Name Origin Meaning
Abelia Flower/Hebrew Type of Honeysuckle but also means “sigh,breath” in Hebrew. Could be a form of Abel. Has the nickname possibility of Abby or Lia.
Acacia Greek nature name Acacia is a rare and attractive name for a flowering shrub that symbolizes resurrection and immortality. Nickname possibilities of Cassie.
Achillea Flower Commonly called Yarrow. These plants show large, flat clusters of small flowersat the top of the stem. These flowers can be white, yellow, orange, pink or red. Nickname possibilities: Lea
Alcea Flower Commonly called hollyhock. Pretty purple flowers.
Amarantha Greek/Botanical Means “Deathless” in Greek. Botanical name whose mythical equivalent was believed to be immortal. Nicknames possiblities: Amy and Mara
Amaryllis Greek Flower name Nicer than traditional flower names and in the same botanical family as Lily. Nickname possibilities: Amy, Mary, and Lis/Liz
Anemone Flower name/Greek Means “Breath” in Greek. taken from a mythological nymph who was turned into a flower by the wind; an interesting, if challenging, choice. Nickname possibilities: Annie
Anise Nature name Pronounced ANN- iss. Name of the licorice plant whose downside, at least in elementary school science class, is its similarity to an anatomical word. Has the nice nickname of Annie.
Artemisia Nature/Greek Variant of Artemis, “Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt” but also a genus of plants including the sagebrush and wormwood. Nickname Possibilities: Artie, Missy, Sisi
Ash Nature/English English “Ash tree”. Usually used for boys but could be a short form of Ashley or Asha.
Aspen Nature Nice tree name gaining in popularity
Astrantia Flower The Genus name comes from the Greek word for star in reference to the star-like quality of the flower heads. Beautiful flowers. Nickname possibilities: Astra and Tia
Azalea Flower If Lily and Rose are too tame for you, consider this brilliant pink springtime blossom with a touch of the exotic that has been growing in popularity. Nickname possibilities: Lea
Begonia Flower Pretty flowers but maybe not so pretty a name
Betony Flower little plant that make pretty pink flowers. Nickname possibilities: maybe Beth
Briar Nature/English English for “Briar patch” Reminiscent of Brair-Rose from Sleeping Beauty.
Bryony Latin flower name Pronounced Brian-ee. Means “to sprout” in Latin. Bryony is a wild climbing vine with green flowers. Sounds fresher than outdated Brittany.
Calla Flower/Greek Means “Beautiful” in Greek. Lots fresher than other overused flower names like Rose and Lily.
Camellia Flower Exotic flower name with distinct roots related to the Camille/Camilagroup. Could be a floral replacement for Amelia. Nickname Possibilities: Cami and Lia
Cassia Greek Means “Cinnamon” in Greek. one of the rare names that’s truly unusual yet has a stylish feel. Nickname Possibilities: Cassie
Clary Flower Type of Sage often used as a medicinal herb
Clover Flower Clover is charming if you’re looking for something different than Rose and Lily.
Cypress Nature Lovely entry into the tree name category. Nickname Possibilities: Cy
Dahlia Flower One of the rarer flower names. Lovely sound. Nickname possibilities: Dolly
Daisy Flower Fresh, energetic, and wholesome.
Erica Flower It’s Heather. Beautiful purple flowers.
Fern Nature Never been overly popular, despite the character in Charlotte’s Web. Time for a upswing?
Flora Latin Means “Flower” in Latin. Roman Goddess of Flowers and Spring. Also a Saint name.
Forsythia Flower Yellow spring bloom. Pretty and new name. I know a girl with this name.
Freesia Flower Very exotic but usable alternative to Rose and Lily.
Gardenia Flower More exotic than Rose and Lily but with the Gardener association too.
