Kathryn Lamoreux is a college composition instructor. She loves to read and has always been fascinated by the fabulous diversity of names.
Popular Color Names for Boys and Girls
- Scarlet: A vivid shade of red for a vivacious little girl
- Forest : A dark green name fit for an adventurous little boy
- Primrose: A soft shade of yellow featured as a name in the Hunger Games series
- Sky: A soft blue name perfect for free-spirited boys and girls
- Lilac: A recently fashionable, slightly pink alternative to the classic Violet
- Cole: A trendy, yet classic boys' name meaning "coal black"
- Hazel: A lovely greenish-brown Victorian classic that has regained popularity in recent years
For a subtler association with a color you love, you can also try names whose meanings are connected to colors, even if they aren't English words. Bianca is a beautiful Italian name meaning "white," while Russell is a solidly traditional boys' name meaning "redheaded or fox-colored."
Baby Names Associated With Blue
- Azure: A medieval name for the precious stone lapis lazuli, which is used to create a vivid-blue pigment for painting. Azure is still an uncommon color name, but is a great option for parents seeking a unique ocean or water-related name. A unisex option, it was used for protagonist Azure Miles in Orson Scott Card's Laddertop series. The distinctly feminine form Azura appears in the Barbie: Fairytopia movies as well as the Elder Scrolls video games.
- Blue: Spelled in a variety of ways, Blue has been used by countless celebrities as a first or middle name for their children. Most prominent is Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy, but John Travolta also named his daughter Ella Bleu, while Alicia Silverstone used Bear Blu for her son.
- Indigo: Another unisex name inspired by the deep blue-purple dye, Indigo is the name of Lou Diamond Phillips' daughter, and it sounds remarkably similar to the name of vengeful hero Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride. Indigo also has musical connections, calling to mind Duke Ellington's jazz composition Mood Indigo and the indie rock-folk duo Indigo Girls. It also has the cute nickname options "Indie" and "Indy."
- Ocean: A unisex name with a number of gender-specific variations, Ocean was used by actor Forest Whitaker for the name of his son, Ocean Alexander. Oceanus is the name of the mythical sea Titan featured in Rome's Trevi Fountain, and the name may be feminized to Oceana. The alternate feminine form Oceane (pronouned oh-see-EN) is currently popular in France.
- River: An extremely popular unisex nature name, River was the name of actor River Phoenix, as well as the characters River Song on Doctor Who and River Tam on the cult sci-fi hit Firefly.
- Sapphire: This name is definitely more unusual and offbeat than fellow gem names Ruby, Pearl, and Emerald. Sometimes rendered Sapphira, it is the pen name of writer Ramona Lofton.
- Sky: Sometimes spelled "Skye" (like the Scottish island), this name has been commonly used as a first and middle name for boys and girls. It was featured as the name of Sky Masterson in the musical Guys and Dolls, and it was chosen by both David Copperfield and Sanjay Gupta for their daughters.
- Teal: Still an uncommon name, this shade of blue-green is the name of Gilmore Girls actress Teal Redmann.
Red-Inspired Baby Names
- Carmine: Meaning "vivid red," this classic Italian name is shared by Batman's Carmine Falcone and Mystery Men's Carmine the Bowler—whom viewers may remember best as a magical skull encased in a bowling ball. It is also the name of a common red dye. For a feminine take on the name, try Carmina or Carmen.
- Cerise: The French word for cherry, this name has a soft and feminine sound and does not lend itself nearly as much to teasing as the English name Cherry. Similar names include Sherise and Carice, the name of actress Carice van Houten, who plays the Lady Melisandre on Game of Thrones.
- Flannery: An Irish boy name meaning "red hair." Famous writer Flannery O'Connor bears this name.
- Garnet: Less common than the fellow red gemstone name Ruby, Garnet nonetheless has a centuries-old history as a girls' name. The birthstone for January, Garnet takes its name from the French word for pomegranate.
- Poppy: A spunky flower name far more common in the U.K. than the U.S., Poppy was the name chosen by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and actress Anna Paquin for their daughters.
