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Everything You Should Know About People Born In March

Do you know someone with a March birthday who fits this bill?

March is characterized by the phrase, “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” making it a month of welcome renewal and movement from the harshness of winter to the gentleness of springtime.

For those with March birthdays, there is ample reason to celebrate being born this month, as March-born people may be blessed with excellent eyesight, artistic prowess, a gift for leadership and much more. Take a look at the fascinating commonalities of people born in March.

They’re More Likely To Be CEOs Than Those Born In Other Months

According to research, your likelihood of becoming CEO one day might have less to do with sticking to a hyper-regimented morning routine and more to do with the month in which you were born. A 2012 study collected birthday information from 375 CEOs and found that the lowest percentage of CEOs had June and July birthdays while the greatest percentage (12.5 percent) were born in March (with April birthdays coming in a close second).

One reason for this could be because early-spring babies are often the oldest kids in their class and they may be more intellectually developed by the time they arrive at school in September. Thus, March and April babies perform better in school and could have an advantage in the business world later on.

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Their Birth Month Flower Is Cheery And Bright

Often some of the first blossoms to emerge from the chilly earth in early spring, daffodils are always a welcome indication that warmer, brighter days are right around the corner. So it’s fitting that the daffodil is the birth month flower for March, with its cheerful petals and trumpet center, as though heralding in the new season. Daffodils are often associated with joy and friendship, along with rebirth and optimism.

Daffodils are cherished around the world, including in China where they arrive around the Chinese New Year and symbolize luck and prosperity. The daffodil is also the national flower of Wales, typically worn on March 1 for St. David’s Day in honor of the country’s patron saint. Daffodils have even inspired poetry, such as William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” The American Cancer Society also uses the daffodil in fundraising efforts as a symbol of hope for a cure.

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They May Have Better Vision Than Others

Although winter-born folks can boast the best vision, those with birthdays in the early spring — including March — are less prone to myopia (short-sightedness) than those born in the summer months. One study of nearly 300,000 young adults determined that people born in June and July were 24 percent more likely to become severely myopic than those born in December and January. So March-born people may not have the best vision of all, but they’re still at an advantage when it comes to eyesight.

The reason has to do with those long, bright sunny days that summer babies encounter when they’re first born. As the study’s co-author Michael Belkin put it to Science Daily, “It is probably a long-term effect of early-life exposure to natural light that increases the chances of a child becoming short-sighted.” So it’s not so bad to be born during a darker time of year.

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They’re Born In The First Month Of The New Year … According To Ancient Romans

If you think Jan. 1 babies are special because they’re born on New Year’s Day, here’s a new perspective: In ancient Rome, March was considered the “first month” of the year, while January and February didn’t even exist! The Romans would mark their new years based on the vernal equinox, which occurs in March, and which is what we now call the first day of spring.

New Year’s Day was eventually moved to January for administrative reasons, as that was the month the two highest officials in the Roman Republic began their one-year tenure, though even then, the celebration of the new year was often still observed in March.

Julius Caesar finally introduced a new, solar-based calendar in 46 B.C. that included January and February, and decreed that the new year would begin on Jan. 1, instead of March.

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Their Birthstone Is The Beautiful Aquamarine

The pretty, blue aquamarine is often worn as the March birthstone, and its clear oceanic color is in keeping with the name’s Latin roots: “aqua,” meaning water, and “marina” for the sea. The stone is a variety of the mineral beryl and it’s mainly mined in Brazil, but it can also be found elsewhere around the world.

In addition to being the birthstone for those born in March, aquamarine is also given as a 19th wedding anniversary gift.

With its connection to the ocean, aquamarine was once seen as the treasure of mermaids, and it was carried by sailors to protect against drowning. The soothing blue stone is also said to calm anxiety and fear, and enhance spiritual communication — all very fitting for the stone that corresponds with the sensitive, soulful Pisces sign.

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… Or Is It The Bloodstone?

That’s right: March boasts not one, but two birthstones! Although less commonly used in jewelry as the March gemstone, bloodstone is still associated with the month of March and the Pisces zodiac sign. Also known as heliotrope, the stone is said to have powerful healing properties with the ability to cleanse the body of negative energies and infuse the holder with fortitude and strength.

