100 Color Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular color baby names

Colors can be an inspiration for baby names. It may be a color you love in nature, or one related to your school, favorite sports team, or flag. Baby names that have color origins are gaining in popularity, with boy names seeing the biggest rise. This is in keeping with an increase in the variety of names for boys. Girl names like Violet and Olive have long been popular, though really interesting color-inspired names for both sexes are popping up.

As you look through these baby names, realize that many can be unisex names, or represent a color in another language. For even more inspiration, check a big box of crayons or paint color swatches to find the perfect color name for your baby.

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Verywell / Brianna Gilmartin

Adam

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Man, to be red, red earth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adamo
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Adam Levine, comedian Adam Sandler, actor Adam Driver
  • Peak Popularity: Adam topped out at number 22 in the 1980s. It has hovered around 80 in the 2010s.

Fun Fact: The Hebrew word adam refers to the reddish color of human skin, as well as being similar to the word for earth (adamah), from which the Bible says Adam was formed.

Alani

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Orange, as in the fruit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: TV personality Alani Nicole "La La" Anthony.
  • Peak Popularity: Alani was uncommon before 2003, when it entered the top 1,000 names for girls. It has risen to number 347 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Alani is the Hawaiian word for the orange tree or its fruit. In Greek slang, it relates to alleyway or lane, and singer Alanis Morrisette got her name from this Greek usage.

Alba

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: White
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Albus, Elba
  • Famous Namesakes: Albus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter series, Olympic medalist synchronized swimmer Alba Maria Cabello Rodilla
  • Peak Popularity: Alba was most popular 100 years ago.

Fun Fact: In Roman mythology, Alba Silvius was a king of Alba Longa and an ancestor of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

Amber

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Yellowish orange jewel of fossilized resin
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Amber Heard, model Amber Rose, actress Amber Tamblyn
  • Peak Popularity: Amber was in the top 20 names for girls born from 1981 to 1993, but fell to number 471 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Amber is fossilized tree resin that can be 230 million years old. It can contain inclusions of ancient insects and plants, on which hinged the plot of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park.

Amethyst

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Semiprecious violet form of quartz
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Rapper Amethyst Amelia Kelly (birth name of Iggy Azalea)
  • Peak Popularity: Amethyst has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: The Greek word for amethyst means "not drunk" as the Greeks believed that wearing amethyst or drinking from amethyst cups prevented intoxication.

Apple

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: As a color, apple is a bright yellowish-green like the unripe fruit.
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Apple Martin (daughter of singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • Peak Popularity: Apple has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Apple has many connotations, including education (being given to teachers), lost innocence (the apple given by Eve to Adam that led to them being cast out of Eden), health ("an apple a day keeps the doctor away"), and the technology giant.

Ash/Ashley

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: As a color, gray.
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ashe, Ashly, Ashlyn, Ashleigh, Ashlea, Ashlee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Ashley Tisdale, Ashley Judd, Ashley Olson
  • Peak Popularity: Ashley was a popular girl's name in the 1980's and was in first place in 1991. Ash has never been in the top 1,000, but Asher (from a different meaning) is rising fast and was at 47 for boys in 2018.

Fun Fact: As a name, Ash and Ashley refer to the ash tree rather than the gray ashes left after a fire burns. Ashley was originally a male name exclusively, with Ashleigh used for girls.

Auburn

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Reddish-brown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Auburn has not reached the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Auburn University is one of the largest universities in the Southern U.S.

Azure

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Blue stone, often used to describe the sky
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Azur, Azul
  • Peak Popularity: Azure has not reached the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: The word azure comes from the beautiful blue lapis lazuli stone. This stone was ground to make blue pigment used in painting by Renaissance artists including Vermeer and Titian.

Beryl

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Pale green precious stone (emerald and aquamarine are forms of beryl)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Aviator Beryl Markham
  • Peak Popularity: Beryl was a fairly common name for girls in the first half of the 20th century, ranking in the top 500. It dropped out of the top 1,000 in 1958.

Fun Fact: Beryl can grow in massive crystals, such as one from Albany, Maine that weighed 18 metric tons. It is New Hampshire's state mineral.

