Tree Names: Cool Arbor Day options from Acacia to Willow

April 27, 2012 Linda Rosenkrantz

Since roughly 1872, when the first Arbor Day was proclaimed, kindergarteners have been cutting out construction paper silhouettes of oak and pine trees and perhaps getting to plant a tiny sapling in the schoolyard. Nameberry hereby joins in today’s celebration by planting the seeds of the tree names worthy of bestowing on our children –ranging from the sturdy Cedar to the delicate Aspen.


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Named by an early Greek botanist, the Acacia tree is known for its fine wood and medicinal properties. It also has biblical ties, since the Ark of the Covenant was made out of Acacia wood. Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek nature name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with-‘a’ construct, and is beginning to catch on with baby namers.


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