120 Nature-Themed Last Names (with Origin and Meanings)

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Perhaps you’re a writer or a parent, looking for a fascinating nature-themed last name for your fictional character or your kid. You’ve come to the right place! 

This article has all you’re looking for. We have meticulously compiled a list of 120 nature-themed last names that would be perfect for your child or fictional character. 

Whatever it is you’re looking for, it could be wood-themed, valley and mountain-themed or star and space-themed, we have them all! Let’s dive into these fascinating names, shall we?

60 Wood-Themed Last Names

  1. Alder

Origin: Old English 

Meaning: Named after the Alder tree

Pronounced: AL-der

  1. Arden 

Origin: Jamaican

Meaning: To the great forest

Pronounced: AR-den

  1. Aspen

Origin: American

Meaning: Derived from the aspen tree

Pronounced: AS-pen 

  1. Birch 

Origin: Old English 

Meaning: Named after the birch tree

Pronounced: BIRCH 

  1. Boyce

Origin: French

Meaning: Someone who lives near a forest

Pronounced: BOIS

  1. Cedar 

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Derived from the cedar tree

Pronounced: SEE-der

  1. Chan 

Origin: Cambodian

Meaning: A tree with a sweet smell

Pronounced: KYAHN

  1. Chestnut

Origin: Scottish 

Meaning: Derived from the chestnut tree

Pronounced: CHEST-nut 

Namesake: Maurice Chestnut

  1. Collingwood 

Origin: English 

Meaning: Forest or wood

Pronounced: Kol-ing-wuud

  1. Cypress

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Named after the cypress tree 

Pronounced: SY-prus

  1. Dogwood

Origin: English

Meaning: Derived from the dogwood tree

Pronounced: DAWG-wood

  1. Ebony 

Origin: African American

Meaning: Named after the ebony tree

Pronounced: EHB-uhn-ee

  1. Ellwood

Origin: English 

Meaning: From the heart of the old forest. 

Pronounced: ELL-wood

  1. Elm

Origin: English

Meaning: Derived from the elm tree. 

Pronounced: ELM

  1. Forester 

Origin: Scottish

Meaning: Guardian of the forest.

Pronounced: FAWR-est-er

  1. Foster

Origin: Latin American

Meaning: Keeper of the forest. 

Pronounced: FAWS-ter

  1. Fraser 

Origin: Scottish

Meaning: He who belongs to the forest.

Pronounced: FRAY-zer

  1. Garwood

Origin: Old English

Meaning: the Fir Forest

Pronounced: GAHR-wood

  1. Hartwood

Origin: Old English

Meaning: He who belongs in the Stag’s Forest.

Pronounced: HART-wood

Variations: Heortwode

  1. Hawthorn

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Derived from the hawthorn tree. 

Pronounced: HAW-thorn

  1. Hazel

Origin: Old English 

Meaning: Named after the hazel nut tree. 

Pronounced: HAZ-el

  1. Hemlock 

Origin: Western Asia

Meaning: Named after the hemlock tree.

Pronounced: HEM-lock

  1. Hickory

Origin: Native American

Meaning: Derived from the hickory tree.

Pronounced: HIK-uh-ree

  1. Holly

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Named after the holly tree.

Pronounced: HOL-ee

  1. Hurste 

Origin: German

Meaning: Forest dweller

Pronounced: HAWRST

Variations: Horst

  1. Ironwood 

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Named after the ironwood tree 

Pronounced: EYE-ern-wood

  1. Juniper 

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Named after the juniper tree

Pronounced: JOO-nuh-per

  1. Lam 

Origin: Vietnamese

Meaning: A forest 

Pronounced: lam 

  1. Linden 

Origin: Dutch

Meaning: From the linden tree

Pronounced: LIN-den 

  1. Magnolia 

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Named after the magnolia tree. 

Pronounced: mag-NO-lee-uh

  1. Maple

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Named after the maple tree

Pronounced: MAY-pul

  1. Marwood 

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Belonging to the lake forest.

Pronounced: MAHR-wood

  1. Morio 

Origin: Japanese 

Meaning: Forest

Pronounced: MO-ree-oh

  1. Oakley

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Derived from the oak tree meadow.

Pronounced: OKE-lee

Variations: Oak or Oakleigh

  1. Olive

Origin: English

Meaning: Named after the olive tree. 

Pronounced: AH-liv

Variations: Olivia and Oliver (male)

  1. Oswald 

Origin: English 

Meaning: God of the forest

Pronounced: AHZ-wawld

  1. Palm

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Nature-inspired name.

Pronounced: puhm

  1. Pine 

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Named after the pine tree.

Pronounced: paɪn

  1. Poplar 

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Named after the poplar tree.

Pronounced: pahp-lur

  1. Redwood

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Named after the redwood tree.

Pronounced: red-wood

  1. Rowan 

Origin: Irish, Scottish

Meaning: Named after the rowan tree

Pronounced: roh-wuhn

  1. Royd 

Origin: Norse

Meaning: Dweller of the forest

Pronounced: ROYD

  1. Sequoia 

Origin: Late Middle English 

Meaning: Derived from the sequoia 

Pronounced: sih-KWOY-uh

  1. Silas

Origin: Latin

Meaning: God of the forest and trees.

