How celebrity babies are driving the trend of flower names for girls

Flower names for girls are blooming in popularity. Once thought to be a relic of the 19th century, the 2017 list of the most popular baby names shows that the trend of baby names inspired by flowers and botanicals has sprouted up once again. In 2017 more than 10% of the most popular baby girl names were floral or nature inspired and that’s largely down to celebrities like Beyonce and Jamie Oliver who have fully embraced the trend with their own children.

We’ve compiled a list of 8 well-known celebrities whose children have flower names and have used the Office of National statistics data to see where they rank and how those celebrities have helped to breath new life into these beautiful girl names. Not only that but we’ve also delved a little into what the symbolism and meanings of those flowers and names.

Stuck thinking of names for your own baby? Use our list for some inspiration.

Beyonce and Jay Z - Blue Ivy Carter

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Ivy - 25th - Up 1197 places since 1996

Music’s biggest power couple gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy in 2012. Despite being spelt like the climbing plant the name is reported to be a reference to the roman numerals for four (IV). The number four has significance for the pair. Beyonce was born on September 4th and Jay Z December 4th and the pair were married on April 4th.

Ivy symbolises faithfulness and fidelity and was traditionally presented to newlyweds in Ancient Greece and a wedding gift.

Since choosing the name the number of UK girls named Ivy has skyrocketed from 300 to over 1800.

Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson - Briar Rose Christensen

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Briar Rose - 2201 - Newly ranked
Rose - 60th - Up 121 places since 1996

Briar Rose… I am your father! The movie star known for playing the young Darth Vader - Anakin Skywalker - in the Star Wars prequels named his daughter after the prickly rose bush. In an interview he said that Briar Rose was the original name of fairy tale Sleeping Beauty and that he and Rachel instantly fell in love with it.

Roses symbolise romance and secrecy. In roman times they would be hung from the ceiling of banquets, where it would be understood that anything said under the roses would remain confidential.

Briar Rose ranked on the list for the first time after their daughter was born in 2014. It also saw a spike in the name rose.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis - Lily-Rose Depp

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Lily-Rose - 300th - Up 3495 places since 1996
Lily - 10th - Up 75 places since 1996

Johnny Depp was an early adopter of the baby flower name trend and named his daughter Lily-Rose back in 1999. The star later had the name tattooed across his heart to symbolise his love for her.

Lilies are a symbol of innocence, purity and beauty. The meaning dates back to Greek and Roman times where brides were given a crown of lilies in the hope of a pure and fruitful life.

Despite being born 19 years ago, the name continues to influence new parents. When she was born in 1999 there were just 16 babies a year with the name, its since grown to become ten times more popular.

Jude Law and Sadie Frost - Iris Law

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Iris - 81st - Up 1833 places since 1996

Like Johnny Depp, Hollywood heartthrob Jude Law was also an early adopter of the floral baby naming trend - choosing the name Iris for his daughter.

Iris was the Greek goddess of rainbows and a messenger of the Olympian gods.

It is said that the flower used to be placed on the graves of women to summon the goddess to guide them to heaven.

The name Iris has been rapidly rising in popularity since 2000 and successfully broke into the top 100 girls names in 2016.

Jamie Oliver and Juliette Norton - Poppy Honey Rosie Oliver, Daisy Boo Pamela Oliver and Petal Blossom Rainbow Oliver.

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Poppy, Daisy and Petal

TV chef Jamie Oliver is known for giving his children unconventional names. But did you know that all three of his daughters have names inspired by flowers and botanicals?

Their first child, Poppy Honey Rosie, kicked off the trend which was soon followed up with Daisy Boo Pamela and Petal Blossom Rainbow. The couple have received some criticism for their creative naming choices, but mum Jools is having none of it. In an interview she told The Telegraph she “hates people’s opinions on names. Whatever you call your baby is your decision.”

Poppy - 8th - Up 83 places since 1996

The name Poppy has been slowly rising since 2002 when the chef choose the name. It peaked as the UK’s 7th most popular girls name in 2013 but has since moved down into 8th place. Poppy Honey Rosie’s other floral name - Rosie didn’t see quite the same boost but is still a firm favourite for new parents looking for some floral inspiration.

Poppies have long been symbols of peace and death but have taken on a new meaning since WW1. Since then they have come to be a symbol of remembrance and sacrifice.

Daisy - 18th - Up 53 places since 1996

Daisy has also been rising slowly since the early 2000s were around 1000 babies a year were born with the name. Now there are over 2000 and the name is in the top fifth of girls names nationally.

The daisy is a symbol of innocence and purity. In Norse mythology it is the sacred flower of Freya, goddess of love and beauty. Because of that it is often used as a symbol of motherhood and use to congratulate new mothers.

Petal - 3583rd - Newly Ranked

Unlike other flower names like Poppy and Daisy, Petal was unranked 20 years ago. Since naming their daughter Petal Blossom the name has begun to appear in Office of National Statistic Data - although in low amounts. Kicking off the trend in 2009 there were 6 Petals born in the UK. The number peaked 3 years later in 2012 with 12 babies receiving the floral name.

Petals have many symbolic meanings depending on which plant they come from.

Flower girls at weddings would traditionally scatter rose petals at weddings to mark the occasion whereas in Japan the falling petals of the cherry blossom represent the beauty of transient things.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner - Violet Affleck

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Violet - 62nd - Up 969 places since 1996

Movie Stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner met on the sets of Pearl Harbour and Daredevil before getting together and having their daughter Violet in 2005.

Violets have a range of meaning both to do with their colour and their delicate appearance. In Greek mythology Diana transformed one of her nymph companions into a violet to keep her safe - leading the flower to become a symbol of modesty.

The name saw a massive spike in popularity following the birth, tripling from 50 babies a year to 150 by 2005. It is now the 62nd most popular girls name in the UK with almost 1000 babies a year being born with the name.

Geri Halliwell and Sacha Gervasi - Bluebell Halliwell

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Bluebell - 836th - Newly ranked

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell knew which name she really really wanted for her baby the moment she saw the spring flowers during her pregnancy.

“But what really clinched it for me,” said Geri Halliwell. “Was my mother telling me that the bluebell is increasingly rare, so it's precious flower, which seems just right for my daughter."

Bluebells are associated with constancy and everlasting love.

In folklore it’s believed that bluebells are home to fairies and therefore it is unlucky to trample through them.

While less rare than when Geri picked it - at 7 babies per year in 2006 - at 836th place it’s still a great choice for anyone looking for a unique floral baby name.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett - Willow Smith

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Willow - 26th - Up 865 places since 1996

The fresh prince, Will Smith, chose a fresh botanical name for daughter Willow. Not only that but Willow is a slight spin on his own name - Will.

The willow tree is known for its flexibility and strength, bending into ridiculous poses without snapping and its ability to survive in the most challenging conditions. These features make it a powerful metaphor for overcoming life's challenges.

The name doubled in popularity following Willow’s birth in 2000 but saw its sharpest rise ten years later when Willow charted with her song - Whip My Hair.

If none of these names take your fancy, why not look to the rest of this years trending baby names. We’ve highlighted all the floral names mentioned above to make them easier to find.


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