Botanical names are wildly popular with new parents at the moment: beloved for their fresh, natural, summery feel. But for babies born in the winter months, seasonal options can like winter blooms feel rather few and far between.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with calling your December baby Rowan or Rose, but (as a recent survey of British parents shows) we like the idea of giving winter-born children a name which somehow ties in to the season. It’s why classic Christmas-themed choices like Holly and Ivy shoot up the popularity charts in December: the former ranked #52 overall last year, but #8 in the last month of the year. That’s a huge leap!

But if you’re looking for fresh inspiration for a baby born during the winter months (technically, from late December to early March), then check out this master list of botanical names: from flowers to fruits and vegetables; from berries to herbs and spices  all associated with the winter season.

Aconite Alyssum Anise
Azara Bay Birch
Bellis Berry Blossom
star anise
The pretty seed pods of star anise have a powerful aniseed flavour, making it a key ingredient in many festive recipes.
Buckthorn Bud Calendula
Camellia Carnation Cassia
Castanea Catkin Cherry
cherry blossom
Japanese cherry blossoms, or “sakura“, typically bloom in the spring but there are a few varieties that produce beautiful pink and white blossoms at either end of the winter season, too.
Chrysanthemum Cinnamon Clematis
Clementine Clove Crocus
Cyclamen Daffodil Daisy
Early-blooming crocuses and irises can peep through the snow as early as February.
Daphne Diane Erica
Evergreen Fir Firethorn
Forsythia Garland Gem
Firethorn, or pyracantha, is an evergreen shrub which blooms white in late spring and is covered with vibrant red and orange berries throughout the winter season.
Ginger Glory Hawthorn
Hazel Heath Heather
Hellebore Holly Honeysuckle
Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is an extremely hardy winter-flowering shrub with a scent as bewitching as its spooky appearance (and name!) Its natural healing and purifying properties mean that it’s often used in cosmetics.
Hyacinth Ilex Iris
Ivy Jasmine Jelena
Kale Laurel Mahonia
Cavolo nero
Leafy greens like kale and cavolo nero are a mainstay of any vegetable garden in winter and they’re super healthy, too!
Marron Mistletoe Narcissus
Nemesia Nutmeg Osier
Pansy Pearl Perovskia
An archetypal seasonal plant, mistletoe features in many a winter tradition: lovers kiss under bunches of it at Christmastime, and it’s also associated with ancient Druidic ritual around the winter solstice.
Persimmon Pine Poinsettia
Poppy Primrose Primula
Quince Red Rosemary
The poinsettia is another plant closely associated with Christmas. Its star-shaped leaves are supposed to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and its deep red colour the blood of Jesus. National Poinsettia Day in the US is 12th December.
Ruby Sage Sakura
Salix Scarlet Scilla
Snapdragon Snowdrop Star
Star-shaped scilla flowers are a beautiful bright blue and bloom in late winter and early spring, producing carpets of colour in shady spots and woodlands.
Thyme Viburnum Viola
Virginia Willow Wintergreen
Wintersweet Wreath Yew
Sweet-smelling wintersweet produces bright yellow flowers all through the winter season, from November until March. It is used in perfumes and in traditional Chinese medicine.

What would you name a winter-born baby from this list? I’d have to go with Bay for a boy and Primrose for a girl!


4 thoughts on “Winter Botanicals: 90 Nature Names for a Winter Baby

    1. Snowdrop would make such a sweet middle, especially for a Jan or Feb baby!

      There’s also the Welsh Eirlys (EYE-liss), which has the same meaning and a lovely elfin vibe.


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