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130+ top flower names for 2024

Alright, petal? If you’re looking for a floral-themed name for your baby girl or baby boy, we’ve got a blooming marvellous bunch of flower baby names to suit your new arrival. 

By Louise Baty | Last updated Apr 9, 2024

Baby holding flowers

Calling all busy bees. Are you buzzing around trying to find a sweet name for your little flower? We can help. Parents-to-be and new parents looking for the ideal baby name have long turned to nature for inspiration and what better way to choose your baby’s name than to immerse yourself in all things floral?

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There are bunches of well-loved and popular pretty flower baby girl names, including Rose and Lily, which have been consistently loved for decades. As this Mumsnetter says, “Flower names are classics.”

Currently, Violet is enjoying some time in the sunshine. It entered the ONS top 100 list in 2019, having not been featured since 1924. Meanwhile, Ivy has climbed almost to the top of the top 100 list, hitting number four in the latest figures from 2021.

But flower names aren’t only for baby girls. There are loads of great flower names for boys too - some of which you might not have even realised were on a botanical theme, such as Fraser and Olly. There are also some great unisex flower names, including Rowan and Sorrel.

How we chose the top flower baby names

As we always do when we’re compiling our baby name lists, we began the process by analysing the most popular names for girls and boys registered in England and Wales in 2021, as recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

How the ONS compiles their list of baby names

Every year, researchers from the ONS collect birth registration data and analyse the name frequency, categorising by sex and ranking names based on usage. This way, the data analysers can establish which names have been used most frequently - and are therefore most popular that year. Each year, the official lists that are released provide a picture of baby name trends, including the names which are rising and falling in popularity. 

The most up-to-date figures are for 2021, as we’re patiently awaiting the release of the 2022 figures. This is the list from which we picked a bouquet of the prettiest floral baby names, which are most loved by parents right now.

During our research to find the 150 top flower names for our list, we also selected some of our favourite baby names from our other baby name articles, including the most loved Welsh baby names, Scottish baby names, Irish baby names, nature baby names and cool baby names.

We also headed to our own Baby Names forum for parents’ opinions on floral baby names for baby girls and boys. Just to be clear, when we talk about ‘popular’ names in list articles such as this, we’re not only referring to names within the ONS top 100, we’re also including names that are popular with parents on our forums too.

Quick disclaimer: while we’ve dug up as many flower names as possible, we decided to widen our criteria to include baby names related to certain trees, shrubs and even some other flower-related delights, such as Melissa, which means ‘honeybee’ and April which means ‘to blossom’. Then there’s the Scandinavian baby boy name Leif, which actually means ‘heir’ but sounds so wonderfully leafy, we had to include it.

This way, we hope you can be truly inspired by all that the world of flowery baby names has to offer. Let’s take a closer look at our pick of the crop.

Popular flower names for girls

1. Alyssa

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Noble, also the alyssa flower

2. April

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: To blossom

3. Astrid

  • Origin: Scandinavian

  • Meaning: Divinely beautiful

4. Blossom

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Flower of a plant

5. Bryony (or Briony)

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Climbing plant

6. Chloe

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Blooming, green shoots or new plant

7. Clover 

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Meadow flower

8. Daisy

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: From the flower

9. Fern (or Fearne)

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Feather or the fern plant

10. Ffion

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: Foxglove

11. Fleur

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Flower

12. Flora

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Flower

13. Hazel

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Hazel flower

14. Heather

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Evergreen flowering plant

15. Iris     

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Rainbow, flower or eye

16. Ivy

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Climbing plant

17. Jasmine (or Jasmin)

  • Origin: Persian

  • Meaning: Gift from God or the jasmine flower

18. Laura

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Laurel plant

19. Laurel

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Laurel tree

20. Lauren

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Crowned with laurel

21. Lily (or Lilly)

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Lily flower

22. Liliana

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Lily flower

23. Lillian (or Lilyann)

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Lily flower and grace

24. Livvy

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Olive tree or peace

25. Lowri

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: Laurel

26. Melissa

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Honeybee

27. Olive

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Olive tree

28. Olivia

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Olive tree

29. Polly

  • Origin: Greek, English

  • Meaning: Drawn from the poppy flower

30. Poppy

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Red flower

31. Primrose

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: First rose, the primrose flower

