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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Adam

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Man, to be red, red earth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adamo, Adem
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Adam Levine, comedian Adam Sandler, actor Adam Driver
  • Peak Popularity: Adam is a popular boy name in the U.S. It ranked number 18 in 1983 and 1984. It was number 78 in 2018.

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: Alana, Alanis, 'Alani, Ailani
  • 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 an alleyway or lane, and singer Alanis Morrisette got her name from this Greek usage.

Alba

  • Origin: Latin, Ancient Roman
  • 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: Ambre, Aamber, Ambur
  • 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: Amathyst, Amethyste
  • 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: A bright yellowish-green, like the unripe fruit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None Aeppel, Apel, Appel, Appell
  • 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: Old English
  • 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 became a popular girl's name in the 1980's and was number one in 1991 and 1992. 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: Latin, Old French
  • Meaning: Reddish-brown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aubern, Auburne, Auberne
  • Famous Namesakes: Nineteenth Century Politician Auburn Lorenzo Pridemore
  • 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, Old French
  • Meaning: Blue stone, often used to describe the sky
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Azur, Azul, Azura
  • 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: Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Pale green precious stone (emerald and aquamarine are forms of beryl)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Beril, Beryll, Beryle
  • 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: Biancha, Bianka, Biankah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Bianca Jagger, singer Bianca Ryan, tennis player Bianca Andreescu
  • Peak Popularity: Bianca had 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, Blayn, Blain, Blaan
  • 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: Bowey, Bowi, Bowy, Beauie, Boey
  • Famous Namesakes: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, pioneer Jim Bowie, and singer David Bowie as a surname
  • Peak Popularity: Bowie appeared as a top 1,000 name for boys in the U.S. in 2018 with a rank of 982.

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, blond, or light hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Boyde, Boid, Boide
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Boyd Holbrook, musician Boyd Tinsley
  • Peak Popularity: Boyd was a common first name for boys throughout the first half of the 20th century, but it fell out of the top 1,000 in 1983.

Fun Fact: In Scottish history, one theory suggests that Clan Boyd may have originated from Robert Boyd named for his yellow hair.

Brick

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Clay red, like the building material
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bryck, Bricke, Brik
  • Added Famous Namesakes: Coach and athlete Brick Haley, actor Brick Bronsky
  • Peak Popularity: Brick is a unique name that does not appear in the top 1,000 for boys or girls.

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

Bruno

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Brown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None, Bruino, Broono, Brewno, Brunoh
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Bruno Mars, soccer player Bruno Alves
  • Peak Popularity: Bruno was most popular in 1915 with a rank of 259. It was 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, French
  • Meaning: Reddish-purple, like red wine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Burgundee, Burgundi, Burgandy, Burgandi
  • Peak Popularity: Burgundy is an uncommon name.

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

Carmine

  • Origin: Arabic, French
  • Meaning: Crimson red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Carmen, Carmela
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Carmine Coppola, singer and dancer Carmen Miranda
  • Peak Popularity: Carmine was most popular in the first half of the 20th century. Carmen is perennially popular, ranking in the top 500 for over 100 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, Cerrise, Cereese, Cerese, Cherry
  • Peak Popularity: Cerise has never made the top 1,000 in the U.S., but Cherise appeared on the list six times between 1967 and 1984.

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, Greek
  • Meaning: Bright red, like the fruit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cher, Cherri, Cherrie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Cherry Jones, actress Cherry Campbell
  • 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. The name has seen a decline in recent decades in the U.S. due to a sexual connotation.

Chloris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Pale green
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cloris, Khloris, Chlorys
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Cloris Leachman
  • Peak Popularity: Chloris and Cloris are unique names.

Fun Fact: Chloris is the name of an Ancient Greek goddess of flowers.

Cinnamon

  • Origin: Semitic, Greek
  • Meaning: Reddish-brown, like the spice
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cynamon, Cinnamin, Cinnamen, Sinnamon
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Cinnamon Carter
  • Peak Popularity: Cinnamon made the top 1,000 list of girl names one time. It was number 699 in 1969.

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, Latin
  • Meaning: Orange citrus fruit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Clementyne, Klementine, Clementina
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Clementine Creevy, Singer Clémentine Delauney, political wife Clementine Churchill
  • Peak Popularity: Clementine was most popular in the early 1900s reaching a peak rank of 444 in 1911. It fell out of top 1,000 in 1954 but made a return in 2014. It ranked 685 in 2018.

