Girl Baby Name

Flora

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Quick Facts on Flora

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
FLAWR-ə
Simple meaning:
Flower

Characteristics of Flora

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Flora

Flora is a female name derived from the Latin flos meaning, quite simply, “flower,” itself traced to the prehistoric Proto-Indo-European root *bhle- meaning “to blossom, flourish.”  Apropos, according to ancient Roman mythology, Flora was the goddess of flowers, vegetation, fertility and spring. She was also the wife of Zephyr (the west wind), whose gentle, warm breezes indicated the approach of springtime. The Romans celebrated her festival, known as the Floralia, for six straight days starting April 28 – historically remembered as a pleasure-seeking jubilee of debauchery that included sexual theatrics and excessive drinking. Nevertheless, Flora is one of the most ancient and revered of all Roman goddesses; her altar was said to have been erected as far back as the 8th century BC.  As a female given name, Flora was first popularized in France during the Renaissance. The name remains well-circulated in France, but also appears to be a favorite among Hungarians. 
 
Aside from Flora’s Latin roots, this name was also occasionally used in Scotland as an Anglicized form of Fionnuala (Finola), meaning “fair shoulder,” from the Irish-Gaelic fionn “white, fair, blessed” and guala “shoulder.”  According to Irish folklore, Fionnuala was one of the four children of Lir who were transformed into swans for 900 years (see Finola for more details).
 

Popularity of the Name Flora

The female name Flora has seen some success in the United States, albeit about 100 years ago. While the name has not achieved Top 100 standing in America, it did come quite close at the turn of the 20th century.  Between 1900 and 1910 it was among the top 120 in the country. However, Flora would soon see a slow and steady decline as the decades persisted into last century and by the early 1970s, this pretty little flower disappeared from the Top 1000 list altogether. It has yet to re-blossom on the charts. Old fashioned and charming, Flora is a name no longer on the American radar and therefore quite unique. 
Popularity of the Girl Name Flora
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Flora

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Flora

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Flora

    Flora We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Flora.

  • Popular Songs on Flora

    Popular Songs on Flora

    Flora - a song by Peter, Paul & Mary

    Flora's Secret - a song by Enya

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Flora

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Flora

    Flora and the Flamingo (Molly Idle) - A 2014 Caldecott Honor book. In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more! And coming this October! Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship in Flora and the Penguin. Recommended for ages 4-6.

    Flora and the Peacocks (Molly Idle) - The darling, dancing Flora is back, and this time she's found two new friends: a pair of peacocks! But amidst the fanning feathers and mirrored movements, Flora realizes that the push and pull between three friends can be a delicate dance. Will this trio find a way to get back in step? In the third book featuring Flora and her feathered friends, Molly Idle's gorgeous art combines with clever flaps to reveal that no matter the challenges, true friends will always find a way to dance, leap, and soar—together. Recommended for ages 4-6.

    Flora and the Penguin (Molly Idle) - Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do. Recommended for ages 4-6.

    Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Kate DiCamillo) - Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal. Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Flora Segunda (Ysabeau S. Wilce) - Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall--the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. Huge mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler--and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever. Full of wildly clever plot twists, this extraordinary first novel establishes Ysabeau Wilce as a compelling new voice in teen fantasy. Recommended for ages 12-15.

    Flora's Very Windy Day (Jeanne Birdsall) - The School Library Journal says: "This gem of a book will resonate with older siblings everywhere." When Flora and her pesky little brother, Crispin, are whisked away by a swirling and swooping wind, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to give her brother away. With tempting offers from a dragonfly, the man in the moon, and even the wind itself, she will find it difficult to choose. But Flora would do anything to get rid of Crispin, wouldn’t she? Recommended for ages 4-7.

  • Famous People Named Flora

    Famous People Named Flora

    Famous People Named Flora - Flora Coquerel (French model); Flora Carabella (Italian actress); Flora Eldershaw (Australian writer); Flora MacDonald (Scottish Jacobite heroine); Flora Murray (British suffragist); Flora Purim (Brazilian singer); Flora Robson (English actress); Flora Annie Steel (British author); Flora Stevenson (Scottish social reformer); Flora Tristan (French feminist writer and grandmother of Paul Gauguin)

  • Children of Famous People Named Flora

    Children of Famous People Named Flora

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Flora - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Flora.

  • Historic Figures

    Flora - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Flora - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Flora.

Personality of the Girl Name Flora

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Flora

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