Meaning and name origin
Florida \f-lori-da, fl(o)-rida\ as a girl's name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Florida is "flowery". From "floridus". Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon dubbed the southern state "Florida" for the many flowers he found there. May also have originated as an elaboration of Flora or a more modern form of Florence, of which it is also a Spanish variant.
Florida is a very popular first name for females (#1628 out of 4276, Top 38%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#27704 out of 88799, Top 31%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Florida for girls. Florida reached its highest rank of #488 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).