EcoVintage Baby Names
Why settle for just Lily or Rose, when Flora is the whole bouquet? Flora comes from the Latin word for flower, and was the Roman goddess of spring. Sound-alikes Nora and Cora are both popular. Pan-botanical Flora remains outside the current US Top 1000 – for now.
- Lily or Rose, when Flora is the whole bouquet? Flora comes from the Latin word for flower, and was the Roman goddess of spring. Sound-alikes Nora and Cora are both popular. Pan-botanical Flora remains outside the current US Top 1000 – for now." >
- Forrest Gump won Tom Hanks an Oscar, and briefly boosted this name. Originally a surname for someone who lived near the woods, Forrest feels buttoned-down and outdoorsy at the same time. Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker spells it with just one r." >
- Sylvie is a French name, part-Sophie, part-Ava, but there’s more to Sylvie than a great sound. It comes from the Latin silva – forest, as do Sylvia, Silvia, and Sylvester. It’s also the source of Sylvana, the name of one of Marissa Mayer’s new twin daughters." >
- Silas is another Sylvie cousin, via the Latin name Silvanus, god of the forest in Roman myth. The name appears in the New Testament, too, making Silas eco-vintage and Biblical. No surprise Silas has risen quickly in recent years. With the 2015 arrival of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s son Silas, it could climb even higher." >
- Hazel comes from the tree, and was a Top 100 favorite from the 1880s through the 1930s. Today, Hazel is just outside the US Top 100, making it among the most popular of the eco-vintage baby names. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have a daughter named Hazel; Julia Roberts was among the first to revive the name." >
- Jonah with the whale, but it actually comes from a Hebrew word meaning dove. Jonah’s revival began in the 1990s, after Sleepless in Seattle gave the name to the young boy who plotted to find his father true love. It feels gently old-fashioned and on trend in 2016, with nods to both the sea and the sky." >
- Iris was popular in the 1930s. A century later, this EcoVintage name feels less expected than Lily, more restrained than Rainbow. The flowers are said to symbolize faith, hope, and wisdom, and bring to mind everything from Vincent van Gogh’s paintings to writer Iris Murdoch." >
- Bear and Fox, but Leo is king of them all. From the Latin word for lion, Leo was a Top 100 favorite in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today, Leo roars once again, along with longer forms like the Italian Leonardo and the Spanish Leonel." >
- Olivia and Oliver are well-established favorites, and now antique Olive has joined them. Chosen by Isla Fischer and Sacha Baron Cohen in 2007, and more recently by Drew Barrymore, Olive is a vintage nature name associated with peace, as well as a shade of green." >
- June as the beginning of summer, a lovely month full of flowers and sunshine. The name comes from the Roman goddess Juno. Popular in the 1920s, June has recently come back into fashion, a nature name with a long history of use. Modern nature name Juniper is also on the rise." >
- Jasper is as popular today as it was at the turn of the twentieth century – the mark of a true EcoVintage favorite. It’s the English form of the name associated with one of the Three Wise Men, and also the name of a stone. Green jasper is among the birthstones for March, but the stone comes in many colors." >
- Gwyneth Paltrow’s Apple caused a stir, but Rosemary is every bit as edible. The herb symbolizes remembrance, and the name comes from the Latin phrase ros marinus – dew of the sea. It’s associated with both the Virgin Mary and the goddess Aphrodite. It can also be a smoosh of Rose and Mary." >
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on February 19th, 2016 at 4:52 am
Very surprised Violet didn’t make this list, it’s my favourite EvoVintage name. I suspect it’s because it’s already quite common. I love this new phrase, some of these names I didn’t realise we’re nature related. Sylvie and Jasper are probably my favourites from the list.
on February 19th, 2016 at 6:06 pm
Swoon – love nearly all the names on this list (and the label “EcoVintage”). Others that fit this mould include: April (or better still Avril), Primrose, Marigold, Fleur, Emerald, Pearl, Beryl, Basil, and Yves.
on February 19th, 2016 at 6:16 pm
I think my daughter’s name–Clover–should be on the list. I thought it was a recent creation, but I’ve had so many people hear her name and say something like, “That was my grandmother’s name!” or “That was my great-grandmother’s name!” I’ve been really surprised by that.
on February 20th, 2016 at 5:37 pm
Leonardo Dicaprio’s a popular actor, and I think his nn is Leo. Also, there’s Jasper Cullen, one of the Cullen brothers in the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer. And isn’t Luna a nature name as well as a Harry Potter name?
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