An econame is a kind of nature name that has a clear and open connection to the natural world. They’re favorites of environmentally conscious parents who hope to raise down-to-earth and eco-minded children. Additionally, many econames are unisex or even gender-neutral, a feature parents are prioritizing more and more.
These baby names are not short on drama either. They conjure images of majestic mountains and lush greenery. From botanical names to animal inspiration, these names for girls bring a certain earthy goodness to the monikers. They’re becoming hugely popular among celebrity parents and it’s no wonder why! Our earth is a gorgeous place full of natural splendor that we all would be wise to contemplate more! Here are 25 econames for girls that are full of spirit and plenty of sunshine.
Katy Perry named her daughter Daisy Dove Bloom and we’re absolutely here for that name. Daisy is a splendid English name that means “day’s eye.” This energetic name is sure to bring your little girl a lot of sunny joy.
We’re going to stick with Perry for a moment! Dove is another wonderful name that was once extremely popular but has fallen out of use. Dove was most common in the seventeenth century but it managed to make a showing on the popular name charts in the US in the 1890s. The name, of course, refers to the peaceful bird.
Go for it! As far as econames go, Blossom is a fabulous one that’s also not getting as much play as it once did in the 1920s. Blossom is an English name that means “to bloom.” We love the energy behind this name.
Bye, Bye Birdie! Birdie is a glorious English and Swedish econame that means… “bird.” Yet again, this was a once-popular name that’s fallen from fashion. In the 1880s, Birdie was all the rage! Actor Busy Philipps chose the name for her daughter and we’d like you to do the same.
We’re truly leaning into the botanicals at the moment! Sage is a fabulous herb name that has origins in Latin and means “wise.” This exceptional gender-neutral choice would make for a fabulous moniker. Toni Collette named her daughter Sage Florence. When in doubt, do as Toni Collette does.
Rose is somewhat atypical in that it’s a flower name that’s maintained its popularity through the years. Rose was most popular from the 1880s through the 1920s when flower names were at their height. Rose has Latin origins and of course, refers to the gorgeous flower.
Parents, we beg of you, please bring back the name Marigold. It’s got Mary in it and it’s a fabulous flower! Marigolds have long been a symbol of the Virgin Mary for Christians and, whether or not you care about that, it’s name to the golden flower that truly shines.
Meadow is having a moment again as it once was a popular choice in the 1970s, it’s now come back and sits in the top 500. Meadow isn’t just the name of Tony Soprano’s daughter, it’s also a pleasant nature name that’s dripping with tranquility.
Poppy is another flower name that’s maintained relative popularity in the UK through the years. It currently rests in the top 500 after cracking the charts in 2016 and we couldn’t be more pleased about it. Poppy has Latin origins and means “red flower.”
Posy is a very English name that means “a bunch of flowers.” You’ll find the name spelled Posey or Posie but we prefer the ease of Posy. This name is both sweet and nostalgic and it would be a unique choice today. Go for it!
This botanical name is also a double word name, meaning “regret” in English and street in French, and has potential as both a first and middle name. The herbal plant, rue, was first recognized by the Romans for its medicinal properties.
Please, for the love of God, name your daughter Juniper and call her Juni! Juniper is a spectacular econame that modern parents have rediscovered and catapulted into the top 200 in recent years. The name Juniper has Latin origins and means “young.”
Lavender lags far behind sweet-smelling purple-hued sister names Violet and Lilac but is starting to get some enthusiastic attention from fashionable namers. This name refers to the calming plant and has English origins.
We’re straying from the plant names to bring you other avenues to explore. Feather is a light and fluttery name that’s become an option for contemporary parents. It’s possible, in part, to its rhyming with Heather. This name has yet to crack the charts, but we expect that to change in the coming years.
Bee works for a number of reasons. First, it’s a diminutive of Beatrice which might be important for rule-abiding namers. It gives the meaning “she who brings happiness.” However, it’s also a name for your favorite pollinators!
Forget that Marine Le Pen exists and give your daughter this fabulous French name. Marine feels more contemporary than Marina and thus means “from the sea.” While you find this name in abundance in France, it’s yet to cross the pond for American parents.
If you loved the television series The OA chances are you’ve thought about this name often. Aside from being an “original angel” the name also makes a showing in Thomas Pynchon‘s novel, Vineland. Prairie gives a sort of Americana vibe that we think truly works for it.
Sky rejoined the Top 1000 in 2013 after spending many years off the list. Sky is the perfect sunshine, nature name that’s bursting with life and opportunity. This name is also an excellent option for middle names as it goes with just about any first.
Willow came into use as a given name after the willow tree, whose name was derived from the Old English word welig, meaning “willow.” These trees are associated with grace, elegance, and a touch of the supernatural. The econame is in the top 50 in the US for a reason! It’s wonderful!
Leaf is an evergreen name that’s consistently ranked just out of the top 1000. If you love the name Leah, consider this hippieish option instead.
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As with Leaf, Ash is a perfectly acceptable gender-neutral option that takes the name Ashley and makes it feel fresh. Ash has English origins and refers to the “ash tree.” While this name has trended toward baby boys, we love it even more for baby girls.
Birch trees are very symbolic in many cultures. In Russia, birch trees are emblematic of grace, beauty, and strength. In Celtic culture, birch trees represent growth, stability, and adaptability. Which is why this name has been popular in English, German, Danish, and Swedish for years. While this is yet another name that can work for boys and girls, we’d love to see it given to more daughters.
Don’t let the likes of Chip and Joanna Gaines ruin the name Magnolia for you! The name is more popular than ever. It’s popularity first started in the 1880s but dipped out of the naming charts after the 40s. It’s back and bigger than ever ranking as the 240th most popular name in the US in 2019. This name got it’s start as a French surname and it means “Magnol’s flower.”
Clover comes from Old English and aside from referring to the flower, it also means “key.” Clovers are associated with luck via the four-leaf clover. This name has fallen from fashion, but we think it has great potential today.
We have high-profile parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z to thank for the resurgence of the name Ivy. The couple chose the name for their daughter, Blue Ivy, and ever since it’s seen a meteoric rise. Ivy is derived from the name of the ivy plant, which got its name from the Old English word ifig. Ancient Greeks presented an ivy wreath to newlyweds as a symbol of fidelity. In the language of flowers, Ivy implies faithfulness.
There you go! 25 econames for girls that put nature front and center. We hope you feel inspired by this list and will follow the lead of celebrity parents who have chosen gorgeous names like these for their daughters.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Daisy
- 2 24. Dove
- 3 23. Blossom
- 4 22. Birdie
- 5 21. Sage
- 6 20. Rose
- 7 19. Marigold
- 8 18. Meadow
- 9 17. Poppy
- 10 16. Posy
- 11 15. Rue
- 12 14. Juniper
- 13 13. Lavender
- 14 12. Feather
- 15 11. Bee
- 16 10. Marine
- 17 9. Prairie
- 18 8. Sky
- 19 7. Willow
- 20 6. Leaf
- 21 5. Ash
- 22 4. Birch
- 23 3. Magnolia
- 24 2. Clover
- 25 1. Ivy
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