46 Unique Flower-Inspired Baby Names + Their Meanings
Freshly-picked for your little blossom.
In honor of Unique Names Day, a holiday celebrating anyone who has never found their name on a gift-shop keychain, we've compiled a list of our favorite nature-inspired monikers that are as rare and beautiful as your little flower bud.
Greek in origin, this uncommon name's literal meaning is 'star.' Aster flowers, which bear brightly-colored, star-shaped blooms, are the official flower of September and according to myth, are the tears of the Goddess Astraea, also known as Virgo — September's ruling constellation.
Blue Nursery With Tree Wallpaper and Moon
The star (and moon) of the room? The beautiful accent wall papered with a whimsical birch forest twinkling with stars and a friendly crescent moon. It's a sweet serene setting that will grow along with Baby.
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The tall, white-barked birch tree evokes images of strength, beauty and grace and is considered the national tree of Russia, where it was once worshipped as a goddess. It's believed that the birch tree wards off evil, banishes fear and builds courage.
Not to be confused with the surname which means 'ironworker,' the name Bloom is a sweet symbol of new growth and fresh starts.
Briar is English for 'thorned shrub' and is a symbol of strength and security. The Brothers Grimm's version of Sleeping Beauty was named Little Briar Rose because she was a beauty born in a castle surrounded and protected by thorny briar bushes.
Also the name of a popular type of lily, Calla is Greek for 'the most beautiful.'
When you think of the word cosmo, you probably picture outer space. Why? The philosopher Pythagoras coined the term 'cosmos' to describe the universe as an orderly, harmonious and balanced system. Related to asters and sunflowers, cosmos flowers are named such because of their star-like shape. As a baby name, Cosmo means order, decency and beauty.
This pretty moniker comes from the strong, hardy elm tree and is generally used as a middle name.
Floryn is a Latin unisex baby name that means 'flourishing' or 'blooming flower.'
Iolanthe or Ione
Both Iolanthe and Ione are Greek for 'violet flower.' In Greek mythology, Ione was a beautiful and kind sea nymph who helped sailors find their way in turbulent waters.
Elegant and unique, Jessamine is French for 'jasmine,' a pretty shrub or climbing vine that bears fragrant blooms commonly used to make perfumes or teas.
Sanskrit for 'lotus,' Kunal also means 'one with beautiful eyes' or 'one who sees beauty in everything.'
This regal moniker derives its meaning from the Hawaiian words 'lei' and 'lani,' which together mean 'heavenly flowers.'
The linden tree is a long-living, deciduous variety that bears heart-shaped leaves and fragrant yellow blooms often used in herbal teas. The tree is a national symbol of Slovenia and the inspiration behind the Croatian word for the month of June: Lipanj (month of the linden tree).
This pretty name is a late Middle English word that means 'bouquet of flowers.'
Ren is the Japanese word for 'lotus,' a flower that historically symbolizes rebirth and divine beauty. Grown from the muddy bottom of a pond or river, the gorgeous white or pink lotus flower floats on top of the water, essentially rising above the muck.
Commonly found in Scotland, the rowan tree is a type of mountain ash that bears scarlet-red berries and is thought to ward off witches. In Gaelic, the name means 'little red-haired one.'
Saffron is the yellow dye or spice made from the dried, orange-hued stigmas of the crocus. It's believed that people with this name are intuitive learners and have an innate need for solitude.
A wild-looking, ornamental plant sprinkled with golden blooms, the senna plant derives its name from the Arabic word 'sana' which means 'brilliance, radiance and splendor.'
Tansy or Tansie
Another member of the aster family, yellow, button-like tansies have long been used as a medicinal herb, pesticide and natural preservative. Although it's generally assumed that Tansy is a Native American name derived from the plant, the word also means 'tenacious' in Latin and 'immortality' in Greek.
Zinnia 'Queen Red Lime'
Old-fashioned zinnias are great for luring butterflies or using as cut flowers. ‘Queen Red Lime’ puts a new pop in this popular flower, with burgundy outer petals that lighten to lime in the centers.
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These lush, daisy-like blooms symbolize remembrance and are known for attracting butterflies. Fun fact: In January 2016, a zinnia blossomed on the International Space Station, making the flower the very first to bloom outside of the Earth's biosphere.
