What’s your favorite flower name?
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Which is your very favorite flower name? Your guilty pleasure? The name you’d choose for a child…or even yourself?
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on November 19th, 2014 at 12:41 am
My favorite flower name by far is Dahlia! It’s so rich and luxurious sounding.
on November 19th, 2014 at 12:44 am
Dahlia and Zahara
on November 19th, 2014 at 12:45 am
I’m not really into flower names tbh, but a guilty pleasure of mine is Lotus. I’d never use it for my child though (maybe if I write a story). If I had to use a flower name then I’d probably use Iris.
on November 19th, 2014 at 12:48 am
One name? Oh, impossible.
A: Azalea and Anemone
C: Chrysanthemum and Camellia and Calla
D: Daphne and Dahlia
G: Geranium and Gladys (for gladiola) and Ghislaine for rose Ghislaine de Feligonde and Gardenia
I: Ivy and Iris
L: Lilac and Larkspur
M: Marigold and Mignonette
T: Tansy and Tulip
X and Y: ??
Z: Zephirine for the rose Zephirine Drouhin whose scent is of raspberries!
on November 19th, 2014 at 12:51 am
Absolutely love flowers names! Rose was used for my daughter mn. We also considered using Daisy, Violet, Ivy, and Iris. Also, Lyla for Lilac. All of which are some of my favorite flower names. Some others I love but can’t use for various reasons are Tansy, Magnolia, Blossom, Flora, Lily, Peony, Posey, Linnea, Zinnea, and Chrysanthemum. chrysanthemum mainly because of the children’s book by the same name.
on November 19th, 2014 at 12:54 am
Absolutely Iris. A beautiful flower, a powerful goddess, rich in meaning and history, lush and lovely without being frilly…Iris is absolutely perfect, and a serious contender for #1 on my girls’ list. I also love Marigold, Ivy, Violet, Linnea (would absolutely be in my #5, but alas, my name is Leah prn LAY-uh), Delphine, Cassia, and Rose/Rosemary. I’ve recently fallen for Aster, but worry about the teasing potential. And I’ve considered Edelweiss for a middle name, as a nod to my grandfather’s heritage.
on November 19th, 2014 at 2:04 am
Lotus and Marigold
on November 19th, 2014 at 2:30 am
on November 19th, 2014 at 2:44 am
M faves include
on November 19th, 2014 at 2:54 am
Clover (please say that counts)
Magnolia (has the best nickname–Nolie)
on November 19th, 2014 at 3:20 am
I’m not really that into flower names but my favorite of them all has to be Madelief.
on November 19th, 2014 at 3:38 am
Azalea, Clover, Delphine, Ivy, Peony and Primrose.
on November 19th, 2014 at 4:00 am
I’m currently digging Scandanavian spellings/pronunciations of ‘lily’ for names (Lilje/Lilja)
on November 19th, 2014 at 4:10 am
I love Rose. It’s sweet and simple, yet so beautiful, too. And, it has so much meaning. It’s a nod to one of my favorite authors, Yeats, as well as to Shakespeare, and on top of that, is the name of my favorite companion from Doctor Who. It’s not only my favorite flower name, but my favorite name of all.
Other flower names I like include Cassia (does that count?), Calla, and Lily.
on November 19th, 2014 at 4:26 am
My favorites are Lily, Poppy and Primrose.
on November 19th, 2014 at 4:46 am
My favourites are Clover, Dahlia and Iris! If I could only choose one I think I’d go for Clover, although it’s only a GP.
on November 19th, 2014 at 4:51 am
The beautiful, elegant Rose is my favorite, followed by Laurel.
on November 19th, 2014 at 5:14 am
Add to my earlier comment, I also really like Acacia and Ivy, but Ivy is really popular in Australia. Acacia is a top contender though.
on November 19th, 2014 at 5:18 am
Common: Daisy, Rosie (one of the very few nickname-names I would actually consider putting on the birth certificate)
Don’t know if I’d ever be brave enough: Magnolia, Poppy
Guilty pleasure favorite: Bluebell
on November 19th, 2014 at 5:46 am
I’m not going to be having children any time soon, but I swear it is my favourite name and I would give it to a daughter in a flash. It is so beautiful and breezy and herby…I can’t describe how much I love it.
