Some of the most beautiful baby names can be found in the most obvious places. Simply look outside! Nature is a bounty of beautiful baby names and the trend for nature baby names is once again on the rise. Not that it ever went out of style, but these names do see rises and falls in popularity. Names rooted in the bounty of nature often carry an air of originality and uniqueness that you won’t find in a lot of more common names.

Some nature names have been so popular that they don’t feel much like nature names anymore. For example, Rosemary, Savannah, and Willow. Also are some more historic names such as Hazel.

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This article will take a deep dive into some of these organic, earthy names and give you some you likely have not thought of! So get out your pen and get ready to add these possibilities to your baby names list. And while you’re at it, get ready to follow our blog because we have all kinds of parenting articles, baby articles, and yes baby names articles!

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Baby names from nature–is this new?

Naming your baby after some kind of botanical concept or tree or weather system, is not anything new but as it rises in popularity from time to time it may seem so trendy as to be new. All the way back to biblical times we see names where people were named after a particular bush or tree or other botanical influence, although it was typically done by way of meaning rather than the exact word. For example to name a baby Dorcas or Tabatha is one thing but to actually name that baby “Gazelle” which is what Dorcas and Tabatha both mean, is a whole different thing.

The current trend is to actually name the baby after the item rather than do it indirectly through meaning. It is an interesting way that this particular type of baby-naming has grown over the centuries. You can look to biblical names and see an entire book full of names that have a nature basis to their meaning. But today’s trend of using biblical names, or using nature names, can be combined by making a list of major themes in the Bible and looking for interesting words that could be turned into a baby name, for example, Sparrow or Nile.

Nature names don’t only come from the Bible of course, but we give that as an example because it gives a reference point of time in history. Nature names have certainly grown over the ages to include more interesting and possibly daring names such as Rain or Rock,  but we love them all the same! Nature names are always on-trend, but it’s the application that tends to change through the years. Also, perhaps led by celebrities at times, a new nature name will rise in popularity for a while, as when Will Smith’s daughter Willow was born.

If you want to read an entire forum of conversation about biblical names that are also nature names, here’s a great thread for that.

How does nature inspire baby names?

There are almost endless possibilities for baby names when it comes to nature. There are ideas all around you. Look at the trees and plants and think about their botanical names. Think about the colors that are commonly found in nature and some of the natural things of this earth that come in those colors. For example, the name Blue or Blu could have been  inspired by looking at the sky on a peaceful afternoon but could also bring connotations of water and oceans.

Most people want their baby’s name to be special and to have positive meaning. In general, many people are also inspired by nature and find a deep life meaning there. It is no surprise that everything elemental and organic and natural can inspire so many baby names. It’s our little way of paying homage to something that moves us in some way and it is our way of giving something natural and earthy to our children.

Is this only for girls?

At first glance, one might think that this is a trend that only affects girls because it is more commonly used for girls. But there are also baby names that come from the natural world that make great boy names or even unisex names. So, if you find out you’re having a boy and don’t want to give up on your love of nature-inspired names–go for it! Do your digging and find that name that is absolutely perfect for your baby and satisfies your longing for an organic baby name.

Celebrity baby names from nature

Celebrities often lead the way in trends for baby names, and nature baby names are no exception. Celebrities seem to entertain a bit of freedom about naming their babies whatever they want. Celebrities often take a bit more liberties with fun or interesting names that are unusual and it’s no different with nature names.

Here are some great examples of baby names from nature that celebrities have made something special:

  • Kelly Clarkson named her daughter River Rose! And we think this is just lovely.
  • Another singer, Christina Aguilera, named her daughter Summer Rain, another lovely choice.
  • Beyoncé named her little girl Blue Ivy, which is just beautiful!
  • Gilbert Gottfried used the name Lily Aster for his daughter, another bountiful, botanical name.
  • Chef Jamie Oliver named his daughter Daisy Boo. Meg Ryan’s daughter is named Daisy True.  Both show  a resurgence of popularity for this classic,  whimsical, botanical name.  In fact, the name has been so popularized it’s often easy to forget that Daisy is actually a flower!
  • Hilary Duff named her daughter Banks Violet, which we think is very pretty.

All of these are girls…what about the boys?

