Lien

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Dutch
(LEEN)

The name is a Dutch short form of Carolien, now used exclusively as an independent given name.

As of 2008, Lien was the 61st most popular female name in Belgium.

Coincidentally, Liên is a Vietnamese female name meaning, “lotus.” Pronunced roughly like (LYEN; or LEE-yen). Its Chinese form is Lian.

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Lotis, Lotus

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek
Meaning: “lotus.”
Gre (LOH-tees); Eng (LOH-tis).
The name is born in Greek mythology by a naiad nymph who inhabited and looked over the springs of Sperkheios in Northern Greece. She was changed into a lotus tree after evading the advances of the god Priapos. Later, Dryope picked a flower from the Lotis tree and in punishment, Dryope herself was transformed into a tree. Lotis is also the name of a species of butterfly as well as a lady bug. Possible nickname options include Lottie. The English translation of Lotus is also a possible first name choice.

Padmini

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Indian/Sanskrit
Meaning: “full of lotuses.”
(PUD-mee-nee)
See Aravind for the significance of the Lotus in Hinduism. The lotus blooms in July, so any name to do with the lotus flower might be a suitable fit for your July baby. The name is composed of the Sanskrit elements padma पद्म meaning “lotus” and ini इनी meaning “having.” The name is usually used in reference to the goddess Lakshmi whose symbol is the lotus.

Aravind

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Indian
Meaning: Lotus
(UH-ruh-vind).
The Lotus is a plant that thrives in the July heat. In Hinduism, the Lotus represents the god Vishnu and the goddess Lakshmi. Its petals represent growth of the soul. The fact that it grows from the depths of the mud into a strikingly beautiful flower is symbolic of spirtual growth.

Dryope

Gender: Female
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “tree face; tree voice.”
Eng (DRY-uh-PEE).
Δρυόπη

In Greek mythology the name is borne by the daughter of King Dryops. She was a shepherdess who had become a close companion of wood land nymphs.

According to one legend, while Dryope was dancing in the meadows among the nymphs, she caught the attention of Apollo, who transformed himself into a tortoise in order to get close to her. The nymphs found the animal and made it into a pet. They brought it to Dryope to play with. When Dryope had placed the tortoise on her lap, it changed into a serpent, scaring the nymphs away. Apollo then raped Dryope who became pregnant with Amphissus.

Amphissus later became a local king and built a temple in honor of Apollo, and Dryope was whisked away into the woods by the nymphs, where she herself became a nymph.

In her place, a poplar tree and a spring appeared. Amphissus dedicated a shrine to the nymphs and his mother, a place where women were forbidden to enter.

According to Ovid’s account, Dryope was craddling her newborn son Amphissus, by a lake, when she noticed a lotus tree. The lotus tree was the nymph Lotis, in disguise, who was trying to hide from the advances of Priapus.

Dryope picked a flower from the tree, but when she did, the tree started to tremble and bleed. The blood of the tree made Dryope glued to the spot, and she gradually started to turn into a poplar tree. Just as the as the bark was about to entwine her neck, she called out to her husband, Andraemon, to warn him to care for her son and to never pick flowers.

Other forms of the name include (NOTE: these forms exists but have not had a long history of usage):

  • Driope (Catalan/Italian)
  • Drüopé (Hungarian: phonetic spelling)
  • Dríope (Spanish/Portuguese: DREE-oh-pay)