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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.

  • Abelia

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    This feminine form of Abel is also a flower name and makes a distinctive alternative to the widely used Abigail. There is a similar name, Adelia, that is beginning to be rediscovered thanks to... Read More 

  • Acacia

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    Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek flower name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with 'a'-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on as a new member of the stylish Read More 

  • Acacius

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    Acacius is a Latinized form of the Ancient Greek Akakios and can be interpreted to relate to the same root as the name Acacia, for the thorn bush, or Akakios which means "not evil." With the... Read More 

  • Acantha

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    Acantha is one of the unique baby names in the stylish mythological category that also might count as a flower name. In Greek... Read More 

  • Acer

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    Acer is the Latin botanical name for the Maple tree. Where Maple feels quite feminine, Acer is a more masculine way to reference this tree.Read More 

  • Acker

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    Acker is a surname name that has not seen much use to date, but given it's lush nature meaning (and the fact that it also means "friend" in Somerset slang) this could be a cute choice for parents... Read More 

  • Acton

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    This name's buttoned-up British vibe is what makes it cool - that, and the fact that it was chosen by Anne Bronte as her pseudonym - Acton Bell. That's quite the literary - and may we add feminist... Read More 

  • Adair

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    Adair has flair, the grace of a Fred Astaire. It's a Scottish surname which came from the first name Edgar.

    In recent years, it has also been used for girls.Read More 

  • Addax

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    The addax is a white antelope that resides in the Sahara Desert. A cool and usable addition to the pool of animal baby... Read More 

  • Alameda

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    Common California place-name that could work for a girl. Read More 

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