Mary is a mom of three who adores the natural beauty of the great outdoors.
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 A World of Baby Names 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.
Celebrity baby names inspired by nature
Questions & Answers
Question: 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?
Answer: 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.
Question: What names fit well with my daughter's name, Daisy, if any siblings come along?
Answer: 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.
Question: What is a good first name for a baby girl with the middle and last name being "Greer Palmer"?
Answer: Are you looking for a nature name from this list? The middle name "Greer" is streamlined and simple (though cool at the same time; good pick!), and the last name "Palmer" goes with virtually anything (lucky you) -- so almost any of these names would work well, don't you think? Two-syllable names that are earthy but not full-on hippie would go especially well, like Calla, Eden, Autumn, Laurel or Celeste, and all of these are fairly nickname-proof, if that's a factor. But a pretty three-syllable name like Camellia would be nice too. So many choices, as very few names -- nature-oriented or not -- would "clash" (for lack of a better word) with your middle-name choice and your last name.
Question: What is a good name for a ten-week-old Australian Shepherd puppy who is traveling the world with his owner in a converted bus? He’s gorgeous.
Answer: He must be the cutest thing ever. Someone we knew had a dog named Cedar, which I love for a canine, or a human baby. Another one from my list that would be cool for a dog is Huckleberry or Huck. Or, if you're willing to look outside of nature names, how about Banjo, from this "Australian names" list? https://nameberry.com/list/580/australian-names?al...
Question: I have twins, a boy and a girl. What boy's name will go with Sage?
Answer: Forrest, Heath, Cypress (bonus - cute nickname "Cy") and Spruce are some nice possibilities -- but most other nature names will pair well too.
Question: What names go well with "Iris"?
Answer: 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.
Question: Apart from Luna or Stella, what other names means "darkness" or "moon" or "stars"?
Answer: You've probably already thought of this, but Estelle is a less popular version of Stella that is just as pretty. Celeste is close to a star name, as it means heavenly - but it sounds like you want a darker, moodier name. How about Lua (moon), Neoma (new moon) or Aylin (moon halo)?
Question: Can you name any Dragon names?
Answer: I'm not sure which of the nature names here would work best for a dragon, but I did find through a Google search an article about "dragon names as hot as fire" :) Maybe check that out!
Question: I want my daughter's middle name to be Stacey after my mother; what names would go with that?
Answer: Are you looking for a nature name? If so, you would get a nice flow with a 3-syllable name like Juniper, Clementine, Emerald or Elowen. You got also go for alliteration with an "S" first name like Sapphire. How wonderful that you're honoring your mother this way. Best of luck!
Question: My husband and I are looking for "s" middle names. His initials are R.S.D and I wanted to have one of our children with those initials too. We Have 2 R names, one is Rio for a girl and the other is Rye for a boy. We are just stuck on the "s" name. Could you help?
Answer: Cool names! I'm not sure any of the names on this page would be ideal, but since Rio means river, how about something like Serena? A serene river is a lovely image. Simone would be pretty, too, or Sofia/Sophia. I think with Rye, you might not want a one-syllable middle name. How about Spencer, Sawyer, Sterling or Shepard?
Question: What is a cute fictional name for a ten-year-old girl going to science camp?
Answer: How about "Linnea," after the classification system for plants & animals?
Question: Can you think of any baby names that have to do with berries?
Answer: Huckleberry is the best one, I think. Mulberry could work, though its eccentric! Loganberry, shortened to Logan - but that's cheating, right? Goji might be a cool name. And technically persimmon is a berry - how about little baby Persimmon?
Question: We want to use Sierra as a middle name, what would be a good first name with a single syllable last name?
Answer: 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!
Question: My first son is named Ochre, what would you suggest as a similar, earthy name for our second son?
Answer: Perhaps the name Clay, or maybe Ash/Ashe would be complimentary to your first son's name.
