AIRI (1) f Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai)
meaning "love, affection" combined with 莉 (ri)
meaning "white jasmine" or 梨 (ri)
meaning "pear". Other combinations of kanji characters are possible.
ALBENA f Bulgarian
Created by Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov for the heroine in his drama Albena
(1930). He may have based it on ablen
, the name of a type of peony (a flowering plant).
ALYSSA f English
Variant of ALICIA
. The spelling has probably been influenced by that of the alyssum flower, the name of which is derived from Greek ἀ (a)
, a negative prefix, combined with λύσσα (lyssa)
meaning "madness, rabies", since it was believed to cure madness.
AMARANTHA f Various
From the name of the amaranth flower, which is derived from Greek ἀμάραντος (amarantos)
meaning "unfading". Ἀμάραντος (Amarantos)
was also an Ancient Greek given name.
AMARYLLIS f Literature
Derived from Greek ἀμαρύσσω (amarysso)
meaning "to sparkle"
. This was the name of a heroine in Virgil
's epic poem Eclogues
. The amaryllis flower is named for her.
ANFISA f Russian
Russian form of the Greek name Ἀνθοῦσα (Anthousa)
, which was derived from Greek ἄνθος (anthos)
. This was the name of a 9th-century Byzantine saint.
ANNAGÜL f Turkmen
Derived from Turkmen anna
"Friday" and gül
ANTHONY m English
English form of the Roman family name Antonius
, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. The most notable member of the Roman family was the general Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English), who for a period in the 1st century BC ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Augustus. When their relationship turned sour, he and his mistress Cleopatra were attacked and forced to commit suicide, as related in Shakespeare's tragedy Antony and Cleopatra
AOI f & m Japanese
From Japanese 葵 (aoi)
meaning "hollyhock, althea" or an adjectival form of 碧 (ao)
meaning "green, blue". Other kanji with the same reading can form this name as well.
APRIL f English
From the name of the month, probably originally derived from Latin aperire
"to open", referring to the opening of flowers. It has only been commonly used as a given name since the 1940s.
ASPEN f English (Modern)
From the English word for the tree, derived from Old English æspe
. It is also the name of a ski resort in Colorado.
AYAKA f Japanese
From Japanese 彩 (aya)
meaning "colour" combined with 花 (ka)
or 華 (ka)
both meaning "flower". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AYAME f Japanese
From Japanese 菖蒲 (ayame)
meaning "iris (flower)". Other kanji or combinations of kanji can also form this name.
AYGÜL f Turkish, Uyghur, Azerbaijani
Derived from the Turkic element ay
meaning "moon" combined with Persian گل (gol)
meaning "flower, rose". In some languages this is also a name for a variety of flowering plant that grows in central Asia (species Fritillaria eduardii).
AZAHAR f Spanish
Means "orange blossom"
in Spanish, ultimately from Arabic زهرة (zahrah)
meaning "flower". It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary
, Nuestra Señora del Azahar
, meaning "Our Lady of the Orange Blossom", because of the citrus trees that surround a church devoted to her near Murcia.
AZALEA f English (Modern)
From the name of the flower (shrubs of the genus Rhododendron), ultimately derived from Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos)
BAHARGÜL f Turkmen
Derived from Turkmen bahar
meaning "spring" and gül
meaning "flower, rose" (both roots ultimately of Persian origin).
BAO f & m Chinese
From Chinese 宝 (bǎo)
meaning "treasure, jewel, precious, rare", 褒 (bāo)
meaning "praise, honour" or 苞 (bāo)
meaning "bud" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are possible as well.
BLÁTHNAT f Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "little flower"
from the Irish word blath
"flower" combined with a diminutive suffix. In Irish legend she was a maiden abducted and married by Cú Roí. She was rescued by Cúchulainn
, who killed her husband, but she was in turn murdered by one of Cú Roí's loyal servants.
BLODEUWEDD f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "face of flowers"
in Welsh. In a story in the Mabinogion, she is created out of flowers by Gwydion
to be the wife of his nephew Lleu
Llaw Gyffes. She is eventually changed into an owl for her infidelity.
BLODWEN f Welsh
Means "white flowers"
from Welsh blodau
"flowers" combined with gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
BLOSSOM f English
From the English word blossom
, ultimately from Old English blóstm
. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
BOGLÁRKA f Hungarian
Means "buttercup flower"
in Hungarian (genus Ranunculus), derived from the archaic word boglár
BOPHA f Khmer
in Khmer, ultimately from Pali.
