Butterfly names - A monarch butterfly and yellow flowers

If you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough of butterflies! They’re delicate, beautiful creatures that come in various colors and patterns. And what’s not to love about them? They always seem to bring a smile to our faces.

To help you celebrate these amazing creatures, we’ve put together a list of 150+ beautiful butterfly names.

How to choose a butterfly name

If you’re new to butterflies, you may wonder how to choose a name for these cute little creatures. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect name for your new friend.

First, consider the appearance of the butterfly. Is it colorful or more subdued? What pattern does it have on its wings? This can help you narrow down your choices.

Next, think about the personality of the butterfly. Is it shy or outgoing? Playful or serious? Naming a butterfly is like choosing a pet name – you want a name that reflects its personality.

Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative! There are no rules when it comes to naming butterflies. If you see a cute little yellow butterfly flitting around your garden, why not call it Sunshine?

Here are some ideas to inspire you to find names for butterflies:

Beautiful butterfly names for girl

Butterfly names are cute and feminine. They’re perfect for naming a baby girl. Here are some of the most charming options, including their meanings:

Adelina“Small winged one” (Latin)
AdelphaMeans “beloved sister” in Greek. Adelpha is also a genus of butterflies.
Alexandra“Defending men” (Greek)
Annabella“Loving” (Italian)
Ava“Like a bird” (Latin)
CamillaLimenitis camilla, the white admiral, is a butterfly species. Camilla means “helper to the priest” in Italian.
ClaudinaThis name is inspired by the Claudina butterfly, Agrias claudina. It has stunning bright pink and blue wings.
Chrysalis“The state of a butterfly between larva and adult” (Greek)
CynthiaCynthia is a group of butterfly species. The name itself means “moon goddess” in Greek.
A little girl with butterfly wings
Ella“Fairy maiden” (English)
Fay“Fairy” (French origin)
Fleur“Flower” (French)
Flora“Flower” (Latin)
Holly“The holly tree” (English)
Kassandra“Unheeded prophetess” (Greek)
Kassia“Cinnamon” (Greek)
MagnoliaA beautiful flower.
Marigold“Golden flower” (English)
MariposaMeans “butterfly” in Spanish.
Mei“Beautiful” (Chinese)
Melina“Honey” (Greek)
Mirabella“Wonderful” (Latin)
Olivia“Olive” (Latin)
PalomaMeans “dove” in Spanish, and “butterfly” in Catalan.
Papillon“Butterfly” (French origin)
Vanessa“Butterfly” (Greek)
Yara“Small butterfly” (Arabic)
Yasmin“Jasmine flower” (Persian)

Cute butterfly names

There are few creatures on Earth as lovely as butterflies. Here are some pretty butterfly names for these fluttering beauties. Many of these are based on flowers. After all, butterflies are usually found in the vicinity of flowers!

  • Blossom
  • Buttercup
  • Daffodil
  • Daisy
  • Dotty
  • Iris
  • Lily
  • Meadow
  • Pixie
  • Poppy
  • Spotty

Unique butterfly names

ApolloThe Apollo butterfly is a butterfly species with dotted wings.
CressidaMeans “gold” in Greek. Cressida cressida is also the Latin name of the clearwing swallowtail butterfly species.
EmeraldThe Emerald swallowtail is a butterfly species with impressive emerald green wings.
Fafelina“Butterfly” (Italian)
PeacockPeacocks are known for their colorful appearance, and so are butterflies.
SchmetterlingMeans “butterfly” in German.
Ursula“Little female bear” (Latin)
ZephyrMeans “west wind” in Greek.
Zinnia“Zinn’s flower” (Latin)

Good butterfly names

  • Adonis
  • Bella
  • Bloom
  • Firefly
  • Orchid
  • Shimmer
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Tinkerbelle

Famous butterfly names

ButterflyA butterfly who speaks in riddles in Peter S. Beagle’s fantasy novel The Last Unicorn.
CaterpillarThe Caterpillar is a hookah-smoking character in Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
GypsyA gypsy moth in the animated Pixar film A Bug’s Life.
MothraA butterfly-like monster that appeared in the 1961 film Mothra.

