If you love roses, lilies, or daisies, you’re in luck: Rose, Lily and Daisy make lovely names. But what if your favorite flowers are saxifrages, or snapdragons? Not so lucky, right? Not so fast — you may still be able to spin these flower names into usable baby names. Here are five things to try:
- If you know the common name, check out the scientific name. (Bastard balm is M. melissophyllum, which is a lot like Melissa. Sneezeweeds are found in the genus Helenium–how about Helen?)
- If you know the scientific name, check out the common names. (Various plants are called Rose of Sharon. Two others are known as Queen Anne’s Lace and Ulster Mary.)
- If there are cultivars, look for names among them.
- Think of a similar-sounding human name. (Rhododendron, Chrysanthemum and Aster could become Rhoda, Christine and Esther.)
- Brainstorm for an association to symbolize the flower. (Where did you first see this flower? What’s the name of your neighborhood florist?)
What other tips can you come up with?