Plant names for babies

42 adorable botanical inspired baby names

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Baby names based on flowers and plants are perennially popular. With classics like Daisy and Rose springing back into favour for girls, and exotics like Alder and Calix opening up for boys, there is inspiration to be found in florists, gardens and the great outdoors.

From Azalea to Zinnia, here are 42 botanical baby names that are the pick of the bunch.

Botanical baby name inspiration

Alder: Branch out with this unique boy’s name. It has hints of the alder tree, which is used to make electric guitars.

Alyssa: This popular name is related to the flower, alyssum. It also means ‘noble’, so achieves high praise for baby girls.

Amaranth: With a herby flavour and bright fuschia flowers, Amaranth is both a beautiful plant and girl’s name. Ammy or Mara are friendly shortenings too.

Ash: This unisex name is derived from the ash tree and has an easy, breezy sound. With Asher and Ashton for boys, and Ashley or Ashlee for girls, it’s shhhh-ure to be a hit.

Aspen: This unisex name is shared by a poplar tree with heart-shaped leaves. With a cool Colorado feel, Aspen makes a trendy naming destination.

Aster: Meaning ‘star’, this girl’s name is also a colourful, daisy-like flower. Twinkle with Aster or try Astor or Astera for a point of difference.

Azalea: Evocative of the bright pink flower and Australia’s own Iggy Azalea, this name is pretty and strong for a little girl.

Bay: With roots in ancient times, the bay tree is renowned for its flavour, courtesy of bay leaves. As a unisex name, Bay infuses a laid-back feel for boys and girls.

Bluebell: Geri ‘Ginger Spice’ Horner bestowed this name on her daughter and it blends a flower name with a colour name to create something beautiful.

Calix: This boy’s name channels the word ‘calyx’, which is the funnel-shaped part of a flower. It’s a strong and subtly floral name for little gents.

Camellia: This name adds a perfumed scent to Amelia. And with variants like Camelia, Kamelia, Camela, Kamellia and Camallia, this moniker offers a field of choice.

Dahlia: This girly name is elegant and flowery, and Dalia is an equally chic alternative.

Daisy: Originally a nickname for Margaret, this pretty girl’s name has bloomed in recent years. Indeed, Meg Ryan and Jamie Oliver have both chosen Daisy for their daughters.

Diantha: This is the mythological flower of the Greek god, Zeus. With a ‘same but different’ feel to Diana, it can also be spelt Dianthe.

Evanthe: Also with a Greek origin, Evanthe means ‘fair flower’ and is a feminine name reminiscent of Xanthe.

Fleur: This French name means ‘flower’ and brings a certain je ne sais quoi to an English girl’s moniker. Flora and Fiorello are lovely too.

Florin: For boys, Florin has found popularity in France, and can be considered alongside Florian. Both names mean ‘flowering’.

Freesia: This girl’s name has a free-spirited feel and a whiff of the exotic.

Hana: In Japanese, ‘hana’ means ‘flower’ and this name is a short and sweet alternative to Hannah.

Heather: Heather ‘s popularity has slid since the heady days of the 1989 movie, Heathers, however this English botanical name still sounds soft and lovely.

Iris: This floral girl’s name means ‘rainbow’ and it has regained some popularity since its heyday in the Thirties. Jude Law and Judd Apatow both named their daughters Iris.

Jacinda: Meaning ‘hyacinth flower’, this girl’s name stems from the Spanish and Portuguese name, Jacinta. For an Italian and Greek origin, look to Giacinta.

Jasmine: This popular girl’s name can be traced back to ancient Persia and is full of perfumed connotations. Yasmin, Yasmine, Jessamine and Jazmin are a bunch of Jasmine variants.

Jonquil: This unusual flower name first sprouted up in the 1940s and is in bloom for girls.

Liliane: This is the French variation of Lilian and makes a fresh change from Lily. Lilias is another pretty take on this floral name.

Lotus: Doubling as a flower and yoga position, this is a graceful and exotic girl’s moniker.

Leuka: For a twist on Luka and Luca, draw inspiration from the Australian ‘melaleuca’ plant with Leuka or Leuca.

Linden: This tree name was popular for boys in the 1930’s and 60’s. It’s now good for girls as well, and can be spelt as Lyndon for little lads.

Marjoram: For an unusual name wth usual shortenings (like Margie and Jo), Marjoram makes an interesting choice for girls.

Petal: Jamie Oliver’s daughter is called Petal, and this name is a soft and delicate choice.

Reed: With an urbane, yet natural feel, this unisex name can also be spelt as Reid.

Rose: This classic moniker has had a modern revival and brings a host of pretty alternatives with it. Rosie, Rosa, Rosamund and Rosalind are all delicate delights for a daughter.

Rosella: Rose is a classic English country garden name, and Rosella adds an Australian twist for girls. Afterall, the rosella is a native flower (and colourful bird).

Rowan: This Celtic name is also a tree with red berries, so it makes a great match for little redheads. More popular for boys than girls, Rowan can be spelt as Roan or Rowen too.

Sage: Short, strong and fragrant, this unisex name means ‘wise and knowing’.

Sequoia: This redwood tree is a unique name for boys and girls. Sequoia has a slightly more girly feeling, and Sequoyah is a little more masculine.

Sorrel: This fragrant herb has a sharp taste, but a smooth sound for boys and girls. For lads, it can also be spelt Sorrell or Sorrel.

Themeda: This kangaroo grass has spiky flowers, but as a baby name it breezes between whimsy and wonder.

Tulip: Far less common than Daisy or Rose, Tulip is a Turkish flower name evocative of Holland; making it both unusual and pretty for girls.

Valerian: For boys, this is the name of a dreamy plant and a Roman emperor. It means ‘strength’ and ‘health’; and Game of Thrones fans will find inspiration in ‘Valyrian steel’ too.

