Names grow on trees

The rustling of the leaves is like a low hymn to nature.
– James Ellis


I love these names. Seriously. They’re adventurous, aromatic like the wind. Surprising but pleasantly. Strong and made of good nature. Okay, I’ll stop gushing now. You get the point.

But man, I can’t help it. Breathtaking in every season, especially fall. And pines and cedars in the winter are like paintbrushes on a blank matte. Nature is so good for the soul, and maybe that’s why they make for some of the best names.

I hope these quotes help lead you to inspiration. How could I say anything better when others have already said it perfecttly?


In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom.
– John Burroughs

Jason Bateman and his wife named one of their daughters Maple Sylvie, and to me that’s absolute perfection.


…I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
– Robert Frost
I’d love to meet someone named Birch. Birch Robert Frost? That’d be so cool!


The colonists’ first protest against the British unfolded on Aug. 14, 1765 at the Liberty Tree. A magnificent elm towering over the other trees nearby, the Liberty Tree stood at the corner of what is now Washington and Essex Streets in downtown Boston.
– Ronald  Kessler
How could Elm Street exist with the shadow of a tree of liberty?


The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship.
– Norman Douglas

Come to me pine tree and we will never part
We’ll put our roots down in each other’s heart
– Johnny Cash

Pine and Evergreen are the best sibling names ever, meant for a book.


Willows whiten, aspens shiver.
The sunbeam showers break and quiver
In the stream that runneth ever
By the island in the river
       Flowing down to Camelot.
– Lord Tennyson

Aspen is in a Tennyson poem. Done deal.


Beside the Cumberland River where the grass is soft and sweet
We ran across the fields of cedar hiding from the noisy streets
– Johnny Cash

Christmas to me is a tall cedar tree
Decorated and adorned…
– Statler Brothers


The oak has long been an enduring and mighty tree. It is truly a part of our national heritage and it merits the formal distinction of America’s National Tree.
– Bob Goodlatte

Did you know that the oak was America’s National Tree? I didn’t either. Thanks, Bob Goodlatte, and I’d also love it if you could make me  latte. It doesn’t have to be extraordinary, but I’d settle for good. For a good latte.


Airy budding ash-tree,You have made a throne,And the sweetest thrush in all the worldIs sitting there alone;Drawn in tints of tender brownAgainst a keen blue sky,He sings up and he sings down,Who can pass him by?
– Menella Bute Smedley


The poplars bow forward and back;
They are like a fan waving very softly.
They tremble,
For they love the wind in their feathery branches.
They love to look down at the shallows,
At the mermaids
On the sandy shore;
They love to look into morning’s face
Cool in the water.
– Hilda Conkling


Green groweth the holly,
So doth the ivy.
Though winter blasts blow never so high,
Green groweth the holly.
As the holly groweth green
And never changeth hue,
So I am, ever hath been,
Unto my lady true.
As the holly groweth green
With ivy all alone
When flowers cannot be seen
And greenwood leaves be gone,

Now unto my lady
Promise to her I make,
From all other only
To her I me betake.

Adieu, mine own lady,
Adieu, my special
Who hath my heart truly
Be sure, and ever shall.

– Henry VIII

Yup. You can call me Holly, I won’t mind.


What, what is the true Southern Symbol,
The Symbol of Honor and Right,
The Emblem that suits a brave people
In arms against number and might?-
‘Tis the ever green stately Magnolia,
Its pearl-flowers pure as the Truth,
Defiant of tempest and lightning,
Its life a perpetual youth.
– Albert Pike



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