BRIALLEN f Welsh
Derived from Welsh briallu
. This is a modern Welsh name.
CALLA f English
From the name of a type of lily, of Latin origin. Use of the name may also be inspired by Greek κάλλος (kallos)
CAMELLIA f English (Rare)
From the name of the flowering shrub, which was named for the botanist and missionary Georg Josef Kamel.
CAPUCINE f French
in French. This was the stage name of the French actress and model Capucine (1928-1990).
CARMEL f English, Jewish
From the title of the Virgin Mary Our Lady of Carmel
(Karmel) (meaning "garden" in Hebrew) is a mountain in Israel mentioned in the Old Testament. It was the site of several early Christian monasteries. As an English given name, it has mainly been used by Catholics.
CELINDA f English (Rare)
Probably a blend of CELIA
. This is also the Spanish name for a variety of shrub with white flowers, known as sweet mock-orange in English (species Philadelphus coronarius).
CHIKA (2) f Japanese
From Japanese 千 (chi)
meaning "thousand", 智 (chi)
meaning "wisdom, intellect" or 散 (chi)
meaning "scatter" combined with 佳 (ka)
meaning "good, beautiful" or 花 (ka)
meaning "flower". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
CHRYSANTA f English (Rare)
Shortened form of the word chrysanthemum
, the name of a flowering plant, which means "golden flower" in Greek.
CLEMATIS f English (Rare)
From the English word for a type of flowering vine, ultimately derived from Greek κλήμα (klema)
meaning "twig, branch".
CLOVER f English (Rare)
From the English word for the wild flower, ultimately deriving from Old English clafre
COLOMBINA f Italian
Italian feminine diminutive of COLUMBA
. In traditional Italian pantomimes this is the name of a stock character, the female counterpart of Arlecchino (also called Harlequin). This is also the Italian word for the columbine flower.
CORIANDER f English (Rare)
From the name of the spice, also called cilantro, which may ultimately be of Phoenician origin (via Latin and Greek).
COSMO m Italian, English
Italian variant of COSIMO
. It was introduced to Britain in the 18th century by the second Scottish Duke of Gordon, who named his son and successor after his friend Cosimo III de' Medici.
CVETKA f Slovene
Derived from Slovene cvet
meaning "blossom, flower"
DAFFODIL f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, ultimately derived from Dutch de affodil
meaning "the asphodel".
DAISY f English
Simply from the English word for the white flower, ultimately derived from Old English dægeseage
meaning "day eye". It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.
EGLANTINE f English (Rare)
From the English word for the flower also known as sweetbrier. It is derived via Old French from Vulgar Latin *aquilentum
meaning "prickly". It was early used as a given name (in the form Eglentyne
) in Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century story The Prioress's Tale
ELANOR f Literature
Means "star sun"
in Sindarin. In The Lord of the Rings
(1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien this is Sam's eldest daughter, named after a type of flower.
ERIKA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, English, Italian
Feminine form of ERIK
. It also coincides with the word for "heather" in some languages.
EUN-YEONG f Korean
From Sino-Korean 恩 (eun)
meaning "kindness, mercy, charity" and 英 (yeong)
meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
FIORE f & m Italian
in Italian. It can also be considered an Italian form of the Latin names FLORA
FIORELLA f Italian
From Italian fiore "flower"
combined with a diminutive suffix.
FLORENCE f & m English, French
From the Latin name Florentius
or the feminine form Florentia
, which were derived from florens "prosperous, flourishing"
was borne by many early Christian saints, and it was occasionally used in their honour through the Middle Ages. In modern times it is mostly feminine.... [more]
FLORIAN m German, French, Romanian, Polish
From the Roman cognomen Florianus
, a derivative of FLORUS
. This was the name of a short-lived Roman emperor of the 3rd century. It was also borne by Saint Florian, a martyr of the 3rd century, the patron saint of Poland and Upper Austria.
FLORIMOND m Literature, French
Possibly from Latin florens
meaning "prosperous, flourishing" combined with the Germanic element mund
meaning "protection". This is the name of the prince in some versions of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty
FLOWER f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word flower
for the blossoming plant. It is derived (via Old French) from Latin flos
FU m & f Chinese
From Chinese 富 (fù)
meaning "abundant, rich, wealthy", 芙 (fú)
meaning "hibiscus, lotus" or 甫 (fǔ)
meaning "begin, man, father", in addition to other characters with a similar pronunciation. A famous bearer was the 8th-century Tang dynasty poet Du Fu, whose given name was 甫
GARDENIA f English (Rare)
From the name of the tropical flower, which was named for the Scottish naturalist Alexander Garden (1730-1791).
