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Gender: Female Meaning of Lavender: "lavender" Origin of Lavender: English plant and color name

Lavender Origin and Meaning

The name Lavender is a girl's name of English origin meaning "lavender".

Lavender lags far behind sweet-smelling purple-hued sister names Violet and Lilac, but is starting to get some enthusiastic attention from cutting-edge namers. It does have a history as a name, going back to the eighteenth century, when it was also used for boys. But its recent attention comes from Lavender Brown, a witch character in the Harry Potter saga--though Lavender had also been previously featured as a best friend character in Roald Dahl's Matilda.

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Regan 123 Says:

2019-09-25T01:03:49

Lavender is so cute.

91flaviaj Says:

2018-05-28T08:12:08

As a gamer who plays Pokemon, that name reminds me just one thing: Lavender Town. Just no.

ceruleanstardust Says:

2018-02-07T21:24:33

I was struggling with nicknames, but I love this idea - it's so sweet.

letmein Says:

2017-12-17T08:54:36

I wouldn't use this name for my real child but, I would for sure use this name for my character.

Skittlewiddles Says:

2017-08-06T14:44:29

I don't find it to be a hipster name. While I have never known a Lavender, I have known a Magnolia and a Sequoia . I think this name just falls into the same underused nature name category without "hipster-ness"implied. :)

5sparrows Says:

2017-04-07T13:22:28

This name is on our short list. Love Lavendar Lewis from Anne of Avonlea. Hate all things Harry Potter. NN... Livie, Lovey, ender, enny, dilly...

writereadrepeat Says:

2017-03-28T23:53:45

Ven!

writereadrepeat Says:

2017-03-28T23:52:58

I love the nickname 'Ven' soooo much but its kinda a GP

perdireinz Says:

2017-01-25T20:16:15

I love this name, but I'm sure the nickname "lavvy" would come forward at some point.

marnie r Says:

2016-12-27T01:21:12

If you're going for purple I think Lila/Lilac or even Mauve would work just as well. Lavender makes me think of laundry.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-15T16:53:12

My thoughts exactly. It is a pity really, as lavender is a beautiful plant and I love the essential oils. I feel as though I should love the name, but the potential nicknames put me off. To be honest, lavatory is used less frequently, even in the UK, but it's still heard too often for my liking.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2016-11-15T16:48:53

In America, at least where I live, the term Lavatory isn't used as much, but it's not unheard of either. I do like the name Lavender, but Lav and Lavvy ARE awful nicknames. They're not even cute.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2016-11-15T16:45:06

I agree. Pretty name, but not a good nickname.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-15T14:45:08

I don't know if it's just a UK thing, but another name for a toilet is a lavatory. People use lav and lavvy as slang terms for this. And that is why I just can't like this as a name.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:

2016-09-02T09:26:50

I am starting to really like Lavender. It has spunk and I love the nickname Lala and to make it better I am a huge Harry Potter fan and Lavender Brown is awesome. I think a cute name for Lavender is Lavender Sienna.

Tillie_Jay Says:

2016-08-21T04:42:04

I used to hate this name because of Harry Potter's Lavender Brown, but I've recently begun to love it. I still don't like the character, but I love the name. It's just unique, lovely, and slightly mysterious.

Carol Says:

2016-08-10T17:10:53

I think Vendi is a cute nn for Lavender

jaz.fortune Says:

2016-07-12T22:22:27

I really like this name for a daughter. It's the name of a little girl in Matilda which I love since my daughter is multiracial. I love how different it is and I think it's really pretty. I wish Lavender had some better nicknames, though. I think I like Indie for a nickname or Vena. If anything I would call her by her middle name, Belle.

'Lav' Says:

2016-05-22T02:54:48

Lavender is a uni-sex name, there are males with the name lavender, also here's a nickname, lav

sirens_sam Says:

2016-02-19T22:19:09

I dont really see lavender as a legitimate name. It seems like it would be hard to pull off. However, I know im in the minority when it comes to this name.

eliz Says:

2016-02-19T21:01:50

I absolutely love this name! So calming and yet strong. If I name my daughter Lavender, we're going to call her Indie.

peachysugarbuns Says:

2016-02-19T02:18:34

"Lavender" is so fun to say! I never thought I'd like such a name, but it sounds so fresh. It would suit a person from childhood to old age. ("Lavvie" makes me cringe a bit, though.)

