The Flora and Fauna of Easter: Lily, Birch and Oona

Christmas may have its reindeer and holly, and Thanksgiving its turkeys, but no holiday has as many flowers and trees and animals associated with it as Easter, symbols that evolved from both pagan and Christian sources. From Jesus as “the Lamb of God,” to chicks and bunnies symbolizing abundant new life, to the Easter lily, there’s a wealth of baby name inspiration to be found in the flora and fauna of Easter.


The lamb is associated with Easter via the traditional reference to Jesus as “the lamb of God”-- in Latin, Agnus Dei. Agnes is a name that’s rapidly shedding its fusty image and starting to appear in the celebrisphere, chosen by Elisabeth Shue and by Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. We also like the rhythmic Italian version, Agnella.

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15 Responses to “The Flora and Fauna of Easter: Lily, Birch and Oona”

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explorach1 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Rachel means lamb, and is an awesome name, if I may say.

shelly68 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 5:13 am

Half these names really have nothing to do with Easter. What about a real Eater name like Pascale-fem or Pascal-male?

nat108 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 5:15 am

Here in Florida, zephyr lilies (aka Easter lilies) grow wild. White zephyrs sprout up in my grandparent’s field every year around Easter time

linda Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 9:14 am

@shelly68–We’ve covered those names directly connected to the holiday in years past, so just tried to widen the net a bit this time.

miloowen Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 10:40 am

Love Agnes, especially in the Catalan and Italian pronunciations, Birch (for a boy), Cecily (one of my favourites), Chester (after the famous American baritone Chet Ludgin who was a great friend and whom I adored), Leo, Lily, Oona (another wonderful name), Shoshanna, Susanna, and Tamara.

I too love Rachel (meaning ewe, not lamb), Pascal/Pascale (which is often used for Jewish babies born at Pesach), and I submit March as well.

My favourite bunny name is Benjamin, as I loved that story when I was little, followed by Peter….However, we owned a beautiful bunny when my kids were growing up who had a wonderfully feisty personality. We named him Bracken — and I suggest that that would be an awesome nature name to use for spring.

jamee29 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 am

I do like Lily and Palma from your list. I think my favorite Easter Association name would be Christian. I’ve always love Christian for a boy or a girl.

namesage Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 11:19 am

Oooh, Palma. I’ve never considered it, but today it is really appealing! I’ve been sort of torn about Paloma. I like it, but I don’t LOVE it. I think I could love Palma.

namesage Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 11:22 am

Also, @jamee29. I’ve always loved Christian for a girl too! I’m usually in the minority on that one. I always said I’d use Christiana, nn Christian. My name is Christina (though I go by a nn) so I think it is probably too close, though.

LunaCross Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

for Leo, you forgot to include Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo DaVinci and Leonardo from TMNT.

LunaCross Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

oh, and, for Lily, you didn’t include Lily Potter, Lily Evans or Lily from Hannah Montana. In Hannah Montana, Lily’s real name is Lillian.

explorach1 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

@miloowen: A ewe is a female sheep, or a young female sheep aka a female lamb. So, yes, some refer to Rachel as meaning lamb, probably because we don’t speak of “ewe.”

katie_lou88 Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

I’ve always loved Paloma, so I think Palma is amazing! I also love Lily, but it’s being so over used right now. If I had a choice from your list above, I’d choose Oona as my favorite.

Sarra21 Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

My daughter was born Easter last year and we named her Robin Johanna Rose Lastname. The mn Johanna was a reference to Easter, as Johanna (Joanna) was one of the women who goes to Christ’s tomb and discovers he is risen.
Robin was a springtime coincidence; I have no idea why that name spoke to us, and Rose is a family name.

AlexandrianScrolls Says:

April 20th, 2014 at 11:41 am

I really like Easter names. My favorites would have to be from the Evangeline category. I also recommend Aneska, the Hungarian form of Agnes meaning “Lamb of God.”

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