“When I first saw the Otteroo,” says Amy Morrison of Pregnant Chicken, “I thought it looked like a torture device!” However, this inflatable ring is anything but. It’s a specially made, comfortable floatation device to support your baby’s head in the bath or in a pool.
“Essentially, it keeps their heavy head afloat while they groove out in the water and babies love it,” Morrison says. “A number of occupational and physical therapists have even incorporated the Otteroo into their aquatic therapy sessions.”
Breastfeeding Subscription Box
“I think subscription boxes are an incredible idea,” says Pregnant Chicken’s Morrison. “Gifts, like visitors, often come in a flurry in the beginning but peter out when you are really feeling the toll of parenthood, so these are such a beautiful idea to keep the good times rolling!”
Perhaps best of all, “you don’t have to be up on your baby stuff to send them—these guys do all the work for you.”
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“My friend that has three kids took them to the bookstore and had them pick out a bunch of books for my baby,” Morrison says. “They were bang-on with all of them, and they were books I wouldn’t have picked myself.”
“Kids have very un-adult taste in books, and you can’t always anticipate what will strike a chord so other kids and seasoned mothers can often lend a hand.”
Amanda Rueter of Dirt and Boogers puts this baby-wearing wrap at the top of her “can’t live without” list. “I loved the comfort of the Moby Wrap to carry my baby,” Rueter says.
“It was great, especially when I had my youngest, to have my hands free but still have my baby close. I used it for everything from grocery shopping to soothing a crying baby at home in the dark of night.”
“These basics are perfect for new babies,” says Sarah Nau of WeeSpring, “especially when your little one has a diaper blow-out and you're stuck trying to figure out how to pull a gross (bottom-snap) onesie over their head!”
“Fun fact: a newborn goes through an average of 10 diapers a day in their first month of life. That's a lot of diapers,” Nau of WeeSpring says.
“Having a diaper subscription takes one very important thing off a new parent's to-do list, and that convenience is priceless.”
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“This deluxe lounging pod has taken over the baby sleep space with its sleek Swedish design, comfiness, portability and versatility,” says Natalie Gordon of Babylist. This lightweight pod gets parents’ praise for safe use at tummy time, for changing, traveling and more.
Many of our pros agree: Delicious ready-made meals are a super-appreciated gift after coming home from the hospital. “Stock her freezer ahead of time with some great meals, or bring them to the shower packed in an ice cooler,” says Alida Quittschreiber of The Realistic Mama.
Says Dirt and Boogers’ Amanda Rueter, “I lived far away from family and friends when my second was born, so my good friend hired a local caterer to bring us a week's worth of home-cooked meals for me and my family. It was wonderful to have fantastic meals that I didn't have to cook!”
“This is a vibrating mat you can take anywhere to soothe baby,” says Meg Collins of Lucie’s List. “Since babies are used to constant motion and noise in the womb, this was designed to mimic those same conditions and actually works quite beautifully.”
“I love these swaddles because they serve so many purposes,” says Janessa Solem of Thrifty Nifty Mommy. “You can use them as blankets, burp rags, shade from the sun when draped over a stroller, nursing covers, even as backdrops for adorable newborn photos!”
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For a gift they’ll hold near-and-dear, “Moms love handmade items from grandparents (and other loved ones). Quilted or knitted blankets seem to be among the most cherished gifts a new parent can receive,” says LaDonna Dennis of Mom Blog Society.
“The Snoogle is the best pregnancy pillow out there, and it made my third pregnancy much more comfortable at night,” says Katie Joiner of Happily Ever Mom. “The best part? You can use it as a breastfeeding pillow (or to bottle feed) when your baby is born.”
Measured Water Bottle
“It's insane the amount of water that we need to drink daily for baby,” Joiner says. “And after the birth? You'll need even more! Make it easy on yourself with this time-trackable water bottle.”
“This 32-ounce beast helps you to keep track of how much water you are drinking throughout the day by giving you hourly goals. Each goal is written on the side of the bottle. And, yes, you've got to drink this twice a day!”
For a little levity—and perspective—Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book, blog and movement Free-Range Kids suggests, “Give a parenting advice book from some long ago era to remind that advice is always changing, so you don't have to take any of it that seriously.”
Example? One such book from the 1920s advised never to hug or kiss your children and to shake hands with them in the morning instead!