Bianca

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: White
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Bianca Jagger, singer Bianca Ryan, tennis player Bianca Andreescu
  • Peak Popularity: Bianca has its peak at 84 in 1990 but has been dropping since.

Fun Fact: Shakespeare wrote two characters named Bianca. In Othello Bianca is Cassio's jealous lover. In The Taming of the Shrew Bianca is the lovely and sought-after younger sister of the protagonist, Kate. Their father will not allow her to marry until the "shrewish" Kate marries.

Blaine

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Yellow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blayne
  • Famous Namesakes: Baseball player Blaine Boyer, football player Blaine Gabbert
  • Peak Popularity: Blaine has been in the 400 to 600 rank of popularity as a male name for most of the past 100 years.

Fun Fact: Blaine, Washington is on the U.S.-Canadian border in the state of Washington. It is the north terminus of Interstate 5, which becomes B.C. Highway 99 after crossing the border.

Blue

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Blue
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bleu, Blu, Bluebell
  • Famous Namesakes: Blue Ivy Carter (daughter of rapper Jay-Z and singer Beyoncé), author Blue Balliett
  • Peak Popularity: Blue has never been in the top 1,000 names for boys or girls.

Fun Fact: Blue can be a unisex name. It might be chosen to relate to a favorite color or that of a school or sports team.

Bowie

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Yellow or fair-haired
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations:
  • Famous Namesakes: Pioneer Jim Bowie and singer David Bowie as a surname
  • Peak Popularity: Bowie ranked at 982 for boys in 2018.

Fun Fact: Bowie rose in popularity upon the death of David Bowie in 2016, as people named their children in tribute.

Boyd

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Yellow or fair-haired
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Boyde
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Boyd Holbrook, musician Boyd Tinsley
  • Peak Popularity: Boyd was a common first name through the first half of the 20th century, but fell out of the top 1,000 in 1983.

Fun Fact: In Scottish history, Clan Boyd was named after their yellow hair.

Brick

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: As a color, red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bryck
  • Peak Popularity: Brick has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Brick can allude to strength and solidity. It makes a good middle name.

Bruno

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Brown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Bruno Mars, soccer player Bruno Alves
  • Peak Popularity: Bruno was most popular in the first three decades of the 20th century, but it has regained popularity and was at number 665 for 2018.

Fun Fact: St. Bruno of Cologne was a monk who founded the Carthusian Order in the 11th century. His feast day is October 6.

Burgundy

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Reddish-purple like burgundy wine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Burgundy has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Burgundy was first used as the name of a color in 1881.

Carmine

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: As a color, it is red and related to the word crimson.
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Carmen, Carmela for female name
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Carmine Coppola, singer and dancer Carmen Miranda
  • Peak Popularity: Carmine was most popular in the first half of the 20th century. It fell out of the top 1000 in 2008. Carmen is perennially popular, ranking from 200 to 400 for the past 30 years.

Fun Fact: The pigment carmine is extracted from scale insects that grow on cacti. It is used as a natural food coloring and in lipstick.

Cerise

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Cherry
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cherise, Cher
  • Peak Popularity: Cerise has never been in the top 1,000, but Cherise appeared briefly in the 1970s.

Fun Fact: The color cerise is a deep reddish pink. It was popularized as a color of pencil, Hollywood cerise, in the 1950s.

Cherry

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Bright red like the fruit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cher
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Cherry Jones
  • Peak Popularity: Cherry was most popular in 1948, but fell out of the top 1,000 in 1975.

Fun Fact: Cherry red is a deep, bright red color. This name is less used in the U.S. recent decades due to a sexual connotation.

Chloris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Greenish-yellow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cloris
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Cloris Leachman
  • Peak Popularity: This name has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Chloris was a minor goddess of vegetation in Greek mythology.

Cinnamon

  • Origin: Semitic, Greek
  • Meaning: Reddish brown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cynamon
  • Famous Namesakes: Cinnamon Carter (fictional)
  • Peak Popularity: This name has never been in the top 1,000, but made number 1241 in 1991.

Fun Fact: Cinnamon was a rare spice in Europe of the Middle Ages, the source of which (Sri Lanka) was kept secret by traders who brought it around the Arabian Penisula during the spice trade.

