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Flower Names As Feminine Names

Many of the people I know who do have flower names are mature women, though it does seem there is a resurgence in these flower-related names for baby girls.

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I have always thought that it would be rather nice to have a name that was also the name of a flower: Lily, Iris, Veronica, Pansy, Violet, Myrtle, Marigold, Daisy, Rose or Daphne, for example.

Though upon reflection, perhaps having a flower name would encourage friends and family to select too many cards and gifts with the flower theme, that one could get locked into a brand whether one tired of it or not. Many of the people I know who do have flower names are mature women, though it does seem there is a resurgence in these flower-related names for baby girls.

I have never known a male infant  to be given the name of a flower, though males do bear the name of animals, such as Wolf and Tiger, for example. I have on occasion thought it appropriate to give a person a variety of a plant that bore their name: a white rose of sharon named ” Diana” or a white phlox called “David.”

I wonder if that really is much different from giving daisies to a Daisy?

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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