Violet: Combining a colour and a flower, this purplish moniker is pretty and popular. Choose Viola for a Scandi and Italian twist, or join Jennifer Garner in picking Violet.

Zinnia: Providing a burst of colour and a sunny feel, zinnia is a happy flower and a delightful girl’s name.

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Flower Baby Names for Girls

Are you looking for names inspired by flowers for your beautiful baby girl? You’re in the right place! We’ve put together a list girls flower names and their meanings. You’ll find pretty flower names, traditional flower names and exotic ones too.

Pretty Flower Names

Abelia

Abelia is Hebrew in origin and means ‘sigh’ or ‘breath’. The name relates to flowers because abelia is a genesis of honeysuckle.

Aster

Aster comes from the Greek for ‘star’. The aster flower symbolises daintiness, love and magic.

Camellia

Camellia is a beautiful flower that is associated with the moon, water, wealth and perfection. In flower language Camellia means admiration and perfection.

Fern

The name Fern (or Fearne) symbolises humility and sincerity. It has always performed well as a flower name for girls so you can rest assured it will never go out of style. Famous Ferns include presenter Fearne Cotton and Fern – the little girl from Charlotte’s Web.

Flora

Flora comes from the Latin for ‘flower’ and was the name of the Roman goddess of flowers and spring who enjoyed eternal youth. The name ‘Flora’ is also very popular in Scotland, as Flora was the heroine who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie get to France.

Hana

Hana is Arabic for ‘happiness’ and Persian for ‘flower’. It’s a fairly unusual name and was chosen by Mohammad Ali for his daughter.

Olive

Olive is a Latin flower name for girls that means peace.

Poppy

Poppy is a latin name that means beauty and eternal life. It’s soared in popularity in recent years, partially due to Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools naming their daughter Poppy Honey Rosie.

Primrose

Primrose is an old English name meaning ‘first rose’. It’s one of the least popular flower names for girls but has jumped into the limelight recently as the name of Primrose ‘Prim’ Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy of books – perhaps it’s making a comeback.

Rosie

This name has Germanic roots and means ‘fame’. It also comes from the Latin for ‘rose plant’. Famous Rosies include model Rosie Huntington Whiteley.

Beautiful Flower Names

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is Greek for ‘to sparkle’ and is from the same botanical family as the lily. It’s one of the more unique flower names for your little girl.

Azalea

Azalea is one of the newer flower names and is a symbol of femininity and softness. Famous Azaleas include the singer Iggy Azalea and the Princess heroine from the novel Entwined.

Dahlia

Dahlia means elegance and dignity, and is Norse for ‘from the valley’. The name dipped in popularity due to its darker associations with the black dahlia murder case, but has now managed to shake off this association and is becoming popular again.

Erica

Erica means ‘eternal ruler’ and is a genus of flowering plants in the Ericaceae family – more commonly known as heather. In TV show Friends, Monica and Chandler name their daughter Erica Bing in the final series.

Heather

Heather is a name associated with luck, purity and beauty. It has a Scottish origin due to the vast amounts of heather that cover the Scottish highlands. The name was incredibly popular in the 70’s and 80’s but has declined since. Famous Heathers include actors Heather Graham and Heather Locklear.

Ivy

In the language of flowers Ivy means faithfulness. This name has seen a huge increase in popularity lately due to Beyonce and Jay-Z naming their daughter Blue Ivy.

Lavender

Lavender represents refinement, grace and elegance. The name was popular in the 1800s – where it was also used for boys – but is seeing a revival now. Famous Lavenders include Lavender Brown from the Harry Potter books and Matilda’s best friend Lavender from the Roald Dahl classic.

Lilac

Lilac is a symbol of first love, innocence and purity, making it the perfect baby name.

Lily

Just like the flower the name ‘Lily’ symbolises innocence and purity. Famous Lilies include singer Lily Allen, Harry Potter’s Mother Lily Potter and Actor Lily James.

Yolanda

Yolanda means ‘violet flower’ in Greek and is Spanish in origin. Martin Luther King gave the name to his daughter Yolanda.

Cute Flower Names

Blossom

Blossom comes from the old English meaning ‘to bloom’. The name is enjoying renewed popularity as the older flower names are making a comeback. Famous Blossoms include Blossom from TV’s Powerpuff Girls.

Bluebell

Bluebell is associated with gratitude and everlasting love. The name is English in origin and is perfect if you’re looking for a flower baby name that is unique. Geri Halliwell named her daughter Bluebell.

Bryony

Bryony is a Latin flower name that means ‘to sprout’. Famous Bryonies include the wrapping elf from the hit film Arthur Christmas.

Clover

Long associated with good luck – think four leaf clover – this flower name is ideal for girls that want to stand out from the crowd of Roses and Lilies.

Daisy

The name derives from the old english for ‘days eye’ because daisies open their flowers at day break. Strangely, ‘Daisy’ is also a nickname for Margaret as ‘marguerite’ is french for daisy. Famous Daisies include model Daisy Lowe and Daisy Buchanan from the Great Gatsby novel.

Hazel

Hazel is a lovely name if you’re not looking for anything too ‘flowery’. It also has a great vintage feel, drawing from the name’s hayday in the 60’s. Julia Roberts and Emily Blunt both called their daughters Hazel.

Marigold

Marigold is a symbol of passion and creativity. This bright, cheery flower is the ideal name for your little ray of sunshine. Winston Churchill named his daughter Marigold.

Petal

Petal is of Greek origin and is down to earth with an exotic twist. It’s a great alternative to Poppy or Posey.

Tansy

Tansy comes from the Greek for ‘immortality’. Tansy flowers have little yellow blooms that were historically used to cure illness – which is where the association with immortality comes from.

