Choosing Botanical and Flower Baby Names
In English and other languages, many given names are derived from the names of plants, especially flowers. In English-speaking countries, flower baby names for girls remain some of the most popular monikers decade after decade. Though baby naming fads change over the years, with some plant names rising and others declining in popularity, botanical baby names have always been classic standbys--giving the impression of good breeding and high culture. Below is a list of traditional and trendier first names based on flowers and other plants.
Old-Fashioned Flower Names for Girls
Myrtle, Amaryllis, Camelia & Camellia, Chrysanthe, Dahlia, Daisy, Flora (Spanish for "flower"), Hyacinth, Olive, Olivia, Poppy, Petunia, Tansy, Rosemary, Delphine, Rhoda, Jessamine (derived from "jasmine"), Angelica, Magnolia.
Willow, Sorrel, Saffron, Primrose, Fleur (French for "flower"), Freesia, Amaranth, Apple, Aster, Bryony, Calla, Calla Lily, Briar, Briar Rose, Juniper, Lavender, Lotus, Petal, Leilani, Linnea, Larkspur, Wisteria, Zahara (Hebrew for "flower"), Jonquil, Jacinda, Clematis, Rowan, Meadow.
Classic and Modern Flower Names for Girls
Violet, Elodie, Sage, Rose, Rosa, Rosalie, Ginger, Hazel, Heather, Holly, Iris, Ivy, Jasmine, Lily, Blossom, Daisy, Daphne, Fern, Laurel, Shasta, Valerian, Valerie, Lilac, Melissa (a plant commonly known as "lemon balm"), Alyssa (from the plant genus Alyssum).
Tree, Herb, and Flower Names for Boys
Basil, Aster, Bryony, Sorrel, Clove, Larkspur, Shasta, Forest, Florent, Fiorello, Florian, Oakley, Thorn, Jonquil, Jacinto, Linden, Hawthorne & Hawthorn, Reed, Heath, Birch, Sylvio, Sylvester (from the Latin for "forest"), Rowan, Oliver, Ash, Aspen, Cedar, Sage, Indigo.
Most Popular Plant Names
According to US census data, the top-ranking plant or flower name for girls or boys born between 2011 and 2003 was Olivia. For girls and boys born between 1968 and 1982, the top-ranking plant name was Melissa. No masculine names derived from trees, herbs, or flowers has ever ranked in the top 10 of baby names in the US, as parents tend to prefer Biblical or traditional English names for boys.