GARLAND m English
From a surname meaning "triangle land"
from Old English gara
. The surname originally belonged to a person who owned a triangle-shaped piece of land.
GENTIAN m Albanian
From the name of the flowering plant called the gentian, the roots of which are used to create a tonic. It is derived from the name of the Illyrian king GENTIUS
, who supposedly discovered its medicinal properties.
GOLNAR f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol)
meaning "flower, rose" and انار (anar)
GOLNAZ f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol)
meaning "flower, rose" and ناز (naz)
meaning "delight, comfort".
GONCA f Turkish
Means "flower bud"
in Turkish, of Persian origin.
GONXHE f Albanian
Means "flower bud"
in Albanian, of Persian origin. This was the middle name of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa (1910-1997).
GÜÇİN f Turkish
Means "rose picking, rose growing"
GUIYING m & f Chinese
From Chinese 桂 (guì)
meaning "laurel, cassia, cinnamon" combined with 英 (yīng)
meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero". This name can be formed from other character combinations as well.
GÜL f Turkish
in Turkish, ultimately from Persian.
GUL m & f Urdu, Pashto
Means "flower, rose"
in Urdu and Pashto, ultimately from Persian.
GULBADAN f Urdu (Rare)
Means "having a body like a rose"
in Persian. This was the name of a daughter of the Mughal emperor Babur.
GULRUKH f Urdu
Means "rose faced"
in Persian. This was the name of a wife of the Mughal emperor Babur.
HADLEY f & m English
From an English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "heather field"
in Old English.
HANA (3) f Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana)
or 華 (hana)
both meaning "flower". Other kanji or kanji combinations can form this name as well.
HANAE f Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana)
or 華 (hana)
, which both mean "flower", combined with 絵 (e)
meaning "picture" or 恵 (e)
meaning "favour, benefit". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HANAKO f Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana)
meaning "flower" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child", as well as other kanji combinations.
HARUKA f & m Japanese
From Japanese 遥 (haruka)
meaning "distant, remote". It can also come from 春 (haru)
meaning "spring" or 晴 (haru)
meaning "clear weather" combined with 花 (ka)
meaning "flower, blossom" or 香 (ka)
meaning "fragrance". Additionally, other kanji combinations can form this name.
HE f & m Chinese
From Chinese 河 (hé)
meaning "river, stream", 和 (hé)
meaning "harmony, peace", or 荷 (hé)
meaning "lotus, water lily" (which is usually only feminine). Other characters can form this name as well. A famous bearer was the 15th-century explorer Zheng He.
HEATH m English
From an English surname that denoted one who lived on a heath. It was popularized as a given name by the character Heath Barkley from the 1960s television series The Big Valley
HEATHER f English
From the English word heather
for the variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers, which commonly grow in rocky areas. It is derived from Middle English hather
. It was first used as a given name in the late 19th century, though it did not become popular until the last half of the 20th century.
HEDLEY m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "heather clearing"
in Old English.
HINATA f & m Japanese
From Japanese 日向 (hinata)
meaning "sunny place", 陽向 (hinata)
meaning "toward the sun", or a non-standard reading of 向日葵 (himawari)
meaning "sunflower". Other kanji compounds are also possible. Because of the irregular readings, this name is often written using the hiragana writing system.
HODEL f Yiddish (Rare)
Diminutive of HODE
. This is the name of Tevye's second daughter in the musical Fiddler on the Roof
(1964), based on late 19th-century stories by Sholem Aleichem.
HONOKA f Japanese
From Japanese 和 (hono)
meaning "harmony" (using an obscure nanori reading) and 花 (ka)
meaning "flower", as well as other combinations of kanji that have the same pronunciation. Very often it is written using the hiragana writing system.
HUA f & m Chinese
From Chinese 华 (huá)
meaning "splendid, illustrious, Chinese" or 花 (huā)
meaning "flower, blossom" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
HUỆ f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 慧 (huệ)
meaning "bright, intelligent"
or 蕙 (huệ)
meaning "tuberose (flower)"
HYACINTHUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ὑάκινθος (Hyakinthos)
, which was derived from the name of the hyacinth flower. In Greek legend Hyakinthos was accidentally killed by the god Apollo
, who mournfully caused this flower to arise from his blood. The name was also borne by several early saints, notably a 3rd-century martyr who was killed with his brother Protus.
