Zinnias are popular, butterfly-attracting garden flowers that come in a range of vivid colors.
They’re part of the Zinnia genus, which was named in honor of German botanist and anatomist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759). The surname Zinn was derived from a German/Jewish occupational name for a tinsmith.
As a baby name, Zinnia is rare but on the rise. It could be a great choice for parents who want something floral and feminine, but still a bit quirky.
It didn’t rank among the top 1,000 baby girl names in the U.S. in 2005, but similar names did, including flower names Jasmine (#29) and Lily (#39) and Z-names Zoe (#59) and Zaria (#721).
Update, March 2016: Zinnia has been picking up steam lately. Here’s the raw number usage from 2005 to 2014 (the most recent year on record):
- 2014: 89 baby girls named Zinnia
- 2013: 75 baby girls named Zinnia
- 2012: 53 baby girls named Zinnia
- 2011: 54 baby girls named Zinnia
- 2010: 47 baby girls named Zinnia
- 2009: 40 baby girls named Zinnia
- 2008: 36 baby girls named Zinnia
- 2007: 26 baby girls named Zinnia
- 2006: 41 baby girls named Zinnia
It’s not in the top 1,000 yet, but could be there within the next few years if usage continues inching upward.
Of the 89 Zinnias born in 2014, 10 were born in California, 8 in Oregon, 7 in Florida, 6 in New York, and 5 in Illinois.