Flower names for boys

(113 Posts)
Nicki10 Sun 18-Jan-09 22:10:06

We are trying for number 2, we already have a daughter Poppy. We are looking for a boys name that is on the same theme.

We were trying to think of any flower, plant or herb but are stuck. Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated.


McMamazon Sun 18-Jan-09 22:10:30


(sweet) William?

goingonfortynoelectricshocks Sun 18-Jan-09 22:11:41



LOl @ Basil

winterblues Sun 18-Jan-09 22:11:47

Rowan, Willow, Ash or Ashley. I will try and think of some more.

gemmummy Sun 18-Jan-09 22:11:51


this is really hard.

janeite Sun 18-Jan-09 22:12:40

Rowan is a fab name.

I used to teach a Basil!

NimChimpsky Sun 18-Jan-09 22:12:48


McMamazon Sun 18-Jan-09 22:13:58

i thought of sage as a bit of a piss take but im now taken with it.

ladyjuliafish Sun 18-Jan-09 22:14:17

one of these or lupin, like Lupin Pooter

gigglewitch Sun 18-Jan-09 22:14:23

not the easiest of challenges...
doesn't Basil make you think fawlty towers hmm grin

not that i can come up with anything better than Rowan or Cedar - oh and i have heard of Aspen. willow - maybe, or too girly? My cousin is Linden, which is apparently a tree hmm

subtlemouse Sun 18-Jan-09 22:15:39


Ivykaty44 Sun 18-Jan-09 22:15:44

AOI (1-碧, 2- 葵): Japanese unisex name meaning 1) "blue" or 2) "hollyhock."

BRIAR: English unisex name derived from the plant name briar, from Old English brer, meaning "prickly bush."

BRIER: Variant spelling of English unisex Briar, meaning "briar plant."

DZAGHIG: Armenian unisex name meaning "flower."

FIORE: Medieval Italian unisex name derived from the word fiore, meaning "flower."

FIORELLO: Masculine diminutive form of Italian unisex Fiore, meaning "little flower." Fiorella is the feminine form.

FU (1-芙, 2-富): Chinese unisex name meaning 1) "lotus" or 2) "wealthy."

GULZAR (गुलज़ार): Hindi unisex name meaning "garden of flowers."

HADLEY: English surname transferred to unisex forename use, composed of the Old English elements hæð "heathland, heather, wasteland" and leah "clearing, field, meadow" hence "heather meadow."

HE (1-荷, 2-河): Chinese unisex name meaning 1) "lotus," or 2) "river."

HOLLIS: English surname transferred to unisex forename use, from Old English holegn "holly" denoting someone who "lives near holly trees."

HUA (1- 花, 2-华): Chinese unisex name meaning 1) "flower" or 2) "magnificent."

LORE: Basque unisex name meaning "flower." Compare with strictly feminine Lore.

PADMA (पद्म): Hindi unisex name meaning "lotus flower."

ROTEM (רוֹתֶם): Hebrew unisex name derived from the word rethem, found in the bible, meaning "juniper" or "broom plant," a shrub growing in the deserts of Arabia with yellowish flowers, and a bitter root which the poor were accustomed to eat.

SHOSHAN (Hebrew: שׁוֹשַׁן):
Egyptian unisex name meaning "lotus."
Hebrew unisex name meaning "lily."
VERED (וֶרֶד): Hebrew unisex name meaning "rose."

YING (英): Chinese unisex name meaning "petal, flower; outstanding, surpassing; admirable, heroic."


ADONIS (Άδωνις): Greek name derived from Hebrew Adonai, meaning "my lord." In mythology, this is the name of a beautiful youth who was loved by Aphrodite. He was killed while hunting a boar and the anemone flower sprang from his blood.

ARAVINDA (अरविन्द): Hindi name meaning "lotus."

CELYN: Welsh name meaning "holly."

CHRYSANTHOS (Χρύσανθος): Greek name composed of the elements chrysos "gold" and anthemon "a flower," hence "golden flower."
CHRYSANTHUS: Latin form of Greek Chrysanthos, meaning "golden flower."
CHUSI: Native American Hopi name meaning "snake flower."
COAXOCH: Nahuatl name meaning "serpent flower."
CVETKO (Цветко): Slovene name derived from the Slavic word cvet, meaning "blossom."

FIORENZO: Italian form of Latin Florentius, meaning "blossoming."

