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Popular Earthy and Gender-Neutral Baby Names

Nature is a wonderful source of baby names that evoke traits of strength, peace, and the beauty found in the great outdoors. Many names that have inspiration from the natural world are unisex – not necessarily associated strictly with girls or boys, and lovely for any baby. You might just fall in love with one of these enchanting names. 

Nature-Inspired Names Through the Ages

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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.' 


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Ash is sometimes short for the unisex name “Ashley” but it can also refer to the Ash tree, or to the ash from a volcanic eruption. 


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This is a beautiful name for any gender and refers to the Aspen tree, whose name comes from the Old English word æspe.


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This unisex name is both a place name and a bird name referring to the fiery rising-from-the-ashes Phoenix of Greek myth. 


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


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The name Ocean is a tribute to the expansive and mysterious waters that cover our planet. It embodies depth, exploration, and a sense of vastness. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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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.

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We collected an entire set of names inspired by rainbows.

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We want to remember it all, every milestone. This isn't possible, of course, but there are some fun ways to tuck away significant memories to revisit them. One we love: