Celebrity Names Blog

Do April Showers Bring May Flower Names?

As May approaches, flowers are returning not only to the avenues, but also in the names of celebrity offspring. Rose proves that what’s in a name matters, frequently appearing these days as a middle name. There is Matilda Rose, daughter to Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger; Madison Rose, daughter to Maxine Bahns of The Brothers McMullen fame and Patrick Watson; Adelaide Rose, daughter to Rachel Griffiths and Andrew Taylor; and Seraphina Rose, daughter to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Ben and Jennifer turned to a small purple bud in naming their eldest daughter, Violet Anne. Iris, a word coming from the Greek word for rainbow, is daughter to Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann. The late 1800s/early 1900s were the heyday for flower names, and now as a century again changes, it seems the time is ripe for a flower resurgence. Imagine the possibilities – might we see a Calla, Belladonna, or even a Trillium? Or maybe little Forsythia, Zinnia, or Gladiolus?
--D.J.

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