Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Summer

Summer is an English vocabulary word designating one of the four seasons. The English word for summer has Germanic origins from the root sam/sem meaning “season, half-year” (the Old Norse calendar used to divide the year into only two seasons, winter and summer). The French word for summer is été which evolved from the older Latin “aestas”, itself a reflection of an ancient Greek word “aithein” which means “to burn, to shine, to be hot”. Latin also gave the French and English “aestivalis”, an adjective meaning “pertaining to summer, happening in summer” (which is where we get our word “festivals”). The first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere is traditionally marked by the summer solstice (usually June 21) while in the Southern Hemisphere that date coincides with December 21st. The season of summer is associated with pleasant activities, warm weather, and carefree frames of mind. The use of Summer as a feminine given name came into vogue during the counterculture period of American history.

All About the Baby Name – Summer

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME SUMMER

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME SUMMER

The name Summer first entered the U.S. popularity charts in 1971 when the American social revolution was in full swing. Young, hippie parents of 1960s and 70s commonly responded to names exemplifying organic concepts and an awareness of nature. It was a sign of the times and names like Rain, Rainbow, Sunshine, River and Meadow came into use. The names of the seasons and months of the year were also used, as were flowers, plants and trees. It was a wildly free time in American history and many of the names of the 60s and 70s reflected it. However, when the 1970s gave way to the greedy days of Wall Street in the 1980s, America reverted back to her traditional ways and took naming styles in a different direction. Nonetheless, some of these counterculture names endured and have stayed with us. Summer and Autumn are two examples of this. The name Summer definitely lost some footing in the 1980s, but the 1990s made up for it. Today, the name is typically ranked somewhere between 150-200th position on the popularity charts. No one wants to say goodbye to summer. We’re glad the name has persisted; it keeps the sunshine near.

Quick Facts

ON SUMMER

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

188

PRONUNCIATION:

SUH-mer

SIMPLE MEANING:

Season of sunshine and warmth

Characteristics

OF SUMMER

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Summer

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME SUMMER

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Summer

Popular Songs

ON SUMMER

Sarah in the Summer
a song by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Summer
a song by Sum 41

Summer (L'estate)
the second concerto in Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Cruel Summer
a song by Bananarama

Boys of Summer
a song by Don Henley

Black Summer Rain
a song by Eric Clapton

All Summer Long
a song by The Beach Boys

(Only A) Summer Love
a song by REO Speedwagon

Famous People

NAMED SUMMER

Summer Sanders (Olympic swimmer, sportscaster)
Summer Glau (actress)
Summer Phoenix (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED SUMMER

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Summer

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME SUMMER

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Summer