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125 Baby Names Inspired by Nature

Updated on April 19, 2016
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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, 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!!

(botanical alphabet art copyright 2009 Glenn Harris Embroidery)

Adair ~ (Gaelic) "from the oak tree ford"

Ainsley ~ (Scottish) hermitage wood or clearing

Alder ~ (German) alder tree

Amaranth ~ (Greek) a family of colorful plants and flowers

Amber

Amethyst

Ash

Aspen

Aster ~ (English) a flower

Auburn

Autumn

Ava ~ (Latin) bird

Azalea

Azure

Bay

Beech

Bianca

Birch

Birk ~ (Scottish) birch tree

Briar

Briony ~ (Greek) climbing plant

Brook(e)

Bryce ~ as in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryn ~ (Welsh) hill

Calla

Camellia

Cedar

Celeste ~ (Latin) celestial

Cerise ~ (French) cherry

Citron ~ (French) lemon

Clay

Clementine

Clover

Colm ~ (Gaelic) dove

Conall ~ (Irish/Scottish) wolf

Dahlia ~ (Swedish) flower or valley

Daisy

Daphne ~ (Greek) a laurel or bay tree

Drake ~ (Middle English) dragon

Ebony

Ember

Eira ~ (Welsh) snow

Emerald

Estelle ~ (Latin) star

Fawn

Fern

Flora

Fleur ~ (French) flower

Forrest

Garnet

Gemma ~ (Latin) precious stone

Ginger

Glenn ~ (Gaelic) mountain alley

Glenna

Hazel

Heath ~ (Old English) a moor

Heather

Hollis ~ (Old English) holly tree

Holly

Huckleberry (Huck)

Hyacinth

Ilana ~ (Hebrew) tree

Indigo

Iris

Isla ~ (Scottish) island

Ivy

Jade

Jasmin

Jasper ~ (English) a semiprecious stone

Jonquil

June

Juniper

Lake

Lark

Laurel

Lavender

Leaf/Leif

Lilac

Lily

Lillian

Linden ~ tree

Luna ~ (Latin) moon

Magnolia

Marina ~ (Latin) of the sea

Meadow

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With condolences to the family of Peaches Geldof, who died tragically young in April 2014.

Neva ~ (Spanish) snow

Olive

Opal

Oriel ~ (Latin) from oriole (bird)

Pearl

Petal

Pierce ~ (Welsh) rock

Plum

Poppy

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Rain/Raine

Reed

River

Rose

Rowan ~ (English) type of tree

Ruby

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Saffron

Sage

Sapphire

Savannah ~ (Native America) open plain

Shade

Sierra ~ (Spanish) mountain

Sky

Sorrel ~ (French) an herb [like saffron and sage :) ]

Spring

Spruce

Stella/Stellan ~ (Latin) star

Summer

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Talia ~ (Hebrew) morning dew

Terra/Terran ~ Earth

Tulip

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Verbena ~ (Latin) "holy plants"

Vernon

Viola

Violet

Vana ~ (Polynesian) sea urchin

Varsha ~ (Hindu) a shower of rain

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Willow

Winter

Wisteria

Wren

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Yael/Yaelle ~ (Hebrew) ibex (type of mountain goat)

Yvette ~ (French) yew tree

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Zinnia

Or search the old-school 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. Expect spirited debates with your other half, too :}

Are you into nature-inspired names? Have you used one? Do you have one? :)

Which are your faves?

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Really?? - someone named their kid "Peaches". That poor kid!!!!!! And I thought Gwyneth was a bit crazy for going with "Apple". Fun lens and thanks for lensroll.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Cute concept for a lens, I love it! I featured it on my "Eco-friendly baby tips" lens.

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Names are so powerful... have you come across some names that you can immediately associate a personality trait with... I know that I certainly have my list of names that I would never want to name a child because of the personality that seems to go with it.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

      @KokoTravel: well, it's subjective, I think -- a name you might think is negative to me might be beautiful, or vice versa. often it's about whether you've known someone in the past with a particular name, and what that person was like :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA+++++++++++++++. Nice Squid Lens. Chris

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      babyfavors1 6 years ago

      So nice.i didn't know about this.thanks for share

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I like a lot of the names you've suggested!

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      This was so cool to find, I am getting a new puppy and have been looking for names, this helped.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @momsfunny: Congrats on the puppy!