Clementine

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Orange citrus fruit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Clementyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Clementine Creevy
  • Peak Popularity: Clementine was most popular in the early 1900s, but has never left the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: This is a case where the fruit was named after a person, Marie-Clément Rodier, who developed this form of mandarin orange.

Cocoa

  • Origin: Nahuatl
  • Meaning: Brown like chocolate from the cacao bean
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Coco, Cacao
  • Famous Namesakes: Fashion designer Coco Chanel
  • Peak Popularity: Cocoa and its variants have never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Cocoa can refer to a chocolate color. The most common use of Coco is as a nickname for Colette or Nicolette.

Coral

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: A deep pink to red color like sea corals
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Coraline, Coralee, Coralie, Koral
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Coraline
  • Peak Popularity: Coral was most popular in the late 1800s, and has not been above 900 since 1906. But the variant Coraline is rising in popularity due to the book and movie of that title and was at 596 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Marine corals can be seen in many shades of orange to pink. As a color name, coral was first used in 1513.

Crystal

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Ice, clear glass
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Christal, Cristal, Chrystal, Crystall, Kristal, Kristell, Krystal, Krystle, Kristol, Krystol
  • Famous Namesakes: Country singer Crystal Gayle
  • Peak Popularity: Crystal made it to number 20 in the U.S. in the 1980s, but has declined to below 500. The variants had their peaks and declines in the same time period.

Fun Fact: Krystle became a trendy name due to 1980s television series "Dynasty," with the character Krystle Carrington portrayed by actress Linda Evans.

Daffodil

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Yellow flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Daffodyl
  • Famous Namesakes: Daffodil Hurley (daughter of singer Michael Hurley)
  • Peak Popularity: Daffodil was used in the U.K. in the 1800s but has never been popular in the U.S.

Fun Fact: As one of the first flowers of spring, the color of daffodils represents renewal and vitality.

Dove

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Gray like the bird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dova
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Dove Cameron
  • Peak Popularity: Dove was most popular in the late 1800s, and has not been above 1,000 since.

Fun Fact: Dove gray can evoke tranquility and peace.

Ebony

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Black, like the hardwood
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ebone, Ebonee, Eboni, Ebonie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Ebonie Smith, TV host Eboni K. Williams
  • Peak Popularity: Ebony was most popular in the 1980s. It has not been above 1,000 since 2005.

Fun Fact: Ebony reached number 132 in 1982 when the song "Ebony and Ivory" was a number one hit by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

Emerald

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Green, like the gem
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Esmeralda, Emeraude
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Esmeralda Pimentel, actor Emerald Ignacio, actress Emerald Fennell
  • Peak Popularity: Emerald has barely cracked the top 1,000 in the 1990s through 2017. Esmeralda is far more popular and has been in the top 400 for decades.

Fun Fact: Ancient emeralds came from mines in Egypt, India, and Austria. But today, most emeralds come from Colombia.

Fawn

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Beige, light brown, or tan, like a young deer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fawne, Fawna
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Fawn McKay Brodie
  • Peak Popularity: Fawn has cracked the top 1,000 at times in the 1960s through the 1980s.

Fun Fact: Fawn was first used as the name of a color in 1789. It is used as an official coat color for dog breeds including boxers and pugs.

Fern

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Green like the plant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ferne
  • Famous Namesakes: Fern Arable of Charlotte's Web, actress Fern Fitzgerald, lawyer Fern Holland, author Fern Michaels
  • Peak Popularity: Fern was most popular from 1900 through 1924, reaching number 152. But it hasn't been in the top 1,000 since 1961.

Fun Fact: Fern was the name of a university student who helped a team of contestants in the second season of "The Amazing Race." Her name came to be used as a term for any locals who took teams under their wing to help them to their destinations.

Fiona

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: White or fair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fyona
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Fiona Apple
  • Peak Popularity: While Fiona has long been common in Scotland and Ireland, it was rare in the U.S. until 1990. It has climbed into the top 200.

Fun Fact: As a name, Fiona first appeared in poems by James Macpherson, who said his works were translations from ancient Gaelic works.

