Nameberry Picks: The Best Nature Names

Nature names have become such a huge category of baby names that it’s difficult to corral all of them – the flower names and the animal names, the tree names and the water and weather names – into one list, much less pick the dozen best. But we tried, with several nods to other favorites. Photo by Georgia Brizuela from Documenting Delight.


This calm water name for girls wins out over also-lovely sisters Lake and Oceane by virtue of feeling more namelike and less tied to the body of water. Maybe that’s because it’s reminiscent of Bea, Bee, and Bey, as in Beyonce’s nickname. You can also think of bay as a botanical name, for the bay laurel tree. In 2013, there were 69 baby girls named Bay and 11 boys.

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