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

April 17, 2014 Linda Rosenkrantz

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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