Fun Fact: There is some debate over the origin of the clementine orange. However, it was named in 1902 after Father Clement Rodier, who may have discovered this hybrid by crossing a sweet orange and a mandarin orange in his garden in Algeria.

Cocoa

  • Origin: Nahuatl, Spanish, English
  • Meaning: Chocolate brown, like the cacao bean
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Coco, Cacao, CoeCoe, Koko
  • Famous Namesakes: Fashion designer Coco Chanel, celebrity child Coco Arquette
  • Peak Popularity: As of 2018, 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 pinkish-orange to reddish-orange hue, like the marine animals
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Corall, Coraline, Coralee, Coralie, Koral
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Coraline, actress Coral Browne
  • 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. It 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, Latin
  • Meaning: Ice, clear glass
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Christal, Cristal, Chrystal, Crystall, Kristal, Kristell, Krystal, Krystle, Kristol, Krystol
  • Famous Namesakes: Country singer Crystal Gayle, actress Crystal Reed
  • Peak Popularity: Crystal was most popular in 1982 when it reached number 9. It has since dropped in popularity ranking 717 in 2018.

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: Latin, English
  • Meaning: Yellow flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Daffodyl, Daffodill, Daffodyl, Daffi
  • Famous Namesakes: Celebrity child Daffodil Hurley (daughter of singer Michael Hurley)
  • Peak Popularity: Daffodil is a rare name, but it was used in the 1800s.

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

Dove

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Warm gray or soft white with a hint of gray, like the bird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dova, Duv
  • 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: Greek, English
  • Meaning: Black, like the wood from the ebony tree
  • 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, model Emerald Ignacio, actress Emerald Fennell
  • Peak Popularity: Emerald was a top 1,000 girl name from 1991 through 2002. It popped up again in 2017 at number 978. 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 cracked the top 1,000 seventeen times between 1960 and 1983. It was most popular in 1977 when it reached number 763.

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: German, Old English
  • Meaning: Green, like the plant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ferne, Fearne, Furn
  • 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 in 1916. 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, Fionna, Fionah, Fianna, Fiana, Finola
  • 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. In 2017, it ranked 180 in the U.S.

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: Athlete Flynn Robinson, actor Flynn Morrison, celebrity children Flynn Bloom and Flynn Earl Jones
  • Peak Popularity: Flynn has been a top 1,000 name since 2011 and was number 779 in 2018. 

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: Latin, French
  • Meaning: Deep green, like the plants and trees of a forest
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Forrest, Fourest, Forrester
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Forest Whitaker, actor Forrest Tucker
  • Peak Popularity: Forest and Forrest have been historically popular names for boys with Forrest being the more commonly used version. In 2018, Forest ranked 973 and Forrest ranked 571.

Fun Fact: Forrest saw a big jump in popularity in 1994 due to movie Forrest Gump. It reached a rank of 217, a popularity level it hadn't seen since the 1920s. However, it was short lived. The name quickly went out of fashion and dropped off the top 1,000 list in 2004. As of 2013, it returned as a top 1,000 name.

Fuchsia

  • Origin: Modern Latin
  • Meaning: Bright, deep pink, like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fushia, Fushcia, Fuesha, Fushea
  • 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: Ganon, Gannen
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Gannon Sinclair, fictional character Ganon from Nintendo's video game, The Legend of Zelda
  • Peak Popularity: Gannon became a top 1,000 name for boys in 2002. It was most popular in 2014 with a rank of 414.

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

Garnet

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dark red, like the most common variety of the gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Garnett, Garnette, Garnetta
  • 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 different garnet varieties are also state gems and minerals. The wine red garnet is the state gem of New York, the star garnet is the state stone of Idaho, the grossular garnet is the state gem of Vermont, and the almandine garnet is the state mineral of Connecticut.

Giada

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Jade
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Giadda, Jayda, Jiada
  • Famous Namesakes: TV chef Giada De Laurentiis, director Giada Colagrande
  • Peak Popularity: Giada was a top 1,000 girl name from 2007 to 2013. It was most popular in 2010 with a rank of 753.

