While many people assume most flower names are for girls, there is a surprising number of masculine choices relating to flowers as well.
A flower name can convey to your baby or anyone who hears their name just how precious your child is to you.
50 Flower Names for Girls
Amber is English in origin and means a golden color or amber gem.
Flower Carpet amber roses are a gorgeous soft pink and peachy colored flower. It’s a subtle pick for a girls’ flower name because people would have to know that specific variety to link the two.
In Greek, ambrosia means immortality and comes from the Greek word, ambrotos.
While it’s technically a species of the ragweed family, ambrosia produces small green flowers. It’s considered an allergy nuisance, much in the same way dandelions are. But there’s no disputing it’s a beautiful name.
Azalea is a Greek baby name that means dry.
This floral name for girls has been catching on the past few years in the U.S. It ranked number 891 in 2012. Since 2014, it’s been hovering in the 500s.
An Italian name, Belladonna means beautiful lady.
This poisonous flower can be fatal when eaten. Roman women were known to make eye drops out of diluted belladonna — the concoction dilated their pupils to make them look aroused sexually. Even today, belladonna is still used in eye drop formulas that are used to dilate eyes.
This Anglo-Saxon name came from the word blostma, which means a flower of a plant.
The name Blossom is widely known from the hugely popular 1990s television series. It starred actress Mayim Bialik in the leading role of teenager Blossom Russo and Joey Lawrence as Joey Russo.
Another flower name that means beautiful, Calla is Greek in origin.
While this was a much more popular name in the late 19th century, it conjures up a mental image of a delicate, classic, and graceful girl.
This name is derived from the Latin word, caecus, which means blind.
Cecelia isn’t an obvious choice for a flower name, but there is a variety of heather flowers called Cecelia M. Beale. The name Cecelia was the inspiration for a beautiful song by Simon and Garfunkel, appropriately called Cecelia.
This Greek name stems from the word kelos, which translates to burned or aflame.
Celosias have three flower types, including cockscomb, wheat, and plume celosia. While not a name that has caught on in the U.S., it has a classy, poetic ring to it.
The origin of this word goes back at least to the 15th century, from the Greek word khysanthemon and the Latin word chrysanthemum, where it was used to describe the flower.
Depending upon which culture and era you look to, chrysanthemums symbolize a varying list of things, including sorrow, longevity, passion, joy, friendship, and optimism. If you opt for this name, you always have the option of calling your daughter Chryssie as a nickname.
This unusual name means key and comes from English origin.
With around 300 different species of clover, your daughter may never know them all. But she may appreciate having such a unique flower name instead of one that many girls seem to have.
This Latin name which means coral comes from the word, corallium.
Coral can relate to flowers because of the color of the petals on some varieties or because of the flowers known as coral bells and coral vine. This name briefly made an appearance on the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby girl names in 1991 when it was number 983 and 1992 when it was number 984.
This Scandinavian word means Dahl’s flower, the botanist it was named after, or dweller in the valley, depending upon which source you believe.
The most famous use of this name might have been Black Dahlia — the name that was given to a murder victim named Elizabeth Short, who was found dead in 1947 in Los Angeles. The highly-publicized murder was never solved and has been the subject of many novels, films, and articles.
Daisy is an English name that means day’s eye.
This pretty flower name should win a prize for longevity. It has been on the top 1,000 baby names list every year since 1900. Everyone from Daisy Duck to Daisy Duke has made this name popular, and now that singer Katy Perry has named her daughter Daisy, that trend is likely to continue.
Flora is Latin in origin and means flower.
If you’re looking for names meaning flower, Flora is an excellent choice. In Roman mythology, Flora was the Roman goddess of flowers and of spring. If you’re looking for inspiration for a natural name, this is a feminine, unique one.
Blooming is the definition of this Latin-based girls’ name.
The flower known as the iris florentina has white petals. It’s a delicate-looking bloom, which would make a great name for a girly type of girl.
Freesia is a Latin-based word that means Freese’s flower.
