Names That Mean Garden

  1. Carmen
    • Origin:

      Spanish variation of Carmel
    • Meaning:

      "garden"
    • Description:

      Carmen has long been associated with the sensuous, tragic heroine of Bizet's opera, based on a novel by Prosper Merimee; more recently it has called to mind two other bombshells: Carmen Miranda (born Maria) and Carmen Electra (born Tara), as well as the great jazz singer Carmen McRae. In the celebrity baby name world, this classic Spanish name for girls was used by Hilaria and Alec Baldwin for their daughter.
  2. Carmel
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "garden"
    • Description:

      Carmel is a biblical place-name heard much more frequently in Ireland than in the U.S. and is considered a particularly Catholic name. It is given in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and is the name of a mountain ridge on the Mediterranean near Haifa in Israel, mentioned in the Old Testament, famous for its lush vegetation and said to have been often visited by Mary and the Infant Christ.
  3. Leslie
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "garden of holly"
    • Description:

      A Scottish place and surname that was once adrogynous but now leans about 20 to 1 toward the girls' side, Leslie has a pleasant, heathery feel that kept it in or near the Top 100 for several decades; the Lesly and Lesley spellings are also frequently used, especially in Britain. While Leslie may not be the freshest name in the bunch, it's become a modern classic and is one of the surprising names always to have ranked among the US Top 1000 for girls.
  4. Leslie
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "garden of holly"
    • Description:

      This Scottish place name and surname was more popular for boys in the US until the mid-1940s; in the UK, the Leslie spelling is predominantly masculine, with Lesley widely used as the feminine variant. Now ranking in the mid-400s for girls and not at all for boys in the US, it could be time to bring this smart, subtle nature name back, especially considering the current popularity of -ley names for both sexes.
  5. Kamala
    • Origin:

      Hindi, Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "lotus or pale red; or, a garden"
    • Description:

      A multicultural name that manages to sound soft and strong at the same time, Kamala is also another name for the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
  6. Layton
    • Origin:

      Old English
    • Meaning:

      "settlement with a leek garden"
    • Description:

      This first name was once a surname derived from Old English. Used quietly a century ago, the current fashion for two-syllable boy names ending in n makes this one a new hit.
  7. Hortense
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of the garden"
    • Description:

      Hortense is actually the French feminine form of Hortensia, the name of a strong, politically active early Roman woman. Hortense began to be used in the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century. Napoleon had a stepdaughter named Hortense, it was the name of one of the main characters in the film Secrets and Lies and is also associated with novelist Hortense Calisher. As unappealing as it might be to most American parents, Hortense is now Number 155 in France (as of 2021).
  8. Carmelo
    • Origin:

      Spanish and Italian from Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "garden"
    • Description:

      Carmelo is a well-used Hispanic name associated with Mt. Carmel, home of the prophet Elijah and the location of the convent for the order of Carmelites. Carmelo is also a saint's name and — in modern times — tied to basketball player Carmelo Anthony.
  9. Carmela
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish variation of Carmel
    • Meaning:

      "garden"
    • Description:

      It will be a long time before Carmela shakes the image of TV's Sopranos wife.
  10. Gardner
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "keeper of the garden"
    • Description:

      Surely one of the most pleasant and evocative of the occupational options.
  11. Jannat
    • Origin:

      Bengali and Urdu
    • Meaning:

      "paradise, garden"
    • Description:

      Jannat is derived from the Arabic word jannah, which refers to the final paradise for good souls in the afterlife. Jannat is primarily used among Indian and Pakistani Muslims. Cennet is the Turkish variation.
  12. Hortensia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of the garden"
    • Description:

      Hortensia is an ancient Roman name that's also the common name of the flower hydrangea. The French form of the name is Hortense, which is coming back into style in Paris but has never caught on in English-speaking countries. A secondary character in Roald Dahl's Matilda is named Hortensia.
  13. Carmelita
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Carmel, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "garden"
    • Description:

      Carmelita is an obscure short form of an obscure name that may rise to new prominence during the 2012 Olympics, via runner Carmelita Jeter aka "The World's Fastest Woman." Carmelita has a particularly international flavor with the original Carmel a Hebrew name long popular in Ireland, with Carmelita itself most popular in Latin countries.
  14. Gardener
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "keeper of the garden"
    • Description:

      Gardener is surely one of the most pleasant and evocative of the occupational options, calling up images of green grass and budding blooms. The name can also be spelled without the first 'e', as in Gardner (born George Cadogan Gardner) McCay, a hunky TV heartthrob of the 1950s and 60s. Gardner is a much more common surname spelling, associated with screen legend Ava, mystery writer Erle Stanley and art collector and patron Isabella Stewart, founder of Boston's Gardner Museum.
  15. Orchard
    • Origin:

      English from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "garden yard"
  16. Ortensia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of the garden"
    • Description:

      Variant of Hortensia, an unusual floral name and the name of a secondary character in Roald Dahl's Matilda.
  17. Layton
    • Origin:

      Old English
    • Meaning:

      "settlement with a leek garden"
    • Description:

      The most popular variation of this name for baby girls is Leighton, as in Leighton Meester, the actress who introduced her name to the mainstream when she rose to fame on Gossip Girl.
  18. Ganya
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "clever"
    • Description:

      Tanya with a G.
  19. Carmi
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Carmen or Carmelo, Hebrew, Spanish and Italian
    • Meaning:

      "garden"
    • Description:

      This old-school short form is showing signs of life thanks to the FX series The Bear, featuring Jeremy Allen White as Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto. The Carmi spelling updates it for a 21st-century baby.
  20. Hortensio
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "of the garden"
    • Description:

      Hortensio was derived from the Ancient Roman cognomen Hortensius, as were the more familiar names Hortensia and Hortense.