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200 nature baby names: earthy names for girls and boys including origin and meanings

Are you a lover of all things outdoors? Looking for a way to incorporate nature’s healing properties into the name of your new baby? Overwhelmed by climate change? Check out this gorgeous list of 200 nature baby names, including gender-neutral options, for both girls and boys.

By Laura Westerman | Last updated Feb 19, 2024

There are many things to take into consideration when dreaming up your perfect baby name. Of course, there's the age-old question: do you want a name that’s going to make your child fit in or stand out? What are the potential pitfalls of giving them a name no one knows how to spell? And on and on. But most importantly, the search for a baby name is the search for a name that will fit an individual with their own personality and character traits.

Do you get that feeling of peace when you breathe in the smell of autumn leaves on the ground? Do you love the feeling of sand between your toes? If you're inspired by the natural world and want to find a name that stands out from the usual popular baby names like Noah or Olivia, we’ve got a list of nature baby names, including gender-neutral monikers, that will help you connect those feelings of joy with the one you love the most.

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What makes a baby name 'nature-inspired'?

A baby name is considered 'nature-inspired' when it's derived from elements of the natural world such as plants, animals, landscapes or natural phenomena. These names often evoke a sense of beauty, tranquility and connection to your environment.

How do I choose a good nature name for my baby?

When choosing a nature-inspired name for your new arrival, consider names that have a strong connection to nature, such as names of flowers, trees or elements. Also think about the meaning and symbolism behind the name. Ultimately, choose a baby name that resonates with you.

What are some of the best nature-inspired baby names?

Some of the best nature-inspired baby names for girls and boys include Willow, Daisy, River, Ivy, Aurora, Jasper, Luna, Asher, Hazel, and Phoenix. These earthy baby names evoke a sense of natural beauty as well as a connection to Mother Nature and the world around us.

What is a unique nature baby name?

Some rare nature-inspired baby names include: Talia, Wren, Briar, Dahlia and Fox.

Are there any cultural or historical meanings behind certain nature names?

Yes, many nature names have cultural or historical meanings. For example, the name Aurora refers to the Roman goddess of dawn, while Asher is a Hebrew name meaning 'happy' or 'blessed.' Researching the origins and meanings of nature names can add depth and significance to your baby's name choice.

What's a good gender-neutral nature baby name?

Many of the names we feature below are gender-neutral. Options for parents looking for a unisex baby name include River, Sky, Kai, Oakley, Cove, Phoenix, Aspen, Sage and Robin. These names have a natural and earthy feel to them while also allowing for flexibility in terms of gender identity.

How we chose the top nature baby names

We looked at the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for 2021 (released October 2022), to find nature-inspired baby names in the top 100 as well as our own Baby Names forum for inspiration from Mumsnet parents. To round out our research, we then scrutinised other baby name lists to see which nature-inspired names were featured most often on trusted baby names websites.

Nature baby girl names

  1. Acacia - of Greek origin, meaning, ‘thorn’, ‘point’, ‘spine’ or ‘thorny tree’. The Acacia tree is said to symbolise the resurrection, a grand association, Kacey for short is quite sweet too.

  2. Alani - a rare nature name of Hawaiian origin, meaning ‘orange tree’.

  3. Ariel - of Hebrew origin, meaning 'lion of God' or 'lioness of God'. In English-speaking countries, 'Ariel' is a term used in literature to refer to spirits of the air. The name is often linked to a sense of freedom and connection to nature.

  4. Arlo - of Celtic, Italian, Spanish, and Old English origin, meaning: 'Fortified hill'. Represented by the androgynous singer-songwriter, Arlo Parks at the moment, if you’re looking for a name for a future musician, this one’s for you. It’s a great gender-neutral choice.

  5. Amber - of English origin, meaning a fossilised resin from ancient trees or the precious gemstone.

  6. April - derived from the Latin word 'aperire', which means 'to open'. The name is often associated with the spring season.

  7. Ashley - of Old English origin, meaning ‘from the meadow’ or ‘from the field’.

  8. Aspen - of English origin, associated with the aspen tree. Also a well-known city in Colorado, USA.

  9. Aurora - of Latin origin, meaning 'dawn' or 'morning light'. The name is often associated with the natural phenomenon known as the 'aurora borealis' or 'northern lights'.

  10. Autumn - of English origin, referring to the third season of the year.

  11. Ava - of Latin, Germanic and Hawaiin origin, meaning 'life' or 'living one', 'desired' or 'wished for' and 'island'.

  12. Ayla -  of Hebrew and Turkish  origin. This one describes the circle of light around the sun or moon. Beautiful and original!