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

Ginger

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Reddish-brown, like the spice or reddish, like hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jinger, Gynger, Jynger, Ginjer
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Ginger Rogers, meteorologist Ginger Zee
  • 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: Old English
  • Meaning: A color between black and white
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Grey, Grai, Graye
  • Famous Namesakes: Former governor of California Gray Davis, photographer Gray Malin
  • Peak Popularity: Gray was a top 1,000 name for boys at the turn of the 20th century. It ranked 869 in 1900 and 990 in 1901. It hasn't been in the top 1,000 since. 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 Gwyneth Paltrow, actress Gwendoline Christie
  • Peak Popularity: Gwen was most popular in 1959 with a rank of 295. Gwendolyn is a popular variant that peaked at 112 in 1951 and 1953. In 2018, Gwendolyn was number 372.

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: Hayzel, Hazil, Hazell, Hazyl
  • Famous Namesakes: Former Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary, singer Hazel O'Connor
  • Peak Popularity: Hazel was a top 30 female name in the early 1900s. After a continuous decline through the 1950s and 1960s, it dropped out of the top 1,000 in 1976. With a comeback in 1998, it has seen a quick and steady rise reaching 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: A muted mixture of gray shades with flecks of other colors or a purple-pink, like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Heathar, Hether, Heath, Heathe
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Heather Graham, business executive Heather Bresch, soccer player Heather O'Reilly, actor Heath Ledger
  • Peak Popularity: Heather was extremely popular in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1975, it was the third most popular name for girls. It has fallen dramatically in since 2003 and was no longer a top 1,000 name 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, dark green
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Huntor, Huntter, Huntur, Huntyr, Huntar
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Hunter S. Thompson, actress Hunter Tylo
  • Peak Popularity: Hunter has traditionally been a name for boys. It began to see a rise in popularity in the late 1970s and has been a top 100 boy name since 1993. Hunter hit the top 1,000 list of girl names in 1993 and reached number 305 in 1998. It continues to be more popular for boys than girls.

Fun Fact: Hunter green is an official color of Oswego State. It was the official color of the New York Jets from 1998 to 2018, but in 2019 the uniforms were redesigned changing the shade of green from Hunter to Gotham.

Indigo

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Deep violet blue
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Indigoh, Indego, Indygo,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Indigo, celebrity child Indigo Sanara 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: A rainbow of colors, or purple-blue like the purple variety of the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Irys, Irus, Ires, Iriss, Iryss
  • Famous Namesakes: Journalist Iris Shun-Ru Chang, actress Iris Apatow
  • Peak Popularity: Iris has been a perennially popular name for girls. As of 2018, it surged to a U.S. all-time high at number 138.

Fun Fact: The iris is the state flower of Tennessee.

Ivory

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: White
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ivorie, Ivori, Ivoree, Ivrie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Keenen Ivory Wayans, actress Ivory Aquino
  • Peak Popularity: Ivory was once a more commonly given male name. It was most popular in 1906 at 447. But, by 1980, it fell out of the top 1,000 for boys. Ivory was on the top 1,000 list of girls names in the early 1900s, in 1935, and briefly in 1982 and 1983. It returned in 2013 and was number 630 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: Old English
  • Meaning: A deep green with a hint of blue, cyan, or teal, like the vine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ivie, Ivi, Ivee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Ivy Latimer, singer Ivy Levan
  • Peak Popularity: Ivy has been a top 1,000 name for girls for well over a century. However, it's popularity since 2010 has skyrocketed. In 2018, it broke the top 100 rising to number 86.

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

Jacinthe

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Orange-red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jacynthe, Jacinth, Jacintha
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Jacintha Abisheganaden
  • 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 many different colors.

Jade

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Green or blue-green, like the mineral stone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jada, Jayde, Jaide, Jayden
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Jade Pettyjohn, actress Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Peak Popularity: Jade hit the top 1,000 list for girls in 1975 and was most popular in 2002 at number 86. It was in the top 1,000 for boys from 1968 to 2001 with a high rank of 727 in 1978.

Fun Fact: The Jade stone 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, Jetta
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Jet Li, chef Jet Tila
  • Peak Popularity: Jet is uncommon, and Jett was rare in the U.S. until 1999. Jett rose to number 300 for boys in 2017. In the Netherlands, Jet is a common nickname or short form name for girl names such as Mariette.