This flower was named after botanist Friedrich H.T. Freese. A popular wedding flower, Freesia is said to symbolize trust and purity.
This English flower name means liveliness or pep.
A tropical plant that flowers, Ginger is best known for being a highly sought after spice. Ginger has been used for thousands of years for its flavor but also for its healing properties.
The meaning of this Latin name is concord or unity.
Harmony is one variety of dwarf iris. It only reaches about five inches in height, but it is a gorgeous deep bluish-purple color that makes it popular.
This Old English name stands for hazel tree.
In the past 20 years, Hazel has taken off as a girls’ name in the U.S. It has steadily climbed from the year 2000 when it was only number 893 on the most popular names. In 2019, it was ranked number 33.
This name, which is English in origin, literally means flower.
This flower name was popular in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, with actresses such as Heather Locklear and Heather Thomas rising to fame. Its popularity has steadily decreased in the past 20 years, and the last year it made the Social Security administration’s list of 1,000 popular names was in 2016 when it was number 979.
Holly, an Old English name, stands for the holly tree.
It’s the birth flower for those who are born in December, which makes sense since people associate holly with Christmas. Holly is perhaps best known for its bright, red berries, but it also has small flowers.
Hyacinth comes from the Greek name, Hyacinthe, and it means blue larkspur flower or purple.
In Greek mythology, the hyacinth flower was created by the god Apollo in honor of his deceased lover named Hyacinth. While not a popular name in the U.S., it is one of the more unusual flower names for girls.
In Greek, the name Ione means violet or purple flower, but the Gaelic or Celtic meaning is from the king’s island.
Ione is a type of orchid, one of the sea nymphs in Greek mythology, or a city in California and Oregon. It was the first name given to Ione Skye, an actress who appeared in the 1980s classic movie, Say Anything.
Of Greek origin, the name Iris means rainbow.
Iris is a name DC Comics fans are already well acquainted with. Iris West, The Flash’s wife, is a popular character on the CW’s The Flash television show.
This English baby name means faithfulness.
Ivy is a highly-recognizable flower because of its ability to climb structures. You’ll find it growing on the sides of homes and trees by using its unique hairs to help it with sticking to the surfaces that it climbs. It’s been a popular name for years in the U.S., reading number 68 in 2019.
This South African name stems from the flower, although some sources claim it means pine thistle.
Ixia is a unique flower name that sounds modern, tough, and edgy. Ixia used to be a company that had a NASDAQ stock ticker symbol of XXIA.
Of Spanish origin, Jacinta means hyacinth.
Jacinta is a popular girls’ name in several countries, but it has yet to catch on in the U.S. It would be a fitting name for those who want to pay tribute to their Spanish ancestry.
Jasmine comes from Yasmin, a Persian word, and it means gift from God.
A name associated with sensuality and femininity, the most famous Jasmine is a fictional one. Princess Jasmine in the tale of Aladdin is what many associate the name with now. You could do worse than naming your daughter after a Disney princess.
Coming from Old French, Jewel means delight or plaything.
The red jewel flowering crab has white flowers and red fruit. The name Jewel continues to make the top 1,000 most popular names each year. Jewel Kilcher is perhaps the most famous Jewel in the world, a successful singer and actress.
Julia, which means downy or youthful, is a name with roots in Latin.
Named in honor of the American icon, the Julia Child rose is a butter gold color. Child handpicked the rose which would be gifted with her name. The name Julia never seems to wane in popularity, with a string of famous Julias in the U.S., such as Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
This Hawaiian name, which is said kah-HEE-lee, means feather.
Kahili ginger is a tropical plant with yellow petals and a super long reddish-orange stamen. Kahili is a beautiful name for those with Hawaiian ancestors or anyone looking for an unusual
This Slavic name literally means flower.
If you don’t want to limit your daughter with a name that means one variety of flower, you can give her a name that means any or all of them.
In Irish, Katy, which is from the Gaelic name, Caitlin, means pure. It also means pure in Greek, where it comes from the word, katharos.
