Girl Baby Name

Magnolia

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Quick Facts on Magnolia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 981
Pronunciation:
mag-NOL-ee-ah
Simple meaning:
Great flower; Splendid beauty

Characteristics of Magnolia

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Magnolia

Magnolia is the name of a species of flowering trees indigenous to North America. A French botanist by the name of Charles Plumier described the tree in 1703 after coming across it on the Caribbean island of Martinique. Plumier gave the lovely flowering tree the name “Magnolia” after another French botanist Pierre Magnol who happened to be instrumental in the development of the botanical classification systems we know today. As for the meaning of Magnol, we could not find any definitive etymology on this rather rare surname. It most likely comes from the Latin “magna” meaning “great”. The magnolia tree is typically associated with “splendid beauty” and dignity. The tree stands tall and the flower blossoms are simply gorgeous and vibrant. The magnolia tree is the state tree of Mississippi, and it’s the state flower for both Mississippi and Louisiana (within the United States magnolia trees are native to the southeast). As a given name, Magnolia came into vogue during the latter part of the 19th century when naming girls after flowers became fashionable.

Popularity of the Name Magnolia

In the United States, Magnolia was most popular during the turn-of-the-century in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Back then, flower names for girls were quite trendy. Although Magnolia was not as popular as her sisters Rose, Violet, Lily or Daisy; she still managed to carve out a moderate place on the charts over 100 years ago. Just as with other flower names, Magnolia began to experience a decline in usage as the 20th century got under way. By 1940, Magnolia fell off the American girl’s naming charts altogether, and has yet to return. While the other flower names (Rose, Violet, Lily and Daisy) have experienced a recent revival, Magnolia hasn’t made the cut. We figuring parents have just forgotten about this lovely moniker. Lily and Daisy are super happy and cute names. Rose and Violet are both charming and dignified in that “old lady” sort of way. But the four-syllable Magnolia is nothing short of a “splendid beauty”. Maggie is also a potential pet form of this more fanciful flower name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Magnolia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Magnolia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Magnolia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Magnolia

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

  • Popular Songs on Magnolia

    Popular Songs on Magnolia

    727 East Magnolia Avenue - a song by Sage Keffer

    Da Magnolia - a song by Juvenile [explicit]

    Dear Magnolia - a song by Mark Erelli

    Magnolia - a song by J. J. Cale

    Magnolia - a song by Poco

    Magnolia - a song by The Hush Sound

    Magnolia - a song by Tom Petty

    Magnolia Moon - a song by Seals & Crofts

    Magnolia Mountain - a song by Ryan Adams

    Magnolia Simms - a song by The Monkees

    Magnolia’s Room - a song by Anthony Hamilton

    Miss Magnolia - a song by Matt Costa

    Steel Magnolia - a song by Cypress Hill

    Sugar Magnolia - a song by the Grateful Dead

    Sweet Magnolia - a song by Dan Fogelberg

    Sweet Magnolia Blossom - a song by Billy "Crash" Craddock

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Magnolia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Magnolia

    M Is For Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet Book (Michael Shoulders) - From Mississippi's hills in the north to its southern shores, M is for Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet will educate as it entertains with its fascinating state facts. Presented in a two-tier format with simple poems for young readers and expository text for older students Magnolia is a delightful trip through this fascinating southern state richly detailed with bright illustrations. From bottlenose dolphin near the shore to Grenada Lake for fishing and more; gaze at Longwood, the home frozen in time and finally board the Mississippi Queen for a memorable trip down the "Old Man River." Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Magnolia's Christmas Gift (Nelson Harrinsson) - With no hope and company other than her mother's and aunt, Magnolia was ready to confront a hard life not knowing that a special gift was on its way sent by someone very special too. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Mister Magnolia (Quentin Blake) - Chosen as one of the top 10 Greenaway Medal winners of all time, this is a classic, exuberant, rhyming picture book from the much-loved Quentin Blake. “Mr. Magnolia has only one boot. / He has an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot— / And two lovely sisters who play on the flute— / But Mr. Magnolia has only one boot.” In this wittily rhyming picture book, Mr. Magnolia has a full and happy life except for one serious omission—a boot. But one day, he receives a mysterious parcel, and at last Mr. Magnolia can splash in the puddles with everyone else. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Steel Magnolia (Melanie Hunter) - "Steel Magnolia" is a story about a flower that grows and dies. It is placed in a big pot, watered plenty and given adequate sunlight. But it still dies. The point of the story is that the magnolia needs more room and freedom to grow and flourish. A household pot is not adequate. Just like people need, this “steel” magnolia needs to grow and learn on its own without being held back. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Magnolia

    Famous People Named Magnolia

    Famous People Named Magnolia - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Magnolia.

  • Children of Famous People Named Magnolia

    Children of Famous People Named Magnolia

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Magnolia - Adrian Young (drummer from the band No Doubt)

  • Historic Figures

    Magnolia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Magnolia

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Magnolia

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