  • Garth Brooks chose the name August for his little boy, which we just love!
  • Tiger Woods comes to mind. It doesn’t get much more nature-y than that!
  • Wolf Blitzer is also a very good example of a strong and bold nature name.
  • The name Bear seems to be popular amongst celebrities for their sons from Alicia Silverstone (coining the name Bear Blu) to Jamie Oliver ( with the super-fun name Buddy Bear), to Kate Winslet’s fierce name of Bear Blaize.
  • Actress Jenna Malone gave the beautiful name of Ode Mountain to her son. Very unique!

Nature baby names you will love

Okay so here it is, the names lists you came for! We have our nature baby names lists divided into 5 categories: We begin with some classic baby names that come from nature themes and then move onto a list of popular baby names from nature. We also include a section for unique baby names from nature, nature names for boys and for girls, and a category for unisex names which is also a trend that is on the rise in 2020.

Here’s the part where you need your baby names list! Because you are going to want to write some of these down. Yes, some of them may be a bit unusual and the lists are not entirely inclusive, but any one of these names could be used as inspiration for the perfect baby name. Make yourself a short list (or long list!) but either way, enjoy these fun and organic names that are sure to plant the seeds of inspiration for you!

Classic baby names from nature

Some nature baby names have been around for a long time. They may have such a classic feel that you don’t recognize them right off as being a nature-themed baby name. Here are some of the most classic versions of nature baby names that we were able to find. Tthey are in no particular order but we’ve included a bit of back story for each one in case you are considering a very classic name.

  • Olivia is a classic baby name that is somewhat biblical in nature as Olivia means olive tree, a common theme in the Bible.
  • Hazel is another very classic name that is derived from the hazelnut.
  • Lily is a beautiful, floral name that is commonly used as a middle name for that classic-yet-botanical touch.
  • Savannah is a name that means “treeless plain” and has been around for decades.
  • Rowan is a Gaelic name that has been around for a long time, made popular by Olivia Pope’s father in the binge-worthy Television series Scandal.
  • Heath Is a classic baby name that’s derived from the old English word for “moor” which refers to a particular type of land.
  • Opal is another nature-based classic name that seems to be fading a bit from the limelight. It’s been around for a long time and we’d love to see this name make a comeback.
  • May is a classic name that has stood the test of time. While it was once popular as a first name it is more commonly used today as a middle name following a longer first name. It is one of those names that is commonly passed down through generations of family without necessarily being used for its spring season connotations.

Other classic nature names include:

  • April
  • Dale (valley)
  • River
  • Autumn
  • Ariel
  • Ash
  • Opal
  • Seasonal names: Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn
  • Month names: June, July, May, April, August

Popular baby names from nature

Some nature baby names are quite popular right now. We thought we’d take a look at some of the trending names for you to give you some great ideas on those nature baby names that seem to be rising to the top. Here are a few of those trendy names:

  • Willow
  • Sky, Skyye, Skie
  • Canyon
  • Harbor
  • Prairie
  • Wren
  • Juniper
  • Acacia
  • Ivy
  • Rain
  • River
  • Aurora
  • Birdie
  • Cedar
  • Chrysalis
  • Rainbow
  • Icy
  • Snow
  • Rainy
  • Storm

Unique baby names from nature

Nature baby names can also be very unique. Celebrities have led the way on this or perhaps were just more aware of those names because of their celebrity status. Either way, we love unique baby names and nature provides a wealth of options. Here are a few of the ones that we find the most unique, the most interesting, and possibly the most bold!

  • Wolf
  • Bear
  • Tiger
  • Rainbow
  • Names of flowers that are more unusual: Chrysanthemum, Buttercup, Tulip, Amaranth, Marigold, Dianthus
  • Names of gems that are more unusual: Onyx, Amethyst, or Diamond
  • Planet names: Venus, Mars (works as a nickname as well for Amara), Neptune, Jupiter

Boy and girls names from nature themes

Nature names can serve your little boys just as well as your little girls. Nature names are often more popular amongst girls but that doesn’t mean that your boy can’t have a beautiful name inspired by the natural environment. In fact, some of the options for nature names are a bit more edgy, which people tend to like for boys’ names.

Although we do encourage you to consider those names of strength for your little girls as well! What about a little girl named Aspen or Aster? Both are stronger names often given to boys. Even more daring–choose Stone as a middle name!

