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Nature Names for Babies

by Sophie Kihm

Nature names have become more popular for babies with the rise of both the green movement and the quest for new kinds of unique names. Many of the best nature names, such as Sage and River, can work for either gender and also carry the advantage of being easily recognized and spelled and pronounced while at the same time moving beyond the tradition lexicon of names.

Along with Sage and River, other nature names in the US Top 1000 include Briar, Dahlia, Fox, Ivy, Laurel, Magnolia, Willow, and Wren. If you fancy baby names related to nature that are off the beaten path, Canyon, Grove, Harbor, and Prairie are stylish options that have not yet been discovered by the masses.

Nature names are drawn from all aspects of nature: the sky, the earth, flowers and animals, and the sea, among others. If you're looking for a special brand of nature names -- flowers names, say, or tree names -- you may want to consult our specialized lists for more unique selections.

Some nature names, such as Bear and Bay, announce their connection to the natural world. Others are more subtle, with nature hidden in their meaning or their original language -- though we've gone light on those in this list given that there are so many nature names.

What's here is our master list of nature names for baby girls and baby boys from all aspects of the natural world.

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