Okay, so maybe your first thoughts that come to mind about Mardi Gras have more to do with debauchery and topless women than, say… family. But don’t discount the rich history of the world’s most famous carnival and parade. In fact, if not for Lent, Mardi Gras would unlikely exist. So, you see, it’s actually a very holy time. Right?
Well, regardless. It’s a fun and funky and alive time. Color, music, spirit, and joy — not to mention history — are very much a part of Mardi Gras. So, naturally, it bears numerous names that are oh-so lovely and un-traditionally awesome.
Appellation Mountain (one of my favorite name sites) recently brought to light a few dozen great names that all have connections to the greatest carnival in the world. Here, I share my favorite 10 names from their Mardi Gras list, which (of course) all happen to be fabulous and 100% wearable for today’s babies.
I adore this name, and an old childhood friend just used this as a middle name for her daughter. This moniker is well used in Louisiana, home state to Mardi Gras.
According to Appellation Mountain, Rex is from the Krewe of Rex, “arguably the most established of the Mardi Gras Krewes.” This name also falls right in fashion with other popular -x ending names, like Max and Felix.
Appellation Mountain claims this as a boy name, but I think it could be used as either a boy or girl name. Landon (similar sound) is traditionally masculine, but the -y ending of this name, as well as its overall sound, lends itself well as a girl’s name. Its connection to Mardi Gras? There’s a parish by this saint’s name close to New Orleans.
Appellation Mountain’s description of this name is so perfect: “As in New Orleans, LA, the abbreviation for the city where the famous celebration takes place. Another possibility? Magnolia, the state flower, and a possible long form of Nola.” This is by far my favorite Mardi Gras name, rooted in meaning and with an absolutely fabulous full-name option.
Another favorite of mine. Fleur is a name I wish I could use but it pairs terribly with Hill Mass. This lovely name is connected to a symbol associated with New Orleans, fleur-di-lis.
I’m surprised by how much I like this name. It’s fun — and easy — to say. Its middle sound of the traditional Katie brings the comfort of an old favorite with a wholly new sound. It’s tied to Mardi Gras because the Acadians migrated from Canada to Louisiana, and have since been referred to as Cajuns.
This is definitely the most popular and mainstream Mardi Gras name. Jackson has been climbing the name charts for some time now. But it’s connected to the celebratory city because of the famous Jackson Square.
This name is wonderful, with or without a link to Mardi Gras. But it’s tied to the festival because it’s the oldest all-women’s krewe, named for the goddess of the rainbow.
This is one of those names that is fun to say, but unless I lived — and was born, and worked, and was married to an Italian… in Italy — I could never use this moniker. It’s the Italian form of the ever-popular-in-America James. And it appears in the lyrics of the song Iko Iko, which is about Mardi Gras. But, personally, it’s just too much for me.
Well, hello there, traditional. You might not immediately associate this name with Mardi Gras, but Louis Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in North America, and it just so happens to be located in New Orleans. Not to mention Louis Armstrong, who — hello — was born in New Orleans. .