Birth month symbols stem from a variety of cultures, each with the potential to give us nuggets of insight into the tiny humans in our lives.
Explore the whole range of your baby’s birth symbols and find out what your little treasure might have in store for you. From the zodiac, to animals, to gemstones, to trees, to flowers, birth symbols may just shine a light on your little one’s key traits.
And you have full license to buy into as much of it as you wish. Whether you believe in the full power of birth symbols or not, they can be a fun way to infuse a little extra magic into mamahood.
They may even give you some cute ideas to celebrate your baby’s birth. Plant their birth tree or give them a ring with their birthstone on it? Super special. Or give a symbol-themed gift at a baby shower or sprinkle. Yup, you just upped the oh-wow factor in the marking-of-occasions department.
Ready to meander through the 12 birth month symbols? Let’s go.
Get to know the birth symbols
What do the 12 months represent? And what animal represents each month? Let’s take a look.
January birth symbol breakdown
The month of sn and snowballs, and fresh starts and foresight and fun.
Traits of January babies? Ambitious, practical, fiery. They do have to kickstart the whole year, after all.
January birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 21st? Capricorn. 20th or later? Aquarius
- Animal: Ox
- Stone: Garnet (Deep wine red)
- Flower: Carnation and Snowdrop
- Tree: Before the 21st? The Birch Tree. After the 21st? The Rowan Tree
- Soul symbol: Dragon
“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
February birth symbol breakdown
The month of love, of leap years, of leaning on and learning.
Traits of February babies? Super smart and super sassy. Look, February babies don’t waste any time. With only 28 days in their month, they know how important it is to get stuff done.
February birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 19th? Aquarius. 19th or later? Pisces
- Animal: Tiger
- Stone: Amethyst (Purple)
- Flower: Violet and Primrose
- Tree: Before the 18th? The Rowan Tree. After the 18th? The Ash Tree.
- Soul symbol: Phoenix
“Late February days; and now, at last,
Might you have thought that Winter’s woe was past;
So fair the sky was and so soft the air.” ― William Morris
March birth symbol
The month of buds peeping, of willows weeping and spring a-creeping.
Traits of March babies? Optimistic, forward-thinking, passionate. Another trait? You might have a night owl on your hands. As this study tells us, babies born in spring and summer tend to go to bed a little later than fall and winter babies. Yup, there are a whole lot of reasons why your baby is resisting slumber.
March birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 21st? Pisces. 21st or later? Aries.
- Animal: Rabbit
- Stone: Aquamarine (Sea blue)
- Flower: Daffodil
- Tree: Before the 18th? The Ash Tree. After the 18th? The Alder Tree.
- Soul symbol: Yin-Yang
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” — Charles Dickens
April birth symbol breakdown
The month of rebirth, of renewal, of revival.
Traits of April babies? Born leaders, fearless, adventurous, impatient. And you know what else? Jokers. April Fool’s Day kicks off their month.
April birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 20th? Aries. 20th or later? Taurus.
- Animal: Dragon
- Stone: Diamond
- Flower: Daisy
- Tree: Before the 14th? The Alder Tree. After the 14th? The Willow Tree.
- Soul symbol: Lion
“When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything” — William Shakespeare
May birth symbol breakdown
The month of petals and promise and poetry.
Traits of May babies? Quick-witted, prone to wanderlust, brilliant, and perhaps a little mischievous. With all the smiles that May babies bring, be prepared to live on your toes.
May birth symbols:
- **Zodiac sign: ** Before the 21st? Taurus. 21st or later? Gemini.
- **Animal: ** Snake
- **Stone: ** Emerald (Green)
- **Flower: ** Lily of the Valley
- **Tree: ** Before the 12th? The Willow Tree. After the 12th? The Hawthorn Tree.
- **Soul symbol: ** Wolf
“What potent blood hath modest May.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
June birth symbol breakdown
The month of swimming and splashing and sun.
Traits of June babies? Talented, gorgeous, curious and chatty. Be prepared to be the audience for a full repertoire of long stories.
June birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 21st? Gemini. 21st or later? Cancer.
- Animal: Horse
- Stone: Pearl (White)
- Flower: Rose
- Tree: Before the 9th? The Hawthorn Tree. After the 9th? The Oak Tree.
- Soul symbol: Fish
“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”― Pablo Neruda
July birth symbol breakdown
The month of sunsets and stretched out days.
Traits of July babies? Sense of self-control, positive, determined. Another fun fact? They’re most likely to be left-handed.
July birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 22nd? Cancer. 22nd or later? Leo.
- Animal: Ram
- Stone: Ruby (Bright red)
- Flower: Water Lily
- Tree: Before the 7th? The Oak Tree. After the 7th? The Holly Tree.
- Soul symbol: Fire
“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.” – Unknown
August birth symbol breakdown
The month of sipping in the summer sunshine.
Traits of August babies? Honest, eccentric, confident. Be prepared: August babies know what they want. They’re also likely to be the most loyal little buddies you’ll ever have.
August birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 23rd? Leo. 23rd or later? Virgo.
- Animal: Monkey
- Stone: Peridot (Pale Green)
- Flower: Gladiolus and Poppy
- Tree: Before the 4th? The Holly Tree. After the 4th? The Hazel Tree.
- Soul symbol: Horse
“Less than a month ago all of August still stretched before us―long and golden and reassuring, like an endless period of delicious sleep.” ― Lauren Oliver
September birth symbol breakdown
The month of transitions and soft days.
Traits of September babies? Detail-orientated, destined for success, and perhaps a little shy. Still waters run deep.
September birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 23rd? Virgo. 23rd or later? Libra.
- Animal: Rooster
- Stone: Sapphire (Deep blue)
- Flower: Morning Glory and Aster
- Tree: The Vine
- Soul symbol: Flower
“It was September, and there was a crackly feeling to the air.” ― Carolyn Parkhurst
October birth symbol breakdown
The month of fireplaces and fondness and falling leaves—and frights. Let’s not forget the frights.
Traits of October babies? Well-balanced, powerful, athletic. Another thing? More U.S. presidents have been born in October than in any other month.
October birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 23rd? Libra. 23rd or later? Scorpio.
- Animal: Dog
- Stone: Tourmaline (Pink)
- Flower: Marigold
- Tree: Before the 27th? Ivy. After the 27th? The Reed.
- Soul symbol: Star
“I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October.” ― Charmaine J. Forde
November birth symbol breakdown
The month of nestling and nuzzling and neighborliness.
Traits of November babies? Focused, creative, ambitious. They also tend to be sleeping giants—as in they’re usually bigger and go to sleep earlier than babies born in other months.
November birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 22nd? Scorpio. 22nd or later? Sagittarius.
- Animal: Pig
- Stone: Citrine (Yellow)
- Flower: Chrysanthemum
- Tree: Before the 24th? The Reed. After the 24th? The Elder Tree.
- Soul symbol: Tree
“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” ― Sarah Addison Allen
December birth symbol breakdown
The month of festivities and family and food and food and food.
Traits of December babies? Extroverted, determined, good-natured—and full of good luck. (You also get to dress them up over the festive season, so there’s that.)
December birth symbols:
- Zodiac sign: Before the 22nd? Sagittarius. 22nd or later? Capricorn
- Animal: Rat
- Stone: Tanzanite (Blue)
- Flower: Holly and Narcissus
- Tree: Before the 23rd? The Elder Tree. After the 24th? The Birth Tree.
- Soul symbol: Water
“Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold!” — Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
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