Earth Day Names: Green names to celebrate the bounties of nature

Nameberry commemorates Earth Day with this guest blog contributed by Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of one of our absolute favorite blogs, You Can’t Call It “It” Elisabeth, a writer, artist, and mom,  lives in Brooklyn, New York

April 22 has rolled around, and we remind ourselves yet again to care for the Earth— lest it forget to care for us. If you’d like your child to be ever mindful of the planet, consider sourcing his or her name from Earth gods and goddesses, from the Earth’s bounty itself, or from one of the great conservationists (with conveniently attractive surnames, no?).

Happy day!  Be good, and enjoy it.



Anona– Roman goddess of the harvest

Avani– Sanskrit, “earth”

Ceres– Ancient Roman, “to grow”,Roman goddess of agriculture

Demeter– Greek, “earth mother”, Greek goddess of agriculture

Flora– Roman goddess of flowers

Francis– Italian saint reknowned for his connection to animals

Gaia– Greek, “earth”, and the goddess of the earth

GeorgiaGeorginaGeorgianna– Greek, “farmer”

Kun- Chinese, “earth”

Luna– Roman goddess of the moon

Perpetua– Latin, “continuous”

Terra– Latin, “earth”

Vita– Latin for “life”

Zoe– Greek, “life”


Adam– Hebrew, debated meaning; man formed from the Earth

Asa– Hebrew, “healer”

Chaim– Hebrew, “life”

Enki- Sumerian, “lord of the earth”, god of water and wisdom

George– Greek, “farmer, earthworker”

Pax– Latin, “peace”

Vitus– Ancient Roman, from the latin for “life”

Zephyr– Greek god of the west wind




























David Attenborough

John James Audubon

David Bellamy

Rachel Carson

Jeff Corwin

Jacques Cousteau

Charles Darwin

Dian Fossey

Buckminster Fuller

Jane Goodall

Steve Irwin

Aldo Leopold

Carl Linnaeus

Chico Mendes

John Muir

Frederick Law Olmstead

Sigurd F. Olson

Peter Simon Pallas

Henry David Thoreau

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15 Responses to “Earth Day Names: Green names to celebrate the bounties of nature”

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Nephele Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 7:52 am

Nice list! May I add some anagrammed Earth Day names for girls?

ARDETHYA (anagram of “Earth Day”)
VIOLET HEATHER (anagram of “I Love the Earth”)
VESTA HEATHER (anagram of “Save the Earth”)

— Nephele Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 9:09 am

Great blog post. I adore Perpetua, she has always been a top name for me. I am surprised not to see Greenlee/Greenley, cheesy and trendy, but very suitable for a green baby 🙂

Pippa Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 9:26 am

Peregrine, Petra, Perpetua! Some of my absolute favorites…We have a friend who named their son Banyan–a very earth friendly moniker! Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Ooo, Banyan is awesome!

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April 22nd, 2010 at 1:21 pm

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Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Nephele, you never fail to amaze me! Vesta Heather and Violet Heather certainly cover many bases in terms of celebrating the Earth!

I must say, neither anagrams nor the name Greenlee even occurred to me. Well done, ladies.

Isn’t Perpetua gorgeous? Complete guilty pleasure of mine. I could see Banyan taking off actually. Will have to add that one next year, thank you!

Andrea Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Perpetua as in Sister Mary Perpetua? You can’t get any more old-style Catholic nun than that one. I like a lot of the nature names here, though.

Heather Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Reef and Finn are two lovely brothers that were given names from nature that I know.

peach Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 4:01 pm

There is s little Zoe in my family. I know a baby Demeter nn Demi and her brother Cosmo. I have a soft spot for Juniper.

Tara Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Actually, in Chinese, Earth is Di. It’s pronounced a bit like Dee.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Reef is very interesting, as is Cosmo for the whole cosmos.

Tara, I can’t remember now where I found Kun, but it is listed here as the Earth “female principle.”

Would Di work in Chinese as a name? You caught me, I don’t speak a lick.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Reef lead me to think of Reed, another possibility.

Heather Says:

April 25th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I first thought of Reef & Finn, and totally forgot the family of 5 from my son’s class-Hunter, Fisher, Forrest & Brooke (twins) and expecting Brees in June(Dad is a Saints fan, but it works). Our town’s on the Gulf Coast, so nature names come up quite a bit. A friend and I keep hoping to see someone name a child Harbor soon.

Sunshinetina Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 12:36 am

Bridget Jones had a work nemesis named Perpetua. I believe she wanted things to her.

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