Laurel, #873I guess I'm going to start off with my favorite. Laurel is an absolutely stunning name and a fresh take (or maybe an older take) on Laura. It feels much more modern than either Laura or Lauren. Wreaths of laurel leaves were given as a symbol of victory in ancient Greece.
Holly, #449This cute little tree
name saw her most popular days decades ago here in the States but still remains fairly well used. Holly wreaths are a common Christmas decoration so Holly feels very Christmas-y to me---- not to mention the fact that it rhymes with jolly. Holly leaves and berries have been important to many cultures around the world throughout history. Native Americans preserved holly berries and used them as decorative buttons. The Romans used it to celebrate Saturnalia. Christians the sharp leaves to represent the crown of thorns that Christ wore on the cross.
Just a few short short years ago Hazel seemed like a stale old-lady name but now it's easy to picture an adorable baby Hazel. Hazels are a genus of trees, not one specific tree. The fruit of these trees are called hazelnuts or filberts. Hazelnuts are the state nut of Oregon (I didn't know there was such a thing as a state nut.) If you're looking for something less popular, you should cross Hazel off your list. It's already gotten pretty popular and I can see it continuing to skyrocket. I can see it in the top 100 or even the top 50 very soon!
Olive, #291Olive is another tree name that has recently become popular. Given Olivia's mega-popularity, having Olive ride on it's coattails isn't too surprising. Olive is cute, especially with Liv or Livy as potential nicknames. Olive trees and branches play an important role in the Bible. Traditionally, olive branches are said to mean peace. Olive leaves have powerful medicinal properties.
Sequoia is a name for a bold baby namer. It's different for sure but it's beautiful in sound and in the image of the California redwoods that it conjures up. The General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park in California is 52,500+ cubic feet in volume. That makes it the largest tree on earth. The name Sequoia comes from the Cherokee language and can mean sparrow. Quoi might be a cute nickname...
Rowan, #295(b) and #426 (g)Rowan is an up-and-coming unisex nature name. Rowan for a boy is #295 but Rowan for girls is #426. I think I prefer Rowan for a girl so I moved it over to the girls side of my list. However, for most nature names you can't definitely assign a gender to them so it's just what you prefer. There is a lady in the naming community and one of the Name Sisters named Rebe and she has a little daughter named Rowan. Rebe has actually made a tree names video so I'd encourage you to check it out! The meaning of Rowan has to do with red so it would be especially fitting for a little red-head baby. Rowan trees grow well in high altitudes and are often found growing in the highlands of Scotland.
Old growth bald cypress heartwood is prized in the timber industry for its strength. There's also a country called Cyprus (spelled differently) and a handful of cities named Cypress across the US.
Tree word names are much less common for boys than for girls but I think that Oak is one of the most usable options. Oaks are a symbol of strength and endurance. They're also mentioned in the Bible. I really like the phrase "oaks of righteousness" used in Isaiah 61:3. An almost unheard of variation of Oak that I particularly like is Oaken.
Ash is another very viable tree word name choice. Ash is normally short for Asher or Ashton (both of which are in the top 1000) but if you leave off the second syllable, it becomes awesomely fresh nature name. Ash trees have a wide root system that makes them strong.
Linden is another name for the tilia genus but Lyndon is the more famous spelling for a name. Linden was also popular in the earlier decades of the 20th century. Linden looks lighter than its counterpart Lyndon and has less of a political history. As far as a history in nature, linden trees in Europe have been known to live for centuries. Linden trees provide great shade and produces fragrant flower that attract bees.
Although Forest is a tree or a type of tree, I thought it fit in well with this list. The spelling of the English word Forest is not in the top 1000 but it's alternate spelling Forrest is currently at #841. Double 'r' Forrest is set to rise quickly so maybe Forest will rise along with it. A fun fact about forests is that more animals live in forests than anywhere else in the world.
Along the same lines as Forest, there's Grove. Grove has a hip one-syllable vibe and stylish 've' sounding ending. Similar sounding Grover was #20 in the top 1000 in the late 1800's so parents might be giving it another look here soon. If you're looking for a cool-sounding nature and to stay ahead of naming trends, Grove might be for you. I know I mentioned this when I wrote about Aspen but it's such a cool fact that it's worth repeating: A grove of quaking aspens known as Pando (Latin for 'I spread') is the largest know living thing on earth. The entire grove is one organism! How cool is that! To me, that makes the nature connections of the name Grove really awesome and deep.
There's a list of tree word names for you! Some of my favorite names are on this list! Researching some facts about these different trees really made me marvel at God's creation. Trees are wonderful naming inspiration My favorites from this list are Laurel, Sequoia, Willow, Oak (and Oaken), Ash, Linden and Grove. Thanks for reading and may God bless you!
Which tree names are your favorites? Did I miss any good ones? Let me know in the comments below!