Glesni

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: “blueness; verdure.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: GLESS-nee

The name is derived from the Welsh word glesni (blueness; verdure).

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Plamen, Plamena

Plamen Пламен (Bulgarian & Serbian) is primarily South Slavic in the contemporary world, but comes from a pan-Slavic word meaning, “flame.” The feminine form is Plamena.

It was potentially Płomień in Medieval Polish. Płamen (male) and Płamena (female) are also modern Polish transliterations of the Bulgarian.

In Bulgaria, the designated name-day is November 8th.

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Blessing

  • Origin: English
  • Gender: Female

The name comes directly from the word and first came into use as a female given-name in 16th-century English, it was later adopted by the Puritans and has had sporadic use as a given-name by various Christian groups since. The name has recent been very popular among Nigerian Christians.

The word itself derives from the Anglo-Saxon, blǣdsian, which originally meant “to mark with blood,” which was often done during pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon religious rights.

Blessing first entered the U.S. Top 1000 Female Names in 2019, ranking in at #916.

A notable bearer is Nigerian Track & Field Athlete, Blessing Ogakbere (b.1988).

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The Ultimate List of French Flower Names

I know it has been a while since I last posted, I hope everyone is healthy and safe!

Here is a list of plants, fruits & flowers in their French vernacular form as feminine given names.

Please keep in mind that many of these are hypothetical. I would be honored if someone actually found inspirations and used these on their children. What do you think? Would you use any of these?

Hypothetical names will have an asterisk. Names with no asterisk actually have a history of use in the Francophone world, whether obscure or widespread.

