Flower names for girls are one of the trendiest categories of baby names today. Since my oldest is expecting her first baby we are spending a lot of time with baby name books.
First came Lily, one of the trendiest girls’ names of the nineties ~ my little Rosebud has a bff named Lily. Then Daisy began showing up on the choicest babies. Rose became the middle name du jour. And flower names for girls, last a craze a hundred years ago, became the most fashionable group around.
I am compiling names for my pregnant daughter. I’m hoping for a boy since I have soooo many girls but if she does have girl here, is a rundown of the choicest flowery baby girl names:
Daisy — Charming and simple, Daisy started off as a nickname for Margaret, now more popular than the original.
Iris — Former dowdy old lady name revived when Jude Law and Sadie Frost chose it for their daughter.
Jasmine — The most exotic of the popular flower names, with many spelling variations: Jazmin, Jazzmyn et al. Related: Yasmine and cousins, along with the lovely British favorite Jessamine or Jessamyn, actually French for jasmine. (again my daughter has a bff named Jasmine!)
Lily — Also stylish as Liliana, Lilia, and in France, Lilou.
Rose — The middle name of the moment, with many variations — from Rosa to Rosalia to Rosemary — that would make lovely first names. My 3rd daughters middle name. Love it! but it is a family tradition not trendy for our reasoning.
Violet — The adorable daughter of celebrities Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck has brought this lush flower choice before the public eye. In France, Violette is chic, while in Italian it’s Violetta. Several Violets have been born recently to my oldest daughters group of friends!
The British are famous gardeners and have long been more hospitable to flower names than Americans. Here, some heard most often in the British Isles.
Bryony — Name of a vine with green flowers, also spelled Briony, popular in England and rarely heard elsewhere.
Flora — Vintage name with considerable charm.
Ivy — Taking off in a big way in the U.S. thanks to its use as a middle name for baby Blue, daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z. Ivy is what I am pushing my daughter to choose if she has a girl. Mom should hush…….she wlll never pick it unless I say I don’t care for it 🙂
Marigold — Posh British choice rarely heard elsewhere.
Petunia — Outside of the U.K., heard only in cow fields. lol
Pansy — Adorable yet the teasing possibilities render this one an unlikely choice.
Poppy — Popular in Britain and beginning to be heard elsewhere too; a perfect companion for Daisy.
Primrose — Prim and dainty yet offbeat, the quintessential British name.
Amaryllis — The flower may be similar to a lily, but the name is considerably more offbeat.
Aster — The little girl on TV’s “Dexter” has this name, which could become more popular with the rise of the whole flower genre.
Azalea — The z will definitely keep it exotic.
Calla — Another lily relative, also similar to the trendy Callie/Kaylee family of names.
Dahlia — This one seems to be percolating and I expect to hear more. We have a Dahlia in our 5th grade class!
Lilac — The two l’s, the similarity to Lily, and the beautiful color and scent of the original flower make this choice a winner.
Lotus — Only for the seriously exotic.
Orchid — Another hothouse bloom not for the shy.
Tulip — Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell used this as a middle name for one of their twins, and singer Tiny Tim picked it as a first several decades ago. An everyday flower that makes a less-than-ordinary name.
Zinnia — Any z name is off the beaten track.
FLOWER NAMES THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE FLOWER NAMES
Azami — Japanese for “thistle flower.”
Fleur — International words for “flower,” which also include Flor and Fiorello/Fiorella, make inventive flower choices.
Gelsey — Persian for “flower,” a balletic choice.
Iolanthe — Greek for “violet flower” — for those who want to make Violet a lot more exotic.
Jacinta — Spanish for hyacinth and more suited to use as a name.
Leilani— Hawaiian name that means ‘heavenly flower” and also has stylish double L sound. I know a few Leilani’s from different decades.
Linnea — Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus named this small white flower, also called the twin flower, after himself.
Marguerite — The French for daisy is newly chic there, as is Capucine (a actress from the original Pink Panther back in the day), which means nasturtium in France.
Zahara – A Hebrew name meaning flower popularized when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt chose it for their daughter.