Best Botanical Baby Names
Botanical names have been beloved for many generations. We’re all familiar with Rose, Violet, and Lily, but the scientific (genus and species) names for plants are actually a gold mine for beautiful, unique baby names. Hundreds of thousands of plant species exist, so here are just a few lovely finds from this enormous list.
Acer-Acer is the genus name for the well-known maples and would make a stylish boys’ name.
Allamanda- This genus of yellow flowering plants could serve as a much needed update for Amanda.
Althaea- This genus is commonly used for medicinal purposes. In fact, its name comes from the Greek althainein– “to heal.”
Eleusine- The common name for this glamorous sounding genus is, unfortunately, goosegrass.
Calliandra- This Callie–Alexandra smoosh would make an extremely unique, yet fairly wearable choice. The unique appearance of Calliandra flowers has yielded common names like powder puff and fairy duster.
Coronilla- While definitely flashy, Coronilla could be wearable with Cora as a nickname. The genus Coronilla produces yellow flowers that radiate to form a crown shape.
Cordyline- Cordyline plants are believed in Hawaiian culture to bring good luck. This name is another reasonable substitute for Cordelia.
Khaya- An alternative spelling to a fairly familiar name, Khaya is a genus of tropical trees.
Linnaea– The genus commonly known as the twinflower was named for Carl Linnaeus, who classified many of the other plants on this list. As a girl’s name, the spelling Linnea is seen more often. This name is common in Scandinavian countries.
Selenia– This flowering genus would make a pretty but not over the top girl’s name.
Vernonia- If you love elegant V names but are looking for something less trendy, Vernonia makes a nice alternative to Veronica.
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on August 6th, 2015 at 8:23 am
Some of these are truly exquisite. I love Althaea! Also, Eleusine and Calliandra- so elaborate but with NN potential. Acer feels quite in style right now. Great list!
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on August 24th, 2015 at 11:36 am
Acer, not usable in Turkish. Alder can be a nice name too.
Adelia, not usable in Turkish but a nice name
Allamanda, not a nice name neither usable
Althaea, good name not usable
Eleusine, nice name not usable
Senna, Sinameki in Turkish. Both are nice, Sinameki can be may gp name
Calliandra, nice name not usable
Coronilla, nice name not usable
Cordia, see above
Cordyline, see above
Cassia, reminds me Acacia. Acacia is Akasya, Cassia can be Kasya? Usable and nice
Freesia, Frezya in Turkish. Nice and usable
Iva, nice not usable
Khaya, reminds me Kaya which is a male name
Linnaea, nice not usable
Nyssa, reminds me Nisa
Prunella, not usable
Selenia, reminds me Selen.
Vernonia, not usable but nice
Zinnia, Zinya in Turkish. Nice and usable
on December 31st, 2015 at 2:51 pm
I also love Azalea (plus nickname pronounced Zaelia). A lovely pink flowering bush. Though some might be put off by the ties to Iggy Azalea.
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