Nature Based Baby Names for Boys and Girls

Whether a parent works in an environmental field as a teacher, biologist, geologist, writer, etc, or the parents share an Earth-based spirituality, a nature-based name could reflect the elements, rocks, flowers, birds, plants, etc.

The following names are culled from Phoenix McFarland’s The Complete Book of Magical Names (Llewellyn Publications, 1996). Many of these nature-based names will be familiar from current and past times, although some may seem disconnected from their foundation in nature.

Elemental Names to Give an Infant
The following names are based on the four elements. Air suggests intellectual qualities, lightness, and movement. Parents looking for additional names, could brainstorm words connected to clouds, the weather, time of day, the wind, or gods and goddesses of the air from around the world,

  • Aria
  • Ariel
  • Aurora
  • Dawn
  • Gale
  • Skye
  • Storm

Fire names inspire warmth, passionate enthusiasm, and determination. These names could create a “hot-headed” child with drive, courage, and will-power. Look to mythology books for the names of gods and goddesses associated with fire.

  • Blaize
  • Flame
  • Grainne
  • Lightning
  • Spark

The element of water suggests an individual in possession of tranquil qualities. Think of how water shapes rugged terrain and smooths rock. Again, if this group of names is appealing, create a list of ways to describe water and water environments or look to the multicultural choices of mythological names.

  • Bay
  • Brook
  • Cove
  • Dylan
  • Jet
  • Rain
  • River

Earth names are grounded in reality. If an individual has one of these names, it could encourage a quieter, thoughtful strength in the child. Anything associated with the earth, rocks and plants, for example, can make this connection a more specific one. Whatever the name, read about its natural and magical characteristics.

  • Flora
  • Forest
  • Glen
  • Rhea
  • Shore
  • Talus
  • Tundra

Rock Names for Individuals
Individuals who focus on the magical qualities of rocks and minerals, attune to the unique qualities and vibrations of these stones. Parents may encourage qualities in their child by using the name to encourage these attributes. Because these qualities cannot fairly be described in a few words, if a name is appealing, investigate how it develops in the earth and what traits it suggests.