Nature Names: What are your favorites?

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Nature names can mean a lot of different things, as our all-inclusive nature baby names list demonstrates.

There are flower names, long used for girls but newly in style now.  These include familiar choices like Rose and Lily along with fashionable exotic blooms such as Dahlia and Magnolia.

Then on the botanical side, there are newer tree names, spice names, and fruit names, from Oak to Sage to Banana.

Animal names such as Fox and Wolf are a possibility, with a subspecies of bird names like Wren.

There are nature names that relate to the weather and the sky, and those that reference the land and the water — Snow, Beach, Bay.

Our question is: What are your favorite nature names?  Do you tend to like one group of names over another, prefer nature names that keep their source secret or those that come right out and say it?

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sarahmezz Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I LOVE nature names! My favourites lean towards flower names for girls, but I really like all sorts. Some of my favourite boys nature names are Bear, Fox and River. I’d love to use a nature name as a middle name, but I’m not sure I’d use for a first name. I’m sure my family would think it’s too hippie!

brandiedarlene Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 11:43 pm

I guess being more of a “granola or crunchy mama” I tend to love boldly in-your-face nature names. my favorites are:
For boys-

Fox
Forest
Bear
Ash
Lake
Reid
Bush
Robin

For girls:
Wren [thu I prefer the non-nature spelling of Ren]
Magnolia
Clover
Brair Rose
Eden
Daisy
Bay
Kitty [as a nn for Katherine of course]
Bunny
Lavender
Amber
Ember

augusta_lee Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I adore nature names, especially botanical names. Juniper, Iris, Marigold, Violet, Magnolia, Hazel…love. I also really like Dov (‘bear’ in Russian), River, Zephyr, and Ruby. I think Linden, Nova, Dove, Finch (hey, if Atticus and Scout are on the rise…), Briar, Arden, Drake, and Bluebell (on the heels of Annabelle, Isabelle, etc) have serious potential.

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 12:24 am

I absolutely LOVE nature names!
Girls:
Opal, Poppy, Bay/Baye, Indigo, Pearl, Hazel, Luna, Clover, Ivy, Orchid, Lilac, Lili, Lavender, Wynter, Clementine, Autumn, Amethyst, Skye, Starr, Rose, Lotus, Aspyn.
Boys:
Forrest, Onyx, Skye, Leo.

alexa400 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 am

I love nature names! from quirky to classic 🙂
Rose, Lark, Day, Frost, Autumn, Meadow, Prairie, Juniper, Alouette, Sparrow, Winter, Snow, Azalea, Caraway, Clove/Clover, Dahlia, Iris, Marigold, Maple, Marguerite, Oak, Spruce, Willow, Zinnia, Yara, Mazarine, Mariposa, Hazel,

mamablossom Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 12:52 am

I have 4 daughters and aminst them the names Willow, Blossom and Ivy…I’m a big nature fan!

Whirligig Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 1:58 am

I LOVE Wren and have been a fan since I first heard it.

cannebella Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 2:32 am

I really like nature names for girls, some include Willow, Holly, Violet, Aspen, Lillian and Hazel.

LJandRL Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 3:06 am

I love so many nature names! I love flowers, plants and trees like Lilac, Rowan, Willow, Iris, Fern, Violet, Ash, Magnolia, Hawthorn & Daisy. I love Pearl, Wren, Bay, Lake, Indigo, Gray, Winter. I like subtle names like Margot, Cassia, Luna, Hadley & Anona or obvious names like Lark, Clementine, River (for either gender) & Ivy. Nature names are great 🙂

Mclevine Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 3:47 am

I love nature names, especially botanical and water-related. And one of daughter’s middle names is Winter.
For boy I adore River, Birch, Grover, Lake, Oakley, Jet, Hawthorn, Linden, Phoenix and Lev(means “lion”).
I think Lavender, Primrose, Aqua, Meadow, Cricket, Aspen, Ginger, and Clover are adorable for a girl.
My secret loves are Huckleberry and Honeysuckle. I am afraid they are too much but still lovely.
@augusta_lee: Dov doesn’t mean “bear” in Russian. “Medved'” is for bear, to be correct.

rachel27 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 3:52 am

I really like Juniper, Violet, and Wren for girls. I love Rowan for a boy. It’s one of my favorite names.

paw Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 4:19 am

Willow, Wren, Iris, Ivy, and Hazel are among my favorite girls names. For boys, the nature names I like include Birch, Forest, Reid, Clay, Basil, and Sage.

ottilie Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 4:30 am

I love nature names too.
My favourites for the girl are Amethyst, Willow (and Seawillow!), Wren, Laurel, Emerald, Peridot, Lerke, Alcyone, Belladonna, Datura, Mimosa, Iris, Daphne, Fawn, Eglantine, Meadowsweet, Vivendel, Jasmine, Rose, Bluebell, Tigerlily, Poppy, anything Pom-related…
For the boys I love Faulkner, Falcon, Hawk, Aries, Foxglove, Wolf, Leverett (Everett is pop, why not Leverett?), Robin, Elder, Alder, Jasper, Viorel, Siderion, Snowdon, Winterson, Lovage, Ivo.