The green stone with flecks of red can also be called the “martyr’s stone” as some believe it came into existence when a few drops of Jesus Christ’s blood dropped onto a stone at the foot of the cross during the crucifixion. It has been prized in numerous cultures for its perceived abilities to control the weather, provide energy and heal disorders.

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They Are Less Prone To Developing Allergies

Children born in the autumn and winter months are more likely than their springtime- and summer-born peers to develop an allergic condition, such as asthma, according to 2016 research out of the UK. Turns out, the season we’re born in can leave “markers” on our DNA that could impact our health later on in life — including our likelihood for developing certain allergies.

So people with springtime birthdays may have other health risks to consider (as other entries on this list will reveal), but suffering from allergies may be one thing they don’t have to worry about.

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They Share Their Birth Month With Some Amazing Actors

Those born in March — especially under the astrological sign of Pisces — are said to be artistic, passionate and willing to give of themselves emotionally. So it’s no surprise that so many renowned actors share March birthdays. Born in mid-March, “Star Wars” actor John Boyega had no trouble portraying a conflicted Storm Trooper whose heart turned him away from the Dark Side. March-born Bryan Cranston has portrayed a president, a blacklisted writer and perhaps the most well-known drug dealer ever. And the Oscar-nominated singer, actor and late-March baby, Lady Gaga, is known for raw, emotional performances on both stage and screen.

Other actors with March birthdays include Lupita Nyong’o, Keira Knightley, Keegan Michael Key, Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon and Wanda Sykes, among many more.

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They Are Less Likely To Have Neurological Problems

In a 2015 study that made connections between birth months and diseases, March babies (along with those born in February and April) were found to be less prone to developing neurological disorders than those born in other months. People with March birthdays also tend to suffer less from respiratory conditions, while October babies are more prone to them.

Although these findings are interesting, even the study’s authors assert that things like diet, lifestyle, environment and other factors are still more influential on a person’s disease risk than simply their birth month. But examining these connections can help scientists see new complexities in the causes of certain diseases.

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… But They Should Watch Their Heart Health

For those born in March, it may be wise to stick to a heart-healthy diet, get regular exercise and have the doctor keep a close eye on the ol’ ticker. March-born people are more prone to cardiovascular diseases than those born in any other month of the year. Researchers at Columbia University, focusing on participants in New York, found that March babies had a higher risk of several kinds of heart disease, including atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and mitral valve disorder.

Yet another study, which examined Danish and Austrian patient records, found that those born between March and June had higher occurrences of heart disease and shorter lifespans. Just more reason to stay active and eat those heart-healthy meals.

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They Are Likely To Be Creative Types

It’s no coincidence that so many performers and other creative types share March birthdays. A University of Connecticut study of more than 300 public figures — including artists, scientists, performers, athletes and politicians — sought out connections between chosen career paths and the time of year when people were born. The results showed that the largest percentage of creative artists and celebrities were born during the “wet” months (December to March). So it’s quite possible that if you have a March baby, they’ll show some prowess as a musician, artist, writer or thespian.

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They Are Born During An Exciting Time Of Transition

Many people let out a sigh of relief when March rolls around, as it marks the official start of spring — an end to the winter doldrums and a promise of long, warm days ahead. Other markers of transition and spiritual renewal also occur in March, such as daylight savings time, and sometimes Easter and Passover.

In particular, the spring equinox — the official beginning of spring on March 20 — is a time of great transformation, and many cultures even celebrate the rejuvenating powers of the equinox. On the equinox, the earth is tilted in such a way that the Northern and Southern hemispheres each receive the sun’s rays equally. This is when the day and night are of equal lengths, and after this date, the days start to feel longer and the nights grow shorter — a reason to rejoice, indeed.

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They Are More Likely To Become Airplane Pilots

Want to have a pilot in the family? Try timing the birth of your baby for the third month of the year. A 2011 study conducted by the Office of National Statistics in the UK revealed that a person’s birth month could be a factor in the career path they choose later in life. February babies, for example, tended to become artists or traffic cops, while many dentists seem to be born in December. People born in March tend toward creative fields … and airplane piloting.

