Flower Names for Girls: The coolest right now

flower names for girls

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Flower names have been a popular group for girls over the past few decades, with early favorites such as Lily and Rose giving way to more exotic blooms.

The very coolest flower names right now, we think, are a mix of the generic and the adventurous.  We like names such as Petal and Posy that reference flowers in general without citing a specific species, along with a handful of adventurous varietals.

Our picks for the coolest flower names for girls:

Blossom Blossom was a TV show you may remember from your childhood and is also the name of jazz singer Blossom Dearie.  But now that those associations are fading, you may want to consider this gentle, quirky choice, last on the Top 1000 in the 1920s.

Dahlia — The name Dahlia summons visions of a British lawn party in the 1930s, with an image that’s at once sultry and genteel.  An increasing number of contemporary parents agree: The name first appeared on the US popularity charts in 2006 and is poised to break into the Top 500.

Fleur or Flora — Fleur and Flora are the same name, in a way, both meaning flower and referencing the Roman goddess of flowers and spring.  But they have very different feels and style trajectories.  Fleur feels eternally French, which you may consider a positive or a negative, while Flora harkens back to the Gay ’90s (1890s, that is), when it was a popular American name.

Garland — Garland has a unisex feel and can theoretically work for a boy as well as a girl.  And the vision of a garland — a long rope made of flowers — is a lovely one that can be incorporated into a birth announcement or a nursery theme.

Lilac — Love Lila but want something more original?  Then Lilac may be the choice for you.  Besides being a lovely purple color and a fragrant flower, Lilac is an attractive name with a contemporary sound.

Magnolia — Magnolia is one of the new flower names that is definitely heating up.  We’ve heard short forms Maggie and Nola.

Petal — Petal is a gentle and unusual name in the floral family.  Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver named one of his daughters Petal.

PoppyPoppy is in the UK Top 20 but has never appeared in the U.S. Top 1000, making it a prime example of a name that’s far more stylish on one side of the Atlantic than the other.  We can see it becoming much trendier in the U.S. in years to come, so jump in ahead of the curve.

Posy — Posy, which can also be spelled Posey, is a sweet bouquet of a name attracting more attention because of its use in Hunger Games.  It can also be used as a nickname for Sophia, Josephine, or Penelope.

Primrose — Prim yet quirky, Primrose can be an original route to Rose or Rosie.  Primrose is another Hunger Games name, used for Katniss‘s tender little sister.

Zinnia — The initial Z adds zest to any type of name, and Zinnia is no exception.  It has the feminine feel of all the flower names but with a bit more attitude.


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29 Responses to “Flower Names for Girls: The coolest right now”

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Kateri Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 12:35 am

Lilac in theory seems lovely and the flower is beautiful and fragrant, but I can’t get past the fact that the sounds are Lie and Lack.

KateMP91 Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 1:06 am

Magnolia has been my #1 for years, and it has been “our” #1 for about a year and a half. It is SO perfect. I prefer the nn Malle or Mila.

Garland is another of my favorites. If I had a top ten 10 list, it would so be on it!!

megank4 Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 3:56 am

Meh. Most are okay for a young girl, but really, on a 30, 40, 50+ year old?
“Hello. My name is Petal Jones. I am your criminal defense attorney.” ??

Fourthseason Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 4:02 am

Some other “rare” choices I have been hearing lately is Wisteria, Lavender, Orchid, Coronella, and Forsythia. Out of them, I like Wisteria and Coronella. Coronella seems similar to Cornelia to me for some reason, but in a good way. Perhaps they just seem very girly, with Coronella being refreshingly unusual and not dated.
My husband loves lilac, but it seems too short and dainty for me. I love Dahlia, but it is such a BIG image to live up to and might require etiquette schools in the future. I have LOVED Magnolia for some time, even though it is rising, but it still brings me back to the movie: Steele Magnolias. Which I love that movie! 🙂

Whirligig Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 5:11 am

I like Cosmea for a girl but I don’t here of it on here. I have seen some German sites with it listed though so maybe it is more popular there. It is a very pretty flower as well.

Erinm Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 6:18 am

I love Azalea, Camellia, Acacia, Leilani and Ivy. Of course I also love Daisy but that’s pretty popular now.

jessamine13 Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 6:45 am

I like Dahlia and Zinnia the best.

lawsonhaley Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 7:49 am

I love Fleur, Flora, Poppy and Posy off this list, but I also love:

Ffion (Welsh for Foxglove)

GoodHope Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 8:04 am

I can’t really see myself ever putting Blossom or Petal on a birth certificate, but they’d be adorable pet names for any little girl with a flower name.

My favorite name here is Magnolia. So cute!

