Category: nature names

Nature Names for Girls

She loves unusual names inspired by nature. He’s a fan of the classics. Where’s the middle ground for these first-time parents?

Briane writes:

I love your weekly insight into baby naming crises! I feel my partner and I are definitely in one of those currently.

The nickname for our girl due in February is Cricket. Beyond that, we are almost entirely at odds.

I love longer, uncommon, nature-inspired names with nickname potential. My partner likes short, common names like Anna and Elise (in other words, the opposite).

My absolute favorite name is Elowen and has been for some time. But my sister named her daughter Ellisyn last year, which broke my heart. What are your thoughts – are these too close?

My second favorite name is the botanical Liatris (which I rhyme with Beatrice), but I can’t win my partner over on that one either.

The one name we have mutually not rolled our eyes at is Adia. But I don’t completely love how it sounds.

Please help us. I am so sad that my favorite names have been dismissed!

The Name Sage replies:

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Boys’ Baby Names: Little Middles

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the past, most boys were lucky enough to avoid the  generic-connector-middle-name syndrome the way girls did, when Ann and Lynn and Beth were pretty ubiquitous. For the most part, boy babies were given double classics, so there were a ton of them dubbed Steven Michael or Michael Steven, David Robert or Robert David.

Now, the middle name landscape for both genders has changed as more attention is being focused on them, to the point where firsts and middles have almost equal weight. Family names play a bigger part, for one thing, as do meaning and individuality–plus many parents are taking this place as a chance to let loose and be inventive .

Yet a strong, single-syllable middle is still often what’s called for, and so we’ve categorized for you some of the most interesting new-style possibilities—of course feel free to use this as a starting point.

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If you’re looking for baby names related to the astrological sign of Virgo, here are dozens of intriguing ideas!

By E. Wittig

Virgo, the sign of the virgin, is the summer’s final sign. Virgo begins on August 23rd and ends September 22nd at the shifting of seasons. Represented by lilies, yellow sapphires, the color gray, and the element earth, Virgos are even-tempered and dependable people with inner strength.

Amalthea – The unicorn is a symbol of innocence and purity; in many tales, the magical beast is only approachable by virgins. Lady Amalthea is the human name of the unicorn in classic novel The Last Unicorn. Other virginal symbols are pearls and lilies. In their original forms, Pearl and Lily are baby names
with vintage charm. More Lily names include Liliana, Susannah, Maylis, Kielo, and Sayuri. Margaret means “pearl” as do its short forms Maisie and Margot.

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12 Gorgeous Nature Names

Sure, there are countless beautiful individual flower names and tree names and bird names and gem names, from Magnolia to Maple to Wren to Ruby. But sometimes I think maybe we don’t see the forest for the trees: in other words there are names that encompass entire categories rather than one specific species. Here are some names that take a wide-lens view of the whole garden or woodland or aviary. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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By Kara, The Art of Naming

When it comes to earthy boy names, some of the coolest ones are related to rock and stone. There are some names that mean rock such as the Scottish surname Carrick from the Gaelic Carraig. 

The name Peter means “stone” and so do all of its variants and translations such as the French Pierre, the Spanish Pedroand others such as Piers, Pierce, Pierson, Piet and Pietro.  

If it’s a down-to-earth name you want, the list below features names with rocky and earthy meanings:

Cephas
Clayton
Cole
Craig
Dunstan
Ebenezer
Haldor
Halle
Halstein
Halvard
Harlow
Hermes
Leofstan
Malachite
Mason
Seneca
Stanford
Stanley
Terran
Torsten
Winston
Wystan
“rock”
“clay settlement”
“charcoal”
“crag, rock”
“dark stone”
“stone of help”
Thor‘s rock”
“rock”
“rock, stone”
“rock guardian”
“rock hill”
“piles of stones”
“beloved stone”
“mallow stone”
“stoneworker”
“place of stones”
“stone ford”
“stone clearing”
“land, earth”
Thor‘s stone”
“joy stone”
“battle stone”

If those don’t rock your boat, perhaps you’d prefer names that come from actual stones, minerals or rocky landscapes:

Canyon
Carnelian 
Clay
Cliff
Cobalt
Copper
Dale
Dune
Flint
Garnet
Glen
Jasper
Jet
Knoll
Mica
Obsidian
Onyx
Quartz
Ridge
Shale
Slate
Sterling
Stone
Terrace
Vale
Zinc

Did I miss any good ones? What is your favorite rocky name for a boy?

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