111 Flowering Plants and Other Botanical Names for Boys and Girls

I bet, at one point, you googled your name to see its meaning. You may even have asked your parents to see why they chose the name they did, and got met with the frustrating “Oh, you just looked like a [name].” 

Maybe there’s a great anecdote behind your name, and you’re struggling to find the same for your own baby. 

There are so many techniques people use to name their child. After all, it’s one of the most important decisions you have to make for your child, and you don’t have a huge amount of time to do it. 

Some people find it easy. Some know immediately, when they see their baby, which name will suit them the most. It’s rarely this easy.

With so many names to choose from, and with naming your baby being a life-defining moment for the both of you, you are probably feeling the pressure. 

So why not make it a little easier? Plants have been named just as carefully, and these names have lasted the test of time. Some have legends or folklore attached to them. 

Some have a lot of symbolism attached to them, and others just roll off the tongue, and stick in your mind, and cement the plant’s beauty in your mind too. 

We’ve included some of the most inspiring, symbolic names which derive from botanical names for plants and flowers, with a range to choose from.

Some people might view botanical names as purely “feminine”, but you’ll be surprised at how versatile some of these names can be. 

Read on to discover some of the most beautiful and moving names to choose from, all from the world of plants.

Name Ideas for Girls


If you want a name that’s not widely used, Acacia is an attractive option. It does mean thorny, and derives from the tree of the same name, which produces rays of gorgeous yellow flowers. 

The tree itself symbolizes resilience, endurance, and someone who is pure at heart, making it a great contender for one of the potential names of your child.


The name Alyssa made it to the top 50 names in the late 1990s, but as with any trend, these things run in circles, so it’s likely that it will become popular again soon.

And why shouldn’t it? It’s another form of Alicia, which means noble one. The alyssum flower itself bears captivating white and purple flowers. 

If you like the sound of Alyssa, but you’re not fond of the spelling, there are some other varieties for you. Elissa, Alysa, Allyssa, and Alissa are all good options. 

Positive characteristics associated with the name Alyssa include an abundance of energy, optimism, and affectionateness. 


One of the prettiest names on this list, Aster is the Greek word for star, and refers to the petite, star-shaped flowers in the daisy family. 

Their charm and beauty led to an enduring popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is one of those names which is due for a resurgence in popularity. 

It’s especially suitable for someone born in September, as it’s the birth flower for that month.

The flower itself is known for being one of the latest flowering plants, which, if the weather is kind, will last well into mid-autumn.


Anemone translates to the daughter of the wind, and this gorgeous flower blooms when the wind picks up. 

They are striking woodland plants that add a plethora of color to the darker areas, and they spread easily. 

The name itself is enjoying a resurgence in use, and makes a memorable name for a memorable person. 

Positive characteristics associated with this name include hard-working, dependable, and reliable. 


Azalea is a hugely popular shrub with striking flowers, so it’s only fitting that Azalea is a hugely popular name. 

The plant itself is hugely resilient, and prefers dry soil in partial shade or full sun, where it will bloom profusely with nearly zero maintenance.

The beauty of this plant has inspired many people to name their girls Azalea, as the flowers have been admired for centuries.


While your first reaction might be, “But it’s POISONOUS! How is that a good name for a girl?” Hear me out. The literal translation is ‘beautiful lady’, which makes it a really fitting name for someone you’ll fall in love with the first time you meet her.

It’s a name that provokes a lot of intrigue, some mystery, all the while evoking beauty. 


Originally starting out as a pet name for girls, blossom has slowly cemented itself as a baby name thanks to its warm connotations, and the link to gorgeous flowers.

By the end of the 19th century, the name reached the height of its popularity. 

Though you might not recall anyone named Blossom outside of the Powerpuff Girls, there are quite a few stars with this name, including the American theater performer, Blossom Seeley, and American Jazz singer, Blossom Dearie.


In botanical terms, the name briar refers to the briar rose, which is a rambling rose that produces fantastically fragrant flowers, and rose hips in the winter. 

It might seem unappealing at first, but it is the name of the main character in Sleeping Beauty.

If the original form isn’t for you, you could consider Bryony, Bryan, and Bryarly. 


Camellia is one of the nicest names, and it also refers to the plant which makes tea. The plant itself also produces gorgeous rose-like flowers in shades of white, red, and pink, and needs very little maintenance. 

Other options include Camila, Camille, or Amelia. Positive traits linked to Camellia include perfection, admiration, and beauty.