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      Nany Palacio 5 years ago

      wow too many nature names! great resource, beautiful lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love nature names. Wonderful idea for a lens. One of my choices would be Kaede, which is Japanese for maple leaf.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      There were some great names on this list. I like the ones that sound like real names. Rose is better than Petunia. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely! Best wishes :)

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      Afteretc 5 years ago

      wow, i had no idea my name meant Yew Tree. wow! thanks!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I read something a while back that with names that were not standard, it was putting our children at a disadvantage. There was a study done that showed that kids with the standard names were picked for jobs, etc. before the kids that had unorthodox names. It may be cool for the parents but always remember your kid has to walk through life with these names. People like Johnny Depp don't have to worry because their kids will have an advantage because of their parents. Blessed!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @tvyps: Interesting point! I think it's a balance. Often kids don't like their unusual names growing up -- until they get to college, when they love being original. As far as career, I think maybe that depends on vocation. It's hard to picture a "Saffron" or "Sage" getting elected president, maybe, but hired as a graphic designer? Sure! [ and don't forget that book Push, by Sapphire ;) ]

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      ElectricCarBuff 5 years ago

      I like the name Talia. Very pretty

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      CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

      I like Fern. I had an Aunt Fern.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      my daughter Sarah seconds nam = Iris... :)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @poldepc lm: I love that name!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @CoeGurl: It reminds me of Charlotte's Web, and therefore I like it too! :)

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      donisk 4 years ago

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have some extra ones. Primrose, Rue, Lennox & Brynn.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: Hunger Games fan, eh? Thx for the ideas :)

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      coolmon2009 lm 4 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your lens; I like the topic and the layout you choose.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, loved this! Some of these names are just so pretty. I have extra ones for the list too, Basil and Popuri. I knew people in high school with those names.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: glad you enjoyed! I went to school with a Basil too!

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      IntoMars LM 4 years ago

      The names are fantastic! My favorite is Vernon. Good job on the lense too :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      If my son had been a daughter I had been thinking of using the name Rain. Beautiful lens!

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      joannalynn lm 4 years ago

      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.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @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 :)

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      Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

      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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @verymary: No Problem :) Was it really that obvious? At least, I didn't say Katniss or Peeta.

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      erin-elise 4 years ago

      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!

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      erin-elise 4 years ago

      P.S. I like your lens, it was really good. Liked and Blessed.

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      Ashly Rain 4 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens. I like a lot of the names but Summer might be one of my favorites.

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      Laychee 4 years ago

      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 :)

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      earthybirthymum 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So many beautiful names. I really like names that are inspired by nature. many blessings

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      KReneeC 4 years ago

      So many to choose from. But Willow is definitely on the top of my list

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love these nature names! I used to have a huge collection of baby names...

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I like these Baby Names Inspired by Nature

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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 :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I love Canyon for a boy

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: nice one!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Talia is such a lovely name. Great lens. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: that is a cool name!!

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      MadameJoy 4 years ago

      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.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @MadameJoy: I agree!!

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      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. :)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @ChroniclesofaWa: An X nature name would be wonderful! I just need to find one. Any suggestions??

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      OrganicMom247 4 years ago

      A wide selection of names here. Great lens.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      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.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      The name 'Adam' from the Bible means 'red earth.' The name 'Jonah' means 'dove.'

      I've always liked those two names for boys.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @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.

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      dessertlover 4 years ago

      Oh I just love so many of these! Ruby, Lily, Sage... all so pretty. We named our puppy Luna as well :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I prefer Rowan as a boys name...a strong tree with magical healing powers.

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      Mary 3 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: my friend used it for her son - very nice

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      beautiful names you have here

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Brilliant idea for a unique lens.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Atlas is a great name to add!(:

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      Mary 3 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: that's a lot to live up to -- but pretty cool sounding!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      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!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: Lovely choices!

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      markkruzan 3 years ago

      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.

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      Birthday Wishes 3 years ago from Here

      It is so hard to choose... I like many of the names that you shared! Thanks a lot for sharing this great lens!!!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      merfzel 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      My daughter's name it on here: Sierra :)

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      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.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      Great list, too many favorites I can't choose

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      AmyLOrr 3 years ago

      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 :)

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      williamslaw 3 years ago

      Wonderful list of names. Two of my daughters have nature-inspired names.

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      MarloByDesign 2 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the ideas and rated 'Useful'.

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