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Nature baby names

We go back to nature with these baby names...

A is for Acorn, not for attachment

Can you believe Poppy and Lily, two of the most popular baby girls’ names in the UK are no longer found in the dictionary?! The Oxford Junior Dictionary has removed over 50 nature words – 10 of them baby girls’ names.

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Other nature words, including: hamster, heron, kingfisher, leopard, magpie, minnow, mussel, newt, otter and panther have also been culled. Blackberry tech replaced the blackberry fruit.  No more Poppy, bye bye Pansy. And while Dandelion and Ivy are out, flip-charts and spreadsheets are in.

Oxford University Press, who publishes the Junior Dictionary, said that the removal of words is simply because the dictionary is designed to “reflect language as it is used”.  They’ve obviously never spoken to any mums, who use these words every time they speak to their children!

And while we can understand that some words aren’t in everyday use, many, many are. The people behind the petition to get the missing words back – The Wild Network – think that is exactly the point. The purpose of a dictionary is to help little ones learn new words and develop their language – not just reinforce what they know. And if we take the nature words out of the dictionary, what does that mean for the way they learn about nature?

So which baby names have gone missing?  Has your baby’s name been deleted? Sign the petition to get it back! 

Name

2014 baby name rank

Poppy

6

Lily

9

Daisy

23

Rose (Rosie)

34

Holly

37

Willow

46

Ivy

54

Jasmine

59

Violet

72

Hollie

88

Feeling nervous? Here’s our list of top nature names… will they be next on the endangered nature names list?

Boys names

Girls names

Robin

Heather

River

Iris

Ash

Fern

Warren

Clementine

Basil

Autumn

Rowan

Blossom

Clay

Summer

Ocean

Cherry

Logan

Flora

Woody

Dawn

Rock

Meadow

Wolf

Coral

Flint

Storm

Dale

Sage

Glen

Peony



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