Thursday, January 10, 2013

Baby Name Options #16 - Flower Names

I must follow a lot of Southerners on Instagram. Seeing all their pictures of what "winter" is like in the South makes me long for spring. I would love to be outdoors planting my garden, but baby, it's cold outside! I guess I'll just have to content myself with browsing seed catalogs for baby names. Only five weeks left to go, so we need to find one fast!

Florence Latin "blooming, flowering" Also a place name, and the name of one of my all-time favorite singers, Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine). Unfortunately, I'm having trouble getting Noah on board with this one. Maybe if she's born with a full head of long, curly red hair he'll change his mind...

Hana Japanese "flower, blossom" I've always liked the name Hannah, no matter how it's spelled.

Iris Greek "rainbow" I already have a garden full of them!

Jacinta (hah-SEEN-tah) Spanish for the Greek flower name "hyacinth" I have a feeling Minnesotans would have a hard time pronouncing this one.

Lala Slavic "tulip" My favorite flower...

Lillian English, from the Latin flower name "lily" My grandmother had a sister named Lillian. I've always loved it, but it's almost as popular now as it was 100 years ago. Apparently everybody else loves it too.

Linné(lin-NAY-ah) Scandinavian "lime blossom" I love this one...and I think we have some Scandinavian ancestors somewhere on the family tree.

Marguerite French variation of Margaret, also French for "daisy" My grandmother's name was Margaret, but it's always felt a little too old to me for use on a baby. Although Abraham is a pretty old name too...

Petunia English, flower name I'm sure I'll use this one as a nickname no matter what we name her. In fact, I almost put it on my song list a few years ago because I love this song by Imogen Heap.

Poppy Latin, flower name When I was a kid our neighbors had a dog named Poppy. 

Posie English "a bunch of flowers," also short for Josephine Josephine is another family name...

Rosa Latin variation of Rose It would be nice to be named after a beautiful flower, but even more meaningful to be named after an inspiring and courageous woman like Rosa Parks. She died a few years ago, but February 4, 2013 would have been her 100th birthday!

Do you have a flower name, or have any favorite flower names? (I left off Violet because that was on my color list, but it's another one of my favorites.) Would you consider a flower name for a child, or is that just something crazy garden-lovin' people do? Maybe I've been stuck inside too much this winter...


  1. I love flower names!! Lily was on our list for a while and then, because it was getting so popular we decided not to use it. But then, with weeks to go we thought about Violet. It seemed perfect, as it is the state flower of NJ, which is where we were living at the time, and the birth flower of February, which is when we we were due...For our second I really wanted another flower name and loved husband was not a fan of that name...and it turned out to be mute, b/c the second one was a boy ;) And now we have a little girl down the street the same age as my daughter named all worked out :) I love flower names!

    1. I'm glad you went with Violet! So pretty. :-)

  2. The name "Hana" is actually not pronounced like Hannah. It's more like....Hahnah. I can't explain it, but it's more of an "ah" sound. Just to let you know. lol

    1. That's even prettier! I love the soft A sounds. :-)

  3. I love the name Laurel and hope to use if for a daughter one day. It's similar to my name, but we would use it because we love the flower Mountain Laurel so much.

  4. What a great list! I have 2 girls with botanical names and my husband and I did this list many, many times. :)

  5. I like Hana, with the pronunciation more like "Hahnah.. but you'd always be struggling to get people to pronounce it with soft "ah"s.

    I had a baby cousin named Lillian Rose who died. I have always liked the name Lillian, and my ears prick up whenever I hear a little girl called that, but it will always have a vague residual sadness to me.

  6. OOHH i love floral names for girls..i have 3 girls all named for flowers..
    so pretty and the names suit them.
    good luck