  13. Azalea - of Greek origin, meaning 'dry' or 'parched'. Also associated with the flowering shrub of the same name.

  14. Blossom - of English origin, referring to the flower or flowers on a plant that are just beginning to open and bloom.

  15. Chloe - of Greek origin, meaning 'blooming' or 'verdant'. In Greek mythology, it was a byname of the goddess Demeter, who was associated with agriculture and the growth of plants.

  16. Clover - of English origin, referring to a type of small, three-leafed plant often associated with good luck.

  17. Coral - of Latin origin, meaning ‘rock’ or ‘maiden of the sea’.

  18. Cordelia - of English, Latin, and Celtic origin, meaning, ‘daughter of the sea’, ‘heart’ or ‘jewel of the sea’. A sparkling choice, and ‘Cody’ for short is very cute.

  19. Cove - of English origin, meaning a small, sheltered inlet or bay along a coastline. It's reflects natural beauty and is a connection to the sea.

  20. Cypress - of English origin, referring to a type of coniferous tree. Cypress trees are also commonly found in Mediterranean regions, such as Italy and Greece.

  21. Dallas - of Scottish origin, meaning ‘the waterfall field’.

  22. Daisy - of English origin, referring to a type of flowering plant known for its bright and cheerful blossoms.

  23. Dahlia - derived from the name of the flowering plant, which is named after the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl. The dahlia flower is also the national flower of Mexico.

  24. Daphne - of Greek origin, meaning ‘laurel tree’. Mumsnet users thought it had a ‘vintage feel’.

  25. Dove - of English origin, referring to the bird known for its gentle nature and symbolic associations with peace.

  26. Dusty - of English origin, meaning 'dust'.

  27. Elana - of Hebrew origin, meaning ‘tree’ or ‘Oak Tree’.

  28. Elodie - a gorgeous and unique choice of French, Greek, and Spanish origin, meaning ‘treasure’ or ‘mountain flower’.

  29. Elowen - an older feel to this one. Of Cornish descent, it means ‘Elm Tree’. A unique choice for a girl because it doesn’t end with a vowel!

  30. Ember - of English origin, referring to a small, glowing piece of coal or wood in a fire.

  31. Emerald - of English origin, referring to the precious gemstone.

  32. Fern - of English origin, referring to the non-flowering plant of the same name.

  33. Fiorella - of Italian origin, meaning ‘flower’.

  34. Flora - a lovely classic choice of Latin and Scottish origin, meaning ‘goddess of flowers and the spring’.

  35. Gaia - of Greek origin. In Greek mythology, 'Gaia' is the primordial goddess of the Earth.

  36. Hadley - of Old English origin, meaning ‘field of heather'.

  37. Haley - of Old English origin, meaning ‘hay clearing’.

  38. Hazel - of English origin, drawn from the Hazel tree. Hazel has a lovely retro feel to it. A great nature-inspired name choice!

  39. Heather - of English origin, referring to the plant of the same name.

  40. Heligan - another rare one of Cornish origin, meaning ‘gardens of Heligan’ or ‘Willow tree’.

  41. Ianthe - from Greek mythology,  it  was the name of the daughter of Oceanus, meaning 'of the Ocean'. Ianthe can also mean 'violet flower'.

  42. Indigo - of English origin, referring to the deep and rich blue-purple colour.

  43. Iris - of Greek origin, meaning ‘rainbow’, ‘flower’, and ‘eye’.

  44. Isla - of Scottish (Gaelic) origin, meaning 'island'.

  45. Ivy - of English origin, referring to the climbing plant with distinctive green leaves. In some cultures, ivy has been associated with loyalty, friendship and strong bonds.

  46. Jade - of English origin, referring to the precious green gemstone of the same name. Associated with balance, harmony, wisdom and prosperity.

  47. Jasmine - of Persian, English, American Indian, American  and Arabic, Jasmine refers to the jasmine flower and will live long in the memory as the princess in Aladdin.

  48. Julie - from Latin, meaning ‘youthful’, ‘Rose’, or ‘Beautiful flower’. Could also be shortened to Jules for a sharper, more unisex twist!

  49. Juniper (nickname June) - of English origin, associated with the plant of the same name. Evokes feelings of vitality, energy and renewal.