Gloriosa Flower Beautiful Lily typically called a Flame Lily. Nickname Possibilities: Glory
Hazel Nature/english From the Hazelnut tree. Cute and gaining in popularity
Heather Scottish botanical name Pretty and evocative of the Scottish moors, but a little outdated
Holly Nature Always favored for Christmas births, but not very popular any other time
Iris Flower/Greek Greek Goddess of the Rainbow and the iris used to be considered the symbol of power and majesty, the three petals meaning wisdom, faith, and valor.
Ivy Plant/flower name Ivy — associated with clinging vines — also has an interesting history: ancient Greeks presented an ivy wreath to newlyweds as a symbol of fertility.
Jasmine Persian flower name Delicate and Aromatic. Reminiscent of Jasmine from Aladdin, but still very pretty. Nickname Possibilities: Jaz
Jessamine flower Earlier spelling for Jasmine. Pronounced JEH-sah-meen. Popular in England but just getting it well deserved uprising here. Nickname Possibilities: Jess, Jessie, Jessa
Juniper Tree Juniper is a fresh-feeling nature name — it’s a small evergreen shrub whose berries make gin — with lots of energy. Gaining popularity with Hazel, Aspen, and Acacia. Nickname Possibilities: Juni and June
Laurel Latin “Laurel tree” Very underused but the Laurel was used to crown royalty in ancient Rome and Greece.
Lavender English plant Not as popular as Violet or Lilac, but slowly catching up.
Lilac English Lilac might be for you if you’re bored by Lily and Rose. Consider the deeper-hue Lilac as a cutting-edge but still sweet-smelling flower name.
Lily English Flower name Very popular. Symbol of purity and innocence.
Linnea Swedish Pronounced li-NAY-ah. Scandinavian name that derives from the renowned Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, (aka Carlvon Linne) who developed the Linnean system of clssifying plants and animals. nickname Possibilities: Lin
Lotus Flower One of the most exotic and languorous of the flower names, with intriguing symbolic significance in several cultures.
Magnolia Flower Southern style flower name moving up in the world. Nickname possibilities: Maggie, Nola, Lia
Marigold Flower Marigold is sometimes found in English novels; though it would be seen as wildly exotic here, it does have a sunny, golden feel. A marigold was the symbol of the Virgin Mary. Nickname possibilities: Mari and Goldie
Myrtle Greek botanical name In Roman myth, a shrub sacred to Venus.
Narcissa Greek Means “daffodil” in Greek. Associated with Narcissism but still a lovely name. Nickname Possibilities: Sissy
Orchid Flower Orchids are beautiful flowers and this could be a beautiful name. Nickname possibilities: maybe Kitty
Petunia Flower Trumpet shaped flower
Poppy Flower Poppy, unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, has a lot of spunk.
Primrose Flower/english “first rose” Used in the Hunger Games novels. Nickname possibilities: Prim, Rose, Rosie
Rose Flower Traditional flower name that is a bit out dated.
Rosemary Herb This amalgam of two classic names projects a sweet, somewhat old-fashioned sensibility; could come back as an herb name.
Rowan Tree The name of a tree with red berries commonly found in Scotland (and said to ward off witches).
Rue Greek “Aromatic medicinal plant” Getting popular thanks to the Hunger Games.
Sorrel Botanical Fragrant herbal and color name that could make a sensitive, distinctive choice. Nickname Possibilities: Sori and Sora
Tansy Flower/Greek A flower name rarer than Rose, livelier than Lily and less teasable than Pansy.
Violet Flower Violet is soft and sweet but not shrinking. The Victorian Violet, one of the prettiest of the color and flower names, was chosen by high-profile parents JenniferGarnerand BenAffleck. Vioolethas begun a sure-to-be rapid climb to popularity. Nickname possibilities: Vi and Lettie
Willow Tree The name has transcended its one-time hippie aura to move into the realm of reappraised and appreciated nature names. Among the most graceful of trees, the willow is believed by Gypsies to possess magical powers to heal the sick and rejuvenate the aged.
Zinnia Latin flower name A floral choice with a bit more edge and energy than most.