  • Abélie (abelia)
  • Abrelle (name of a type of plant endemic to Aquitaine)
  • Acacie/Acacia
  • Achillée (yarrow)
  • Adonide (pheasant’s eye)
  • Aigremoine** (agrimony)
  • Ailante ** (tree of heaven)
  • Airelle (cranberry)
  • Agapanthe (lily of the nile)
  • Agastache** (giant hyssop)
  • Agavé (agave)
  • Agripaume **(lion’s wort)
  • Akébie** (akebia)
  • Alberge (name of a type of peach)
  • Albizzie**(albizia)
  • Alguette ** (horned pondweed)
  • Alise (whitebeam berry) ah-LEEZ
  • Alisme ** (alisma)
  • Allosore (parsley fern)
  • Alocasie **(alcasia, giant taro)
  • Aluine (wormwood)
  • Alysse/Alysson (alyssum)
  • Amande (almond)
  • Amaranthe (amaranthe)
  • Amaryllis
  • Ambaville ** (name of a type of tree endemic to Réunion)
  • Ambrette (musk okra)
  • Ancolie (columbine)
  • Androsace ** (rock jasmine)
  • Andryale ** (andryala)
  • Anémone (anemone)
  • Aneth (dill) ah-NET
  • Angélique (angelica)
  • Angélys (name of a type of pear) OWN-zheh-LEES
  • Ansérine ** (good-king-henry herb)
  • Apocyne ** (spreading dogbane)
  • Aralie ** (Aralia)
  • Aronie (chokeberry)
  • Asarine ** (asarina)
  • Aubépine (hawthorn)
  • Aubriète ** (aubrieta) OH-bree-ET
  • Augerine ** (Hibiscus liliiflorus)
  • Aurone ** (southernwood)
  • Aveline (filbert)
  • Avoine (oat)
  • Azalée (azalea)
  • Azerole ** (mediterannean medlar)
  • Azurite ** (southern globethistle)
  • Badame ** (country almonde)
  • Badiane (star anise)
  • Bandine ** (dry wheat)
  • Baptisie (baptisia)
  • Barbadine ** (giant grenadilla)
  • Bardane ** (greater burdock)
  • Baselle ** (vine spinach)
  • Bégonia (begonia)
  • Benoîte (avens)
  • Bergénie ** (bergenia)
  • Bergamote (bergamot)
  • Bérardie ** (berardia)
  • Berle (water parsnip)
  • Bermudienne ** (narrow-leaf blue-eyed-grass)
  • Bétoine ** (betony)
  • Bette (chard)
  • Betterave (turnip)
  • Bigerade ** (bitter orange)
  • Bignone (crossvine)
  • Biscutelle ** (name of a plant endemic to central France)
  • Bleuette (blueberry; cornflower)
  • Bourdaine ** (alder buckthorn)
  • Brérelle ** (primrose)
  • Brimbelle ** (name of a type of blackberry)
  • Brindone ** (mangosteen)
  • Brunelle (common self-heal)
  • Bryone ** (bryony)
  • Callisie (turtle vine)
  • Callune (heather)
  • Camélia (camellia)
  • Caméline (lesser-gold-of-pleasure)
  • Camerise ** (name of a type of berry)
  • Camomille (chamomile)
  • Campanette ** (spring meadow saffron)
  • Campanule ** (bellflower)
  • Capucine (nasturtium)
  • Cannelle (cinnamon)
  • Caraline ** (glacier buttercup)
  • Cardabelle (a type of carline thistle)
  • Cardamine (name of a type of flower)
  • Cardamome (cardamom)
  • Carline (carline thistle)
  • Carmantine (American water-willow)
  • Cassie (cassia)
  • Cassis (black currant) (kas-SEES)
  • Castille (currant)
  • Castilléjie ** (golden paintbrush)
  • Cataleya (cataleya flower)
  • Cèdre ** (cedar)
  • Cédronelle ** (cedronella)
  • Cenelle ** (haw)
  • Céraiste ** (snow-in-summer) say-REST
  • Cerise (cherry)
  • Cerisette (little cherry)
  • Chardon-Marie ** (milk thistle)
  • Chélidoine (celandine) KAY-lee-DWAHN
  • Chenelle (haw)
  • Chenillette ** (scorpion plant)
  • Christophine (mirliton gourd)
  • Circée (enchanter’s nightshade)
  • Citronnelle ** (lemongrass)
  • Citrouille (pumpkin) (see-TROY)
  • Christe-Marine ** (name of a type of plant in the inula family)
  • Claudinette (snowflake)
  • Clématite (clematis)
  • Clémentine 
  • Colchique (crocus) (kole-SHEEK)
  • Colza ** (canola)
  • Corète ** (jute mallow)
  • Corydale ** (corydalis)
  • Cyane (cyan, old French word for cornflower)
  • Cymbalaire ** (kenilworth ivy)
  • Cytinelle ** (cytinus hypocistis)
  • Damassine (damson)
  • Daphné (daphne laurel)
  • Dauphinelle ** (Delphinium fissum)
  • Desmodie (Canada Tick-trefoil)
  • Doradille ** (spleenwort) DOH-rah-DEEY
  • Dorine (golden saxifrage)
  • Droséra ** (drosera)
  • Druselle ** (name of a type of peach)
  • Duboisie ** (corkwood tree)
  • Dryade (mountain avens)
  • Ébène (ebony)
  • Églantine (eglantine)
  • Ellébore (hellebore)
  • Éleusine (goosegrass)
  • Élyme ** (wild rye) ay-LEEM
  • Erable ** (maple)
  • Érine (alpine lily)
  • Eulalie (maiden grass)
  • Fleur (flower)
  • Fougère (fern)
  • Fraise (strawberry)
  • Frambroise (raspberry)
  • Frangipane ** (frangipane)
  • Fraxinelle (gas plant)
  • Frêne (ash)
  • Frésia (freesia)
  • Fritillaire (fritallary)
  • Galane (turtlehead)
  • Garance (madder)
  • Gardénia (gardenia)
  • Genièvre (juniper berry)
  • Gentiane (gentian)
  • Gesse (sweet pea) ZHES
  • Gessette ** (red pea) zhes-SET
  • Gineste (ginestra)
  • Gingimbre ** (ginger)
  • Giroselle (shooting star)
  • Glacienne (name of a type of poppy)
  • Glaïeul (gladiola)
  • Glycine (wisteria)
  • Goodyérie ** (checkered rattle-snake plantain)
  • Gratiole (hedgehyssop)
  • Grenadelle ** (green fruit)
