Spring is finally making its way to us after another harsh winter and with each new snowdrop and daffodil making its way out of the ground, we can't help but get excited for the scents and colours to come during the visual feast which is Britain during Spring time.
The song English Country Garden didn't magically gain popularity from nowhere! No, as we'll see over the coming months, up and down the country, our gardens, balconies and parks are going to start to come to life with beautiful blooms and we can't wait!
With all the natural beauty and fragrance these flowers bring to our everyday lives, it's easy to see why flower names, for girls especially, have never waned in popularity. I always hold these names with a certain level of affection as I'm Rose within my family and I also have two nieces, Poppy and Iris.
During the Renaissance, Flora, the name of the Roman Goddess of flowers and Spring, was the first of these flower names to become popular, when fashionable families would hark back to Roman Gods and Goddesses to inspire them in all things, from art, music, food and names. Hundreds of years on it's still a solid choice for a baby girl in the modern day.
Nowadays, when examining the top 100 list of baby girls names from 2016, two of the top 10 were floral themed (Poppy (5) and Lily (9)), 11 in the list altogether. So in an age, when names for our children are getting more daring and unique, what is it about nature's splendour which is still as inspiring to parents today as it has been over hundreds of years.
I can't help but feel that the allure of nature in the 21st century is heightened due to our busy city-centred lives, where concrete jungles are the main focus of our days. Naming your child after a building or a road doesn't quite have the same appeal as naming her after blooms which have been on this earth for millenniums. Indeed, there is still something romantic about the English countryside, and the images this conjures up for us, a natural wildness which triggers the senses, a place to escape from the craziness of our everyday lives.
There is also something about plants and flowers which are very 'circle of life'-like. The purity of these miracle seeds which grow into beautiful blooms and then wither in the winter. Don't we all want our babies to be pure and grow into something beautiful before the inevitable end which comes to us all?
Did you choose a flower themed name for your child? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this and why you decided to chose it. Please post your comments below.
We've also put together a list of the most popular and least popular girl's names to be inspired by the work of flora...