50 Nature Baby Names and Meanings

Learn the meaning and origins of popular nature baby names

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As society has seen a recent shift toward new parents leaving behind the more traditional names of their parents' past in favor of more modern, unique names (especially among celebrities), there has been much written about the possible benefits of unique names. Are there actual positive psychological effects on children who grow up with such names?

"Parents are pushing the envelope in lots of ways in terms of choosing names that will be different,” says Pamela Redmond Satran, author of The Baby Name Bible and creator of Nameberry. She adds, “They’re looking for names that their child won’t share with anyone else.”

Some of the most beautiful ways to give your child a unique gift are through names inspired by nature. Many of these names are new and rare, while many others have actually been used for centuries.

"A unique name," Satran went on to tell Jennifer O'Neill in Yahoo Parenting, "is part of a whole package that parents pass on to their child. It symbolizes their hopes and dreams for their kids. So if you want your child to stand out from the crowd, be independent, and a real individual, a unique name is one way to show him that you value those qualities.” 

While you might simply look around outside to help you develop some inspiration for a natural baby name, you might find something on this list that seems to be just what you were looking for.

Popular Nature Baby Names 

Below are a host of unique nature-inspired names along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information.

Amber

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Color Orange/Red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aamber
  • Famous Namesakes: Amber Valletta (model), Amber Heard (actress)
  • Peak Popularity: 1986

Fun Fact:

“Amber” was a hit song in 2001 by the reggae-rock band 311.

Autumn

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Fall Season
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Autum
  • Famous Namesakes: Autumn Reeser (actress)
  • Peak Popularity: 2013

Ava

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Like a Bird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aiva, Avah
  • Famous Namesakes: Ava Gardner (actress), Ava DuVernay (director), Ava Helen Pauling (civil rights activist), Saint Ava (9th century Roman Catholic nun)
  • Peak Popularity: 2019

Azalea

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Dry Flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Azealia
  • Famous Namesakes: Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks (recording artists)
  • Peak Popularity: 2018

Fun Fact:

Iggy Azalea has sold 48 million records worldwide. Azalea's accolades include two American Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, and four Grammy Award nominations.

Blossom

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Flower, Bloom
  • Famous Namesakes: Blossom Seeley (jazz singer), Blossom Russo (fictional TV character)
  • Peak Popularity: 1925

Brooke

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Small Stream
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brook
  • Famous Namesakes: Brooke Shields (model/actress), Brooke Adams (actress/producer), Brooke Hogan (musical artist)
  • Peak Popularity: 2003

Camelia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Young, Virginal
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Camylia, Camellia, Camila, Camilla
  • Famous Namesakes: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (British royal family member), Camila Cabello (recording artist)
  • Peak Popularity: Rare (Camelia), 2019 (Camila and Camilla)

Fun Fact:

Camila Cabello has amassed billions of streams on music platforms. She has won many awards throughout her career, including two Latin Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award, and also three Grammy Award nominations.

Cassia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Cinnamon
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kassia, Caissa
  • Famous Namesakes: Kassia (medieval female composer/poet)
  • Peak Popularity: Rare

Chanel

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Canal
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shanelle, Chanelle
  • Famous Namesakes: Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (fashion designer), Chanel West Coast (television personality on MTV’s Ridiculousness)
  • Peak Popularity: 1991

Fun Fact:

In her youth, Gabrielle Chanel gained the nickname “Coco” from her time as a chanteuse.

Crystal

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Brilliant Glass
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cristal, Krystle
  • Famous Namesakes: Billy Crystal (actor), Crystal Gayle (singer), Crystal Method (electronic rock group)
  • Peak Popularity: 1982

Daisy

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Daisy Flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Deisy, Dazy, Daisie
  • Famous Namesakes: Daisy Fuentes (actress), Daisy Duck (animated Disney character), Daisy Ridley (actress), Daisy Bates (civil rights leader)
  • Peak Popularity: 1900

Fun Fact:

Daisy Duck is a cartoon character created in 1940 by Walt Disney Studios as the girlfriend of Donald Duck.

