Saturday, September 10, 2011


Today's name: Plumeria

Pronunciation: plu-MAYR-ee-uh, plu-MARE-ee-ah (essentially the same)

Potential nicknames: Plu, Plum, Mer, Ria, Meri/Mary, Meria, Flower

Origin: Plumeria (originally spelled Plumiera in honor of the 17th century botanist Charles Plumier) is a genus of flowering plants native to such tropical locations as Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. The common name is Frangipani, which comes from a 16th century Italian noble family's marquess, who invented a plumeria-scented perfume. Plumeria is related to the Oleander. Like jasmine, plumeria is most fragrant at night.

Popularity: There were no babies born in 2010 or 2011 with this name, and it remains an extremely rare baby name in general. However, there were 5 girls named Plum in 2011.

Fun fact: (1) In Hawaii, the girl's name Melia (pronunciation: MAY-lee-uh) means plumeria. (2) In parts of Asia, superstition holds that plumeria provides shelter for ghosts and demons. (3) In Polynesia, women wear plumeria to show their relationship status. (4) One variety of plumeria is the national flower of Nicaragua and Laos. (5) You may recognize the incense Nag Champa - this has plumeria in it. Champa is also the word for plumeria in Laos. (6) In Sri Lanka, plumeria is associated with worship and is something worthy of the gods.


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