The 12 Birth Month Symbols and What They Mean

The 12 Birth Month Symbols and What They Mean

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?

In this article: 📝

  • January birth symbol breakdown
  • February birth symbol breakdown
  • March birth symbol breakown
  • April birth symbol breakdown
  • May birth symbol breakdown
  • June birth symbol breakdown
  • July birth symbol breakdown
  • August birth symbol breakdown
  • September birth symbol breakdown
  • October birth symbol breakdown
  • November birth symbol breakdown
  • December birth symbol breakdown
  • What are the animals for each month?
  • Are there trees associated with birth months?
  • How to find out your birth color?

January birth symbols

January birth symbol breakdown

The month of new beginnings 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)
  • Color: Caramel
  • 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

Check out our Capricorn baby names here: 120+ Cute Capricorn Baby Names for your Little Kid

February birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Sheer Lilac
  • 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

Check out our Aquarius baby names here: 60 Aquarius Baby Names for Your Little Water-Bearer

March birth symbols

March birth symbol breakown

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)
  • Color: Fair Aqua
  • 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

Check out our Pisces baby names here: 60+ Perfect Pisces Baby Names for Your Little One

April birth symbols

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
  • Color: Cayenne
  • 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

♈︎ Check out our Aries baby names here: 40+ Awesome Aries Baby Names

May birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Bud 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

Check out our Taurus baby names here: 56 Striking Taurus Baby Names for Your Little Bull

June birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Aspen Gold
  • 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

Check out our Gemini baby names here: 70+ Gemini Baby Names

July birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Coral Blush
  • 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

Check out our Cancer baby names here: 50+ Cancer Baby Names for Your Little Moon Child

August birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Sun Orange
  • 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

Check out our Leo baby names here: 70+ Legendary Leo Baby Names

September birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Baja 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

Check out our Virgo baby names here: 60 Virgo Baby Names for Your Little Love

October birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Cerulean
  • 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

Check out our Libra baby names here: 78 Lovely Libra Baby Names

November birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Claret Red
  • 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

Check out our Scorpio baby names here: 110 Scorpio Baby Names

December birth symbols

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)
  • Color: Pagoda 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

Check out our Sagittarius baby names here: 50 Bold Names for Sagittarius Babies

What are the animals for each month?

According to the Chinese zodiac, birth month animals aren’t for entire months from the 1st to the 31st (or 30th or 28th), they’re slightly off, like the Astrological zodiac you might be more familiar with.

They also may change with each year, since they’re based on the movements of the moon, so these are general birth month animals, but it’s worth double-checking with a Chinese almanac.

Here are the Chinese zodiac birth month animals, according to Feng Shui expert Anjie Chou:

  • Rat (aka Zi): December 6 to January 5
  • Ox (aka Chou): January 6 to February 3
  • Tiger (aka Yin): February 4 to March 5
  • Rabbit (aka Mao): March 6 to April 5
  • Dragon (aka Chen): April 6 to May 5
  • Snake (aka Si): May 6 to June 5
  • Horse (aka Wu): June 6 to July 5
  • Ram (aka Wei): July 6 to August 5
  • Monkey (aka Shen): August 6 to September 5
  • Rooster (aka You): September 6 to October 5
  • Dog (aka Xu): October 6 to November 5
  • Pig (aka Hai): November 6 to December 5

Are there trees associated with birth months?

Yes, in Celtic beliefs, there are birth month trees ‒ but again, these aren’t for entire months, they’re also ‘off’, as they follow the pattern of the moon.

So the exact dates of these might change from year to year:

  • Rowan tree: January 22 to February 18
  • Ash tree: February 18 to March 17
  • Birch tree: March 18 to April 14
  • Willow tree: April 15 to May 12
  • Hawthorn tree: May 13 to June 9
  • Oak tree: June 10 to July 7
  • Holly tree: July 8 to August 4
  • Hazel tree: August 5 to September 1
  • Vine tree: September 2 to September 29
  • Ivy tree: September 30 to October 27
  • Reed tree: October 28 to November 24
  • Elder tree: November 25 to December 23
  • Birch tree (again!): December 24 to January 21

How to find out your birth color?

There aren’t official colors associated with each birth month, but Astrologer Michele Bernhardt combined astrology, numerology, and color theory to write a whole book on it: Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You.

In her book, she details 366 birthday colors, down to the day!

So a baby born on May 21 would have a bright, vibrant orange, but a baby born on May 22 would have an earthy khaki green.

But according to Michele Bernhardt, here are the birth month colors, using ‘colorstrology’:

  • January: Caramel
  • February: Sheer Lilac
  • March: Fair Aqua
  • April: Cayenne
  • May: Bud Green
  • June: Aspen Gold
  • July: Coral Blush
  • August: Sun Orange
  • September: Baja Blue
  • October: Cerulean
  • November: Claret Red
  • December: Pagoda Blue

So there you have it, mama!

Birth month symbols are more than just a cute little doodle, they hold a special meaning that can make your little one’s birth month even more meaningful.

Whether your baby was born in January, May, or September, there’s a unique symbol that represents them and their personality traits.

And who knows, maybe these symbols can even give you a little insight into their future passions and interests!

As you embark on this journey of motherhood, know that there are so many ways to celebrate your baby’s birth month.

From incorporating their birthstone or birth color into their nursery decor to baking a cake with their birth flower on top, the possibilities are endless.

But most importantly, remember that no matter what birth month symbol your baby has, they are truly one of a kind and unique in their own way.

And if you wanted to go one step further and look into baby’s horoscope, well, we’ve got you covered.

So what are your baby’s birth symbols? And what are yours?

Why not share them with the other mamas of Peanut?

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