Dale

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Valley
  • Famous Namesakes: Dale Carnegie (writer), Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (race car drivers)
  • Peak Popularity: 1958

Fun Fact:

The late Dale Earnhardt Sr. was inducted into the NASCAR hall of fame with the inaugural 2010 class.

Drake

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dragon
  • Famous Namesakes: Drake Bell (actor/singer), Drake (recording artist)
  • Peak Popularity: 2010

Fun Fact:

Drake is the highest-certified digital singles artist ever in the United States, having moved 142 million units.

Ebony

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dark Black-wooded Tree
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eboni
  • Famous Namesakes: Ebony Obsidian (actress), Ebony Hoffman (basketball player)
  • Peak Popularity: 1982

Fun Fact:

"Ebony and Ivory" is a 1982 number-one single by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

Forest

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the Woods
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Forrest
  • Famous Namesakes: Forest Whitaker (actor/producer/director), Forrest Gump (fictional movie character)
  • Peak Popularity: 1904

Fun Fact:

The 1994 film Forrest Gump received six Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Ginger

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Reddish Orange Color
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jinger
  • Famous Namesakes: Ginger Grant (fictional TV character in Gilligan’s Island), Ginger Spice (member of musical group Spice Girls)
  • Peak Popularity: 1971

Hazel

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hazel Tree
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Haisley
  • Famous Namesakes: Hazel Mae Clark (athlete), Hazel Blears (British politician), Hazel Mae Gagulada (Canadian sportscaster)
  • Peak Popularity: 1907

Heather

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Heather Plant
  • Famous Namesakes: Heather Locklear, Heather Graham (actresses)
  • Peak Popularity: 1975

Holly

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Plant With Red Berries
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Holli, Hollie, Hollye, Holley
  • Famous Namesakes: Holly Hunter (actress), Holly Madison (reality star/Playboy Bunny), Holly Golightly (fictional character in Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  • Peak Popularity: 1983

Huckleberry

  • Origin: American 
  • Meaning: Sweet Berry
  • Famous Namesakes: Huckleberry 'Huck' Finn (Mark Twain's fictional character).
  • Peak Popularity: rare

Fun Fact:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain commonly named among the Great American Novels.

Inna

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Rough Stream
  • Famous Namesakes: Inna (musical artist)
  • Peak Popularity: Rare

Ivy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Climbing Vine Plant
  • Famous Namesakes: Ivy Queen (recording artist), Poison Ivy (fictional DC Comics character)
  • Peak Popularity: 2019

Jade

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Green Gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jayde, Jadessa
  • Peak Popularity: 2002

Kareem

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Gracious, Generous
  • Famous Namesakes: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball player)
  • Peak Popularity: 1977

Fun Fact:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored, field goals made, and career wins.

Leilani

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly Flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lelanie
  • Peak Popularity: 2019

Lilac

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Blueish Purple Flower
  • Peak Popularity: Rare

Mavis

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Song Thrush
  • Famous Namesakes: Mavis Staples (musical artist), Mavis Nicholson Leno (political activist)
  • Peak Popularity: 1927

Fun Fact:

Mavis Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

Meadow

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Field of Grass
  • Famous Namesakes: Meadow Soprano (fictional TV character in The Sopranos)
  • Peak Popularity: 2019

Morgan

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Great Circle
  • Famous Namesakes: Morgan Freeman (actor), Morgan Fairchild (actress)
  • Peak Popularity: 1995 (for the male version of the name), 1997 (for the female version of the name)

Pearl

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Smooth, round bead formed by a mollusk
  • Famous Namesakes: Pearl Buck (author/foreign adoption advocate), Pearl Bailey (actress, singer), Pearl Jam (rock band)
  • Peak Popularity: 1900

Fun Fact:

The name of the rock band “Pearl Jam” was a reference to Eddie Vedder’s great-grandmother Pearl (who was married to a Native American and had a special recipe for peyote-laced jam).

Penelope

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: A Web Over Her Face
  • Famous Namesakes: Penelope Cruz, Penelope Ann Miller (actresses), Penelope (fictional wife of Greek mythical hero, Odysseus), Penelope Spheeris (director), Penelope Heyns (Olympic swimmer)
  • Peak Popularity: 2019

Phoenix

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Blood Red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Pheonix
  • Famous Namesakes: River Phoenix (actor), Joaquin Phoenix (actor), Phoenix (fictional villain in X-Men), Phoenix (rock band)
  • Peak Popularity: 2018

Fun Fact:

The late actor River Phoenix was good friends with members of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. A line in their hit song "Give It Away" was written about him, "There's a river born to be a giver/Keep you warm won't let you shiver/His heart is never gonna wither."

Raven

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Blackbird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Raviyn, Ravyn, Raevyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Raven-Symone (actress/singer), Raven Goodwin (actress)
  • Peak Popularity: 1993

Fun Fact:

“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most famous poems ever written.

Robin

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Reddish Breasted Thrust
  • Famous Namesakes: Robin Williams (actor), Robin Gibb (musician, member of the Bee Gees), Robin Wright (actress), Robin Roberts (journalist)
  • Peak Popularity: 1956 (for the male version of the name), 1963 (for the female version of the name)

Fun Fact:

Robin Williams was nominated four times for Academy Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.

Rose

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Rose flower
  • Famous Namesakes: Rose Kennedy (mother of U.S. president John F. Kennedy), Rose (fictional movie character in Titanic),
  • Peak Popularity: 1913

Fun Fact:

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation to make the rose the floral emblem of the United States.

Ruby

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red Gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rubi
  • Peak Popularity: 1911

Fun Fact:

The song "Ruby Tuesday" by rock band The Rolling Stones was on a list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Sage

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Sage Herb
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Saige, Sayge
  • Famous Namesakes: Sage (WWE wrestler)
  • Peak Popularity: 2018 (for the male version of the name), 2019 (for the female version of the name)

Sierra

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Mountain
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Xyerra, Siera
  • Famous Namesakes: Sierra McCormick, Sierra McClain (actresses), Sierra Leone (country in West Africa)
  • Peak Popularity: 1999

Sky

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Atmosphere Seen From the Earth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Skyy, Skie, Skai
  • Famous Namesakes: Sky Ferreira (recording artist)
  • Peak Popularity: 2014

Snow

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Frozen Rain
  • Famous Namesakes: Phoebe Snow (singer), Snow White (animated Disney character)
  • Peak Popularity: Rare

Fun Fact:

The American Film Institute ranked Snow White among the 100 greatest American films and also named it the greatest American animated film of all time.

Star

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Star
  • Famous Namesakes: Star Jones (talk show host, attorney)
  • Peak Popularity: 1980

Storm

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: A Storm
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Stormy, Stormi
  • Famous Namesakes: Storm (fictional superhero character in X-Men)
  • Peak Popularity: 1995

Summer

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Summer
  • Famous Namesakes: Summer Sanders (TV host)
  • Peak Popularity: 1977

Fun Fact:

In 2014, "Summer" by Calvin Harris was named the song of the summer by Spotify and was the most listened to track with more than 160 million plays.

Sunshine

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Sunshine
  • Peak Popularity: 1975

Fun Fact:

The 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won two.

Sylvester

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the Forest
  • Famous Namesakes: Sylvester Stallone (actor), Sylvester the Cat (Looney Tunes cartoon character)
  • Peak Popularity: 1901

Fun Fact:

Sylvester Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. He became the third man in history to receive these two nominations for the same film, after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.

Fun Fact:

Three of Sylvester the Cat’s cartoons won Academy Awards, the most for any starring a Looney Tunes character: They are Tweetie Pie, Speedy Gonzales, and Birds Anonymous.

Tempest

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Stormy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tempestt
  • Famous Namesakes: Tempestt Bledsoe (actress)
  • Peak Popularity: Rare

Violet

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Purple/Blue Flower
  • Peak Popularity: 2019

Wesley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the West Field
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Westley
  • Famous Namesakes: Wesley Snipes (actor)
  • Peak Popularity: 1977

Willow

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the Willow Grove
  • Famous Namesakes: Willow Smith (music recording artist)
  • Peak Popularity: 2019

Yasmine

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Jasmine Flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jasmine
  • Famous Namesakes: Yasmine Bleeth (actress)
  • Peak Popularity: 1970
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