Flower Names for Girls
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Flower names for girls are one of the trendiest categories of baby names today.
First came Lily, one of the trendiest girls’ names of the nineties. Then Daisy began showing up on the chicest babies. Rose became the middle name du jour. And flower names for girls, last a craze a hundred years ago, became the most fashionable group around.
Nameberry includes a wide range of flower names for girls, from garden variety to hothouse blooms. Here, a rundown of the choicest:
Jasmine — The most exotic of the popular flower names, with many spelling variations: Jazmin, Jazzmyn et al. Related: Yasmine and cousins, along with the lovely British favorite Jessamine or Jessamyn, actually French for jasmine.
The British are famous gardeners and have long been more hospitable to flower names than Americans. Here, some heard most often in the British Isles.
Flora — Vintage name with considerable charm.
Ivy — Taking off in a big way in the U.S. thanks to its use as a middle name for baby Blue, daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Marigold — Posh British choice rarely heard elsewhere.
Petunia — Outside of the U.K., heard only in cow fields.
Pansy — Adorable yet the teasing possibilities render this one an unlikely choice.
Primrose — Prim and dainty yet offbeat, the quintessential British name.
Amaryllis — The flower may be similar to a lily, but the name is considerably more offbeat.
Azalea — The z will definitely keep it exotic.
Calla — Another lily relative, also similar to the trendy Callie/Kaylee family of names.
Dahlia — This one seems to be percolating and we expect to hear more.
Lotus — Only for the seriously exotic.
Orchid — Another hothouse bloom not for the shy.
Tulip — Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell used this as a middle name for one of their twins, and singer Tiny Tim picked it as a first several decades ago. An everyday flower that makes a less-than-ordinary name.
Zinnia — Any z name is off the beaten track.
Azami — Japanese for “thistle flower.”
Gelsey — Persian for “flower,” a balletic choice.
Jacinta — Spanish for hyacinth and more suited to use as a name.
Leilani — Hawaiian name that means ‘heavenly flower” and also has stylish double L sound.
Linnea — Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus named this small white flower, also called the twin flower, after himself.
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on March 20th, 2009 at 12:55 am
Funny, I always thought that I wasn’t big on flower names.
But the next three names on my girl’s list are Rosemary (for grandmother Rose Marie), Iris (for grandmother Irene) and Marguerite (from a family name on my husband’s side.)
on March 20th, 2009 at 12:56 am
What a great essay! I LOVE Rose for a first name (as well as all of the Rose names), and my new obsession is Delphine.
on March 20th, 2009 at 1:38 am
i love that picture, oh my goodness!
flower names are so pretty! Lilac, Dahlia, and Violet are my favorites… Orchid is a lot of fun, too!
Emmy Jo Said
on March 20th, 2009 at 2:23 am
Flower names are one of my favorite categories for girls. I like nearly all of these, though I’d be most likely to use Violet. I’m toying with using Iolanthe in the middle slot instead — my family is just Greek enough that I think we could pull it off!
Dahlia, Zinnia, and Azalea are ones I could definitely see taking off. Their “-ia” or “-ea” ending makes them sound very name-like.
I love the idea of using one of the more daring choices (like Lilac, Marigold, Tulip, or Primrose) as a middle. They lend such unexpected freshness to classic first names — Sonia Marigold, Catherine Tulip, Isabel Primrose, Rowena Lilac.
I’m trying so hard to like Flora, as I’ve found out it’s a family name on both mine AND my husband’s side. Unfortunately, something about it just doesn’t do it for me.
on March 20th, 2009 at 5:42 am
I have three girls at the moment and I am expecting triplets in June. I wanted to go with Daisy, Poppy and Iris or Lily but my husband is putting up a fight about choosing three “flowery” names! Our daughters already are Maddie, Isabella and Olivia. I’m a primary school headteacher (UK) and have lots of Maddies’, Ellas’ and Olivias’ in my school but not too many Daisy, Poppy or Iris/Lily. What do you think?
on March 20th, 2009 at 8:49 am
Emmy Jo, I hear you about Flora – I want to like her but it doesn’t catch on.
My mother just reported a friend has a granddaughter called Azalea. With her “z” and the “lea” ending, it seems like a choice that could catch on.
on March 20th, 2009 at 9:22 am
I just love flower names. Once upon a time they didn’t sound strong enough to me, but now most of them do.
