Gender: Female Meaning of Magnolia: "Magnol's flower" Origin of Magnolia: Flower name, from French surname Magnolia's Popularity in 2019: #240

Magnolia Origin and Meaning

The name Magnolia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "Magnol's flower".

Magnolia, a sweet-smelling Southern belle of a name made famous via the iconic Edna Ferber novel and musical Showboat, is one of the latest wave of botanical names, along with exotic blossoms Azalea and Zinnia. It is named for French botanist Pierre Magnol.

Magnolia has been chosen for his daughter by Adrian Young of No Doubt—which happens to be a fabulous baby-naming consortium as well as a great musical group.

In Showboat, the Magnolia character goes by nicknames Noa, Nollie, and Maggie.

Magnolia charted on the popularity list almost every year from 1880 to 1940, topping at Number 420 in 1909—but it's now making a comeback.

Magnolia Breeland is a character on the TV show Hart of Dixie, who happens to have a sister named Lemon and a father named Brick.

Maminydjama Magnolia Maymuru is an Indigenous Australian model.

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Rank in US: #240

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Pop Culture References for the name Magnolia

Nola, Maggy


siasopkova Says:


Love this name and the flowers! We are from Europe (Slovakia), but we have a Magnolia Soulangeana tree in our home that grew for generations, and we love it oh so much. Magnolia sounds like a beautiful name, for a beautiful strong soul. And we love the nicknames as well! :)

EsmeMagnolia Says:


My middle name is Magnolia, but it's the only name I ever respond to (Magnolia or Maggie, if anyone calls me Esme or Nola or Lia I'll just get really annoyed)

SouthernPeach Says:


I would love to name my first little girl Magnolia Everest Grace. All of my girls will have double middles, the first being unique and the second a virtue name, so this perfectly meets the standards! I have loved this name for years and think the nn Nolia or Nola would be stunning with it!

SouthernPeach Says:


There is a little girl at my church named Magnolia and they call her Nola. She is beautiful.

Rosie2525 Says:


I have only just recently added "Magnolia" to my list of favorite girl's names! I like flower names but this one is a little more unique! My name is Rose, which I like, but would like a future daughter of mine to have her "own" name :D I think it's a pretty name and, although I didn't think so at first, actually has quite a few nicknames available: Maggie, Nola, Noli, Lia, maybe even Mia. I am glad it's not too popular at the moment, but I believe it's cool and modern enough to use nowadays. Very nice name :)

Leonina Says:


That really is interesting.

I like the name but in the UK it's a very boring and really well-known paint colour,,,

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name, love it

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name so much

sarena_fraize33 Says:


Magnolia is the state flower of where I'm from so I'm a little biased lol! Love it as a name. It's classy and sophisticated yet still got spunk. Def on my list for a little girl!

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Stunning name! I would love to meet a little Magnolia! The flower Magnolia is beautiful also. I love the wide variation of nicknames like Maggie, Lia, Lola and Noli :)

redrambler Says:


This is my absolute favorite name but I can't convince my husband! It's so frustrating.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I love this but I just can't find the right combination

Haids1987 Says:


Finally, a Nameberry description for a name that is not snarky, rude, or offensive--just informational and informative. Not to mention it is regarding a lovely name as well.

Jasmin Says:


My daughters name is Magnolia Yong (Yong is my mothers name- it means brave in Korean) we love this name so much! To us, it means strength. Though beautiful and feminine, Magnolia's are strong and it is very fitting for our daughter! She certainly is strong and brave. Her nicknames are Maggie and Noli.

pkbabies Says:


Beautiful! What a perfect combination!

headintheclouds Says:


Undoubtedly girly and elaborately feminine, but not overly so- there's an element of liveliness, spunk and whimsy to Magnolia that really draws me in. I've always thought this was a beautiful flower name, and the flower itself is one of the loveliest you can name someone after! Magnolia has lots of accessible nicknames, too- Maggie, Nola, Lia, etc. This is one of those names where I'd love to meet an actual Magnolia in real life, and have a name-nerd geekout over her name :b

Nicki Osborn Says:


Thank you! Both are her first name, but where ever I go people just call her Mary because they think Magnolia is her middle name... I always have to be like, no her first name is Mary-Magnolia! lol, it's a mouthful but I adore it

indiefendi2 Says:


That's a beautiful combo

Nicki Osborn Says:


Daughter's name is Mary-Magnolia! :)

SoDallas3 Says:


Magnolia is such a gorgeous name, I'd probably never been game enough to use it as a first name, but a middle name for sure! I think of the beautiful blossom first and then of Steel Magnolias, which I performed in when I was younger. It reminds of all the wonderful sweet, yet durable women in my life.

Emtron Says:


Love the nickname Maggie or Maggy❤️

indiefendi2 Says:


I don't know how I never paid any mind to this gorgeous name before! STUNNING!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I love the names Magnolia and Jane! So they're gorgeous together!

epowell Says:


My next daughter will be named Magnolia Jane. It is such a lovely name and our area is full of Magnolia trees! Such a great name with southern history. Strong and beautiful!

SweetPraline Says:


Oh, Magnolia, how I love you so. I am from Louisiana and this name holds so much personal meaning to me as I am now a relocated Utahan (Go Utes!) but still love to show my southern pride. Louisiana is in my heart, and I want my baby to love her roots and know she has southern blood running through her veins. Obviously we are proud of being southern folk haha. Magnolia Faye will be my daughter's name and I'll smile every time I say it.

basilietea Says:


This name means a lot to me, because it reminds me of the magnolia tree outside my family's old house in New Orleans. It's funny that Nola is a potential nickname for a girl called magnolia, because that's the abbreviation for New Orleans, Louisana. I always thought the flowers were so beautiful, and they smelled so wonderful...

Giinkies Says:


Yes. 253 girls were given the names Bayleigh, Estelle, Kaidence, Kaylyn, Magnolia, Princess and I just thought it was really weird because there was a wide variation of names from modern and uniquely spelt to classy to word names.

pam Says:


Very interesting, Glinkies -- thanks for that insight! We are definitely on Team Magnolia.

Giinkies Says:


I think it's funny that Magnolia was right next to Princess on the top 1000 as they're such juxtapositions. The same number of persons were actually given the name, but they're ranked alphabetically when it's a tie