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Names That Mean Flower

Names that mean flower in the case of this list are not the obvious Flower Names such as Daisy and Lily but names that mean daisy and lily — Marguerite and Susannah, for instance — but that many people wouldn't recognize as flower names.

Baby names meaning flower, either the generic flower or a specific type of flower, are common in many languages and cultures. The flower meanings of some of the names on this list may be obvious in their native languages, if not in English.

Names with flower meanings range from the popular such as Zara to the rare, such as Papatya. Floral-meaning names are most common for girls but are sometimes found among boy names.

The names on this list mean flower, flowery, flowering, floral, as well as rose, lily, daisy, etc.
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ZaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew and Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "blooming flower; God remembers"
  • Description:

    Zara has multiple origins, but most notably is a variation of Zahrah, a name derived from the Arabic zahrah, meaning “blooming flower.” Zara can also be a diminutive of the Bulgarian name Zaharina, a feminine form of the Hebrew Zechariah. Today, Zara is heavily associated with the Spanish fast fashion empire of the same name.

RenHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Rene or Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "water lily; lotus"
  • Description:

    A very popular name for boys, also used for girls, in Japan, most familiar in the West as half of cartoon's "Ren and Stimpy," and as the hero in both the original and updated versions of "Footloose."

RhodesHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "where roses grow"
  • Description:

    A Greek island and a prestigious scholarship make an upper-crusty first name.

RomyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Rosemary, Roma, Romana, Romilly etc.
  • Description:

    Austrian actress Romy Schneider seemed to be the singular bearer of this international nickname name until it found new style currency in the past decade.

LeilaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "a heavenly flower"
  • Description:

    Leilani is derived from the Hawaiian elements lei, meaning “flower,” and lani, “heavenly.” It can also be translated as “royal child,” as lani is connected to high-birth and aristocracy, and leis—flower garlands worn around the neck—are associated with children. “Sweet Leilani” is an Academy Award-winning song by Bing Crosby.
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IantheHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "purple flower"
  • Description:

    Like Violet, Lavender and Lilac, Ianthe is a purple flower name. Chosen by the poet Shelley for his daughter, Ianthe has a poetic, romantic, almost ethereal quality. In the ancient myth, she was the daughter of Oceanus, supreme ruler of the sea, and also a Cretan woman so beautiful that when she died the Gods made purple flowers grow around her grave.

FlorianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "flowering"
  • Description:

    If Flora and Florence have returned full force, Florian, with its trendy Latinate ending, could also have a chance. Popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland -- he was the venerated patron saint of those in danger from water and of firefighters -- might sound a tad feminine and floral to English speakers. But as a middle name, Florian could be a great way to honor grandma Florence (or any other flower name).

SusanHeart

  • Origin:

    English short form of Susannah, Hebrew,"lily"
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Although Susan had her heyday from the thirties to the sixties, and is now common among moms and new grandmas, and though most modern parents would prefer Susanna/Susannah, we have spotted some flickers of interest in a revival. It still retains a certain black-eyed-Susan freshness.

BryonyHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin flower name
  • Meaning:

    "to sprout"
  • Description:

    Bryony is an unusually strong plant name --the bryony is a wild climbing vine with green flowers --that caught on in the U.K. before sprouting here. The name of the young character in the Ian McEwan novel Atonement is spelled Briony, which is the variation and Bryony the original.

AntheaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "flowery"
  • Description:

    This unjustly neglected floral name has a BBC accent and a Greek mythological heritage: Anthea is an epithet of Hera, the Greek queen of the gods, and her name has been used as poetic symbol of spring.
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LinneaHeart

  • Origin:

    Swedish
  • Meaning:

    "twinflower, lime tree"
  • Description:

    Linnea is an attractive Scandinavian name that derives from the renowned 18th century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who developed the Linnean system of classifying plants and animals.

RoisinHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish. "little rose"
  • Meaning:

    "little rose"
  • Description:

    No, the pronunciation--ro-SHEEN--isn't immediately obvious to the non-Gaelic viewer, but the sound of this shiny Irish version of Rose is pretty enough to make it worth considering. Very popular in its native Ireland, it is now at Number 34. Earlier generations Anglicized at as Rosaleen, but we stay stick to the original.

HanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Hannah or Johana or Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "flower, blossom"
  • Description:

    Many things to many peoples: a flower name, also spelled Hanae, to the Japanese; a Czech and Polish short form of Johana; and an alternate form of the biblical name Hannah in the US.

CataleyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from English surname
  • Meaning:

    "Cattley's flower"
  • Description:

    Cataleya is the name of a genus of orchids that gained visibility as a baby name after it was used for the character played by Zoe Saldana in Colombiana. Part Caitlin, part Aaliyah, and part Leah, Cataleya is a trendy choice that just might transcend its momentary popularity. It is a spelling adaptation of Cattleya, named after the British horticulturalist William Cattley.

XochitlHeart

  • Origin:

    Nahuatl, Aztec
  • Meaning:

    "flower"
  • Description:

    Xochitl is a Nahuatl or Aztec floral name used in southern Mexico and pronounced SO-chee-tl or SHO-chee-tl, although sometimes the "tl" at the end is not pronounced. Internet entrepreneur Xochi Birch is probably the best-known bearer in the US – except for the Xochitl brand tortilla chips. Definitely among the most intriguing international flower names and a beautiful choice for those looking to honor Nahuatl heritage.
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MargueriteHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Margaret; also a flower name
  • Meaning:

    "pearl; daisy"
  • Description:

    Marguerite is a classic French name with a remnant of old-fashioned Gallic charm; and is also a variety of daisy. Chic again in Paris, it's definitely ripe for revival here.

MargueriteHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Margaret; also a flower name
  • Meaning:

    "pearl; daisy"
  • Description:

    Marguerite is a classic French name with a remnant of old-fashioned Gallic charm; and is also a variety of daisy. Chic again in Paris, it's definitely ripe for revival here.

ZaharaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew; Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "to shine; flower"
  • Description:

    Zahara, a delicate but strong multicultural name, came into the spotlight when Angelina Jolie bestowed it on her Ethiopian-born daughter, and we predict other parents will adopt it as well. If you want something simpler than Zahara, consider Zara, a royal name in England--but also the name of a Spanish-based clothing store chain.

SusannahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Susannah is by far the most stylish form of the classic name now that Susan and Suzanne have retired. Susannah has biblical and musical pedigrees, is impervious to trends, and has an irresistible, flowing rhythm. It can be spelled just as properly with or without the final 'h.'

RapunzelHeart

  • Origin:

    German flower name
  • Meaning:

    "rampion; lamb's lettuce"
  • Description:

    Rapunzel is famous as the long-haired heroine of the fairy tale, locked in a tower only to fall in love with a handsome prince who climbed to her side via her hair. Rapunzel has never been widely used as a first name the way, say, Aurora -- the mortal name of Sleeping Beauty -- has. Like Cinderella, it's too closely identified with the fairy tale to really take off as a girls' name. In German, it's the name of several varieties of wild-growing, edible leaves.
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MaliHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh form of Molly or Thai
  • Meaning:

    "jasmine flower"
  • Description:

    Seems exotic, till you realize everyone will just hear it as Molly. In Wales, Mali is a Top 100 name.

AzamiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese; Persian
  • Meaning:

    "thistle flower; greatest"
  • Description:

    Azami has a prickly image and feel--reinforced by the thistle's image in Eastern mythology as one of defiance. A name that spans two widely divergent cultures, Azami might make the perfect international choice, at once exotic and easy to comprehend.

FlorinHeart

  • Origin:

    French and Romanian
  • Meaning:

    "flower; flourishing"
  • Description:

    Florin is one of the legion of names derived from the root word for flower, most of them like Flora and Florence used for girls. But the boys' form Florin is among the popular French names for boys, along with sister name Fleur for girls. There was a ninth century Swiss St. Florin. The related Florian was the name of a second century Roman saint.

FiorellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "little flower"
  • Description:

    Not only are individual flower names more popular (and exotic) than ever, but so too are the more generic names like Florence and Flora. While brother name Fiorello became known via long-term New York Mayor LaGuardia, the lovely Fiorella has never crossed cultures. She could join Arabella as a post-Isabella ella choice.

AmaranthaHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name; Greek
  • Meaning:

    "unfading"
  • Description:

    Amarantha is a rare botanical name whose mythical equivalent was believed to be immortal. The Italian and Spanish form is the somewhat-more-acccessible Amaranta.
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YeseniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish tree name
  • Meaning:

    "floral"
  • Description:

    This unique girls' name is a Latinx favorite popularized by a character on a Spanish-language soap opera. Jessenia is another variation. The name is drawn from the name of a tree in South America.

TansyHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "immortality"
  • Description:

    Tansy is a flower name rarer than Rose, livelier than Lily and a lot less teasable than Pansy.

EvantheHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "fair flower"
  • Description:

    Evanthe is a pretty Greek name not often heard outside its native culture. With its stylish Ev-begining, Evanthe could make an interesting choice if you're looking for a generic flower name.

IolantheHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "violet flower"
  • Description:

    Iolanthe is known primarily through the1882 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta of that name, in which the title character is a fairy. Iolanthe is a softer version of Yolanda, and is the kind of multi-syllabic classical name once considered too weighty for a modern baby girl, but now within the realm of possibility--this one as a dramatic twist on Violet

YasmineHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic variation of Jasmine
  • Meaning:

    "jasmine flower"
  • Description:

    Any of the Y forms, which also include Yasmeen, Yasmin, and Yasmina, make this name less pretty but more exotic.
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JacintaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish for Greek flower name
  • Meaning:

    "hyacinth"
  • Description:

    Jacinta, the Spanish word for hyacinth, is a lot softer and sweeter than the English version. The correct Spanish pronunciation is ha-SEEN-ta, though many English speakers would say ja-SIN-ta. Although the name is slightly different, Jacinta is largely associated at present with Australian-born actress Jacinda Barrett.

YuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of George
  • Description:

    Common Russian name familiarized here via cosmonaut Yury Gagarin and a character in Dr. Zhivago, but we don't see it ever gaining permanent resident status.

SanneHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, diminutive of Susanne
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Sanne is hugely popular in the Netherlands, but almost unknown here — which makes it an interesting prospect for the parent in search of an unusual name. Pronounced sah-na, Sanne is in keeping with the Dutch taste for nicknames plucked from the middle or end of a name vs. the beginning, such as Bas for Sebastien or Bram for Abram.

RaisaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian; Yiddish; Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "easygoing; rose; leader"
  • Description:

    Known in America via the wife of Soviet head Mikhail Gorbachev; a possibility for parents of Eastern-European descent wanting to move beyond Natasha and Nadia or for parents from the Middle East looking for a name that works in both cultures.

MikiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "flower stem"
  • Description:

    Attractive but slight Asian alternative, with a 1970s nickname feel.
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ZuzuHeart

  • Origin:

    Czech diminutive of Susan
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Zuzu is heard every Christmas as the name of Jimmy Stewart's little girl in "It's a Wonderful Life." Hard to think of a nickname name with more sizzle.

    "Top Chef" 's Tania Peterson named her daughter Zuzu Audrey.

LitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Roselita, Lolita, Carmelita, etc
  • Description:

    Vivacious but lightweight.

CalytrixHeart

  • Origin:

    Botanical, from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "star-flower (English name)"
  • Description:

    The Calytrix flower is endemic to much of Australia and is part of the myrtle family. They are commonly known as star flowers, due to their dainty (usually bright white) 5 petalled flowers. The name derives from Greek calyx "cup" + trix "hair".

FlorentHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "flowering"
  • Description:

    Historically, the English name Florence was used for both sexes. Now that it's female-only, we have to look to other European languages for a male equivalent. Florent is a steady classic in France, booming there in the 1980s. Maybe it's time to import it, and show that boys can be floral too.

AletrisHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "corn grinder"
  • Description:

    The bell-shaped flower Aletris is also known as Colic Root, Blazing Star, Unicorn Root, and Stargrass. Its roots have medicinal properties and are used to aid digestive and muscle problems. Its name derives from Greek aletris -- a female slave who ground corn -- because of the mealy texture of the flowers.
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YolandaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "violet flower"
  • Description:

    Yolanda conjures up visions of midcentury films like "Yolanda and the Thief," complete with gauzy veils, harem pants, and invisible navels. Iolanthe, with the first syllable pronounced the same as in Yolanda, is a softer version, but most modern parents would opt for the English Violet.

SuzanneHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Susan
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Suzanne became popular along with Susan but has just dropped out of the Top 1,000. Wait a generation (or two) in the US, though in France Suzanne is once again tres chic.

AnaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Kazakh, Persian, and Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "pomegranate flower"
  • Description:

    Anara is a name that strikes a perfect balance between simple and exotic. It's easy to understand and pronounce for a Westerner, and yet it's highly distinctive, used for only 33 girls in the US in 2019, up from 18 in 2013. A recommended and unusual nature option.

FiorelloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "little flower"
  • Description:

    Fiorello is one of the few floral names that works well for a boy. The colorful three-term World War II New York Mayor La Guardia made this one famous -- in fact he was nicknamed "the Little Flower". His life was the basis for the 1959 musical called, appropriately, "Fiorello!"

RhodaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "rose"
  • Description:

    To those who remember, Rhoda is still reminiscent of the brassy Bronx 1970s sitcom Rhoda Morgenstern. But Rhoda has a much longer history--it is a name that can be found in the New Testament as a servant girl in the house of Mary, mother of John. Later, Rhoda appeared in the novel Vanity Fair and the Shaw play Man and Superman.
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BriallenHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "a primrose"
  • Description:

    Unusual combination choice.

JaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindu mythology name; Slovakian, Spanish, or Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "rock-rose or earthen water jug"
  • Description:

    Jara is a name with roots in several different cultures and languages, with different meanings and associations. She's the Hindu goddess of the household, happiness, and prosperity. In Spanish, where the name is pronounced with an H sound at the beginning ala Jose, Jara is a flower name meaning "rock-rose". In Arabic, the meaning of "earthen water jug" relates it to both the earth and to water.

RayenHeart

  • Origin:

    Mapuche (Chilean)
  • Meaning:

    "flower"
  • Description:

    Rayen is well-known in Chile, and sometimes seen in the Netherlands, as a Mapuche girls name meaning flower. This name could be an alternative to people who like Ryan but want to keep it as a boys name or as a spunkier alternative to other names that mean flower, such as Fleur and Flora.

DianthaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "divine flower"
  • Description:

    Diantha, a mythological flower of the supreme Greek god Zeus, is a melodious and more unusual cousin of Diana, heard most often in The Netherlands.

RhoswenHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "white rose"
  • Description:

    If you're looking for an unusual alternative to all those Rose names, Rhoswen might be a good choice. This name has the soft sounds we've come to love from the Welsh language but is still not as familiar as Bronwen and Rhiannon.
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