“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”- Botanical name inspirations

I love that saying: “What is old, is new” and it certainly rings true for all things fashion, furnishings, decor and floral. Hold onto anything long enough, and it is sure to be in vogue again….if you have the patience, and storage for it!

Right now though it is names with a vintage flavour that are making a comeback in a BIG WAY. Our favourites of course, are old fashioned names with flower/plant/herb origins, that are seeing a HUGE rise in popularity. From movie characters, to celeb couples naming their first (second/third+) born, many factors are contributing to the shift, but I for one am glad to see some of these lovely names gaining popularity.

Katniss and Primrose Everdeen’s names are one of many plant references within The Hunger Games Trilogy.

 10 Plant based names featuring in film/movie/tv:

1. Violet Beauregarde (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory)

2. Cateleya (Columbiana)

3. Katniss Everdeen- (Jennifer Law’s Character in The Hunger Games Trilogy. The Katniss plant is also known as the duck potato and swan potato)

4. Primrose Everdeen (Katniss’ younger sister)

5. Rose  (Kate Winslet’s iconic character in Titanic.)

6. Olive (Abigail Breslin’s character in Little Miss Sunshine)

7. Josh(ua) Baskin (Tom Hanks character in BIG)

8. Hyacinth (Keeping up Appearances)

9. Veronica (Kristen Bell’s Leading character in the series by the same name, Veronica Mars)

10. Jasmine (Aladdin’s love interest in the Disney animation)

You could be forgiven for thinking that Jamie Oliver along with his gorgeous wife Jules, are doing their bit to single handedly push this trend. The lovely couple has an assortment of flower names for their 3 girls: Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela,  and Petal Blossom Rainbow. I can’t help but feel lil Buddy Bear Maurice missed out somewhat!

From Left to Right: Petal Blossom, Jules, Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo, Buddy Bear and Jamie Oliver.

 10 Flower Names used by the rich and famous:

1. Lily-Rose (Vanessa Paradis/Johnny Depp)

2. Violet (Jennifer Gardner/Ben Affleck)

3. Suri :persian for Rose-(Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise)

4. Olive (Drew Barrymore)

5.  Sage (Toni Collette) This can be used as a unisex name

6. Bluebell (Geri Halliwell)

7. Poppy (Stephen Moyer/Anna Paquin- True Blood)

8. Rose (Byrne)

9. Daisy (Lowe-English Model)

10. Willow (Smith)

The gorgeous Joshua tree is the perfect inspiration for your baby boy.

 10 Plant name inspirations suitable for boys:

1. Joshua (tree)

2. (Sweet) William

3. Watson(ia)

4. Reed

5. Heath

6. Cane

7. Olive(r)

8. Linden

9. Rowan

10. Jasper

Our Top 10 picks to keep your eyes and ears open for: 

1. Clover

2. Fleur (French word simply for ‘flower’)

3. Marguerite (a variety of Daisy)

4. Florence – meaning blossoming, or flourishing

5. Leilani (hawaiian word for ‘Heavenly Flower’)

6. Magnolia (Maggie)

7. Poppy

8. Olive

9. Stella (de Oro- Day Lily)

10. Daisy


In the Florist with Flowers team, we have a couple of botanically inspired names, owners Julie and Emmra named their handsome heir Joshua, and when we welcomed a gorgeous little girl, nothing seemed more natural that to name her after a dainty little flower; afterall, flowers had been the entire reason we had all met our partners, fallen in love and in the end become parents.

So much goes into choosing a name, but for us, that just made perfect sense…..maybe it will for you flower lovers too 😉

Fwf x






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