Willow

Willow means slender, graceful and resilient, mirroring the tree that the name comes from. Famous Willows include Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter Willow Smith.

Exotic Flower Names

Acacia

Acacia comes from the Greek for ‘thorny’ and symbolises resurrection and immortality – making it a great choice for baby girls born around Easter.

Calanthe

Calanthe is a beautiful flower baby name meaning ‘Christmas orchid’. It’s incredibly unique and is a perfect name for baby girls born in winter.

Jasmine

The name Jasmine first emerged centuries ago in Persia after the beautifully fragrant flower. It became popular when Disney’s smash hit Aladdin was released starring Princess Jasmine.

Kalina

Kalina is Polish for ‘flower’ and is a very pretty, unique name for a baby girl.

Leilani

Leilani is Hawaiian in origin and means ‘heavenly flower’. Could there be a more perfect baby name for your new little girl?

Lotus

Lotus comes from the Greek for ‘lotus flower’ and symbolises purity, spiritual growth and grace. The spiritual connection stems from the flower’s connection to Buddhism and Hinduism.

Zahara

Zahara is hebrew for ‘flower’. This name lept into the spotlight when Angelina Jolie gave the name to her adopted daughter.

Zinnia

Zinnia is of German and Latin origin and means affection and remembrance.

Traditional Flower Names

Fleur

Fleur is French for ‘flower’ and is a pretty, edgy name for a baby girl. The name was recently made famous by Fleur Delacour, the Beauxbatons champion during the Triwizard tournament in Harry Potter.

Holly

A very popular name for girls born around Christmas due to the association with the holly bush. Famous Hollies include; presenter Holly Willoughby and Holly Golightly – Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Hyacinth

Hyacinth is of Greek origin and has its roots in Greek mythology. When Apollo accidentally killed Hyacinthus (a young Spartan he had a lot of affection for) it is said that the hyacinth flower grew from his blood. Hyacinths also have a strong link to sport, so it makes a great name for sporty families who are welcoming a new baby girl.

Iris

The name ‘Iris’ comes from the Greek for ‘rainbow’. In Greek mythology Iris was a Goddess that delivered messages between heaven and earth by riding rainbows. Iris received a surge in popularity when Jude Law and Sadie Frost chose it for their daughter.

Myrtle

Myrtle is Greek in origin and symbolises love, peace, fertility and youth. An older name that is steadily coming back into fashion, Myrtle is a fresh, quirky name for a baby girl.

Petunia

Petunia means ‘trumpet shaped flower’ and is of English origin. Famous Petunias include Harry Potter’s Aunt Petunia Dursley.

Posey

Posey is an English name meaning ‘bunch of flowers’. This is a pretty name that can also be spelt Posie or Posy.

Rose

The name ‘Rose’ means friendship, love, joy and purity. Its roots are German in origin. The name ‘Rose’ means friendship, love, joy and purity. Its roots are German in origin.

Violet

Derived from the latin ‘Viola’ this name means purple flower and is one of the earliest flower names, dating back to the 1800s. In The Twelfth Night, Shakespeare named his leading character Viola.

Floral names are a beautiful choice as a baby name but when naming a baby boy it’s really difficult to select one. As you can’t select most of the flower name like Daisy or Rose for a girly tone. But there are still some boy names with a meaning inspired by a flower. We did research on the internet and gathered all those cool flower names for boys, the selection is not so big. Take a look at below a-z list of flower names in alphabetical order:

Freshly picked Flower Names for boys:

  • Aciano: cornflower
  • Alder: common name of a genus of flowering plants
  • Anthony: this name comes from Greek and meaning flower
  • Antonio: English name, meaning flower
  • Basil: The name ‘basil’ comes from Greek word means ‘royal/kingly plant’
  • Cedar: Beautiful pink color
  • Cosmos: A very common genus of the sunflower family.
  • Fiarello: Italian name, means ‘little flower’
  • Flax: Small flower of pale blue color
  • Florent: Derived from the word flower
  • Florian: Latin name, means ‘flower’
  • Fox: From the Foxglove flower.
  • Gulzar: Arabic name means ‘rose garden’
  • Hawthorne: Large genus of shrubs with white flowers
  • Headley: English name which means ‘heather field’
  • Ixora: It’s a genus of plants in the Rubiaceae family and very common in Indian sub-continent.
  • Jarred: Hebrew name which means Rose
  • Jacek: Polish name meaning ‘hyacinth flower’
  • Kunal: Hindi name which means ‘lotus’
  • Mazus: Flowering plant is commonly known as ‘creeping mazus’
  • Nalin: In Buddhism and the Hindu religion, the lotus called as Nalin
  • Ren: In the Japanese language that means ‘water lily’
  • Roosevelt: Dutch name meaning ‘field of roses’
  • Shamrock: It’s the national flower of Ireland
  • Valerian: It’s a perennial flowering plant, also a name of the Fantasy/Science fiction film of 2017.
  • Yarrow: A flower of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America

We have also arranged some plant names for boys, take a look:

  • Alfalfa
  • Amaranth
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Aster
  • Balsam
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Cedar
  • Chervil
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Elm
  • Fennel
  • Garland
  • Hazel
  • Hyacinth
  • Jessamine
  • Juniper
  • Kale
  • Larch
  • Linden
  • Mace
  • Narcissus
  • Oak
  • Oleander
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Reed
  • Rowan
  • Rue
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Sequoia
  • Sorrel
  • Spruce
  • Sycamore
  • Thyme
  • Valerian
  • Wattle

That’s all about flower and plant boy names what you can find on the internet. We know it’s difficult to select one name for from a small list like the above, but we can’t suggest you name your baby boy Dahlia, Zinnia, Camellia, Begonia, Petunia or other girly names. Thus we have arranged a list of powerful boy names with meaning, check the list and select one if you want a name with strong meaning. If you are looking for black boy names, find here. For girl names we have a collection of cute names, take a look if you are searching for a girl name.

