Flower name, from French surname
"Magnol's flower"

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 unexpected 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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Famous People Named Magnolia

  • Maminydjama "Magnolia" MaymuruAboriginal Australian model
  • Magnolia Renée Young (b. 2011)daughter of drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt
  • Magnolia Catherwood (b. 2014)daughter of actress Bianca Kajilich and radio personality Michael Catherwood

Magnolia in Pop Culture

  • Magnolia Barnardcharacter on TV show "Insatiable"
  • Magnolia Hawkesmain character in book and musical "Show Boat"
  • Magnolia Breelandcharacter on TV show "Hart of Dixie"
  • Magnolia Jenkinscharacter in The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh
  • Magnolia Strydercharacter in The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  • Magnolia "Maggie" Greencharacter on The Walking Dead
  • Isabel Magnoliacharacter in anime "Attack on Titan"
  • Magnoliatown in anime 'Fairy Tail'
  • "Magnolia" 1999 film
  • "Steel Magnolias" play and film
  • The Grand MagnoliasAmerican indie rock band
  • Sugar MagnoliaGrateful Dead song
  • "Magnolia"song by The Hush Sound
  • "Magnolia"song by Playboi Carti
  • Magnolia "Maggie" Lacivicharacter in webcomic Ava's Demon
  • "Magnolia Simms" a song by the Monkees (Mike Nesmith)

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