32. Romy

  • Origin: Latin (originally a diminutive of Rosemary)

  • Meaning: Dew of the sea

33. Róisín

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Little rose

34. Rosa

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Rose flower

35. Rosalie

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Rose

36. Rosalind

  • Origin: Spanish

  • Meaning: Pretty rose

37. Rosaline

  • Origin: Spanish

  • Meaning: Little rose

38. Rosamund

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Rose flower

39. Rose

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Rose flower

40. Rosie 

  • Origin: Latin (diminutive of Rose)

  • Meaning: Rose flower

41. Saffron

  • Origin: Arabic

  • Meaning: Yellow flower

42. Tamara

  • Origin: Sanskrit, Hebrew, Arabic

  • Meaning: Lotus flower or date palm tree

43. Thalia

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Blooming

44. Violet

  • Origin: Latin 

  • Meaning: The colour purple or the violet flower

45. Zara  

  • Origin: Arabic

  • Meaning: Blossoming flower

What Mumsnetters say about popular flower names for baby girls

“Jasmine? a lovely winter flowering shrub, so not quite a flower, we chose it.” - Mumsnet user, user12345678213

“I really like Rosa, and I know a girl called it. I think it feels a bit more modern than Rose too.” - Mumsnet user, Seadreamers

“I love Zara. It's one of my favourite names ever.” - Mumsnet user, TotalDramarama24

Popular flower names for boys

46. Fraser

  • Origin: Scottish

  • Meaning: Strawberry flowers

47. Heath

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Lives at a moor or heath, evergreen shrub

48. Laurence (or Lawrence)

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: From Laurentum or bay laurel

49. Oliver

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Olive tree

50. Ollie (or Olly)

  • Origin: Latin (derivative of Oliver)

  • Meaning: Olive tree

51. Ross

  • Origin: Scottish

  • Meaning: Rose-coloured, red or wood

What Mumsnetters say about popular flower names for baby boys

“Oliver is lovely!” - Mumsnet user, shoopshoopdedoo

“I think Olly sounds really sweet.” - Mumsnet user, Boringcookingquestion

Gender-neutral flower names

52. Ash

  • Origin: English, Hebrew

  • Meaning:  Ash tree or happy

53. Ashley (Ashleigh)

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Ash tree meadow

54. Aster

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Star-like flower

55. Berry

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Small fruit

56. Briar 

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning:  Referring to a thorny plant

57. Cypress

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Cypress tree

58. Garland

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Wreath of flowers or leaves

59. Hadley

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Heather-covered meadow

60. Indigo

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: bluish-purple or deep blue.

61. Laurie

  • Origin: Latin (derived from Laurence/Laurel)

  • Meaning: From Laurentum or bay laurel

62. Perry (or Perri)

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Lives near a pear tree

63. Rowan

  • Origin: Gaelic

  • Meaning: Rowan tree or little redhead

64. Sorrel

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Reddish-brown and the sorrel plant

What Mumsnetters say about gender-neutral flower names

“I love Rowan.” - Mumsnet user, EugeneEufy

“I think Sorrel is nice. Reminds me of both Soren and Laurel - Laurel is a lovely name too.” - Mumsnet user, cherryassam

Unique flower names for girls

65. Alani

  • Origin: Hawaiian

  • Meaning Orange tree

66. Amaryllis

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Fresh or sparkling

67. Azalea

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Dry

68. Bláthnaid

  • Origin: Gaelic

  • Meaning: Flower

69. Blodwen

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: White flower

70. Bluebell

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: bluebell flower

71. Buttercup

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Small yellow flower

72. Calla

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Beautiful

73. Camellia

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Helper to the priest, also the evergreen flowering shrub