Question: Looking for great tree names for boys, my husband's name is Rowan and I've already got 2 sons named Aspen and Linden, so I'm running out of tree names, do you have any suggestions?
Answer: My top choice would be Cedar! After that, Alder, Spruce or even Lennox (meaning: elm grove, or living near an elm grove) would be nice picks.
Question: What name fits well for a girl or boy with last name Forgie?
Answer: I feel like you could either go soft with the first name, to offset the strong last name, or embrace it and choose a clean, crisp first name for either boy or girl. From the nature names here, on the softer side, you could choose something like Oliver, Basil, Jasmine, Zinnia, Isla, Eden; or on the stronger side maybe Alder, Colm, Bryce, Heath, Birch, Plum or Sky. Best of luck!
Question: What is a good name for our second daughter? Our first is Aria.
Answer: Aria is a lovely musical name, and as a music lover, I'm going to refer you to my article on music-inspired baby names https://discover.hubpages.com/family/music-inspire... for ideas! Congrats on your second daughter on the way!
Question: What do you suggest for a two-syllable water name?
Answer: River would be the obvious choice for a two-syllable water name. You could also go with a specific river name like Hudson or Jordan. Another cool two-syllable water name is Bayou.
Question: What is a good name for a calm, shy, nature dragon in my book?
Answer: 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.
Question: Whats a good name for a sweet tiny golden doodle?
Answer: Hmm, male or female? From the nature names list, maybe a golden-color plant name, like Saffron? Or is that too fancy?
We've always had cats (or they've had us, rather!), and we are a big music family, so we've named our cats after great musicians from a few different genres. What are you really into? If it's baseball, think of fun baseball player names from history (or current ones) you could honor in this way. If it's the great outdoors, many nature names would be terrific choices. Whatever you are passionate about, look there for inspiration.
Enjoy that sweet puppy!
Question: Do you know of names that are derivative of the girl's name Oceana?
Answer: Marina and Nerissa both mean "from the sea." Delja (del-ya) is pretty and means "daughter of the sea." Kailani means "sea and sky." These are just a few ideas I found by searching "ocean names."
Question: Can you suggest tree names like Willow and Oak, but for boys? :)
Answer: Oak could be a nice boy's name, no? Also consider Alder, Ash, and (my favorite) Cedar.
Question: I don't have a name for this new puppy I'm getting. I want it to mean moon though. Can I have some help with names?
Answer: Sorry -- at this point I'm sure you picked a name long ago! Luna is the obvious choice for a girl puppy; maybe Apollo for a boy? Not sure I can post the link here, but if you google "25 Baby Names That Mean Moon," you should find an article with many other good options. Hug that puppy for me!
Question: What is a good French name for a boy whose brother is called Louis?
Answer: Do you want another "L" name? Maybe Luc, Laurent, Lucien? Or do you want a French nature-inspired name that seems to go with the non-nature-inspired Louis? I'd have to think more on the latter question...
Question: What name of a Greek mythology goddess would go well with "Amber"?
Answer: Athena? Artemis?
Question: What is a good name for a 5-year-old girl, if her sister's name is Ivy and i want them to match? Their whole family's names are based on nature.
Answer: Iris would be a nice match for Ivy, if you want a nature name. For some reason I also like Ivy and Olive. Maybe the two-syllable factor plus the "v" sound tying them together.
Question: I'm writing a story where the main character is a quite headstrong, red-haired female, so I was looking for quite a pretty and strong name. Any ideas?
Answer: How about Armeria? It's a lovely red perennial (comes back every year); grows well near rocky cliffs by the ocean; and can handle rough winds and rain. In a nutshell, it's pretty but strong, just like your protagonist!
Question: What names go well with Cadence?
Answer: Do they need to be nature-inspired? You might want to check out https://discover.hubpages.com/family/music-inspire... for lots of great musical names (like Cadence) that would be a delightful match.