FLORENCE: Compare with feminine Florence.
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Flaithrí, meaning "prince-king."
English and French form of Latin Florentius, meaning "blossoming."
FLORENCIO: Portuguese and Spanish form of Latin Florentius, meaning "blossoming."
FLORENTIN: French form of Latin Florentius, meaning "blossoming."
FLORENTINO: Italian form of Latin Florentius, meaning "blossoming."
FLORENTIUS: Latin name derived from the word florens, meaning "blossoming."
FLORENTIY (Флорентий): Russian form of Latin Florentius, meaning "blossoming."
FLORENZ: German form of Latin Florentius, meaning "blossoming."
FLORIAN: Short form of Roman Latin Florianus, meaning "flower."
FLORIANO: Italian form of Roman Latin Florian, meaning "flower."
FLORIANUS: Roman name derived from Latin flos, meaning "flower."
FLORIN: Romanian form of Roman Latin Florian, meaning "flower."
FLORIS: Dutch form of Latin Florentius, meaning "blossoming."
FU-HUA: Chinese compound name composed of the names Fu "lotus" or "wealthy" and Hua "flower" or "magnificent."
GENTI: Albanian name derived from Latin Gentius, meaning "gentian flower" or "(well)-born."
GENTIUS: Latin name of the last king of the Illyrians, meaning "gentian flower" or "(well)-born."
GIACINTO: Italian form of Latin Hyacinthus, meaning "hyacinth flower."
GÜL (گل): Turkish name meaning "rose."
GÜLBAHAR: Turkish form of Persian Gulbahar, meaning "spring rose."
GULBAHAR (گلبهار): Persian name meaning "spring rose."
GWRI: Welsh myth name of Teyrnon's adopted son, "Gwri of the golden hair," who grew to full adulthood in seven years, meaning "bloom."
HEADLEY: Variant spelling of English Hedley, meaning "heather field."

HEDLEY: English surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements hæð "heather" and leah "clearing, field," hence "heather field" or "heather meadow."

HRAVART: Armenian name meaning "burning rose."

HYACINTHUS: Latin form of Greek Hyakinthos, meaning "hyacinth flower." In Greek mythology, this is the name of a youth loved by Apollo who accidentally killed him, after which the hyacinth flower sprouted from his blood.
HYAKINTHOS (Ὑάκινθος): Greek name meaning "hyacinth flower." In Greek mythology, this is the name of a youth loved by Apollo who accidentally killed him, after which the hyacinth flower sprouted from his blood.
JACEK: Modern form of Polish Jacenty, meaning "hyacinth flower."
JACENTY: Polish form of Greek Hyakinthos, meaning "hyacinth flower."
JACINTHUS: Variant spelling of Latin Hyacinthus, meaning "hyacinth flower."
JACINTO: Portuguese and Spanish form of Latin Jacinthus, meaning "hyacinth flower."
JASMIN: Bosnian form of Arabic Yasmin, meaning "jasmine flower," a plant in the olive family. Compare with feminine Jasmin.

KUNAL (कुणाल): Hindi name meaning "lotus flower."

LULEZIM: Albanian name meaning "blooming; flowering."

MUKUL (মুকুল): Hindi name meaning "blossom, bud."

NARCISSUS: Latin form of Greek Narkissos, possibly meaning "numbness; sleep." In mythology, this is the name of a vain youth who fell in love with his own reflection and eventually was turned into a kind of lily or daffodil flower known as the narkissos.

NARKISSOS (Νάρκισσος): Greek name possibly derived from the word narke, meaning "numbness; sleep." In mythology, this is the name of a vain youth who fell in love with his own reflection and eventually was turned into a kind of lily or daffodil flower known as the narkissos.

NERGIS: Turkish name meaning "daffodil."

RAJEEV (राजीव): Variant spelling of Hindi Rajiv, a name for a "lotus flower," derived from the Sanskrit word rajiv, meaning "striped."

RAJIV (राजीव): Hindi name for a "lotus flower," derived from the Sanskrit word rajiv, meaning "striped."

REN (蓮): Japanese name meaning "water lily."

ROOSEVELT: Dutch surname transferred to forename use, composed of the elements roose "roses" and velt "open country," hence "field of roses."

