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Already at the beginning of the 19th century there was a special hype about flower names as first names, but even today the flowery names do not seem to have lost their appeal. Whether in literature or in real life - there are numerous flower names that are still popular today. Even though stars and celebrities like to exaggerate the naming of their children, some of them provide beautiful examples of a successful flower name. For example, Beyonce christened her daughter "Blue Ivy," literally meaning "blue ivy." Nicole Kidman also decided on a flowery name for her daughter and called her "Sunday Rose".
Flower names are not only popular in Hollywood, but also in literature one encounters protagonists who have been given a floral first name. In the world-famous Harry Potter novels, several female figures with floral first names appear. For example, Lilly Potter (lily), Petunia Dursley (petunia), Lavender Brown (lavender) or the moaning myrtle (myrtle). But there are also flowery names that have been around for decades. We've picked five common first names and their floral role models for you.
Real jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
The name jasmine actually comes from the plant genus Jasmine (Jasminum). The name means "symbol of love" and was borrowed in the 16th century from Persian to Spanish. The genus includes almost 200 species, including, for example, the real jasmine (Jasminum officinale), which is characterized by its star-shaped flowers and the distinctive fragrance. As a first name Jasmin was first used in England, but since the 60s he has arrived in Germany and was especially popular in the 80s.
Lilly / Lilli
Lilly or Lilli are often nicknames of different names such as Elisabeth or Emelie, but are also often associated with the onion plant lily (Lilium). Between 2002 and 2010 Lilli was one of the most popular German names. But also in the Scandinavian area and in England Lilly is one of the favorites among the female names.
Erika / Heath / Heather
The names Erika, Heide or English Heather are a reference to the heather known to us (Erica), also called Erika. The real heather (Erica carnea), also called winter heather, grows best on moist, humus rich soil and enjoys great popularity in this country - not to be confused with the summer or broom heather (Calluna), which forms its own genus within the heather family and grows extensively in the Lüneburg Heath. The first name Erika, who originally comes from Old High German, was especially popular between 1920 and 1940 and is regularly represented in the top 30 most popular names. Since the fifties, the popularity has decreased but more and more. Incidentally, the English variant Heather is much more common in the US than in England, but has also fallen out of fashion a bit.
Rosi / Pink / Rose
The first names Rosi, Rosalie, Rosa or English Rose are based on the Latin genus name of the rose (Rosa). In the 19th century, when the trend towards flower names came up, the Rose became an independent first name. No wonder, after all, the rose has long been one of the most popular garden plants. The epithet "queen of flowers" she has been wearing since ancient times - maybe Rosa is therefore so popular a first name, he gives the wearer but still a touch of blue blood. By the way: Similarly popular in the Persian-Turkish language area is the female name Gül, which is also derived from the Persian word for rose.
Iris was in Greek mythology the messenger of the gods and represented the personified rainbow dar. The first name can also be derived from the plant genus of irises (Iris), as the botanical name of the plant is very common. The different types of iris are especially prized for their graceful, beautifully drawn flowers.