Would you name your baby after a trendy potted plant? (Picture: Getty)

Plant parents have infiltrated the actual-parents-of-humans world.

No longer are us houseplant-obsessed millennials left alone to chat to Karen the cactus or Susan the snake plant. We’re starting to have children, and our passion for greenery is having an impact.

According to a report from trend analysts McCrindle, plant-inspired baby names will be a big trend for 2019, alongside royal picks (yep, Archie will increase in popularity, just as Charlotte did before it), gender neutral names, and unique choices designed to for easy Instagram handles.

In the top 100 names given to babies in Australia in 2019, there are quite a few inspired by nature.

Willow is at spot 10, Ivy is 18th, Lily 22nd, Violet 39th, Poppy 41st, Daisy 47th, Rose 56th, Jasmine 63rd, and Olive 79th.

Of the top five girls’ names that most significantly increased in popularity in the 2010s, three had a botanical theme.

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From 2010 to 2018, Willow increased 64 positions, Violet increased 53 positions, and Ivy increased 43 positions (now at 18th position).

Babies and plants – the perfect combo (Picture: Getty)

Sadly, there don’t appear to be any babies yet named after the super trendy houseplants, such as a little Monstera or Palm (although Kim and Kanye have come close, naming their latest sprog Psalm).

Floral names remain the more popular choice over greenery, but if you are looking to get inspired by the succulents and potted palms around your living room, there are plenty of pretty lovely botanical names to choose from.

We’ve popped some ideas below, because as much as we think Cactus would be a deeply cool name for a baby, you might want some other options.

Botanical baby name ideas:

From flowering plants to potted palms, here are some botanical baby name ideas you might not have considered.

  • Acacia
  • Aloe
  • Alocasia
  • Areca
  • Althaea
  • Begonia
  • Calla
  • Calathea
  • Camellia
  • Cypress
  • Dahlia
  • Dracaena
  • Fern
  • Forsythia
  • Freesia
  • Heather
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Jacinda
  • Jasmine
  • Kentia
  • Lantana
  • Lavender
  • Linnaea
  • Peperomia
  • Primrose
  • Prue
  • Sakura
  • Themeda
  • Willow
  • Zinnia