SHELDON: English surname transferred to forename use, from the name of a place in Derbyshire which was recorded in the Domesday Book as Scelhadun, composed of Old English scylf "shelf" and the place name Haddon (from hæð "heathland, heather, wasteland" + dun "hill"), hence "steep-sided heather hill."

THALES (Θαλής): Greek name meaning "blossom."

TSVETAN (Цветан): Bulgarian name meaning "flower."

TXILAR: Basque name meaning "heather."

VARTAN: Armenian name meaning "giver of roses."

VARTERES: Armenian name meaning "rose-face."

VIRÁG: Hungarian name meaning "flower."

XOCHIPEPE: Nahuatl name meaning "flower-gatherer."

XOCHIPILLI: Aztec myth name of a god of love, music, and flowers, meaning "flower prince."

ZAHIR (ظهير): Arabic name meaning "shining; blossoming."

ZAHUR: Egyptian name meaning "flower."

MrsMattie Sun 18-Jan-09 22:16:28


PavlovtheCat Sun 18-Jan-09 22:17:18


Nicki10 Sun 18-Jan-09 22:17:25

Thank you all for your quick response. Basil is a bit too humourous for us I think. DP just said Ash is alright but reminds me off Ashley.

That link you sent mentioned Nalin that I think is quite cute but is it too out there?

hellymelly Sun 18-Jan-09 22:20:10


ladyjuliafish Sun 18-Jan-09 22:21:07

Sylvester means forest

Horton Sun 18-Jan-09 22:24:58

Rowan is really the only one I can think of that isn't either weird or laughable.

Horton Sun 18-Jan-09 22:25:25

Although Sylvester is actually quite cool.

hartydally Sun 18-Jan-09 22:25:29


Nicki10 Sun 18-Jan-09 22:30:41

I'm not sure I could name my son Pansy without PMSL everyday and deciding his sexuality before he was born!

Dilettante Sun 18-Jan-09 22:36:01


Dilettante Sun 18-Jan-09 22:37:31


CioccolataCalda Sun 18-Jan-09 22:38:01

ivykaty - that is the mightiest post ever!!!

moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 22:38:29


serant Sun 18-Jan-09 22:46:40

I like heath.
rowan can be a boy or girl

moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 22:50:44

Lemon marjoram

Nyx Sun 18-Jan-09 22:52:26

I know an Ash and I think it's a great boy's name - the Ash I know is a great bloke. I also like Heath.

I thought Rowan was a girl's name? But am more than likely wrong - I haven't known any Rowans!

TsarChasm Sun 18-Jan-09 22:52:48


TsarChasm Sun 18-Jan-09 22:53:56

Ooh snap Nyx!grinWe both said Ash together.

moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 22:54:02


KerryMumbles Sun 18-Jan-09 22:55:21

Oh really, please don't continue along this line of thought.

Your child will be beaten up daily.

Nyx Sun 18-Jan-09 22:56:33

grin TsarChasm (fabby name btw)

moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 22:57:38


PavlovtheCat Sun 18-Jan-09 23:03:10

oh no moondog, Nettle is a girl's name! (i like it, DH laughed in my face!)

Doozle Sun 18-Jan-09 23:04:06

But Rowan surely conjures up images of Rowan Atkinson, doesn't it? Sorry I've just got Mr Bean in my head when I hear it.

Ivykaty44 Sun 18-Jan-09 23:04:23

I think I did really well finding all those boys names, never realised it would be so big blush

TsarChasm Sun 18-Jan-09 23:06:07

Forest (but oh dear then it's Gump as well)

I really like Linden though. Yummy Dr in Holby is called Linden.

savoycabbage Sun 18-Jan-09 23:09:39

I like Bay.

twistedangel Sun 18-Jan-09 23:12:36

Logan (berry)
It's my son's middle name and everyone i know thinks it's well cool

moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 23:14:02

Wild garlic

dizzydixies Sun 18-Jan-09 23:15:05


Doozle Sun 18-Jan-09 23:16:34

Really like Heath!

mrsruffallo Sun 18-Jan-09 23:20:24

Thorn is cool

moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 23:22:22


Earthymama Sun 18-Jan-09 23:24:02

Rowan is a lovely name for a boy and the tree is strong and beautiful.