Fun Fact: Jet dates back to 10,000 B.C., and it was used in jewelry and small sculptures since 1400 B.C. It comes from fossilized wood transformed by pressure similar to the formation of coal.

Kelly

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Bright green with a hint of yellow
  • 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, Lavynder
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Lavender Brown
  • Peak Popularity: As of 2018, Lavender has not cracked the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: According to the Crayola website, lavender was introduced as a crayon color in 1972.

Lilac

  • Origin: Arabic, French
  • Meaning: Pale bluish-violet, like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lilach, Lilak, Lylac, Lielac
  • Famous Namesakes: Celebrity child Lilac Moyer
  • Peak Popularity: Lilac does not appear as a top 1,000 name between 1900 and 2018.

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: Mahoganie, Mahoganey, Mahoganee
  • Famous Namesakes: Rapper Mahogany Jones, singer Mahogany Lox
  • Peak Popularity: Mahogany is a unique name for boys or girls.

Fun Fact: According to the Crayola website, Mahogany was introduced as a crayon color in 1991.

Maize

  • Origin: Arawakan/Taíno, Spanish (Haiti)
  • Meaning: Yellow, like corn
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maiz, Mayze, Maise
  • Peak Popularity: Maize has never been in the top 1,000. is an uncommon name.

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, Marigolde, Marrigold, Maragold
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Marigold "Goldie" Semple, child of former British Prime Minister Marigold Frances 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: Latin, French
  • Meaning: Pale blue-purple-pink
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mauv, Mawve
  • Peak Popularity: Mauve has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Mauve is the name of a synthetic dye discovered in 1956 by English Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin. It was so popular in art that the 1890s are called the Mauve Decade.

Midori

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Green
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Midorie, Midoree, Midory
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Midori Francis, violinist Midori Goto
  • Peak Popularity: Midori is not a common name.

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: Mosse, Maus
  • Famous Namesakes: Playwright Moss Hart
  • Peak Popularity: Moss is not a popular name.

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

Nila

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Dark blue
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nilah, Neela, Niela, Nilam, Neelam
  • Famous Namesakes: Celebrity wife Nila Myers Hollingsworth, actress and designer Neelam Kothari, actress Neela Todd
  • 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 the 1950s.

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

Olive

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Dark, muddy yellow-green, like the olive fruit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oliva, Olivia
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Olivia Newton-John, Olivia Wilde, Olivia Munn
  • Peak Popularity: Olive was a top 100 name for girls in the early 1900s. It dropped out of the top 1,000 in 1951, but popped back up in 2007 and rose to 254 in 2017. Meanwhile, the ever popular version, Olivia, has been a top ten name since 2001, and the second most popular name from 2014 to 2018.

Fun Fact: The name Olivia sprang into popularity 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, Oniks, Onyks
  • Famous Namesakes: Brazilian politician Onyx Lorenzoni, celebrity child Onyx Solace Morissette-Treadway
  • Peak Popularity: Onyx is a unisex name. It hit the top 1,000 for the first time in 2018 as a boy name ranking 867.

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: Latin, French
  • Meaning: Cream or off-white
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Perle, Pearle, Purl, Purle
  • 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 is the June birthstone.

Phoenix

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Reddish-purple or dark red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fenix, Phoenyx, Phenix, Pheenix, Phenyx, Pheenyx
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Phoenix List
  • 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."

Pink

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Pink
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Pynk, Pinky, Pinkie
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer P!nk (Alecia Beth Moore), TV comic Pinky Lee
  • Peak Popularity: In 1900, Pink ranked 509 as a boy name. It fell out of the top 1,000 in 1910. As of 2018, Pink does not appear in the top 1,000 for girls.

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.

Poppy

  • Origin: Latin, English
  • Meaning: Red flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Poppie, Poppi, Poppey
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Poppy Montgomery, actress Poppy Drayton
  • Peak Popularity: Poppy was first seen in the top 1,000 names for girls in 2016. It ranked 592 in 2018.

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: Germanic, Old English
  • Meaning: A black bird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ravin, Raeven, Rayven, Ravenna
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Raven-Symoné, actress Raven Goodwin
  • Peak Popularity: Raven entered the top 1,000 names for girls in 1977, and it was most popular in 1993 reaching a rank of 139. It was also a top 1,000 name for boys from 1997 to 2002 with a highest rank of 813 in 1999.

