Nature Names: Will trees be the new flower names?

Now that just about every flower in the garden has been dug up and used by baby namers for at least a century, maybe it’s time to look beyond to their more imposing cousins. There’s a very big difference between the two:  Where most floral names are frilly and feminine, many, if not most, arboreal names are strong, sturdy, and much more  masculine.

The forest is  fairly unexplored territory; with the exception of a few names like Hazel, Olive and Willow, most of the standard tree names are just waiting to be discovered.  Here are some possibilities:








Almost every ethnicity’s name bank has a profusion of names related to nature, and that includes trees. Here’s a small sampling of foreign names related to trees:

ALAQUA — Native American, sweet gum tree
ALON, ALONA — Hebrew, oak tree
BIRK — Scottish, birch tree
ILANA–Hebrew, tree
IOBHAR (ee-var) — Irish, yew
LINNEA — Scandinavian, lime or linden tree
LLORA — Catalan, laurel tree
MAC DARA — Irish, son of the oak
MANJOLA — Albanian, magnolia
MATSUKO — Japanese, pine tree child
NAOKI — Japanese, straight tree
OIHANE (oy-ah-neh) — Basque, from the forest
OLIVIER –French, olive tree
OREN  — Hebrew, pine tree
ORNA  — Hebrew, pine tree
ORNELLA — Italian, flowering ash tree
SUZUKI — Japanese, bell tree
TAMAR — Hebrew,  palm tree
YVES, YVETTE –French,  yew tree

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27 Responses to “Nature Names: Will trees be the new flower names?”

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rachelmarie Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 2:20 am

I love and adore the names Cassia and Hazel.
Linden is definitely a cool option for a boys name.

Nephele Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 3:03 am

I love this blog! With my fondness for flower and tree names (for my Flower Fairy Names anagramming topic in your “Talk About Names” forum) I have some more for you:

BJORK – Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish, birch tree
CORNEL – another name for the dogwood tree.
FRESNO – Spanish, ash tree
HAYA – Spanish, beech tree
KIEFER – German, pine tree
LARK – Swedish, larch tree
TILIA – Latin, linden or lime tree

Elea Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 4:12 am

Rowan (for a boy), Bryony, Cassia are my favourite tree names.

I also love the Welsh ones: Bedwen (birch) Celynnen (holly), Collen (holly), Corsen (reed), Derwen (oak)

Cornish: Derowen (oak), Elowen (elm)

Okay, technically Corsen (reed) doesn’t count as a tree name but I like it all the same 🙂

Elea Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 4:34 am

** oops! Collen was meant to be ‘hazel’ not ‘holly’ ^^

I really like Nephele’s suggestion of Tilia as well!

phaedra Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 8:12 am

There are some very good options here. One of my favorites, though, is Daphne (laurel).

JustADad Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 9:46 am

I would not name a child Bamboo, Cypress, or Maple under any circumstances, and if I did, I would have to provide them with ninja training for the playground.

Abby Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 10:28 am

I love Linden! I have an aunt Linda, and Linden has long made the list of possible middle names for a daughter, in her honor. I think it would wear well on a son, too. And I adore Bay, but I don’t think of the tree – for me, it has always been a water name.

JustADad, I think I agree about Bamboo. Maple and Cypress would fit right in ’round here, but Bamboo is truly daring – maybe too much so!

Elsa Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 11:09 am

Plum is a guilty pleasure of mine. I’d never use it as a first name, but should we have another daughter in the future, I want to call her Dorothea Plum.

Dearest Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 11:22 am

I love tree names!!
For girls Cassia, Cinnamon, Jacaranda, Magnolia, Mimosa and Plum are favourites, especially Magnolia! Jacaranda isn’t my style, but I think she’s fabulous as well!! Very spunky, but has a bit more to it than Juniper in my head, and she’s a bit more feminine ^^
Aldar, Ash, Birch, Cedar, Elm and Oak are favourites for boys, Oak being the best of them…
I can’t see what Maple is doing on the boys list, that’s a little girl’s name in my head!!