My DN is Rowan so 'm biased smile

wotulookinat Sun 18-Jan-09 23:24:22

Linden is cool. I like Florian, and it's my dad's name, but DH has said no to it - what a meanie. I shall be watching this thread for inspiration!

moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 23:24:28


moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 23:24:40


Fable Sun 18-Jan-09 23:24:58

I like Sol

wotulookinat Sun 18-Jan-09 23:25:09

Blade (of grass)

wotulookinat Sun 18-Jan-09 23:25:21

Sol is cool

wotulookinat Sun 18-Jan-09 23:25:48

River Phoenix had a brother called Leaf.

Scum Sun 18-Jan-09 23:26:22




moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 23:26:53


mrsruffallo Sun 18-Jan-09 23:27:09

Didn't he change it to Joaquin tho?

mrsruffallo Sun 18-Jan-09 23:27:51

No! He will be Conker the wonker!

wotulookinat Sun 18-Jan-09 23:28:52

Oh I dunno. I thought he was another brother.

Scum Sun 18-Jan-09 23:30:51






Nyx Sun 18-Jan-09 23:31:39

Argh, you're all right of course and I take back what I said about Rowan not being a boy's name. What was I thinking blush

ChasingSquirrels Sun 18-Jan-09 23:34:02

I know someone with a Lily and Rose, they called their dc3, a boy, William. I have always assumed it was continuing the theme with (sweet) william.

RobynLou Sun 18-Jan-09 23:34:19

acer (ace!)

moondog Sun 18-Jan-09 23:41:58


EachPeachPearMum Sun 18-Jan-09 23:44:39

Joaquin changed his name to leaf as a child, as he wanted to be like his siblings (liberty, rainbow, summer, river). He changed it back as an adult.
[sad know-all emoticon]

Scum Sun 18-Jan-09 23:48:32


wotulookinat Sun 18-Jan-09 23:52:55

Hickory Dickory Dock

Clary Sun 18-Jan-09 23:56:52

(lol at some posts - sorry)

Rowan is either sex (which is not my fave thing as I have such a name).

I know a small Rowan girl and a grown-up Rowan boy.

Heath is quite nice, I know a 9yo Heath.

Willow is a girl I reckon.

Fable Sun 18-Jan-09 23:58:06

I went to a school with a boy called Rowan

Tinker Mon 19-Jan-09 00:51:17


clubfoot Mon 19-Jan-09 14:31:20

I know an Acer. Plus it is a lovely shrub/tree.

brimfull Mon 19-Jan-09 14:33:54

Chrys..short for Chrysanthemum ..lol

Orchid-that's quite male..meaning bollock

MamaG Mon 19-Jan-09 14:36:14

lol lol lol at moondog

bellabelly Mon 19-Jan-09 14:37:50

moondog has some good suggestions but surely asfoetid is a girl's name? grin

bellabelly Mon 19-Jan-09 14:38:08

asfoetida, even

Fimbo Mon 19-Jan-09 14:38:56

Not what you are looking for but I think Gabriel goes well with Poppy

bellabelly Mon 19-Jan-09 14:39:01

Curry Powder

bronze Mon 19-Jan-09 14:40:40


bronze Mon 19-Jan-09 14:42:51

Of course theres names that are plant related such as Selwin

bronze Mon 19-Jan-09 14:44:28

Douglas (fir)

KewcumbersRoastingOnAnOpenFire Mon 19-Jan-09 14:45:39

Jaun "Kind of plant" (muslim)
Botan "Peony" (Japanese)

KewcumbersRoastingOnAnOpenFire Mon 19-Jan-09 14:46:21

Acer - and they make fab computers wink

BlackEyedDogstar Mon 19-Jan-09 14:52:30

grin @ Conker

Tomato - shortened to Tom (actually know parents who used this - we were teenagers at the time, ha ha)
my fave...Pip

seeker Mon 19-Jan-09 14:56:13

Sorry to do this again but.....please read!

vess Mon 19-Jan-09 15:15:55

Linden is definitely my favorite!
Rowan is nice too.

QueenLiffey Mon 19-Jan-09 16:24:06

I wouldn't laugh at Basil, but knowing that in America they'd say Bayzil would put me off.

RumMum Mon 19-Jan-09 16:28:36

I love Herbert...

PuppyMonkey Mon 19-Jan-09 16:35:16

My fave on this thread is definitely Leylandi grin.

