- this week

Gender: Female Meaning of Petunia: "trumpet-shaped flower" Origin of Petunia: English

The name Petunia is a girl's name of English origin meaning "trumpet-shaped flower". Petunia and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Literary heritage: the "Loony Tunes" girlfriend of Porky Pig. But with the increasing popularity of all kinds of unusual botanical names, Petunia may be a name we start to hear more of. Perhaps-more-pleasing Petunia alternatives: Petal, Posy, Poppy.

Find other names based on Petunia using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Petunia

Pop Culture References for the name Petunia

Petunia Evans Dursley, Harry's aunt in the Harry Potter series
Petunia "Pete," main character In Caitlin Kittredge's "Black London" series
Petunia Pig, Porky's girlfriend in the Looney Tunes series
"Petunia," 2012 film about a family surnamed Petunia
Aunt Petunia, puppet in Disney's "Meet the Robinsons"
Petunia Grimm, aunt of The Thing in Fantastic Four comics
Petunia, skunk character in animated series "Happy Tree Friends"
Miss Petunia, the Bathing Beauty, pig in video game "Luigi's Mansion"
Petunia Rhubarb, character in animated series "VeggieTales"
Joe and Petunia, characters in a series of British public information films
Petunia, a tattoo on Little Pete's arm depicting a woman in a red dress on TV series "The Adventures of Pete & Pete"
Petunia, nickname of Yo Yo Ma's cello
"Luna Petunia," Netflix children's animated TV program

Pet, Pettie, Petti, Pette


TechnoKitten Says:


Love it

marnie r Says:


I would name a child this just because I love the tune/tuney nickname, and I've yet to find another name that offers this while still being usable.

namesrahobby Says:


Petunia Dursley is probably the worst namesake ever. In my head it's on the same level as Benito, Adolf, Stalin and Delores (Umbridge). You just can't name your kids things like this. Petunia abused a little boy for years; neglecting, starving, enslaving and forcing him to live in a cupboard under the stairs. How could you give your child name that gives many people thoughts of this each time they hear it?

roseofjune Says:


Petunia: sounds like petulant and is a bit petty.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I love almost all flower names, but I never heard of Petunia until I first read Harry Potter about two years ago. Now, I only associate this name with the mean Petunia Dursley. However, those who like this name should still use it, because it's not a bad name in itself. It just has a bad association that not everyone even knows.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Out of the dozens of floral names, I'd say that Petunia is one of the more elegant ones. However, the American accent pronouncing it as "puh-TOON-yuh" is not particularly pleasant to mine ear (no offense intended), and the Dursley reference from Harry Potter is another issue to contend with. Still, it is quite pretty.

Zelliew Says:


I think we are putting too much in our bouquet with Petunia. Once you get past Rose, Lily, Daisy & Violet I think you are pushing the limits

SoDallas3 Says:


I'm not a fan, it just reminds me of being petulant.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


All I can think of is the mean aunt from Harry Potter 😁

lesliemarion Says:


I dunno, I love Petunia. I'm old enough to remember the pig, who was cute in a scary way, but I also think of cheery petunia flowers. It's feminine, but doesn't take itself too seriously.