Lists without using the internet

People were discussing the name Bryony on another thread, and I was just randomly trying to see how many plant names used as people names I could come up with off the top of my head, without looking at the internet. I got:


Aster, Bryony, Camilla, Daisy, Dhalia, Eglantine, Fern, Hyacinth, Holly, Iris, Jasmine, Lily, Marigold, Poppy, Rose....



Which ones did I miss? I know or have heard of people with all of these names, but I suppose you could use almost any flower name for a girl.

I thought it might be interesting to see how long a list we could come up with without looking things up on another site. Is there a plant/flower name for every letter of the alphabet?




What about cosmic/meteorological phenomena? I got:

Aurora, Autumn, Corona, Dawn, Gaia, Luna, Moon, Rain, Sunny, Sky, Star,


March 2, 2014 12:32 AM

To fill in a few letter gaps of flower names: Gladiolis (Or Gladiola), Narcissus, Orchid, Snapdragon (Snap is a cute nn for a boy!), Tulip, Violet, and Zinnia.

I also thought of Ambrosia, Jonquil, Chamomile, Chrisanthemum, Huckleberry (Huck Finn!), Basil, Clover, Ash (as in the tree), Olive, and Ivy.

For the cosmic/meteorological: Orion, Astro, Stella, Venus, Pluto, and Mars.

Admittedly, I don't actually know peopple with any of these names, but I can see all of them as potentially being used on a real person.

March 2, 2014 2:46 PM

I can't believe I didn't think of Violet!

By EVie
March 2, 2014 10:41 AM

There's Willow for the W, and Yarrow could work on a boy. Also Azalea, Sage, Sorrel, Tansy, Petunia, Pansy, Laurel, Myrtle, Ginger. Bay is another that could work on a boy. Oleander for a boy? (kind of a spin on Leander?) Rosemary, Thyme (boy or girl?) And while I'm on spices, what about Coriander (nn Cory?) and Cardamom? 

Camilla isn't a flower name—I think you're thinking of Camellia. 

For cosmic/meteorological names, if you start including constellations, stars, planets and moons, there are tons, as a lot of heavenly bodies are given names from Greek and Roman mythology. Sirius, Io, Lyra, Leo, Draco, Andromeda, Callisto, Phoebe, Titan. And then there are the hurricanes...

March 2, 2014 12:19 PM

Camilla is a sort of peripherally-flower-name: in many European languages, the word for chamomile is either identical to or very similar to Camilla.

March 2, 2014 2:52 PM

I was thinking of Camellia. But it's neat to know that Camilla is flower-adjacent.

If you expand out to names that mean flower, or names that mean a kind of flower in another language, you get a much longer list. Names like Garland, or Blossom, or Fleur, or Briallen, or Gul (though I hate the name Gul because the first Gul I ever met was a grade A jerk)....

March 2, 2014 2:49 PM

We all forgot Heather.


I also thought about it a bit more. I actually knew a woman named Thistle. And the Lord of the Rings has a very minor character named Lobelia.

Would Begonia work as a name? It sounds sort of wacky.

March 4, 2014 12:11 PM

I know a Begoña (pronounced the same way). It is used in Spanish.

March 2, 2014 6:57 PM

Amaryllis, Daffodil, Magnolia, Laurel, and Jonquil (all names someone I know wears).

By ozy
April 9, 2014 9:48 PM

Amaranth, Rowan, Lilac, Lotus I think is charming.

I did briefly wonder about naming a child Orchid.

By EVie
April 9, 2014 11:42 PM

I met a Lotus a few weeks ago! She was not a native English speaker (I think she was Vietnamese or maybe Thai), so if I had to guess I'd say that she picked it herself as her English name, but it was still cool. 

April 13, 2014 12:11 AM

I know a woman named Delphinia.

April 17, 2014 1:02 AM

Flower names without searching. Heather, Lily, Rose, Hakea, Laurel, Camilla, Violet, Ren, Amarylis, Allyssa (Allysum), Magnolia, Sage, Primrose, Viola, Daisy, Daphodil, Ambrosia, Thistle, Zennia, Nettle, Hazel, Saffron, Basil, Pansy, Perrywinkle, Edelweiss (sound of music lovers or lovers of Austria), Blossom, Clover, Oxalis, Gladys (I think is from gladiola), Indigo, Peaseblossom (one I've always liked from A Midsummer Night's dream), Poinsettia, Azalea, Susan (I'm thinking of black-eyed susans but this name probably has another meaning I don't know of), Anastasia (definitely has another meaning), Jasmine, Holly, Astilbe, Dandelion, Bud, Bluebonnet (could call her Bonnie or Blue), Bluebell could work that way too, Yaupon, Freesia, Ivy, Meribel, Wisteria, . If I think of any more I will be back. Some of these are herbs, but herbs that produce flowers. I don't think all of these are established as given names but I think they could be. 

Cosmic/meteorological names are abundant. Orion, Leo, Centaur, Ursa, Hubble, Haley, Sagan (names of famous astronomers), Taurina, Pices, Gemini, Capi (pretty much any astrology name or constellation name), Neptune, Saturn, Pluto (pretty much any planet except Uranus), Nova, Gala, Maya, Draco, Cosmo, Sol, Ciel, Stratos, Comet, Akitla, Halo, Misty, Stormy, Eclipse, Cloud, Nocturne, Summer, Winter, Spring (and any name associated with seasons, Noelle, Esther, Ostara), Lucifer, Venus, Galileo, Copernicus, Heaven, Dusk, this could really go on forever.

April 17, 2014 9:16 AM

Letters already taken, but Cassia for a plant, and Celeste (heavenly).

October 20, 2015 8:17 PM

Virtue names:













... any other ideas?

October 26, 2015 10:08 PM







Glory (Debatable whether this is a virtue... But it's on similar lines to Honor, I think...)

Virtue itself


In the past, Obedience and Chastity were used at times, but I can't see them ever being used today...


October 30, 2015 8:01 AM

Chastity has morphed into Chasity. My son has had two classmates with this name.