Flower names came into use in the nineteenth century and are now very much in vogue again with parents looking to pick a beautiful and timeless name for a baby girl.
As with many trends, celebrity personalities have led the way in setting this fashion- not least celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who followed a floral theme when naming his three daughters; Petal Blossom Rainbow, Daisy Boo Pamela and Poppy Honey Rosie.
These popular baby names are as pretty as a flower.
Arguably a name that never goes out of style Rose is a beautiful, feminine choice for a baby girl, either as a first or middle name. Originally, Rose was a short form of any of the old Germanic names in use in England in the Middle Ages that contained the element hros, ros (horse).
The name Violet is of Latin origin and literally means ‘purple’. It is one of the earliest recorded flower names, first used in the 1830’s. Shakespeare used the Latin form, Viola, for his enterprising heroine in Twelfth Night. Popular a hundred years ago, the name Violet disappeared off the radar for many years but started to rise in popularity again after actress Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose it for their daughter.
A classic English name, Lily evokes purity, innocence and refined beauty. The name Lily can also be short for Elizabeth, Lillian or Liliana.
Once only associated with women of a certain age, the name Iris was revived when Jude Law and Sadie Frost chose it for their daughter. The name Iris is of Greek origin and means ‘rainbow’. In ancient Greek mythology Iris was a messenger goddess who rode the rainbows between heaven and earth to deliver messages from Olympus.
Charming yet simple, Daisy is one flower name which has burst back into bloom after a century’s hibernation. Of old English origin, the name literally means ‘day’s eye’ because the daisy flower typically opens its petals at day break. In France, where the daisy is known as ‘marguerite’, the name is often used as a nickname for Margaret.
Unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, Poppy is a name with spunk and is an especially good choice for a redhead. When TV chef Jamie Oliver chose this name for his daughter its popularity in the UK rocketed.
A more unusual choice of flower name, Ivy is enjoying something of a revival recently. Its popularity as a name for baby girls is sure to soar even higher after it was chosen by high-profile parents Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z for their baby daughter Blue Ivy. Associated with clinging vines, Ivy also has its roots in ancient Greece, when newlyweds were presented with a wreath of ivy as a symbol of fertility.
The name Zahara is Hebrew for flower and first came into the spotlight when actress Angelina Jolie bestowed it on her Ethiopian-born daughter. A simpler version of the name, Zara is also a popular choice for baby girls.
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