Fabulous Flower Names for Girls That Are Back in Style
Baby name trends come and go, and we're delighted that flower names are in style again. Many of them have a vintage flair, reminding us of simpler times and happy memories. And beautiful gardens, of course.
These floral names are our top picks for baby girls.
What lilies represent: Royalty, purity and rebirth
The flower name Lily is timeless, with famous Lilys, including actresses Lily Tomlin and Lily Collins, plus English singer-songwriter Lily Allen.
While the lily flower traditionally represented purity and innocence, the flower comes in all kinds of explosive colors.
There's even a variety called the tiger lily. Girls named Lily might sound sweet, but they're far more fierce than frail.
What violets represent: Humility, wisdom and faith
Violet flowers are so pretty, an entire shade of purple is named after them. Violets symbolize grace, and the name has made appearances in dozens of books and movies. Violet Parr from "The Incredibles" comes to mind.
Violet is more popular as a name than ever before, joining Lily, Daisy and Rose at the top of the flower name charts.
What daisies represent: Love, fertility and femininity
This old-fashioned flower name was once no more than a nickname for Margaret.
Now, however, it's a trendy, vintage name symbolizing innocence, energy and childlike wonder.
What irises represent: Hope, courage and admiration
The elegant, ruffled iris was a favorite subject of Vincent van Gogh. The purple, white and yellow flowers were named after Iris, a messenger in Greek mythology who left a trail of flowers wherever she walked.
This classic flower name also means "rainbow," since Iris was said to travel across a rainbow bridge to reach the gods.
What poppies represent: Resilience, hope and peace
What's not to love about poppies? Their wide, bright petals come in several colors, including red, orange and even deep purple. Poppies have a special meaning, too. Poppies sprouted on Flanders Fields after World War I came to a close, and they came to symbolize those who were lost in battle.
After they flourished in such a harsh place, they became a symbol of hope. What better meaning could you look for in a baby name?
What roses represent: Love, beauty and courage
Rose is pretty much the original flower name. The word rose comes from the Latin word "rosa," meaning flower.
Roses themselves are some of the most prized flowers around the world, with entire gardens dedicated to different varieties.
If the name Rose feels too traditional, consider playful alternatives like Rosy, Rosalie or Briar.
What dahlias represent: Wealth, elegance and love
Dahlia is an uncommon and highly underrated flower name. Dahlias come in every imaginable shade, including two-toned flowers with flecks of white. Some are as large as dinner plates, and no one can pass a field of dahlias without stopping to smile.
The name Dahlia could be considered a bit hoity-toity, but once you see the flower in action, it'll just remind you of the happiest summer day of your life.
What jasmine represents: Love, beauty and modesty
For a flower that represents modesty, jasmine plants are surprisingly spectacular. Each white flower is small, but on a 15-foot shrub, thousands of them converge in a fragrant, awe-inspiring wall of white.
They come in shades of pink, too, and their romantic bowers are said to symbolize love and youthfulness. Plus, baby Jasmines share their name with a Disney princess.
What marigolds represent: Power, light and strength
Few flowers are as vibrant and lively as the marigold. Boasting layer upon layer of bright petals, marigolds are treasured in many cultures for their health benefits and symbolism.
They flourish almost year-round, and in Mexican culture, they're considered a special symbol to honor family members on the Day of the Dead.
The name Marigold is just as special, symbolizing positivity and light.
What delphiniums represent: Joy, encouragement and remembrance
The name Delphine comes from the Delphinium flower. Delphiniums are lovely, yet not to be trifled with. They can be used to repel unpleasant creatures, like scorpions and parasites, but the flowers are toxic when ingested.
While beauty of delphiniums give Delphine its cheerful meaning, we'd like to think that it also represents grit and power.
What indigo flowers represent: Mystery, intuition and balance
Most floral baby names are sweet, but Indigo has an edgy feel we adore.
The color indigo blue comes from the indigo flower. It's a rich, deep purple-blue color, and it's one of the oldest dyes in the world.
Just like the color, the name Indigo has a mystical feel to it.
What lavender represents: Serenity, grace and calmness
The signature scent of lavender has turned it into a staple of aromatherapy. The purple-flowered plant is actually a part of the mint family, and Queen Victoria was a big fan. So was J.K. Rowling, who named one of the characters in Harry Potter after the lavender flower.
Who knows? Maybe the name's peaceful connotation will lead to fewer sleepless nights.
What rosemary flowers represent: Love, loyalty and remembrance
Rosemary might seem like a mashup of two names, but it's really the name of a plant. Rosemary actually means "dew of the sea," referring to the plant's ability to thrive even on cliffs battered by sea salt.
Rosemary flowers are small and white, perched atop fragrant leaves. Thanks to their hardiness, the name Rosemary represents longevity and remembrance of those we've lost.
What magnolias represent: Strength of character, spirituality and peace
For a name that stands the test of time, it's tough to beat Magnolia. Magnolia trees are thought to be the first flowering plant ever. Fossils of magnolia trees predate bees, instead relying on beetles for pollination.
The grandiose, silky petals of the magnolia flower have earned it the honor of being both Louisiana and Mississippi's state flower. Plus, it has a lovely ring to it, and can be shortened to a vintage "Maggie" or a more modern "Nola."
What heather flowers represent: Luck, protection and admiration
Heather was an extremely popular name in the '80s. While the dusty purple heather flower is less common as a name today, it's still a lovely flower name.
Unlike many soft and delicate blossoms, heather is remarkably hardy. Each plant lives up to 40 years, and it's still a favorite in its native Scotland.