Stelmaria Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 5:01 am

Nature names are my favorite! My family thinks I’m such a hippie. Just in my top 10 I have : Luna, Willow, Rowan, Alba (Dawn) and for boys, Cedar, River, West, Phoenix and Kai (Ocean). And I love many more! When Alicia SIlverstone had Bear Blu I was probably the only one who didn’t hate it.

dindlee Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 5:06 am

My favorite nature name is Brisa. It means breeze in Spanish and is a huge GP of mine.

sweets12 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 5:35 am

My favorite name that I probably would never use is Sparrow. But my favorite name names are Patricia, Elise, Camden, Adele, Eve, or Adriel (on a girl).

SoDallas3 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 6:28 am

I adore nature names for both boys and girls, especially when they are subtle hints towards important elements in the parents life.
For Girls:
Dahlia
Linnea
Rose
Aurora (always makes me think of the northern lights, which is just stunning!)
Estella
Iris
Emerald
Ember
Lyra
Pearl (A family name that I adore)
Violet
Meadow
Blair
Hazel
Magnolia
Lavender
Lilac
Aster
Day

For boys:
Ronan (it is my top boys name and has a great significance for me)
Bay
Harbor (A bit much but I love it)
Clay
River
Falcon
Linden
Jonas
Leo
Finch

R_J Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 6:43 am

My favorite is Lark. I love short and sweet names (if only they went with my last name!) and although Lark has a cheery vibe, I like that it seems more grounded than some other nature names–at least to me.

SoDallas3 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 6:59 am

Ooh! Plus I love Cove, Marshall, Lonan, Heath, Monroe, Cole, Marin and Jasper.

sheigh Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 7:18 am

I’m a huge fan of Saffron & Dahlia for a girl and Hawk for a boy!

ladyelizabeth Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 8:30 am

One of our top name choices right now is Magnolia! I love it…classic yet current. Also a big fan of Rose, Sage, Ivy, Ruby, and Amethyst. For boys I like Cedar, Talon, Stone and Everest (though all of those would be middle names for boys).

DayKen95 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 9:36 am

I LOVE Nature names! Some of my top names are Snow, Lotus, Everest, Cove, & Sage(b). Others I love are Minnow, Daffodil, Clover, Posey, Dove, Calla, Lumi, Daphne, Delphine, Mylitta, Amaryllis, Chrysanthemum, Apple, & Prairie for girls. Forr boys Basil, Leif, Forrest, North, Hawthorne nn Hawk, Hopper, & Cypress.

sapphires Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 am

I LOVE nature names! I’d totally use nature names for every child of mine if it weren’t so matchy haha. I’ve included names with nature related meanings in places, and I included animal names.

Girls; Rose, Linnea, Zinnia, Luna, Wildflower {GP middle name}, Lark, Mariposa, River, Willow, Snow, Winter, Juniper, Iris, Hazel, Violet, Peony, Delta, Marina, Oceana

Boys; Oak, River, Rowan, Finch, Fox, Bear, Ash, Ocean, Aspen, Sage, Quill, Wren, Harbour, Linden, Wolf, Ronan, Atlas, Silas, Thorn, Leo

KateM91 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 10:02 am

Love nature names!

Colt
Huckleberry
Bear
Oak
Hawk
Cedar

Magnolia
Poppy
Lake
Lemon
Oakley
River
Cypress

jpruitt76 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 10:20 am

Girls: Wren (I know the sweetest 5yo Wren), Daphne, Daisy, Poppy, Marigold, Maren, Iris, Ivy, Ruby, Rose, Magnolia, Juniper, Linden, Cricket, Brooke, Ashby, Adair, Lindley, Ellery and Hazel.

I don’t like as many nature names for boys – just ones like Reid, Arlo, Calder, Brooks, Roan and Heath.

KatieNana Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 10:28 am

I like Ivy, River & Prairie for girls.

mge28 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 11:29 am

Girls: Lilac, Brooke, Prairie, Juniper, Lark, Lake, Daisy, Amethyst, Ruby.

Boys: Aspen, River, Wolf, Leo, Fox, Canyon, Colt, Drake, Brooks, Sky.

mge28 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 11:29 am

I forgot Bluebell.