Question: I’m searching for a boy middle name for Ambrose. My other children echo earthy names: Skylar Grace and Jonah Kai. Any ideas?
Answer: I'm sure you've figured this out by now :) - but I like Ambrose Reed or Ambrose Clay, if you'd like a nature-inspired middle name.
Question: I'm writing a story and need a name for an enduring flower or tree. I want it to be enduring, as mentioned, but also elegant. To be specific, my story is about a wild tribe living near a marsh, and I would like a girly yet strong name. Any suggestions?
Answer: By "enduring," do you mean perennial? Or hardy? Some ideas are Hyacinth, Iris, Alcea, Marigold, Hesperis. You'd have to look up which of these grow well near marshes. Good luck with your story!
Question: I am using a nature name for a project for school; what name would you recommend?
Answer: This article gives you tons of choices. I would need more information on your project, if you need help choosing one. Thanks for stopping by!
jay on August 17, 2020:
What earthy/fall first names go with the middle and last name "Mercy Crater?"
Amberking2018 on July 13, 2020:
Could i get some help?
When my boyfriend and I get married I will have to either drop or change my middle name. I am hoping to find a name to replace it.
Can anyone help me think of good middle names for Amber Wheeler?
Mary (author) from Chicago area on May 24, 2020:
Aww - how lucky to have a bunch of new kittens to play with! Excellent name choices :)
Kassie12 on May 18, 2020:
This site was very helpful when naming my new kittens. They are called
Tiger - boy - ginger
Bianca - girl - white
Ocean - Girl - grey
Olive - boy - black
Sierra - Girl - white and grey
Sky - Boy - Black and white
I love these nature names thank you.
potateroni and chez on May 05, 2020:
Thanks! This was really helpful for some of the characters in my story
beep boop bop on April 15, 2020:
Love nature names for my 4 kids willow, oak, holly, daisy all from this cite (quadruplets)
polly lu on April 08, 2020:
these names are amazing!
Rahul Sharma from Manchester, UK on April 08, 2020:
There are lovely names of babies boys and girls. I live to see this amazing hub. Great job!
LilyXu on March 27, 2020:
still love these names nice job!
LilyXu on March 26, 2020:
Also Lily And Violet and Daisy are also nature names
LilyXu on March 26, 2020:
just telling you I did not find Sage in the names and Sage is totally A nature inspired name.
Anonymous on March 23, 2020:
I am using these for the first part of my cats names in my warrior cats fanfiction. These are great, thank you.
bob bobbity on February 12, 2020:
Here are some other names (some are the same)
Opal (i'm a girl) on January 22, 2020:
Opal is totally a girl name! why is that in the boy column?
Mary (author) from Chicago area on November 25, 2019:
My favorite of those is Clover :)
Rayjay on November 17, 2019:
I know a girl named Hershey Love.
How about Clover for a girl?
What about Kettle/Cetle?
Luna on November 16, 2019:
You should add Luna it's such a beautiful name
Kylie on November 14, 2019:
Would that be a good name?
Anynomus on October 08, 2019:
you could call her Briar Rose, but reveal Rose later in the story and have her start out as Briar
cadence on September 16, 2019:
i'm doing a short story i need a girl name for a violent girl that is also very sensitive.
Liz on August 25, 2019:
I have named all my kids after nature:
Willow Ember, Arbor Fable, Calix Juniper, Iris Brooke, Aster Gray, Magnolia Rose, and Autumn Fern
alburca on August 25, 2019:
I did not see "Jewel" nor "Sylvan"/"Sylvia" (of the woods) -- names of people I actually knew.
Luna the evil potato on July 29, 2019:
Wut about these names:
Thorn(could also be a boy name as well)
Kinkajou(A kinkajou is a type of monkey)
Moon(Could be a girl name too)
Ice(could also be a girl's)
Just some names i like!
john on April 26, 2019:
nice names very help full thank
Juniper on April 23, 2019:
I’m female and the handful of Juniper’s on FB internationally are female with one man yet it is listed as a boys name. But to al, patents thinking weird nanes please don’t as your kid has to grow up with that name forever. Desperate to fit in and be normal yet singled out by their own parents at birth. My advice is give your kid a nice normal name and go wild on the middle name instead.
