Category: botanical names

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Sarah writes:

We have two girls, Lavender Miriam and Cordelia Rose.

My husband and I cannot figure out a name for another girl.

Both daughters have eight letter first names and a flower/color name. Any ideas?

The Name Sage replies:

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Easter Names: From Acacia to Pascal

It’s time again for our annual Easter basketful of names—those that relate directly to the holiday and relevant biblical personages, Easter nature names and names that suggest rebirth.


Easter – Less common than Christmas but definitely a holiday name that works in its plain English version.

Parasha – A Russian girls’ name that means “born on Good Friday.”

Pascal etc. – There are many attractive versions of this name. The French Pascal, for boys, and Pascale for girls is especially appealing. The Spanish versions are Pascual and Pascuala; Italian is Pasquale.

Pascoe – English twist (Cornish, technically) on the Easter name popular in medieval times. Pasco is another spelling.

Sunday This day name somehow seems best related to the Easter holiday and season.


James, John and Peter – Prayed in the garden with Jesus (but fell asleep)

Joanna – Lesser known Biblical personage who was one of the women at Jesus’ tomb.

Joseph of Arimathea – According to the Bible, wrapped the body of Jesus in a clean shroud and placed it in his own tomb.

Mary Magdalene – The prime female figure in the Easter story, she witnessed the crucifixion, accompanied the body to the tomb, and later with the other women discovered the Resurrection. A saint, she is a symbol of penitence. Her name means “from Magdala.”

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Today’s Question of the Week is another two-parter:  How do you feel about nature names in general and what are your particular favorites?

This subject obviously covers a broad field, encompassing botanical and zoological names, water and weather, earth and sky. Is there one that particularly conjures up for you a special  beachy or prairie landscape, a favorite flower or bird?

Many names provided by Mother Nature have become so widespread and accepted as people names  that they’ve moved a step away from their direct association with their origins–Lily, say, or Laurel or Willow, so that perhaps  most flower names might be exempt from the discussion.  Unless maybe there’s a line to be drawn between Rose and Primrose,  Daffodil and Daisy?

Then there are those green names that still retain the groovy-hazy-Hippie-Flower-Child aura of the sixties (eg Sunshine, Rainbow), which they’ve never quite managed to shake off and which might make them offputting to some.

So where do you stand?  Do you like nature names as a genre?  Just flower names?

What is you favorite nature name?

Would/did you use one for your child?

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