A sucker for what the British are doing, I do want to point out that I don’t believe many girls are being named Flora or Marigold over there these days. They might still be upper class, but from I can garner Flora is exclusively associated with a margarine, and Marigold refers to yellow gardening gloves.
I actually do love Flora and Marigold (don’t have those associations), along with Dahlia, Primrose (in the middle) and Poppy.
on March 20th, 2009 at 11:30 am
Primrose is a favorite of mine, as is Marigold. Odd flower names are all over my family tree and I’m partial to a host of them.
Abby, Azalea’s gorgeous! I think Fuchsia is too. And I am just crushing all over Capucine these days, Oh, gorgeous!
I knew a Dahlia as a kid, so it’s always been emminently usable for me. And Lilac always makes me smile, I hope that one catches on next!
Emmy Jo Said
on March 20th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
I actually went to high school with a Zinnia.
on March 20th, 2009 at 3:14 pm
Oh my goodness, Gracie — six daughters?!? What a family and what a wonderful baby-naming opportunity! I am certain the nameberry mavens will have lots of wonderful ideas for you for your upcoming triplets. I’m of two minds about Daisy, Poppy and Iris/Lily. If I read it in a book I would think it was adorable, and it is, it is. But I also wonder whether it might be too cutesie, almost like rhyming names or names that all start with the same letter. Your other daughters’ names, Maddie, Isabella, and Olivia, are compatible yet still distinct and I think you should aim for the same range with the triplet’s names. Why not pick your favorite of the flower choices and work out from there? What does everyone else think?
Emmy Jo Said
on March 20th, 2009 at 7:55 pm
Gracie — Congratulations on the triplets!
While I love all the flower names you’re considering, I think I agree with Pam that they feel a bit too cutesy for real-life siblings. Especially if you go with Daisy, Poppy, and Lily, since they’re all flowers, all two syllables, and all ending in Y. I love the idea of giving them a coordinating theme, but I think it’s good to be a bit more subtle about it. Ideas:
— Pick flower names that don’t sound as similar, like Daisy, Iris, and Calla. While they’re obviously matching, they aren’t quite as cutesy.
— Pick flower names that aren’t immediately obvious, like Susannah (means lily), Rosalie (means rose), and Jessamine (means jasmine). Or Bryony (a vine), Evanthia “good flower”), and Marguerite (“daisy”).
— Extend the theme to nature names instead of just flower names. Consider something like Iris, Hazel, and Wren. Or Daisy, Rosemary, and Willow.
on March 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm
I love the names, Gracie. (And oh my – SIX girls! Congratulations.)
But I think I agree that it might be too much to give the girls themed names – especially when their big sisters already have different, non-botanical names. After all, they’ll already share a birthday and it will probably be unavoidable that they’ll be seen as a set.
That said, if you did use something Iris, Calla and Daisy, it might not be *quite* so obvious that they’re all flower names. I also like Emmy Jo’s suggestion of Iris, Hazel and Wren – they’re linked but not quite so obviously a set.
on March 20th, 2009 at 11:50 pm
What a timely post as I’ve been pondering the name Ivy lately as well as Jacinta (Hyacinth were our wedding flowers and are my fave). I’ve never heard of Bryony but I like it!
on March 21st, 2009 at 5:40 am
Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions, ladies! 🙂
I think you’re all probably correct in your ideas about the girls’ names sounding too cutesie. My husband seems to be trying to say the same thing to me so I shall definitely reconsider!
My three girls are Madeleine (Maddie), Isabella (Bella) and Olivia (Livi).
I really love the idea of the flower theme but as some of you said, not so “obvious”. I have the luxury that here in the UK flower names are not as popular as in the USA. I wanted to go with less popular names too as, as I said, I am a teacher so come across many many children and can easily be “put off” names quickly!
I think I like Iris, as a favourite flower name so just to choose two other “less obvious” but equally “flowery names”!
I’m certainly welcome to all suggestions and how wonderful of you all to have replied to my plight! 🙂
on March 21st, 2009 at 1:26 pm
Gracie, I live in the UK as well (Glasgow), and I’m a teacher too 🙂
I think you might not be coming across many Poppys, Daisys etc YET, but with the next few crops of primary ones you may well start to notice them more often.
I think they’re all lovely. I do, however, think that Lily, Poppy and Daisy have been done to death. Last time the data was released (the government haven’t released the 2008 stats due to ‘cost cutting measures’) Lily was at number 8, Daisy at 24 and Poppy at 28. Lilly also appeared at 55.