Daniellag on March 30, 2019:
we don't have any kids yet but we do have names I love but cant chose between.
Girl: Caroline, and Penelope
Boy: Asher and Emerson
Stephanie S. Gau-Argun on March 19, 2019:
My husband and I don't have kids yet but if we had a girl it would be Kylie Anne and if we had a boy it would be Jessup Tyler. I love both names equally!
Molleigh M on February 15, 2019:
Estelle is not the latin word for star. Stella is. I took Latin in high school, my Latin name was Stella. I just wanted to let you know. Also, if you used Google Translate for that, bad idea. Translate is wrong. Have a great day!
Cam on January 29, 2019:
You should add Summit, knew a boy named this and every thought was so cool. Also my bf's names is Canyon. Both outdoorsy names!!
Indigo on January 14, 2019:
Love this name!
Willow Rose on January 11, 2019:
Some names related to Grace:
Samir Lama on January 01, 2019:
Hey! Can u help me to find a baby girl name related to my 1st child Grace?
Brooke on November 21, 2018:
Brooke! A Tiny Stream!
And my siblings Dylan, Elowen, Lavender and Jasper!
Dawn on November 20, 2018:
I love these names! I really like Autumn and Alaska; so unique and beautiful!
Aubrey Johnson on November 20, 2018:
Cute names! Thanks so much!
Maysilee Milton on November 19, 2018:
My cousin's name is Dahlia and she doesn't like that no one knows her name. She'll love that it's on this list! :)
River Hawthorne on November 19, 2018:
I think Poppy is a lovely name. Poppies are also associated with Remembrance Day, which is remembering loved ones gone.
God Bless ❤
P.S. This is a reply to a comment posted below...
Maysilee Milton on November 19, 2018:
These names are so beautiful! My friend River and I are authors and love using these names in our books! Thanks so much!
River Hawthorne on November 19, 2018:
Love your names! I am an author and love using natural names with beautiful meanings...This has been a great help - Thanks!
Willow on November 17, 2018:
Love ur names...lol one is mine
Lele on September 29, 2018:
LeLe my grandbaby
Charlotte on September 08, 2018:
We called our girl Ember.
Anonymous on September 08, 2018:
I have always loved the name Williow and Oakley for a girl and hen Rowan and Ash for boys I don’t know even since I liked the name willow I want to name my future children after trees ikow it sounds weird but there really pretty names
CDBeee on August 13, 2018:
I may become Poppy. I like it. I always liked Violet when I was very small, wanted to name my baby that (I didn't because I don't like it as much as an adult, my daughter probably thanks me for that! ha!!).
I don't have any family left, my dad passed, then mom, then my only sibling, one of my kids, first husband, and all my grandparents. I kind of want a new name, I feel like I need to be someone new because I am an orphan of sorts now.
No feeling sorry - it is just how life rolls sometimes, the only reason I mentioned the passings is to illustrate my need/desire to 'rebrand' myself to something I pick now.
Names are really incredibly interesting, I think.
Isabel on August 08, 2018:
I want to rename myself olive or pheonix but i cant chose
Sequoia on August 06, 2018:
I have a tree name my sons name is hunter and my newborn girl is Dakota
NoName on July 22, 2018:
Love these names! I'm writing a fiction book with dryads, satyrs, etc. and these names are just perfect! I selected a unique Greek name, Amaranth. Thank you so much!!!
Waspinator on July 10, 2018:
I would never name my kids these names im here for a pet
Anonymous on July 05, 2018:
Sorry, but I pity your poor children. Sky is fine, but Ocean...Reign....Storm....what the heck?
