Whether you intentionally choose a name for its meaning, or just choose a name you like first, picking out baby names is one of the most fun, challenging,baby stores online, and exciting things you can do as a new parent-to-be.For both of our first two children, we chose the names months in advance, and with our third, we just couldn’t decide. In fact, Hayden was “Baby Boy H” for the first 36 hours of his life!In the spirit of the holiday, I compiled a list of baby names inspired by Easter. Including both spiritual and seasonal names, the list contains 40 names — both common and uncommon!Image: ThinkstockAgnesA rather uncommon name, Agnes derives from the Greek name Hagne, meaning holy or pure.AndrewMeaning manly and strong, Andrew is often thought of as an Easter inspired name because he was an apostle.AngelSpiritual messenger, Angel is easily an Easter inspired name because of the many references to angels in the story of Easter. AsherOf Hebrew origin, Asher means blessed, fortunate and/or happy. Asher is actually the name of one of my nephew’s as well, so it was interesting to learn the meaning of his name.AttwellMeaning, “lives by the spring”, Attwell is an English name and is often associated with Easter names because of the cleansing and renewing properties of spring water.AvrilI think of the popular singer when I hear Avril, and now I know that it is of French origin and translates directly into April, the most common month that Easter lands in. BethanyOf Hebrew origin, Bethany is usually thought of as a spiritual name and was the town close to where Jesus ascended to heaven. BlossomReminiscent of Spring and all the lovely flowers that blossom during the season of Easter.BunnyWhile not as common of a name anymore, I knew a couple of girls named Bunny growing up, and it’s relation to Easter and the Easter bunny is quite obvious.CaldwellGenerally used as a boy’s name, Caldwell is of English origin and translates into “cold spring”. CandyCandy or any form of the name including Candace is often associated with Easter because of the baskets of Easter candy that the bunny rabbit hides on Easter morning.CruzCruz is of Spanish origin and literally translates into “cross”.ElijahOf Hebrew origin, Elijah literally translates into “the Lord is my God”.EvangelineOf both Greek and English origin, the name translates into “good news”.HunterHyacinthHyacinth is of Greek origin and is actually considered a gender neutral name, and is often associated with Easter because of it is a common flower in bloom during Spring.JamesOften considered a spiritual name, James is known as being an apostle.JesusJesus is most commonly used as a man’s name, and is quite common in Latin American cultures.JoannaThe feminine name of John, Joanna has roots and is quite common in several cultures and countries including America and France. It is translated as gift from God. JohnJohn is the masculine of Joanna and is quite commonly referred to as a name associated with Easter because of the apostle John.JosephLaverniaLavernia is of French origin, and while not commonly used in America, it means “spring like” or “alder tree grove” depending on the language you use to decipher meaning.LilyA feminine name, Lily is the most common flower used and associated with Easter.MagdaleneA Bible name often used for boy’s and meaning “from Magdala”, it can also be a lovely girl’s name. MaryMatthewMatthiasA very unique and strong name, Matthias is often associated with Easter as a spiritual name because of the apostle Matthias.OctaviaThe feminine of Octavian,baby bedding, Octavia is of Latin origin and is actually one of my niece’s name and means “eight”, and was often used as the name of your eighth child.OctavianThe masculine of Octavia, it also means eighth. In reference to Easter, the week after Easter is commonly known as the second octave, where a feast is had 8 days after Easter.OwenMeaning “lamb”, Owen is associated with Easter because of the common use of lambs and bunnies in depictions of Easter.PascalPascal is of French origin, and literally means “child of Easter.”PeterA commonly used boy’s name in America, England and France, Peter is associated with Easter because of the apostle Peter and Peter Rabbit.PhilipOf Greek and English origins, Peter literally means “lover of horses”PinkIn reference to one of the most commonly used pastel colors associated with Easter, Pink is a feminine name that means “healthy”.SimonOf Hebrew origin, it is often considered a spiritual Easter name because of the apostle Simon.SpringerBoth a German and Yiddish name, in Germany Springer translates to “one who came from Sprenge”, but is often associated with Easter because of the season Spring. SundayA boy or girl’s name, Sunday is more commonly used as a girl’s name in America and is associated with Easter because of its regular occurrence on Sunday.TaziaOften considered an Italian girl’s name, it is a form of the name Anastasia and means “one who will be reborn”.ThomasThomas is of Greek origin and literally translates into “twin”. A common boy’s name, it is sometimes associated with Easter because of the apostle Thomas.WillowOf English origin, it means “willow tree” and is sometimes associated with Easter because in some parts of Eastern Europe.