  50. Kaya - of Japanese, Turkish, American Indian, Scandinavian, and African origin with varied meaning: ‘Restful place’, ‘yew tree’, ‘forgiveness’, ‘home’, ‘stone’, ‘willow’ and ‘wise’. Kaya has many different associations, so works if you’re looking for a versatile nature-inspired baby name.

  51. Kiah - of American origin, meaning ‘person of Earth,’ ‘start of the season,’ and ‘God is strength.’ With translations like these, Kiah is perfect for a baby born at the start of a new season.

  52. Lana - of English, Spanish, Portugese, Arabic, Hawaiian and Salvic origin, meaning 'bright', 'light', 'soft', 'gentle' and 'calm as still waters'.

  53. Laurel - of English and Greek origin, associated with the laurel tree. In ancient Greece and Rome, wreaths made from laurel leaves were given as symbols of victory and honour.

  54. Lavender - of English origin, associated with the fragrant and aromatic herb known for its purple flowers and soothing properties.

  55. Leigh - of English origin, meaning, ‘a field’ or ‘of the meadow’.

  56. Lila - of Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian origin, meaning 'playful', 'night' and 'dark beauty'.

  57. Lilac - of French  origin, meaning: ‘flower’.

  58. Lily - of English and Latin origin (lilium), meaning Lily flower; which itself is a symbol of purity, innocence and beauty. We all know a Lily (or a Lilly), it is a popular choice for a reason!

  59. Luna - of Latin origin, meaning 'moon'.

  60. Maeva - of French and Latin origin, meaning ‘welcome’ or ‘purple flower’.

  61. Magnolia - of English origin, associated with the flowering tree of the same name known for its large, fragrant blossoms.

  62. Mallie - of Latin origin, meaning ‘star of the sea’. A unique twist on the always-popular ‘Mollie’.

  63. Maple - of English origin, associated with the tree of the same name. Evokes feelings of autumnal beauty.

  64. Mara - of Hebrew, Persian, Greek, and Scottish origin, meaning ‘one who is forever beautiful’ or ‘sea’ in Scots gaelic.

  65. Maria - a feisty choice! Of Latin origin, meaning ‘sea of bitterness’. For your very own little diva!

  66. Mariam - the Arabic derivative of Mary/Marian, meaning ‘star of the sea’.

  67. Marigold - of English origin, derived from the words 'mary' and 'gold'. Refers to the flowering plant of the same name known for its vibrant golden and orange blossoms.

  68. Meadow - of English origin, meaning 'field of grass' and 'vegetation'. Meadows are often associated with picturesque landscapes, wildflowers and a sense of peace and tranquility.

  69. Myrtle - of Greek origin, referring to an evergreen shrub, found in the mediterranean, bringer of good fortune to brides. It is unforgettably characterised in the Harry Potter books, with ‘moaning Myrtle’, being one of the ghosts that haunts Hogwarts.

  70. Novalee (or Nova) - of American origin, meaning ‘new field’.

  71. Ocean - of American origin. Does what it says on the tin, meaning: ‘ocean’.

  72. Olive - of English origin, referring to the oval-shaped fruit that comes from an olive tree. The olive branch is symbol of peace and wisdom.

  73. Olwen - a unique Welsh name, from a story in the Mabinogion - meaning ‘white footprint’ because white flowers grew in her steps.

  74. Onyx - of English origin, referring to the semiprecious gemstone. Associated with qualities like strength, protection and endurance, and it evokes feelings of mystique and mystery.

  75. Opal - of Sanskrit origin, meaning 'precious gem'. Also comes from the Latin word 'opalus' and the Greek word 'opallios, both of which mean 'to see a change in colour.'

  76. Polly - of Irish and Aramaic origin, meaning ‘star of the ocean’, ‘small’

  77. Poppy - of Greek and English origin - it is an abbreviation of ‘Kaliope’ in Greek, and is drawn from the poppy flower.

  78. Primrose - of English origin, associated with the flowering plant of the same name, which has delicate, yellow flowers that often bloom in early spring.

  79. Riley - of Irish origin, meaning: ‘small stream’, ‘valiant’, and ‘rye meadow’. Riley is the name of the protagonist in the tear-jerking Pixar masterpiece Inside Out.