The flower, flaming katy, is a succulent flower that blooms in the winter and part of spring. Its name would make it a great choice for a girl destined to have a fiery personality.
Latica means petal in Croatian and Albanian languages.
Latica is a rare first name for a baby, but there have been instances of it being used. It has a beautiful sound to it, so it could be a great first name for some forward-thinking flower-loving parents.
Coming from Latin, Laurel means laurel tree.
Laurel flowers come in many varieties, including the gorgeous mountain laurel. For almost every year for decades, the name Laurel has placed in the top 1,000 names — although not high on the list. Still a rare name, it was likely made more popular by the character Laurel Lance on CW’s Green Arrow.
This name comes from the flower, but the flower is believed to have received its name from the Latin word livere, which means blue-ish, or the French word lavandre, which means to wash.
Lavender is a flower that is believed to help with insomnia, stress, depression, and more (1).
Of Hawaiian origin, the name Leilani means royal child of Heaven or heavenly lei.
Most people are familiar with the leis, or flower necklaces, that are popular in Hawaii. Leis are given as a token of affection, and with heavenly lei as the meaning of Leilani, it’s a fine choice for someone with Hawaiian heritage.
This Persian name comes from the word, nylac, and it means lilac or bluish.
Lilacs were brought to North American in the 1750s by European colonists. Lilacs don’t bloom for long — just about three weeks — but they are beloved because of their intoxicating smell.
This name, as you might expect, means lily, and it came from the Latin word lilium.
A popular name for decades, it reached number 34 in popularity in 2019. There are several famous women named Lily, including actress Lily Collins, singer Lily Allen, and actress Lily Tomlin.
Of French origin, the meaning of Magnolia is flower name.
Known as a Southern belle type of name, Magnolia has enjoyed some popularity in recent years. It first entered the most common names list in 2013, where it debuted at 973, which was perhaps due to a character on the show Hart of Dixie being named Magnolia. It has gained ground since then and in 2019, it reached 240.
Meadow is an English name, meaning a piece of grassland.
Why settle for a name that means one flower when you can have a whole field of them with the name Meadow? While this name has never been enormously popular, it is gaining steam. It went from being ranked as number 518 on the Social Security list of 1,000 popular names in 2018 to 497 in 2019.
A Hawaiian word, Nanala translates to sunflower.
If you love to spend time in the sun or have a beautiful garden featuring sunflowers, Nanala would be a gorgeous name for your girl. It’s a subtle girls’ flower name for people who love Hawaiian culture.
This word doesn’t have a meaning apart from the daisy-like flowers that are found in Australia and New Zealand.
According to some sources, there are only a few people born each year with the first name of Olearia. For those who hate overused names, this is a great option with an ethereal sound to it.
This Latin name means from the flower or red flower.
Poppy is enormously popular as a girls’ name in the United Kingdom. Californian poppies are known as a natural sedative and are believed by some to help with depression and anxiety.
This English name means a bunch of flowers, and it comes from the Greek word Desposyni.
While Posey is a more popular name across the pond in England, it has yet to catch on in the U.S. It is the name of several communities and towns in the U.S., including in Illinois, Texas, West Virginia, and Indiana.
Rose is a Late Latin name which comes from the word rosa, which means rose.
If Rose is a bit bland for you, you can use an alternate form of the name, such as Rosalie, Rosaria, Rosalina, or Rosina. Even though it has been often used for decades, Rose remains a popular name, coming in at number 115 in 2019.
Coming from Latin and Greek, the name Veronica means victory bringer.
For decades, this name has been on the popular baby names list. Famous fictional Veronicas include sleuth Veronica Mars and Archie’s love, Veronica Lodge.
Simply meaning purple, the name Violet comes from Latin origin.
Violet as a girls’ name started soaring on the charts shortly after actress Jennifer Garner and then-husband Ben Affleck named their baby girl Violet in 2005. In 2005, it was only number 369 on the list of most popular names, but by 2019, it was number 36.