Kimmy on July 05, 2018:
I have 2 girl Skyy and boy Ocean I am looking for a third not sure of the sex but I'm either going with reign or storm!
Alyssa on June 07, 2018:
You did not name your daughter Pussy. I do not by it, that’s just mean.
Pussy?!?! on March 15, 2018:
You really named your daughter Pussy? She is going to be ridiculed for life. Sorry, but that's the truth.
Sky on March 11, 2018:
My real life name is Sky Blu…so yeah…not a common name…I got a lot of comments on it
Stacy Mcgrady on March 07, 2018:
Great list! We just named our daughters (twin girls!) Willow and Pussy. Willow is named after my mother and Pussy like the pussy willow tree, both family names and nicknames. So far we've received great reactions about the name, everyone loves it! I'd love to see it on this list!
Noname on March 01, 2018:
I like, Sahara :)
Anonymus on December 09, 2017:
I have a few to suggest, but I noticed that Starling is not on the list.
MarloByDesign from United States on March 27, 2015:
Thanks for the ideas and rated 'Useful'.
williamslaw on April 28, 2014:
Wonderful list of names. Two of my daughters have nature-inspired names.
AmyLOrr on April 04, 2014:
This is such a lovely lens. I am a writer and I am always falling in love with names. It was so hard to choose a favourite, so I chose seven - ones I had heard of before and loved...
Adair, Aspen, Bay, Conell, Reed, Talia, and Wren :)
MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on October 11, 2013:
Great list, too many favorites I can't choose
TanoCalvenoa on September 02, 2013:
I seriously like this. I have four daughters, and we try to pick unusual but beautiful names. Some on this list are so great, I'm going to save this page to refer to if we have another.
merfzel from Atlanta, GA on September 02, 2013:
My daughter's name it on here: Sierra :)
Stephanie from Canada on August 26, 2013:
There are some great names on here. I'm not a fan of really super unique names because the kid has to live with it, but there are some really nice nature ones that aren't too out there. I would suggest Sequoia (not sure of spelling), like the tree. I met someone with that name and it was really nice.
Birthday Wishes from Here on August 18, 2013:
It is so hard to choose... I like many of the names that you shared! Thanks a lot for sharing this great lens!!!
markkruzan on August 02, 2013:
Thanks! I really like your lens. It's very nice. I am using babynology.com - It has a gigantic list of cute, unique or uncommon baby names along with meaning and origin. The website understands that baby names are ever changing in trend.
Mary (author) from Chicago area on July 31, 2013:
@anonymous: Lovely choices!
anonymous on July 30, 2013:
How about Teva. It means nature in Hebrew. Shoshana means lily or rose in Hebrew. I would want to name my child a nature based name in Hebrew. So beautiful!
Mary (author) from Chicago area on July 27, 2013:
@anonymous: that's a lot to live up to -- but pretty cool sounding!
anonymous on July 26, 2013:
Atlas is a great name to add!(:
SteveKaye on July 18, 2013:
Brilliant idea for a unique lens.
anonymous on June 17, 2013:
beautiful names you have here
Mary (author) from Chicago area on May 28, 2013:
@anonymous: my friend used it for her son - very nice
anonymous on May 16, 2013:
I prefer Rowan as a boys name...a strong tree with magical healing powers.
dessertlover on April 09, 2013:
Oh I just love so many of these! Ruby, Lily, Sage... all so pretty. We named our puppy Luna as well :)
Mary (author) from Chicago area on March 17, 2013:
@Aunt-Mollie: didn't know those were nature inspired! but yes, the reason they are perennially popular is that they're great names :) thanks for the visit.
Aunt-Mollie on March 10, 2013:
The name 'Adam' from the Bible means 'red earth.' The name 'Jonah' means 'dove.'
I've always liked those two names for boys.
Sharon Berry from Michigan on February 20, 2013:
I do like some of these names but didn't use any of them to name my children. Isn't it funny how some children just fit their names.