You coluld also have Hawthorn

gauly Mon 19-Jan-09 16:44:13

Perry - derived from "pear tree" apparently, though perhaps Poppy and Perry is a bit too many P's.

campion Mon 19-Jan-09 17:39:08



LadyThompson Tue 20-Jan-09 11:53:56

What about Oreander? Lovely name for a boy. (Or girl, but it's actually a boy's name)

BabyBaby123 Tue 20-Jan-09 11:59:40

what does it have to be plant related just because you have a Poppy? hmm

LadyThompson Tue 20-Jan-09 12:02:22

I meant OLEANDER. Not had much sleep. Sorry

belgo Tue 20-Jan-09 12:04:55

Douglas ( ok it's a tree, not a flower)

LadyThompson Tue 20-Jan-09 13:00:49

Because, BabyBaby123, names of siblings have to go together. Otherwise you end up with kids like the brothers I heard of last week:




Was their mother having a brainstorm?

belgo Tue 20-Jan-09 13:17:43

grin at Ladythompson

Lancelottie Tue 20-Jan-09 13:33:02

But you could always widen the definition a bit and go for 'Other-natural-entity' names!

Poppy & Olive-r?
Poppy & Robin?
Poppy & Garth (garden)?
Poppy & Adam (earth)?

MissGT Tue 20-Jan-09 13:49:46

I am a Rowan, and a girl (laydee even!). Brooke Shields has a girl called Rowan too... But agree, is def unisex. My worst bit is that every time I go to Scotland to visit DPs family, they all pronounce it 'Rawen'!

DownyEmerald Tue 20-Jan-09 14:11:53


loobeylou Tue 20-Jan-09 18:42:49

i know a boy called Berry

or how about Budd?

ceeceeanne Thu 22-Jan-09 15:04:02

I like Nettle for a boy but would only use if i was a pop star!
Bracken is nice too. Leaf?

d0glover Thu 22-Jan-09 16:38:04

Please please please keep an eye on the other local boys names - he has to live with it for ever (or until he can change it) and being a Jasmin or a Leaf or Mint when all the other boys are called macho or snooty traditional names will make his life very difficult. My BIL had to live with the very old fashioned boys name "Hilary" and it was tough among the Steves and Daves around him.

My advice would be to give him "ordinary" middle name so he can use that instead if he wants at a later date.

Personally I love a lot of these names though and it is fun choosing baby names!

Good luck smile

CoteDAzur Thu 22-Jan-09 19:11:45

GÜL: Turkish name meaning "rose."
GÜLBAHAR: Turkish form of Persian Gulbahar, meaning "spring rose."
JASMIN: Bosnian form of Arabic Yasmin, meaning "jasmine flower," a plant in the olive family. Compare with feminine Jasmin.
NERGIS: Turkish name meaning "daffodil."

These are all girls' names!

As a rule of thumb, it is a very bad idea to trust the internet on foreign names. It's best to stick to the names you are familiar with, imho.

Guadalupe Thu 22-Jan-09 19:14:05


belgo Thu 22-Jan-09 19:16:44

Sticking with the natural world theme:


CoteDAzur Thu 22-Jan-09 19:21:07


Salleroo Thu 22-Jan-09 19:30:58

For Christ's sake, can children just have a 'normal' name that they wont be mortified by in later life?

Do you have to theme your names?

I usually scroll speedily through the name threads, the ridiculous suggestions people make.

Do you need help naming your child? 'Where did I get my name from mum?, an internet forum love!'

Coldtits Thu 22-Jan-09 19:33:06

FGS just call the poor little sod Andrew.

Coldtits Thu 22-Jan-09 19:34:43

x posts salleroo

Winebeforepearls Thu 22-Jan-09 19:35:58

Bay unless your surname is Leaf
Heath unless it's Cliff

Salleroo Thu 22-Jan-09 19:52:21

Next post down is about names that make you giggle, some of the mums in the middle are a little bit het up that their PCs names are having the mick taken!!! Love it

risingstar Sat 24-Jan-09 14:41:46

Knew of a family where all the girls in family were iris, lily, daisy etc. The only boy ( the youngest) was named Bud! v sweet!

Lancelottie Sun 25-Jan-09 11:21:30

Okaaay. In the attempt to save this purely hypothetical sprog from a lifetime condemned to the name Hyacinth, here are some more thoughts.

Alexanders is a plant. Call him Alex and bung in a middle initial, and Bob's your uncle.

So is Timothy. It's a grass.

But I'm not sure the OP is nearly as interested in this thread as the rest of us.

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