Flower Names: The best new blooms

Move over Lily, Rose and Daisy: the baby name garden is bursting with far more exotic blooms these days. There have, for example, been starbabies with the names Lotus and Lilac and Bluebell and Tulip and Aster. But they’re not the only ones–here, we’ve selected ten of the most unusual but usable new florals for you to pick.


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This undiscovered beauty, which means ‘sparkling,’ was named for the shepherdess heroine of a pastoral epic by Virgil. A bulb-grown bloom also known as the Winter Lily or Jersey Lily, the name Amaryllis was revived in the eighteenth century. One namesake Amaryllis--cellist Amaryllis Fleming-- was both the daughter of painter Augustus John and half-sister of James Bond-creator Ian Fleming.

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catmcroy Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 2:39 am

L.M. Montgomery (of Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon etc) also wrote a very charming little story called Magic for Marigold where the main character, Marigold Lesley, is named after the British lady doctor Marigold who delivered her 🙂 I love Poppy and Dahlia too.

Lola Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 10:50 am

I love Dahlia, Poppy & Marigold. Dahlia honors an old friend, Poppies were my Pop’s favorite flower & Marigolds were Mom’s. (Mom also loved Gladioli but I ffind that a bit unwieldy)! Camellia is also very lovely. Two I adore that didn’t get mentioned: Iris & the generic Bloom. Irises were my Grandmother’s favorite flowers. She had them all around her house. Before she died, I asked for some & got them! I now have her Irises all around *my* house!
And Bloom is just so fun to say aloud. I’ve been thinking of pairing Bloom up. But second middle or first? 😀

murp Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Not mad about any of these. My favourite flower name is Tansy.

Elea Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Amaryllis was surprisingly popular as a first name for girls in Ancient Greece.

kgcg31 Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Love,love,love flower names. . . This whole list is fantastic. Lola: I’m with you on Iris and Bloom. I would add Lilac and Petal.

Sarah A Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I second pp about Lilac and Iris. I would also add Juniper.

Clover is one that has really grown on me. I used to think it was too out there but now I love it. I’m not really into flowers or nature much for that matter, but a lot of these names, particularly Amaryllis, are just gorgeous!

gatoamiga Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Love so many of these names. Great list!

Wish I were brave enough to use – Amaryllis, Clover, Hyacinth, Magnolia, and Zinnia.

encore Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I love Magnolia! And Zinnia is gorgeous too!

usagurl4 Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 8:38 pm

No, why did you list Azalea?!? I was trying to hide that name for myself.

CharacterNamer Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I wouldn’t consider Poppy a Harry Potter name, as it is the first name of a professor and they are almost never called Poppy, so if you are put off by names with connections to Harry Potter (I have met people who were) you should be safe here. These are all pretty names, but I prefer the more classic blooms.

rollo Says:

December 3rd, 2011 at 5:45 am

Azalea and Dahlia have different pronunciations here in Australia to the USA which is offputting.

Has Heather been overlooked or isn’t she ready for a comeback? I don’t mind though as I find her rather bland.

Daisy is lovely though as a full name on her own not just as a nn for Margaret.

I always thought that clover was a grass not a flower.

I think Fleur deserves a place on the flower list, she is lovely.

zoghart Says:

December 3rd, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I like the name Dahlia. Unfortunately, it brings up associations with the Black Dahlia, so I wouldn’t personally name my kid Dahlia (although it really is a lovely name). Fleur is nice; very exotic, I think. I like Fiore, Fiorella, or Fiora better. (Actually, Fiora’s my favorite out of those three.) And Flora is also pretty, although old-fashioned.

Heather was WAY overused in decades past and unfortunately (although I know, it’s just me) I kind of think of Heather as a blonde bimbo/stripper name. (Sorry. I know that’s kind of offensive! And I’ve known Heathers who were the exact opposite of bimbos, so I don’t know why I have that association with that name). Laurel is a better alternative.

For some reason I think that Louise would be a nice middle name for Amaryllis. A flowery name with a practical middle name. And I’d definitely nickname her Amara.

Pansy Says:

December 4th, 2011 at 2:44 am

I love Azalea, Clover, Magnolia and Marigold. I’ve actually had Magnolia and Marigold, nicknames Nola and Goldie, on my GP twin names list for awhile. Can’t really get behind Amaryllis or Hyacinth. They just sound harsh to my ears.

