Tree Names: Cool Arbor Day options from Acacia to Willow

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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An ancient tree that figures in literature from Shakespeare to Harry Potter and is believed to possess magical powers, Willow is a lovely name, as graceful as its inspiration, that is growing in popularity along with Willa and Will. Willow was chosen for their daughters by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Monaghan and Pink, who said she was influenced by a willow tree that grew near her childhood home.

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