Flynn

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Flin, Flinn, Flyn, Flann, Flannery, Flannigan
  • Famous Namesakes: Flynn Bloom (son of actor Orlando Bloom and model Miranda Kerr), Flynn Earl Jones (son of actor James Earl Jones and actress Ceciia Hart)
  • Peak Popularity: Flynn is new to the top 1,000 names for boys as of 2011, and is around a rank of 700.

Fun Fact: Flynn has found its way from being an Irish surname to being used as a first name. It might be used to honor grandparents with that surname.

Forest

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: As a color, a deep green
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Forrest
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Forrest Whitaker, actor Forrest Tucker
  • Peak Popularity: Forest and Forrest have been perennially popular as a name for boys, Forrest now ranks around 600 and Forest ranks a bit lower.

Fun Fact: Forrest took a big dip in popularity after the 1994 movie Forrest Gump.

Fuchsia

  • Origin: Modern Latin
  • Meaning: Bright, deep pink like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Fuchsia Dunlop
  • Peak Popularity: Fuchsia has not yet appeared in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: The bright purple-red color of the dye fuchsine was so-named because it evoked the beautiful flower. This dye was renamed magenta, but both came to be used as color names.

Gannon

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair-skinned or fair-haired
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Gannon Sinclair, Gannon (fictional in "Legend of Zelda")
  • Peak Popularity: Gannon has been rising in popularity as a name for boys, cracking the top 1,000 in 2002 and at times breaking into the top 500.

Fun Fact: Gannon is also the name of a university in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Garnet

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dark red like the gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Garnett
  • Famous Namesakes: Hockey player Garnet Hathaway
  • Peak Popularity: Garnet has been used as both a male and female name, but as a male name is rare in the U.S. As a female name it was popular in the early 1900s, but fell out of the top 1,000 in 1945.

Fun Fact: Garnet is the birthstone for January, and it is the state gem of New York, Connecticut, Idaho, and Vermont.

Giada

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Jade
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: TV chef Giada De Laurentiis
  • Peak Popularity: Giada entered the top 1,000 in 2007 and ranks in the 700s to 900s.

Fun Fact: Giada de Laurentiis evoked a play on words by naming her daughter Jade.

Ginger

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Reddish-brown, like the spice
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jinger
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Ginger Rogers
  • Peak Popularity: Ginger was most popular in the 1950s through the 1970s. It fell out of the top 1,000 in 1990.

Fun Fact: Ginger is commonly used to describe people with red hair, which occurs in only 1 to 2 percent of the worldwide population.

Gray

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Gray
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Grey
  • Famous Namesakes: Former governor of California Gray Davis
  • Peak Popularity: Grey entered the top 1,000 in 2013 and rose to 727 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Grey was used as a color name since 700 A.D. In the U.S., the color is usually spelled gray, while in the U.K. it is spelled grey.

Gwen

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: White
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gwendolyn, Gwendolen, Gwendolyne, Gwyneth, Guinevere, Jennifer
  • Famous Namesakes: Journalist Gwen Ifill, singer Gwen Stefani, actress Gwenyth Paltrow, actress Gwendolyn Christie
  • Peak Popularity: Gwendolyn is the most popular variant, with a peak from 1930 to 1961 in the top 200. It remains around a rank of 400.

Fun Fact: Jennifer is the Cornish form of Guinevere, which is one of the forms of Gwen.

Hazel

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Brown to green, related to the tree and nut
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Former Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary, singer Hazel O'Connor
  • Peak Popularity: Hazel was in the top 30 female names in the early 1900s and has returned to popularity after dropping out of the top 1,000 in the 1980s and 1990s. It reached number 42 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Hazel most often refers to an eye color that is light brown to gold, shifting toward green in certain lighting.

Heather

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: As a color, heather means that gray has been mixed to mute the shade, often with flecks of the muted color.
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Heath (masculine)
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Heather Graham, business executive Heather Bresch, soccer player Heather O'Reilly, actor Heath Ledger
  • Peak Popularity: Heather peaked in the top 10 from 1972 to 1987. It has fallen dramatically in popularity since 2003 and was no longer in the top 1,000 as of 2017.

Fun Fact: The heather plant grows in rocky areas and is strongly associated with Scotland.