Like the name itself, the canna lily is an unusual plant. It bears huge, banana-like leaves,  and vivid flowers. 

If you’re after an unusual name, Canna is a great option. It’s also the name of a 6th century Welsh nun, Saint Canna. 


Calanthe is a ground-growing orchid which grows gorgeous flowers which have a very sweet fragrance. The name directly translates to beautiful flowers. 

It’s also fitting for any girl born in winter, and especially fitting for those born in December, as it’s often known as the Christmas orchid, as the flowers are produced in winter.


Cassia is a perfect name for someone who brings a lot of joy, as the tree that bears this name showers passers-by with carpets of tiny golden flowers. 

It’s a lovely name that evokes a sense of being carefree while still being kind and true to your nature.

Variations of this name include Cassidy, Cassian, and Cassius for a boy. Keziah is another option, though as it is a biblical name, you may want to read up on the story before choosing this one!


While Chrysanthemum is one of the most widely admired flowers throughout the world, it’s a big mouthful. Particularly if your child gets in trouble, it might be difficult to do the Parent Voice of Authority if you’re tripping over the syllables at the wrong moment. 

Crisanta is a lovely option, which is a Spanish derivative of the name. 

The Chrysanthemum is the birth flower of November, and also holds associations with eternal life and love.

Nicknames include Cris, Cristie, and Crissy. 


One of the most anticipated flowers out there, the daffodil heralds the coming of spring and the positivity that comes with the new season. 

It was a particularly popular name during the 19th century, and while it has fallen out of fashion more recently, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good option.

It’s particularly suited to babies born in March, as it is the birth flower for this month, and when these flowers are typically at their best.


Dahlias are also widely admired throughout the world, exuding an air of confidence as well as elegance. These beautiful flowers are also very resilient. Most people believe that the flower was named after Andreas Dahl, one of Carl Linnaeus’s students. 

Although the name of the dahlia has been argued over through the years, the flower itself remains as popular as ever.


One of the biggest genera, the daisy family holds a plethora of blooms which can be wildly different. The daisy itself is a gorgeous flower that opens up when the sun is out, and is loved by children and adults alike.

It had a huge popularity in the 1800s, and while that faded over the 1900s, it enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s. 

The name daisy is associated with energy and renewal, and fits a wide variety of people.


Erica is a great option for those who want a plant name that’s not too obvious. It’s both the genus name of heath plants, and the female form of Eric.

Between the 1800s and the 1900s, it enjoyed a lot of use, but it has fallen out of favor, making it a great option if you want something that’s a little more unique without being obscure or difficult to spell, or for your child to spell.

Famous Ericas include the American actress, Erica Dasher, American novelist and poet, Erica Jong, and Canadian actress, Erica Durance. 


You’ll struggle to find a more floral name than flora. It’s the Latin word for flower. In Roman mythology, Flora is the goddess of spring and flowers. 

By the 18th century, it had widespread popularity across Britain, though it started in Scotland.

Other forms of Flora include Flor, Fleur, and Florence. The most famous of these you might know as Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter series, or French-American actress Flora Cross, and Brazilian jazz singer Flora Purim. 


Also short for Virginia, the name is also used for the plant, which is widely used as a spice. The plant itself has a whole host of uses, and the name itself also invokes a warm, pleasant feeling, much like the plant’s properties.


A more common name for a girl, Hazel, is a lovely name which has been widely used since the 1800s. 

The name itself comes from Old English, and the plant of the same name produces the most stunning golden sprays of unique flowers. 

These blooms are often one of the first signs of spring, and appear on the bare branches of the tree. 

When celebrities name their children an unusual or mostly-forgotten name, it often causes a notable uptick in the name’s popularity, and this can be said for Hazel, which has come back into fashion once more. 


Heather has always been a very popular name, and the plant itself brings a wealth of color to the impressive fells and moors it grows on. 

It’s also part of the plant genus Ericaceae, so it makes a fitting name for a sibling of a girl called Erica, since the plants are related. 

Positive traits linked to the name Heather include being methodical, natural leadership and resilience. 


While this flower name is a popular name in its own right, you may not have made the connection as this being a name used for those born in winter, when the holly plant looks its best.

It’s also one of the main plants associated with the Christmas season, and the name itself has the benefit of sounding both feminine and festive.

The classic Breakfast At Tiffany’s movie with Audrey Hepburn also helped cement the popularity of the name.


While the flowers of the Hyacinth are widely celebrated for their beauty and distinctive fragrance, this is an unusual name for a girl, but a pretty one! 