  80. Rose - of Latin origin, drawn from the rose flower.

  81. Rosa - of Latin origin, meaning 'rose'.

  82. Rosemary - also of Latin origin, meaning ‘sea dew’. It is an emblem of remembrance.

  83. River - of English origin, meaning 'a flowing body of water'.

  84. Ruby - of Latin origin, meaning 'deep red precious stone'.

  85. Saffron - of Arabic origin, it is a flower and a spice. Saz for short?

  86. Sage - of Latin origin, meaning 'wise'. It's also the name for a herb.

  87. Savannah - of Spanish origin, meaning 'grassy plain'.

  88. Sierra - of Spanish origin, meaning 'mountain range'.

  89. Shamim - of Persian origin, meaning the ‘scent of a flower’.

  90. Shion - of Japanese, Hebrew, English, Korean, Chinese and American origin. This one can mean: ‘kingdom of God’, ‘sound of tide’, ‘as beautiful as poetry’, ‘God is gracious’ or ‘one who does not forget’. With so many translations, you’re bound to find something you like!

  91. Sky - of old Norse origin, meaning 'ský' or 'cloud'.

  92. Silvia - of Latin origin, meaning ‘lumber’, ‘woods’, or ‘forest’. It is a beautiful choice for a little explorer!

  93. Soleil - of French origin, meaning 'sun'.

  94. Summer - of Old English and American origin, meaning the season of summer.

  95. Sylvia - of Latin origin. An alternative spelling of Silvia, meaning ‘woods’ or ‘forest’.

  96. Talia (or Thalia) - of Greek and Hebrew origin, meaning ‘beloved’, ‘dew from heaven’, or ‘blooming flower’.

  97. Venus - of Latin origin, meaning the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

  98. Violet - of English, French and Latin origin. Violet is one of the earliest flower names, first used in the 1830s. Lettie for short is pretty unique too.

  99. Willow - a lovely choice of English origin, recalling the Willow tree.

  100. Wren - of English origin, meaning 'small bird'.

What Mumsnet users say on nature names for girls

"I’m loving Elowen at the moment. It’s Cornish for Elm tree" - Mumsnet user, DotDotDotDotDot

"Bias because I have a Summer - love the name" - Mumsnet user, OnlyFoolsnMothers

"I like Fern and Wren as alternatives" - Mumsnet user, wellingtonsandwaffles

Nature baby boy names

101. Aaron - of Hebrew and Latin origin, meaning ‘strong mountain’ or ‘shining light’.

102. Acacius - of Greek origin, meaning 'innocence' or 'thorn'.

103. Acer - of English origin, associated with the Latin word for 'maple tree'.

104. Alan - of Celtic origin, meaning, ‘rock’.

105. Alf -  a diminutive of Alfred, meaning ‘mountain climber’.

106. Arbor - of Latin origin, meaning 'tree'.

107. Ari - of Hebrew, Indian, Icelandic Scandinavian and English origin, meaning 'lion', 'eagle' or 'enemy'.

108. Arlo - of Celtic, Italian, Spanish, and Old English origin, meaning: 'Fortified hill'.

109. Arrow - of English origin, meaning 'fired from a bow'.

110. Arthur - of Gaelic, Latin, and Welsh origin, meaning ‘bear’, ‘stone’, or ‘bear man’. Arthur is a classic choice for a courageous little boy!

111. Ash -  from the Hebrew title Asher, ‘happy’, also referring to the ash tree.

112. Ashten (or Ashton) - of English origin, meaning 'a town near to an ash tree'. Associated with strength and stability.

113. Ashby - originally a place name, taken from Old Norse, meaning 'ash tree farm'.

114. Asher - of Hebrew origin, meaning 'happy' and 'blessed'. Also means 'ash wood' in Old English.

115. Atlas - of Greek origin, meaning 'bearer of the heavens'. Also refers to a collection of maps, evoking a sense of exploration and a spirit of adventure.

116. Bamber - a unique choice of German origin, meaning: ‘tree trunk’. You can probably  guarantee that  yours will  be the only Bamber in the class.

117. Bear - of English origin, derived directly from the word 'bear'. Bears are often associated with strength, power, and bravery.

118. Beckett - of English origin, meaning 'bee cottage'.

119. Bentley - of English origin, meaning ‘clearing covered with bent grass’.

120. Bernard - of German origin, meaning 'bear-hard', or 'strong as a bear'. Any use of Bernard now recalls David McKee’s 1980 modern classic children’s book Not Now Bernard.

