Popularity rank in the US: #527
Don't present azaleas to your beloved on an anniversary—these flowers symbolize fragile passion. So while their symbolism isn't reflective of your feelings as a parent, this ruffled flower and its name are still beautiful. Pop star Iggy Azalea may bring it back as a more trendy name option.
Popularity rank in the US: Not ranked
Meaning: To bloom; a flower or group of flowers
If specific flower names are too on-the-nose for your tastes, consider Blossom. It's floral and girly but not nearly as common as names like Lily. Your little Blossom might draw comparisons to the hat-loving titular character of the '90s sitcom "Blossom," but that's not a bad thing.
Popularity rank in the US: #445
Dahlias are lush, dazzling and so intricate that they resemble origami pieces. The national flower of Mexico, dahlias date back to at least the 16th century Aztecs and symbolize dignity. As a baby name, Dahlia is exotic yet sweet.
Popularity rank in the US: #180
"Don't you think that daisies are the friendliest flower?" asks Meg Ryan's character in "You've Got Mail." Whether you prefer cheerful little white and yellow blooms or brilliantly colored Gerbera daises, these flowers—which are the birth flower of April and symbolize innocence—make a perfect namesake for a bright, sweet baby.
Popularity rank in the US: #837
Every 1990 kindergarten class had at least one Heather, but the name's popularity has died down over the years making it perfect for those parents who shy away from trends. Heather is a flowering purple shrub that grows wild in the moors of Scotland.
Popularity rank in the US: #245
Meaning: Rainbow, messenger
This flower's meanings come from ancient Greece, in which Iris was the personification of the rainbow and carried messages from the gods—surely one of the coolest jobs available in ancient Greece.
Popularity rank in the US: #27
Because the lily comes in so many varieties and colors, it's associated with many meanings: the flower itself symbolizes majesty, while a pure white lily means youthful innocence, and a lily of the valley means return to happiness. You might choose to spell this name as Lilly— that spelling ranks #124 in popular baby names.
Popularity rank in the US: #831
It's no wonder magnolias symbolize dignity. These flowers are large and elegant, and the trees from which they bloom are tall and sturdy. This name has a decidedly Southern bent, as evidenced by its use in the Louisiana-set weeper "Steel Magnolias."
Popularity rank in the US: #194
Every shade of rose carries its own symbolism, most of them relating to love and beauty. These flowers are featured in Shakespeare's works, often used in weddings and even feature in common idioms—stop and smell the roses, anyone? This name is ever-so-slightly old-fashioned and lends itself to the adorable nickname, Rosie. It's most often used as a middle name, so yours may be the only Rose in the garden.
Popularity rank in the US: #67
Violet came back in fashion when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner chose this name for their daughter. It's also the birth flower for the month of February. White violets are said to symbolize innocence, while purple violets symbolize that the giver is thinking of the recipient.
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