We’ve only separated boy names from girls names because some names tend to be more popular amongst boys or more popular amongst girls. Many of these names could be used for either boys or girls. Oftentimes, baby names are divided along gender lines putting names that signify strength on the boys’ side of baby-naming and names that signify beauty or emotion on the girls’ side of baby-naming. But this is no hard rule! More and more people are seeking unisex names to break those age-old traditions of assigning gender through naming.

While many people are trending toward unisex names, the tendency to indicate gender by name is something humans have done for centuries. Perhaps it is just that the name becomes identifiable as a boy’s name because most of the time you see it it is connected to a male but  the current trend is to press against this common way of naming babies. Nature names can press against gender disparities in a subtle way or with a bold statement.

Here are a few nature names that are typically associated either with boys or with girls.

Boys nature-inspired names

  • Aspen
  • Puma
  • Aster
  • Stone
  • Rock
  • River
  • Forest
  • Jay
  • Bamboo
  • August
  • Boulder
  • Bramble
  • Berry
  • Cloff
  • Comet
  • Glacier
  • Thunder
  • Glen or Glenn
  • Gardener
  • Granite
  • Grove or Grover
  • Havelock
  • Hawk
  • Cardinal
  • Thorn
  • Crow
  • Huckleberry
  • Island
  • Kai
  • Lake
  • Ocean or Wave
  • Lark or Larkspur
  • Park
  • Triton
  • Wade
  • Bud
  • Leaf
  • Mercury
  • Oliver or Olivier
  • Falcon
  • Eagle
  • Nova
  • Orion
  • Otter
  • Reef
  • Ridge
  • Rocky

Girls nature-inspired names

  • Meadow
  • Pearl
  • Pandora
  • Persimmon
  • Amber
  • Ravine
  • Rain
  • Oceana
  • Laurel
  • Raven
  • Violet
  • Vale
  • Wisteria
  • Willow
  • Wren
  • Yarrow
  • Stream
  • Jasmine
  • Holly
  • Indigo
  • Patchouli
  • Paprika
  • Ivy
  • Butterfly
  • Ginger
  • Sassafras
  • Lilac
  • Mossy or Mossy
  • Acacia
  • Azalea
  • Asteria
  • Begonia
  • Bloom or Blossom
  • Fragrance
  • Breeze
  • Celestia
  • Fuschia
  • Cassia
  • Sparrow
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloud
  • Halley
  • Orchid
  • Star
  • Clover
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Lotus
  • Luna
  • Maple
  • Marsh
  • Sunflower
  • Primrose
  • Plum
  • Strawberry
  • Sunny
  • Turquoise

Unisex names from nature themes

Unisex names are all the rage right now as parents seek to bridge the gender gap with these gentle nudges toward gender neutrality. Here are some of our very favorite unisex baby names that are derived from nature themes.

  • Branch
  • Tarragon
  • Tempest
  • Phoenix
  • Lavender
  • Hawthorn
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Oak or Oakley
  • Topaz
  • Thistle
  • Sea
  • Starling
  • Spruce
  • Heather
  • Nimbus
  • Thyme
  • Brook
  • Pepper
  • Ice
  • Pine
  • Marine
  • Peregrine
  • Lynx
  • Storm
  • Owl
  • Sky
  • Cove
  • Anemone
  • Basil
  • Isle
  • Bay
  • Marble
  • Slate
  • Granite
  • Quartz
  • Beach or Beech
  • Apple
  • Bayou
  • Caspian
  • Cascade
  • Clove
  • Tree
  • Lava

Conclusion

Nature baby names are fun, unique, and give that earthy feel that you are looking for in your new baby name. You can go for subtle or you can go for bold but certainly consider an organic, nature-y baby name that you will just love. You don’t have to drive around a Volkswagen beetle with flowers stickered to the side to enjoy a good solid baby name that is rooted in nature. Thank you for reading and we invite you to take a look at some of our other articles here on the Babienet blog.

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Author Bio:

Christina M Ward is a mom, grandmother, and writer of lots and lots of words. When she’s not busy obsessing over writing poetry and well-living articles, she is out in nature exploring or doing needlepoint crafts in front of Netflix. She loves books and reading, learning geeky things about nature, and helping other people live their best life.

Baby Names that Are ‘Rooted’ in Nature Takes a look at baby-naming trends for nature-based names and provides baby names lists for names inspired by nature from the classic to the popular to the unique.