121. Birch - of English origin, derived from the birch tree and meaning 'bright' and 'shining'.

122. Bray - of Irish and English origin, meaning 'hill'.

123. Briar - of English origin, meaning thorny bush of wild roses.

124. Brock - of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning ‘badger’.

125. Bruce - of English origin, meaning ‘woods’ or ‘willowlands’.

126. Bryn - of Welsh origin, meaning 'hill' or 'mound'.

127. Bud - of English origin, derived directly from the word 'bud', which has associations of youth and freshness. Also means 'brother' or 'friend' in the United States.

128. Cairn - of Scottish origin, referring to the stones marking the summit of a hill or mountain. This one is a great choice if you’re looking for something a bit different.

129. Caspian - of Persian and Latin origin, meaning 'white' and associated with the Caspian Sea.

130. Callan - of Scottish and Celtic origin, meaning ‘battle mighty’ or ‘rock’. A little twist on Callum.

131. Cary - of English, Welsh and French origin, meaning 'pleasant stream', 'pure', 'lordly' or 'masterful'.

132. Cedar - of Latin origin, meaning 'cedar tree'.

133. Cliff - Lots of famous Cliffs. This classic of a name is derived from the Old English word ‘clif,’ which means ‘cliff’, ‘rock’, or ‘steep descent’.

134. Cole - of English and French origin, meaning 'coal', 'young creature' and 'puppy'.

135. Colm - of Irish origin, meaning 'dove'.

136. Cosmo - of Greek origin, meaning 'order', 'harmony' or 'world'.

137. Cullen - of Irish and English origin, meaning 'young hound' or 'coal'.

138. Dara - of Irish origin, meaning ‘oak tree’.

139. Douglas - of Scottish origin, meaning ‘dweller by the dark stream’ or ‘from the dark river’.

140. Dylan - of Welsh origin, meaning 'great sea'.

141. Elon - of Hebrew origin, meaning ‘tree’, or ‘oak tree’. A baby called Elon does currently share a namesake in Elon Musk. Take this one on at your own risk!

142. Elwood - of Old English origin, meaning ‘of the ancient forest’.

143. Evan - of Welsh origin, meaning ‘young warrior’, ‘God is good’, or ‘rock’. It’s the Welsh variant of ‘John’ and a lovely choice for a determined little one.

144. Everest - of English origin, meaning 'dweller on the Eure river'. Likely inspired by Mount Everest.

145. Ferris - on the theme of rocks. This one of Celtic origin means, appropriately, ‘rock’.

146. Finn - of Irish, Norse and English origin, meaning 'fair', 'Finnish', 'swamp' or 'marsh'.

147. Forrest - of English origin, derived from the word 'forest', meaning 'of the woods'.

148. Fox - of English origin, derived from the animal of the same name.

149. George - of Greek origin, meaning 'farmer' or 'earth worker'.

150. Gideon - of Hebrew origin: A Hewer is one who hews, cuts trees.

151. Glenn - of Scottish and Irish origin, meaning 'valley'.

152. Hadley - of English origin, meaning 'health-covered meadow' or 'field of heather'.

153. Hartley  - of English origin, meaning ‘Hart wood’. This conjures up a beautiful image of a wood-filled with deer, an excellent nature-inspired baby name.

154. Heath - of English origin, meaning 'heathland'.

155. Hunter - of English origin, meaning 'someone who hunts'.

156. Irving - of Scottish origin, meaning 'green water or river'.

157. Ivo - of Bulgarian and  French origin, meaning ‘Yew tree’.

158. Jarrah - of Australian origin. It is taken from a tree native to Western Australia, derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Djaril’.

159. Jasper - of Persian origin, meaning 'treasurer'. Also derived from the semi-precious gemstone.

160. Jay - of English origin, meaning 'cheerful'. Also derived from the blue crested bird'.

161. Jonah - of Hebrew origin, meaning 'dove'.

162. Kai - of Hawaiian, English, Scandinavian and Japanese origin, meaning 'sea', 'ocean', 'joy', 'happiness' and 'shell'.

163. Lark - of English origin, describing a type of bird.

164. Lake - of English origin, meaning 'inland body of water'.

165. Lawrence - of Irish and Latin origin. Laurentum was a city south of Rome known for its laurel trees. Laurie for short is absolutely adorable.

166. Lennox - of Scottish origin, meaning ‘elm grove’.

167. Leo - of Latin origin, meaning 'lion'. Also the fifth sign of the zodiac.

168. Leonard - of Germanic and Italian origin, meaning ‘brave as a lion’ or ‘lion-hearted’.

169. Luarsab - of Persian  origin. This unique choice means ‘red horse’.

170. Lyndon - of Old English origin,  meaning ‘lime tree’.

171. Mars - of Roman mythology, meaning 'god of war'. Also the fourth planet in our solar system.

172. Marshall - of French origin, this one means ‘caretaker of horses’. A unique choice, especially good if you love horses.

