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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Naming after... Flowers and Plants

After doing countries, colors and birds, its now time to go onto Names which are flowers and plants, and I bet this one will be super popular!

(For some of the more unusual ones, do a Google images search to see them)

Girls

Category one: Names which aren't actually flowers or plants, but have meanings which are plants.
Afina, meaning "blueberry" in Romanian.
Alma, meaning "apple" in Turkish
Anemone, meaning "wind flower" in Greek.
Anthea, meaning "flowery" in Greek.
Antonia, meaning "flower" in Greek.
Avalon, meaning "apple" in Old Welsh.
(G.Paltrow soo should have named her daughter this instead.. way more subtle!)
Ayla, meaning "oak tree" in Hebrew and Old English.
Carmel, meaning "garden, orchard" in Hebrew.
Diantha, meaning "heavenly flower" in Greek.
Elma, meaning "apple" in Turkish.
Fabia, meaning "bean" in Roman.
Fleur, meaning "flower" in Old French.
Gita/ Greta/ Gretchen meaning "daisy" in Spanish.
Hana, meaning "flower" or "blossom" in Japanese.
Helianthe, meaning "bright flower" in Greek.
Hester, meaning "myrtle" in Hebrew.
Hortense, meaning "garden or gardener" in Latin.
Iolanthe, meaning "violet flower" in Greek.
Ketifa, meaning "to pick a flower" in Arabic.
Leilani, meaning "heavenly flower" in Hawaiian.
Lys, meaning "lily" in Medieval French.
Marva, meaning "sage" in Hebrew.
Mina, meaning "daisy" in Persian.
Phyllis, meaning "leafy branch" in Greek.
Susannah, meaning "lily" in Hebrew.
Talia, meaning "to bloom" in Greek.
Yolanda, meaning "violet" in Greek.
Zara, meaning "flower" in Arabic.
Zita, meaning "little rose" in Spanish.

Category two: Names which are already known to be used.
Angelica
Dahlia
Daisy
Erica
Heather
Holly
Iris
Ivy
Jacinta
Jasmine
Laurel
Lily
Rose
Rosemary
Rowan
Sage
Sienna
Veronica
Violet
Willow

Category three: Unusual but Usable. Names which are quite unique, but can be used in normal situations quite easily, or have nicknames which are 'normal'
Acacia, "Keisha"
Alcea, "Allie", "Alcie"
Anise, "Annie", "Anna", "Nissa"
Arnica, "Arna", "Arnie", "Anna, "Annie", "Nicky"
Alyssum, "Allie", "Alice", "Alyssa", "Lyssa", "Lyssie"
Amaranth, "Amy", "Mara", "Mary", "Antha", "Annie", "Anna"
Amaryllis, "Amy", "Mara", "Mary", "Rylla", "Lissa", "Lissie"
Azalea, "Az", "Azzie", "Zayley", "Ayla", "Ayley", "Lia"
Betony, "Betty", "Etta", "Ettie", "Tony"
Bryony, "Bree"
Calla, "Callie", "Allie" (what Actor Eric Johnson and writer/producer Adria Budd recently named their daughter, Calla Prairie)
Camellia, "Cara", "Carma", "Meeley", "Lia"
Cassia, "Cass", "Cassie", "Casey"
Cicely, "Cissy", "Celia", "Ellie", "Lee"
Coralbell, "Cora", "Coral", "Corey", "Belle", "Bella" (this ones a little over the top, too, but isn't as crazy as Bluebell. Coral is quite a pretty name)
Fern
Flora, "Flo", "Flossie", "Flor", "Lora", "Lori"
Gardenia, "Deana", "Nia"
Ginger, "Ginnie"
Hazel
Hyacinth, "Cinth", "Cinthie", "Cinthia"
Jacaranda, "Jackie", "Cara", "Anda", "Andy", "Anna", "Annie", "Anne"
Jessamine, "Jess", "Jessie", "Sam", "Sammy"
Juniper, "June", "Juno"
Lavender
Lilac, "Lila"
Linnea, "Lin", "Linna", "Nia", "Lynae"
Linden, "Lin", "Lindy", "Linna"
Lotus, "Lo", "Lola"
Magnolia, "Maggie", "Aggie", "Noel", "Olly", "Lia"
Mallow, "Mal", "Lo"
Marguerite, "Margie", "Mary", "Maggie", "Rita"
Marigold, "Mary", "Marie", "Goldie"
Myrtle
Narcissa, "Nara", "Cissy"
Nigella, "Nyah", "Gel", "Gella", "Ella", "Ellie", "Elle"
Oleander, "Ollie", "Lia", "Leanne", "Anda", "Andy", "Anna", "Annie", "Anne"
Olive, "Olly", "Liv", "Livvy"
Pansy
Petunia
Poppy
Primrose, "Rosa", "Rosie", "Rose"
Saffron, "Saffie", "Ronnie"
Solandra, "Solly", "Olly", "Landry", "Andra", "Andy", "Anna", "Annie", "Anne"
Tamarind, "Tammy", "Mary"
Tansy, "Tanner", "Anna", "Annie"
Valerian, "Val", "Vallie", "Ria", "Rianne", "Anne", "Anna", "Annie"
Viola, "Vi", "Ola", "Olly"
Zinnia, "Nia"