Iris, however, is at number 221. Violet was 183. I expect both of those will have risen this year. 2007 was the first year in a while we had Rose in the top 100 – at 95. I imagine it will have gone up as well.
A few pretty, plant-related names:
Ffion (Welsh for foxglove – love it)
Linnea (li-NAY-ah or LINN-ee-ah)
Plum (makes a nice middle name)
Choosing a few of these might make the theme less obvious. For example, Daisy, Linnea and Willow don’t sound too ‘themey’.
on March 21st, 2009 at 3:04 pm
I love love love all these ideas of the nature-y but not so obvious flower names — Saffron, Willow, Plum, yum!
on March 22nd, 2009 at 6:10 am
Hi Emz 🙂
Have definitely come round to this way of thinking! Thanks for your suggestions. I love Florence! Now thinking Florence, Ivy and….baby number three needs a name! It’s certainly not an easy decision. I don’t remember it ever being QUITE so difficult with the other three but I suppose I’m trying to get three names that “go” together but not too obviously, like some people have suggested! I also want them to go with Maddie, Bella and Livi to an extent. Difficult!
PS: Lovely to hear from a fellow teacher!
Pippa Burns Said
on March 22nd, 2009 at 6:42 am
I was going to suggest Tansy – as a less obvious floral name. But now think that Matilda would go well with Florence and Ivy. I love the nick names Tilly, Tilda and Matty (although this is probably too close to Maddie for you to use). Maybe you could use a nature name as the second name…
I just saw that the triplets are due in June – and the flower for that month is rose (this was our justification for using it as a middle name for DD1).
on March 23rd, 2009 at 9:37 am
Pippa, Matilda is a name I have always loved! I think I would go with Tilly for short. Fab suggestion, thank you! 🙂
I love Rose as a middle name, our second daughter was born in June too (she turns 2 this June) and her name is Isabella (Bella) Rose
I really like the sound of Ivy, Florence and Matilda 🙂
on March 23rd, 2009 at 3:29 pm
I agree that Ivy, Florence, and Matilda would all give a sweet nod to the flower theme without sounding too thematic!
For myself, I agree with Emmy Jo “I love the idea of using one of the more daring choices (like Lilac, Marigold, Tulip, or Primrose) as a middle. They lend such unexpected freshness to classic first names.” One of my favorite Elsa combinations is Elsa Marigold. I am will be almost disappointed if Lilac becomes too popular because it seems sort of exotic in it’s unpopularity right now. Marguerite, Lotus, and Dahlia are other faves from the list.
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on March 24th, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Gracie, I am LOVING Florence, Ivy and Matilda. They’re perfect together! You have brilliant taste 🙂
on March 24th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
Oh and Pam – Plum is totally yum. I’ve seen it in the middle a few times and I think it’s fab.
on March 24th, 2009 at 6:04 pm
Thank you, Emz 🙂 And thanks to everyone for the suggestions! I let hubby know tonite about all of the lovely suggestions and he agrees that Florence, Ivy and Matilda are really lovely on their own and together. As a lawyer, he is very difficult to convince otherwise if he doesn’t like them so I’m so glad he likes them!
What a mouthful…Madeleine, Isabella, Olivia, Florence, Matilda and Ivy (!!)
Now. Middle names are up for debate! We currently have Madeleine Kate, Isabella Rose, Olivia Grace. I really like Plum, as a few people have mentioned, it really is very pretty 🙂
on March 29th, 2009 at 6:42 pm
Matilda Plum would be too lovely, Gracie!
Florence and Ivy are a bit trickier, mind you. I love the nickname Flossie, btw… but it might be a bit fluffy for some people.
Maybe you should post on the boards? Then more people will reply.
on April 2nd, 2009 at 3:03 am
Just thought I’d let you know my daughters name is Azalea Cedar-Rose, very uncommon but everyone seems to like it.
And my sister Jasmine has a daughter named Magnolia Blossom…. Just another to add to the flowery names. 🙂
Out of the list above I’m liking Asta, Willow & Lotus also like the suggestion of Plum for a middle name, gorgeous!
Lauren x Said
on April 8th, 2009 at 8:04 am
I love Florence, Ivy and Matilda. Matilda Plum is great! You could go with flowery first names and fruity middle names!