Floris Says:

2016-02-10T20:37:33

I think it would :)

TheHumanCanvas Says:

2016-01-18T20:53:00

I love this name on a little girl, but am not sure how well it would work on an adult :/

caetano Says:

2016-01-05T04:05:02

Sounds masculine to me.

Allyssa S Says:

2015-12-23T15:26:44

I actually love this name... Would Lola work as a nickname?

AlexxisLynn Says:

2015-12-22T23:42:54

I love Vandy!

AlexxisLynn Says:

2015-12-16T19:44:09

Pretty. Tied to Harry Potter.

mellohorn20 Says:

2015-11-03T21:02:23

I adore this name and I don't know why. I don't go for long or frilly names usually, but Lavender is different. I would use it as a middle name so I wouldn't have to worry about the nickname Lavvie. I don't even like how Lavender smells. It sounds too hipster for me to use as a first name, but I would love to meet someone named Lavender.

Bobcat108 Says:

2015-10-10T20:24:00

Miss Lavender is a major character in Anne of Avonlea...although the spelling there is Lavendar.

Maggie Says:

2015-10-08T22:58:13

I have a baby named Lavender Mae. We call her lavvie. She's super calm just like lavender. She has a twin named Max Henry and he's super crazy like to the max!

Kylie Says:

2015-09-21T15:53:32

I named my daughter lavender and we call her lala because her big brother couldn't pronounce her name. We also call her love and Vandy. I like dilly but don't think my husband would be cool with that lol.

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-09-16T23:16:32

I really love the name Lavender, and also Lavande, the French word for it!

Jorja Says:

2015-09-10T06:45:09

This has always been my favourite girls name. I thought if I had a daughter I would name her Lavender and call her Lovey for short. Unfortunately we are now expecting and my husband is not keen on this name at all.

MelancholyMusic Says:

2015-09-10T01:44:21

Lana, Ava, Avie, Ender, Vee

pkbabies Says:

2015-08-31T17:02:57

I love the name but Lav as a nickname is just awful, like lavatory. I'm not sure that nn could be prevented. What other nn's could be used?

CaitlinBrittin Says:

2015-03-18T13:00:10

If I were to name a future daughter Lavender I would use the nickname Dilly, like the nursery rhyme Lavender's Blue. It's such a sweet song and it would be so cute to name your daughter after it. some of the lyrics:

Lavender's green, dilly, dilly, Lavender's blue,
If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.
Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly, and the lambs play;
We shall be safe, dilly, dilly, out of harm's way.

Kibby Says:

2015-01-16T20:35:09

I Love this name! But I hate it when people say "Oh they just didn't want to use Violet (etc etc)", No. They are two entirely different names and sounds.

csd267 Says:

2015-01-16T19:26:56

This name flows so well. Is it too hipsterish, though?

Catastroffy Says:

2014-11-15T20:00:06

It was originally also used for boys? How interesting, hmm...

flora_kate Says:

2014-11-01T20:35:46

Love the flower, love the scent, love the name!

fuzzycub Says:

2014-09-04T00:26:56

Nice.

jan11th Says:

2014-08-02T02:16:14

Hearing this name makes me think of calm things so I would use it as a middle name.

Vespertinerose Says:

2014-07-25T01:06:59

When you say the diminutive "Lavvie" I think of the toilet. If this name were to be used, I certainly would go for a different nickname maybe Lana, Ava or Eda/ Ede or even Edie and Ender seems to fair better than Lavvie.

Vespertinerose Says:

2014-07-25T01:02:21

Lavender references a wash women, this is the only reason why I wouldn't choose this name...

CocoWhite Says:

2014-06-20T06:07:14

This would probably be a favorite of mine if I didn't hate the smell of lavender so much.

AnonymousPerson Says:

2014-06-08T09:30:56

I like this name, but diminutives like "Lavvie" make me feel sick.

claraminta Says:

2014-05-10T00:32:57

I named a character "Lavender" once. Her sister's name was Amalia. I ended up calling her Lavvie all the time. Not on purpose.