If you are a new pet parent who wants to look beyond garden variety names for your fur baby, why not pick a flower-inspired moniker from among the bouquet of botanical names we’ve dug up! We’ve unearthed nearly 50 flower names for dogs for inspiration.
A favorite flower during the holiday season, the Amaryllis was seen by the Victorians as a symbol of a proud woman.
The beautiful wildflower is closely associated with anticipation.
If your dog was born or adopted in September, this pretty perennial (along with the morning glory) is his/her birth flower! Among its many meanings, the Aster symbolizes patience, elegance, charm and love.
While this perennial can be connected to sinister symbolism, such as dark thoughts or a warning of impending misfortune, it can also speak of peace, individuality and gratitude in the language of flowers.
A poisonous plant with a pretty name, Belladonna may symbolize deception and death, but the name is a literal translation of ¨beautiful woman.¨
Picked by Spice Girl Geri Halliwell as the name for her daughter, the bluebell stands for gratitude and everlasting love.
If you are in a Lone Star state of mind when you are mulling over possible monikers for your dog, why not pick the official state flower of Texas as the name for your pup?
A bloom that plays a pivotal role in the literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird, the flowering plant represents adoration if the petals are white, yearning if the petals are pink and passion if the flowers are red.
The official state flower of Ohio is the birth flower of fur babies born or adopted in January.
In flower-speak the Carnation (which is closely associated with Mother’s Day) represents feelings of admiration and love.
A flower from Mexico which adds vibrant pops of color to the summer season, all varieties of Cosmos are strongly linked to feelings of love.
Was your dog born or adopted in November? If so, then the Chrysanthemum is his or her birth flower! The Chrysanthemum can symbolize joy and longevity.
A bloom that stands for friendship, faithfulness and respect in flower-speak, if your fur baby’s Gotcha Day or birthday is in March, then the daffodil is his/her birth flower.
In the language of flowers, the dahlia represents commitment and acts as a reminder to always be kind.
If your dog’s Gotcha Day or birthday is celebrated in April, the daisy is his/her birth flower!
A perfect pick for a shelter or rescue dog, this fresh-faced flower is a botanical representation of new beginnings.
Meaning “day’s eye,” dogs dubbed Daisy will share their name with TV personality/model/animal advocate Daisy Fuentes, British actress Daisy Head, who has shown her support for such animal welfare organizations as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and The Blue Cross, and Daisy Ridley, who rocketed to stardom through her portrayal of Rey in the Star Wars franchise.
The name has also been popularized by such fictional characters as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, Daisy Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard, Hyacinth Bucket’s sister in the Britcom Keeping Up Appearances and the kitchen maid in Downton Abbey.
Although looked upon by some as a weed, the dandelion is a resilient flower that we can all be inspired by, as it seems determined to survive and thrive regardless of its environment.
It has been said that by blowing on a dandelion’s fluffy white puff and making a wish as its seeds scatter in the breeze your wish may turn into reality.
For all dogs named Dandelion, we wish them happiness with their forever pet parents!
Meaning “confiding love,” the name of this vibrant purple/red flower would a perfect moniker for any dog, as our canine companions add so much color to our lives.
Dogs dubbed after this fragrant flower will share the moniker with the naturalist for whom it was named, Dr. Alexander Garden.
A flower with as many meanings are there are variety of the bloom, geraniums can symbolize “gentility” and “true friendship.”
If your fur baby’s Gotcha Day or birthday is in August, the gladiola is his/her birth flower! Among the flower’s many meanings are “faithfulness, sincerity and integrity.”
For fur baby born or adopted in May, the flower from the Hawthorn tree (along with fellow flower lily-of-the-valley) is his or her birth flower!
The white-petaled blooms from a plant which symbolizes happiness and home, the Hawthorn is the official state flower of Missouri.
This flower’s petal color determine its meaning — with purple symbolizing admiration, pink standing for good luck and white representing protection.
Dogs dubbed Heather will share their name with actresses Heather Graham and Heather Locklear, as well as many women who were born in the 1970s when the moniker was at its peak of popularity in the United States.
This purple-petaled plant symbolizes eternal love.
The hibiscus, which is the state flower of Hawaii, symbolizes perfect beauty.
Sometimes it is also known as Rose of Sharon (the name of a character in John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath).
The birth flower of those born in December, Holly plants are a staple of the holiday season.
From the character of Holly Golightly, who was brought to life on the big screen by Audrey Hepburn in the big screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter, actress Holly Marie Combs and reality personality Holly Madison, canines called after this flowering plant will share her name with a virtual bouquet of Hollys.
If your dog was born or adopted in June then the honeysuckle (a flower which symbolizes affection and happiness) is his or her birth flower.
The rose shares this distinction, and country music-loving pet parents may wish to combine the two flowers to form the name Honeysuckle Rose, which was the title of a film which starred Willie Nelson.
If you are a fan of British comedies, the name of this fragrant flower is synonymous with Hyacinth Bucket (“It’s pronounced ¨Bouquet!¨) from the long-running Britcom Keeping Up Appearances.
Dogs dubbed Hyacinth will also share their name with another comical character, Hyacinth Hippo, the tutu-wearing hippopotamus from the Disney classic Fantasia.
Among its myriad meanings, the Hyacinth symbolizes play and sincerity.
If your dog celebrates a Gotcha Day or birthday in February, then the iris is his/her birth flower!
The official state flower of Tennessee, the iris is named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and much like nature’s symbol of hope irises comes in a variety of hues, with each color interpreting a different meaning.
While white irises represent purity and blue stands for hope and faith, a yellow iris symbolizes passion and irises with purple petals mean both wisdom and royalty.
A perennial plant, ivy is a botanical representation of immortality and faithfulness.
