This post is a carefully curated list of tree baby names for girls, tree baby names for boys, and gender-neutral tree baby names.
May 21, 2021
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NATURAL NAME INSPIRATION
Strong, majestic, ancient, grounded yet reaching for the sky. There’s something so mysterious and magical about trees.
Have you read the book, The Hidden Life of Trees? This book factually explains what our souls already know: trees are conscious, intelligent beings.
And they’re social! They have family, care for the sick, and communicate with each other.
And if that’s not awe-inspiring enough, trees give us BREATH.
If you’re looking for a meaningful, nature-inspired name for your little babe, check out these strong, beautiful, and unique tree baby names.
Carob, Hawthorn, Acacia, Cassia … there are so many to choose from.
I’ve divided them into gender categories but gender-schmender. Trust your intuition and use the name that feels right.
Related Post: 35 Beautiful Botanical Baby Names For Girls
TREE BABY NAMES FOR GIRLS
This name evokes imagery of the beautiful, full tree, grounded in grand open spaces atop a blue-sky backdrop, and would make a lovely girl’s name.
Already a well-known name, but made so much more special when inspired by the Asian tree bearing clusters of ivory-coloured blossoms.
Found in the humid rain forests of Central and South America, this tree would make a unique name.
This tree’s bark is used as a spice similar to cinnamon, and is also a lovely name for a girl.
A simple and sweet name inspired by the well-known tree.
Halesia carolina (the botanical name) is also known as the silverbell tree because it produces beautiful, white bell-shaped flowers in spring.
Both trendy and vintage, Hazel has a cute, whimsical vibe, and can be inspired by the hazel genus of trees (the most popular being the hazelnut tree).
A wise old grandmother of a tree, Kauri pines can live for millennia. Better known as a boy’s name, how cute and unique would it be for a girl?
An uncommon, gorgeous girl’s name and the name for a genus of deciduous trees (including mahogany).
This well-known name is due for a comeback. Its namesake is a lovely tree with gorgeous, large flowers that perfume the spring air.
An adorable name inspired by the species of Australian eucalyptus trees.
This name sounds as sweet as syrup from the tree.
This lovely name is derived from the botanical name of the Chinaberry tree, whose fruit is beloved by birds.
With glossy, light-green leaves and a tropical appearance, this tree stands out from the crowd — much like this unique name.
The stunning botanical name for the magnolia tree.
Known for its brilliant red fall colour, the black gum tree’s botanical name is Nyssa sylvatica.
You could go with the simple, yet beautiful, Olive, or this Mediterranean fruit tree’s botanical name, Olea.
Both a Sanskrit name meaning “with strength” and the botanical name for the cabbage palm, this name (more commonly used for boys), would be bold and unique for a girl.
A standout name, inspired by the willow tree’s botanical name, that could be shortened to the nickname, Sali.
This pretty name comes from the giant sequoia trees. These beautiful giants continue growing for their entire lifespan and can live up to 3,000 years.
This evergreen makes a cool girl’s name. It’s also the name of a spiritually significant destination in Northern California.
Inspired by the tala palm tree, this name is simple and sweet and an alternative to “Tula.”
This beautiful small tree with plumes of pink flowers would make a unique girl’s name.
The linden tree’s botanical name and a lovely name for a girl. It can be adorably shortened to Tilly.
Both strong and graceful, and featured in folklore, mythology, and literature, the willow tree makes a whimsical girl’s name.
TREE BABY NAMES FOR BOYS
A tree often featured in Celtic mythology and folklore and said to be home to fairies, this name is strong with a mystic air.
This is both an English surname and a tree (known as Morocco’s “Tree of Life”). There’s a familiarity and simplicity to it that would make it a great first name.
Known for their white bark, these trees stand out amongst their forest companions. Even though it’s more common as a last name, it would make a unique, nature-inspired first name.
Native to the Mediterranean and Middle East, the well-known Carob tree produces fruit that’s considered by many the healthier alternative to chocolate. As a name, it has a warm, friendly appeal.
As fresh as the scent of its wood, this name has a new, earthy, appeal. The Himalayan Cedar’s botanical name (cedrus deodara) is derived from the Sanskrit word devandaru, meaning the “tree of the divine.”
This name has a retro feel but has a fresh, natural vibe when inspired by the tall North American tree that can live to be more than 1,500 years old.
This nut tree’s name has a vintage vibe and could be shortened to “Kory” as a nickname.
Commonly featured in Celtic mythology, this tree name is great for those who love last names as first names.
Strong and uncommon as “Oak” and trendy as “Oakley” this name represents one of the most beloved trees, featured in literature, mythology, and religious scripture.
This large coniferous tree with blue-green needles is revered by many as a Christmas tree (originally a Winter Solstice tradition). A particularly great name for babies born in December.
This name is just plain cool, but even better when associated with the strong and majestic North American tree.
This yucca tree, made popular by the band U2 (they named an album after it), can be seen as a symbol of resilience, strength, and determination, as it grows in arid desert landscapes — and would make for a very meaningful name.
Known for its tall stature and bright green needles, this pine tree’s name is both trendy and sophisticated and could be shorted to “Monty.”
Concise and strong, this popular tree would make a great middle name for a child born to nature-loving parents.
The name of this well-known evergreen has a classic, masculine vibe, and is a modern alternative to “Bruce.”
A nature-inspired alternative to “Sawyer” and “Sullivan.”
The wood is coveted for its strength, durability, and golden colour. And its name is simple, with an air of light-heartedness.
GENDER-NEUTRAL TREE BABY NAMES
White ash trees are large, full, shade trees with glorious fall foliage. This name could also be a short form for Ashton, Ashley, and Ashlyn.
Both a tree name and a city name (Aspen, Colorado), it has an easy-going, cool vibe. The wood was used by the Celts to make shields and the tree was prominent in Celtic Mythology. You can go with Aspyn as an alternative spelling.
An adorable name for boys or girls, Bay is an evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean. The ancient Greeks made wreaths out of its leaves to crown athletes. The second half of its name, “Laurel,” is also a beautiful girl’s name.
The tea from this tree’s leaves has been used in folk medicine across cultures. And this once popular name (mid-twentieth century) is due for a comeback.
Referenced in mythology and folklore, this popular name is great for a boy or girl.
FOUND YOUR BABY’S NAME?
I hope you’ve found some top contenders for your baby’s name. And if you’re in love with some tree baby names not listed here, please share them in the comments below.
And please keep me in the loop if you chose one of these names for your little babe. I’d love to know which one!
And if you’re looking for more info on the tree that inspired your baby’s name, here’s a helpful site.
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Megan Weise says
I think I’m about to name my baby girl Olive!
Ahhh I love it! So exciting! Sending much love.