12 Gorgeous Nature Names
The all-encompassing Latin term that covers all the blooms in the garden, the name of the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, who enjoyed eternal youth. A Top 100 name at the end of the 19th century, sweet Flora faded from the list in 1972, but is gradually making a comeback, along with sisters Cora and Dora. We also love the Spanish Flor, the French Fleur and the Italian Fiorello and Fiorella.
- Roman goddess of flowers and spring, who enjoyed eternal youth. A Top 100 name at the end of the 19th century, sweet Flora faded from the list in 1972, but is gradually making a comeback, along with sisters Cora and Dora. We also love the Spanish Flor, the French Fleur and the Italian Fiorello and Fiorella." >
- Birdie’, but hello again. This chirpy vintage nickname is seeing new life, especially since it was picked by actresses Busy Phillips (inspired by Lady Bird Johnson) and Maura West. Long before that it had soared as a Top 200 name in the 1880s." >
- Blossom is a synonym for bloom that has long been used as a generic flower name. In the recent past it gained attention as the eponymous character in the sitcom Blossom, and as real life jazz singer Blossom Dearie. The Yiddish version of the name is Bluma." >
- Jewel. It endures as a precious name for a precious child at Number 870." >
- Josephine and could be a nice nostalgic friend for Rosy and Josie. Posy Fossil is the heroine of the YA classic Ballet Shoes." >
- Forest Whitaker; Forrest is a more popular choice, ranking now at Number 719 after climbing 130 ranks in a single year." >
- England long before it caught on here. It finally entered the US list in 2008, and now is up to Number 272. Gemma was Katy Sagal’s character name in Sons of Anarchy and was chosen by both Catherine Bell and Kristin Davis for their daughters." >
- Petal was first spotted as a character name in the Annie Proulx novel The Shipping News, and then picked up by the botanical name-loving Jamie and Jools Oliver for their daughter Petal Blossom Rainbow in 2009." >
- Avis is Latin for bird, a name that ranked as high as Number 238 in 1912, but has not been seen, even by bird watchers, since the early 1960s, despite the popularity of sister Ava. Baldwin brother Daniel has a daughter named Avis Ann." >
- French word for jewel, pronounced bee-zhoo, is itself a gem—as perky and flouncy and sexy as a dancer in the Folies Bergère—though it’s rarely used in France. It’s associated with actress Bijou Phillips, and was picked as a middle name for Daphne Oz’s daughter Philomena." >
- Wizard of Oz’s Judy, and at the moment to the Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland." >
- Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr., though TV reporter Stone Phillips was born Stone Phillips. And BTW, Rocky and Rocco’s meanings have nothing to do with rocks." >
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on April 28th, 2016 at 11:10 pm
on April 29th, 2016 at 5:10 am
I love Flora, I used Flor as my daughter’s middle name. I adore Birdie, but as a nickname.
on April 29th, 2016 at 5:44 am
Primrose is the name of the little sister in the Hunger Games. Posy could be a cute nickname for Primrose.
I’m loving the idea of Birdie. could it be a nickname for Beatrice?
on April 29th, 2016 at 8:59 am
I think it’s worth mentioning that Jewel was (and still could be) used for boys as well as girls.
on April 29th, 2016 at 12:26 pm
Posy has been a love of mine for ages because of Ballet Shoes. I do love Fiorella but as I’m not Italian, I worry about the usability of it. Birdie is a great nickname.
on April 29th, 2016 at 9:45 pm
Love the list! Acacia, Briar, Clover, Dove, Dahlia, Eden, Meadow, Field, Frost, Garnet, Grove, Ivy, Laurel, Lilac, Lake, Maple, Poppy, Primrose, Raven, Rain, River, Sapphire, Snow, Sorrel, Willow, Wren, and Wilder are more nature names I love.
on May 2nd, 2016 at 9:33 pm
Gemma was a character in Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and I think there was a Posy in either Harry Potter or Hunger Games. Also, Blossom is a character on The Powerpuff Girls.
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