125 Baby Names Inspired by Nature

Updated on April 19, 2016

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





Aster ~ (English) a flower



Ava ~ (Latin) bird







Birk ~ (Scottish) birch tree


Briony ~ (Greek) climbing plant


Bryce ~ as in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryn ~ (Welsh) hill




Celeste ~ (Latin) celestial

Cerise ~ (French) cherry

Citron ~ (French) lemon




Colm ~ (Gaelic) dove

Conall ~ (Irish/Scottish) wolf

Dahlia ~ (Swedish) flower or valley


Daphne ~ (Greek) a laurel or bay tree

Drake ~ (Middle English) dragon



Eira ~ (Welsh) snow


Estelle ~ (Latin) star




Fleur ~ (French) flower



Gemma ~ (Latin) precious stone


Glenn ~ (Gaelic) mountain alley



Heath ~ (Old English) a moor


Hollis ~ (Old English) holly tree


Huckleberry (Huck)


Ilana ~ (Hebrew) tree



Isla ~ (Scottish) island




Jasper ~ (English) a semiprecious stone












Linden ~ tree

Luna ~ (Latin) moon


Marina ~ (Latin) of the sea


Celebrity baby names inspired by nature

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

Neva ~ (Spanish) snow



Oriel ~ (Latin) from oriole (bird)



Pierce ~ (Welsh) rock








Rowan ~ (English) type of tree






Savannah ~ (Native America) open plain


Sierra ~ (Spanish) mountain


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



Stella/Stellan ~ (Latin) star



Talia ~ (Hebrew) morning dew

Terra/Terran ~ Earth



Verbena ~ (Latin) "holy plants"




Vana ~ (Polynesian) sea urchin

Varsha ~ (Hindu) a shower of rain







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

Yvette ~ (French) yew tree



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? :)

Questions & Answers

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        Pussy?!?! 4 weeks ago

        You really named your daughter Pussy? She is going to be ridiculed for life. Sorry, but that's the truth.

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        Sky 5 weeks ago

        My real life name is Sky Blu…so yeah…not a common name…I got a lot of comments on it

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        Stacy Mcgrady 5 weeks ago

        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!

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        Noname 6 weeks ago

        I like, Sahara :)

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        Anonymus 4 months ago

        I have a few to suggest, but I noticed that Starling is not on the list.

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        MarloByDesign 3 years ago from United States

        Thanks for the ideas and rated 'Useful'.

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        williamslaw 3 years ago

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

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        AmyLOrr 4 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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        MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

        Great list, too many favorites I can't choose

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        TanoCalvenoa 4 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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        merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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        Stephanie 4 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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        Birthday Wishes 4 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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        markkruzan 4 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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        Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

        @anonymous: Lovely choices!

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        anonymous 4 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 4 years ago from Chicago area

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

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Atlas is a great name to add!(:

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        SteveKaye 4 years ago

        Brilliant idea for a unique lens.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        beautiful names you have here

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        Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

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

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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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        dessertlover 5 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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        Aunt-Mollie 5 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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        Sharon Berry 5 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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        OrganicMom247 5 years ago

        A wide selection of names here. Great lens.

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        Mary 5 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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        ChroniclesofaWa 5 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 5 years ago from Chicago area

        @MadameJoy: I agree!!

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        MadameJoy 5 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 5 years ago from Chicago area

        @anonymous: that is a cool name!!

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        anonymous 5 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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        NibsyNell 5 years ago

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

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        Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

        @anonymous: nice one!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        @anonymous: I love Canyon for a boy

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        anonymous 5 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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        getmoreinfo 5 years ago

        I like these Baby Names Inspired by Nature

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        Linda Jo Martin 5 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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        KReneeC 5 years ago

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

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        earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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        Laychee 5 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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        Ashly Rain 5 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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        erin-elise 5 years ago

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

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        erin-elise 5 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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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        Genesis Davies 5 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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        Mary 5 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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        joannalynn lm 5 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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        Melissa Miotke 5 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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        IntoMars LM 5 years ago

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

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        Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

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

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        anonymous 5 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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        coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

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

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        Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        donisk 5 years ago

        I love your lenses...interesting...if you understand bahasa then you can use mine as well http://www.squidoo.com/nama-bayi-unik

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        Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

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

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        Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

        @poldepc lm: I love that name!

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        poldepc lm 5 years ago

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

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        CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

        I like Fern. I had an Aunt Fern.

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        ElectricCarBuff 6 years ago

        I like the name Talia. Very pretty

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        Mary 6 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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        Teri Villars 6 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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        Afteretc 6 years ago

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

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Lovely! Best wishes :)

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        agoofyidea 6 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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        Renaissance Woman 6 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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        Nany Palacio 6 years ago

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

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        Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

        @momsfunny: Congrats on the puppy!

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        momsfunny 6 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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        KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

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

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        babyfavors1 7 years ago

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

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        anonymous 7 years ago

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

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        Mary 7 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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        KokoTravel 7 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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        squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

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

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        squid-janices7 8 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.