Hunter

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: As a color, a deep green.
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Hunter S. Thompson, actress Hunter Tylo
  • Peak Popularity: Hunter has been a popular name for boys, usually ranking in the top 50 since 1996. It has also surged in popularity as a name for girls, ranking as high as 305 in 1998.

Fun Fact: Hunter green is an official color of the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Ohio University, and Oswego State.

Indigo

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Deep violet blue.
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Indigo Sanara Phillips (daughter of actor Lou Diamond Phillips)
  • Peak Popularity: Indigo is a rare name for both sexes.

Fun Fact: Indigo is one of the colors of the rainbow, between blue and violet.

Iris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Purple-blue like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Journalist Iris Shun-Ru Chang, Iris Apatow (daughter of filmmaker Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann)
  • Peak Popularity: Iris has been perennially popular, and surged to number 138 as an all-time high in 2018.

Fun Fact: Iris was first used as a color name in 1916. The flower is the state flower of Tennessee.

Ivory

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: White
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ivorie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Keenan Ivory Wayans
  • Peak Popularity: Ivory was often found as male name until it fell from the top 1000 in 1980. Then it began to surge as a female name, with a high at 631 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Ivory refers to the color of elephant and whale tusks. It was first used as a color name in 1385.

Ivy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: As a color, a gray-green like the vine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ivie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Ivy Latimer
  • Peak Popularity: Ivy has always been in use since 1900 but has new popularity and ranked 86 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Ivy is used in the names of green paint colors, including Ivy League by Glidden.

Jacinthe

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Orange
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Jacinthe is a rare name that has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: If you love the color orange, Jacinthe is a more melodious way to express it. It comes from the word for the hyacinth flower, which can be in many different colors.

Jade

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: As a color, green like the mineral stone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jada, Jayde, Jayden
  • Peak Popularity: Jade was first popular as a name for girls in 1975, and broke into the top 100 in 2001. It was in the top 1000 for boys from 1968 to 2001.

Fun Fact: Jade has been used for decorative items in China since prehistoric times and was mined as early as 6000 B.C. It is also found in Guatemala and was used by the Olmec and Maya.

Jet

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Dark black like the gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jett, Jette
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Jet Li
  • Peak Popularity: Jett was rare in the U.S. until 1999. It rose to number 301 for names of boys in 2017. Jet is commonly used as a nickname or short form name in the Netherlands.

Fun Fact: Jet has been used for jewelry and small sculptures as old as from 10,000 B.C. It comes from fossilized wood that is being transformed by pressure to form coal.

Kelly

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: As a color, bright green
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kelley, Kelli, Kellie, Kelleigh
  • Famous Namesakes: TV host Kelly Ripa, singer Kelly Clarkson, actress Kelly Macdonald
  • Peak Popularity: Kelly was a common name for boys, ranking as high as 97 in 1968, but it fell out of the top 1,000 in 2003. As a name for girls, it was in the top 100 from 1959 to 2000. If fell below 500 in 2016.

Fun Fact: Kelly green is a very pure and intense green that evokes the green colors of Ireland.

Lavender

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Light purple like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lavandar
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Lavender Brown
  • Peak Popularity: Lavender has not cracked the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Lavender has been a Crayola crayon color since 1949.

Lilac

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Pale violet like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Lilac Moyer (daughter of actor Stephen Moyer)
  • Peak Popularity: Lilac has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: The purple lilac is the state flower of New Hampshire.

Mahogany

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Dark reddish brown, like the wood
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Mahogany has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Mahogany has been a Crayola crayon color since 1949.

Maize

  • Origin: Arawakan (Haiti)
  • Meaning: Yellow, like corn
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maiz
  • Peak Popularity: Maize has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Maize has been used as the name of a color since 1861.

Marigold

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Yellow-orange, like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marygold
  • Famous Namesakes: Marigold Frances Churchill (daughter of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill)
  • Peak Popularity: Marigold has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Marigold is often used as the name of paint colors. The flower was used to produce a dye in several ancient cultures.

Mauve

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Pale blue-purple-pink
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Mauve has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Mauve is the name of a synthetic dye invented in 1859. It was first called Tyrian Purple. It was so popular in art that the 1890s are called the Mauve Decade.