Pronounced: SIE-las

Variations: Silvanus and Sylvanus

  1. Sylvain 

Origin: French

Meaning: One who belongs in the forest.

Pronounced: SEEL-VEHN

  1. Spruce

Origin: Late Middle English

Meaning: Named after the spruce tree

Pronounced: sproos

  1. Stanwode 

Origin: English

Meaning: One who belongs to the stony forest. 

Pronounced: STAN-wood

Variations: Stanwood

  1. Sycamore

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Named after the sycamore tree.

Pronounced: sik-uh-mawr

  1. Willow

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Named after the willow tree. 

Pronounced: WIL-oh

Namesake: Willow Smith

  1. Willowsong

Origin: Old English

Pronounced: Wil-oh-song

  1. Yew

Origin: Middle English

Meaning: Named after the yew tree.

Pronounced: yoo

  1. Alderwood

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Named after the Alderwood.

Pronounced: AL-der-wood

  1. Beechwood

Origin: Old English 

Meaning: Named after the beechwood.

Pronounced: beech-wood

  1. Elmwood

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Named after Elmwood.

Pronounced: ELM-wood

  1. Keith

Origin: Scottish

Meaning: Wood

Pronounced: KEETH

  1. Yves 

Origin: French

Meaning: Yew wood

Pronounced: EEV

Namesake: Yves Saint-Laurent

  1. Yvonne

Origin: French

Meaning: Yew wood

Pronounced: EE-VAWN

  1. Shaw

Origin: English

Meaning: Dweller by the wood

Pronounced: SHAW

  1. Rosewood

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Named after the rosewood

Pronounced: rohz-wood

  1. Laurel

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Named after the laurel tree.

Pronounced: LAWR-uhl

30 Mountain and Valley-Themed Last Names

  1. Aaron

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Mountain of strength

Pronounced: EHR-awn

  1. Everest

Meaning: From Mount Everest

Pronounced: EV-er-est

Namesake: Mount Everest

  1. Delmont

Origin: French

Meaning: Of the mountain

Pronounced: del-mohnt

  1. Montel

Origin: Italian

Meaning: Mountain

Pronounced: mon-tell

  1. Morven

Origin: Scottish Gaelic

Meaning: Huge mountain 

Pronounced: MAWR-vehn

  1. Hamilton

Origin: Scottish

Meaning: Beautiful hill

Pronounced: HAM-il-tuhn

  1. Denali 

Meaning: The great one. 

Origin: The Athabaskan language, referring to Mount Denali in Alaska. 

Pronounced: duh-NAH-lee

Namesakes: Mount Denali.

  1. Mont Blanc 

Meaning: White mountain

Origin: French, referring to the highest peak in the Alps. 

Pronounced: mawn BLAHNK

  1. Matterhorn 

Meaning: Meadow peak

Origin: German, referring to the iconic peak in the Swiss Alps. 

Pronounced: MAH-ter-horn

Namesakes: the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, a popular skiing and hiking destination in Switzerland.

  1. Sierra 

Meaning: Mountain range

Origin: Spanish, referring to the Sierra Nevada range in California.

Pronounced: see-AIR-uh

  1. Olympus 

Meaning: Derived from Mount Olympus.

Origin: The highest mountain in Greece. It’s also home to the mythological home of the gods.  

Pronounced: uh-LIM-pus

  1. Rockyford 

Meaning: Ford near the rocky mountains

Pronounced: RAW-kee-ford

  1. Teton 

Meaning: Breasts

Origin: French, referring to the Grand Teton peak in Wyoming. 

Pronounced: tee-TAHN

  1. Yosemite 

Meaning: from Yosemite Valley

Origin: in California

Pronounced: yoh-SEM-uh-tee

Namesakes: the Yosemite National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the United States.

  1. Berg

Origin: Dutch

Meaning: Mountain

Pronounced: berg

  1. Bray

Origin: Old French

Meaning: Borderland or hill

Pronounced: Bray

  1. Hallberg

Origin: Swedish

Meaning: Rock mountain

Pronounced: HALL-berg

  1. Zion 

Meaning: Place of peace and refuge

Origin: Hebrew 

Pronounced: ZIE-on

  1. Carmelo

Origin: Spanish

Meaning: Cultivated terrain

Pronounced: Cahr-meh-lo

  1. Langdon 

Origin: Old English

Meaning: From a long hill

Pronounced: LANG-don

  1. Vermont

Origin: French

Meaning: Green Mountain

Pronounced: VER-MONT

  1. Haran

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Mountaineer

Pronounced: HA-ruhn

  1. Samara

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Watch Mountain

Pronounced: Sa-Mey-Ra

  1. Hermona 

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: from the mountain peak

Pronounced: Her-Mow-Nah

  1. Peri

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Mountain dweller

Pronounced: peh-ree

  1. Chermona

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Holy Mountain

Pronounced: Ker-Mow-Naah

  1. Himalaya

Origin: South Asia

Meaning: The Himalaya Mountain range

Pronounced: him-uh-LAY-uh

  1. Odina

Origin: Native American-Algonquian

Meaning: Mountain

Pronounced: Oh-DEE-na

  1. Olympia

Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Mount Olympus

Pronounced: uh-LIM-pya

  1. Tara

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: Hill

Pronounced: TAHR-uh

30 Star and Spaced-Themed Names

  1. Orion

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Orion is the brightest and constellation in the sky.

