Many parents like baby names that were inspired by nature -- names that come from flowers, trees, herbs, animals, weather, landscapes, seasons, and other natural sources. Names like these tend to sound more evocative and modern than typical baby names.
But many nature names are considered feminine. Some of these, like Sierra and Misty, sound feminine. Others, like Amber and Rose, have feminine associations. What if you like nature names, but you're having a boy?
Well, the good news is that many nature names are unisex. That is, they're used for both boys and girls. Below are some examples of unisex nature names.
Water-related names: Rain, River, Lake, Ocean
Sky-related names: Sky, Storm, Robin, Raven
Tree-related names: Cedar, Willow, Leaf
Other nature names: Jade, Thyme, Sage, Silver, Clover
(The name Robin was originally a diminutive of the name Robert, but nowadays the association with the bird is a bit stronger in people's minds.)
If you want a name that's just for boys, you'll have to dig a little deeper. Here are some ideas. Some of these are technically gender-neutral, but they're used so rarely for girls that I'd consider them masculine.
Water-related names: Bay, Cove, Dune, Reef
Rock-related names: Canyon, Cliff, Stone, Rocky
Animal-related names: Colt, Wolf, Bear, Cougar, Tiger, Falcon, Hawk
Tree-related names: Forest, Hawthorn, Birch, Oak
Other nature names: North
Boy names that may not be as obviously nature-related include Craig, Clifford, Clifton, Glen/Glenn, Dale, Linden, Talon, Leo, Burl, Flint, Wolfgang, Jet, Douglas, Heath, Zephyr, Brooks, Cleveland, Peter (means stone), Orion, Stanley, Sylvester, Elwood, Ash and Rush.
There's also Jasper and Blaise, which didn't begin as nature names but happen to sound nature-y (Jasper is also the name of a stone, and Blaise sounds like the word blaze).
Also consider surnames that have outdoorsy definitions or associations, such as Hunter, Fisher, Thacher, Mason and Hudson.
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