Hyacinth enjoyed a lot of popularity in the late 1900s, and the plant itself symbolizes honesty, and consistency. This makes it a great option that also invokes a lot of beauty.


While you may know ivy as being a great climbing plant, you might not know it produces lovely yellow flowers, which form an umbrella shape.

Ivy is striking both for its foliage, its longevity, and its resilience. Ivy has remained a popular name for girls, and it also has the benefit of meaning immortality and loyalty.


Jasmine (see also Jasmine Flower Meaning and Symbolism) is one of the more popular flower names, as well as being a very famously fragranced flower which is admired worldwide. 

The flowers are probably the reason why this name has endured such popularity, as well as it being a lovely name in its own right. 

Aladdin also has something to do with its popularity, as the lovely, strong and willful princess is called Jasmine. 

Other varieties of Jasmine are Jessamine, Yasmin, and Jazmin. 


Juniper is a lovely plant which carries the symbolism of protection, love, and resilience. It’s also closely associated with the bible and healing.

Because of the symbolism behind this plant, Juniper has become a more common name, as it was rare in the 1900s.


One of the top 100 names in Europe, Laurel is a suitable name for both boys and girls, and it shares the name with an evergreen plant which has a great scent.

The plant features heavily in Ancient Greek mythology, as well as Roman myth and culture. To the Romans, it was symbolic of victory and immortality. 

It was also forbidden to light it on fire at altars, as the “laurel protests against such usage by crackling as it does”. It was also believed that the plant was immune from lightning or fire,  so people used to carry it around as a symbol of protection against lightning strikes.

Other varieties of the name Laurel are Lorelei, Lorraine, Loren, and Laura.   


Lavender first became a very popular name in the Victorian era, though the plant itself has been admired for much, much longer. 

The purple flowers have a calming scent, and are often used to help promote sleep and tranquility. The whole plant is greatly aromatic, and has a wide range of uses.

The name itself has positive associations with peace, grace, and purity, which is one of the many reasons why people choose it as their child’s name.


Lilac, although a gorgeous flower and a name that simply rolls off the tongue, isn’t all that common as a baby name. This gives it a unique appeal, with ties to femininity, purity, and innocence.

The name itself is also thought to invoke passion for life and a loving personality. 


A very sweet and simple name, the records for this particular name go back to around 1880 for its popularity, but that’s not to say it wasn’t voguish before then.

It refers to the glorious lily, which more often than not has the most fantastic fragrance, and simply huge blooms of many colors.  

The flower itself symbolizes purity and rebirth.

Other varieties of the name Lily include Lilian, Lilia, Lyla, and Lillie.


While Magnolia isn’t a hugely popular name right now, the magnolia tree has always enjoyed a huge amount of popularity due to the flowers it produces.

The name is now considered to be vintage, but it’s a good option for people who prefer a niche, or those who like an element of history in their everyday lives.

Other variations of the name Magnolia include Nolie, Nola, Maggie, and Magnus.


Margaret is a versatile name which has had a lot of use over the centuries. The name originates from the marguerite bloom, which belongs to the daisy genus. 

The name itself comes from Ancient Greek and the Old Persian word for pearl. 

It’s symbolic of royalty and grace, as it’s been used for nobility for centuries, throughout the world.

Famous Margarets include the queen of Scots, Saint Margaret (also known as the pearl of Scotland), the British painter, Margaret Barnard, and American author, Margaret Deland. 


The name Myrtle (see also Myrtle Flowering Plant: Different Types, How To Grow and Plant Care) comes from the plant of the same name, which is found in the Mediterranean, and bears very fragrant flowers. In Ancient Greece, myrtle was a symbol of victory. 

In the British Royal family, there is a tradition that every royal bride needs myrtle in her bridal flowers.

Myrtle is a rare but beautiful name, and the flower’s fragrance almost contends with Jasmine.


Marigolds are gorgeous flowers which are native to Mexico, and are used to celebrate the Day of the Dead, and welcoming home family members who have passed on.

The plant itself is also associated with the Virgin Mary, where it was used as an offering in place of gold for those who couldn’t afford it, but the flower itself could be seen as more precious in some places.

Marigold flowers are also associated with bravery and prosperity, making this a perfect name for a girl.


Olive is a lovely name which has become more widespread than other flower names beginning with ‘O’. 

The olive tree itself is a great plant which is steeped in mythology, tradition, and religion, making this name quite enigmatic, and one which you should consider.