This name means Wister’s flower, named after John Caspar Wister, an American horticulturist.
This gorgeous flower, which is a stunning light to medium violet, is often seen as a symbol of devotion. It would be a great name to bestow upon a child that you’ll happily spend the rest of your life devoted to.
Zinnia, a Latin name, means flower or from the flower.
Zinnia is a highly-unique name that isn’t popular. That can make it an ideal choice for parents looking for an unusual flower name that will help make their child more memorable to others.
50 Flower Names for Boys
Although some may think of flower names as more of a girl thing, there are many masculine choices for the floral fans out there.
A Latin baby name, Arbor means sells herbs.
An unusual name for boys, an arbor is a popular addition in a garden as a place for flowers to climb. If you don’t want to go for a feminine flower name, this is a masculine-sounding implement used to showcase flowers.
Aster, which means star, is English or Greek in origin, depending upon which source you believe.
This name, which is a perennial similar to a daisy, is a great unisex option. Aster, the flower, blooms in late summer and into autumn, so it’s a wonderful choice for a baby born around that time.
This Latin name means majestic dignity or magnificent.
Its link to flowers is a subtle one. David Austin is a famed English rose breeder, who has created more than 200 rose varieties. If you want your child to be a visionary or creative type, Austin could be a good name choice.
This Japanese name means thistle flower.
Although it is more often a girls’ name, Azami has a masculine-sounding edge to it that would lend itself to a boys’ name. It is similar to the Islamic boys’ name Azmi, which means purposeful or determined.
Blaze comes from Latin and means stutter or lisp.
Blaze roses are one of the most beloved red climbing roses. Although this tough guy name has never been super popular, it has managed to make the top 1,000 names list every year since 2000. In 2019, it reached number 910.
Bourbon stems from a French surname, the House of Bourbon, a royal dynasty with roots in France.
How is bourbon related to flowers? The Bourbon rose was created by the French who were looking for a combination of beauty and strength. No one would ever guess this unique name, which could be a unique first or middle name, is a tribute to a flower.
This English name means a thorned shrub.
A more recent name that’s gaining popularity, Briar made it onto the list of popular names at number 878 in 2017, and it’s been gaining ground ever since. Although more common as a boys’ name, Briar Rose is Sleeping Beauty’s official name.
Bryony stems from a Greek origin and means climbing plant.
More commonly a girls’ name, Bryony might make a good boys’ name if the dad’s name is Brian. That way, the name would be a tribute without being identical and causing confusion.
A name that comes from Greece, Calix means very handsome.
This name hasn’t caught on in the U.S. yet, but has a strong, masculine sound to it. It’s a great alternative to the more commonly used Felix.
Some sources say this is an English name that means flower.
This perennial comes from the dandelion flower family, but it doesn’t have the bright yellow appearance of dandelions. It generally has bright blue flowers, used for salad leaves. A great nickname for Chicory, would be Cory.
This Native American name is a type of small salmon.
Coho is also a beloved pink Japanese iris. It would make for an unusual boys’ name for people looking for something a bit different.
The Greek name Cosmo means order or beauty. When you add as “s” to get Cosmos, it can mean the world or universe.
Cosmos flowers are beautiful and drought-tolerant. It would be a cool first or middle name for an astronomer’s son or someone who is obsessed with space.
Derived from the Hebrew word, dod, David means uncle or beloved.
The David garden phlox is named after the man who was married to its developer. David has been one of the most popular names in the U.S. for decades, still sitting at number 27 in 2019.
This name comes from two Greek words — di, which means two, and etes, which translates to an associate.
Dietes robinsoniana is a stunning flower that can be found on Lord Howe Island near Australia. Dietes flowers are believed to be a symbol of good fortune, which is a wonderful start in life for your baby boy.
Of Old German origin, Filbert means very bright.
Hazelnuts are also known as filberts in the U.S. Hazelnut shrubs produce bright yellow flowers.
Fiorello is an Italian name that means little flower.
