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28 Trending Nature Names for Babies

Parents have drawn inspiration from the awe and wonder of nature for baby names for millennia. For instance, the ancient Egyptian name Khepri means ‘morning sun.’, and the ancient Celtic name Taran means ‘thunder.'

Nature-inspired baby names reflect a love for the natural world and embody timeless traits of strength, peace, and the beauty found in the great outdoors.

It's fun to see what's becoming more popular in naming trends. Take a look to see names matching the awe and wonder a new baby brings to the world.

Why These Names?

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We used the Social Security Administration (SSA) names database to find this list of nature names. We chose names with an upward trend since 2015. Most are in the top 1000 names for babies in the United States, but some are more rare, yet still on an upward trend.

Gender Neutral Names From Nature

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Many names inspired by the natural world are unisex—not necessarily associated strictly with girls or boys, and lovely for any baby. The following names are found on both boy and girl name lists in the SSA database.

Ari

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Ari is a diminutive of the Hebrew name Ariel meaning “lion of God.”

Briar

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Briar invokes the image of tangled, thorny vines in the forest. It symbolizes resilience, protection, and the untamed beauty found in nature. 

Kai

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Kai is a beautifully simple name meaning sea in Hawaiian.

Lennox

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Lennox means ‘elm grove' and it has Scottish origins. It might remind you of Singer-Songwriter Annie Lennox, or the former professional boxer Lennox Lewis.

Lux

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Meaning “light” in Latin, Lux is a name that signifies illumination, clarity, and the transformative power of nature's radiance.

Oakley

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Derived from the mighty oak tree, Oakley symbolizes strength, endurance, and resilience. It's a name that conveys a sense of grounding and stability.

Ocean

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The name Ocean embodies depth, exploration, and a sense of vastness. 

River

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River brings to mind both the power and free-flowing spirit of water. It represents a constant, adaptable, and peaceful presence. 

Sage

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Sage is a name associated with wisdom and deep knowledge, much like the sage plants used in herbal remedies. It reflects a sense of calm and insight drawn from nature.

Sky

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Sky is a nature-inspired name for boys and girls that can also be spelled Skye, like the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Nature Inspired Names for Baby Girls

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Nature gives us names associated with both beauty and strength, qualities anyone would want for their baby girl.

Aurora

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Named after the stunning Northern and Southern Lights, Aurora represents light and enchantment.

Clover

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Clover is a name associated with pretty meadow flowers and good luck via the four-leaf clover.

Elowen

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Elowen is a name of Cornish origin, meaning “elm tree.” It celebrates the strength, growth, and interconnectedness found in the natural world.

Iris

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 Iris is a name that symbolizes hope, connection, and the beauty of nature's palette.

Isla 

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A variant of Islay, a Scottish island on the west coast. Isla also means “island” in Spanish, encapsulating the serenity and isolation often found in natural landscapes. It conveys a sense of peaceful seclusion.

Keziah

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Keziah is a name inspired by the aromatic cassia tree. It signifies fragrance, healing, and a deep connection to the earth's resources.

Marigold

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Marigolds are beautiful golden flowers that symbolize beauty, warmth, and creativity, and attract pollinators to your garden. What's not to like?

Nova

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Nova is the term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness before fading back to its original state. It comes from the Latin word for new, because the brightness of the astronomical event causes the star to appear “new”.

Violet

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Violet, a name derived from the flower, represents modesty, humility, and the delicate beauty found in nature's simplicity.

Boy Names With Inspiration From Nature

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Sometimes, it feels hard to come up with baby boy names that are both masculine and beautiful. Nature gives us name options that will do the trick.

Bear

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Brave and powerful – Bear could also be transformed into Bera for a girl.

Cosmo

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Cosmo, meaning “order” or “beauty” in Greek, reflects the harmony and grandeur of the cosmos. It symbolizes the vastness of the universe.

Cedar

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Cedar is a name inspired by the sturdy and aromatic cedar tree. It embodies strength, wisdom, and a sense of protection.

Luca

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Luca is a name inspired by “light” in Italian. It symbolizes clarity, illumination, and the guiding presence of nature's brilliance.

Orson

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Orson, is a notehr bear name meaning “bear cub.” It celebrates the strength, courage, and wild spirit of the bear.

Rhodes

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The Greek origin of this name means ‘where the roses grow'. You can think of it as a masculine version of the name Rose.

Stone

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This name is cool, calm, and collected.

Zev

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Zev is a name of Hebrew origin, meaning “wolf.” It symbolizes independence, instinct, and the primal connection to the natural world.

Zephyr

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Zephyr is a name derived from the gentle west wind. It represents a soothing and refreshing breeze, bringing renewal and change.

This post was made with help from Babynames.com, and Nameberry.

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