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Unusual Nature Baby Names

There are lots of great nature baby names around these days, some of them mainstream -- Lily, River -- and many more off the beaten track. Here, some of the most unusual baby names drawn from nature.
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  • Orchid

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    Orchid is an exotic hothouse bloom that has not been plucked by many modern baby namers — yet. In the language of flowers, orchids symbolize love, beauty and sophistication. In a 1926 silent com... Read More 

  • Petal

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    Petal is the soft and sweet-smelling name of a character in the novel and film, The Shipping News . With the rise of such flower names as Poppy and Posy, we believe Petal - down-to-earth yet exotic... Read More 

  • Pike

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    The field of nature names is constantly expanding to include all species of flowers and trees and animals and birds — and even fish. In addition to its appeal for anglers, Pike recalls Zebulon Pike... Read More 

  • Quill

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    Quill is a unique possibility for the child of writers -- even if they do use computers rather than pens; could also serve as a rhyming tribute to an ancestor named Gil, Phil, or Bill (or Jill).  Read More 

  • Sable

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    Soap opera name from the Dynasty days.  Read More 

  • Salmon

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    Nature names are in, and even fish names like Pike and Salmon are open for consideration.  Read More 

  • Shell

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  • Snow

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    There's definitely a cold front of names moving in, with Summer, Spring and Autumn giving way to Winter--plus North, January, Frost--and Snow. This name feels brisk, fresh, pure, evocative -- and ... Read More 

  • Sorrell

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    Soft, amber-hued herbal and autumnal name that's used most often to describe the color of a horse. The proper spelling: Sorrel. Read More 

  • Starling

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    Unusual choice that was the original name of children's illustrator Tasha Tudor, but is an interesting elaboration of Star, taking it into avian territory.  Read More 

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