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38 Secret Nature Names for Girls

nature names for girls

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Nature names have been popular for several years now, especially for girls.  Flower names such as Lily and Ivy are the most popular, but we’ve also heard a lot of tree names such as Willow, water names like Bay and Lake, and animal names such as Wren.

And then there are the names that keep their nature connection more on the down low. Girls’ names that have a nature-related meaning may appeal to parents in search of something that’s more name and less word, a name that keeps its relationship to nature as a wonderful secret.

Girls’ names with a surprise nature connection, and their meanings, include:

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Lofty Mountain Baby Names

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mountain baby names

By Nick Turner

President Obama caused a stir last week when he scrubbed the name Mount McKinley from America‘s highest peak, bringing back its traditional moniker — Denali.

Fans of William McKinley complained that our 25th president — assassinated in 1901 — was getting snubbed for political reasons. Supporters of the Denali name, meanwhile, pointed out that McKinley had no connection to the area (he never set foot in Alaska, which became a state almost 60 years after his death).

For me, the controversy is less interesting than the implications for baby name picks.

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fresh flower names

By Nicole Aube

For centuries, parents have been drawn to flower names for their little girls, because they strike a perfect balance between romantic and grounded sensibilities. The most obvious examples are Rose and all her variants – Rosalind, Rosamund, Rosetta, Rosa. You’ve probably met one or two. What about parents who love the idea of a flower name and don’t want something as traditional, but want a certain familiar sound?

Here is a list of the most traditional flower names, with fresh alternatives that don’t stray too far, sound-wise. 

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Baby #7

By Tara Wood

Although I’ve done it seven times, I still find baby naming weird and challenging.

I don’t know about you, but my mood, thoughts, likes, and opinions all shift daily- sometimes hourly. Oftentimes I change my my mind three or four times before I finally decide on what kind of sandwich to order and I’m supposed to name for a human baby person for, like, life?

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By Brooke Cussans, Baby Name Pondering

Animal and bird names seem a lot less strange as given names than they once did. But what if you want an animal inspired name that is a little less literal? Maybe something a little more traditional. Or maybe something a little more light hearted and whimsical. So here’s a look at a select group of daring names that reference animals and are full of quirky charm – all with the benefit of a cute, inbuilt animal nickname, but carrying less of an aggressive edge.

Bearnard

This variant of the Old French/German name Bernard has the bear reference but is still a legitimate name with history. It means ‘strong, brave bear’, which is hard to go past if you’re looking for names related to fierce animals. Bearnard has never charted in the U.S. but Bernard was a top 100 for many years and only dropped out of the top 1000 in recent years.

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