I can’t get over floral names. They are so sweet and feminine (and they age so well!). Of course, several sisters all with flower names seems a bit garden-y (a la Keeping Up Appearances). Here are my faves to add to your bouquet.
Fleur – The French word for “flower”, Fleur is sweet and simple. Of course, it has the potential to sound somewhat pretentious. To me, it makes a cheerful and unexpected middle choice.
Primrose – Some people just hate this name. But I can’t see why! Of English origin, Primrose means “first rose”. It would be wonderful for a first child and the earthy nickname Rosie brings down the prim and proper feeling.
Violet – I may be a bit biased, since it’s a family name, but Violet is gorgeous. (It’s also my favorite flower and color.) Some people may be a bit turned off by the Willy Wonka character, Violet Beauregard (“Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet!”), but at #123 and still climbing, that may no longer be a concern. There are also references to Lemony Snicket, Downton Abbey, Pixar, and The Boxcar Children, as well as the name of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s daughter.
Amaryllis – A Greek flower name, Amaryllis always reminds me of the bossy little girl in The Music Man. But the simple nickname Amy makes it more down-to-earth. I also think this makes a great alternative to Lily and Mary.
Flora – Another name meaning “flower”, but with a decidedly different feel than Fleur. The Roman goddess of spring, Flora has a old-lady quality. She’s sweet yet spunky and would pair nicely with siblings like Grace, Millie, and Hazel. She hasn’t broken the top 1000 since the 1970’s, and she’s ripe for a comeback.
Marigold – First off, the nicknames Mari and Goldie make this a winner for me. Marigold has a certain sunny feeling. I’m really surprised this isn’t more popular. With all the Lily, Rose, and even Violet’s out there, Marigold makes a fresh, unexpected pick.
Iris – A Greek name meaning “rainbow”, Iris has a sweet, but serious tone. I think it makes a great double-barrelled name, as in Iris-Claire, Iris-Jane, and Mary-Iris. It’s also a fantastic middle choice. At #316 and slowly climbing, Iris could become popular. It has namesakes in writer Iris Murdoch as well as Jude Law’s celebrity baby.
Bryony – Could it be the new Brittany? No. But it does have the same kind of feel. Of Latin origin, Bryony means “to sprout”. It has many spelling variations including Briony, used in the novel, Atonement. I love the spunky nickname Bry and could be used to honor a Brian.
What do you think of these? Do you have some other off-beat favorites from the horticulture world?