Have a baby Virgo on the way? You do if your due date lies between Aug. 23 and Sep. 22. Need a perfect name? Relax, we’ve got you.
Sometimes this sun sign gets a bad rap for being too picky and too critical, when in fact, it’s one of the most helpful, thoughtful signs of the zodiac, often shunning the spotlight and preferring instead to live a modest life with pure motives. As an earth sign, Virgos are known for their grounded common sense and attention to detail. Not to mention they are industrious, the hardest workers of the zodiac. Sure, they may need your help to learn to relax, as they tend to notice — and worry about — the little details the rest of the world seems to miss. But overall, this is a delightful sign that deserves a delightful name — and that whole “virgin” meaning is only one angle of a myriad of ways to interpret Virgo.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite names for Virgo bebés (but we’re sure Virgo — who’s good with sharing — won’t mind if another sign wants to borrow one of these gems). Here are a few different ways of looking at naming your late August or September little one:
Earth & Harvest Names
It now makes complete sense to us that Hermione Granger was probably a Virgo.
Names Meaning “Pure” or “Chaste”
You’ll notice there are a lot fewer names for boys with this meaning, ahem. Oh, those societal expectations run deep.
Names With Other Virgo Virtues
The Puritans liked to name their girls “virtuous” names, and would have had no shortage for Virgo girl babies — if, you know, they had been down with the zodiac and hadn’t thought it was the work of sorcerers and all that jazz.
Prudence (or Prudie or Prue, how sweet are those?)
For Virgo boys and girls, any names meaning “industrious,” “helper,” “hard worker,” or with similar service-related meanings are perfect. Here are a bunch that fit the bill.
What better name for an earth sign than one that belonged to an explorer of the Earth? Most of these are boys’ names (dammit, History), but, hey, worth a look. Disclaimer: They were not always good guys, so do your due diligence for sure if problematic history may eat at you.
For boys, some of the best-known explorers:
Ponce de Leon
Francis (or Frances) Drake
Of course, if you don’t like those, we’ve got some other boy names here.
But in our humble opinion? Meriwether alone totally deserves another shot at the baby name charts.
For girls, some excellently named female explorers include:
Louise Arner Boyd
Ida Laura Pfeiffer
Harriet Chalmers Adams
We are so down with a new generation of Virgo female explorers named Octavie, Freya and Alexandrine, we can’t even deal. Let’s get this party started, parents.
Actual Historic Virgins
For very literal folks who can’t get past Virgo being the sign of the virgin; consider this a fascinating history lesson.
Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen of England (although her virgin status has been debated by historians)
Joan of Arc, just forget all about that fiery death
Nikola Tesla, apparently no real electricity going on in his life
Hans Christian Andersen
Artemis, the Greek virgin goddess. Now that’s some next-level virginity, y’all.
Hopefully you spotted something on our list that felt very…Virgo. If not, now you’ve got a sense of the star sign you’re working with — and we have a feeling you’re on your way to finding just the right name for your fall baby. (There are plenty more female explorers on Google, just saying. And our roundup of Leo names is pretty sweet — and Leos know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so borrow away.)