The olive branch is also a symbol of peace, reconciliation, and healing. It’s said that Athens got its name from a competition in Ancient Greece between Poseidon and Athena. 

Poseidon created a salty spring from rock, which symbolized his power. Athena struck the ground, and created the olive tree. 

The people of Athens chose the tree, as it was a source of fuel, shade, and food, and the city was named in her honor. It also became a sign of victory. 

Other variations of Olive include Olly, Oliver, and Olivia. 


Another name for the plant that produces rice, this name isn’t as widely known in the Western world, but it is used in the Eastern parts of the world. 

The name itself is feminine and unusual, making it a great option for a baby girl.


Pea, while an unusual baby name, does have connotations of sweetness and a petite form. 

Other options include Pia, Thea, and Bea.


Although rarely used as a baby name, the peony flower is admired throughout the world. It’s an attractive option, as the flower itself holds a lot of symbolism, including honor, prosperity and respect.

It’s especially fitting for babies born in November, as it is the birth flower for November.


Pepper can refer to the spicy fruit, or the dry seasoning, both of which are used across the world. 

Pepper is a great name for a girl, and has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The name itself is pleasant, simple, and brings a warming feeling, much like the fruit itself.


Petunia is named after the flowering plant of the same name, which produces the most gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers which come in a whole range of colors. 

While it’s a popular name in Britain, other parts of the world refrain from using it as a baby name as the flower has some negative associations, such as hatred and fury.


Poppy is a lovely name which refers to the flower that bears a lot of symbolism, mainly to do with the World Wars and remembrance. 

The flower itself is a huge, blousy beauty, and comes in a rainbow of colors. It symbolizes sacrifice, fertility, and a fiery nature. 


The word Primrose comes from Latin, which translates to first rose. This refers to the plant’s habit of being one of the first wildflowers (see also Top 21 Types of Wildflowers) to bloom in spring, especially when temperatures are at their lowest. 

Primrose is another rarity when it comes to given names, and it’s especially appropriate for babies born early in the year, or in February, as the birth flower for that month.

Primroses themselves symbolize youth, and a first love.


A much shorter form of Rhododendron, this girl’s name is a nod to the beautiful plant, which blooms profusely in a range of colors. 

It’s also a name used in the bible, where a servant named Rhoda was the first to witness Peter being released from prison, though no one believed her because of her low status.

Rhoda also translates from Greek, meaning rose. 


One of the most popular girl’s names out there, this name and the rose itself has withstood the test of time for centuries, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

There are many variations of Rose, including Rosamund, Rosia, Rosella, Rosie, and Rosalie. 

Famous people include Mary Rose (Mary Tudor), and American actress Rose Byrne.


Rosemary is a lovely name which derives from a very aromatic plant, which also has a range of uses. 

The name itself is as sweet as the fragrance of the plant, and while it isn’t as widespread as it was during the 1900s, it is still a worthy and timeless choice.


Sakura is the name for the Japanese cherry blossoms. Many people from across the world have named their girls Sakura, after the unforgettable beauty these plants produce in spring. 

The cherry blossoms themselves symbolize beauty, rebirth, and the fleeting nature of life.


Senna comes from the Arabic word sanā, which refers to plants whose leaves and pods have cathartic properties. It also refers to the bright yellow of these plants.

Senna is a simple and beautiful name, and its relative rarity makes it an attractive option.


Sorrel is the name of the very fragrant herb and sometimes even a vegetable, which has a very lemony flavor and is used in cooking. The herb itself is used to promote heart health, and boost the immune system. 

It’s a name suitable for both genders, which will become unforgettable.


Susan is a good name and a great option if you don’t want the plant origins to be too obvious. It comes from several languages, most of which translate as lily flower (see also Lily Flowers: Different Color Meaning and Symbolism) or lotus flower. 

Positive associations with the name include purity and the beauty of flowers. 


Terra translates to earth, and makes a fantastic name for a girl, with its short and snappy sound. 

Other forms of Terra include Tarra, Terry, and Tyra.


Veronica comes from the Athenian word, which translates as she who brings victory. In medieval times, it was thought to come from Latin, which translates to true image.

Saint Veronica, or Berenike, was moved at the sight of Jesus carrying his cross, and she gave him her veil, so he could wipe his forehead. 

It was said that when he handed it back to her, a perfect image of his face was left on the veil. 

The flower itself is wonderfully prolific, producing countless clusters of tiny flowers on a large flower spike. 

The name Veronica symbolizes honesty, purity, kindness, and loyalty.