173. Mason - of English origin, meaning 'stone worker'.

174. Montague - of French origin, meaning ‘pointed mountain’.

175. Moss - of English origin, meaning 'descendent of Moses'. Also derived from the plant.

176. Nash - of Old English origin, meaning ‘at the ash tree’, ‘cliff’ or ‘headland’. Nash could be a bit of a wildcard.

177. Oakley - of English origin, meaning 'wood' or 'clearing'.

178. Oliver - one of the most popular choices of baby name in the UK. Olive, of Latin origin, means ‘olive tree’.

179. Orion - of Greek origin. Prominent constellation in the night sky, named after a legendary hunter in Greek mythology.

180. Orson - of English origin, meaning 'bear cub'.

181. Oscar - of Irish and Norse origin, meaning 'deer-lover', or 'God's spear'.

182. Perry - of Old English origin, meaning ‘wanderer’, or the ‘dweller by the pear tree’.

183. Philip - of Greek, meaning ‘lover of horses’. Alternative spellings include ‘Felipe’.

184. Phoenix - of Greek origin, referring to the famous bird that regenerates itself. Phoenix could either be super cool or super uncool. Your call!

185. Rhodes - of Greek origin, meaning 'where roses grow'. Also the name of a Greek island.

186. Rio - of Spanish and Japanese origin, meaning ‘river’. Made famous of course, by the England footballer, Rio Ferdinand.

187. Robin (or Robyn) - of English and French origin, meaning ‘songbird’ or ‘famous brilliance’.

188. Rocky - of English and American origin, meaning ‘rock’ or ‘rest’. Can be used for a boy or a girl.

189. Ronan - of Irish origin, meaning 'little seal'.

190. Ross - of Scottish and German origin, meaning ‘wood’, ‘red’, ‘rose-colored’, or ‘Wooded headland’.

191. Rowan - of Celtic and English origin, meaning ‘little red one’, ‘tree’, or ‘from the mountain’.

192. Ruan - a unique choice of Irish, Nordic, and Cornish origin, meaning ‘little red one’ or ‘rowan tree’. Another one that could be cool or could be a difficult choice.

193. Rylan - of English origin, meaning 'island meadow'.

194. Silas - of Latin origin, meaning 'of the woods'.

195. Tor - of Nordic origin, meaning ‘thunder’, ‘turtle-dove’, or ‘craggy hilltop’. This punchy monosyllable is sure to catch everyone's eye.

196. Torben - of Danish origin, meaning ‘thunder bear’ or ‘bear of thunder’. Much like ‘Tor’, this one is a unique choice, and Toby for short isn’t bad either.

197. Torbjorn - on the same theme, this one of Scandinavian origin means ‘mountain bear’.

198. Torren - of Australian origin. This one is the name of a river in Adelaide.

199. Wolf - of Germanic origin. Derived by the animal of the same name.

200. Woody - an adorable choice! Of American origin,  meaning ‘from the lane in the woods’, this one has some classic namesakes. From Toy Story’s ‘Woody’ to Woody Harrelson, this boy is in some stellar company!

What Mumsnet users say on nature names for boys

"Boys are much harder. I think the only ones I really like the sound of are Robin, Heath and Rowan (and maybe River if I'm feeling brave)" - Mumsnet user, IamnotwhouthinkIam

"I know a couple of little Irish boys called Moss. It's a known name, or nickname, [in Ireland] though. Was traditionally short for Maurice" - Mumsnet user, Serpenta

"I like [...] Rónán (little seal), Dylan, Colm (dove) or Jasper for a boy" - Mumsnet user, baumwolle

How popular are nature baby names and are they trending?

Nature baby names have become increasingly popular in recent years as parents seek unique and meaningful names for their babies. This trend reflects a growing awareness and appreciation for nature and the desire to instill a connection to the natural world from an early age.

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About the author

Laura Westerman is an editor, writer and Deputy Head of Editorial Content at Mumsnet, overseeing the website's baby and pregnancy content. She is mum to a one-year-old.

With over seven years' experience as a full-time editor and a passion for SEO, Laura has written extensively on everything from parenting to travel, but likes nothing more than researching the best and most unique baby names, as well as their fascinating origins, to help parents decide on the perfect moniker for their new arrival.