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like alot of the flower and plant names, so I thought we could get them all in one place:
Abelia- a flower
Acacia-a tree
Acanthus
Adair- from the oak-tree ford
Adoette-of the large tree
Afrodille- French for “daffodil”
Aghaveagh-from the field of ancient trees
Aiglentine- resembling the sweet brier rose
Aiken- of the oak tree
Aimatia- from the garden of flowers
Aini- resembling a spring flower
Aisley- from the ash-tree meadow
Akasma- a white climbing rose
Akina- resembling a spring flower
Alameda- from the cottonwood or poplar grove
Alani- from the orange tree
Alaqua-resembling the sweet gum tree
Alaura- from the laurel tree
Aletris
Algoma-from the valley of flowers
Alivette-of the olive tree (this would be a pretty alternative to Olive/Olivia)
Aloe- a plant
Almond- the nut
Alon
Alyssum- a flower
Amapola- resembling a poppy
Amaranta- A flower that never fades
Amaranthus
Amaryllis- a flower
Amhuinn-from the alder-tree river
Anani- from the orange tree
Anarosa- a graceful rose
Anemone- a flower
Anise- an herb
Apria- Resembling an apricot
Apricot-fruit tree
Apple-fruit tree
Artemisia
Ash- a tree
Aspen- a tree
Aster- a flower
Azalea- flower
Anthea- means flower
Balsam
Barras- from among the trees
Basil- an herb
Basilia (Feminine of Basil)
Bay
Begonia -a flower
Beech- a tree
Birch- a tree
Berry- a plant part
Betony
Bjork- of the birch tree
Blathnaid- as delicate as a flower
Blanchefleur- resembling a white flower
Blimah- one resembling a blossom
Blodwedd- the face of a flower
Blodwen-resembling a white flower
Blossom- the flowering part of plant
Bluebelle
Blueberry
Bluma- resembling a flower’s bloom
Botan- as fresh as a blossom
Bracken- resembling a large, coarse fern
Branch
Brazil- of the ancient tree
Bryony
Briallan- resembling a primrose
Briar
Burr
Buttercup- a flower
Camelina
Celandine
Calla
Calanthe
Camomile
Caraway
Cardamom
Cassia
Catalpa
Coriander
Camellia- a flower
Celery- a vegetable
Celosia- a flower
Chamomile- an herb
Cherry- a fruit tree
Chicory- a spice
Chinquapin- a tree
Chive- a spice
Cinnamon- a spice
Cleome
Clematis- a flower
Clove- a spice
Clover- a plant
Cosmo- a flower
Crocus- a flower
Cayenne – a spicy pepper
Chrysanthemum- a flower
Cypress- a tree
Cedar- a tree
Cinnamon
Citron
Clematis
Clementine- a small citrus fruit
Columbine
Daffodil- a flower
Dahlia- a flower
Daisy/Daisi- a flower
Dara
Daylily- a flower
Delphinium- a flower
Diantha
Dianthus- a flower
Dogwood- a tree
Elder-a tree
Elm- a tree
Fennel
Fern- a plant
Field
Fiorella
Fir- a tree
Flax- a plant
Flora
Fleur
Florian
Flower
Forest/Forrest/Forrester
Field
Forsythia- a flowering shrub
Freesia/Freesias- a flower
Fuschia- a flower
Gardenia- a flower
Gardener
Garland
Geranium- a flower
Ginger- a spice
Girasol- Spanish and Italian for Sunflower
Glade
Gladiolus- a flower
Gladioli
Grove
Hadassah- from the myrtle tree
Hana
Hawthorn- a tree
Hazel- a plant
Heather- a plant
Hemlock- a tree
Hibiscus- a flower
Hickory- a tree
Holly- a shrub
Honeysuckle- a flower
Hucleberry
Hyacinth- a flower
Hydrangea- a flowering shrub
Hyssop
Ilan
Indigo
Iris- a flower
Ianthe- Means “Violet”
Ione
Ivy- a plant
Jacaranda
Jasmine
Javor
Jessamine
Jonquil
Juniper- a shrub (could be either male or female)
Kalina
Kiri
Larch
Larkspur
Laurel
Lavender
Leaf
Leilani
Lina
Linnea
Lilac
Lily/Lili
Linden
Lobelia
Locust
Lotus
Lupine
Magnolia
Mallow
Maple
Margerita/Margherita
Marigold
Meadow
Melia
Melissa
Mignonette
Mimosa
Moraea (prn Mor-RAY-uh)
Myrtle
Nandina
Narcissus
Nasrin- Persian name meaning “wild rose” (pronounced Nahs-reen)
Nettle
Oleander
Olive/Olivene
Oliver
Orange
Orchid
Oren
Oak
Oakley
Palm
Pampas
Pansy – a flower
Pear
Peony
Pepper- a spice (plant part)
Periwinkle
Persimmon
Petunia- a flower
Pine- a tree
Plum
Pomeline
Poppy/Poppi/Poppie- a flower
Poplar- a tree
Poinsettia
Prairie
Primrose
Prunella
Quince
Rayen
Reed
Rhododendron
Rose- a flower
Rowan
Rush
Sage- a spice
Saffron- a spice
Sarvis- a tree
Sassafrass
Savannah
Sedge
Senna
Shoshanah/Shoshannah
Snowdrop
Snowbell
Sonnenblume (German for Sunflower)
Sorrel
Spirea
Spruce
Statice
Strawberry
Sumac
Sundrop
Sunflower
Susan
Susanna/Susannah
Sycamore
Tamarind
Tansy
Tarragon
Tea
Thistle
Thorn/Thorne
Thyme
Timber
Tournesol (French for Sunflower)
Trillium
Tulip- a flower
Verbena – a flower (twinkle suggested a nn of Bean)
Vine
Violet- a flower
Viola- a flower
Willow- a tree
Winterberry
Wintergreen
Wisteria
Xylia
Yarrow
Yew
Zarah
Zinnia
Zonnebloem (Dutch for Sunflower)
Here are French versions added by Nephele:
Absinthe – French for artemisia or wormwood.
Acanthe – French for acanthus.
Amande – French for almond.
Ambrosia – French for a species of ragweed.
Amourette – French for a species of lily of the valley.
Angelique – French for the herb angelica.
Aubergine – French for eggplant (also a deep purple).
Brunelle – French for self-heal.
Cameline – French for camelina or gold-of-pleasure.
Capucine – French for nasturtium.
Carline – French for the carline thistle.
Cerise – French for cherry (also a color).
Chelidoine – French for greater celandine.
Citronnelle – French for lemongrass.
Citrouille – French for pumpkin.
Euphraise – French for eyebright.
Fleur – French for flower.
Glycine – French for wisteria.
Helianthe – French for sunflower.
Immortelle – French for strawflower or everlasting.
Jacinthe – French for hyacinth.
Jasmin – French for jasmine.
Jonquille – French for jonquil.
Lavande – French for lavender.
Lilas – French for lilac.
Lupaline – French for medick.
Luzerne – French for medick.
Marguerite – French for daisy.
Marjolaine – French for the herb marjoram.
Mauve – French for mallow (also a color).
Melisse – French for melissa or lemon balm.
Merise – French for wild cherry.
Minette – French for medick.
Morelle – French for a species of nightshade.
Morgeline – French for chickweed.
Myrtille – French for bilberry.
Neriette – French for rose-bay willow-herb.
Oeillet – French for pink or carnation.
Oseille – French for sorrel.
Paquerette – French for daisy.
Roquette – French for rocket or arugula.
Souci – French for marigold.
Stellaire – French for starwort.
Tamaris – French for the tamarisk tree.
Tanaisie – French for tansy.
Tulipe – French for tulip.
Valeriane – French for the herb valerian.
Veronique – French for veronica or speedwell.
Verveine – French for verbena or vervain.
Violette – French for violet.
Zizanie – French for wild rice
Norwegian botanical names:
Blomst – flower
Blom – Another word for flower
Solsikke – Sunflower
Symre/Symra – Anemone
Lilje/Lilja – Lily
Fiol – Violet
Primula – Primrose
Hortensia – Hydrangea
Svibel – Hyacinth
Soleie – Buttercup
Sveve – Hawk-weed
Sildre – Saxifrage
Lyng – Heather
Mure – Cinquefoil
Molte/Multe – Cloudberry
Reinrose – Dryad
Arve – Sandwort, Chickweed, Pearlwort
Tindved – Oleaster
Eik – Oak
Vier – Hedge Apple, also related to Willow
Osp – Aspen
Alm – Elm
Furu – Pine
Akeleie – Columbine
Valmue – Poppy
Tistel – Thistle
Nellik – Clove
Mynte – Mint
Vivendel – Woodbind
Melde – Saltbush
Lavendel – Lavender
Konvall – Bead-Ruby or Solomon’s-Seal
Matrem – Feverfew
Nattlys – Tree Primrose
Ryllik -Yarrow
Reinfann – tansy
Salvie – Sage
Timian – Thyme
Tulipan – Tulip
Veronika – Speedwell
Mandel – Almond
Basilikum – Basil
Kamille – Camomile
Karve – Caraway
Kanel – Cinnamon
Eple – Apple
Fersken – Peach
Aprikos – Apricot
Sitron – Lemon
Georgine – Dahlia
Kornell – Dogwood
Hyll – Elder
Fenikkel – Fennel
Bregne – Fern
Skog – forest
Magenta – Fuchsia
Lund – Grove
Kaprifol – Honeysuckle
Vivendel – Honeysuckle
Isop – Hyssop
Sjasmin – Jasmine
Lerk – Larch
Blad – Leaf
Syrin – Lilac
Lind – Linden
Margaritt – Margerita
Marigull – Marigold
Eng – Meadow
Reseda – Mignonette
Oliven – Olive
Appelsin – Orange
Peon – Peony
Plomme – Plum
Poppel – Poplar
Kvede – Quince
Siv – Reed
Safran – Saffron
Torn – Thorn
Barlind – Yew
Also, some extra:
Ananas – Pineapple
Drue – Grape
Fiken – Fig
Morell – Sweet Cherry
Redikk – Radish
Persille – Parsley
Selleri – Celery
Sopp – Mushroom
Agurk – Cucumber
Mais – Corn
Kastanje – Chestnut

