Tuesday, July 10, 2012


I saw this name - Florinda - in the paper today as the name of a French model. Having never heard it before, I was intrigued. It sounded like a great smoosh of Florence (which is so hot right now) and Linda. Exotic yet familiar at the same time, and different enough to stand out in a crowd.

So I have to admit I was surprised when a quick Google showed me that this is far from a new, invented name. Florinda is a Latin/French name, a variant of Flora, who was the Roman Goddess of Flowers. Like Flora, it means flower, flowering or in bloom. It has been used more years than not in the US but never given to more than a couple of dozen girls in any one year. When used used in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands it is pronounced flo-RIN-dah (which is how I automatically thought of it), when used in Spain and Portugal it is said flo-REEN-dah.

Florinda could be a great, little used alternative for popular favourites Flora and Florence, and better yet, another way to get to the cute nicknames Flo and Florrie. It's also a subtle nature name, for those like myself who like names with nature meanings. Still not quite convinced? Here are a few other similar choices and their meanings to get you thinking:

Florine (flower)
Florina (flower)
Florissa (flower-like)
Florencia (blooming flower)
Florentina (blooming flower)
Floressa (flower)
Floretta (flower)
Floria (blooming flower)
Floriana (flower)
Florinia (blooming flower)
Florita (flower)
Fleur (flower)
Fleurette (little flower)

section of the painting 'Florinda' (1852) by Franz Xaver Winterhalter


  1. I'm a big fan of Flo names in general, although I'd never really considered Florinda until now. I guess she's rather pretty.

    1. Traditionally Flora has been my favourite Flo name, but I was surprised to find there's so many other lovely options :)