Nyx Says:

December 4th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Amaryllis is indeed a lovely, and much underused, floral name. The meaning, the flower, and the sound are all beautiful. Bonus, you can use Amy as a less-frilled and more recognizable nickname.

Azalea has a spunky and fresh sort of feel. The beginning “A”, the middle “z”, and ending in the familiar “lea” all add notes of trendiness and popularity. In addition, it could be a fun, fresh way to honor Grandma Georgia (especially if she already has a grandson George or a granddaughter Georgiana), since it is the state wildflower of Georgia.

Camellia is indeed a beautiful name… but whenever I hear it, I think “Duchess of Cornwall”. I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to get past this and it ends up holding me back.

I absolutely LOVE the name Clover! It’s a sweet middle name and a feminine first name that, while floral, isn’t frilly. Clover, Daisy, and Poppy (the #9 name on the list) all seem perfect for that little girl who might be more of a tomboy… that is, until she blooms 🙂 .

Dahlia is a perfectly good name. However, I can’t get past the Black Dahlia murder and, more recently, the character Dalia on the tv series Suburgatory. I’m not saying that others shouldn’t use or consider this name… I’m just giving my reasons for not wanting to use or consider the name.

Hyacinth seems too much to use as a name. However, the feminine, Spanish Jacinta, the masculine, Spanish Jacinto, and the masculine, Polish Jacenty all appeal to me.

Magnolia is indeed a wonderful name with a wonderful Southern feel. The nicknames of Maggie, Nola, or even Lia make it fit into current naming trends while still being unique.

Marigold has long been a favorite of mine. I think it’s a sweet way to honor Aunt Mary or mom’s surname of “Gold”.

Zinnia is another name with s spunky and fresh feel. Starting with the funky “Z”, containing double consonants (like Isabella, Emma, Addison, Ella, and Alyssa – just to name a few), and ending in the feminine “ah” sound all equal a popular sounding name with a unique feel.

Rose, Lily, Jasmine, and even Violet have indeed become very common. However, I wouldn’t rule them out just because of that. Yet, it is great to hear of other floral options 😀 . Overall, this is a great list! Had there been more room, it might have been fun to see Bloom, Blossom, Petal, Daisy (which I mentioned above), Iris, Lilac, and even the dated Heather (which I love for its soft sound and gentle, romantic image. I always picture Wuthering Heights when I hear the name Heather. “I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free… Why am I so changed? I’m sure I should be myself were I once among the heather on those hills.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights).

linzybindi Says:

December 4th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I LOVE Magnolia!!! I wish my husband loved it as much as me.

I know a little Azalea…she is Azalea-Mae and they pronounce her name as-ah-lee. She is named after her great grandmother and that is how her name was pronounced with that spelling.

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starophie Says:

January 28th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Violet has always been one of my favorite names, so I have a rather soft spot for florals. Amaryllis is also the name of a beautiful Italian song, which makes it all the more appealing. Could also honor an Amy (like my mother) or Amelia in the family.

Iris, Daisy, Lilac, and perhaps even Peony are also beautiful names. It’s nice to see some other options than Rose and Lily!

Haili73 Says:

June 25th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

There are so many flower names, Heather, Jasmine, Lily, Rose, Daisy…
Amaryllis has the nickname potential of Amy, along with Amethyst
Camellia has Cami
Maggie for Magnolia
Marigold is just adorable and I could see this one growing up well.
Zinnia has Zinni, it’s so quirky. Not sure if I’d use it, but as a middle name…
Azalea has the nicknames “Aza” and “Lea” I’d use Aza because it reminds me of my favorite book “Fairest” where the main character is simply Aza- it is said to mean “lark” in Ayorthian.

cj85 Says:

March 17th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

^^^ Why does everything NEED a nickname? Biggest pet peeve. Amaryllis is such a pretty name. Don’t waste it by calling her Amy (no offense to Amy’s/Aimee’s out there, but if you wanna call your kid Amy, name her Amy.)

cj85 Says:

March 17th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Also whoever said Juniper: Pretty name. Not a flower. It’s a tree with berries.

MozzGoggs Says:

July 20th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

In the Midwest, Peony is pronounced Pea-OH-nee, which is an unusual flower name. I also like another name along the lines of Amaryllis: Jonquil. What do you think?

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