CaitlynLA Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Boys: Lake (or Laik), River, Drake, Stone, Rock, Brooks

Girls: Lark, Willow, Ivy, Lake, Poppy, Magnolia, Posey, Lux (means light), Violet, Luna, Daisy

I love nature names!!!!

amylette Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Boys:

River
Bear
Atlas
Rowan

Girls:

Willow
Wren
Violet
Hazel

jame1881 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I like Savannah, Clover, Violet, Ivy, Heather (if it wasn’t so dated)…pretty much any flower for girls, and Emerald as a gem.
For boys, I’m not a big fan of nature names. I’ve recently started to like Grove, though.

wgcathyhillary Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I’ve been crushing on a lot of nature names lately! I think it’s because it’s spring and I’ve started appreciating nature in general more lately haha…Violet is one of my favorite names in general, it’s a contender for a baby. Others I like;

Dahlia
Rose
Lily
Ivy
Magnolia
Fleur
Wren
Maple
Lark
Birdie (as a nickname for Bridget)
Iris
Hazel
Daisy
Ruby

alphabetdem Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I do like some nature names, but not crazy ones. Here in Northern California, you have a tendency to slip into crazy hippie territory haha!

I was absolutely floored to find out that my bf likes the name Magnolia! I was thrilled, I brought it up as a name I liked but was teasing him with because I thought he would never go for it, and he ended up liking it! Go bf!

I love Wren, Larkin/Lark, Posey as a nn for Josephine, Primrose, Clementine, Juniper, Lavender, pretty much all the ‘Lily’ names, Hazel, Rose. Azalea has been growing on me lately.

I don’t really think of Marguerite and Alouette as nature names, but they’re both really beautiful names with natural meanings.

alphabetdem Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

OK I just looked at my list and realized I forgot a bunch:

For boys: Forrest, Atlas, Gale
For girls: Violet, Ivy, Aster, Gemma, Nova, Isla

EmilyVA Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 6:11 pm

A friend named her baby Rosemary which I now like thanks to her. I also like Sage.

I like bird names:
Robin
Wren
Lark

I also love Meadow! and Fern!

I like Ruby and Pearl.

I also like flowers such as Amaryllis, Hyacinth, Iris, Laurel, Magnolia, Marigold, and Forsythia nn Thia is a new favorite.

I like Oceane. and tree names Maple, Ash, and Willow.

karateleshi80 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I like nature names but more so as middles, my hubby is not so keen: River, Linden, Savannah (or alternate spelling Savana) Magnolia (nn Maggie :), Jade, Jasmine, Lavender, Emerald and Ember. river is a particularly gorgeous middle name for a boy or girl.

nlane825 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 9:16 pm

My goodness I love nature names! I was raised in the country and love being outdoors in nature. I think I mainly like them for girls so Ill just say some of those favorites. I like Wren, Willow, Juniper (nn Juni.. adorable), Jade, Luna, Lark, Zinnia, Fern, Laurel, Calla, Rose, Makinley (like Mt. Mckinley), Josephine (a county that I love to go to in my state)… Theres a lot of them! 🙂

Sj1305 Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I like a lot of nature names for girls –
Savannah
Skye
Lilly
Aurora
Poppy
Daisy
Hudson (like the river)
Alice (as in Alice Springs)
Ruby
Ivy
Olive

Rin Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I love many nature names, some on the more whimsical/guilty pleasure end of the spectrum, and some that I’d happily use on a baby of my own.

At the moment, my absolute favourite girls’ name is, Fern.
I had a bit of disappointment upon finding out that #2 due in July was another boy, and one of the major reasons was that it wasn’t Fern in my tummy!

Of course I’m now very excited and eager to meet this new little man! Rowan, Ronan, Caspian & Heath are all up for consideration this time around, as is Euan, which I just realised is also nature related. Currently vying for the top spot is Cedric, which although being an invented name, definitely gives me a green, foresty vibe!

I’ve also had cats in the past, named Rose & Fleur! The more I reflect on it, the more apparent my love of nature names becomes!

TenthMuse Says:

May 23rd, 2013 at 7:52 am

I’m a great fan of nature names; for me they have a purity and wholesomeness about them, while often also being slightly whimsical. I tend to prefer them for girls over boys, as here (in the UK) most nature names seem more usable/less ‘out there’ for girls.

Current favourites are:
Rowan
Clover
Willow (although getting a bit popular here for my taste)
Linnet
Zinnia
Wren (makes a great mn!)
Robin (for a boy or girl)

Love others such as Indigo, River, Juniper and Maple in theory, but am not quite brave enough to consider using them myself!

jessesgirl Says:

May 23rd, 2013 at 11:52 am

I am loving nature names right now especially for girls.

