingly popular over the last decade, ranking No. 239 for all boys born in 2014.
Ivy is a girl's name that denotes the plant. In 2014, it ranked No. 146 for all females born and has been more popular than ever over the last few years.
Willow originated from the term for the tree, celebrated for its grace and the pliancy of its wood. The name ranked No. 138 for baby girls born in 2014.
Autumn is derived from the fall season itself. In 2014, it was the 71st most popular name for baby girls, with a total of 4,034 given the beautiful name.