For expecting parents, choosing a name for a new baby is a huge task - after all, the name chosen will be theirs for life. Names with a nature theme are hugely popular, and many of them are gender-neutral, which makes them all the more appealing for many parents.
But which names inspired by the natural world are the most popular? Our letterbox flower specialists looked at government data from 2000 onwards to see which names topped the list for the UK and the US.
The most common nature names for boys in the UK:
Rowan - 7788 Jared - 1896 Ash - 245 Basil - 238 Linden - 226 Florian - 213 Reed - 183 Ren - 174 Kale - 158 Bay - 130
Several of the most popular nature names for boys in the UK are tree-themed, with Rowan, Ash, Linden and Bay all in the top ten, while Jared, a popular name shared by actor and musician Jared Leto means ‘rose’.
The most common nature names for UK girls:
Lily - 56215 Poppy - 39555 Holly - 39427 Daisy - 36399 Jasmine - 26579 Willow - 13256 Rose - 12098 Ivy - 10538 Violet - 8391 Iris - 5989
In the UK, floral names such as Lily, Poppy and Daisy are incredibly popular, although the Willow tree does appear in the top 10, which has been popular for quite some time, with notable namesakes such as Willow Smith and, the character Willow Rosenberg from the popular 90’s show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The most common nature names for US boys:
Jared - 42911 Corey - 23594 Rowan - 22746 Reed - 13870 Sage - 7285 Kale - 4875 Aspen - 1291 Ash - 1227 Cedar - 1200 Linden - 1128
In the US, there are many more popular tree names, but the herb Sage also makes the top 10. Sylvester Stallone named his eldest son Sage, and it looks like it’s creeping into mainstream popularity!
The most common nature names for US girls:
Lily - 118858 Jasmine - 103210 Violet - 45851 Daisy - 38886 Hazel - 34300 Ivy - 29018 Willow - 28356 Veronica - 25716 Angelica - 25291 Leilani - 24666
US girls are also frequently given floral themed names, with Daisy, shared by Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley appearing in the top 10, amongst many other flowers such as Lily and Jasmine.
Most unusual nature names :
The team at Flowercard used UK government data for boys names and girls names as well as US government data for baby names to find out how many babies were given nature-themed names.
We combined several lists of baby names to create our list of nature-related names. Common names where it is not commonly known that they have a link to nature were removed such as Wiliam and Anthony.