38 Secret Nature Names for Girls

nature names for girls

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Nature names have been popular for several years now, especially for girls.  Flower names such as Lily and Ivy are the most popular, but we’ve also heard a lot of tree names such as Willow, water names like Bay and Lake, and animal names such as Wren.

And then there are the names that keep their nature connection more on the down low. Girls’ names that have a nature-related meaning may appeal to parents in search of something that’s more name and less word, a name that keeps its relationship to nature as a wonderful secret.

Girls’ names with a surprise nature connection, and their meanings, include:

Adair, “oak tree ford”

Ainsley, “one’s own meadow”

Anthea, “flowery”

Arden, “valley of the eagle”

Araceli“altar of the sky”

Azami, “thistle flower”

Blair, “dweller on the plain”

Bronte, “thunder”

Bryn, “hill”

Cordelia, “daughter of the sea”

Cynara, “thistly plant”

Danica, “morning star”

Daphne, “laurel tree”

Dara, “oak tree”

Elodie, “marsh flower”

Guinevere, “white shadow, white wave”

Hadley, “heathery field”

Indra, “possessing drops of rain”

Jessamy, “jasmine flower”

Keziah, “cassia tree”

Leilani, “heavenly flower”

Marguerite, “daisy or pearl”

Naretha, “a saltbush”

Nerissa, “from the sea”

Paloma, “dove”

Peri, “mountain dweller”

Roxana, “dawn or little star”

Sabra, “prickly pear”

Sana, “mountaintop”

Sefarina, “gentle wind”

Seren, “star”

Sylvia, “from the forest”

Tabitha, “gazelle”

Waverly, “meadow of quivering aspens”

Xochitl, “flower”

Yara, “butterfly”

Yardley, “fenced meadow”

Zahara, “flower”

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7 Responses to “38 Secret Nature Names for Girls”

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dresdendoll Says:

January 14th, 2016 at 1:36 am

Spring is a great choice.

dresdendoll Says:

January 14th, 2016 at 1:55 am

Though not secret, unexpected and uncommon.

Impwood Says:

January 14th, 2016 at 3:26 am

I love these; Anthea, Marguerite and Tabitha particularly.
I can’t help mentioning, though, that there is little etymological basis for Cordelia to mean “daughter of the sea”, as evocative as it is. The idea came from the fact that in legend Cordelia was the daughter of Llyr, whose name means “sea”, but that doesn’t make it the origin of the name Cordelia; it’s like saying that Joseph means “son of the hand on the heel”, because he was the son of Jacob in the Bible, and Jacob most likely means “hand on the heel”.
We don’t actually know what Cordelia means, although “little heart” and “rightful heart” are possibilities, but there are some names with meanings similar to “daughter of the sea”, such as Rosemary, which means “dew of the sea” from the Latin “ros marinus”, and Miriam, which might possibly (although the origins of the name are not certain) come from the Hebrew for “lady of the sea”, “mari yam”.

Pam Says:

January 14th, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Fascinating, @Impwood. Thanks for pointing that out!

jtay07 Says:

January 14th, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Great list! Some of my favorites: Arden, Elodie, Blair, Adair, Leilani, and Seren

ashbee Says:

January 14th, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Great list. I am fascinated by Sparrow this week.

Essa Says:

January 18th, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Some great names here, I really love Bronte, Paloma, Elodie and Seren.

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