A popular place to eat in New York City, Cafe Fiorello is just one use of this name. Fiorella La Guardia was the mayor of New York City from 1933 to 1945.
Florian is a Latin name that means flower and stems from Florianus, an ancient Roman name.
If you name your boy this, he will be in good company. Florian is a patron saint in both Poland and Upper Austria.
Galanthus is an ancient Greek name that means milk white flower.
More commonly used for girls, it does have a masculine edge. In Greek mythology, Galanthis — note the different spelling — was turned into a weasel by Hera for interfering with her plans.
Garance is a French word that means madder flower or root that makes a red dye.
An unusual name, Garance does carry the option of using Gary for a nickname. It can be used as a boys’ name, although it is more commonly a girls’ name.
George is an old name that means farmer.
This name has a long, illustrious history. It was the name of St. George in medieval legend, who was named the patron saint of England. King George is the name of a popular aster that has violet-blue petals.
This Scottish name means great hill.
Gordon is a variety of dwarf iris. It’s also a popular boys’ name, with many famous examples, including chef Gordon Ramsay, singer Gordon Lightfoot, and singer Sting, who was born Gordon Sumner.
The name Graham is believed to originate from Old English and means gravel homestead or a grey home.
The Graham Thomas rose was introduced in 1983. This yellow rose was named after horticulturist Graham Thomas.
Hamilton is an Old English name that comes from hamel, which means crooked, and dun, which means hill.
If you want a roundabout way of naming your boy after a rose, there is a variety called Lady Emma Hamilton. This rose is known for having a citrus fruit smell and a beautiful tangerine color.
This English and French name means a foolhardy or brave man.
If you want to pay homage to your love of gardening and planting without using a direct name of a flower, Hardy might be a good option. It’s a tribute to the hardiness zones every planter knows about or should know about before planting flowers, vegetables, shrubs, or anything.
Hawthorn or Hawthorne is an English boys’ name that means lives where the hawthorn hedges grow.
All parts of the hawthorn plant, including its leaves, flowers, and berries, are used to make food products, teas, medicine, and dietary supplements. Hawthorn is believed to be particularly good for the heart (2).
Heath is an Old English name that means someone who lives at a moor or heath.
Heath is the male version of the girls’ name Heather. Both flowers come from the Ericaceae family. Heath Ledger was a young Australian actor who tragically died young in 2008.
Holland is an Old English name that stems from the words hoh, meaning ridge, and land.
A great unisex name, Holland has a couple of ties to flowers. There are petite de hollande roses and Holland, a region of the Netherlands, is responsible for most of the flower bulbs in the world. Almost 77 percent of the flower bulbs sold worldwide are produced there each year (3).
This English name means bluish-purple or deep blue.
This trendy name has been used as a baby name by celebrities, such as actor Lou Diamond Phillips and actor Rider Strong. While many flowers are indigo in color, some bear the name itself, such as the flower known as blue wild indigo.
This Hebrew name means he will laugh.
This name has a link to the floral world because there is a variety of rose known as the Madame Isaac Pereire rose. There are many famous Isaacs in history, including Isaac Newton, Isaac Asimov, and it remains a popular name, ranking number 34 in both 2018 and 2019.
This Biblical name comes from the Latin Jacomus, which means may God protect.
The James Backhouse perennial flower is lavender in color. The name James has been popular for several centuries and is an old name that enjoys continued interest, with James at number 6 in 2019.
This English baby name means Jehovah or God has been gracious.
Johnny is a floral name because of the variety called Johnny Jumps Up flowers. These purple and yellow flowers are delicate, which is a nice contrast to the rough and ready name of Johnny.
Kamal is an Arabic name that means perfection.
The Brahma kamal flower, along with its leaves, is used as medicine for everything from bone aches to urinary tract issues.
This Hawaiian name means leaf bud.
If you have Hawaiian culture in your family, this might be a good pick for your son. You can always opt for a nickname of Lee.
This Hawaiian name means new information.
