What does Florida mean?
Florida \f-lori-da, fl(o)-rida\ as a girls' 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▼ has 49 related forms via Flora, Florence: Fiora, Fiordenni, Fiore, Fiorella, Fiorentina, Fiorenza, Fiori, Firenze, Fleur, Flo▼, Floellen, Flor, Flora▼, Floralia, Florance, Flore, Florella, Florelle, Florenca, Florencia, Florencita, Florentia, Florentina, Florentyna, Florenza, Florenzia, Floressa, Floretta, Flori, Floria, Floriana, Floriane, Florie, Florina, Florincia, Florinda, Florine▼, Floris, Florise, Florita, Florrance, Florrie▼, Florry, Flory, Florynce, Floss, Flossey, Flossie▼ and Flossy.
Florida is a very prominent first name for females (#1628 out of 4276, Top 38%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#30443 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Florida for girls. Florida reached its highest position of #488 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Flo, Flor, Flora, Florance, Florence, Florine, Florrie and Flossie are the popular varying forms of Florida. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.4794%) and are now significantly less popular, with forms such as Flora, Florida, Florine, Florrie and Flossie becoming somewhat dated. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Florida and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)