Forest, Grove and Moss are also good for boys, Sylvan is a favourite along with Sylvester/Silvester. Leaf is also cool, but feels more girly to me…
Olivier, Oren and Tamar are also favourites, but Tamar only if pronounced TAY-mahr…

Balsam is funny because in Norwegian it what we call hair conditioner XD Just the thought of naming a child ‘hair conditioner’ is ridiculous!

As for more tree names, there are some Norwegian ones, but they’re very similar to the English 😉
Alm – Elm
Lind – Linden
Eik – Oak
Vier – Willow (prn. VEE-er)

Charlotte Vera Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Very interesting. I have friends who just named their daughter Tamar Sophia.

pippa Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

We have friends that just named their son Banyan!

Emmeline Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Yew would make me crazy due to the sound of (if not the actual) bad grammar. “What is Yew doing?” “Yew is playing with his truck.”

Plus, “What’s your name?”-“Yew” conversation feels a little “Who’s On First?”

Linda Rosenkrantz Says:

October 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Thank yew–too true. I’m sure Hughs run into similar problems.

disa_lan Says:

October 21st, 2009 at 1:48 am

YAY! I love trees 🙂 This is a great blog.

Elea – Elowen is so pretty.

stephanie_elizabeth Says:

October 21st, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I love Bryony but don’t favor most other tree names in general. My best friend recently named her daughter Aspen (yes, a girl) but I have gotten around the unisex feel of it (which is why I’m not a fan b/c I don’t like unisex names) by calling her Penny.

Michele Says:

December 22nd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Our son is named Linden.

There is another Linden in a playgroup, who is a girl. (A year younger than my son)

The girl has been teased regarding the name. My son has not.
I would say this name is less gender neutral than it seems.

Andre Says:

December 23rd, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Sequoya is used for BOYS not girls! Get your facts right and do some searching

lyndsayjenness Says:

January 3rd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

“Sequoya is used for BOYS not girls! Get your facts right and do some searching”

Wow! That’s harsh! There’s no reason it can’t be used for girls.

nicole Says:

January 12th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I wanted so much to name our daughter Sequoya – but my French husband just couldn’t say it right. It is a wonderful, strong female name.

Siobhan Says:

April 12th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

My daughter is named Juniper. It is a wonderful name. She is four now and feels possessive of all Juniper plants. “My Juniper plants!” she calls them as she pets them fondly. I think it is great.

Baby Name of the Day: Sequoia | Appellation Mountain Says:

January 18th, 2011 at 7:21 am

[…] Nancy tells us that 14 boys received the name in 2009.  Even more girls were called Sequoia – a total of 71.  Nameberry puts it on their list of Tree Names suitable for Girls. […]

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May 12th, 2011 at 6:11 am

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ebenezer.scrouge Says:

February 25th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

My names on there and I love my name its Ebony. Use the name guys its a good alternative to emily

paigemonroe Says:

March 10th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Andre…u need to get your facts straight and learn how to spell
The name Sequoia is used as a girls name also when u say it
It sounds more girly then boyish..I could not imagine using the name Sequoia as a boy name unless I would want him to be teased…Oh you need to learn how to spell its not spelled Sequoya it’s spelled Sequoia!!!

paigemonroe Says:

March 10th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Also I’m due March 22 2013, I’m having a little girl and I’m naming her Sequoia 🙂 I think it’s a beautiful name

elifsu Says:

July 14th, 2015 at 5:44 am

Turkish versions
Acacia- Akasya
Apple- Elma
Bay- Defne
Cherry- Kiraz
Cinnamon- Tarçın
Juniper- Ardıç
Laurel- Define
Linden- Ihlamur
Magnolia- Manolya
Mimosa- Mimoza
Myrtle- Mersin
Plum- Erik LOL!
Senna- Sinameki
Sequoia- Sekoya

Forest- Orman
Leaf- Yaprak
Moss- Yosun

elifsu Says:

July 14th, 2015 at 5:45 am

Edit: Laurel is Defne also not define

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