Cool Botanical Names
Last weekend, I went over to my aunt’s house to help them with some paperwork, housework, and such. Saying she is a plant lover is an understatement. She has volumes and volumes of botany books, and beautiful garden full of plants I can’t even pronounce, let alone try to grow. I am the furthest thing from a botanist, but I was interested in the names of these plants. There are so many that I found interesting, but here’s just a few that popped out at me while looking through those books. Note that all of these are girl names.
Cleome—Pronounced Klee-OH-mee, this name of a flower is now a new favorite of mine. What a pity that it is unknown as a name! It is the Latin name for the spider plant, and its absolutely lovely. Cleome may be a nice change from boring old Chloe, and a sexier variation of rising star Cleo.
Aubrieta—With Aubrey rising fast, parents will soon be looking for new variants of the name, just like with Audrey a few years back. Aubrieta is a type of flowering cabbage, according to my auntie’s plant book. It has a very upscale, nose-in-the-air feel to it, but I love it. Aubrie serves as a lovely nickname.
Aurinia—Its so hard to believe this one’s not already a name. With Aurelia, Aureline, and Aurelie at the top of many parent’s list, this variation may be more unique. It is the Latin term for basket of gold, though I have no clue what that is. Either way, Aurinia is climbing my list as well.
Roseraie—Is this a bit like Desirae? Rose-er-ray? I’m not sure, but Roseraie is definitely eye-catching and pretty. It is actually a breed of roses, but is unknown as a name. Again, this one is close to being on my list.
Félicité—I’ve never been a big fan of Felicia or Felicity, but this foreign version seems much more classier and sophisticated. I believe its either Spanish or French, and pronounced somewhere along the lines of Fuh-lee-see-teh. It is also a breed of roses, and also a new favorite of mine.
Tilia—With Tilly super popular in Britain and Lilia quite popular here, parents may be looking for something new. Tilia is a blend of Tilly and Lilia, I think. Tilia is a type of tree, and is pronounced till-lee-uh, like how it looks. I like this for its Tily potential, as well as its snazzy, fresh sound. This one’s a keeper for sure.
Some other botanical names that I found interesting: