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Flower Names: A floral bouquet of names for girls

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As we warm to the pleasant days of Spring, we take our annual stroll down the garden path and offer our current  thoughts on flower names for girls.

Still leading in popularity are Lilyand Daisy, with  Rose  remaining a  middle name of choice, though its bloom may be fading a bit due to over exposure.  In general,  flower names for girls,  a craze first seen in the early 1900s, is still one the most fashionable groups around in the early 21st century.

Nameberry includes a wide range of flower names for girls, from garden variety to hothouse blooms. Here, a rundown of the choicest:

THE TRENDIEST

DAISY — Charming and simple, Daisy started off as a nickname for Margaret, now more popular than the original.

IRIS — Former dowdy old lady name revived when Jude Law and Sadie Frost chose it for their daughter.

JASMINE — The most exotic of the popular flower names, with many spelling variations: Jazmin, Jazzmyn et al.  Related: Yasmine and cousins, along with the lovely British favorite Jessamine or Jessamyn, actually French for jasmine.

LILY — Also stylish as Liliana, Lilia, and in France, Lilou, with Lillian starting to be revived.

ROSE — Still an epidemically popular middle name, with many variations — from Rosa to Rosalie to Rosemary — that would make lovely first names.

VIOLET — The daughter of celebrities Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck brought this lush flower choice before the public eye, and it’s rapidly becoming a favorite.  In France, Violette is chic, while in Italian it’s Violetta.

BRITISH BLOOMS

The British are famous gardeners and have long been more hospitable to flower names than Americans.  Here, some heard most often in the British Isles.

BRYONY — Name of a vine with green flowers, also spelled Briony, popular in England and rarely heard elsewhere.

DAHLIA – One of the rarer British-inflected flower name that has never caught on in the US.

CLOVER – Cute aned catchy

FLORA — Vintage name with considerable charm.

IVY — Starting to emigrate to the U.S., possibly because of its stylish initial “I.”

MARIGOLD — Posh British choice starting to be considered by cutting-edge baby namers.

PANSY — Adorable  yet the teasing possibilities render this one an unlikely choice.

PETUNIA — Outside of the U.K., only heard in cow fields or early Disney cartoons.

POPPY — Popular in Britain and beginning to be heard elsewhere too; a perfect companion for Daisy.

PRIMROSE — Prim and dainty yet offbeat, the quintessential British name.

EXOTIC FLOWERS

AMARYLLIS — The flower may be similar to a lily, but the name is considerably more offbeat.

ASTER — The little girl on TV’s “Dexter” has this name, which could become more popular with the rise of the whole flower genre.

AZALEA — The z will definitely keep it exotic, but it’s showing up on more peoples’ lists of possibilities.

CALLA — Another lily relative, also similar to the trendy Callie/Kaylee family of names.

CAMELIA – A pretty name that could catch on due to the popularity of Amelia.

DAHLIA — This one seems to be percolating and we expect to hear more.

LILAC — The two l’s, the similarity to Lily, and the beautiful color and scent of the original flower make this choice a winner.

LOTUS — Only for the most intrepid baby namer.

ORCHID — Another hothouse bloom not for the shy.

PANSY — Adorable  yet the teasing possibilities render this one an unlikely choice

TULIPRebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell used this as a middle name for one of their twins, and singer Tiny Tim picked it as a first several  decades ago.  An everyday flower that makes a less-than-ordinary name.

ZINNIA — Any z name is off the beaten track; this one has definite possibilities.

FLOWER NAMES THAT DON‘T SOUND LIKE FLOWER NAMES

AZAMI — Japanese for “thistle flower.”

FLEUR — International words for “flower,” which also include Flor and Fiorello/Fiorella, make inventive flower choices.

GELSEY — Persian for “flower,” a balletic choice.

IOLANTHE — Greek for “violet flower” — for those who want to make Violet a lot more exotic.

JACINTA — Spanish for hyacinth and more suited to use as a name.

LEILANI — Hawaiian name that means ‘heavenly flower” and also has stylish double L sound.

MARGUERITE — The French for daisy is newly chic there, as is Capucine, which means nasturtium in France.

SUSANNA — Comes from the Hebrew Shoshanna, which means lily, and is definitely ripe for revival.

ZAHARA — A Hebrew name meaning flower popularized when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt chose it for their daughter

And some generics: BLOSSOM, PETAL and POSY.

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