what’s in a name: choosing Florence Marigold.
I’m sure most new mothers and fathers are asked this age old question: Why did you pick that name for your baby?
We know Florence is different, but also very familiar. Everyone knows of the name Florence, but it’s use has declined over the years. Florence was most popular in the 1880’s-1920’s until it’s decline in the 1960’s. It’s of Latin origin, and is making a small comeback in England.
It’s a beautiful city in Italy, in the Tuscany region famous for it’s history, art, architecture and the important role it played in the Renaissance.
Florence Nightingale was born there and named after the city. The mother of nursing, she was a hardy, feisty soul that revolutionized health care.
Florence is also in the family, although we didn’t name our daughter after the Scottish great grandmother on my mother’s side. She had an amazing pair of vintage glasses, and perfectly coiffed hair do.
We chose Florence because it’s classic, beautiful, yet unique. It’s a vintage name, of course, and I think it is very romantic. She will most likely be the only Florence in her class, and I love the sound of “my name is Fwo” on a little girl’s lips.
Florence means blossoming, prosperous, blooming. Those are all beautiful attributes that I want spoken over my baby.
Flo, Florrie, Flossie, Wren, whatever we choose, I love them all! (We picked Flo, and seems you did too!)
Marigolds are a beautiful flower, found all over India in abundance. They are used for all sorts of celebrations, as offerings, as gifts of beauty. They are somewhat similar to the Lei in Hawaii.
I wanted her to have some connection to India, since I spent many months catching babies there. Not only that, in India baby girls are often not wanted, and I saw it time and time again, when mothers realized they birthed a baby girl, they would turn their head in shame. I was thrilled when we found out Florence was going to be a girl. It was like stamping out a tiny piece of injustice. Yes, a first born girl! What an honour for me.
Marigolds are known as the “Herbs of the Sun” and are symbolic of passion and creativity. Folklore says that marigold water was used to bring forth fairies if rubbed on the eyes, and if sprinkled under ones pillow, they would bring forth prophetic dreams.
My love for folklore, creativity, flowers, colour, culture and symbolism played a large part in choosing Marigold as a middle name.
She was born to blossom, our little one.