Unusual Spring Flower Names: Azalea to Zinnia
An interesting ancient Greek mythological name, that of a flower sacred to Aphrodite, it is also known as the windflower. The anemone is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring.
- Aphrodite, it is also known as the windflower. The anemone is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring." >
- Azalea is sometimes called the “take care of yourself flower.” As a baby name, it didn’t pop onto the list until 2012, but has now moved up to Number 581 and 294 on Nameberry, perhaps helped by connections to rappers Azealia (sic) Banks and Iggy Azalea." >
- Geri Halliwell called her daughter Bluebell Madonna in 2006, but in the decade since then, exotic flower names have become much more accepted—and this one can also be seen as a smoosh of two trendy names—Blue and Belle." >
- Camellia can be seen (and used) as a more distinctive twist on Amelia or Camilla." >
- German botanist named Freese, and often found in wedding bouquets. Parents might be attracted to a floral name that embraces the concept of freedom." >
- Marigold, the symbol of the Virgin Mary, has moved from the pages of old British novels and children’s books onto an increasing number of birth certificates. One possible influence: Lady Edith’s daughter on Downton Abbey." >
- Rose and her extensions are very much on trend these days—Rosemary, Rosalind, Rosamund—but this name, meaning first rose, puts it in second place. Featured in The Hunger Games, Primrose is now Number 259 in England and 348 on Nameberry." >
- Tulip is still a rarity in the nursery. It came to the fore when Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell used it as a middle name for one of their twin daughters in 2009." >
- Zinnia, loved by butterflies, hummingbirds and people, is a surprise late bloomer in the baby name garden—perfect for the parent looking for a flower name with some zip. Never on the national list, it’s now 549 on Nameberry." >
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on March 23rd, 2017 at 11:09 pm
I’m loving Bluebell and Marigold, but I think I’d give Orchid a pass considering its etymology…
on March 24th, 2017 at 2:42 am
The thing is, none of these names are unusual any longer. Maybe back in 2014…but not anymore. Everyone, especially everyone that follows Nameberry knows of these flower names. BUT I appreciate all of your posts so much! So, thankyou. I do wish that Nameberry would feature TRULY unusual names though….there are so many gems out there just waiting to be discovered! Thanks for reading 😉
on March 24th, 2017 at 6:02 am
Funny, I wrote about this on my blog recently both for girls (https://listmimsy.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/unusual-flower-names-for-girls/) and for boys (https://listmimsy.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/flower-boys/). I agree with Brittany- in that some of these are definitely better known than others- Primrose and Camellia/Camille, for instance.
But flower names are always such a lovely genre.
Don’t know that I’d go with Anemone though- I do love the flowers but am reminded on that Finding Nemo scene.
on March 24th, 2017 at 6:24 am
I’m suprised Peony wasn’t included.
on March 24th, 2017 at 9:59 am
I could NEVER get on board with Bluebell. I live in Texas and, “Bluebell” is name of the biggest ice cream company in Texas. To me, “Bluebell” signifies a big gallon of vanilla ice cream with a cow on the front. Sorry, but no!
on March 24th, 2017 at 5:40 pm
Not sure Marigold and Zinnia are spring flowers, but I love floral name blogs anyway.
A true harbinger of spring is the delicate sprays of Forsythia.
Daphne heralds spring as well, at least in Northern California, as well as Narcissa, Daffodil, Quince, Gardenia, and of course, Lilac.
on March 26th, 2017 at 1:13 pm
I love Azalea and Zinnia but I’m sad that Magnolia didn’t make this list. I love Magnolia and maybe with the nickname Maggie or Noli.
Camellia and Bluebell are quite unattractive.
on March 26th, 2017 at 7:32 pm
I didn’t expect to read this and come across a name I’d never considered before, let alone one I’d like (that I hadn’t considered before), but I did! Freesia! I don’t think I’d ever use it because it kind of reminds me of Febreze but I do think it’s really pretty!
On another note, I really hate these slide-show type posts.
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