2020 and 2021 saw the rise of plant mums and dads all across the globe, thanks to plant trends on social media. And now, millennials are naming their babies after their favourite succulents…
From Daisy to Bay (though we must admit, we do love that one), green-inspired names have become more popular over the past year, with thousands of babies having been named after flowers or houseplants.
As per research by Primrose, the UK’s love of plants has inspired the top baby names of 2020. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently revealed the most popular baby names of the year, and topping the list is Lily (2,931 babies to be exact).
Next up was Poppy (2,457) and Daisy, followed by Holly, Summer, Jasmine, Rose, Willow, Violet, and Iris. Ivy and Rosie also increased in popularity in recent years.
In the meantime, the name Rowan came out on top as the most popular plant-inspired boys name for 2020 (395 babies), a name shared by a tree that produces scarlet berries.
The name Robin – shared by a houseplant and a bird – came in in second place (121 babies), followed closely by Oakley, Basil, and Acer (the name of a maple tree). Florian – a plant ideal for growing in hanging baskets – scored highly on the list, while Bay, Forrest, Woodrow, and Wren also proved popular names for baby boys.
Research found that parents were more likely to choose green-themed names for girls rather than boys. The website’s gardening expert, Evie Lane, remarked, ‘Over the last few years, our love for gardening and plants has grown dramatically. Online searches show that since 2010, the demand for gardening and plants has risen every year. In fact, searches for plants increased by a huge 900 per cent in April 2020 during our first lockdown.
While the demand this year isn’t as high as in lockdown, plants are still very much on trend, with Google searches increasing by 560% in the last decade. The trend is very likely to have influenced our baby name choices, as we associate gardening with growing new life. Plus, plants are very beautiful to look at, so of course you would want to give your baby an equally beautiful name.’.