Trying to name a baby is never easy, as there are seemingly infinite choices. However, when trying to come up with a special name for a little girl, inspiration can be found in the garden. Many women's names are inspired by flowers, bringing with them connotations of colourful petals, sweet fragrances and the rebirth of spring.
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There are several variations on the name Rose, such as Roseanne and Rosemarie, but all bring to mind the fragrant flower. There are over 100 varieties of rose and the flowers grow on climbing shrubs, which ran reach heights of 16 feet, according to the Rose Bushes website. The name Rose has Latin origins and was brought to Great Britain by the Normans in the 11th century, according to Think Baby Names. There are also several connections between roses and Christianity, which have added to the name's popularity. According to Columbia University, during the middle ages it was said that roses in heaven turned red when kissed by the Virgin Mary and the spilt blood of St. Francis of Assisi turned into roses when it touched the ground.
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The lily, a member of the Lilium genus, comes in a host of colours and is known as an exotic beauty of the flower world. Lilies have three inner and three outer petals which can be different colours and often have stripes and spots, with a spray of long stamen at their centre. Their petals can be wildly patterned and grow in combinations of pink, red, cream, purple and orange, according to Mike's Backyard Garden. The name Lily originated with the Latin term for the flower and comes from England, where it was first bestowed upon girls, according to Baby Names World. The name has increased in popularity over the last several years, cracking the top 10 most common baby names in New Zealand and the U.K. in 2006 and 2007.
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Irises grow in shades of blue, white, yellow, purple, orange, red and brown, taking their name from a Greek word for rainbow, according to Pro Flowers. There are over 200 species of the flower and their three petals are said to represent wisdom, faith and valour. The Sunday Times says the hardy perennials are easy to grow, and though they "look like they need pampering and protection, most enjoy mean and rough conditions" and can thrive even in poor soil, though they do appreciate ample sunlight. The name Iris originated in Greece, honouring the ancient goddess of the rainbow and is most popular in English and Dutch speaking countries, according to Baby Names World.
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