Category: nature names for babies
People often talk about choosing a name with “meaning,” and I feel that nature names have meaning for everyone. They can help to give us a spiritual connection to the world around us, a respect for the power and beauty that surrounds us.
I was watching a show recently about what would happen to the planet if humans just disappeared from Earth tomorrow. The thing that struck me the most was that even with the massive amounts of pollution humans have already generated, and even though the nuclear power plants would meltdown and throw tons of radiation into the atmosphere, given just decades the trees and oceans would clean the atmosphere and plant and animal life would continue. The power of nature is awe-inspiring sometimes.
Gwyneth Paltrow probably had no idea how much controversy she was about to cause when she named her daughter Apple back in May of 2004. “That’s not a name” was the most common judgement on people’s lips, and her daughter’s name is now held up as an example on all “Most Bizarre Celebrity Baby Names” lists.
So why did Gwyneth and her husband, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, choose the name Apple? To paraphrase from her interview with Oprah Winfrey at the time, they felt that “apples are sweet, wholesome, biblical and lovely.” They also proposed the question “Is it really so different from the other nature/ noun names out there that are commonly used, such as Rose, Lily or Ivy?”
It’s a little hard to argue with such logic these days, considering the many word names on the rise. Yes, an apple is a fruit, but people mustn’t dislike fruit names that much, since we’re now seeing Plum and Lemon regularly discussed as possible names, albeit usually as middles or nicknames.
Nature names can mean a lot of different things, as our all-inclusive nature baby names list demonstrates.
Nature names — our topic in honor of Earth Day — today usually come right out and announce themselves. Popular categories of nature names include flower names — Daisy, Lily; tree names — Oak, Acacia; animal names — Fox, Wren; and water names — Bay, Lake.
And then there are those nature names that are not obviously nature names but on the surface seem more like surnames or place names or even, stunningly, actual name names. What makes them nature names is their root meaning, a factor that sometimes gets lost in the more contemporary associations of a name.
Parents in search of a name that connotes sun or star, land or water without being too blatant about it might want to consider one of these lovely secret nature names. We picked a selection suiting varied tastes for girls, boys, and either. And there are hundreds more to be found by searching for nature names on nameberry’s supersearch page.
- Araceli, “altar of the sky”
- Bronte, “thunder”
- Bryn, “hill”
- Cordelia, “daughter of the sea”
- Crisanta, “chrysanthemum”