74. Cassia

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Cinnamon

75. Dahlia

  • Origin: Scandinavian

  • Meaning: Dahl’s flower

76. Eirlys

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: Snowdrop

77. Elana

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: Oak tree

78. Daphne

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Laurel tree or bay tree

79. Etta

  • Origin: English, Italian

  • Meaning: Little rose

80. Florentina

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Blooming

81. Freesia

  • Origin: Latin, German

  • Meaning: Of the freesia flower

82. Fuschia

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: of the fuschia flower

83. Hester

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: Myrtle shrub

84. Honey

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Nectar

85. Honeysuckle

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: The honeysuckle flower

86. Hyacinth

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Blue larkspur

87. Ione

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Purple flower

88. Jacinta

  • Origin: Spanish

  • Meaning: Hyacinth

89. Jessamine 

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Jasmine flower

90. Juniper

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Young or the juniper shrub

91. Kalina

  • Origin: Slavic

  • Meaning: Viburnum flower

92. Laleh

  • Origin: Persian

  • Meaning: Tulip

93. Lavender

  • Origin: Latin, English

  • Meaning: Blueish, a purple flowering plant

94. Leilani

  • Origin: Hawaiian

  • Meaning: Heavenly flower

95. Lilac

  • Origin: Persian

  • Meaning: Lilac or blueish

96. Líle 

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Lily

97. Loren

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Laurel

98. Malini

  • Origin: Sanskrit

  • Meaning: Garland

99. Maple

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Piece of cloth or the maple tree

100. Mealla 

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Honey (nectar)

101. Myrtle

  • English

  • Meaning: Myrtle shrub

102. Magnolia

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Magnolia tree flower

103. Margarita

  • Origin: Spanish, Greek

  • Meaning: Daisy or pearl

104. Marguerite

  • Origin: French, Greek

  • Meaning: Daisy or pearl

105. Marigold

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Golden flower

106. Meadow

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: A field of grass or wildflowers

107. Nanala

  • Origin: Hawaiian

  • Meaning: Sunflower

108. Petal

  • Origin: Greek, English

  • Meaning: Leaf or part of a flower’s bloom

109. Petunia

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Trumpet-shaped flower

110. Peony

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Healing

111. Posie (or Posy or Posey)

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Small flower

112. Rois

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Rose flower

113. Rue

  • Origin: English and Greek

  • Meaning: Herb, regret

114. Sarnai

  • Origin: Mongolia

  • Meaning: Rose

115. Tansy

  • Origin: Greek, Old French

  • Meaning: Immortality, flower

116. Tulip

  • Origin: Turkish

  • Meaning: Turban, tulip flower

117. Viola

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Violet

118. Zaria

  • Origin: Arabic

  • Meaning: To blossom or bright

119. Zinnia

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Zinnia flower

What Mumsnetters say about unusual flower names for girls

“I have a Bluebell!” - Mumsnet user, PeskyRooks

“Adore the name Honey. My daughter has a friend named it. And it suits her and she’s beautiful. Go for it!” - Mumsnet user, Bananaandmarmite 

“Honeysuckle n.n. Honey?” - Mumsnet user, Poppins2016

“I like Lilac, especially as a middle name. I think it flows nicely with a lot of names, as long as they aren’t too ‘L’ heavy.” - Mumsnet user, toastofthetown

“I love Zinnia - so chic.” - Mumsnet user, Nocturnaradish

Unique flower names for boys

120. Ambrose

  • Origin: Latin, Greek name

  • Meaning: Immortal

121. Basil 

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Royal and the herb

122. Florian

  • Origin: Latin, Slavic, German

  • Meaning: Flower

123. Fiorello

  • Origin: Italian

  • Meaning: Little flower

124. Floris

  • Origin: Dutch

  • Meaning: Flowering

125. Hawthorn

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Lives where the hawthorn hedges grow

126. Lars

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Germanic

  • Meaning: Crowned with laurel

127. Laurie

  • Origin: Latin (derived from Laurence/Laurel)

  • Meaning: From Laurentum or bay laurel

128. Leif

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Old Norse

  • Meaning: Descendant, heir

129. Oleander

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Evergreen tree

130. Peregrine

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Traveller or the peregrine flower

131. Rhodes

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Rose

132. Roshan (or Raushan)

  • Origin: Kazakh, Bengali

  • Meaning: Light rose

133. Ren

  • Origin: Japanese

  • Meaning: Lotus flower or love

134. Rosen

  • Origin: German, Bulgarian

  • Meaning: Rose or burning bush

135. Sage

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Wisdom or healing herb

136. Thorne

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Thorn thicket

What Mumsnetters say about unique flower names for boys

“DS is named Florian but goes by Ori.” - Mumsnet user, Zoomer122

How to choose a flower name

  • Choose the name of a particular flower you love: Lily, Rose, Daisy… if you have a favourite bloom, it makes sense to name your baby after it. And, just think - your little flower is sure to receive a bouquet of her signature flower on special occasions.