Dogs named after the verdant vines will share a name with reggaeton singer Ivy Queen, and the fictional character Ivy Stuart, a kitchen maid in the TV phenomenon Downton Abbey.
Representing love and good luck, our four-legged friends called after this flower will share a name with actress Jasmine Guy, model Jasmine Tookes, model and heiress Jasmine Guinness, and the fictional princess from the Disney flick Aladdin.
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Known by many names, including heart’s ease, heart’s delight, wild pansy, love-in-idleness, and its official moniker, Viola Tricolor.
This flower– which appears in Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Taming of the Shrew— means “you are in my thoughts” or “you occupy my thoughts.”
Was your fur baby born or adopted in the month of March? If so, this beautiful botanical native of northeastern Africa and southern Europe is his/her birth flower!
The cheerful yellow blossoms translate into “domestic bliss” and “friendship” in the language of flowers.
If your canine companion’s birthday or Gotcha Day falls in July, then this fast-growing bloom which represents an open heart in flower-speak.
The official state flower of Pennsylvania, the petals on this evergreen shrub speak of perseverance.
Dogs named after this flowering plant share their name with a character from the beloved Harry Potter series (Lavender Brown) and author Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Matilda. Lavender can convey royalty, elegance, purity and devotion.
Pet parents who happen to live in New Hampshire can name their new furry family member after the official state flower!
Among its myriad of meanings, the lilac symbolizes the innocence of youth.
Although it has always been a perennial favorite, in recent years Lily has blossomed int one of the most popular names for little ladies.
If you pick the pretty moniker for your baby fur girl, she will share her name with British singer Lily Allen, actress Lily Collins and model Lily Cole.
Among its many meanings, the lily represents purity, passion, renewal and rebirth. (Note: lilies are toxic to dogs and cats.)
The official state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi, the blooms of the magnolia tree represent purity, dignity and nobility.
Dogs dubbed Magnolia share their name with a character from the classic Edna Ferber novel Show Boat, which became a popular Broadway and big screen musical.
If your fur baby was born or adopted in the month of September, then the morning glory (along with the aster) is your dog’s birth flower!
The official state flower of Massachusetts in honor of the ship of the same name which carried the first settlers to America, the Mayflower stands for new beginnings.
This delicate flower speaks of sensitivity in the language of flowers.
Are you thinking of naming your dog after the flowers of this pretty plant? Your pup will share her name with Moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter books and movies, as well as Myrtle Wilson, a character found in the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby. Myrtle flowers as symbols of love and joy.
A flower which, according to Chinese culture, brings good luck, the orchid speaks of many things in the language of flowers.
Each color of orchid represents different meanings:
- A white orchid is said to denote purity and elegance.
- Blue blossoms represent peace and strength.
- Petals in the shade of purple symbolize royalty and dignity.
- Yellow orchids stand for friendship and joy.
- Orange orchids are a sign of enthusiasm.
Did you know that Pansy was author Margaret Mitchell’s original pick as a name for her plucky lead character Scarlett O’Hara in her novel Gone With the Wind? While the flower-influenced moniker didn’t make the cut in that literary classic, the name does appear in Portrait of a Lady by Edith Wharton.
Pansies are associated with thoughts in the language of flowers.
The official state flower of Indiana, the peony symbolizes prosperity, compassion and a happy marriage. (In fact, the perennial is a flower which is frequently used to celebrate 12th wedding anniversaries.)
The pretty petals of this perennial send a message of everlasting love and the fulfillment of dreams in flower-speak.
The Petunia can mean the feeling of comfort in someone’s presence.
This flower also shares its name with the animated lady love of the classic cartoon character Porky Pig.
Although associated with both sleep (think of the field of poppies that Dorothy and her fantastical friends walk through on their way to The Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz) and death (the flowers have become a symbol of the brave men who lost their lives in World War I), the poppy also represents hope.
Pups named after this botanical burst of color will share their name with model Poppy Delevigne and actress Poppy Montgomery.
In the language of flowers, the five-petaled blossoms say “Ï can’t live without you.¨
Canines called after one of the first flowers to bloom in springtime will share their name with Primrose Everdeen, Katniss´s sister in the Suzanne Collins novels and subsequent movie franchise The Hunger Games.
The official state flower of New York and official birth flower (along with honeysuckle) of Fidos born or adopted in June, the rose represents a number of positive meanings including:
- love at first sight
From actresses Rose Leslie, Rose McGowan and Rose Marie; sports stars Rose Lavelle and poltical matriarch Rose Kennedy to the iconic character of Rose DeWitt Bukater/Dawson in Titanic, the queen of the garden reigns supreme as the most popular floral-themed name on our list.
Did you know that this pretty perennial is also known as the dog flower? While the snapdragon can symbolize deception, it also represents graciousness.
The official state flower of Kansas, this cheery flower represents loyalty.
By choosing this term of endearment as the name of a tail-wagging chum pet parents are saying (in the language of flowers) that their dog brings “blissful pleasure” into their lives.
The five-petaled cluster blooms represent sensibility and enchantment.
If your fur baby was born or adopted in February, the violet is his/her birth flower!
The violet is a bloom with several meanings in flower-speak:
- A white violet says “let’s take a chance on happiness.”
- A blue violet tells its receiver that “I’ll always be true.”
If your canine companion is called Violet, she will share her name with Titanic survivor Violet Jessop and the fictional Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey.
The violet has also been selected by several states (Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wisconsin) as its official state flower.
Sometimes referred to as “angel flower,” this medicinal herb symbolizes healing, inspiration and protection.
This cheerful bloom represents of virtual bouquet of meanings which range from a reminder of pleasant memories to eternal love.
The name Zinnia has appeared in books by children’s authors Roald Dahl and Sharon Creech.