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They Might Be Naturally Optimistic People

There’s nothing cuter than a happy baby, and springtime babies might be among the very happiest! One study found that people born in the spring and autumn months tended to have a “hyperthymic temperament,” or a naturally bright and joyous disposition, especially in comparison to those born in the summer or winter.

This positive outlook may have a multitude of benefits, as research has shown that people with optimistic attitudes tend to lead healthier lifestyles, build stronger social support networks and live longer lives. Optimism can also improve the body’s immune system, and lower one’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Then Again, They May Instead Be Prone To Depression

Yet other research has found that spring babies are actually at a greater risk of depression. People born in certain months seem to have higher likelihoods of mental health conditions. For example, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder appear to be most common among those born in January. For those with springtime birthdays, depression is a greater risk, and while March babies are included in that timeframe, people born in May seemed to be the most significantly prone to depression of all.

One theory posits that mothers of springtime babies don’t absorb enough vitamin D while pregnant during the winter months, though this is merely speculation.

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Many Of Them Are Born Under The Dreamy, Romantic Pisces Sign

If you know someone with a birthday in the first 20 days of March and you’d describe them as intuitive, soulful, romantic or dreamy, you’ve got a classic Pisces on your hands. Those born under this water sign are said to be sensitive and empathetic, spiritual and artistic.

As the twelfth sign of the zodiac, some say Pisces are old souls and highly receptive to the energies and emotions of others. Astrology may not be scientific, but it’s intriguing to note certain similarities between these traits (sensitive, artistic) and other aspects of being born in March included on this list.

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Though Late-March Birthdays Fall Under The Aries Sign

For March babies born later in the month, the astrological sign associated with those birthdays is Aries, a fire sign symbolized by the ram. This is perhaps when all those March-born CEOs and pilots have their birthdays, as people born under this sign are said to be strong leaders with great drive and charisma. Ruled by the fierce planet Mars, Aries can be aggressive and competitive, but also courageous and trailblazing. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, so they may fancy themselves natural-born pioneers and leaders.

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They Could Have A Preference For Staying Up Late

The March baby might be naturally prone to night-owl tendencies, according to a 2009 study, which found that those born in the spring and summer tended to go to sleep later than their peers with autumn or winter birthdays. The study hypothesized that spring and summer babies have internal clocks with longer days than those born in autumn or winter, which causes them to stay up later.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that people with springtime birthdays will stay in bed longer in the morning, however, as birth month seems to have no connection to wake-up timing.

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They Are Born During The Most Popular Month For Vasectomies

It’s a quirky #humblebrag, to be sure, but March is reportedly the most popular month for undergoing a vasectomy. Sound like madness? It is! March Madness. The theory goes that many men schedule their vasectomy procedures in March so they can use the recuperation period as a way to indulge in several days of uninterrupted basketball-viewing.

Another spike in vasectomies occurs in December as, by that time, many men have met their insurance deductibles and want the deed done before the end of the calendar year. Whatever the reason, it cannot be denied that March brings a surge in vasectomy appointments in urologists’ offices around the country. One Kansas-based urologist, Ajay Nangia, suggested to USA Today that this all may be due to clever marketing on the part of urology offices, as many now run commercials and ads on social media, urging men to plan their vasectomies around March Madness.

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They Are Less Likely To Be Diagnosed With ADHD

Compared with people born in other months of the year, like November, those born in March (and other springtime months) are markedly less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. These findings are largely based on studies out of New York and Sweden, so more widespread data still needs to be examined for it to be conclusive.

As with the CEO finding, this may be explained by the birth date cutoffs for starting school. Children with birthdays in October, November and December are often the younger kids in their class if they attend school with a Jan. 1 cutoff date, and they may simply be less mature and have shorter attention spans when they get to school, compared with their older peers. Thus, there are more diagnoses of ADHD among these children.

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They Share Their Birth Month With Great Leaders, Thinkers And Athletes

March boasts the birthdays of legendary greats in a variety of fields. U.S. President Andrew Jackson was born in March, as was present-day Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Albert Einstein’s birthday was in March, as was beloved children’s programming host, Fred Rogers.

