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People start naming their babies after houseplants

It is official: millennials are naming their babies after houseplants.
Not just content with having a few potted plants dotted around the house, parents born between 1981 and 1996 are taking the theme to the extreme by naming their children after their favourite succulents.

From Lily to Bay, green-inspired names have become even more popular in the past year, with thousands of babies named after flowers or houseplants. According to research by online garden centre Primrose, the UK's love of plants - especially during lockdown - has inspired the top baby names of the past year.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently revealed the most popular baby names of 2020 and topping the list for plant-inspired girls' names is Lily.

Inspired by peace lilies, one of the nation's favourite houseplants, 2,931 babies were named Lily in 2020, according to the study.
Next on the list was Poppy - with 2,457 babies named after the Remembrance Day flower in 2020 - followed by Daisy. Holly, Summer and Jasmine came in at numbers 4, 5 and 6 on the list, while Rose, Willow, Violet and Iris were also popular girls' names for babies born in 2020.

Meanwhile, the name Rowan came out on top as the most popular plant-inspired boys name for 2020. In contrast to Lily, just 395 babies were called Rowan in 2020, a name also shared by a tree that produces scarlet berries, but it was the most popular green-themed boys name of the year. 

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