Category four: Totally out there. These ones are ones to use with a lot of caution, they don't quite fit in or have normal nicknames to fall back on.
Bluebell (now I know this one can be shortened to Belle or Bella... but really. Its just very out there for a real person.)
Cayenne (feminine spelling, but a bit too masculine pronunciation for me)
Cherry (maybe cute as a nickname, but a bit much for me)
Daffodil (this one can be shortened to Daffy but again, its a bit much for me)
Hebe
Jonquil
Pepper (probably a lot cuter as a nickname)
Peony
Posy
Silverbell (pretty for an animal, but probably a bit much for a child)
Sorrel
Sunflower (a little much..)

Boys

Category one: Names which aren't actually flowers or plants, but have meanings which are plants.
Ackley, meaning "meadow of Oak Trees" in Middle English.
Axel, meaning "small oak tree" in German.
Bailey, meaning "berry" in Old English.
Derry, meaning "oak tree" in Welsh.
Fabian, meaning "bean" in Latin.
Fraser, meaning "strawberry" in French.
Jared, Jarrett, meaning "rose" in Greek.
Oliver, meaning "olive tree" in French.
Orrin, meaning "tree" in Hebrew.
Perry, meaning "pear tree" in Old English.
Purnal, meaning "pear" in Latin.

Category two: Unusual but Usable. Names which are quite unique, but can be used in normal situations quite easily, or have nicknames which are 'normal'
Alder, "Al"
Ash
Basil
Briar
Cassius
Linden (both Cassius and Linden I have heard on boys before, but they are pretty hard with nicknames/are a little feminine)
Oleander, "Olly", "Lee", "Ander", "Andy"
Saffron, "Ron"
Sage
Thorn, "Thor"

Category three: Totally out there. These ones are ones to use with a lot of caution, they don't quite fit in or have normal nicknames to fall back on.
Cedar
Jonquil

Got some other flower or plant names? Any you really like or dislike? Do you know anyone named after a flower or plant? Comment below!

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15 comments:

Lone Star Ma said...

I have a daughter named Mimosa (and one named Marigold).

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Ria said...

"cassie" would make a good nickname for acacia... both because of the similar sound and because acacia is the latin name for the same plant that is called cassie in english. =)

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Ryan said...

Daphne is my daughters name Daphne Adelle and I love it!Im trying to find maybe a flower name for my next I like Cadence althought its name a flower name but maybe a middle name would be pretty like hers!(;

Ashlet from office plants said...

Naming a baby after a plant is a good idea. Specially if it is a baby girl.

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