|Rose - a flower, but also a NAME.|
Anyway, before we get too off-track, the point is -- flowers can provide some great inspiration for coming up with a unique name for your child. Here, we'll suggest our top ten favourite names for girls that are inspired by flowers.
Blossom: There's a whole generation of people who grew up watching the TV show who already are
mothers, or will become mothers shortly. Will this name surge in popularity? Ehhh, probably not, but still. Really, we just wanted to include that picture over there.
Rose: This is more of an old-fashioned name than a trendy new one, but it's pretty by any other name. After peaking in the 1910s, it steadily declined in popularity, but has rebounded slightly since the '80s.
Lily: According to this handy and super-addictive tool which we're using to reference all these numbers, the popularity of Lily has skyrocketed in the past couple of decades. In the 80s, it was the 673rd most popular name; in 2012, it was the 16th most popular.
Violet: After dropping from being fairly common in the early part of the 20th century into a baby oblivion during the '80s and '90s, the name 'Violet' has rebounded strongly in recent years.
Daisy: Like Rose, its most popular days are behind it. The name saw a slight resurgence in the '90s but has dropped off in recent years.
Marigold: This has never been in the top 1000 names during any time period. You want a unique name? That's a good sign that it's pretty unique.
Aster: See 'Marigold.'
Jasmine: More people probably know the name itself rather than the fact it's based on a flower. Its popularity was non-existent until the 1960s, and it rocketed up in popularity, becoming the 25th most common girls' name in the 1990s. It's since sharply dropped off again, though.
Heather: Again, many people wouldn't know the name better than the plant. It was the 8th most popular name of the 1970s, but it's really out of vogue now -- dropping to 708th place in 2012.
Iris: Iris has never been a super-popular name, but it's certainly seen its share of peaks and valleys... and it's on its way up again, sitting at its most popular point since the 1940s.