Magnolia is my favorite right now and I’m a little sad to see so many other people have it on their lists too. Lol.

Willow
Wren
Violet
Daisy
Rosemary
Aster
Poppy
Primrose
Posy
Hazel
Lemon ( gp
Bluebell ( gp
Daphne

Boys
Huckleberry nn Huck ( gp
Hawk
Bear
Marlin ( my sons mn

I definitely prefer girls nature names over boys

tori101 Says:

May 23rd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Like many people here, I adore nature names! I love the understated classics like Rose and Lily along with the quirkier nature names like River, Wren. I love nature names for both sexes I just think they conjure up so many gorgeous images and feel very wholesome. I also think variants of nature names like Viola (Violet) are great choices as their not in your face yet do carry the nature associations. I have so many favourites the list if I properly thought about it would be endless, however here are some of my favourites:

Rose (Rosalie)
Violet (Viola)
Lily (Lilia)
Wren
Primrose
Clementine
Dahlia
Lake
Aurora

Forest
River
Sage
Chase (I think he has a nature vibe)
Robin
Hunter
Heath
Rowan
Devon
Wolf
Jasper

DracoDrake Says:

May 23rd, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Nature names are my favourite!
Boys: Rook, Juniper, Emerald, Topaz, Wren, Frost, Silver, Clove
Girls: Maple, Blossom, Galaxy, Bluebell, Meadow, Forsythia, Azalea, Clementine, Aria, Olive, Willow, Zinnia

Some of the names are unisex, like Galaxy & Clove. Actually, most are..

maddiejadore Says:

May 24th, 2013 at 2:03 am

Boys:
River
Fox
Stone
Hawk
Wolf

Girls:
Dahlia
Winter
Aspen
Hazel
Hollie/holly

Javad Says:

May 24th, 2013 at 4:52 am

Jasper is my favorite nature name. I like Lilac, Lily, Hazel and Amaryllis a lot too. As well as quite a few of the Rose related names.

On a side note, the kid in the picture for this blog looks so similar to my son. So similar it’s almost eerie.

hermioneameliastyles Says:

May 26th, 2013 at 10:03 am

Boys:

Reid, Gray, & Niall

Girls:

Willow, Brooke, Savannah, Lily, Amber & Violet

lookingahead Says:

May 26th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I really love Zephyr. Rose and it’s many spinoffs are popular in my house as well. I also love Willow, Winter, Lilliana and Luna.

calypsotheoneandonly Says:

May 27th, 2013 at 11:14 am

I have a huge love for nature names, from the ordinary to the ‘Calypso, you’re weird’ variety. Here they are (in no particular order) –

Girls:

Lake
Rose
Larkspur ‘Lark’
Snow
Fern
Leaf
Brook(e)
Sleet
Autumn
Cat
Cricket
Indigo
Saffron
Rain
Star
Ember
Feather
Bay

Boys:

North
Oak
Pine
Phoenix
Ash
River
Sky
Rowan
Field
Ridge
Cliff
Clay
Forest
Falcon
Grove
Storm
Marsh
Tide

calypsotheoneandonly Says:

May 27th, 2013 at 11:15 am

Oh, and Linnet and Juniper for girls!

tamsin101 Says:

June 9th, 2013 at 3:13 am

I don’t know if anyone has said this yet but my little brother is called ‘Morland’ meaning ‘marsh, or wet land’. I think its really original and unique nature name!

NaomiNY Says:

August 8th, 2014 at 12:16 am

My favorites are:

Boys:
Hawk(eye)
River
Ash
Lake
Birch
Stone
Falcon
Gardener
Forest
Bay

Girls:
Mesa
Snow
Zinnia
Hyacinth
Skye
Anemone
Rasa (I believe it’s a Lithuanian name meaning dew)
Bay
Magnolia
Clover

amf0224 Says:

August 9th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I really love nature related names whether they are trendy, classic, or quirky especially for girls. They may be my favorite types of names!

Girls:

Rose
Violet
Wren
Snow
Rainey
Lily
Rosalie
Lilliana
Clover
Hazel
Clementine
Dalilah
Amethyst
Blossom
Flora
Fawn
Fauna
Lillian
Lavender
Lilac
Peony
Mirabelle
Petal
Poppy
Raina
Primrose
Ruby
Willow
Autumn
Daisy
Ivy
Pearl
Opal
Snowdrop
Maple
Olive
Luna
Aurora
Sienna

Boys:
Aspen
Robin
Jasper

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