Viola is another word for violet, and both are fairly popular names. 

Both names are also given to the petite flowers, which come in a variety of colors, but are most known for their purple or blue hues. 

While these flowers are small, they are very resilient, and will grow happily in soil or even in gravel. The flower symbolism includes spirituality, innocence, and purity.

Other varieties of the name Viola include Violet, Violeta, Yolette, and Jolana.


Wisteria is a great option for a girl’s name, as the plant itself is vigorous, produces beautiful flowers, and has a lot of symbolism attached to it. The flowers symbolize longevity, love, and affection.

It’s best suited for those born in the middle of spring, as this is when the flowers are at their best.


Zinnias are beautiful flowers which can resemble a daisy to some extent, but they come in a  huge range of colors, and are prized as annuals in many gardens across the world. 

Despite their beauty and exotic looks, not many people have named their girls Zinnia, but the name is slowly climbing in popularity. 

Symbolism behind the name includes endurance, lasting love, and a friendship that lasts a lifetime.

Name Ideas for Boys


While you may know Abel as being a biblical name, it also comes from the plant name Abelia, which is known for its gorgeous flowers.

If you like the sound of the name, but you don’t want the connotations of the biblical Cain and Abel story, Abe is a good option.

Abel is also Assyrian for son, which is a nice touch for anyone who likes names with a literal context.


Alder is a great option when it comes to naming a boy, and it’s one of the rarely used names. It’s an ornamental tree which grows best in shade, and it also produces cones. 

In Celtic mythology, Alder symbolizes the balance between all things, as the tree produces male and female blooms on the same branch.


This lovely tree is both ornamental and practical, both for its petite flowers and its edible almonds. 

While you might not instantly think of it as a baby name, it comes from the Old English name Almund, and this particular version means noble protection.

Positive associations that come with this name include happiness, productivity, and pure of heart.


There are quite a few different origins for the name Anthony, but probably the most famous is the Roman roots of this name. 

It comes from Antonii, which was a Roman family name, believed to be descended from Anton, who was a son of Heracles.

In the 16th Century, William Camden claimed Anthony (with a ‘h’) came from the Greek word anthos, which means flower.


The ash tree has a long history. In Norse mythology, it was the tree of life. 

Druids regarded it as a sacred tree, and in many places, the wood was burned in order to ward off evil intent or spirits which meant harm. 

Ash can also be short for Ashley, which is suitable for both genders. 


While most people know the name for the versatile and aromatic herb, fewer people know that the name itself means royal. 

There have been many famous Basils over the centuries, including St. Basil the Great, Basil the Elder, and Basil Hume, a French Roman Catholic priest.


Referring to an unopened flower bud, leaf or shoot, Bud is also a shortened version of Bradford or Buddy. 

This short name is particularly suited to someone with a long surname, as it is short and soft with only one syllable.

Famous Buds include baseball player Bud Norris, flute player, Bud Shank, and actor Bud Spencer. 


Clove comes from the Old French word for nail, which is what the spice resembles. It can be a name for a boy or a girl, but like the spice itself, it has a warming feeling to it. 

It can also be short for Clover, which is traditionally considered a sign of good luck.

Both names have a unique ring to them, making them great options. 


Cosmos is a fantastic option for both boys and girls, derived from Greek, meaning the harmony that comes from order. 

It was particularly popular in the 18th Century, and the flower itself is captivating, coming in many different colors with airy foliage. 

This name also has the benefit of referring to the universe in all its glory.


Coleus is a great contender if you like the sound of Cole or even Julius, but you’re not 100% convinced they are the right choices for your baby.

Coleus is a herbaceous plant which is an annual in colder climates, admired for its attractive and variegated foliage that comes in a range of colors.

The name Coleus is fairly rare when it comes to naming children, though less rare when it comes to enthusiastic plant parents!


One of the more well-known plant names for boys, this name has been popular on and off since medieval times. 

There are several sources of the name, including Corra, which means spear, and Coire, which is a Gaelic word for cauldron. 

One of the more likely sources of the name Corey is the plant Corylus, which is another word for the hazel tree, which is also a good option if you want a tree-based name. 


Cypress is the name of the eye-catching conifer which has a pleasant scent and also produces berries. When considering names of ornamental trees as baby names, this is one of the most popular options. 

People who like the ring of Cyrus, Cyrill, or Cyprus might also consider Cypress for their baby. 


Dandelion comes from French, and translates to ‘lion’s tooth’. 

