Most surprising month as name usage?

There's a new child at my son's preschool who has a month as a name. I was surprised because of all 12 months it seems the least likely to be used for a person. 

 

We are familiar with April, May, June and August as names for people. 

Some months have some occasional usage, like January and July. 

Dave Eggars named his daughter October so maybe that sets a precedent.

November and December are holiday months and could be shortened to cute nicknames. (Ember? Deci?)

March could be short for Marcheline.

September seems a bit of a hard sell but maybe Ember could also be the nickname and people have fondness for the start of Fall and back to school season.

And then there's February. It has tricky spelling and pronounciation. It's in the middle of winter. Febbie seems a less appealing nickname than Ember or Deci. 

I really would have put it as the least likely month to be used as a name. But maybe that's the appeal.  People will be familiar with it but not know anyone else with that name. 

 

 

 

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July 21, 2015 4:22 PM

wow. I agree wtih you. It does seem like it would be the least month to be used. I bet there is a good story behind the name.  Hopefully you can get to know them and be able to ask in a tackful way.  That is always the tricky part.

Are they native English speakers? 

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July 21, 2015 4:22 PM

Basque- Otsaila

Polish- Luty

I think they would be good alternatives but you are right, February isn't a suitable name. 

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July 21, 2015 4:36 PM

I think the thing that makes February most tricky is that some people say FEB-roo-air-ee and others say... FEB-yoo-air-ee? Feb-yoo-wear-ee? Whatever it is, I find it a little nails-on-chalk-boardy. Roo/Ru is an adorable nickname and if you're on team Feb-roo-ary it would be perfectly reasonable. It's alone among the months in never showing up in the SSA data, though.

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July 21, 2015 4:55 PM

I think you're on track in guessing that its very unsuitability as a name is probably part of the attraction.

You mention that February is the middle of winter, so I'll assume you have seasons where you are, but I wonder if they lived somewhere else when they picked the name--in Michigan and Iowa, February is also one of the most unlovely months weather-wise, but I don't suppose you'd notice much of a difference in Hawaii.

I bet it's pretty cute to hear the preschoolers try to pronounce, though!

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July 22, 2015 3:53 AM

September is the name of the protagonist in a series of childrens' books, the first of which is "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making," or something like that.

I found it cute in the context of the book. And I like October even better. February is a bit of a mouthful though!

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July 22, 2015 11:28 AM

I love that series! I always thought the name September fit the character very well. I like the suggestion of nn Ember; it's unusual but pretty.

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By Fly
July 23, 2015 1:40 AM

In Australia its the hottest month of the year, or seems to be (the end of Summer).  It's also one of my favourite months.  I'd probably use 'Ru' as a nickname... which is kind of fun as an Australian, or maybe Arry/Arya (GoT bonus point).  I'd be more interested in whether people actually pronounce it correctly... most people around here seem to say 'Feb-ru-ee'.

Nicknames for October... Octo? Berry? Toby? I guess Toby... but that feels sort of like a savoury dessert (unusual but I like it).

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July 25, 2015 12:36 AM

Oooh, Ari/Arya would be a brilliant nickname, too. Good thinking!

I'm also finding it hilarious that the Australian pronunciation is also dropping an r, just a different one from the slurry American pronunciation (which I am pretty sure is Feb-yoo-wary).

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By Fly
July 25, 2015 8:46 AM

I've heard that one too, Feb-ru-ee is lazy Strine and Feb-yoo-wary is trying-a-little-harder-but-still-wrong Strine, where "Strine" is a phonetic approximation of a bogan (Australian redneck) trying to say "Australian", as in Australian English ;) I think most things are pronounced lazily here.. Words running into each other "dyaavagooweegen?" (Did you have a good weekend?) for example... And the infamous -ee and -o endings for slang.

Jan-ya-ree, Feb-ru-ee, Wenz-day, Sat-day. Or more commonly, -dee instead of -day.

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By mk
July 26, 2015 2:41 AM

I like and can see February as a name over September or October, actually. I would assume there is nothing more to the story than the child was born in that month, and they wanted to acknowledge it without choosing a Valentine-themed name. I love winter as a season, so winter names are great to me.

I wouls have guessed March as the least likely to be used as a name because it is also a word.

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July 26, 2015 8:40 PM

I wnet to university with a March.  In her case it was a family surname.

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August 1, 2015 11:19 AM

I know a February with a nickname of Febbie. (She is an adult) It seems equal in usability to January in my mind, I think it's very pretty. To me the strangest month names would be October, September, November, December or March. October most of all I think, although obviously it's been done.