Although not directly related to flowers, Lono is the god of agriculture and rainfall in Hawaiian mythology. For a good flower garden, you need plenty of rain.
Some sources say the name Manuka comes from America and that its meaning is either little brown bear or a tree.
Manuka trees thrive in full sunlight and can survive through droughts. If you feel like your boy will be a hardy type of child, this tough flower name might suit him.
This Greek name means evergreen tree.
If Oliver has become too widely used and you want something similar but more unique, Oleander is a great choice. Oleander, which is a type of fast-growing, flowery shrub, could result in several nicknames, like Ollie, Lee, or Ander.
Orient is derived from the Latin word, oriens, which means east.
Oriental flowers are gorgeous and often exotic looking. If you want to pay tribute to that, how about the name Orient? It’s unique and sounds adventurous.
Some say the name Perry is derived from Latin, meaning traveler, while others say it’s an English name meaning someone who lives near a pear tree.
The Siberian iris is known as Perry’s Blue iris. It’s a perennial flower with bright blue flowers.
The name Porter was an Old French name that denoted an occupation — a doorkeeper or gatekeeper.
Eileen Porter is a type of heather flower. Porter as a first name has never been overly in demand, making it a good choice for parents who want something that stands out but not in a weird way.
Potter can be traced back to Dutch, English, and German origin, and it means maker of storage and drinking vessels.
Beatrix Potter is a rose shrub with pale pink petals. An unusual first name, Potter is common as a last name.
Although the origin of this name isn’t clear, it can mean a person who rambles on while talking, a person who walks the countryside, or a climbing rose.
Rambler roses can reach a length of 60 feet, and they are some of the fastest-growing climbers. If you have a lot of height in your family and expect a tall child, perhaps Rambler would work for a name.
A Japanese name, Ren can mean love or lotus, which is a large water lily.
In Greek mythology, lotus fruit causes a state of dreamy forgetfulness. If you think your boy will be a daydreamer, Ren might be a suitable name.
A common last name in some spots of the world, Rhodes comes from Old English and means a clearing in the woods. And in Greece, the name means where roses grow.
A Rhodes Scholarship is a highly prestigious award given to select students who are invited to study at the University of Oxford in England (4).
Of Latin origin, Sage means healing herb or wisdom.
Those who are from families who value knowledge and learning may love the unisex name Sage. Sage is a common herb, but some varieties have bluish-purple flowers.
This American name means in the shadow or out of the sun.
Shade is an unusual unisex name that can be short for nightshade. Some nightshade flowers and plants are poisonous, while some, like tomatoes, are edible.
From Middle English, this name was a topographic name given to people who lived near thistles.
Thistles are Scotland’s national symbol, so this might be an unusual name for a boy with Scottish ancestry.
This English and Danish name translates to someone living near a thorn bush or hedge.
Thorn is a rugged, edgy name for boys. It can be used as a nickname for Thornton. Hopefully, your little boy doesn’t get into too much trouble, becoming a real thorn in your side.
Torch comes from the Old French word torche, which means twisted thing.
Spring Torch heather gives you color in the garden all year long. As a name, Torch can match some of the tough boys’ names that are enjoying a surge, like Blaze and Blade.
This Slavic name means strength, although it is also the name of a flowering herb.
Game of Thrones fans wanting to find a baby name relating to their favorite show might want to consider this name, altering the spelling to Valyrian. Valyrian steel was widely discussed on the show as an exceptional steel for making weapons.
The name William, meaning resolute protector, determined, or strong helmet, has German, English, and French roots.
William enjoys immense popularity, both as a flowering plant named Sweet William that’s beloved in ornamental gardens and as a first name. A widely used name for centuries, William still placed at number 4 in the Social Security Administration’s list of popular names in 2019.
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A Rose By Any Other Name
Flower names have enjoyed enduring popularity as baby names because, to you, your child is as beautiful and precious as a bloom.
Whether you choose a flower name with a sweet vibe to it or a darker one with a bit of an edge, your baby will likely someday enjoy hearing about the thought you put into selecting their name.