Pronounced: oh-RYE-un

  1. Atlas

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Famous Greek Titan holding up the celestial bodies. 

Pronounced: AT-lus

  1. Celeste

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Heavenly

Pronounced: suh-LEST

Namesake: Australian actress and comedian, Celeste Barber.

  1. Astra

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Star

Pronounced: AS-truh

  1. Phoenix

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Deep red. Also a mythical bird that rises from its ashes. 

Pronounced: FEE-niks

  1. Sirius

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the brightest star in the sky.

Pronounced: SEER-ee-us

Namesake: Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series. 

  1. Starr

Origin: Old English

Meaning: Star

Pronounced: starr

  1. Holmes

Origin: Greek

Meaning: once largest object in the solar system.

Pronounced: HOLMES

Namesake: Katie Holmes and Sherlock Holmes.

  1. Altair  

Meaning: the brightest star in the constellation Aquila.

Origin: Arabic 

Pronounced: al-TAYR  

  1. Draco 

Meaning: Dragon

Origin: Latin, referring to the constellation Draco. 

Pronounced: DRAY-koh

Name sakes: A character in the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling is Draco Malfoy.

  1. Galileo 

Meaning: From Galilee

Origin: Italian

Pronounced: gah-LEE-oh

Name sakes: Galileo Galilei, an Italian 


  1. Aquila 

Meaning: Eagle

Origin: Latin, referring to the constellation Aquila. 

Pronounced: AK-wuh-luh

Name sakes: the Aquila Spacecraft, which is used to observe the sun.

  1. Kepler 

Meaning: From the town of Keppler

Origin: German 

Pronounced: KEP-lur

Name sakes: Astronomer Johannes Kepler.

  1. Solaris 

Meaning: Of the sun

Origin: Latin 

Pronounced: soh-LAR-is

Name sakes: the Solaris spacecraft launched by the European Space Agency in 2020 to study the sun.

  1. Aurora 

Meaning: Dawn

Origin: Latin

Pronounced: uh-RAWR-uh

Name sakes: Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis, also known as the Northern and Southern Lights.

  1. Halley 

Meaning: Meadow near the hall 

Origin: Old English, referring to the comet Halley. 

Pronounced: HAL-ee

Name sakes: Halley’s Comet, a periodic comet visible from Earth.

  1. Luna 

Meaning: Moon

Origin: Latin, referring to Earth’s natural satellite. 

Pronounced: LOO-nuh

Name sakes:  Luna Lovegood, a character in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

  1. Nova 

Meaning: New

Origin: Latin, referring to a sudden brightening of a star. 

Pronounced: NO-vuh

  1. Caelum 

Meaning: Heaven 

Origin: Latin 

Pronounced: SAY-lum

  1. Lyra 

Meaning: lyre

Origin: Latin, referring to the small harp constellation in the night sky. 

Pronounced: LYE-ruh  

  1. Andromache 

Meaning: Man battler

Origin: Greek mythology, referring to the wife of the Trojan hero Hector. 

Pronounced: an-DROM-uh-kee 

  1. Cygnus 

Meaning: Swan

Origin: Latin, referring to the constellation Cygnus. 

Pronounced: SIG-nus

  1. Janus

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Gateway. Also the name of the moon in Saturn.

Pronounced: Ya-noos

  1. Oberon

Origin: English

Meaning: Noble

Pronounced: O-buhr-ahn

Variations: Auberon 

  1. Pluto

Origin: Greek

Meaning: The ninth planet

Pronounced: PLOO-to

  1. Samson

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Sun

Pronounced: SAM-son

  1. Sol

Origin: Spanish

Meaning: Sun

Pronounced: sahl

  1. Taurus

Origin: Latin

Meaning: a constellation found in the northern hemisphere.

Pronounced: TOW-roos

  1. Andromeda 

Meaning: Ruler of man

Origin: Greek mythology, referring to the Andromeda constellation. 

Pronounced: an-DROM-uh-duh

  1. Vega 

Meaning: Fainting star

Origin: Arabic, referring to the brightest star in the constellation Lyra. 

Pronounced: VEE-guh  

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Whatever it is you are looking for, this article most probably contains it. These names are ideal for first names, last names, pen names, and fictional characters. Best of luck!

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Daisy Martinez, a Certified Financial Planner and mother of two, blends finance expertise from Ohio State and Anderson School of Management with hands-on parenting insights. Founder of "mamallove.com" and "cashsavvytips.com", she's passionate about guiding parents in financial and parenting realms.

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