Last post for a while (sorry for so many, again!). Thinking about flower names, since quite a few have ended up on my list, or bouncing on and off over time. In theory, I think of flower names as being kind of frilly and insubstantial and overly feminine as namesakes for a daughter who I want to raise as strong and independent and able to take on the world. However, something keeps drawing me back to them unintentionally! And I like the idea of nature names in general, and I do really like flowers, so maybe a flowery namesake isn’t a negative thing.
DH in particular really likes [name_f]Azalea[/name_f], and we both like the nickname [name_f]Zalie[/name_f] (ZAY-lee). It’s not a common flower name, and the “z” makes it seem zippy and spunky at least. What do you guys think about [name_f]Azalea[/name_f]?
Other flower names I like but am on the fence about:
[name_f]Iris[/name_f] – a lot more serious sounding than other floral names, with a long history of popular usage so it is definitely a classic in my eyes. Sometimes I think it sounds too harsh, though.
[name_f]Flora[/name_f] – not a flower itself, but certainly floral! I do really like [name_f]Flora[/name_f] but worry about the lack of gravity behind it as well as the association with bacteria…
[name_f]Violet[/name_f] – I love so many things about [name_f]Violet[/name_f], but I just can’t stop seeing/hearing “violent”, which is so unfortunate because I truly think it’s a very lovely name.
[name_f]Rose[/name_f]/[name_f]Rosalie[/name_f] – I really like [name_f]Rose[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosie[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosa[/name_f], and [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f] is a really pretty way to get at all of those nicknames, but it seems a bit frilly for the rest of my list.
[name_f]Daisy[/name_f] – I love love [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] and so does my DH, but I just don’t think I could use it for a daughter since it’s so light and frilly. Maybe a middle!
[name_u]Juniper[/name_u] – more of a tree than a flower, and I think I prefer [name_f]Juno[/name_f], but [name_u]Juniper[/name_u] is a nice name too if not a little trendy.
[name_f]Ivy[/name_f] – also not exactly a flower name, and sounds more substantial than many of the others. I like the idea of [name_f]Ivy[/name_f], although something about the way it looks with the “v” and the “y” throws me off a little, although that’s probably overly nitpicky.
ILily/[name_f]Lila[/name_f] – I would probably consider these more if they weren’t so popular, but as is, I think they’re out of the running for me.
What are your thoughts on flower names in general? Any that you like more than others? [name_m]Can[/name_m] a flower name still sound strong and powerful and kickass? And specifically, what do you think about [name_f]Azalea[/name_f]?