Monarch butterfly names

Monarch butterfly names - A monarch butterfly on green background

Monarch butterflies are one of the most beautiful and popular types of butterflies.

The Monarch butterfly is known for its orange and black wings and its ability to hibernate and metamorphize.

These name ideas reflect the characteristic orange color of monarch butterflies:

AmberThe amber color is very similar to the shade of a monarch butterfly’s wings.
CoralCoral reefs are orange, just like monarch butterflies.
CyraThis female name means “sun” in Persian.
CyrusA boy’s name that means “sun” in Persian.
HeliaA Greek girl’s name that means “sun”.
HeliosHelios means “sun”. A male version of Helia.
MarigoldA beautiful plant with orange flowers.
Saffron“Yellow flower” (Arabic)
SiennaA shade of orange.
Soleil“Sun” (French)
TigerlilyTiger Lily is a species of lily with orange flowers. The flowers even have black spots, making the coloring similar to a monarch butterfly’s wings.

Royal butterfly names

These majestic monikers make you feel like a royal!

  • Belle
  • Caesar
  • Celeste
  • Diana
  • Elizabeth
  • Lady
  • Monarch
  • Napoleon
  • Queen
  • Raina

Japanese butterfly names

AokiMeans “blue tree”. This makes a cute name for a blue butterfly.
Cho“Butterfly” in Japanese.
HanakoA girl’s name that means “flower child”.
HaruMeans “spring”.
HitomuA Japanese boy’s name that means “one dream”.
MizutoA boy’s name that means “water sound”.
Murasaki“Purple” in Japanese.
YukaMeans “fragrant”.
YuriA girl’s name that means “lily”.

Rainforest butterfly names

  • Amazon
  • Maya
  • Misty
  • Rain
  • Tropic

Butterfly names by color

Purple butterfly names

Names that reflect the purple color are perfect for a purple butterfly. Many of these options are based on purple flowers.

AmethystA beautiful purple gemstone.
HyacinthA violet-colored flower.
LavenderThe lavender flower has a purple color.
YolandaMeans ”violet” in Greek.
A blue and purple butterfly

Blue butterfly names

Names of beautiful blue flowers fit for blue butterflies.

AzulMeans “blue” in Spanish.
CornflowerA blue flower.
IndigoA purple-blue shade.
SapphireA stunning gemstone with a blue color.

Red butterfly names

CrimsonA deep shade of red.
PhoenixA mythical red bird.

Yellow butterfly names

Nothing makes you as joyful as the first sight of a brimstone after a long winter. The beautiful yellow butterfly is a telltale sign that summer is just around the corner. These names reflect the happy yellow color:

Yellow butterfly names - A brimstone butterfly on dandelions
ButtercupA pretty yellow flower.
DaffodilA cute yellow flower.
DandelionAnother yellow flower we see all around in springtime.
NellieMeans “sun ray” in Latin.
SolMeans “sun” in Spanish.

Black butterfly names

  • Midnight
  • Onyx
  • Raven
  • Shadow
  • Twilight

White butterfly names

BlancaMeans “white” in Spanish.
Galatea“White as milk”
Luna“Moon” (Latin)
MoonflowerA white romantic flower.
StarflowerA perennial with white flowers.

Birth month butterfly names

Each birth month is associated with a unique birth month butterfly. Which winged species matches your birthday?

Cute butterfly names - A black-winged butterfly on a flower
Birth monthButterfly
JanuaryPeacock butterfly
FebruaryColorado hairstreak
MarchGodart’s morpho
AprilRed lacewing
MayWidespread forester
JuneBlue morpho
JulyElizabethan butterfly
AugustEmerald swallowtail
SeptemberPainted beauty
OctoberAdonis blue
NovemberMonarch butterfly

I hope you liked these fluttery names! Do you still need more inspiration? You might also enjoy our post on cute dragonfly names.

Or find more ideas on our list of best pet bee names.

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