I also adore Clover.
on November 19th, 2014 at 7:28 am
I love flower names! My daughter’s middle name is Xochitl, an Aztec name meaning flower. I also like Azalea, Azucena, Alheli, Camellia, Dahlia, Jasmine.
on November 19th, 2014 at 7:36 am
Thanks, everyone, and wow, @Lesliemarion, that’s quite a list! You should do a blog on the A to Z of flower names! But wait, is there really not an S? Susannah, which means lily??
on November 19th, 2014 at 7:37 am
And @jenny_lynn91, how do you pronounce Xochitl?
on November 19th, 2014 at 8:02 am
my mn is Rose, and that is after both my maternal and paternal great-grandmothers, so if I have a daughter, that will be her mn. However, I really love Cassia, Tansy, and Dahlia.
on November 19th, 2014 at 8:22 am
Lavender (oddly missing from the list), Lilac, Poppy, and Tulip. I love Marguerite as a subtle floral reference as well.
on November 19th, 2014 at 8:45 am
on November 19th, 2014 at 9:00 am
Flora, Viola/Violet, Camelia & Calla are my top!!
Love Magnolia nn Nola, but don’t understand the appeal of Iris at all!
on November 19th, 2014 at 9:01 am
I love Zinnia (but probably only as a gp because our last name starts with Z), I adore Lotus for a middle name, because they are very meaningful to both of us (we also both have lotus tattoos), and Iris is a name I adore and would actually use!
on November 19th, 2014 at 9:07 am
I am currently reading Anne of Avonlea (sequel to Anne of Green Gables) and the character of Miss Lavender has me completely in love with that name.
I also really love names that are subtly naturalistic. Like Margaret, which is connected to Daisy, and Daphne which means laurel tree. Don’t you think Margaret and Daphne would be a great sib-set? I do!
on November 19th, 2014 at 9:37 am
Ooo I love flower names! I think I would use most of them as a middle though. I love the idea of giving a daughter a middle name of a flower in bloom when she is born. Here are my favorites:
and my most favorite:
on November 19th, 2014 at 9:58 am
on November 19th, 2014 at 10:11 am
on November 19th, 2014 at 10:57 am
Lily, Primrose, Iris, Violet
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:09 am
Just one? I adore flower names.
Names that I would actually use:
Lily – I know it’s popular, but I can’t help but love it.
Guilty Pleasure Flower Names:
Daisy – for me I had a dairy cow growing up named Daisy, so I probably wouldn’t be able to name a daughter that.
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:10 am
I would absolutely use Daisy and Violet. I also really love Bryony, Dahlia, Iris, and Lily. Poppy is a guilt pleasure.
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:12 am
If I had to choose only one flower name, I’d definitely go with Posey. It’s a current (albeit new) favorite but it’s a name I’ve fallen in love with since hearing it on the movie About Time.
Longtime favorites are the more commonly heard names, like Lily, Violet and Rose. The show Dead Like Me is the reason I started to like the name Daisy. Other fav’s are Lotus and Ivy. And I’m on the fence with names like Flora and Garland, which I like sometimes and other times, not so much. One of my cousin’s gave her daughter Leilani as a middle name. We don’t even use her first name, we mostly call her Leila as a nickname.
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:17 am
Heather – This name is gorgeous! It’s such a shame this name is not as popular as it once was in 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. And the actual flower Heather is very pretty looking too. I would love to use this name!
Iris – This name is so sweet! I just really really like it.
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:26 am
My favourite flower name for a long time has been Iris. Its vintage and gorgeous and been in my top 5 for a while. My grandmother had a childhood friend named Iris and so its special for her and for that I love it even more. I have also been loving Lily more than ever lately but would most defiantly use Lilian as her full name <3 My cousins called Heather x
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:38 am
My favorite botanical names are without a doubt Ivy for a girl and Jasper for a boy. I absolutely love them. Ivy is my favorite girl name.
I also like Azalea, Poppy, Lavender (especially because a friend of mine has a little girl named Lavender). I’ve also been really warming up to Lilac I think it could be a great alternative to Lily which is quite popular.
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:40 am
Oh now this is a topic I can enthuse about with much glee.
I wouldn’t be brave enough to use the majority of the ones I’ve listed, but in my dreams, I am.
Here’s my list, some of them are flowering herbs or plants, which I count, due to the er flowering bit…
Bluebell (huge GP)
Columbine (totally unusable I know, because of the high school shooting, but it doesn’t stop it being a gorgeous name)
Edelweiss (huge GP)
Mimosa (in my dreams, this is my name)
Snowdrop (quite possibly my biggest GP ever!)