LuMary Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 9:49 am

I can’t seem to care for Magnolia. It sounds too unwieldy.

jebaldas Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 9:52 am

I love Dahlia and Magnolia. Another flower name that I have been crushing on is Viorica (veer-ee-ka). It means bluebell in Romanian.

MaryKathryn Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 10:02 am

I am really into flower names right now, so I am extremely thankful for this post! ATM, I’m loving Rosaline “Rosie”, Acacia, Marigold, and Lillie!

flamingo Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 10:19 am

Blossom – I can’t shake the image of the TV show…
Dahlia – Beautiful name! My little niece is Dahlia and it is so charming.
Fleur or Flora – To me it’s still old lady.
Garland – Judy Garland, anyone?
Lilac – I actually know a few Israelis with the soft, Hebrew pronunciation of this. I like that sound better. “Lee-LACH”
Magnolia – Sounds like a fantastic name, I’d stick it as a middle.
Petal – I like the idea, but in practicality it doesn’t work for me.
Poppy – I think of my Grandpop! 🙂
Posy – Absolutely adorable. I’d love to use this as a nickname for something.
Primrose – I don’t see the draw for this name at all.
Zinnia – I like her! Spunky, sassy, and feminine, different without being precocious.

csd267 Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 11:12 am

I know this isn’t exactly a flower name but, Fern has caught my interest lately. I saw on a talk show where a woman named her baby Sadie Fern, and I think that is just so cute. I know a girl with the middle name Blossom. It makes her name so happy sounding! Magnolia is beautiful.

Frankie Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

My favorite flower names are really out there – Snapdragon, Dandelion, Tigerlily, Chrysanthemum, Cornflower, Clover, Foxglove, Thistle. From this list I like Primrose and Dahlia.

DracoDrake Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Primrose is one of my top 3 girl names right now. NN Posey. Plus, I collect vintage Fire King ovenware in the Primrose pattern, so it’d be a lovely gift for my daughter when she moves out. 🙂

ElleEm12 Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

You forgot Marigold!

amandaescoto25 Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

My favorites are Dahlia, Petal, Posey, and Lilac. Though I agree with a previous poster Petal and Posey don’t pass the President test so for me they would have to be in the middle or a nickname. My favorite guilty pleasure flower name right now is Marigold. I love the nickname options Mari and Maggie. I also like Lavender.

cbmartin126 Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The feminist in me thinks that giving a girl a flower name is essentially telling her that her function in life is decorative. So I’d probably stay away from all of these. However, I love the name Linnea. Iris is a good one, too….

tararyaz Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I’m a feminist and I love flower names & flowers. Many have medicinal properties, ancient myth & literary associations that move them beyond pretty little thing. I do think that some floral names sound stronger and others feel too girlish. I think Magnolia is stately and gorgeous and lush. Petal might be a little too twee.

klutzy_girl Says:

January 14th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

I love flower names (Lily, Rose, Violet, Calla, Daisy, Ivy, Iris, Jasmine, and Poppy are my favorites), but Dahlia just makes me think of the Black Dahlia and that’s not a very good connection.

nativoyoung Says:

January 15th, 2014 at 3:36 am

I hate it when I’m trending, but I have been loving on flower names lately as well. Magnolia because of the nickname Nolie, but also Hyacinth and Ivy. I have also warmed to Marigold because a dear friend named her baby that and call her Goldie, which is charming.

nieke Says:

January 15th, 2014 at 7:00 am

Marigold and Lavender have been long standing favourites, but lately I’ve been infatuated with the more outlandish Bluebell, Tigerlily and Rosebud (Snapdragon and Dandelion are probably going to end up here now too!). Wisteria is lovely, but in a stroke of brilliance, Marginamia included Wistar, the surname of the scientist who named the Wisteria on her site a while back and that absolutely wins coolest flower related name for me.

shelly68 Says:

January 15th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Jacinth and Fiorella

emnrex Says:

January 15th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Garland can be a tribute to Judy Garland for those Oz lovers. Blossom makes me think of the 90’s cartoon The Powerpuff Girls!

Sholmes Says:

January 15th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Fleur and Primrose are my favourites from this list, I love the french-y feel of Fleur. I really like Aster as well, it’s a bit masculine but would sound just as lovely on a girl.

oosoposh Says:

January 17th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I love Dahlia, Primrose and Zinnia.

BlueYorkie Says:

January 17th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I adore Larkspur and Tigerlily for little girls, but they are forever only guilty pleasure list. I also love Zinny, short for Zinnia.

BerryBry Says:

January 19th, 2014 at 4:25 am

I think Amaryllis, Pansy, Azalea, Camellia, Leilani and Jacinta are also lovely!! I know a girl named Poppy and it’s nice!

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