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Nature Names: Will trees be the new flower names?

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Now that just about every flower in the garden has been dug up and used by baby namers for at least a century, maybe it’s time to look beyond to their more imposing cousins. There’s a very big difference between the two:  Where most floral names are frilly and feminine, many, if not most, arboreal names are strong, sturdy, and much more  masculine.

The forest is  fairly unexplored territory; with the exception of a few names like Hazel, Olive and Willow, most of the standard tree names are just waiting to be discovered.  Here are some possibilities:

NAMES OF TREES

SUITABLE FOR GIRLS

ACACIA
APPLE
ASPEN
BAY
CASSIA
CHERRY
CINNAMON
CITRON
EBONY
HAZEL
HOLLY
JACARANDA
JUNIPER
LAUREL
LINDEN
MAGNOLIA
MIMOSA
MYRTLE
OLIVE
PLUM
SENNA
SEQUOIA
WILLOW

SUITABLE FOR BOYS

ALDER
ASH
ASPEN
BALSAM
BAMBOO
BANYAN
BAY
BEECH
BIRCH
CEDAR
CYPRESS
ELM
JUNIPER
LINDEN
MAPLE
OAK
PINE
QUINCE
TEAK
YEW

NAMES RELATED TO TREES

BRANCH
FOREST
GROVE
LEAF
MOSS
SHADE
SYLVAN

Almost every ethnicity’s name bank has a profusion of names related to nature, and that includes trees. Here’s a small sampling of foreign names related to trees:

ALAQUA — Native American, sweet gum tree
ALON, ALONA — Hebrew, oak tree
BIRK — Scottish, birch tree
ILANA–Hebrew, tree
IOBHAR (ee-var) — Irish, yew
LINNEA — Scandinavian, lime or linden tree
LLORA — Catalan, laurel tree
MAC DARA — Irish, son of the oak
MANJOLA — Albanian, magnolia
MATSUKO — Japanese, pine tree child
NAOKI — Japanese, straight tree
OIHANE (oy-ah-neh) — Basque, from the forest
OLIVIER –French, olive tree
OREN  — Hebrew, pine tree
ORNA  — Hebrew, pine tree
ORNELLA — Italian, flowering ash tree
SUZUKI — Japanese, bell tree
TAMAR — Hebrew,  palm tree
YVES, YVETTE –French,  yew tree

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