10 Adorable Nature Names
No longer relegated to the hippie set, nature-inspired names are now considered universally cute and cool. Find one among our favorites for your wildly beautiful baby-to-be.
Heather was a huge hit in the 70s and 80s. Originally a Scottish name, it’s lost its uber-everywhere status, but just might bounce back with the recent nature-name boom.
Short and super cute, Jay-Z and Béyonce brought this name into the spotlight when they gave it to their baby daughter, Blue Ivy. It’s an ideal nature name—easy to pronounce, it evokes the pretty vine.
This spunky, sweet girl’s name is gaining popularity among hip parents, and refers to the fragrant, berry-producing Juniper shrub.
One of those ultra-adorable, old-fashioned sounding names that’s oh-so-cute on a modern little girl, Laurel is of English origin; it’s also the name of a tree. If you like Laura and Lorelai, Laurel may be just the name you’re looking for.
One of the best-loved nature names, River evokes both the powerful and calming qualities of water. Now that sufficient time has passed since the 1993 death of actor River Phoenix, the unisex name is making a comeback as a popular celeb-baby name, too.
Sage is a fragrant plant with spiritual associations; burning dried sagebrush is reputed to clear negative energies from a space, and the word also describes “a profoundly wise person.” This earthy, unisex moniker feels particularly modern on a boy.
At once unusual and classic, this nature name describes flat, tropical grasslands, and is easily shortened into the cute nicknames Savvy and Vanna. True to Southern form, it sounds extra sweet with a single-syllable middle name or double-name attached (Savannah Rose, Savannah-Jane…).
Alternately spelled Skye, this name works well for both genders, especially as a middle or second name for girls. Its open, natural associations give it a somewhat hippie-ish feel, without being too “out there” or over-the-top; rest assured that if your kid goes corporate one day, he or she won’t need a name change to be taken seriously.
A celebrated astronomical event that happens twice a year—when the sun reaches its northernmost and southernmost positions—Solstice is also an unusual unisex name for the modern, natural parent.
Alternately spelled Sorrell, equine enthusiasts might find themselves drawn to this name; the word sorrel is often used to describe a horse’s coloring. Soft and somewhat understated, it’s also a nice, herbal choice for anyone seeking an unusual, unisex nature name.
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