Midori

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Green
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Midori has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Midori is a sweet, bright green liqueur often used in Japanese cocktails.

Moss

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Green like the plant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Moss has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Moss green was first used as a color name in 1884.

Nila

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Dark blue
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nilah, Neela, Nilam
  • Peak Popularity: Nila was most popular in the first half of the 20th century, ranking as high as 567 in 1935. It fell out of the top 1,000 in 1954.

Fun Fact: Today, Nila and its variants are mostly found among people from India.

Olive

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Muddy green like the olive fruit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oliva, Olivia
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Olivia Newton-John, Olivia Wilde, Olivia Munn
  • Peak Popularity: Olive was in the top 100 names in the early 1900s, then dropped off the charts in 1951 till revived in 2007 and streaming up to 256 in 2017. Meanwhile, Olivia has been perennially popular and has been in the top 10 since 2001.

Fun Fact: The name Olivia sprang from the pen of William Shakespeare and was associated with the word for olive.

Onyx

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Black, like the gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Onix
  • Peak Popularity: Onyx has never been in the top 1,000, but is used as a rare name for both boys and girls.

Fun Fact: Onyx was believed by the Romans to give courage in battle and by the Renaissance Europeans to bestow eloquence.

Orrin

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Pale green, also dark-haired
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oran, Orin, Oren, Odran, Odhran
  • Famous Namesakes: U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch
  • Peak Popularity: Orrin was most popular early in the 20th century, but was last in the top 1,000 in 1961.

Fun Fact: The Irish name Odran or Odhran is the source the English variations.

Pearl

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: As a color, pale tint of off-white
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Perle, Pearle
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Pearl S. Buck, actress Pearl Bailey
  • Peak Popularity: Pearl had a high point at number 24 in 1900, then declined and fell out of the top 1,000 in 1987. It has resurged since 2007.

Fun Fact: Pearl was first used as a color name in 1604.

Pink

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Pink
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Pinky, Pinkie
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer P!nk (Alecia Beth Moore), TV comic Pinky Lee
  • Peak Popularity: Pink has never been in the top 1,000 baby names.

Fun Fact: Pink is strongly associated with baby girls today, but it was originally marketed as a color for boys. It became more popular for girls by the 1940s and became trendy in fashion when First Lady Mamie Eisenhower often wore the color.

Phoenix

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Reddish-purple
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fenix
  • Peak Popularity: Phoenix debuted in the top 1,000 in 1995, and by 2018 it had risen to number 252 for boys and is also at 353 for girls.

Fun Fact: It might seem odd that Phoenix is a color name, but the original Greek meant reddish-purple. Today, it might allude to a place name or "rising from the ashes."

Poppy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Poppie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Poppy Montgomery, actress Poppy Drayton
  • Peak Popularity: Poppy was first seen in the top 1,000 names for girls in 2016.

Fun Fact: The red poppy is the symbol of remembrance of the millions of soldiers lost in World War I, inspired by the poem, "In Flanders Fields." The golden California poppy is the state flower of its namesake.

Raven

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A black bird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ravenna
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Raven-Symone
  • Peak Popularity: Raven entered the top 1,000 names for girls in 1977 and its highest year was at 150 in 1991. It was also ranked in the 900s as a name for boys from 1997 to 2002.

Fun Fact: The use of raven as a color comes from the Bible, with Solomon's hair was described as black as a raven.

Reed

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A person with a ruddy complexion
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Read, Reid
  • Famous Namesakes: Hockey player Reed Larson, actor Reed Diamond
  • Peak Popularity: Reed has been perennially ranked in the top 700 names for boys and was at 317 in 2014.

Fun Fact: Reid refers to a ruddy facial complexion, becoming a name applied to people with that characteristic.

Rose

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Dark pink
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rosa, Rosalie, Rosaria, Rosie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Rose Byrne, philanthropist Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, actress Rose McGowan, actress Amber Rose Revah
  • Peak Popularity: Rose was in the top 100 names for girls from 1900 to 1961. After dipping for a few decades, it was back up to 123 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Rose was first used as the name of a color in 1382.