While you may immediately dismiss the dandelion as a prolific weed which gets everywhere – while that’s true – think back to your childhood. Clock flower, Telltime, Milk witch, Priest’s crown, this plant is steeped in folklore and fascination. 

It’s also an intriguing flower in its own right. 

In the Victorian language of flowers, the dandelion represents happiness, a carefree nature, and faithfulness. 


While a rare name, Elm is a worthy option to have on your list of names, both for a boy and a girl. It’s a short name, so it can be paired with very long surnames, and it’s simple.

The name itself symbolizes eternal knowledge and the vitality of life, while the tree is symbolic of peace. 

The name itself has a calm feeling associated with it, and other varieties include Elmer, Elma, and Elmo.


While this may sound like a strange option at first, Geranium is becoming a more popular idea as a baby name.

The plant itself has a heavenly scent through the stem and the leaves, and produces some of the brightest blooms you can get. It’s also easy to care for, as it doesn’t like a lot of water. 

As it’s still a fairly rare name for a baby, it’s a good option if you want something a little different. 

Geranium plants are also linked to positivity, health, and friendship.


Depending on where you are in the world, Florentine has different origins. You may remember Florence Nightingale, and this name is said to be a variant.

It relates to a captivating type of Iris, which is a beautiful and unique bloom in its own right.


Ficus is a big genus of plants, which contains the weeping fig tree, and the rubber plant. It’s a lovely option for both baby girls and boys, and has a charming ring to it. 

Alongside Sorrel, Elm, and Cypress, there are records of this name mainly dating back to the 1800s.


The name Forrest invokes the limitless potential and natural beauty of forests, as well as the strength of nature that’s so widely admired and brings so many people peace.

It is worth mentioning that if you do consider Forrest to be a good option, you may get kids yelling “RUN FORREST, RUN!” thanks to the movie Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks, which will become an old joke very quickly. 


While Hawthorn is already a prolific surname, it also works well as a first name. The shrub itself bears a lot of berries and flowers, and is believed to be a symbol of protection against harm and ill intent.

Other variations of Hawthorn are Thorne, Thor, and Hawk. It’s particularly suitable for May babies, as it blooms during this month.


A male variation of Heather, Heath is also the word for the vast expanses that Heather grows on. Heath is quite a popular name, and carries the same symbolism as Heather (see also Heather and Heath Flowers), which includes prosperity, good luck, admiration, and protection. 


Huckleberry as a name enjoyed the height of its popularity during the 1900s, thanks to the book the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The name itself comes from the evergreen plant of the same name, which produces berries which are safe to eat.

This name has the benefit of being linked with the plant world as well as the literary world, and Huckleberry has associations with compassion, playfulness, and a light mischief.


Indigo refers to the plant which is used all over the world to produce blue-purple dye, and also refers to the color in the rainbow between blue and violet.

This is a suitable name for both girls and boys, and variations include Inigo, Indie, and India.


One of the more unique names specifically suited for babies born in March, Jonquil is another term for the Daffodil. 

It was one of the most popular names in the 19th century, and is overdue a rise in popularity.

Both the flower and the name Jonquil represent a strong friendship, and the coming of spring, and a period of renewal or new life.

Other variations of Jonquil include Jonquille and Jonquilo.


Kale comes from the edible and extremely healthy greens that come from the cabbage family. It’s not for everyone, as it is a very earthy, ‘green’ taste, but it also includes a lot of goodness. 

Kale is a wonderfully simple name which will easily suit any baby. 

If you don’t fancy this, other variants of the name Kale include Cayl, Kahl, and Kyle.


One of the more enigmatic names on this list, Lupins produce gorgeous towers of tightly-clustered flowers in a range of colors. While the name lupin is Latin for wolf, there isn’t a clear link between the name and the plant.

There is a belief dating back to the 14th century, where the plant was believed to exhaust the soil like a wolf, but this is not true.

Lupin is usually used as a name for its wolf-like quality rather than its plant origins, with the wolf image projecting loyalty, the importance of family, and protection.


Mallow is a plant genus which produces huge flowers in striking colors. It can also be an alternative name to Malone and Malou. 

If you want a different option to Mallow, Malvar is a related plant name, a shortened version of Malvaceae. 


While the mandrake plant has been around for a very long time, the name used as a baby name is a fairly new concept. 

It does have a mysterious quality to it, and this is only added by the fact that mandrakes have been used in magic rituals, both old and new. 

These plants were often formed into amulets which were thought to bring good luck. 