Fun Fact: Raven is referenced as a color in the Bible. It describes Solomon's hair: "His head is the finest gold; his locks are wavy, black as a raven." (Song of Solomon 5:11, RSV)

Reed

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red, as in having a ruddy complexion or red hair
  • 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: Reed or Reid refers to a ruddy facial complexion, becoming a name applied to people with that characteristic.

Rory

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Red king
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rorie, Rorey, Rori, Ruari, 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. It was most popular in 1959 at 280. In 2018, it ranked 368. Rory became a top 1,000 girl name in the U.S. in 2003 and ranked 579 in 2018.

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

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: The rose is the state flower or New York.

Rowan

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Red hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rowen, Roane, Ruadh, Rowanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Rowan Atkinson, actress Rowan Blanchard
  • Peak Popularity: Rowan debuted as a top 1,000 boy name in 1999 and rose quickly to number 129 in 2018. It made it as a top 1,000 girl name in 2003 reaching 211 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Rowan is a unisex name.

Roy

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Red or red hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Roi, Ruadh, Royce
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Roy Rogers, 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 has since declined, ranking 542 in 2018.

Fun Fact: While Roy can also mean "king" from the Old French roi, its use in Scotland derives from the nickname for red.

Ruby

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Red, like the gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rubie, Rubye, Rube, Rubee, Rubina
  • Famous Namesakes: Dancer Ruby Keeler, actress Ruby Dee
  • Peak Popularity: Ruby is a very popular name for girls. It was a top 100 name from before 1900 to 1935, when it began to drop a bit. It never fell out of the top 500 and reemerged in the top 100 again in 2013. It ranked 74 in 2018.

Fun Fact: The ruby is the birthstone of July.

Rufus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Red-haired
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ruffus, Roufus, Ruffis, Rufous
  • 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 or redhead
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Russ, Russel, Rousell
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Russell Crowe, comedian Russell Brand, football player Russell Wilson
  • Peak Popularity: Russell was a top 100 name for boys from before 1900 through 1982. It has since dropped to 413 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Russell was a surname or last name before it became a given name or first name.

Rusty

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Reddish-brown or rust-colored, as in hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rusti, Rustee, Rustey
  • Famous Namesakes: Racing driver Rusty Wallace, astronaut Rusty Schweickart
  • Peak Popularity: Rusty is often a nickname, but it was also a moderately popular legal given name for boys. It ranked in the top 500 from 1955 to 1988.

Fun Fact: Rusty is the name of a few fictional characters, including Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation, and Rusty the Little Diesel in Thomas & Friends.

Saffron

  • Origin: Arabic, Old French
  • Meaning: Yellow-orange or gold, like the spice
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Saphron, Saffren, Saffronn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Saffron Burrows
  • Peak Popularity: Saffron has not been a top 1,000 baby name.

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: Latin, Old French
  • Meaning: Gray-green, like the dried herb
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Saige, Saje, Sayge, Saije, Sauge
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Sage Stallone, sportscaster Sage Steele
  • Peak Popularity: Sage entered the top 1,000 names for girls in 1993 and was number 307 in 2018. It became a top 1,000 name for boys in 1991 and was number 438 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Sagebrush is the state flower of Nevada.

Sapphire

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

Fun Fact: The sapphire is one of the state gemstones of Montana along with the Montana Agate.

Scarlett

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Scarlet, Scarlette, Skarlett
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Scarlett Johansson, actress Scarlett Pomers
  • Peak Popularity: Scarlett had some minor popularity from 1940 to 1943 following Gone With the Wind. It also appeared in the top 1,000 in 1962 and 1963. But, since its reemergence in 1992, this name has skyrocketed to the top of the list. It made the top 100 in 2011, and was 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: Shanie, Shanni, Shaney
  • Famous Namesakes: Speed skater Shani Davis, soccer player Shani Tarashaj, actress Shani Atias
  • Peak Popularity: Shani made the top 1,000 list of girl names seven times between 1969 and 1977 with a highest rank of 664 in 1969.

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

Sherry

  • Origin: Spanish, English
  • Meaning: Red, like the fortified wine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sherri, Sherrie, Sheri, Sherie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Sherry Stringfield, writer Sherry Thomas, actress Sherri Shepherd
  • Peak Popularity: Sherry was a top 1,000 girl name in the U.S. from 1925 to 1995. It was most popular in 1962 when it reached number 48.