My B-days in june! soz, had to say 🙂
on April 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 am
I have to dissagree with all the other ladies – I think the flower names are great and have a ‘Lily’ on the way and if I have another girl later I LOVE Daisy. I like the other ladies suggestions though but if you like the flower theme, then go with it.
Good luck with alllll those girlies running around!
British American Said
on September 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm
I know a 4 year old Azaylia (who has a younger sister Acacia.) 🙂
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on October 13th, 2009 at 11:59 pm
I named my girl “Marigold Grace”, and I’ve never heard of anyone else even knowing anyone with the name Marigold. People do seem to like it for the most part though, and Im sure my daughter will not ever have anyone with the same name in her class at school!
on December 5th, 2009 at 9:24 pm
Marigold is so lovely, I love the nn Maggie.
on December 14th, 2009 at 6:33 am
I’ve chosen Lilac for my daughter (who was due 2 day ago!) I’m having last minute wobbles about it because of peoples reaction to the name…
on December 14th, 2009 at 7:07 am
I think Lilac is lovely, Bernadette, but if you’re seriously thinking of making a last minute change, go to our message boards at Name Talk and I’m sure you’ll get lots of wonderful advice and ideas. Comments, especially on older blog posts like this one, are not going to get the attention you deserve!
on January 2nd, 2010 at 12:45 pm
What about Felicia? It’s a pretty flower and It meens happyness. It has loads of nicknames like Fefe, Fesha, and Fe. Everyone calls me fefe except for my little brother who calls me Bafwesha. ^.^
on February 19th, 2010 at 11:03 am
Love all these names especially Felicia (fefe) Thats a name I would choose.
My full name means Beautiful little rose consecrated to god???? This wasn’t done on purpose but strange how it means so much!!! lol
on February 19th, 2010 at 6:54 pm
The list of flower names above is hardly extensive and one of my favourites doesn’t appear!
Daphne- yes it’s very old fashioned, but I’m hoping it will make a comeback.
on February 19th, 2010 at 7:01 pm
Emmy Jo- I noticed you were trying very hard to like Flora as it’s a family name. My husband’s family are Italian and his cousin’s name is Floriana (Florence). The ‘ana’ part is pronounced ‘ahnah’ as is ‘aunt’ not ‘ant’. It’s very pretty, but there’s potential for nicknames such as Floss and Flo.
violet Clapp Said
on February 28th, 2010 at 9:21 am
My name is Violet and I have always loved it! It is different and people always comment and remember it. Consider the flower name Violet as one of the names from another Violet. I was named after an Aunt and now I have a niece named Violet. Beautiful name if I must say so myself.
on March 27th, 2010 at 6:02 pm
Don’t forget Camille and Camilla!
on June 10th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
I agree with you! I love the names Daisy, Poppy, and Lily (though I hate Iris). Go with them- they’re much more unique than a lot of names, and I love them. Your kids are so lucky to have awesome names like them!
on June 21st, 2010 at 2:59 pm
We are looking for french names for a girl as we are French-Canadian. But, we live in English Canada so we want it to be easy for Anglophones to pronounce too. What do you think of Linnéa Marie versus Delphine Marie? Marie is a family tradition for the first girl’s middle name.
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on October 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 pm
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on November 27th, 2010 at 12:49 am
palion is a beautiful flower names
on January 26th, 2011 at 4:25 am
Oh I love this topic so much !!!
I’m actually looking for some ideas of flowery names. I used to name my ( future ) daughter Lily as it’s one of my favourite flower, plus my name ( Susanna ) means lily itself. But the problem is my husband’s nieces already have flowery name in their full names !!! ( Jasmin Ann and Megan Lilly ) So we both agree to carry on flowery name as a family traditional lol but I don’t wanna be a copy cat … hmmm so any suggestion for me ???
I’m thinking about Penelope Rose
on February 15th, 2011 at 3:28 pm
my name is Camellia Rose and I have always loved my flower names! people respond extremely well to them 🙂 my nickname is Cami.
on February 16th, 2011 at 10:13 am
I have an Isobel Lilac, wasn’t quite brave enough to go for Lilac on it’s own. Although I love the name and I to think it freshens up her first name.
Proud Mummy Of Three Princesses Said
on February 19th, 2011 at 11:32 am
I have recently given birth to my 3rd daughter! I thought id share their names with you all, I love them all & trying to think of an idea to call the next/last baby (hoping for a pink version again, lol) when the time is right, but thee has to be an ‘ie’ on the end!! As you can see I don’t mind making up my own way of spelling the names.