  • Grindélie ** (gumweed)
  • Guimauve (mallow)
  • Hélénie (helenium)
  • Hélianthe (helianthus)
  • Hévéa ** (rubber tree)
  • Hortense (hydrangea)
  • Hovénie ** (raisin tree)
  • Hysope (hyssop)
  • Ibéris (iberis)
  • Immortelle ** (everlasting)
  • Inule (inula)
  • Ipomée (morning glory)
  • Iris
  • Isoète (quillwort)
  • Ismène (spider lily)
  • Ixie ** (ixia)
  • Jacée ** (brown knapweed)
  • Jacinthe (bluebell, hyacinthe)
  • Jacobée (name of a type of silver ragwort)
  • Jarosse ** (red pea) zhah-RAHS
  • Jasmine 
  • Jonquille (jonquil)
  • Julienne (dame’s rocket)
  • Karité **(shea tree)
  • Ketmie ** (ketmia)
  • Kiwaï ** (hardy kiwi-vine)
  • Koélérie ** (somerset hairgrass) ko-EY-lay-HREE
  • Lampsane ** (lapsana)
  • Lavande (lavender)
  • Lenstique ** (mastic tree)
  • Liane (liana)
  • Lierre ** (ivy)
  • Lilas (lilac)
  • Limette ** (sweet lime)
  • Limodore ** (violet’s bird’s nest orchid)
  • Limoselle ** (mudwort)
  • Linaire ** (linaria)
  • Linnée (linnea)
  • Liseron (bindweed)
  • Lis/Lys (lily)
  • Lobélie (lobelia)
  • Longane (longan) lown-ZHANE and not lown-GAHN
  • Lotus
  • Lucine (name of a type of pear)
  • Lunaire ** (honesty herb)
  • Lupuline ** (black medick)
  • Luzerne (lucern)
  • Luzule (woodrush)
  • Lysimaque (garden loosestrife)
  • Magnolia/Magnole ** (magnolia)
  • Mandeline (starflower)
  • Mandarine **
  • Mandragore (mandrake)
  • Mandrinette ** (Hibiscus liliiflorus)
  • Marguerite (daisy)
  • Marjolaine (marjoram)
  • Mauve (malva)
  • Mélèze ** (larch)
  • Mélique ** (melic grass)
  • Mélisse (melissa)
  • Merise (wild cherry)
  • Mertensie ** (mertensia)
  • Mézéréon (mezereon)
  • Mirabelle (mirabelle plum)
  • Mitine ** (Carduncellus mitissimus)
  • Molène ** (mullein)
  • Molinie ** (moor grass)
  • Morgeline ** (anagallis)
  • Morelle (nightshade)
  • Morène (frogbit) (moh-HREN)
  • Muguette (lily-of-the-valley)
  • Mûre (berry)
  • Muscade (nutmeg)
  • Myosotis (forget-me-not) ME-o-SOH-tees
  • Myrique ** (myrica)
  • Myrtille (bilberry)
  • Myrte (myrtle)
  • Narcisse (narcissus)
  • Narangille ** (naranjilla)
  • Nectarine **
  • Nénuphar (waterlily)
  • Nielle (common corn cockle)
  • Nigelle ** (love-in-mist)
  • Noisette ** (hazelnut)
  • Norberte/Norberte (name of a type of plum)
  • Œillette (wild poppy) oy-YET (this has a history of use as a given-name, but be advised that this is also argot slang for anus)
  • Olive 
  • Orcanette (alkanet)
  • Orchidée (orchid)
  • Osmonde (osmunda)
  • Pâquerette (daisy)
  • Parisette ** (paris’ herb)
  • Parnassie (parnassia)
  • Passerose ** (hollyhock)
  • Passiflore ** (passiflora)
  • Pastèque (watermelon)
  • Perce-neige (snow-drop)
  • Pérille ** (wild sesame)
  • Péterolle ** (heather)
  • Pervenche (periwinkle)
  • Pimprenelle (pimpernel)
  • Pirole/Pyrole ** (wintergreen)
  • Pistache (pistachio)
  • Pivoine (peony)
  • Pomarine ** (jack-be-little)
  • Pomme (apple)
  • Pontédérie ** (pickerel weed)
  • Posidonie (posidonia)
  • Prêle (horsetail)
  • Primevère (primrose)
  • Primerolle ** (primrose)
  • Primerose ** (primrose)
  • Prune (plum)
  • Rafflésie ** (rafflesia)
  • Raiponce (rampion)
  • Ramondie ** (Pyrenean-violet)
  • Ravenale (ravenalla tree)
  • Ravenelle ** (wall flower)
  • Réglisse (liquorice)
  • Réséda (reseda)
  • Richelle (neapolitan wheat)
  • Roquette (european searocket)
  • Rosage ** (old French word for rhododendrum)
  • Rose
  • Roselière ** (reed bed)
  • Rose-Marine (old French word for rosemary)
  • Rozane (name of a type of peach)
  • Rudbeckie (black-eyed susan)
  • Rue (rue)
  • Rupelle **(tasselweed)
  • Russélie ** (russelia)
  • Sadrée ** (savory)
  • Sagine ** (pearlwort) (sah-ZHEEN)
  • Samare (samare fruit)
  • Sansevière ** (sansevieria)
  • Santoline (lavender cotton)
  • Santonine ** (santonin)
  • Sarracénie ** (trumpet pitcher)
  • Sariette/Sarriette ** (savory)
  • Sauge ** (sage)
  • Saule ** (willow)
  • Scorsonère ** (salsify)
  • Séséli ** (French hartwort)
  • Sénevée ** (charlock)
  • Sérénoa ** (saw palmetto)
  • Seslérie **(blue moor grass) (SEZ-LAY-HREE)
  • Silène (catchfly)
  • Sisymbre (london rocket)
  • Soldanelle ** (alpine snowbell)
  • Spartine ** (spartina)
  • Spirée ** (meadowsweet)
  • Stellaire ** (stellaria)
  • Symphorine (snowberry)
  • Tagette (marigold)
  • Tanaisie (tansy)
  • Tilleul (linden) pronounced almost like “teal”
  • Thymèle (flax-leaved daphne)* (tee-MEL)
  • Tournesol (sunflower)
  • Trèfle (clover)
  • Troène (privet)
  • Tubéreuse (tuberose)
  • Tulipe (tulip)
  • Vanille (vanilla)
  • Varède (woad)
  • Vérine (false helleborine)
  • Véronique (speedwell)
  • Verveine (verbena)
  • Verzelle (privet)
  • Violette (violet)
  • Violine (name of a type of plum as well as a shade of purple)
  • Zeuxine ** (name of an orchid endemic to the island of Réunion)
  • Zinnia