There are more, I have a huge list somewhere!
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:48 am
Lotus by far! I would use it in a split second!!!
on November 19th, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Marigold is my absolute fave.
I also like Dahlia and Briony.
on November 19th, 2014 at 12:29 pm
I adore Iris, and would definitely give the name to my daughter. I never used to like the name Daisy until reading the Great Gatsby, and now I love that name too. But I love most flower names, Poppy, Rose, Lilac and Dahlia especially.
on November 19th, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Rose, Lily, Amaryllis, Chrysanthemum, Fern, Hyacinth, Marigold, Dahlia, Petunia, Lilac, Poppy, Iris, Lavender, Orchid, Violet, and Azalea are my favorite floral names
on November 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Pam @ nameberry – would love to do a blog on this. I think being an ardent gardener fuels my floral name passion!
on November 19th, 2014 at 2:38 pm
Snowdrop, a beautiful and metaphoric way to honor a Winter born mother without having to pass down the mother’s name, Tulip- because of the sweet simplicity of the name, Peony and Gardenia because they are rich, luxurious, potent, exotic and mysterious yet elegant, fragile and extremely feminine without being overly sensual or overtly out there and weird left to only adventure seeking parents.
on November 19th, 2014 at 2:47 pm
Tigerlily, Chrysanthemum, Snapdragon!
on November 19th, 2014 at 3:04 pm
Rosemary, Linnea, and Jasmine
on November 19th, 2014 at 3:29 pm
I’m biased, but it would have to be my name, Jasmine.
on November 19th, 2014 at 5:21 pm
I like Jonquil, Lavender, Violet, Rose, and Calla.
on November 19th, 2014 at 5:46 pm
My very favorite flower name is Ivy. SO suggested it and I just fell in love. My guilty pleasures would have to be Tulip and Blossom, I love them bit wouldn’t use them. In the middle name slot, maybe. I do love many others though, I have a thing for nature names it seems. Love these blog posts and reading everyone’s comments!!
on November 19th, 2014 at 5:50 pm
I’m seeing Snowdrop pop up everywhere which I absolutely adore too. Reminds me of the name Eirlys, but of course that’s meant for a different blog post and time. Don’t think it counts as being a flower name.
on November 19th, 2014 at 5:59 pm
@pam Xochitl is pn so-chee, but some people say so-cheel. I love Aztec names!
on November 19th, 2014 at 6:22 pm
My husband and I both love Dahlia (pronounce the french way Da-Lee-Ah) and we are planning on using it if we ever have a girl. If I have more that one girl, I am hoping to name them all flower names since I am an avid gardner and i love flowers. I love Violet and Poppy but we are french and those names pronounced in french aren’t as nice. In my dreams, I will have 3 girls: Dahlia, Rosalie and Liliane. (The last two are a play on flower names). 🙂
on November 19th, 2014 at 6:49 pm
Guilty pleasure : primrose & poppy.
on November 19th, 2014 at 7:14 pm
Capucine: French for nasturtium! Cap is a cute NN too
on November 19th, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Anemone, Amaranth, Aster, Azalea, Astilbe, Calathea, Dahlia, Gardenia, Gazania, Ianthe, Iris, Ivy, Linnea, Magnolia, Mimosa, Marigold, Rose, Rosemary, Violet, Xochitl, Yarrow, Zahara, and Zinnia.
My favorite of those are probably Azalea, Astilbe, Zahara, Yarrow, Linnea, and Ivy.
on November 19th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
As a gardener, I too love flower names. Can’t imagine I could list them all, but Posy, Poppy, Rose and Rosemary, Hazel, Cassia or Keziah, Jessamine, Lily, Ivy, Violetta (GP), Tansy, Willow, (yes, it flowers); Dahlia, Jacinta (for Hyacinth); Jonquil, Daphne or Dafna, Amandine, Daisy, Clematis (GP), Veronica, Artemisia, and I know it’s weird, but Lupine, as there is a story about Maine behind it; Bryony, Marigold, Gentian, and Nevada, after an antique white rose that my grandmother had in her garden in Maine.
Flower names for boys: Jacob (Jacob’s ladder) and Johnny (johnny jump-ups). Lol.
on November 19th, 2014 at 8:46 pm
For girls, I love Iris, Aven, Daphne, and Bryony. I’m also fond of Violet, Rose, Hollis, Magnolia, Laurel, Dahlia, and Calla.
