Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Special: Flower Names

Easter Bouquet
Photo by webeyer via Flickr

Easter means different things to different people. To Christians, it is the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. To little ones, it is when the Easter Bunny hides treat-filled eggs. And to those in the northern hemisphere, it is the symbol of new life and spring. To honor the newness of the season and the beautiful Easter bouquets donning dinner tables this time of year, here are some flower names to brighten your weekend. Maybe there's one on the list that you haven't considered...

The Commonly Heard Ones
Azalea
Calla
Clover
Dahlia
Daisy
Heather
Iris
Jasmine
Lily
Magnolia
Pansy
Poppy
Rose
Rosemary
Violet

Lovely But Not Quite Common
Acacia
Amaryllis
Ambrosia
Blossom
Bryony
Camellia
Gardenia
Lavender
Lilac
Marigold
Myrtle
Orchid
Tulip
Zinnia

Unique
Bluebell
Buttercup
Carnation
Geranium
Hibiscus
Hyacinth
Periwinkle
Petunia
Primrose
Sunflower
Wisteria

Unisex
Aster - This name seems so masculine to me, but recently it's only been given to girls.
Briar - Both boys and girls are given this name.
Edelweiss - I can see this shortened to Ed for boys, and Edie, Ada, or Adele for girls.
Gladiolus - The -us ending makes it a possibility for boys (think of Augustus).
Linden - Both boys and girls are given this name.
Lotus - Both boys and girls are given this name.
Lucerne - This could either be shortened to Luke or Lucy.
Rowan - Both boys and girls are given this name.
Sage - A relatively common name for both boys and girls.
Valerian - This really screams boy to me, but the similarity to Valerie makes it seem like a possibility for girls as well.

For the Boys
Acer
Florian
Heath
Oleander
Yarrow

Do you disagree with any of my gender designations? What are your favorite flower names?

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11 comments:

  1. I love Lily! Always a favorite!

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  2. I really love flower names ... at any time of year.

    Lavender, Lilac and marigold are names I'd consider using, and Bluebell and Sunflower would make lovely middles.

    I saw a baby boy named Aster in last week's birth announcement; somebody commented on a boy being given such a "feminine" name, but to me it seems quite boyish, like the surname Astor.

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  3. I knew a couple of botanists who named their twin girls Heather and Erica. You had to know your plant names to get the joke!.

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  4. I have a cousin named Jonquil.

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