Rowan

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Red hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ruadh, Rowanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean")
  • Peak Popularity: Rowan debuted as a boy's name in 1999 and rose quickly to number 129 in 2018. As a girl's name, it was at 211 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Rowan can be used as a unisex name.

Roy

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Red hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ruadh, Royce
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Roy Rodgers, actor Roy Scheider, musician Roy Orbison
  • Peak Popularity: Roy was most popular in the first half of the 20th century when it ranked in the top 50. It had declined to 542 in 2018.

Fun Fact: While Roy can also refer to king from the old French roy, its use in Scotland derives from the nickname for red.

Rory

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Red king
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ruadhri
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Rory Gilmore, actor Rory Culkin, filmmaker Rory Kennedy
  • Peak Popularity: Rory has been in the top 1,000 for boys since 1947 and sits at near its historic highpoint at 368 in 2018. It first entered the top 1,000 for girls in 2003 and was at 579 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Rory has been used since antiquity to refer to red-haired kings.

Ruby

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Red like the gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rubye, Rubina
  • Famous Namesakes: Dancer Ruby Keeler, actress Ruby Dee
  • Peak Popularity: Ruby was very popular in the top 50 for girls from 1901 to 1935. It is again in the top 100 as of 2013.

Fun Fact: Ruby was first used as the name of a color in 1572.

Rufus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Red-haired
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Rufus Sewell, singer Rufus Wainwright
  • Peak Popularity: Rufus was most popular at the beginning of the 20th century when it was in the top 150. It dropped out of the top 1,000 in 1989.

Fun Fact: In ancient Rome, Rufus was a popular cognomen, a third name given to a person to identify which branch of the family the person came from or to highlight that person's individual achievements. An example is consul Quintus Pompeius Rufus.

Russell

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Little red one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Russ
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Russell Crowe, comedian Russell Brand, football player Russell Wilson
  • Peak Popularity: Russell was in the top 100 names for boys from 1900 to 1982. It had dropped to 413 by 2018.

Fun Fact: Russell became a given name after it had been used as a last name.

Rusty

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Having reddish-brown (rust-colored) hair
  • Famous Namesakes: Racing driver Rusty Wallace, astronaut Rusty Schweickart
  • Peak Popularity: While Rusty is often given as a nickname, it also was moderately popular as a legal given name for boys, ranking in the top 500 from 1955 to 1988.

Fun Fact: Rusty as often been used for fictional characters, including Rusty Griswold in "National Lampoon's Vacation," and Rusty the Diesel in "Thomas the Tank Engine."

Saffron

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Orangish yellow like the spice
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Saffron Burrows
  • Peak Popularity: Saffron has never been in the top 1,000 baby names.

Fun Fact: Saffron is an extremely expensive spice derived from crocus flowers, imparting a golden color and a slight flavor to food. It has long been used as a dye and is important color in Hinduism and Buddhism.

Sage

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Green like the herb
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Saige
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Sage Stallone
  • Peak Popularity: Sage entered the top 1,000 names for girls and boys in the early 1990s. It rose to 309 for girls and 472 for boys by 2017.

Fun Fact: Sagebrush is the state flower of Nevada.

Sapphire

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Deep blue like the gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Saffira, Safira
  • Famous Namesakes: Poet Sapphire
  • Peak Popularity: Sapphire has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Sapphire is the state gemstone of Montana.

Scarlett

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Scarlet, Scarlette
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Scarlett Johansson
  • Peak Popularity: Scarlett had some minor popularity in the 1940s following "Gone With the Wind." But it has skyrocketed since 2010 and was at number 18 for girls in 2016 and 2017.

Fun Fact: Scarlet is one of the official colors of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ohio State University, Texas Tech University, and Boston University. Scarlet is also the color worn by cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church.

Shani

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Speed skater Shani Davis, soccer player Shani Tarashaj
  • Peak Popularity: Shani was in the top 1,000 names for girls in the 1970s.

Fun Fact: Shani is more popular as a name in Israel. It is also the Sanskrit name for the planet Saturn.

Sherry

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red like the fortified wine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sherri
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Sherry Stringfield, writer Sherry Thomas, actress Sherri Shepherd
  • Peak Popularity: Sherry was among the top 60 names for girls from 1955 through 1971. Both Sherry and Sherri had dropped out of the top 1,000 by 1996.

