Thursday, November 9th, 2006...6:32 pm

Flower names for your baby

Here is another question from Stephanie.

Do you have any suggestions for rarely used plant names that would be good names for a baby, names besides Violet, Lilly, Rose, etc.?

Here are my thoughts on this question.

Congratulations on planning to add a little “flower” to your life.

You requested suggestions for rarely used plant names that would be good for a new baby. On Sept. 27th blog had a column entitled “What’s in a “plant” name?” with a link to a website with suggestions of flower names for both boys and girls. I hope you checked it out. A name not on that website link recommended by Thegardenlady is Amaryllis, pronounced am-ah-Rill-iss. This name of Greek origin which means “fresh, sparkling” is also name in some early music written in approximately the 15th century. Amaryllis as a name has rarely been used in the US for many years. Here are some other names related to flowers.


Anemone (Greek) Refers to the anemone flower, which derives its name from the Greek word for wind
Ardith (Hebrew) “blooming meadow”
Calantha (Greek) “beautiful flower”
Dahlia (English) Refers to the dahlia flower, named for Swedish botantist Anders Dahl
Daisy (English) Refers to the daisy flower, which derives its name from an Old English word meaning “day eye”
Erianthe (Greek) “one who loves flowers”
Evanthe (Greek) “good flower”
Hyacinth (Greek) refers to the hyacinth flower
Iris (Greek) “rainbow”, usually refers to the iris flower in English
Jacinta (Spanish) “hyacinth” Pronounced: hah-SEEN-tah
Jasmine (Persian) the jasmine flower
Kiri (Sanskrit) “amaranth flower”
Lan (Chinese) “orchid”
Lavender (English) the lavender flower
Lien (Vietnamese) “lotus”
Lily (Latin) Refers to the lily flower, name derived from the Latin word for “pure”
Mei (Chinese) among other meanings, “plum blossom”
Melantha (Greek) “dark flower”
Padma (Sanskrit) “lotus”
Pansy (Old French) Refers to the pansy flower, derived from the Old French for “thought”
Rhoda (Greek) “rose”
Rose (English) the rose flower
Susannah (Hebrew) “lily”
Vandelia (Spanish) “a flowering plant”
Violet (English) the purple flower
Yuriko (Japanese) among other meanings, “lily child”


Bartholomew (Greek) “son of Talmai”
Christopher (Greek) “Christ bearer”
Degory (English) Possibly a form of Diggory, a name of uncertain etymology
Edmund (Old English) “rich protector”
Edward (Old English) “rich guard”
Elias (Greek) “my God is Yahweh”
Francis (Latin) “a Frenchman”
George (Greek) “farmer”
Gilbert (Norman) “bright pledge”
Giles (Greek) “young goat”
Henry (Germanic) “home ruler”
Isaac (Hebrew) “he laughs”
James (English) “the supplanter”
Jasper (Persian) “treasurer”
John (English) “Yahweh is gracious”
Joseph (Latin) “he will add”
Myles (English) Meaning uncertain…possibly “soldier”
Oceanus (English) Born on the voyage over, Oceanus Hopkins was named for his place of birth.
Peter (Greek) “stone”

Other flower names can be found at this link:

Let know your choice for your baby’s name. And if it is a flower name, send us her photo.

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  • I have a question about plants at the jersey shore. I was told at a nursery that a Japanese Maple would do well. My wife and I spent a considerable amount of money on the maple, and we found that it does not do well because of the wind. Do you have any suggestions of obscure, feature plants that would do well when we are only a few steps from the beach and get a wind and salt air? We wanted something different from all the others in our neighborhood.



  • One of my favorite names isn’t on the list above– the Hebrew word for “lily” is Shoshana (there are different spellings that are common as well, such as Shoshanna, Shoshannah, Shoshanah, etc.)

  • Names come from flowers sounds good to us..and we can feel the sweetness of sweet as the flower..:)..I have a lot of friends that their names are came from a flowers name.

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