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Nature baby names: Inspired by trees

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Henry David Thoreau wrote: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

Baby crawling outdoorsWhether you just like the occasional walk in the woods or you're ready to head off to Walden Pond for a few years of Thoreau's simple living, you love trees and everything about them. Arbor Day is your favorite holiday, you think camping in an old-growth forest is a sublime way to spend a weekend, and you're a card carrying member of the Sierra Club. We understand.

So it's only natural that you want to give your new baby a name that honors your favorite things -- trees! Well look no further, because we've gone ahead and compiled a list of some of our favorite tree and tree-inspired names for your little outdoorsman or outdoorswoman!

Nature baby names

  • Acacia - trees known for their thorns and beautiful blossoms
  • Alder - flowering trees of the birch family, often used to make electric guitars
  • Arvid - Old Norse for "Eagle Tree"
  • Aspen - trees that grow in large colonies and prefer cold climates with cool summers
  • Bay - the leaves of the bay laurel are often used in cooking
  • Beech - beeches are known for their thin, delicate bark and often used in brewing beer
  • Birch - birch bark is known for being paper-like and light in color
  • Bjork - Icelandic for "birch tree"
  • Cedar - beautiful, spicy-smelling evergreens
  • Cerese - "the tree and its fruit"
  • Cherry - the Japanese cherry trees produce stunningly beautiful blossoms
  • Fern - soft, leafy trees prized for decoration
  • Forest/Forrest - this is self-explanatory, I hope
  • Hawthorn - a small, flowering tree native to Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia
  • Jacaranda - a tree that produces beautiful, purple flowers
  • Juniper - juniper berries are used as the primary flavoring in gin
  • Laurel - see "Bay" above
  • Leaf - you know, the green bits of trees
  • Linden - lime tree
  • Magnolia - a large, beautiful flowering plant that dates back over 95 million years
  • Maple - the iconic tree that produces syrup of the same name
  • Olive - the tree that produces the fruit of the same name
  • Senna - a flowering bush, common in the tropics
  • Sequoia - the massive, towering redwoods that live thousands of years
  • Spruce - a large pine tree, the Wright Brothers' Flyer was made of spruce
  • Willow - large, elegant trees with branches that drape down to almost ground level

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