Category: flower names
It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our most treasured contributors, K. M. Sheard. Kay ran the delightful website, Nook of Names, and was the author of a giant, encyclopedic compendium of name information, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names, which we have found to be an invaluable resource.
In tribute to the memory of Kay, here again is one of her characteristic Nameberry blogs–with its unique mix of scholarship and humor, first published in 2013.
For the full list of flower names, go here.
Which is your very favorite flower name? Your guilty pleasure? The name you’d choose for a child…or even yourself?
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:
We’re just days into the new year, and there’s so much to anticipate.
What will Zara Phillips Tindall, the least conventionally named of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren, name her first child? When the 2013 data is released, will Jacob still be the most common name for boys born in the US, or will Mason unseat him? Which fictional character names will take us by surprise?
But this week, I’m thinking about a very specific question: of all the unconventional word name possibilities, which will go from sounding wacky and way out there to mainstream in 2014?
Plenty of parents must be hoping this is true. Or at least they’re untroubled by the possibility. Because we’ve been borrowing from the dictionary with abandon as 2013 slipped into 2014.
Flower baby names are hot favourites for modern British parents. So much so that, when all the spellings are added together, Lily has ranked as the most popular girls name in England and Wales for the last two years. Other Top 100 choices include Daisy, Poppy, Holly, Jasmine and Rose, with Violet, Iris and Ivy not far behind.
And this is nothing new; the British love of floral names is long established. The Edwardians took their love of flowers and elevated them to the heights of fashion in girls’ names.
But, before they took off as names, flowers were used as an intricate form of communication known, quite grandly, as floriography. If a Victorian lady received flowers, she would automatically consult her floriography handbooks and dictionaries (which helpfully attributed meanings and phrases to a variety of flowers) to see what messages were being conveyed. A white rose meant “I am worthy of you;” a Carolina rose meant “Dangerous love,” while a full rose placed over two buds meant “Secrecy.”