Baby Names Inspired By Nature

When it comes to baby names, I’ve always been a dreamer. During my elementary school days, I fell in love with the name Chrysanthemum. I just knew that someday I’d gift a daughter that amazingly long and beautiful name inspired by nature.

Alas, I do not have a little Chrysanthemum, but ever since I’ve been fond of baby names with ties to the physical world.  If you’re on the lookout for a fresh name for your baby, use this list as a launching point to find your little one’s perfect first or middle name.

1. Think Topography

Grab a map and start studying! So much will inspire you with unique baby names. A few I stumbled across were …

Lake (or Laken, or Laker)

Ridge (or Cliff)

Stone

Alder, Birch, Aspen, Cedar, Maple, Sequoia (any and all tree names are perfect)

Clay

West (and yes, North, East, and South are options too)

Heath (meaning “a moor”)

Meadow

Savannah

Terra/Terran (meaning “earth”)

2. Think Water

Maybe because I’ve always lived near the sea, but water inspired names make me swoon. And there are so many options that work for both boys and girls! Consider adding these to your baby name list …

River

Ocean

Seamus

Gale

Bay

Misty

Marina

Reed

Harbor (one of my favorite unisex names)

Cascade

3. Think Flowers

Let the garden be your guide! Floral names are timeless and absolutely gorgeous. I could probably lost 100 here, but I’ll leave you with these darling 10 …

Fern

Rose (or Rose type names like Rosalie, Rosemary, Rosamund, Rosalind)

Ivy

Azalea

Acacia

Camellia

Violet

Poppy

Magnolia (love the nicknames Maggie and Nola with this one)

Daisy

4. Think Weather

Don’t worry about being too hippie. Your baby can rock any weather name you love! In fact, let the sky (and beyond!) be your limit. I’m particularly fond of these few …

Rain (or Rainy)

Breeze (or Breezy)

Nova

Sky

Celeste

Luna

Stella/Stellan (meaning “star”)

Aria (meaning “air)

5. Think Locations

What’s the most picturesque place you’ve ever visited? Did you get engaged at a park? Have a first kiss on top of a particular city peak? Scroll through your family moments and you just might come across a beautiful location that deserves new life in your baby. Here’s a few I love …

Isla (a Scottish island)

Adelaide (Australia)

Houston (Texas)

Rainier (a PNW mountain)

Indiana (the state)

Paris (the city of love)

Helena (Montana)

Zion (a hill in Jerusalem)

McKenna (a beach in Hawaii)

6. Think Animals

It doesn’t necessarily have to be your favorite animal. It can be something that embodies characteristics you love or have a mythical connection. These are all great ones …

Bear

Hawk

Dove

Bird/Birdie

Phoenix

Fox

Pike

Wren

Was your favorite nature inspired name included here? If not, share what nature baby names you love most!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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