Now that just about every flower in the garden has been dug up and used by baby namers for at least a century, maybe it’s time to look beyond to their more imposing cousins. There’s a very big difference between the two: Where most floral names are frilly and feminine, many, if not most, arboreal names are strong, sturdy, and much more masculine.
The forest is fairly unexplored territory; with the exception of a few names like Hazel, Olive and Willow, most of the standard tree names are just waiting to be discovered. Here are some possibilities:
NAMES OF TREES
SUITABLE FOR GIRLS
From the time we wrote our very first name book, we’ve both been totally charmed by the unique verve and spirit of names ending in the letter ‘o’. And, over time, our love for them has only increased. We’re glad to see that more and more people seem to be agreeing with us; lately there’s been an infusion of newly popular choices–and, surprisingly, this is beginning to be true for girls as well as boys.
Here are some of the currently coolest boys’ names, many of then reflecting the ever-growing globalization of baby names:
Back in February, a topic was posted on the Girls’ Names section of our Message Boards suggesting that people list their current Top Ten favorite names for girls, and it’s been running ever since. What’s especially nice about this for us is that it’s given Pam and me a fascinating look into the specific likes and loves of the nameberry community. After all, for a long time, through our books and on the site, you’ve gotten to know our opinions on both general categories of names and specific examples–and now the tables have been turned.
And we’re so gratified to see that we’re almost universally in synch (we’ll be dealing with dislikes and ‘heresies’ tomorrow), and that for the most part you love the names we love, affirming to us that we have the most enlightened, most thoughtful, most tasteful, group of name lovers in existence.
Proof to us was in the pudding of names that showed up most frequently on your Top Ten lists, all possessing both substance and style. So even though the thread is still alive, I couldn’t resist tallying up the Top Names of the Top Tens to date.
The most popular three are, in order:
DELILAH, and then: