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Baby Names Inspired by Nature

The most popular and most unique wildlife baby names

Getting ready to have a baby involves lots of planning. From buying toys such as a dolls pram, to decorating a nursery.

However, one of the most important things to decide on is what to name your baby.

Play Like Mum compiled a list of the most popular nature-inspired names for babies of the last ten years to help give you some inspiration.

The UK’s top nature names for babies

1. Poppy | 43,000 Girls

The most popular nature-inspired baby name in the UK is Poppy, with 43,000 babies in the UK given the name in the last 20 years.

Poppy, in Latin, means ‘the milk of happiness’, yet it’s more commonly known as the name of the red petaled flower.

Although it is the top nature name for UK girls, there were only 3,000 girls in America given the same name.

Mostly used as a girls’ name, there are no recorded uses of Poppy for boys in the last 20 years.

2. Holly | 41,000 Girls

A festive name deriving from Old English, Holly is one of the most popular botanical-inspired baby names.

Since 2000 there have been 41,000 baby girls in the UK, and 0 boys, given the name Holly.

Although Holly is traditionally used as a girls’ name, there were 8 boys called Holly born in the US.

3. Daisy | 40,000 Girls

Daisy is one of the most popular nature-inspired baby names among UK parents. 40,000 girls in the UK have been called Daisy since 2000.

Daisy is the third girls’ name and plant-themed name in the UK top-three.

The US’ top nature names for babies

1. Jasmine | 105,000 Girls

Jasmine is one of the most common nature-themed names for parents in the States to call their babies!

Originally the name origin of Jasmine is from the Persian word Yasmin, however, it’s more commonly known as the name of the white flower and the princess in Aladdin.

105,000 baby girls, and 266 boys, have been called Jasmine since 2000!

2. Brooke | 78,000 Girls

Brooke has been used as a girls and boys name for decades, and it originates from the German word meaning water or stream.

Since 2000, 78,000 baby girls have been called Brooke in the US. 139 baby boys were given the name during the same time.

Although Brooke was one of the most common nature names for girls, it was also popular as a buys’ name. There have been 139 US boys and 150 UK boys called Brooke since 2000. 

3. Daisy | 41,000 Girls

Daisy is one of America’s most popular nature-inspired names for babies. Daisy comes from the Old English word meaning day’s eye, and was associated with the flower since its petals open at daybreak.

Since 2000 there have been 41,000 baby girls, and 52 baby boys in the States called Daisy.

The UK’s most unique nature names for babies

1. Cliff | 7 Boys

Cliff is mostly used as a boys name and comes from the English word meaning cliffside slope.

This outdoor themed baby name was used 7 times in the UK since 2000. 

Across the pond, Cliff is much more common as a boys name – 400 boys in the USA were given the name since 2000. There were also 20 US girls called Cliff.

2. Rock | 13 Boys

The baby name Rock was used just six times for UK boys since 2000, while no UK girls were given the same name.

Less popular in recent years, Rock hasn’t been used as a boys name in the UK since 2016!

3. Stormi | 16 Girls

Taking inspiration from celebrity baby names, Stormi is one of the UK’s most unique nature-inspired names.

16 baby girls, and no boys share a name with Kylie Jenner’s and Travis Scott’s baby. The first recorded use of the name in the UK was in 2018, the same year Stormi Webster was born.

The US’ most unique nature names for babies

1. Olive | 20 Boys

Olive is an English name meaning olive tree and is more commonly used as a girls name. In the US it is one of the most unique nature names for boys.

There have been just 20 boys in the States called Olive since 2000. While 12,239 US girls born from 2000-2019 share the name.

2. Iris | 49 Boys

The baby name Iris comes from the Greek word meaning rainbow and was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow.

In the US, the name Iris has been given to 49 baby boys since 2000, making it one of the country’s most unique nature-inspired names for babies.

As a girls’ name, Iris is much more popular. There were 23,923 baby girls in the US called Iris during the same time.

3. Daisy | 52 Boys

Daisy is one of the most unique baby boy names in the States. Coming from the Old English phrase day’s eye, the name is closely associated with the flower.

Despite its rarity as a boys name in the US, 40,612 American baby girls were given the name since 2000.

Methodology:

Play Like Mum took a list of 81 names based on nature and wildlife to reveal the most popular nature-inspired names in the US and UK.

Play Like Mum analysed data from the UK government on boys names and girls names from 2000-2020 and used US government data for baby names for boys and girls between 2000-2019.