Want to pass on your love of the cottage to the next generation? Just bestow your baby with a nature-inspired name! They’ll have a connection to the great outdoors from birth—and we guarantee these names will inspire cottage thoughts, even when you’re in the midst of spit-up and endless loads of laundry.
Tall, strong, long-lived—not a bad name to live up to. Plus, when they’re little, you can call them “Acorn.”
Elegant and graceful. If your baby loves being in a canoe, so much the better.
A botanically-inspired name that has the advantage of not being totally “out there.” Unassuming but lovely, ferns thrive in places that are quiet, green, and shady.
Celebrities (Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, as well as Pink and Carey Hart) seem to love this name. Who wouldn’t want their baby named after something...well, willowy?
Rhymes with “Willow,” but not already taken by celebrities. Minnows are fast and an important part of the cottage eco-system—just switch to using worms for bait when your kid’s in the boat, eh?
This is a pretty cool name, when you think about it—and with the exception of actor Lake Bell (recently in the movie In a World), no high-profile celebs have snatched it up yet.
This majestic and powerful creature is a worthy namesake for your little howler.
Actresses Alicia Silverstone and Kate Winslet obviously share a love of the great outdoors, since both of them named their baby boys Bear. Let’s just hope their kids are more of the teddy, rather than the grizzly, variety.
Violets are beautiful, fresh, and vibrant—and the name is botanically-inspired but won’t cause a whole lot of double takes when your baby introduces herself.
They may take over your birdfeeder, but sparrows are delicate, adaptable, and cute! What a sweet name to give a child.
River’s a popular celeb name (from River Phoenix to the offspring of Kelly Clarkson), which isn’t surprising since it calls up an image of beauty, energy, and liveliness. We note that no one, as far as we can tell, has been inspired by more obscures body of water: Estuary, anyone? How about Isthmus?
There’s nothing more Canadian than naming your child after our iconic national symbol (and most delicious export).
Erykah Badu has some interestingly named children: Seven, Mars and Puma. We’re withholding judgement on the other two, but we applaud her devotion to the outdoors with Puma. Variations include Cougar and Mountain Lion if you don’t want your kid confused with a brand of shoe.
You don’t need an obsession with The X-Files to use “Fox” as your naming inspiration (although it helps). Clever, graceful, and striking—who wouldn’t want to be named after this creature?
Well, crickets can keep you up at night, so it makes a certain amount of sense to name a baby after one. Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein have a daughter named Cricket and a daughter named Birdie, who presumably kept them awake during the day.