Spring Flower Baby Names
Nothing signals the end of a long, harsh winter more than the first bursts of color popping up in the garden. Or—if you’re a city dweller, it might be the whiff of fragrant lilacs wafting up from the vases lined up in grocery store sidewalk displays. Many of these flowers have wonderfully evocative names, from the popular Lily to the more exotic Azalea. Here are 10 of the most appealing.By Linda Rosenkrantz
The fragrant Grape hyacinth is a popular spring bulb, with an appearance akin to bunches of grapes, but there is also a range of pastel-hued varieties. Hyacinth, found in Henry James’ and other novels, has never ranked here, and wouldn’t be the easiest name for a child to carry: the pretty Spanish Jacinta might be more so.
- Dahlia comes in many shapes and colors and usually debuts in June. The name Dahlia is gradually overcoming its onetime lah-dee-dah ultra-British image to reach Number 445 in the US, 85 on Nameberry." >
- Hyacinth, found in Henry James’ and other novels, has never ranked here, and wouldn’t be the easiest name for a child to carry: the pretty Spanish Jacinta might be more so." >
- Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, is in full baby name revival mode, now at its highest point (Number 245) since the 50s, chosen by Jude Law and by Judd Apatow for their daughters." >
- Jasmine’s name got a big boost via the Princess in the 1992 Disney film Aladdin, keeping it in the Top 50 till 2009. It’s currently at Number 100." >
- Lilac is newly arrived on Nameberry at Number 771." >
- May. Since Lily is so popular—she’s been on the pop list consistently since 1887, in the Top 30 since 2007 —you might consider the more distinctive Calla instead." >
- Star magnolia is the first variety to blossom post-frost. A lush, Southern-accented name, Magnolia, named for the French botanist Pierre Magnol, is well loved on Nameberry, now at Number 401. It reentered the Top 1000 in 2013, after being in the shade since 1940." >
- March, spreading carpets of bright red flowers. Much spunkier than most other floral names, it’s becoming a celeb favorite, used by Anna Paquin and by Jenna Bush Hager, in honor of her famous grandpoppy." >
- Way back in 1971, eccentric singer Tiny “tiptoe through the tulips” Tim used it for his daughter, and more recently Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell chose it as one of the middle names for their twin girl Charlie." >
- Will Smiths and by Pink, who has waxed poetic about the name. Willow is in the Top 100 in the UK, Canada and Scotland." >
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on March 18th, 2016 at 12:00 am
I know not all name fanatics are gardeners so this is a very nice blog.
I had hoped Daphne, Freesia, Jessamine, and Forsythia would make it in as late winter/early spring flowers — maybe next year.
on March 18th, 2016 at 12:01 am
PS What I forgot to add was that I have long thought it would be a very cool feature of nameberry if there were even a small photo of each plant, tree, gem, etc. It would be beautiful, educational, and perhaps make the use of these names easier. Just a thought.
on March 18th, 2016 at 8:41 am
I’ve seen these names repeated over and over and over again. And while they’re all quite lovely, there are SO many posts and lists of flower names for girls that this one is really nothing special. Still, I suppose it is nice to see such delicate, frilly names being discussed. But you know what I would really like to see? A flower name list for BOYS: Aster, Hyacinth, Orchid, Cereus (Night Bloom), Cosmos (Chocolate) etc. Now that would be an interesting.
on March 18th, 2016 at 8:50 am
I just love Magnolia. I’m pregnant with a boy and if he had been a girl his name would have been Magnolia Jane. I’ve been obsessed with the name for about 3 years now. Maybe next baby will be a Magnolia. So, so pretty 🙂
on March 18th, 2016 at 9:14 am
I don’t find these names “frilly” yet I do believe that a boy named Hyacinth or Orchid would suffer the agonies of the damned. I teach high school and I can pretty much attest to that.
on March 18th, 2016 at 11:41 am
I love, love, love Magnolia!
on March 18th, 2016 at 11:44 am
I already have a Lilac.
I also love Primrose and Azalea.
on March 18th, 2016 at 1:50 pm
My favorite flower name is Amarantha, which means unfading and is associated with immortality.
on March 18th, 2016 at 6:37 pm
Spotted a mistake in the ‘Willow’ section. Technically Scotland is actually part of the UK. I think it meant to say either ‘England, Canada and Scotland’ or just ‘UK and Canada’…
on March 18th, 2016 at 9:26 pm
I might use some of the flower names for my story, and, Iris is also the name of one of the characters in CW’S The Flash, and is one of the friends of Barry Allen, and could possibly end up with him in the future. As for the name Primrose, I like the name on Prim, but I don’t know if I would name my daughter that when I am ready to have one, but I might use Lily and also, Willow was a character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
on March 19th, 2016 at 12:48 am
Our next baby girl will be Iris…. I love it so much!!!
I also love Jasmine, Magnolia, Willow, Azalea, & Lilac….
Orchid, Lotus, and Blossom i love very much too….
on March 19th, 2016 at 5:54 pm
I’d add Acacia, Linnea, and Zinnia. Poppy is a major GP for me, and I’d love to see it used.
on March 19th, 2016 at 6:57 pm
I wish I could use Hyacinth and Lilac! Maybe I can swing one of them in a middle name spot, if my husband agrees to it. I also like Lavender, Clover, Aster, Rosemary, and Violet. I think it’d be cool to have a flower name for my child because it would tie to my own name (my name comes from ‘alyssum’, from what I’ve found).
on March 19th, 2016 at 8:22 pm
Love love love Lily and Lilac.
I agree with @lesliemarion that including a picture of the plant/flower is cool.
on March 19th, 2016 at 8:44 pm
Just for fun on the flower names for boys list: Oleander, Linden, Rhodes, Leirion and Arum (like the arum lily).
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