Heaven & Earth: names from the natural world

Names derived from Nature go back to the time before organised religion and continue to maintain their popularity even today.

Plants, trees, the animal kingdom, the earth and the heavens, are all rich sources for names. The meanings of these names relate to an admired quality or are cultural symbols with ancient origins. Here are some names from the various realms of Nature…

Some names from the flowers, fruit, trees and gemstones

Amber ForrestNeroli
AppleGarnetOlive
AshGlenOpal
BasilGroveOrchid
BerylHazelPeaches
BerryHennaPearl
BrookHollyPetal
BlossomHyacinthPoppy
BryonyIrisRainbow
CherryIvyRiver
ClaryJadeRose
CoralJasmineRuby
CrystalJewelSaffron
DaleJuniperSage
DaliaLaurelStar
DaisyLilyStorm
EbonyMagnoliaViolet
FernMeadowWillow
FleurMicaZinnia

Some names relating to the animal world

NameGenderOriginMeaning
ArabelaGirlSpanishbeautiful lion
ArdenGirl & BoyEnglishfrom the eagle valley
ArielGirl & BoyHebrewlion of God
ArletteGirlFrencheagle
ArnaudBoyFrencheagle power
ArnoldBoyGermaneagle power
AvaGirlLatinlike a bird
CalandraGirlGreeksinging bird
CallumBoyCeltic/Gaelicdove
CollinBoyCeltic/Gaelicpeaceful dove
ColumbiaGirlLatina dove
DeborahGirlHebrewbee
GilesBoyGreeka young goat
IngramBoyTeutonicthe raven
JayBoyLatinchattering bird
JemimaGirlHebrewdove
JonahBoyHebrewa dove
LeanderBoyGreeklion man
LeandraGirlItalianlion man
LeoBoyItalianlion
LeonieGirlFrenchlioness
MelissaGirlGreekbee
MelitaGirlItalianbee
MerleGirl & BoyEnglishblackbird
OprahGirlHebrewgazelle
PalomaGirlSpanisha dove
RonanBoyCeltic/Gaeliclittle seal
SephoraGirlHebrewbird
TabithaGirlHebrewa gazelle
TauraGirlGreeka bull, Taurus
YonahBoyHebrewdove

Some names relating to the earth and the sky

NameGenderOriginMeaning
AaronBoyHebrewhigh mountain
ArlynGirlTeutonica waterfall
AshleyBoyOld Englishfrom the ash tree meadow
AuraGirlGreeka gentle breeze
BalfourBoyScottish Gaelicfrom the village by the pasture
BentleyBoyOld Englishfrom the winding meadow
BeverleyGirlOld Englishfrom the beaver’s meadow
BradleyBoyOld Englisha dweller in the broad meadow
CelesineGirlLatinheavenly
CeliaGirlLatinheaven
CraigBoyScottish Gaelica rock or mountain crag
DylanBoyWelshborn from the ocean
EstellaGirlLatina star
HadleyBoyOld Englishupper meadow
HaileyGirlOld Englishhigh meadow
ImeldaGirlSpanisha floret
LamarBoySpanishfrom te sea
LeeGirlOld Englisha meadow
LynnGirlOld Englisha waterfall
MurielGirlGaelicof the bright sea
PeterBoyGreeka rock
PhyllisGirlGreekleafy, a green branch
SemiraGirlHebrewthe uppermost part of the heavens
ShannahGirlIrish Gaelicslow water
SherborneBoyOld Englisha clear stream
ShirleyGirlOld Englishfrom the bright meadow
SierraBoyLatinfrom the mountains
StenBoySwedisha stone
TerraGirlLatinthe earth
TerranBoyLatinthe earth
TheaGirlGreekflowery
TorBoyCeltica rock
ZohraGirlArabicin bloom

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