Nature names are huge for 2018 babies

You’ve heard the names Wolf, River and Rose — and chances are you know a child (or three) with one of these nature names. But if you’re looking for fresh choices for an upcoming bundle of joy, check out these of-the-earth monikers that are trending right now.

Popular baby name website Nameberry regularly reports on the hottest names, and the site’s founder, Pamela Redmond Satran, was nice enough to share some of her personal picks for up-and-coming nature names.

First of all, if you’re looking for a name inspired by the natural world, don’t discount outer space. “I think the celestial names so hot for girls count as nature names,” says Redmond Satran. “Flower names were the first popular nature name group; today, that’s branched out to tree names, like Maple, animal names, like Bear and Fox, bird names, such as Wren, and water names, like Lake and Bay.” 

Here are some more hot picks in the newest nature-name categories.

Celestial names

  • Astral
  • Mars
  • Luna*  
  • Nova
  • Celeste
  • Star
  • Aurora
  • Cassiopeia
  • Orion
  • Estelle
  • Atlas

*Luna is the biggest celestial-themed riser in the top 100 names of 2017 according to Nameberry.

Tree names

  • Rowan
  • Ash
  • Maple
  • Acacia
  • Elowen (means “elm”) 
  • Forrest
  • Juniper
  • Koa
  • Lilac
  • Cedar

Animal names

  • Bear
  • Tiger
  • Fox
  • Ari (Hebrew for “lion”) 
  • Buck
  • Leona (French for “lioness”)  

Bird names

  • Wren
  • Hawk
  • Paloma (Spanish for “dove”) 
  • Teal
  • Birdie
  • Phoenix
  • Mavis
  • Falcon

Water names

  • Lake
  • Bay
  • Rio
  • Marina
  • Anahita (Persian for “water goddess”) 
  • Fjord
  • Caspian
  • Talulah (Native American name meaning “leaping water”)  

Anything strike your fancy for that nature baby-to-be?

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