  • Choose a flower-inspired name - names such as Blossom, Petal and Honey are all linked to the world of florals without being linked to a particular flower.

  • Look at botanical names, which are based on the scientific name of a flower, such as Iris.

  • Widen your name search to include beautiful fragrant shrubs and herbs, including Sage, Lavender and Sorrel.

  • Be aware that some flower names - particularly for girls - are incredibly popular right now. For example, Daisy, Iris, Rose and Violet all feature in the ONS’s top 100 list - as do both spellings of Lily/Lilly. If you choose one of these for very popular flower names for your child, there’s a good chance they won’t be the only one in their nursery or school. 

  • If you’d prefer a less popular flower baby name, look at names well outside the top 100 list such as Dahlia, Honeysuckle, Lilac, Peony and Zinnia. 

  • There are lots of dreamy nature-inspired names such as Meadow (imagine a field full of wildflowers) for girls and Heath or Thorne for boys.

  • Don’t rule out flower names for baby boys: there are a fair few lovely flower-inspired baby boy names to choose from, including Fraser, Florian, and Rosen.

  • Look at flower names in other languages: for instance, Rois is Irish for Rose while Jessamine is the French version of Jasmine.

  • If you love Rose but fancy a less popular variety, look at its offshoots including Rosanna, Rosa, Rosalie, Rosamund and Rosalind. Similarly, less well-used versions of the very popular Lily include Liliana and Lillian.

What is a unique flower name?

Following our extensive research into flower names for baby girls and boys, we consider a unique flower name one that is well out of the top 100 ONS list, which means that there’s less chance of you bumping into another baby with the same name at playgroup. 

Names which fit into this bracket include Honeysuckle and Lilac for girls and Florian and Thorne for boys. While some of these baby names have been discussed by Mumsnetters in our Baby Names forum, none have been mentioned frequently. This suggests that they’re all still considered fairly unusual and underused as far as flower baby names go.

What is the most beautiful flower name?

With such a huge bunch of beautiful flower names to choose from, it’s really hard to pick the cream of the crop. While some flower names are undeniably gorgeous and understandably popular, including Rose, Violet, Lily and Daisy - some parents on our forums think they are a tad overused. The same goes for incredibly pretty plant baby names including Ivy, which is currently number 5 in the ONS top 100 list, making it the most popular nature-themed name for baby girls. 

Following a lot of digging into flower baby names for 2024, we’ve unearthed a really pretty baby flower name for girls which seems to tick a lot of boxes. Not only is it undeniably stunning, it is slightly less well used than other flower names in our popular flower names list (at 92 in the top 100). It’s also generally approved by Mumsnetters on our Baby Names forum - and they’re a hard lot to please. The name is <drumroll please> 

Jasmine. 

OK, so, strictly, it’s a shrub. However, jasmine flowers themselves are pretty and dainty (yet surprisingly hardy) and are beautifully scented. All things considered, we reckon Jasmine is a lovely floral name to consider for your very own little flower.  

About the author

Louise Baty writes parenting content for Mumsnet, producing product round-ups, travel guides and baby name articles. She’s also written content for Mumsnet’s sister site, Gransnet. 

Originally from West Yorkshire and now based in Nottinghamshire, Louise has worked as a features writer for consumer magazines and national newspapers for 20 years. She specialises in parenting and lifestyle features and emotional true life first-person interviews and has authored four non-fiction books on parenting and grandparenting.

Mum to two tweenagers, Louise’s own baby name choosing days may be long gone. However, she admits to having spent a LONG time deciding on her DCs’ names, together with her DP. 

For this reason, Louise has a particular interest in baby names. She understands how difficult it can be to narrow down a short list from your long list of baby names, either during pregnancy or during the sleep-deprived days following the birth of your baby. By compiling comprehensive and easy-to-follow baby name round-ups for Mumsnet, she hopes to provide inspiration and support to parents-to-be who are looking for the perfect name for their baby.