Plant parents have infiltrated the actual-parents-of-humans world.
No longer are us houseplant-obsessed millennials left alone to chat to Karen the cactus or Susan the snake plant. We’re starting to have children, and our passion for greenery is having an impact.
According to a report from trend analysts McCrindle, plant-inspired baby names will be a big trend for 2019, alongside royal picks (yep, Archie will increase in popularity, just as Charlotte did before it), gender neutral names, and unique choices designed to for easy Instagram handles.
In the top 100 names given to babies in Australia in 2019, there are quite a few inspired by nature.
Willow is at spot 10, Ivy is 18th, Lily 22nd, Violet 39th, Poppy 41st, Daisy 47th, Rose 56th, Jasmine 63rd, and Olive 79th.
Of the top five girls’ names that most significantly increased in popularity in the 2010s, three had a botanical theme.
From 2010 to 2018, Willow increased 64 positions, Violet increased 53 positions, and Ivy increased 43 positions (now at 18th position).
Sadly, there don’t appear to be any babies yet named after the super trendy houseplants, such as a little Monstera or Palm (although Kim and Kanye have come close, naming their latest sprog Psalm).
Floral names remain the more popular choice over greenery, but if you are looking to get inspired by the succulents and potted palms around your living room, there are plenty of pretty lovely botanical names to choose from.
We’ve popped some ideas below, because as much as we think Cactus would be a deeply cool name for a baby, you might want some other options.
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