Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Flora

Flora is a female name derived from the Latin flos meaning, quite simply, “flower,” itself traced to the prehistoric Proto-Indo-European root *bhle- meaning “to blossom, flourish.”  Apropos, according to ancient Roman mythology, Flora was the goddess of flowers, vegetation, fertility and spring. She was also the wife of Zephyr (the west wind), whose gentle, warm breezes indicated the approach of springtime. The Romans celebrated her festival, known as the Floralia, for six straight days starting April 28 – historically remembered as a pleasure-seeking jubilee of debauchery that included sexual theatrics and excessive drinking. Nevertheless, Flora is one of the most ancient and revered of all Roman goddesses; her altar was said to have been erected as far back as the 8th century BC.  As a female given name, Flora was first popularized in France during the Renaissance. The name remains well-circulated in France, but also appears to be a favorite among Hungarians. 
 
Aside from Flora’s Latin roots, this name was also occasionally used in Scotland as an Anglicized form of Fionnuala (Finola), meaning “fair shoulder,” from the Irish-Gaelic fionn “white, fair, blessed” and guala “shoulder.”  According to Irish folklore, Fionnuala was one of the four children of Lir who were transformed into swans for 900 years (see Finola for more details).
 

All About the Baby Name – Flora

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME FLORA

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME FLORA

The female name Flora has seen some success in the United States, albeit about 100 years ago. While the name has not achieved Top 100 standing in America, it did come quite close at the turn of the 20th century.  Between 1900 and 1910 it was among the top 120 in the country. However, Flora would soon see a slow and steady decline as the decades persisted into last century and by the early 1970s, this pretty little flower disappeared from the Top 1000 list altogether. It has yet to re-blossom on the charts. Old fashioned and charming, Flora is a name no longer on the American radar and therefore quite unique. 

Quick Facts

ON FLORA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Latin

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

FLAWR-ə

SIMPLE MEANING:

Flower

Characteristics

OF FLORA

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Flora

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FLORA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Flora

Popular Songs

ON FLORA

Flora
a song by Peter, Paul & Mary

Flora's Secret
a song by Enya

Famous People

NAMED FLORA

Flora Coquerel (French model)
Flora Carabella (Italian actress)
Flora Eldershaw (Australian writer)
Flora MacDonald (Scottish Jacobite heroine)
Flora Murray (British suffragist)
Flora Purim (Brazilian singer)
Flora Robson (English actress)
Flora Annie Steel (British author)
Flora Stevenson (Scottish social reformer)
Flora Tristan (French feminist writer and grandmother of Paul Gauguin)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FLORA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Flora

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FLORA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Flora