Flower Names for Girls and Boys

by Pamela Redmond Flower names for baby girls and boys too were first popular around the turn of the last century and have started to bloom again as modern baby names, with flower names Lily, Violet, Jasmine, and Rose ranking among the top names for girls. Along with Lily and Rose, other flower names in the US Top 1000 include Briar, Dahlia, Daisy, Holly, Iris, Ivy, Magnolia, and Poppy. Other stylish names with floral meanings include Leilani, Flora, Linnea, and Romy. Flower names that work for baby girls range from the exotic from Amaryllis to Zinnia to the everyday, such as Daisy, Clover, and Marigold. There are even a few flower names for baby boys, such as Florian and Peregrine. Flower baby names can suit every taste and sensibility, from the vintage to the modern, the unique to the familiar. Here, a large collection of flower names for baby girls and boys.

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  • Abelia

    This feminine form of Abel is also a flower name and makes a distinctive alternative to the widely used Abigail. There is a similar name, Adelia, that is beginning to be rediscovered thanks to… Read More

  • Acacia

    Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek flower name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with ‘a’-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on as a new member of the stylish Read More

  • Acantha

    Acantha is one of the unique baby names in the stylish mythological category that also might count as a flower name. In Greek… Read More

  • Amapola

    A rarely heard name that was the title of a hugely popular Big Band song in the forties.Read More

  • Amaranth

    Amaranth is a beautiful herb with bright fuchsia flowers and a tasty seed that flavors many Eastern dishes. The name is filled with potential for the more adventurous namer, with nickname… Read More

  • Amaryllis

    If you love both unique baby names and flower names for girls, Amaryllis might be a perfect choice for you. A showier flower name… Read More

  • Anemone

    Anemone is a floral name that relates to the ancient Greek myth of the famous love story of Aphrodite and Adonis, in which Aphrodite transforms her wounded lover’s blood into a flower, the… Read More

  • Araluen

    Araluen is a beautiful Aboriginal Australian place name, used in several sites, always connected to the dainty water lily. In terms of sound Araluen offers it all – the “Ara” beginning… Read More

  • Arbor

    Arbor is an original unisex tree-related choice we’re sure to hear more of. Highly unusual now, Arbor takes its place alongside other new arborial names ranging from the mighty Oak (or Oakley) to… Read More

  • Aster

    This is a fresh new addition to the botanical list; comedian Gilbert Gottfried made it a real bouquet when he named his daughter Lily Aster. And the name of the little girl on television’s… Read More

  • Azalea

    Azalea is one of the fresher flower names, along with Zinnia and Lilac, that are new to the name bouquet–in fact it just entered the Social Security list for the first time in 2012. So if Lily… Read More

  • Azami

    Azami has a prickly image and feel–reinforced by the thistle’s image in Eastern mythology as one of defiance. A name that spans two widely divergent cultures, Azami might make the perfect… Read More

  • Begonia

    One flower name that doesn’t smell or sound sweet enough for baby name use. Named for French administrator Michel Bégon.Read More

  • Belladonna

    Literally meaning ‘beautiful lady’, Belladonna is the name of a poisonous flower also known as nightshade. This connection gives an otherwise flowery name a darker, more exotic side. Read More

  • Bellerose

    A felicitous combo of two sweet names; also a Queens, New York neighborhood.Read More

  • Betony

    This unusual English botanical name would make an interesting update to 80s and 90s favorite Bethany. It belongs to a minty-smelling, flowering herb (also called bishopwort), which has been used… Read More

  • Blanchefleur

    A widely used name in medieval Europe that’s been almost completely forgotten. Blanche still reads as old lady-ish, and the frilly “-fleur” doesn’t make it feel younger. But it could be a… Read More

  • Blossom

    Now that parents have picked virtually every name in the garden, from the common Rose to the exotic Zinnia, some are reconsidering the old, more generic names like Flora and Posy and Blossom–… Read More

  • Bluebell

    Bluebell is one flower name that is used very quietly. Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell joined her former Spice Sisters in creative baby-naming with this adventurous — some might say outlandish –… Read More

  • Briallen

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Freytags Florist

Taking a cue from Mother Nature, these 20 uncommon baby girl names inspired by flowers will separate your little one from all the Emmas, the Chloes, and the Madisons of the world.

Amaryllis: Amaryllis is also called the African Bulb Trumpet Flower. Majestic blooms sit atop a tall stalk grown from a bulb base. Some Amaryllis bloom in spring, others bloom in fall/winter. The name Amaryllis is of English in origin derived from the Greek word meaning, ‘I sparkle’ or ‘sparkling’.

Aster: Aster is a petite, daisy-like ground covering flower that is commonly found in purple, pink or white. (Goldilocks are a common Aster variety in the United Kingdom). The name Aster comes from the Greek word for Star.