Fun Fact: The song "Sherry" was released in 1962 by The Four Seasons and was a number one hit.

Sienna

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Orange-red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Siena
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Sienna Miller
  • Peak Popularity: Sienna was new to the top 1,000 girl names in 1995, and had a high point at 170 in 2007.

Fun Fact: Burnt sienna has been a Crayola crayon color since 1903, evoking the colors in the city of Siena, Italy.

Sigal

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Violet flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sigalit
  • Famous Namesakes: Artist Sigalit Landau, politician Sigal Madelker
  • Peak Popularity: Sigal has not been in the top 1,000 girl names in the U.S.

Fun Fact: Sigal is more common as a girl's name in Israel.

Sky

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: As a color, blue like the sky
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Skye
  • Famous Namesakes: Film director Skye Borgman, actress Skye Townsend
  • Peak Popularity: While Sky is noted as a unisex name, it has never been in the top 1,000 for boys and ranks at 800 to 1,000 for girls since 1999. Skye has ranked as high as 367 for girls in 2014.

Fun Fact: The first use of sky blue as a color is from 1585. The sky appears to be blue because it scatters more of the short blue wavelengths of light than the longer red wavelengths.

Slate

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dark blue-purple gray like the rock
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Slate has not been in the top 1,000 baby names in the U.S.

Fun Fact: Slate blue is has a purple-gray tone while slate gray is a medium gray with a slight blue tinge.

Steel

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Blue-gray like the metal
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Steel has not been in the top 1000 baby names in the U.S.

Fun Fact: Steel blue is one of the team colors of the Houston Texans football team and the Colorado Avalanche hockey team.

Sterling

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Silver
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Sterling K. Brown, racing driver Sterling Martin
  • Peak Popularity: Sterling has consistently ranked in the 400 range for boys from 1900 through 2018.

Fun Fact: Sterling silver is a silver alloy that needs to be rhodium plated so it won't tarnish and turn gray and black.

Sunny

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: As a color, yellow like the sun
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sunshine
  • Famous Namesakes: Sunny Sandler (daughter of comedian Adam Sandler), TV chef Sunny Anderson
  • Peak Popularity: Sunny and Sunshine are relatively rare, occasionally breaking into the top 1,000 names for girls since the 1940s.

Fun Fact: Sunshine yellow has been used as a paint color by both Volkswagen and Chrysler.

Tawny

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: Light brown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tahnee, Tawnee, Tawnie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Tawny Kitaen
  • Peak Popularity: Tawny was most popular as a name in the 1980s and has not been in the top 1,000 since 1989.

Fun Fact: Tawny is also used in describing the fortified wine tawny port, which is aged in wooden barrels that allows the oxygen to turn the wine a golden-brown color.

Teal

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Greenish-blue
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Teale
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Teal Redmann
  • Peak Popularity: Teal has not been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Teal was first used as the name of a color in 1917. It comes from the colored area around the eye of the teal duck

Topaz

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Yellow like the precious stone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Topaz has not been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Topaz is the state gemstone of Texas and Utah.

Violet

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Purple
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Viola, Violette, Violett, Violeta
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Violett Beane
  • Peak Popularity: Violet was in the top 100 names in the first two decades of the 20th century but fell in favor for decades. It is more popular than ever in the past 10 years and in the top 50 since 2015.

Fun Fact: The violet is the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

Willow

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: As a color, a soft tone of blue, green, and gray
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Willo
  • Famous Namesakes: Willow Smith (daughter of actor Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett Smith)
  • Peak Popularity: Willow entered the top 1,000 names for girls in 1998 and has a high of 62 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Willow is used as the name for paint and fabric colors.

Wisteria

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: As a color, a soft tone purple tone like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Peak Popularity: Wisteria has not been in the top 1000 names.

Fun Fact: Wisteria has been a Crayola crayon color since 1993.

Xanthe

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Yellow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Xantha
  • Famous Namesakes: Xanthe in Greek mythology
  • Peak Popularity: Xanthe has not been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: A number of medical terms use xanth as prefix when referring to something yellow in color.

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