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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
PRIMROSE — Prim and dainty yet offbeat, the quintessential British name.
AMARYLLIS — The flower may be similar to a lily, but the name is considerably more offbeat.
AZALEA — The z will definitely keep it exotic, but it’s showing up on more peoples’ lists of possibilities.
DAHLIA — This one seems to be percolating and we expect to hear more.
LOTUS — Only for the most intrepid baby namer.
ORCHID — Another hothouse bloom not for the shy.
TULIP — Rebecca 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.
AZAMI — Japanese for “thistle flower.”
GELSEY — Persian for “flower,” a balletic choice.
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.
SUSANNA — Comes from the Hebrew Shoshanna, which means lily, and is definitely ripe for revival.