Flower baby names and their meanings

by Charlotte.Barnes on August 12, 2010

Baby names derived from plants and flowers are becoming increasingly popular. We thought we’d go through some of the most popular and explain the origins and meanings of each one.

New baby gifts are especially easy to pick out when the new arrivals have been named after flowers.

1. Lily

The lily flower symbolises innocence and purity, as does the name. It comes from the Latin lilium. Famous Lilies include Lily Potter, Harry Potter’s mum, from the popular books by J. K. Rowling, and pop star Lily Allen. A great baby gift would be Interflora’s Rose & Lily Hand-Tied.

2. Holly

Although usually used for girls, this is a unisex name meaning ‘like a dove’. It also refers to the holly tree and is a popular name for babies born around Christmas. Among famous Hollys is former model TV presenter Holly Willoughby.

3. Daisy

From the flower, the name means day’s eye because its petals are open during the day and closed at night. It was first used in the 19th Century. A famous Daisy is model Daisy Lowe and a great gift for a new baby would be Interflora’s Baby Girl Vase.

4. Poppy

An English name taken from the red flower. In the language of flowers, poppies represent beauty and eternal life. Television chef Jamie Oliver liked the name so much he gave it to his daughter.

5. Jasmine

A Persian name from the fragrant flower. It was made popular by Princess Jasmine from the film Aladdin.

6. Rosie

Often used as a pet name for Rose or Rosemary, the name has Germanic roots and has been said to mean fame. But it’s also associated with the Latin word for the rose plant. A perfect baby gift would be the Golden Glow Scented Rose Hand-tied.

7. Rose

Also from the old German for fame, but popularly associated with the flower. The name means friendship, love, joy and purity. If you’re looking for a new baby gift then the Me to You Rosy Posy Gift Bag with Tatty Teddy would be a great choice. Famous Roses include Rose Tyler, Billie Piper’s character in TV’s Doctor Who, and Rose McGowan, the American actress.

8. Willow

Taken from the name of the tree, it means slender and graceful. Alyson Hannigan famously played Willow Rosenberg in the popular television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A beautiful gift for a baby named Willow would be Obsession.

9. Violet

From the Latin viola, meaning purple flower, it was one of the earliest flower names, first used around 1830. Shakespeare used the Latin form as the name of the heroine in Twelfth Night. A perfect new baby gift for a Violet would be the Paradise bouquet.

10. Heather

A name of Middle English origin and taken from the name of the plant. It is associated with luck, purity and beauty. Two famous Heathers are American actresses Heather Graham and Heather Locklear.

A big thank you to Bounty for supplying us with the baby name statistics to put this list together.

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Charlotte Barnes

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Lou 15 Aug 2010 at 6:24 pm

Nice list, but there are lots more of names based on flowers, and nature in general

Here’s a list: http://www.babynames.co.uk/sets/nature.htm

Gerovital Romania 15 Sep 2010 at 2:02 am

I like Willow most of all. It sounds like a fairy tale character.:)

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