Category: names that mean butterfly
Secret nature names are an intriguing category: baby names that reference animals or weather or some other aspect of nature in their meaning without being explicit about it the way names such as Lily and Fox are.
If you’re a nature lover but value subtlety in your name choices, these kinds of secret nature names may be perfect for you. We’ve explored secret garden names in the past, but today we turn our attention to nature names from the sky: names that mean butterfly and bird, that relate to rain and clouds and the sky itself.
Here, a wide range of secret nature names from many cultures:
So we’ve decided to reprise the idea with a whole raft of new pairs of twin names. As before, the idea is to choose names that are compatible yet clearly individual — no shared first initials or other overly-obvious links — yet that are joined in a more subtle way by a common meaning.
In the girl-boy pairs below, the girl’s name goes first as per Nameberry style; in single-gender pairs, the names are organized alphabetically.
Easter is a wonderful time of year to have a baby, and an inspirational holiday for names. If you’re due right about now, here are some name directions you might consider:
NAMES OF THE HOLIDAY
PARASHA – A Russian girls’ name that means “born on Good Friday.”
PASCAL etc. – There are many attractive versions of this name. The French Pascal, for boys, and Pascale for girls is especially appealing. The Spanish versions are Pascual and Pascuala; Italian is Pasquale.
NAMES OF EASTER PERSONAGES
Mary MAGDALENE – The prime female figure in the Easter story, she witnessed the crucifixion, accompanied his body to the tomb, and later with the other women discovered the Resurrection. A saint, she is a symbol of penitence. Her name means “from Magdala.”
SALOME – One of the women at the tomb.
EASTER-RELATED BOTANICAL NAMES
BIRCH – In Scandinavia, people attach brightly-colored feathers to birch branches in vases.
LILY – We’ve said a lot about Lily and her sisters recently, but this is the flower name most closely associated with Easter. Its many lovely variations include LILIANA and LILIA. DAFFODIL, TULIP and HYACINTH are also in bloom during the Easter season.
EASTER ANIMAL NAMES
BUTTERFLY NAMES – The butterfly is a symbol of rebirth and Easter, and gives flight to many attractive names. KIMANA is a Native American name meaning butterfly, and MARIPOSA is a Romantic Spanish butterfly name. VANESSA was invented by author Jonathan Swift but is also a species of butterfly. And of course BUTTERFLY itself is also a name, perhaps more appealing in its internations versions: PAPILLON in French, BABOCHKA in Russian, or FARASHA in Arabic.
NAMES THAT MEAN REBIRTH
ANASTASIA and ANASTASIOS – Appealing and underused names that mean “resurrection.”
OSIRIS – Egyptian god-king who died and was reborn every year.