Many March-born people excel in the sports world, too, such as gymnastics champion Simone Biles and NBA All-Star Stephen Curry — both of whom celebrate their birthdays on March 14. (Curry’s wife, Ayesha, was also born in March!)

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They Are Born During The ‘Best Month’ To Go To War

In the Roman calendar, the month of March was dedicated to Mars, the Roman god of war, and even up to this day, the month continues to have a connection to military action. Historically, March was seen as a good time to undertake new military operations, as it marked the end of winter frosts and the beginning of warmer weather. Ancient Romans would even celebrate the start of war-fighting season in late March, when spring officially began.

In more recent eras, March has been chosen time and time again (including for the Vietnam and Iraq wars) as the “best month” to go to war.

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Their Birth Month Has Some Of The Year’s Best Smaller Holidays

If February is the “month of love” because of Valentine’s Day, one could say March is a month of luck, as it includes St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. In addition to the festive Irish celebration, other fun holidays embedded in the March calendar include Pi Day (March 14), the first day of spring (March 20), and sometimes Mardi Gras (this year, Mardi Gras falls on March 5).

March also marks Women’s History Month and it is the month when our clocks “spring forward” for daylight savings time. March is also the happiest month of the year for basketball lovers who make their predictions and feverishly tune in to March Madness. And don’t forget the epic day of relaxation on March 6, the Day of the Dude, which honors El Duderino himself from “The Big Lebowski.”

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… And Some Of The Best “Holidays,” Too

Sure, you may have already known that March was Women’s History Month, but did you realize it’s also considered Noodle Month, Fresh Celery Month and National Craft Month? Apparently, March is also American Red Cross Month, National Nutrition Month, National Social Work Month and Caffeine Awareness Month.

Meanwhile, some of the much-lesser-known holidays occurring in March include National Pig Day (March 1), National Skipping Day (March 22) and World Meteorological Day (March 23), among many other “holidays.”

And get ready to see some adorable dog photos accompanied by the hashtag #NationalPuppyDay on March 23.

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They Are Born During One Of The Least Productive Months

In addition to a surge in vasectomy appointments, we can blame something else on March Madness: lowered productivity and corporate losses in the U.S. Although the basketball tournament that runs through March can be good for worker morale in offices across the country, all that betting on teams and filling out of brackets can actually eat into worker productivity — and even company finances.

In terms of productivity, one survey found that March Madness ranked third among the tech-related office distractions and time wasters, right behind texting and Facebook. As for corporate financial losses from March Madness, WalletHub estimated in 2018 that that number could be as high as $6.3 billion. All because of basketball!

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They Might Share Their Birthday With A Famous Musician

Clearly, a vast array of artistic and ambitious people were born in March, including some of the greatest names in musical history. March-born people share their birth month with the multi-talented Lady Gaga, as well as soulful crooner Norah Jones and country music sweetheart Carrie Underwood. Other March-born musicians include Steven Tyler, Will.i.am and Timbaland.

Musical powerhouses Diana Ross, Elton John and Mariah Carey also celebrate March birthdays, as did the late, great Nat King Cole and Aretha Franklin.

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… Or A Beloved Writer

There must be something about being born in March that makes people wax poetic, as many of the world’s greatest wordsmiths were born during this month. Renowned writer Ralph Ellison, author of “Invisible Man,” was born in March, as was the Beat Generation novelist and poet Jack Kerouac. Those born on March 6 can say they share a birthday with Victorian-era poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, while famed playwright Tennessee Williams celebrated his birthday on March 26. And beloved children’s book author, Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) was born just after the turn of the 20th century, on March 2, 1904.

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They Were Born During ‘National Bed Month’

The U.K.’s Sleep Council declared March “National Bed Month” in an effort to bring awareness to issues pertaining to sleep health. There are plenty of ways to improve your bedroom setup — and thus improve your quality and quantity of sleep — such as finding a new mattress, upgrading (or at least regularly washing) your bedding, keeping electronics out of the bedroom at night and lowering the temperature in the room.

March is as good a time as any to take a look at your sleep habits and see what could use some tweaking, though it’s funny to note that National Bed Month coincides with a time when so many night owls are born.

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