12 Unique Nature Names for Boys

June 20, 2016 Pamela Redmond
unique nature names for boys

Unique nature names for boys are a lush and varied category, and one that’s expanding all the time. The most visible nature names tend to be on the girls’ side: the popular flower names such as Lily and Violet along with tree names like Willow and bird names such as Wren.

Of course there are a handful of popular nature names for boys too: River, for instance, is Number 244, and tree-related Oliver and Ashton both rank high in the charts.

But there are many more rare and uncommon nature names for boys, lying outside the Top 1000. And some amazing nature names for boys are truly one-of-a-kind.

Here are a dozen cool and unique nature names for boys to consider:

Unique Nature Names for Boys

Benno — Benno qualifies as a nature name on two counts. First, it means bear. And St. Benno was the patron saint of anglers. Only nine boys were named Benno in 2015, but you could also use this proper name as a cool short form of the Top 10 Benjamin.

Birch — The birch is one of the most beautiful of trees, lending its grace and distinction to the name Birch, used for only six baby boys in 2015. Longtime Indiana Senator Birch Bayh was instrumental in passing feminist legislation in the 1970s.

Danner — Danner was used as a name for 17 boys probably more on the strength of its trendy two-syllable er-ending sound than because of it nature-related meaning. But this boys’ name that means “dweller near the fig tree” can make a handsome alternative to Daniel.

Dune — Dune is a dramatic-sounding name that might appeal to fans of the iconic science fiction novel or to beach lovers. No baby boys were given the name in 2015, making it a truly unique choice.

Laramie — Looking for a cool way to honor grandpa Larry? Place name Laramie has a Western feel thanks to the city in Wyoming and it also means “canopy of leafy boughs.” It was used for 25 boys last year.

Lonan — Lonan is one of those names we’re surprised isn’t used much more often. It’s got both traditional cred as an ancient Irish saints’ name and also carries the stylish two-syllable rhythm for boys, ending with n. It means blackbird but parents might think it sounds too lonely: It was not given to any boys in the US last year though it makes an excellent alternative to the popular Logan.

Lynx — Part Fox, part Lincoln, Lynx is a cool-cat animal name that deserves serious consideration. It was used for 12 baby boys in the US last year.

Ossian — Ossian is an Anglicization of the Irish Oisin, the mythical son of Finn McCool. He’s also the hero of the Ossianic poems by James McPherson. This fierce name carries a gentle meaning: “little deer.”

Phelan — Phelan is an Irish surname-name given to ten boys last year in the US. It has an animal meaning, wolf.

Pike — Another good name for lovers of fish and fishing, Pike was used for 11 boys in 2015.

Quince — Quince is one of the few fruit names appropriate for boys. It was given to just five boys in the US last year and would be perfect as a name or nickname for a fifth child.

Salix — This Latin botanical name in the willow family rhymes with Alex and was given to 11 boys last year. A highly-unusual x-ending choice.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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