They were also used medicinally to treat rheumatism in small doses, or in large doses to produce hallucinations or even as an anesthetic. 


Moss has been a last name for a very long time, but it’s more recently come into fashion as a first name for boys. 

The plant itself is enjoying more popularity than it used to, as it has become a popular indoor plant as well as outdoors in moss gardens. 

Moss is the perfect alternative if you like the ring of Moses or Ross, but you want something a little different.


Narcissus is both the genus name for the daffodil and its mythological origin. 

It’s worth keeping in mind that this name does have some negative connotations, with the boy named Narcissus who died when he fell in love with his own reflection and starved to death, which is where the term narcissism comes from. 

It’s a fitting option for those born in March-May, when the daffodils are at their best.


Oak has made a comeback in its use as a name for a baby boy. When you think of an oak tree, you probably picture a towering tree with a very thick trunk, with a luscious canopy of huge leaves. 

The image of an old oak tree is synonymous with wisdom, strength, and resilience, and the name itself is meant to embody trustworthiness and knowledge.

In Celtic mythology, the oak tree is associated with a regal power, royalty, and resilience, as the tree attracts lightning. 


If you want something a little more different from “garden-variety” (haha) names but ones which don’t sound too outlandish, or that are too complicated to spell, Oleander is a good choice.

It also has some symbolism attached to it, including strength and beauty.

The plant itself produces fantastic and aromatic flowers, but it is poisonous. It is so widely popular that no one knows for sure exactly where it originated from, though it’s likely it came from the Mediterranean Basin. 

The name Oleander is a good alternative to Olivander, Oliver, Leandro, and Alexander. 


Oliver comes from the name of the Olive tree, and it’s one of the most widely used botanical names in the world. 

Its association with the olive tree has been largely forgotten in some areas, with the name itself taking a meaning all on its own as being friendly and charming. 


If you liked the symbolism behind the oak tree, but you didn’t like the sound of Oak as a baby name, there is another option.

Quercus is the scientific name for the Oak tree, and will stand out by a mile. It has a certain enigmatic quality to it, and the name is especially suitable for boys born in April, as the tree produces gorgeous blossoms during this month.


While you may immediately think of a feathery writing tool when you hear the name Quill, it’s also the common name of Wallisia cyanea, or the pink quill, which is part of the Bromeliad family. 

It’s a unique option for a baby name, and can be an alternative to the more widespread names of Phil, Jill, and Bill.


Reed was a very common name during the Middle Ages, though it has come in and out of fashion since then. It’s also a pretty widespread surname, and comes from the Old English word for red. 

In botanical terms, a reed is a grass-like plant which is found in bogs, near ponds, and other wet areas. 


Saffron is the name of a very special spice, which is often worth more in weight than gold. 

It comes from a certain type of crocus flower. Only a tiny amount of saffron is produced per flower, and it has to be hand-picked, which drives up the price. 

It’s also used as food coloring, and to make one of the warmest, richest yellow dyes which have a natural origin. 

Saffron is a great name fitting to name someone so precious as your child, and gives an instant, warming charm. 


Shamrock is a very unusual name, and has a lot of significance to the Irish, as the shamrock plant is symbolic of St. Patrick’s Day and good luck.

The plant also carries symbolism of love, positivity, and faith for the future.

The name is a fairly new addition when it comes to naming babies after plants, but it’s one that’s fast becoming popular.


While an unusual name, Spruce is worth considering. The tree itself has a striking appearance, and is symbolic of resilience, strength, longevity, and eternal life and wisdom.

It’s also a good alternative to Bryce, Bruce, and Juls.


If you want a name that sounds vaguely medieval, but from a plant that’s admired and used throughout the world, Tarragon is the name for you. 

The plant itself comes from the sunflower family, and is used in both medicine and in cooking. 

While the name is old, the use as a given name gives it a very modern twist. It’s also quite rare as a first name choice.


Thyme is one of the least-used herb names when it comes to naming children, and that’s probably because it would ensue a lot of “time” jokes. 

Having said that, Thyme holds a lot of positive associations, as many herbs do. This one in particular represents peace and triumph.

If Thyme is not for you, other variations of this name include Thymus, Tam, and Tayenne.


Verben is a very unusual name, and comes from the plant name Verbena. It can also be mistaken as a form of Bourbon, which may be good or bad, depending on your association.


Like Verben, Watson is a shortened name of a flowering plant, but in this case, it’s Watsonia, which is grown as an ornamental for its lovely flowers.

