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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Flower

"Flower" is a name of English origin, and it means "Flower". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Flow"er
  1. In the popular sense, the bloom or blossom of a plant; the showy portion, usually of a different color, shape, and texture from the foliage.
  2. [Bot] That part of a plant destined to produce seed, and hence including one or both of the sexual organs; an organ or combination of the organs of reproduction, whether inclosed by a circle of foliar parts or not. A complete flower consists of two essential parts, the stamens and the pistil, and two floral envelopes, the corolla and callyx. In mosses the flowers consist of a few special leaves surrounding or subtending organs called archegonia. See Blossom, and Corolla.
  3. The fairest, freshest, and choicest part of anything; as, the flower of an army, or of a family; the state or time of freshness and bloom; as, the flower of life, that is, youth."The choice and flower of all things profitable the Psalms do more briefly contain." [Hooker.]"The flower of the chivalry of all Spain." [Southey.]"A simple maiden in her flower Is worth a hundred coats of arms." [Tennyson.]
  4. Grain pulverized; meal; flour.(Obs)"The flowers of grains, mixed with water, will make a sort of glue." [Arbuthnot.]
  5. pl.[Old Chem] A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation; as, the flowers of sulphur.
  6. A figure of speech; an ornament of style.
  7. pl.[Print] Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.
  8. pl.Menstrual discharges.

Note: ☞ If we examine a common flower, such for instance as a geranium, we shall find that it consists of: First, an outer envelope or calyx, sometimes tubular, sometimes consisting of separate leaves called sepals; secondly, an inner envelope or corolla, which is generally more or less colored, and which, like the calyx, is sometimes tubular, sometimes composed of separate leaves called petals; thirdly, one or more stamens, consisting of a stalk or filament and a head or anther, in which the pollen is produced; and fourthly, a pistil, which is situated in the center of the flower, and consists generally of three principal parts; one or more compartments at the base, each containing one or more seeds; the stalk or style; and the stigma, which in many familiar instances forms a small head, at the top of the style or ovary, and to which the pollen must find its way in order to fertilize the flower.

Etymology: OE. flour, OF. flour flur flor, F. fleur, fr. L. flos floris. Cf. Blossom Effloresce Floret Florid Florin Flour Flourish

verb Flow"er
  1. To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers; as, this plant flowers in June.
  2. To come into the finest or fairest condition."Their lusty and flowering age." [Robynson (More's Utopia).]"When flowered my youthful spring." [Spenser.]
  3. To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer."That beer did flower a little." [Bacon.]
  4. To come off as flowers by sublimation.(Obs)"Observations which have flowered off." [Milton.]

Etymology: From the noun. Cf. Flourish

verb Flow"er
To embellish with flowers; to adorn with imitated flowers; as, flowered silk.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
  2. A plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
  3. The period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  4. Produce or yield flowers

From Middle English flour, from Anglo-Norman flur, from Latin flōrem, accusative of flōs, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (“to thrive, bloom”). Partially displaced Middle English blosme, blossem (“flower; blossom”) (see blossom).

  1. A colorful, conspicuous structure associated with angiosperms, frequently scented and attracting various insects, and which may or may not be used for sexual reproduction.
  2. (botany) A reproductive structure in angiosperms (flowering plants), often conspicuously colourful and typically including sepals, petals, and either or both stamens and/or a pistil.
  3. A plant that bears flowers, especially a plant that is small and lacks wood.
    We transplanted the to a larger pot.
  4. (usually with in) Of plants, a state of bearing blooms.
    The dogwoods are in this week.
  5. (euphemistic, hypocoristic) The vulva, especially the labia majora.
  6. (idiomatic) The best examples or representatives of a group.
    We selected the of the applicants.
  7. The best state of things; the prime.
    She was in the of her life.
  8. (obsolete) Flour.
  9. (in the plural, chemistry, obsolete) A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation.
    the of sulphur
  10. A figure of speech; an ornament of style.
  11. (printing) Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.
  12. (in the plural) Menstrual discharges.

flow +‎ -er

  1. (rare) Something that flows, such as a river.

    flower was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano

    Notable Persons Named Flower

    Flower was born on March 3rd, 1944 in Wichita, Kansas.


    Flower Hujer was a dancer and choreographer. Her career lasted from 1940 to 1990. Flower was born on September 30th, 1907 in Hollywood. She died on May 1st, 1999.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Flower

    Jessie Flower is an actress/film actress/voice actress. Jessie was given the name Jessica Flower on August 18th, 1994 in Indiana, U.S.


    Andy Flower is a cricketer. Andy was born on April 28th, 1968 in Cape Town.


    Grant Flower is a cricketer. Grant was born on December 20th, 1970 in Harare.


    George Buck Flower was an actor. George was born on October 28th, 1937 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, US. He passed away on June 18th, 2004.


    Ben was born on October 19th, 1987 in Cardiff.


    Gilly Flower was an actor and actress. Gilly was born on August 26th, 1908 in London. She breathed her last breath in 2001.


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    Popularity of Flower as a last name

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    Common first names for Flower

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Flower U.S.
      White 84.48% 64.26%
      African American 8.73% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.81% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.34% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Flower

    People with the last name Flower are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Flower

    • How Popular is the name Flower? Flower is the 39,561st most popular name of all time. As a last name Flower was the 8,828th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Flower have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 79 babies born with the first name Flower in the United States. That's more than enough people named Flower to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Flower? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1974 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Flower first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Flower is Sunday, October 7th, 1888.
    • What year had the most people named Flower born? The highest recorded use of the first name Flower was in 2001 with a total of 8 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Flower: Your name in reverse order is Rewolf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orlewf. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Flower? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,711 people with the last name Flower.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Flower? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Flower as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
    • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.