OrganicMom247 on February 01, 2013:
A wide selection of names here. Great lens.
Mary (author) from Chicago area on January 28, 2013:
@ChroniclesofaWa: An X nature name would be wonderful! I just need to find one. Any suggestions??
ChroniclesofaWa on January 19, 2013:
Rowan. I like the sound of that name. My daughter's name starts with the letter "X". It fascinates a lot of people too. So I was hoping there would be a name that starts with it in your list. :)
Mary (author) from Chicago area on January 07, 2013:
@MadameJoy: I agree!!
MadameJoy on January 03, 2013:
Love this list and my daughter's name is on the list: Ruby. It is the perfect name for her, and gets better all the time. It's so nice giving your daughter a name that so many people comment on how cool it is. Definitely helps to boost her confidence.
Mary (author) from Chicago area on December 26, 2012:
@anonymous: that is a cool name!!
anonymous on December 22, 2012:
I have a friend with a little boy named Summit. I really like that. I've never seen it on a name list or heard it anywhere else.
NibsyNell on November 28, 2012:
Talia is such a lovely name. Great lens. :)
Mary (author) from Chicago area on November 28, 2012:
@anonymous: nice one!
anonymous on November 22, 2012:
@anonymous: I love Canyon for a boy
anonymous on November 02, 2012:
I have a couple to add to your list. My own children are called Timber (girl), Rush (boy) and Fox (boy). I'm looking for inspiration for another boy's name, just in case we're blessed again :)
getmoreinfo on October 24, 2012:
I like these Baby Names Inspired by Nature
Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 04, 2012:
I love these nature names! I used to have a huge collection of baby names...
KReneeC on August 25, 2012:
So many to choose from. But Willow is definitely on the top of my list
earthybirthymum from Ontario, Canada on August 25, 2012:
So many beautiful names. I really like names that are inspired by nature. many blessings
Laychee on July 30, 2012:
My favorite are Terra and Celeste. I'm from Slovenia (beautiful country in Europe which gets confused with Slovakia a lot) and we have this vine that's called Teran - it's almost black and sort of thick - reminds me of the land it came from. Anyhow, I learned Spanish and I can see the meaning in some names. I like them a lot :)
Ashly Rain on July 16, 2012:
What a great idea for a lens. I like a lot of the names but Summer might be one of my favorites.
erin-elise on July 14, 2012:
P.S. I like your lens, it was really good. Liked and Blessed.
erin-elise on July 14, 2012:
My favorites are Willow and Violet. But, of course, they're my favorite because those are my 9-year-old twin daughters' names. I love nature names!
anonymous on July 12, 2012:
@verymary: No Problem :) Was it really that obvious? At least, I didn't say Katniss or Peeta.
Genesis Davies from Guatemala on July 12, 2012:
We opted to go with literary names, but I have always loved nature names, too! I wanted to name a girl Savannah Rose, but we only had boys!
I'm a writer though, and we always need names for characters, so I'm bookmarking your page to come back to the next time a character needs a name.
Mary (author) from Chicago area on July 09, 2012:
@joannalynn lm: I love Neva & Isla too. Heck, I love this whole list. So sorry for your loss, but obviously you are blessed, too, with those wonderful TALL boys! Thanks for stopping by :)
joannalynn lm on July 08, 2012:
Ah, these are beautiful! I wanted a daughter, but my Mom said I'd have an entire basketball team before I'd have a daughter (my boys are tall...all 6'5"). I had problems with my last, and had a hysterectomy, but I might have kept trying for that daughter. I lost one, a boy too. Not that I don't dearly love my boys. My oldest is Clay, who is on your list :). Colton, my youngest means hedgerow, Clay means of the earth. Clay's middle name is Dean, and Dean means leader, so leader of the earth. I didn't know that until later :). So, I want through and made a list of the names I like, and I came up with 12! I narrowed it down to four: Neva, Jonquil, Ilana, and Isla.