IrisOrigin: Greek Ιρις
Meaning: “rainbow”
Gender: Feminine

The name is derived from the Greek “Îris (Ἶρις) Írídos (ίρίδος) “rainbow” and is borne in Greek mythology by the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the Olympian gods. It later became associated with the body part, the flower, and a colour, all of which were named for the Greek goddess.

In recent years, the name has experienced a surge in popularity in several countries. Its rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • #21 (Iceland 2017, Íris)
  • #25 (Portugal, 2016, Íris)
  • #31 (Sweden, 2017)
  • #32 (France, Paris, 2016)
  • #56 (Catalonia, 2016)
  • #73 (Spain, 2016)
  • #84 (England/Wales, 2016)
  • #85 (Netherlands, 2017)
  • #85 (Slovenia, 2016)
  • #116 (Norway, 2016)
  • #121 (France, entire country, 2016)
  • #186 (United States, 2016)
  • #199 (Scotland, 2016)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Iris Ирис Իրիս (Armenian/Bulgarian/Catalan/Czech/Danish/Dutch/English/Estonian/Finnish/French/German/Greek/Italian/Serbo-Croatian/Norwegian/Polish/Romanian/Slovenian/Spanish/Swedish)
  • Iryda Ірыда (Belarusian/Polish)
  • Irida Ирида (Bulgarian/Croatian/Greek/Italian/Russian/Serbian)
  • Iiku (Finnish)
  • Iiri (Finnish)
  • Iiris (Finnish)
  • Írisz (Hungarian)
  • Íris (Icelandic/Portuguese/Slovak)
  • Iride (Italian)
  • Iridė (Lithuanian)
  • Yryda Ирида (Ukrainian)



Ziv, Ziva, Zivit

800px-Cloud_in_the_sunlightZiv is a male Hebrew name which comes directly from the Hebrew word זִיו (ziv) meaning, “brightness, radiance, splendor. In the Bible, this was the name of second month of the Jewish Calendar  (1 Kings 6:1, 6:37), which in modern times is known as Iyar.

Ziva and Zivit are its feminine forms, though Ziv has also been occasionally used on girls.

Alternately, Ziva is can be a latinate form of the Slavic Živa



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Japanese 花え。
Meaning: “flower painting.”
Jap (HAH-nah-AY)

The name is composed of the Japanese characters, hana (花) “flower” 絵 (e) meaning, “picture.”

As of 2010, Hanae was the 146th most popular female name in France. Its recent usage in France may be due to the Japanese fashion designer, Hanae Mori.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: English

From the name of the flowering shrub which gets its name from the botanist who first classified it, Georg Josef Kamel.

The name has been used in France since at least the 18th-century.

As of 2010, its French form of Camélia was the 156th most popular female name in France.

Other forms include:

Camélia (French)
Camelia (English/Romanian)

The designated name-day in France in October 5.

The name is currently borne by French pop singer, Camélia Jordana (b.1992).




Gender: Feminine
Origin: Persian نسرین‎
Meaning: “wild rose.”

The name comes from the Persian word for the wild rose, and is used throughout the former Persian Empire.

As of 2010, its Maghrebin form of Nesrine was the 248th most popular female name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Nesrine (Algerian/Moroccan/Tunisian)
  • Nesrin (Azeri/Kurdish/Turkish)
  • Nasrine (Comorian)
  • Nasrin (Pashtun/Persian/Tajik/Uzbek)
  • Nasreen (Urdu)

Lily, Lillian

Gender: Feminine
Origin: English

The name comes directly from the name of the flower, (in particular, in reference to lilium candidum, the classic white lily, also known as the madonna lily), and was a popular choice throughout the English-speaking world in the 18th and early part of the 20th centuries.

It has recently been revived. It is currently the 4th most popular female name in the United Kingdom (2009) and the 17th in the United States (2010). So far, this is the highest that Lily has ever ranked in U.S. naming history.