For boys, I love Briar and Indigo.
A guilty pleasure of mine is Tigerlily.
on November 19th, 2014 at 9:23 pm
My absolute favorite is Magnolia. I so badly wanted to name one of my babes this but I just couldn’t convince my husband..
Poppy is another great flower option!
on November 19th, 2014 at 11:29 pm
Dahlia reminds me of the Black Dahlia so that’s a no. My husband thinks grandparent name when he hears Poppy. Daisy is the most awful character in The Great Gatsby. So, those are all out.
I just love flower/nature names. My next daughter will be Magnolia Jane.
Others I love are Posey (nickname for Josephine), Flora, and Briar.
on November 20th, 2014 at 6:55 am
Couldn’t pick just one!
on November 20th, 2014 at 9:51 am
My favourite flower name is the simple and classic Lily…I just love it
on November 20th, 2014 at 9:53 am
My favorite: Daisy- Something about it sounds so pure and innocent and so, so happy!
Guilty Pleasure: Orchid- I just love how it sounds! Exotic, yet simple enough to pronounce.
Name that suits me or my daughter: Violet- A long favorite of mine that I think is more usable than the other two.
I really love a lot of flower names, but hubby isn’t so keen naming our child after a flower. Too bad though because they automatically bring to mind a beautiful picture and who doesn’t want that associated with their kid??
on November 20th, 2014 at 12:55 pm
My favourites are Lily, Daisy, Dahlia, Jessamine and Calla. I also really love Tigerlily.
on November 20th, 2014 at 3:49 pm
Some of my favourites:
Calluna (botanical name for heather)
I also like Rosemarie (but spelt like this), and I have an (adorable and unbelievably smiley) little cousin Dahlia.
on November 20th, 2014 at 4:07 pm
Ianthe, Dahlia, Magnolia, Laurel.
on November 20th, 2014 at 9:55 pm
Magnolia is our #1 choice for our first daughter! I also love Marigold, Poppy, and Lilac…but we will stop after our first flower child 😉
on November 21st, 2014 at 4:46 am
Posie / Posey and I did quite like Lilia.
on November 21st, 2014 at 6:24 am
on November 21st, 2014 at 7:16 am
Iris or Amaryllis
on November 21st, 2014 at 12:42 pm
guilty pleasures: Honeysuckle & Dandelion
Chamomile (reminds me of Camille)
Veronica (which I only like when thinking of it in the plant aspect lol)
on November 21st, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Rose and Marigold!
on November 21st, 2014 at 4:07 pm
Lily. Simple, classic, elegant.
on November 21st, 2014 at 5:16 pm
I like Amaryllis, Azalea, Violet and Calla.
on November 22nd, 2014 at 1:57 pm
@ Pam: In the Nahuatl language, Xochitl is pronounced Sho-Cheecl. The X makes an SH sound. The TL is like CL. Another way to say it is Zo-chee.
on November 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 pm
Chrysanthe, a short form of Chrysanthemum, which I was delighted to find because the long form is really, well, long!
Chrysanthemums symbolize joy and optimism. In ayuverdic spiritual traditions, the chrysanthemum is considered a sort of living mandala for focusing meditation, while dream interpretation suggests an unfolding of the inner self.
on November 23rd, 2014 at 2:45 pm
I love my name, Lily, but unfortunately will never use it as a first or middle as I’m really not a fan of naming one’s children after oneself. I also adore Violet and Primrose as well as Rosalie (derived from a flower name) being a constant in my top three.
on November 24th, 2014 at 9:58 am
I’m not a flower name person but I ADORE Aster.
Such a beautiful strong name, similar to Esther, but that bit more unusual.
Also a stunning flower in its own right
on November 24th, 2014 at 1:35 pm
on November 30th, 2014 at 12:55 am
Poppy, Rose, and Marigold. When I was younger, I liked the name Dandelion. I’ve actually seen Dandelion and Snapdragon with nn s Leo and Draco recently, and I thought that was cute although I’d never do that.
on December 2nd, 2014 at 10:52 am
Poppy & Holly are my favorite. When I was younger I had a friend named Holly and she was the most polite and pleasant person. I would love to name my daughter after her. Only Holly is quite popular. Guess we will just have to see 🙂
on April 23rd, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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