180+ Earthy Baby Names Inspired by Nature
Radiant Names for Your Little Nature Boy or Girl
Alas, I'm done bearing children. But if we could welcome just one more, I'd favor a name inspired by nature. Nature-inspired baby names are special but not "kooky." The best ones have a lovely organic quality without being over-the-top crunchy granola—not that there's anything wrong with granola! Here are some of the coolest nature baby names I've found, along with meanings and origins for the more unusual ones. They come from all sorts of natural elements—trees, flowers, stones, and more. Happy hunting, and in the likely event that you're expecting, congratulations!!
Nature Names for Boys
- Adair: Gaelic word meaning "from the oak tree ford"
- Ainsley: (Scottish) Hermitage wood or clearing
- Alder: (German) Alder tree
- Ash: Ash tree. Also associated with fire
- Aspen: A poplar tree with heart-shaped leaves that quiver in the lightest breeze.
- Aster: Greek word meaning "star"
- Birk: Scottish for birch tree
- Bryce: As in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
- Bryn: Welsh for hill
- Briar: For the sweetbriar flower
- Colm: (Gaelic) dove
- Conall: (Irish/Scottish) wolf
- Drake: (Middle English) dragon
- Elm: Elm tree
- Heath: (Old English) a moor
- Huckleberry (Huck)
- Hyacinth: Bulbous, fragrant flowers
- Indigo: Dark blue tropical plant
- Jasper: (English) a semiprecious stone
- Jonquil: Small fragrant yellow flowers of the narcissus family
- Juniper: An evergreen plant
- Lake: Can be a girl or boy name
- Lark: A small songbird
- Oliver: Inspired by the olive tree or olive plant
- Opal: A gemstone of varying colors on a dark background
- Oriel: (Latin) from oriole (bird)
- Pierce: (Welsh) rock
- Reed: A tall plant that grows in marshy waters
- Rowan: (English) type of tree
- Sky: Can also be a lovely girl's name too
- Spruce: Spruce tree; also means "neat" or "daper"
- Terran: Earth
- Vernon: Alder tree (also means springlike or full of life)
- Wren: A small songbird
- Yael: (Hebrew) ibex (type of mountain goat)
Nature Names for Girls
- Amaranth: (Greek) A family of colorful plants and flowers
- Amber: Fossilized tree resin with a golden color
- Amethyst: Greek name meaning "against intoxication." It refers to the violet stone that the Greeks believed protected its owner from inebriation.
- Auburn: Color of reddish-brown
- Autumn: A lovely season with cool weather
- Ava: Latin for bird
- Azure: The blue color of clear sky
- Beech: A large shade tree
- Bianca: Italian for white
- Brook(e): Tiny stream
- Clementine: A small citrus fruit similar to the tangerine
- Calla: Elegant flowers. In Greek, the name means "most beautiful"
- Camellia: Gorgeous red, pink, or white flowers
- Celeste: (Latin) celestial
- Cerise: (French) cherry
- Citron: (French) lemon
- Daphne: (Greek) a laurel or bay tree
- Ebony: In Egyptian, the name means "black"
- Ember: Smoldering remains of a fire
- Eira: (Welsh) snow
- Emerald: A prized green gemstone
- Estelle: (Latin) star
- Hazel: A shrub with edible nuts; also the color of reddish-brown or greenish-brown
- Heather: An evergreen shrub with pink or white flowers that thrives on peaty barren lands
- Hollis or Holly: (Old English) holly tree
- Ilana: (Hebrew) tree
- Isla: (Scottish) island
- Ivy: Climbing woody vines
- Jade: A milky green gemstone
- June: Associated with summertime and is known as the bridal month
- Luna: (Latin) moon
- Marina: (Latin) of the sea
- Meadow: Field of grass
- Neva: (Spanish) snow
- Olive: Olive tree
- Pearl: Rare and beautiful
- Plum: A sweet fruit
- Raine: Inspired by rain
- Ruby: A red gemstone that is the birthstone of July.
- Sapphire: A precious blue gemstone
- Savannah: (Native America) open plain
- Sierra: (Spanish) mountain
- Stella/Stellan: (Latin) star
- Talia: (Hebrew) morning dew
- Terra: Earth
- Viola: Name after the violet flower
- Vana: (Polynesian) sea urchin
- Varsha: (Hindu) a shower of rain
- Yaelle: (Hebrew) ibex (type of mountain goat)
Flower Names for Girls and Boys
Antonio or Anthony: from the Greek "anthos," meaning flower
Arnit: meaning "beautiful flower
Dahlia: (Swedish) flower or valley
Jarred: Hebrew for "rose"
Kunal: Sanskrit for "lotus"
Lily or Lillian
Trevor: From Persian word "shatrevar," meaning flower.
William (the Sweet William flower symbolizes gallantry)
Herb Names for Your Baby
Myristica (Latin for nutmeg)
Tree and Plant Names
Vera (Aloe Vera)
Organic Baby Names
Find Name Inspirations the Old Way
Online tools are wonderful, but there's something satisfying about keeping a dog-eared baby name book on the nightstand while you're expecting. The book is the one our family used, and we've loaned it to our friends and family members who all love it as well. It's super inclusive. As a tip, expect spirited debates with your other half. A World of Baby Names
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Questions & Answers
I'm writing a short story, and I'm looking for a name for a 'forest spirit.' It's a fantasy story, if you couldn't already tell, and I'm looking for nature names that aren't too obvious, but also would fit the 'forest spirit' aspect to the story. If you'd like a bit more detail, this particular story is about a devastating forest fire. Any name suggestions?
I did a quick search on "fire resistant plants" -- thinking, optimistically, that the spirit in the story may have survived or transcended the fire rather than having started it or contributed to it -- and found Ajuga, Yarrow & Camellia in the list. There are more, but these are my favorites. The first two are better if you want a "genderless" or more male-energy name, the last one obviously for a female association.Helpful 23
What names go well with "Iris"?
SO many! I think I would avoid a middle name starting with "s," but otherwise there aren't many that would clash with Iris. It's a lovely pick and would go well with most middle names, including non-nature names if you don't want to double up on the nature theme.Helpful 10
We want to use Sierra as a middle name, what would be a good first name with a single syllable last name?
Well, do you want to pair Sierra with another nature name? Or would that be nature overload? If nature x2 is what you're after, some names that would be lovely with this middle name are Laurel, Willow, Lilac, Auburn, Indigo, Ainsley, or (especially appropriate, as this is a type of mountain goat) Yaelle. Best of luck!Helpful 2
What is a good name for a calm, shy, nature dragon in my book?
How about "Ember" or "Embry"? It has the fire connotation for a dragon, but it's a more gentle, modest fire name. You could google "names that mean fire" for tons of other ideas. It doesn't need to be a fire name, of course, but sometimes it helps to have some structure for beginning a search.Helpful 1
What names fit well with my daughter's name, Daisy, if any siblings come along?
I think other flower names would work well for girls unless you think that's too obvious. Chef Jamie Oliver and his wife, for instance, have daughters Daisy, Poppy & Petal (along with two sons). I'm partial to Zinnia and Magnolia (Maggie :) myself, as far as flower names go. For boys, look at tree names perhaps? Alder, Ash, Spruce are a few nice ones that come to mind.Helpful 18