The most popular summer-inspired baby names to add to your short list

These. Are. Adorable.

Summer inspired baby names
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Looking for the perfect baby name can be tough - do you opt for a vintage baby name, or go for a moniker that will make your little one more successful? Would you pick a name from your favourite TV show (these Bridgerton baby names are adorable), or perhaps use celebrities to inspire your choice?

If you're expecting this summer, you might be interested in a moniker that reflects the season.

Baby travel brand Micralite has researched the most popular summer-inspired baby names - and, obviously, they're all very cute.

By creating a list of over 150 related names, they analysed their popularity against the latest data from the Office of National Statistics to work out which ones were used the most over five years (between 2016-2020).

Summer names for girls

  1. Isla - Isla is of Scottish and Spanish origin, meaning 'island'. There were 15,625 babies given the name over the five year period analysed, making it the most popular summer-inspired girls baby name, and it's also the third most popular name for girls during that time
  2. Phoebe - Meaning 'radiant, shining one, it is of Greek origin and represents the summer sunshine
  3. Ruby - Ruby is the birthstone for July, making it a popular summer inspired baby name
  4. Ellie - Another name whose meaning reflects the sunshine, the name Ellie is of English origin and means 'bright shining one'
  5. Aurora - The name of the goddess of sunshine in Roman mythology, Aurora is of Latin origin and means 'dawn'
  6. Summer - Of English origin, it's directly relating to the summer season
  7. Savannah - The name is of Spanish origin, meaning 'flat tropical grassland'
  8. Niamh - The name Niamh is of Irish origin and means 'bright' or 'radiant', another name with connections to the summer sunshine
  9. Skye - A name originating from nature, Skye is an alternative spelling of sky, which reflects the blue summer skies
  10. Elena - Rounding off the top ten is another sunshine related name, Elena, which is the Italian and Spanish form of Helen and means 'bright, shining light'

Summer names for boys

  • Leo - Topping the list for Summer-inspired boys’ names is Leo. The name has Latin origins and means “lion” and is the star sign for people born between 23rd July – 22nd August
  • Lucas - The name Lucas is the Latin form of the Greek name Loukas and means 'bringer of light', which can represent the sun
  • Dylan - A name which has connections to the ocean, Dylan has Welsh origins and means 'son of the sea'
  • Luca - The name Luca is the Italian variation of Lucas and Luke and also means 'bringer of light'
  • Luke - Another popular boy’s name relating to the sun, Luke is the English form of the Greek name Loukas and means 'light-giving'
  • Leon - Associated with the Leo star sign, the name Leon means 'lion' in Greek, which is the representation of the astrological sign
  • Kai - Another name associated with the ocean, Kai is of Hawaiian origin and means 'sea'.
  • Sonny - A reflection of the warm sunny weather, the name Sonny represents the summer sunshine
  • Hamza - The name Hamza is of Arabic origin and means 'lion', relating to the Leo star sign
  • Morgan - The final boy’s name in the list is Morgan, a gender-neutral name of Welsh origin that means 'sea-born'

Would you choose any of these adorable names for your little one?

Jadie Troy-Pryde
News Editor

Jadie Troy-Pryde is News Editor, covering celebrity and entertainment, royal, lifestyle and viral news. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Lifestyle and Social Media Editor, she worked at a number of women’s fashion and lifestyle titles including Grazia, Women’s Health and Stylist, and now heads the Marie Claire UK news desk.