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Gender: Female Meaning of Pansy: "thought" Origin of Pansy: English flower name from French

The name Pansy is a girl's name of English origin meaning "thought". Pansy and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Pansy is an early floral name that lost credibility when it became a derogatory slang term for gays. Better these days: Posy or Poppy.

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Famous People Named Pansy

Lady Pansy Lamb, English writer
Pansy Yu Fong Wong, New Zealand politician
Pansy Catalina Ho (Chiu-king), Macau business magnate

Pop Culture References for the name Pansy

Pansy Parkinson, character in the "Harry Potter" series
"Pansy Potter The Strongman's Daughter," comic strip in British magazine The Beano
Related: PensÉe
Pansy Osmond, character in Henry James's novel "The Portrait of a Lady"
Pansy O'Hara was the original name of "Gone with the Wind" heroine Scarlett O'Hara; Margaret Mitchell's publisher asked her to change the name just before the story went to print.

Pansey, Pansie

Pansy's International Variations

Orvokki (Finnish)


Gia.berry Says:


I think this is really pretty and I'd never even heard of the slang term until I read the page on NB. I wouldn't use it IRL though.

Mhill46 Says:


I only know this word as an insult so that's a no from me. If it weren't for that connotation I think it would be a good name.

bordercollie Says:


Pansy is the daughter of Gilbert Osmond in The Portrait of a Lady. I personally don't like the name, but it's alright. Not my favorite flower name, I prefer Violet and Rose.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I adore this name. It's so delicate, rare, and delightfully feminine. But, no matter how pretty it is, that doesn't change the fact that it's feels so unusable. I'm all for unconventional choices, but you have to draw a line somewhere. Which is a shame, because I do love it so much.

cinereus Says:


Toughen up ya pansy!