In other countries, her rankings are as follows:

  • # 6 (New Zealand, 2010)
  • # 7 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
  • # 8 (Scotland, 2010)
  • # 10 (Canada, B.C., 2010)
  • # 13 (Ireland, 2010)
  • # 15 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 45 (France, 2009)
  • # 51 (Belgium, 2008)
  • # 161 (Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 173 (Norway, 2010)

For several centuries, Lily was a symbol of purity and sometime of death, among Roman Catholics, the name was often a symbol of the Virgin Mary.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Lily (Dutch/English/French/German/Scandinavian)
  • Lilly/Lilli/Lillie (German)
  • Lili (Hungarian)
  • Lilja (Icelandic/Finnish)
  • Líle (Irish-Gaelic)
  • Lilia (Polish)
  • Lília (Portuguese)
  • Lilia/Liliya Лилия (Russian/Ukrainian)
  • Lilly (Scandinavian)

Vernacular forms of Lily, (that is names that are not derived from the Latin lilium but mean lily in their native tongue)

  • Kremena (Bulgarian: masculine form is Kremen)
  • Lis/Lys (French)
  • Shoshannah שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Hebrew)
  • Crina (Romanian: masculine form is Crin)
  • Azucena (Spanish)

Another form of Lily is the Latin Liliana, which is derived from the Latin word, lilium, meaning, “lily.” This has spun off the English female name of Lillian, which has been in usage in the English-speaking world since the 16th-century. Careful on the spelling though, because if spelled with one L that makes it a French masculine name.

Lillian is also sometimes believed to have originally been a diminutive form of Elizabeth, in fact, the name Lily was commonly used as a pet form of Elizabeth.

Currently, Lillian is the 21st most popular female name in the United States, (2010) and is rising. She is somewhat of a vintage, she was the 10th most popular female name for 4 years in a row between 1898-1901. The lowest that Lillian has ranked in U.S. history so far was in 1978, coming in as the 486th most popular female name. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 39 (Liliana, Hungary, 2010)
  • # 93 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
  • # 124 (Liliana, United States, 2010)

Other forms include:

  • Lilyana Лиляна (Bulgarian)
  • Liliana (Czech/English/Hungarian/Italian/Polish/Portuguese/Romanian/Spanish)
  • Lillian (English/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Liliane (French)
  • Liljana Лилјана (Macedonian/Slovene)
  • Lilianna (Polish)
  • Lilias (Scottish)
  • Lilijana (Slovene)

Masculine French form is Lilian.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: English
Meaning: “day’s eye, name of the flower.”

The name has been used as a diminutive form of Margaret in England since the Middle Ages, but did not catch on as an independent given name till the Victorian Era, when other floral names came into fashion.

Its usage as a diminutive form of Margaret has to do with the fact that in French the word for daisy is marguerite. Margherita and Margarita is the word for daisy in their own respective languages.

In the Colonial period, when the name Candace was often pronounced as (kan-DAY-see) vs (CAN-das), Daisy was sometimes used as a diminutive form.

The etymology of Daisy itself is from the Anglo-Saxon, dægeseage, meaning, “day’s eye.”

Since the 19th-century, its usage has been borrowed by non English-speaking countries, such as Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and some of the Latin American countries.

As of 2010, Daisy was the 15th most popular female name in England/Wales. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 44 (Scotland, 2010)
  • # 59 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 71 (Ireland, 2010)
  • # 85 (New Zealand, 2010)
  • # 151 (United States, 2010)
  • # 250 (Netherlands, 2010)

The name is borne by the Disney Character and girlfriend of Donald Duck, Daisy Duck. Daisy Duke of The Dukes of Hazard and by Cuban-American model, Daisy Fuentes (b.1966).


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Finnish
Meaning: “cloudberry.”

The name was initially used as a form of Hilda or Hilja, but became even more popular in Finland due to the fact that it translates as, “cloudberry.”

As of 2011, Hilla was the 42nd most popular female name in Finland.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Hilkka (Finnish)
  • Hillá (Sami)

Sólja, Sóley

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Faroese/Icelandic
Meaning: “buttercup.”
(SOLE-yah); (SOO-lay).

Both names are derived from the Norse word sol meaning “sun.” In modern vernacular both names are used to refer to the buttercup flower in their own respective languages. Sólja is the Faroese form and Sóley the Icelandic. Though Sóley is used as a given name in the Faroe Islands as well.

As of 2010 Sólja was the 8th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “bright; light.”

The name is derived from an Old Norse word, meaning, (bright; light). In modern Faroese, bjørt is the word for bright or light and björt is its Icelandic cognate, also used as a given name.

The name is borne in Norse Mythology by a handmaiden of Freya.

As of 2010, Bjørt was the 5th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.