If you’re expecting a baby in April or May (April 20th through May 20th, to be exact), it’s most likely going to fall under the Zodiac sign of Taurus: The Bull.
Whether you’re the type of person who plans their entire life according to star signs, or just read your horoscope for kicks once in a while, it can be fun to know the defining traits, characteristics, and symbols that accompany your baby’s astrological signs.
According to theory, people born under Taurus tend to be unwaveringly loyal and strong-willed, patient and persistent. Most of the time they’re calm and contented, but they need a sense of security and stability to truly thrive. (Then again, don’t most kids?)
When a tiny Taurus charges into your world, you may want to choose a name that reflects one of his or her sign’s special associations. Here are a few of our favorites.
You can’t get any more direct than naming your little Taurus after the month in which she was born. April is named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite (which itself could make a more subtle tribute to the month). Queen Elizabeth, Kelly Clarkson, and Uma Thurman are among some April-born Taureans. For those born later under the sign, there’s always Mae or Maya.
The daisy symbolizes the innocent, carefree joy of childhood — and is the official flower of the month of April. Its name comes from the Old English “daeges-eaye,” or “day’s-eye,” thanks to its tendency to open toward the sun and close at nighttime.
May’s official “birth flower” is Lily of the Valley, which presents itself with delicate, bell-shaped flowers that are super-fragrant. It symbolizes sweetness, happiness, and purity of heart. For an alternative, try Lilia or the cute, quirky Lil.
Taurus is among the earth signs, which are known for having a grounded, down-to-earth nature and steadfast dependability. What better way to honor these qualities than with a name that literally means “earth?” In Greek mythology, Gaia was the personification of earth, the mother of all life.
The official “birth color” of both April and May is yellow, symbolizing the sun’s warm return after a long, gray winter. And though the name Orla doesn’t seem to refer to anything yellow — it’s not like you’re naming her Buttercup — its meaning is one of the most kick-ass meanings in the entire history of baby names: golden princess. You’re welcome, little Orlas of the world.
Though Taureans can be notable hotheads, those incidents are few and far between, and there’s a flip side to this quality: the calm demeanor that they display most of the time. The name Serena means “calm and tranquil,” so it’ll fit your little Taurus to a tee. (Until somebody pisses her off, that is.)
The ruling planet of Taurus was once thought to be Venus (which is a totally viable name option itself), but is now considered to be Ceres — a new dwarf planet, whose name means “to grow.”
People born under Taurus are also known for their loyalty, and their tendency to make strong, lasting friendships. You might say they’re “true blue” friends, which is why this modern virtue name is a totally accurate choice.
Both the birthstone of May, and the lucky gemstone of Taurus in general, emeralds are thought to increase eloquence and improve memory and intuition. Historically, people believed that placing an emerald under someone’s tongue would allow that person to see the future.
If you want to announce to the world that you’ve got a stubborn-but-loyal, good-hearted, down-to-earth kiddo, just skip all the tribute names and go right for the name of the sign itself! As a constellation, Taurus is one of the oldest in the sky, and definitely dates back to the early Bronze Age — although some experts believe there are references to it in the paintings on the walls of France’s Lascaux Caves, dated to roughly 15,000 B.C.
Everyone knows that the symbol for Taurus is the bull; in fact, the name itself means “the bull” in Latin. And one of the most famous types of bull is the Angus; in fact, the most valuable bull ever sold was an Angus, fetching an astonishing $800,000. There are other breeds of bull to name your child after, of course — we won’t judge if you call him “Beefmaster” or “Holstein” (okay, maaaaybe we’ll judge if you call him Beefmaster) — but Angus is an adorable name on its own.
The name Ethan means “enduring strength,” and, well, let’s just say bulls — and Tauruses — aren’t known for being weak.
Like the name Gaia above, you couldn’t get any more earthy than this name, paying homage to the fact that your little Taurus is an earth sign. If you like a little more formal sound, you could always go with Clayton.
Along the same earth-sign lines, we have Demetrius, which means “follower of Demeter” — i.e., the Greek goddess of the harvest, grains, and the fertility of the soil.
Loyalty is one of the key traits of Taurus-born people, and this name is said to be derived from an Irish-Gaelic surname meaning “loyal” (not to be confused with the Welsh name Dylan, which has a different meaning). Another name with a similar meaning is the Arabic name Siddiq (which can also be spelled Sadiq) and means “devoted and truthful.”
If you want a whimsical nod to both your little Taurus and a classic work of children’s literature, you could name him after the most famous bull ever: Ferdinand. The gentle hero of Munro Leaf’s 1936 story, who would rather smell flowers in the pasture than fight like the other bulls, is still a favorite today.