10 Never-ranked flower, tree and herb names

Tansy
Tansy

Looking for flower names that aren’t as run-of-the-mill as Lily, Daisy and Rose? Here are ten great botanical baby names that have never ranked in the U.S. top 1,000:

  • Zinnia – Cute and quirky. Many people I talk to really like this name.
  • Cedar – I see this name being used more and more often for both genders.
  • Maile (MY-lee) – Hawaiian flowering vine commonly used for making leis.
  • Bryony – The variant Briony was the name of the protagonist in Ian McEwan’s book Atonement.
  • Camellia – Especially appropriate for tea-lovers, as tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
  • Poppy – Currently the 30th most popular baby name in England and Wales.
  • Azalea – Very distinguished-sounding.
  • Tansy – Said to be derived from a Late Latin word meaning “undying.”
  • Acacia – A genus of thorny tress and shrubs. Reminds me of the name Alicia.
  • Juniper – Bears a resemblance to Jennifer and shortens neatly to June.

There are other good, uncommon floral names (Jonquil, Betony, Saffron) out there as well, but I thought the 10 above would be the most appealing to today’s parents.

UPDATE, 1/5/14: Azalea and Juniper are no longer never-ranked names! Juniper entered the top 1,000 in 2011 and Azalea in 2012.

UPDATE, 4/24/18: Poppy has been demoted as well. It entered the top 1,000 in 2016.

6 thoughts on “10 Never-ranked flower, tree and herb names

  1. I know a girl named Mailys (MY-lease) Watsonia. Her parents liked the name Maile, but they changed it around to Mailys. Watsonia is a type of flower. Mailys’ parents must’ve loved botanical names :).

  2. Number of baby girls named Juniper in the last few years:

    2004 – 33
    2005 – 49
    2006 – 73
    2007 – 80
    2008 – 107
    2009 – 169
    2010 – 205

    On track to make the top 1,000 next year? Hm…

  3. Lobelia reminds me of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, a not-so-likeable character in the Lord of the Rings.

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