Calla: Calla Lilies are native to southern Africa and Swaziland. Its preferred habitat is in or on the banks of streams and ponds. Commonly found in white but are also grown in yellow, pink, eggplant, bronze and variegate purple/white. There are also hybrid miniature calla lilies in a wide range of colors. The name Calla the name may also be inspired by the Greek word for “beauty”.

Chenille: Chenille is a delicate red cascading flower that grows on a deep green, leafy plant. It belongs to the same family as Poinsettia. Chenille is native to the East Indies and Pacific Islands. The origin of the name Chenille is English-American and first appeared around 1880.

Dahlia: Dahlias are one of the most popular fresh-cut flowers. There are 42 species, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Related flowers include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and zinnia. Dahlia is a popular feminine name in Lithuania, meaning ‘destiny’ or ‘fate’.

Dandelion: Dandelions are found as common wildflowers all over the world. They have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant. The name Dandelion’s origin and use are both in the English language.

Delphine: The French name Delphine is derived from Delphinium, a bluebell-like flower. It also has associations to dolphins and the ancient city of Delphi, which the Greeks believed to be the womb of the earth.

Flora: The name Flora comes from the Latin word for flower. While still uncommon in the U.S., Flora is probably the most familiar name on this list. The name Flora comes from the Roman goddess of flowers and spring. It has been used as a given name in Europe since the Renaissance.

Freesia: Freesia is a perennial bulb flower from the eastern side of southern Africa. Freesia comes in many solid and variegated colors. It is popular in bridal bouquets due to its whimsical, wildflower appearance and year-round availability. Although the name Freesia is not popular in the U.S. it is widely used around the world. In the Victorian language of flowers, Freesia means trust.

Ginger: Tropical Gingers are one of the most beautiful and colorful flowers in the floral world. Because it is not found in the wild, the Ginger flower’s true origin is unknown. The English the meaning of the name Ginger is purity. Ginger is sometimes used as a diminutive form of Virginia.

Hyacinth: Hyacinths are beautiful and fragrant spring flowers grown from bulbs. They are native to the eastern Mediterranean. The name Hyacinth can be masculine or feminine. One could also use the spelling Hyacinthe for a baby girl.

Laelia: Laelia (pronounced LAY-lee-ah) is a small blooming plant of 25 species from the orchid family. It’s the most popular orchid because of the abundance of beautiful flowers on a single plant. Laelia orchids are native to Central America and Mexico. The name Laelia is the feminine form of Laelius, a Roman name of Latin origin.

Laurel: Laurel is native to the eastern United States, but can be found as far west as Louisiana and Indiana. It is an evergreen shrub with round clusters of tiny, adorable umbrella-shaped blooms. The name Laurel comes from the Latin word for victory.

Lotus: The lotus flower is an aquatic perennial. It’s often used as a symbol of divine beauty and purity. The Lotus is a popular Buddhist symbol of enlightenment due to its unique behavior. At dusk, the Lotus closes and goes beneath the water then rises back up and reopens at dawn.

Marigold: Marigolds are cheerful, annual flowers. Marigolds come in different colors, yellowish-orange being the most common. For centuries, it has been cultivated in the kitchen garden for the flowers, which are dried for broths and for medicinal uses. The name Marigold derived from Mary’s gold, which refers to both the flower and the mother of Jesus.

Tansy: The Tansy is a perennial, herbaceous flowering plant of the aster family with yellow, button-like flowers. The name Tansy is of Native American origin.

Shasta: Shasta daisies are perky white summer blooms with evergreen foliage. The flower is named after Mount Shasta in northern California and dates back to the 1800’s. The baby name Shasta is also of Native American origin.

Vanda: Vanda is another member of the orchid family. Most are a yellow-brown color with brown markings, but they also appear in white, green, orange, red and burgundy shades. And of course, there is the Vanda Coerulea, the “Blue” Orchid.

Zahara: Zahara’s are bright, colorful blooms of the Zinnia tribe. The name Zahara has become more popular in the U.S. ever since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt named their adopted daughter Zaharah in 2005. The name Zahara means flower, blossom or beauty.

Zinnia: Zinnias are members of the sunflower family. They are native to Southwestern United States to the South America. They are single long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colors. The name Zinnia comes from the Latin word meaning “from the flower.” Zinnia and Zahara would be great names for twin baby girls.

The Fascinating Origins of 12 Beautiful Flower Names

With spring in bloom, let’s stop and smell the etymological roses. Here are the origins behind the names of 12 of the loveliest flowers.

1. ANEMONE

The anemone is also known as the windflower. Indeed, the word anemone, first attested in English in the mid-1500s, probably comes from a Greek word literally meaning “daughter of the wind.” It’s said that the brightly colored petals of this flower only opened when the wind blew. Sea anemones took their names in the late 1700s on their likeness to the flowers.

2. AMARYLLIS

In the pastoral poems of Theocritus, Ovid, and Virgil, Amaryllis was a common name for a beautiful country girl. Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, adopted Amaryllis for this flower family in the late 1700s. The name Amaryllis may derive from a Greek verb meaning to “sparkle” or “shine,” fitting for the rich red veins that pop out from the long white petals of these flowers.

3. CARNATION

There are two etymologies for carnation, a term found in English in the early 1500s. According to one, carnation may be a corruption of coronation, perhaps because the flower’s toothed petals resembled crowns or because the flowers were worn, crown-like, as garlands. The second etymology comes from the flower’s original color, and roots carnation in the Middle French carnation, “pink complexion,” from the Latin root caro, “flesh,” source of less delicate words like carnal and carnage.

