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More Flowery Baby Names

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

We’ve already covered a few favorite flower names that aren’t the ultra-hot Rose, Lily or Violet options. But it turns out, there’s a whole garden of possibilities beyond the ones I covered in the last installment. Here are a few to consider for your daughter.

Iris A flower that blooms (at least here in the Northeast) during the late spring and early summer. It usually comes in bright shades of purple and gold.

Magnolia A flower that signifies the South—grandly showy, white blooms with a beautiful fragrance. It’s a name comes with a built-in nickname, Maggie.

Calla This form of lily has a shapely, graceful shape, and has been a wedding bouquet staple for the past couple of decades. Calla is a Greek name that means “beautiful.”

Fleur The French word for “flower” makes a beautiful name choice. (It was also the name of one of Harry Potter’s Goblet of Fire competitors—and future sister-in-law—in the Harry Potter series.

Azalea These bright pink blooms are a springtime staple—and a showy choice for a beautiful girl.

Zinnia The zinnia is a native of the southwest, a showy, colorful bloom that’s a summery garden staple throughout the U.S.

Daffodil These yellow flowers have a distinctive, cup-shaped blossom and symbolize spring. Keep in mind, though, that the logical nicknames from this name, Daffy or Dilly, might not be your cup of tea.

Jasmine Yeah, it’s a princess name, but this fragrant bloom has an exotic history that makes it a sweet choice for your baby girl.

Leilani It’s a popular name in Hawaii, where it means lovely flower—and it’s in the top 300 girls’ names in the country.

Hyacinth It’s another spring bloom, with large cones of tiny purple or pink flowers.

Would you pick a floral name for your daughter? What do you think of these options?

Photo: Baby in a Bed of Flowers by Heather LaVelle / Shutterstock


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Flowery Baby Names: Beyond Violet, Rose, Daisy and Lily

Friday, July 6th, 2012

We’ve seen a bumper crop of babies named Violet, Rose, Daisy and Lily—but there’s a whole garden of beautiful bloom names ready to be picked. Consider some of these flowers for your future daughter.

Poppy This bold and cheerful bloom is perfect for a girl with a big personality.

Primrose You may discover that this name gets a boost from the popularity of the Hunger Games, as it was the name of heroine Katniss’s beloved little sister.

Marigold If you’re having a fall baby, consider the name of this autumnal bloom.

Dahlia This large, exotic flower has somewhat mysterious connotations, thanks to its connection to an infamous unsolved Hollywood murder, the Black Dahlia. It’s a beautiful alternative to Daisy.

Tulip Find inspiration in this bright spring flower name. It has never cracked the top 1000—but it’s an offbeat floral name option.

Blossom Blossom may still be connected to that 80s sitcom, but it’s a sweet name if you just can’t narrow it down to one particular flower.

Peony This fragrant, showy bloom is the national flower of China—and it’s a beautiful alternative to Lily.

Petunia If you’re looking for a pretty, old-fashioned name choice, consider this common garden bloom—as long as you don’t mind that it was once used in the Loony Tunes cartoons for Porky Pig’s girlfriend.

Orchid Consider this exotic and bold bloom for your daughter—it makes a nice alternative to Violet.

Anemone This bright-hued, black-centered flower can be a beautiful choice for your garden—and for your daughter’s name. Keep in mind that many may associate Anemone with the sea bloom instead of the garden one.

Heather Once red-hot in the 1980s, this name, based on a tiny, pink flower that grows on rocky Scottish heaths, has declined in popularity over recent years, but still makes a beautiful name choice.

Would you consider a floral name for your child? Have I missed a good one?

Photo: Baby in a Bed of Flowers by Heather LaVelle / Shutterstock

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Another New Grey’s Anatomy Baby

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Actress Jessica Capshaw (who plays cool pediatrician Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy) and husband Christopher Gavigan just had their third child last week—a little girl named Poppy James.

Poppy is a really fun floral name for a girl—it’s a bright, bold bloom that’s very showy, which makes it a wonderful name for a girl you expect will shine in her life (no shy Violet here). It’s a super popular name in England, where it’s in the top 20, but it hasn’t caught on quite as big here—it hasn’t even cracked the top 1000 yet. But given the popularity of the other floral names, Lily, Rose and Violet, it’s likely to be on the rise.

James is generally thought of as a boy’s name (and it’s high ranked there, in the top 20 names), but it makes a fresh alternative to Jane for a girl as a middle name. James is a traditional English name, which means “supplanter.”

Poppy James fits in perfectly with her sibling’s names, Eve Augusta and Luke Hudson—all names that have a certain amount of spunk and yet stand as classics that won’t seem out of place in their classroom. Eve comes from the Bible, as the first woman on Earth—and it’s a top 600 name that’s on the rise. Augusta means honorable, and it’s an ultraclassic name that’s ripe for a comeback. Luke, a New Testament name, has become more famous for its association with Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker—which probably explains why it’s been in the top 100 names steadily since the early 1980s. Hudson is also becoming a popular moniker, currently in the top 200 names. It fits two of the current naming trends—using a surname as a first name, and place names (after the Hudson River in New York).

What do you think of Jessica and Christopher’s name choice for their new baby? Would you use “James” as a name for a girl?

Photo: Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan by Featureflash /

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