The very coolest flower names right now, we think, are a mix of the generic and the adventurous. We like names such as Petal and Posy that reference flowers in general without citing a specific species, along with a handful of adventurous varietals.
Our picks for the coolest flower names for girls:
Blossom — Blossom was a TV show you may remember from your childhood and is also the name of jazz singer Blossom Dearie. But now that those associations are fading, you may want to consider this gentle, quirky choice, last on the Top 1000 in the 1920s.
Dahlia — The name Dahlia summons visions of a British lawn party in the 1930s, with an image that’s at once sultry and genteel. An increasing number of contemporary parents agree: The name first appeared on the US popularity charts in 2006 and is poised to break into the Top 500.
Fleur or Flora — Fleur and Flora are the same name, in a way, both meaning flower and referencing the Roman goddess of flowers and spring. But they have very different feels and style trajectories. Fleur feels eternally French, which you may consider a positive or a negative, while Flora harkens back to the Gay ’90s (1890s, that is), when it was a popular American name.
Garland — Garland has a unisex feel and can theoretically work for a boy as well as a girl. And the vision of a garland — a long rope made of flowers — is a lovely one that can be incorporated into a birth announcement or a nursery theme.
Lilac — Love Lila but want something more original? Then Lilac may be the choice for you. Besides being a lovely purple color and a fragrant flower, Lilac is an attractive name with a contemporary sound.
Poppy — Poppy is in the UK Top 20 but has never appeared in the U.S. Top 1000, making it a prime example of a name that’s far more stylish on one side of the Atlantic than the other. We can see it becoming much trendier in the U.S. in years to come, so jump in ahead of the curve.
Posy — Posy, which can also be spelled Posey, is a sweet bouquet of a name attracting more attention because of its use in Hunger Games. It can also be used as a nickname for Sophia, Josephine, or Penelope.