4. CHRYSANTHEMUM

True to their etymology, chrysanthemums often bloom in striking gold. The word chrysanthemum, emerging in English in the late 1500s, comes from the Greek krysanthemon, meaning “gold flower.” The first component, krysos (“gold”), shows up in the biological term chrysalis. The second, anthos (“flower”), appears, among other words, in anthology, literally “a collection of flowers,” first used for a compilation of small poems in the early 1600s. Chrysanthemums also answer to mums, a shortening evidenced in the history of the word since the late 1800s.

5. DAISY

The word daisy has deep roots in the English language. As attested to in some of English’s earliest records, daisy comes from the Old English phrase dægesege: the “day’s eye,” as the flower’s white petals close at dusk and open at dawn, like the eye of the day as it sleeps and wakes.

6. FORGET-ME-NOT

The name forget-me-not was a direct translation from the Old French ne m’oubliez mye (“do not forget me”). Renaissance romantics believed that, if they wore these soft-colored flowers, they would never be forgotten by their lovers, making the flower a symbol of fidelity and everlasting love. Other languages also translated ne m’oubliez mye: For this flower, German has Vergissmeinnicht, Swedish has förgätmigej, and Czech has nezabudka.

7. LUPINES

The tall, tapering blue clusters of lupines certainly don’t look like their etymology: lupinus, a Latin adjective for “wolf.” So why the fierce name? Perhaps the flowers were once thought to deplete the ground in which they grow, devouring its nutrients like a wolf. This is likely folk etymology, though, as lupines actually enrich the soil and have long been harvested for their nutritious seeds.

8. ORCHID

Orchids are a diverse family of extremely elegant flowers, but the literal meaning of their name, documented in English in the early 1840s, is a bit earthier, shall we say. Orchid comes from the Greek orkhis, meaning “testicle.” The flower’s bulbous roots, often paired, have long been thought to resemble those male organs.

9. PEONY

The peony, a word found in Old English, was believed to have healing properties in early medicine, which is why its name might honor Paion, the physician of the gods in Greek mythology. The name Paion might come from a root Greek verb meaning “touch,” hence “one who touches,” hence “heals.” His name also gives us paean, “a song of praise,” as Paion became identified with Apollo, Greek god of music and poetry.

10. RHODODENDRON

Like many other flower names, rhododendron enters the English record in the mid-1500s. The name literally means “rose tree” in Greek (rhodon means and is related to the word “rose”). It’s an apt name, for this shrub or small tree blooms with brilliant, rose-colored flowers. After Latin grafted the word, rhododendron took another path, its rs and ds eventually arranged into the name of another blossoming plant: oleander.

11. TULIP

Contrary to the grade-school groaner, tulip does not come from the fact that the flower can look like two lips kissing. Passing into English via Dutch or German in the late 1500s, tulip actually comes from the Turkish tülbent, based on the Persian dulband: “turban.” The flower, to its ancient namers, resembled the male headwear worn throughout the Middle East, India, and parts of Africa. The word turban also comes from this Persian dulband.

12. VIOLET

Before we had the color violet, recorded by the late 1300s, we had the flower violet, emerging some decades earlier in the same century. Violet grows out of the French violete or violette, a diminutive of viole, in turn the Latin viola, its name for this distinctively purple flower. This viola has no etymological relationship to the instrument. Some scholars suspect Latin got viola from the Greek name for the plant, ion, also with no etymological relationship to the molecule. Greek “floral” ion, though, does show up in chemistry. The name of the element iodine was ultimately coined from the Greek ioeides, “violet-colored,” because the substance emits a violet-colored vapor.

Tree Names for Babies

by Pamela Redmond Tree baby names are a new branch of the nature names growing in popularity. They convey roots and strength of character—qualities we want our children to possess—and many carry a bohemian vibe, such as Willow and Juniper.
Along with Willow and Juniper, other tree names for babies that make the US Top 1000 include Aspen, Olive, Hazel, Laurel, Koa, Magnolia, Forrest, and Oakley. Unique tree names we’re hearing more of include Ash, Birch, Linden, and Maple.
Names with tree-related meanings might be perfect for an Arbor Day baby, or for the son or daughter of a nature lover. If you’re looking to give your baby boy or girl a name that relates to trees, consider this list of tree names for babies.

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  • Acacius

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  • Acer

    Acer is the Latin botanical name for the Maple tree. Where Maple feels quite feminine, Acer is a more masculine way to reference this tree.Read More

  • Acker

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  • Acton

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  • Adair

    Adair has flair, the grace of a Fred Astaire. It’s a Scottish surname which came from the first name Edgar.
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  • Alameda

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  • Alamo

    Alamo is a name that would be remembered, but for all the wrong reasons. Read More

  • Alani

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  • Alder

    Alder is an occasionally-used name that derives from an old English surname and also might refer to the alder tree, whose wood is used to make electric guitars.Read More

  • Alyvia

    Parents finding Olivia too popular first turned to Alivia and then went further with Alyvia. But making the spelling different does not improve on the original. If you love Olivia, name your… Read More

  • Amir

    A common Middle Eastern name, the general title for an elevated official, it was chosen for his son by actor Omar Epps. Read More

  • Apple

    When people talk about unique baby names, Apple is often one of the first examples they mention. Apple made international headlines when Gwyneth Paltrow chose this wholesome fruit name for her… Read More

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  • Arvid

    Arvid, a Scandinavian name that’s virtually unknown in the US, is in the Swedish Top 20. It might make a handsome, unusual choice for a parent in search of an original yet traditional A name. Read More

  • Ash

    Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the Pokemon cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher,… Read More

  • Ashby

    Ashley substitute with a slightly more unisex feel; it was picked for her daughter by TV host Nancy O’Dell.Read More

  • Ashley

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  • Ashton

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  • Aspen

    As trendy as the chic Colorado ski resort and film festival, Aspen is fast becoming cooler for girls than for boys. Read More

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