Watson remains a popular first name, though it’s a prevalent surname, probably thanks to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of Sherlock Holmes.

The plant itself has connotations of innocence and purity.


William has become a popular name in its own right, with many famous figures bearing the name. It also has links with the dianthus plant family, which is also known as “Sweet William”. 

The name means desire to protect, which is an interesting and provoking name meaning, no matter what way you look at it.

Famous Williams include William Shakespeare, Prince William, and William (Bill) Henry Gates.


Yarrow is an unusual choice when it comes to naming your baby, giving it a certain uniqueness. It comes from the wildflower, which spreads prolifically and blooms during the summer months.

The plant itself is associated with healing and protection, as well as bearing the name Achillea, referring to Achilles. 


A derivative of the Greek god of the west wind, Zephyrus, this name also refers to Zephyranthes, which is a striking flowering plant from the Amaryllis family. 

Because of its unusual appeal, this name has been gaining a bit of traction recently, and the name is also associated with reliability and sincerity.


Neutral-gender names can be some of the most interesting names out there, and they are especially useful when you don’t yet know the gender of your baby, as it can be suited to either one.

Below are just some of the most attractive botanical names which have a neutral quality to them.


Aloe is a perfect choice for a baby name of either gender. The plant itself is very striking, and can be used medicinally as well as an ornamental plant in its own right. 

It’s also a good choice for babies which will have very long surnames or double-barrelled surnames, as it’s a short and simple name, though it has some symbolism of healing and calming properties.

Other variations of the name Aloe include Alei, Ali, and Aila. 


While Berry can be another variation of the name Barry, it also refers to the many fruits that shrubs and trees produce. While records go back to the 1800s, it’s rarely been used, making it a unique option.


Cedar is a great name suitable for both boys and girls, and it’s recently had an uptick in popularity as a first name.

The cedar tree is a fantastic conifer that gives any garden height and architectural interest, and it also has a pleasant scent. 

The name has the added benefit of adopting the plant’s symbolism of eternal life and strength.


Celandine is an unusual name, and it’s a corrupted form of the Greek Chelidon, which translates to the swallow. 

This refers to how the yellow flowers bloom when the swallows appear in April, and how they fade just as the birds tend to leave. 

The plant itself has a lot of symbolism and mythology attached to it, and it was used in the Middle Ages to treat cancer and other severe diseases. 


Short for Clementine, the name Clem has been popular for centuries. It has positive traits associated with it, including gentleness and kindness.

Other variations include Cleon, Clementina, and Clementine. 


Delphine is a shortened version of the Delphinium flowers, which appear on large flower stalks and come in startling shades of purple, blue, and white.

It’s especially suitable for babies born in July, as it’s the birth flower for that month.


Fern is a great choice for naming both boys and girls, and while it may seem simple at first glance, it has an enigmatic quality to the name, as does the myriad of ferns known for their lovely foliage. 


Flax is both an exotic-sounding name and very familiar, incorporating the best of both traits into a short, snappy name. 

It comes from the perennial plant which produces petite blue flowers, and it’s also been used to make linen since about 30,000 years ago.

With the links to baking (flax is another name for linseed) and weaving, Flax has a very homely feel, and it’s also associated with beauty and kindness.


Honestly, who wouldn’t want to be named after the Greek rainbow goddess? The striking flower is also named after her, because of the plethora of color this plant is capable of producing.

It’s a versatile name that’s suitable for both genders, and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.

The iris flower symbolizes valor, faith, and knowledge.


While you may think of the precious green stone when you think of Jade, it also refers to the succulent plant, the Jade tree. 

Both carry a concrete and sure symbolism of good luck, wealth, and revitalized energy, which makes this name a great option for both a boy and a girl. 


Ren has a few potential sources when it comes to the origin of the name. It can be a shortened version of Renathera, which refers to a specific type of orchid, and it’s the Japanese name for the water lily. 

It’s a name suitable for both genders, and bears a lot of popularity around the world. The symbolism this name carries includes grace and purity.


Rue is a relatively old-fashioned name for both genders, the plant itself has also fallen out of favor as a herb. It was originally used by the Romans to treat poisonous snake bites. 

It’s a poisonous plant in its own right, and can cause blisters to the skin, as well as death if ingested improperly. The original symbolism of this plant was healing. 

The phrase “to rue” something, to regret something, comes from the extremely bitter taste of the leaves, which you’ll regret eating!


Sage is a great herb which is also a suitable name for both genders, and translates as wise, making it a very popular name. 

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