Namely Lucy

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:














Paeonia (Peony)







With Love,

Lucy 🙂


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  1. * shay120 says:

    I’m so glad you brought up Aubrieta. I always thought she’d make an appropriate alternative to the masculine and tryndee Aubrey. These are cool too:

    Cleome-Cleo would make a cute nn
    Roseraie-ooo, this is really pleasant
    Tilia-Tilia is a legit German feminine name, its rare, but its a feminine form of the currently popular Till

    Alisma-this is really sweet
    Matteucia-Mattie would be a cute nickname
    Robinia-nice alternative to Robin

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 8 months ago
  2. * Lucinda Elisabeth Krueger says:

    Yes, I adore Cleome right now. And Cleo as a nn is so cute! I am also obsessing over Marigold and Juniper for twins. I hate Juniper’s resemblance to Jupiter, but I still love it. I like the nn Maggie for Marigold and June/Junie for Juniper.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 8 months ago
  3. * shay120 says:

    I too love Marigold and Juniper. I wouldn’t worry about the Jupiter relation though.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 8 months ago

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