Nature-Lovers Seeking Earthy Baby Names
I'm almost eight months into my first pregnancy and the struggle to find the perfect baby name is real. We want to have two full names to choose from when our little one's born. Add to that the fact that we are not finding out the baby's sex beforehand, and you can see why it's taking so long.
I put together this list of earthy baby names for nature lovers from the most comprehensive language of flowers database in existence. My husband is a viticulturist and I, as you know, am a language of flowers enthusiast, so finding a nature-inspired name feels right for us. As the saying goes, necessity is the mother invention.
Adonis is a romantic baby boy's name that harkens back to Greek mythology-- Adonis was the mortal lover of Aphrodite. This, plus the meaning "recollection of life's pleasures", makes this feel like the perfect name for a dreamy baby boy.
Allium, because one day your child will ask you, "What was I like when I was born?" and you'll be able to say, "You were and are perfect, and elegant. We knew that from the first moment we laid eyes on you, and so we named you Allium."
Basil is a name that has long been a part of the baby book possibilities for little boys and feels of the same vein as Heather, whose meaning also speaks of wishes. Consider them for a dynamic duo of sibling names-- or better yet, names for twins!
Cicely says, unique, botanic baby name seekers search no more! My first little one is still in utero, but I imagine that this name describes the feeling of holding him or her against your skin for the first time. Pronounced like the famous city in Tuscany, which fun fact, is also where my husband and I met.
Dahlia is one of those rare names that begs the question, "What is there not to love?" And surely any little girl with this moniker inspires such a feeling. These flowers are also particularly beloved in the floral world, inspiring entire societies around them. Apparently they're also San Francisco's flower!
Daisy automatically invokes the innocence of a newborn babe (which is probably why it also means "innocence" and "newborn baby" in the language of flowers!) but the meanings I love best are "new beginning" and "loyal love". These meanings feel like a security blanket around an adventurous, ambitious girl who, no matter where so goes or what she tries, will always be surrounded by her parents' love.
Galax plays on the 2018 trend of using "X" in strong baby boys names. A sound in between the common "Alex" and the awe-inspiring "galaxy", this is a perfect name for nature-loving parents looking for something a little more unique. With its language of flowers meaning of "friendship", this baby might become the counterpart to "Lily," giving way to a new adage, "Sons are little boys who grow up to be friends." Lily and Galax-- wouldn't those be the best sibling names?
Hawthorn, such a strong-sounding name for a baby boy. Coupled with it's floriography meaning of "hope," this name has me thinking of one of my favorite quotations, "Not all who wander are lost."
Heather, whose language of flowers meaning reads like a wish itself. This little girl baby name holds a hope for a life of enchantment.
Holly-- this pretty baby girl name has so many great meanings in the language of flowers that I had to share three! This name feels like the secret makings of a fairy-tale princess, doesn't it? But a secret in that it isn't associated with any Disney princesses and so will still be unique.
Ivy, for the little girl who'll have it all.
Jasmine, for the way you'll feel when you have your new baby in your arms. For the way you hope she feels, transported by joy, throughout her life.
Lily is a classic for good reason, this sweet sounding name not only brings up positive associations of the beautiful, sweet-smelling, popular flower but with meanings like "friendship" and "high-souled", the bearer of this name is destined to fulfil that old adage, "A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be your friend."
Moss has appeared in a few baby lists of late and might be gaining in popularity. A great twist on the similar sounding "Ross," this name holds within it a double blessing of a mother's love and good luck.
Oleander covers all the bases-- it sounds like a warrior name but has meanings that lean towards the finer things in life. And Ollie as a nickname?! I love this one.
Olive, such a sweet name bestowing such a great wish on anyone: peace. What more could you ask for in an earthy baby name (or any name, for that matter)?
Reed, similar sounding to the newly popular Rhyse, this gorgeous name imparts an appreciation for the arts. Personally, it also scores points with a nod to my favorite scene in The Little Mermaid, making me believe this little boy will be of a romantic nature.
Rose, a classic, old-timey name that deserves a comeback, especially with a floriography meaning like "love". Oh, what's in a name? Love! Plain and simple. Worth noting, white roses also mean "you're heavenly"-- perfect for a baby girl.
Spruce has "hero" written all over it. Similar sound to the oh-so-common Bruce but with a completely unique, nature-loving twist, the bearer of this name feels destined to go down in history.
Violet, in direct opposition to the memory it jogs for me from that infamous scene in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, means "modesty and sweetness". With it's pretty sound, great meaning and invocation of a deep, gorgeous color and rivaling beautiful flower, it's no wonder this name has been rising in popularity-- up to 48th place in 2018.
Willow is another moniker my fellow 80's babies will associate with a classic movie from our childhood by the same name. Although, in that movie Willow is a man's name, current popular culture has it pegged for a girl. If you're looking for a unique, whimsical name with a great language of flowers meaning, you've found your match.
Yarrow is one of those magical flowers that have inspired so many natural remedies over the years. This unisex name has been inching its way back into popular culture, but it's still rare enough to put your little one ahead of the curve.
Zinnia, like Yarrow, is slowly making its way into the hearts of Millennial parents. Extra points for the "z", this baby girl name expresses the bond between daughter and parents uniquely and beautifully.
By the way, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Even in the language of flowers database, I found more baby names than I listed here. (What can I say? There's only so much time in a day!)
Plus, for each flower name, there are more meanings that I included in this baby name guide. If you like the name but don't like the meaning, I encourage you to check out the searchable database and pick the perfect floriography meaning for your little bundle.
Have a favorite botanical baby name? Share it with us in the comments below! I'd love to hear about it... and who knows, you might have helped us pick our baby's name! (Here's hoping!)