Lillie (7yrs) Poppie (4yrs) Daizie (7wks) 🙂
on March 8th, 2011 at 6:22 pm
There is also Daisy!
I think it’s beautiful,
Rose, Daisy, Laurel, Violet and Lily
on April 18th, 2011 at 11:37 am
I think Daisy, Poppy and Lily is definitely cutesy but completely adorable. I’m years late but oh well.
I’m planning on naming my first daughter Rose nn Rosie for several reasons. I love so many flower names though- what little girl wouldn’t love to be named after/thought of as a little flower? Flowers are gorgeous and so are little girls…I think it’s so sweet (:
on April 19th, 2011 at 6:54 pm
A friend of mine had Orchid on her list for her daughter, but received such negative feedback that she chose something else. I remember the combo was Orchid Isla, I thought it was a distinctive choice, but I guess it may be a difficult name to carry.
on April 23rd, 2011 at 12:06 am
i’m in the middle of writing a book and i named my main character Amyrylles (pronounced like the flower Amaryllis) and everybody called her Rylley (Riley). I like that name. my middle name is dawn and i like that name because it is related to nature but not totally obvious. 🙂
on May 2nd, 2011 at 2:17 am
I love pretty feminine girly names. I am expecting a baby girl in June, and I want to start finding a middle name. I love, love the well known Daisy. I am getting a couple positive replies to wanting that name for my daughter. All these flower names are beautiful.
on June 3rd, 2011 at 3:31 pm
I have twin girls, named Lily Iris & Poppy Rose. All of my other kids have nature/colors names too, my son’s name is River Gray, & Scarlett Opal.
on July 13th, 2011 at 3:18 pm
i have a flower fetish with names so to speak 🙂 my daughters names are lyliana ( another lily form) and my youngest her name is clover!! i love my girls and there names we are going to be having a another child and we are throwing around the idea of rowan which is a tree and it is pretty!
on July 19th, 2011 at 7:17 am
since i read twilight i love the name Rosalie not because i’m obsest with twilight (no honestly i’m not- i’m obsest with harry potter)but because i think its a beautiful name xxx
on July 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am
i av 3 girls and i av a flower thing goin on my eldest is lillie then i av hollie (holly berry) we called her this because she was born at christmas then we av poppie and because my eldest name ended in ie we carried it through my other girls xx
on August 8th, 2011 at 8:04 am
My name is also Violet, and I love my name. It’s an old fashioned name (I was named after my greatgrandmother), but it’s making a comeback. I’ve always felt pretty and danity with my name. I always get compliments and I have tons of cute nicknames (V, Vi, Vio, Violetta, etc). I only run into another Violet or meet someone who knows a Violet every once in a blue moon. Anyone leaning towards Violet, rest assured your daughter will be pleased 🙂
on October 13th, 2011 at 9:51 am
I didn’t see Daphne on the list but I’ve come across is in P.G. Wodehouse books.
on January 3rd, 2012 at 9:16 am
If it is any help to anyone a flower name you do not often see is ROSALIA. I was given this as a third christian name to honour my french grandmother (Can be pronounced rosa-leah or rose-ah-leah ) I dont come across many people with this name
on February 18th, 2012 at 11:04 pm
I’m expecting my fourth child and my second daughter and would like a flower name to go with daisy Mae (my other daughter). Finding it really tough to find the right one though do like lily rose, poppy rose. Any ideas pls?
on May 4th, 2012 at 2:41 am
I love botanical names, flowers for girls and tree names for boys. My favorite floral names are classics like Rose, Lily, Ivy, and Fern. For Boys I like Aspen, Ash, and Linden.
I found a nice resource that groups flower baby names into some categories
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on March 18th, 2013 at 5:39 pm
In the book The Hunger Games, there’s a girl named Primrose, but I had no idea the name was British, and I had no idea that it was like that w/ Lilac either. As for names, when my new cousin was about to be born, I suggested the name Lily, but that fell through, and I do have a charrie named Violet, and there is a Violet in Unfortunate Events of Lemony Snicket. I also remember wanting to name my daughter Clover, and there’s a character named Clover in Totally Spies. As far as characters go, there’s a DC villian for Batman named Poision Ivy, though I had no idea THAT name was British. Oh, and, Snaz, try Iris Rose, or Lily Iris for the fourth daughter. You can even try Poppy Daisy.
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