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

Sienna

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Reddish-brown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Siena, Siennah, Syenna
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Sienna Miller, actress Sienna Guillory
  • Peak Popularity: Sienna first appeared on the top 1,000 list of girl names in 1995. It hit a high of 170 in 2007 and was number 186 in 2018.

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

Sigal

  • Origin: Hebrew, Jewish
  • Meaning: Violet flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sigalit, Segal, Siegal
  • Famous Namesakes: Artist Sigalit Landau, politician Sigal Mandelker, actress Sigal Erez
  • 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 than the U.S.

Sky

  • Origin: Old Norse, English
  • Meaning: Blue, like the sky
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Skye, Skai, Skie
  • Famous Namesakes: Film director Skye Borgman, actress Skye Townsend
  • Peak Popularity: While Sky is a unisex name, it has never been in the top 1,000 for boys and ranks between 736 and 1,000 since 1999. The more popular variation, Skye, has ranked as high as 367 for girls in 2014.

Fun Fact: The Sun's white light contains all the colors. The sky appears blue because as light from the sun reaches the earth, more of the short blue wavelengths of light scatter around us and we see more blue.

Slate

  • Origin: Old French, English
  • Meaning: Gray with a hint of blue, purple or green, like the rock
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Slayte, Slaite, Slait
  • Famous Namesakes: Athlete Slater Trout, musician Slater Davis
  • Peak Popularity: Slate is an unusual name that does not appear in the top 1,000 in the U.S.

Fun Fact: Slate blue 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: Steele, Steale, Stahl
  • Famous Namesakes: Olympic diver Steele Johnson, actor Steele Stebbins
  • Peak Popularity: Steel and Steele have not been popular 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 or gray
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Stirling, Styrling, Stearling
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Sterling K. Brown, racing driver Sterling Martin
  • Peak Popularity: Sterling has been a top 1,000 name for boys for over 120 years. It was number 356 in 1900 and 409 in 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: Yellow, like the sun
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sunni, Sunnie, Sunney, Sunshine
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Sunny Sandler, TV chef Sunny Anderson
  • Peak Popularity: Sunny and Sunshine are relatively rare, occasionally breaking into the top 1,000. Sunny made the top 1,000 list for girls 14 times between 1942 and 2018. It was most popular in 1975 at 541. Sunshine was in the top 1,000 from 1974 to 1981. It was also most popular in 1975 at 534.

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

Tawny

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: Light brown or tan
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tahnee, Tawnee, Tawnie, Tawni
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Tawny Kitaen, actress Tawny Cypress
  • Peak Popularity: Tawny spent five years as a top 1,000 name in the 1980s. It's highest rank was 860 in 1989.

Fun Fact: Tawny port is a sweet port wine that gets its tawny, golden-brown color from reacting with oxygen as it ages for long periods in wood barrels.

Teal

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

Fun Fact: The color teal is named for the blue-green stripe that extends from the eye area of male teal ducks.

Topaz

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Golden yellow, like the precious stone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Topaaz, Topazz
  • Famous Namesakes: Rapper Topaz Jones
  • Peak Popularity: Topaz is a unique name.

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

Violet

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Violet or purple
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Viola, Violette, Violett, Violeta
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Violett Beane, shipwreck survivor Violet Jessop, writer Violet Needham
  • Peak Popularity: Violet was a top 100 name during the first two decades of the 20th century. It fell out of favor from the 1960s through the 1980s. It began a comeback in 1998 and quickly rose in popularity to number 43 in 2018.

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

Willow

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Soft pale green with blue, gray, or yellow undertones
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Willo, Willough, Willoh
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Willow Smith, actress Willow Shields
  • Peak Popularity: Willow entered the top 1,000 names for girls in 1998 and has become quite popular reaching number 62 in 2018.

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

Wisteria

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Soft purple, like the flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Wysteria, Wistaria
  • Peak Popularity: Wisteria is not a common name.

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

Xanthe

  • Origin: Ancient Greek
  • Meaning: Yellow or blonde
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zanthe, Xantha, Xanthos
  • Famous Namesakes: Xanthe, a water nymph in Greek mythology, actress Xanthe Elbrick
  • Peak Popularity: Xanthe is a rare name.

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

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