IBOLYA f Hungarian
in Hungarian, ultimately from Latin viola
INDIGO f & m English (Rare)
From the English word indigo
for the purplish-blue dye or the colour. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ἰνδικὸν (Indikon)
meaning "Indic, from India".
IOLANTHE f Various
Probably a variant of YOLANDA
influenced by the Greek words ἰόλη (iole)
meaning "violet" and ἄνθος (anthos)
meaning "flower". This name was (first?) used by Gilbert and Sullivan in their comic opera Iolanthe
IONE f Greek Mythology, English
From Ancient Greek ἴον (ion)
meaning "violet flower"
. This was the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, though perhaps based on the Greek place name Ionia
, a region on the west coast of Asia Minor.
IRIS f Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Greek
in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.
IVY f English
From the English word for the climbing plant that has small yellow flowers. It is ultimately derived from Old English ifig
JACENTY m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of HYACINTHUS
. Saint Jacenty was a 13th-century Dominican monk from Krakow who was said to have taken missionary journeys throughout northern Europe and Asia.
JARAH m Biblical
in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a descendant of Saul
JASMINE f English, French
From the English word for the climbing plant with fragrant flowers that is used for making perfumes. It is derived via Arabic from Persian یاسمین (yasamin)
, which is also a Persian name.
JESSAMINE f English (Rare)
From a variant spelling of the English word jasmine
), used also to refer to flowering plants in the cestrum family.
JI-YEONG f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean 智 (ji)
meaning "wisdom, intellect" or 知 (ji)
meaning "know, perceive, comprehend" combined with 英 (yeong)
meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero" or 榮 (yeong)
meaning "glory, honour, flourish, prosper". Many other hanja character combinations are possible.
JONQUIL f English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower, derived ultimately from Latin iuncus
JU f & m Chinese
From Chinese 菊 (jú)
meaning "chrysanthemum" (which is usually only feminine) or 巨 (jù)
meaning "big, enormous" (usually only masculine), besides other characters that are pronounced similarly.
KAMAL (2) m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Modern masculine form of KAMALA
KAMALA f & m Hinduism, Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Nepali
or "pale red"
in Sanskrit. In Sanskrit this is a transcription of both the feminine form कमला
and the masculine form कमल
, though in modern languages it is only a feminine form. This is the name of one of the Krittikas, or Pleiades, in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
. It is also another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
KANON f Japanese
From Japanese 花 (ka)
meaning "flower, blossom" and 音 (non)
meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
KAPUA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the flower"
or "the child"
from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and pua
KAREN (3) f Japanese
From Japanese 華 (ka)
meaning "flower" and 蓮 (ren)
meaning "lotus, water lily". Other combinations of kanji can also form this name.
KASUMI f Japanese
From Japanese 霞 (kasumi)
meaning "mist". It can also come from 花 (ka)
meaning "flower, blossom" combined with 澄 (sumi)
meaning "clear, pure". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
KIKU f Japanese
From Japanese 菊 (kiku)
meaning "chrysanthemum", as well as other kanji characters that are pronounced the same way.
KLYTIË f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek κλυτός (klytos)
meaning "famous, noble"
. In Greek myth Klytië was an ocean nymph who loved the sun god Helios. Her love was not returned, and she pined away staring at him until she was transformed into a heliotrope flower, whose head moves to follow the sun.
KOLAB f Khmer
in Khmer (of Persian origin).
KULAP f & m Thai
in Thai (of Persian origin).
KUNALA m Sanskrit
in Sanskrit. This was the name of a son of the 3rd-century BC Indian emperor Ashoka.
LAELIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Laelius
, a Roman family name of unknown meaning. This is also the name of a type of flower, an orchid found in Mexico and Central America.
LAKSHMI f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi, Odia
Means "sign, mark"
in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu
and her symbol is the lotus flower, with which she is often depicted.
LALE f Turkish
in Turkish, of Persian origin.
LALKA f Bulgarian
From Bulgarian лале (lale)
. It is derived via Turkish from Persian لاله (laleh)
LALLA f Literature
Derived from Persian لاله (laleh)
. This was the name of the heroine of Thomas Moore's poem Lalla Rookh
(1817). In the poem, Lalla, the daughter of the emperor of Delhi, listens to a poet sing four tales.
LAN (1) f & m Chinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese 兰 (lán)
meaning "orchid, elegant" (which is usually only feminine) or 岚 (lán)
meaning "mountain mist". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese 蘭