- Rose: This classic makes a beautiful first or middle name and has inspired countless variations, including Rosa, Rosie, Roseann, Rosemary, Rosalynn, Rosalie, Rosalind, Rosetta, and Rosamund.
- Russell: Meaning "redheaded or fox-colored," Russell might be the most common red-based name for boys. Famous bearers include the actor Russell Crowe and the comedian Russell Brand.
- Rusty: A rough and tumble, outdoorsy boys' name, Rusty is most commonly used as a nickname for the aforementioned classic Russell.
- Ruby: A classic gemstone name, Ruby is the July birthstone and one of the most sought after precious gems in the world.
- Scarlet: A scintillating name evocative of a bright red color. Scarlet can be spelled with one t or two, as in the names of actress Scarlett Johansson and Gone with the Wind heroine Scarlett O'Hara.
- Titian: The pseudonym of Italian artist Tiziano Vecelli, who became so well-known for painting women with a particular shade of red hair that the color was named after him. Today, Titian serves as a highly unusual, Roman-sounding red-inspired name.
Names That Mean Purple
- Amethyst: The birthstone for the month of February, Amethyst is an uncommon gemstone name but still sees occasional use. It was the birth name of rapper Iggy Azalea, and it can be shortened to the highly wearable nickname "Amy."
- Hyacinth: Although this relatively uncommon flower name appeared in novels by Elizabeth Gaskell and Henry James, modern audiences probably know it best as the name of Hyacinth Bucket on the British comedy Keeping Up Appearances. It can be shortened to "Cinthy," "Cintha," or "Cinthia" or translated into the Spanish name Jacinta.
- Iolanthe: The title of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, Iolanthe (pronounced YO-lan-thuh) means "violet blossom." While pretty, it is also difficult for most modern people to pronounce. Parents might be best advised to stick to the variant Yolanda or the simple translation, Violet.
- Lavender: An uncommon name that nevertheless appears in a number of British children's classics. It is the name of the heroine's friend Lavender in Roald Dahl's Matilda, as well as a character in Harry Potter.
- Lilac: An alternative to Violet and Lavender that has recently been getting some buzz. The Scandinavian translation of the name, Suren, is very different but has also seen some use recently as the name of a vampire on the SyFy Channel's supernatural drama Being Human.
- Mauve: A new, hip alternative to the classic, but dated, Maeve and Maude.
- Violet: The undisputed queen of all purple names, Violet has long been a somewhat popular flower name, but it wasn't until 2015 that it entered the top 50 girls' names in the U.S. It was the name chosen by Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner for their daughter, and it has been featured in a wide range of children's literature and movies, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Boxcar Children, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Incredibles. Perhaps the most beloved Violet of recent years has been the Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey, played by Maggie Smith. Variations on the name include Viola, used for the heroine in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and the frilly, hyper-feminine Violetta.
- Yolanda: A more phonetic spelling of Iolanthe, Yolanda also means "violet." It was the name of Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest daughter, who was also a civil rights activist.
Orange-Inspired Baby Names
- Auburn: Although the majority of color names tend to be for girls, this masculine-sounding name for an autumnal shade of red-brown would be perfect for a boy. As a bonus, it also calls to mind the well-respected university.
- Clementine: A sweet, cheerful name meaning "mild or merciful," Clementine is also the name of a sweet orange citrus fruit. Kate Winslet played a Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and celebrities including Claudia Schiffer and Ethan Hawke have chosen this name for their daughters.
- Ginger: A name that calls to mind red hair and gingerbread cookies, Ginger can be short for the longer name Virginia. The most famous Gingers in recent memory have been dancer Ginger Rogers and pop star Ginger Spice (legally named Geri Halliwell).
- Hari: An Indian name meaning "tawny" or "lion." It is a great name for boy.
- Aslan: A name of Turkish origin meaning "lion." It is most famously known as the name of the lion in the children's novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
Baby Names That Evoke the Color Yellow
- Amber: A lovely gemstone name inspired by the golden-yellow fossilized tree sap often worn as jewelry. Famous Ambers include model Amber Rose, actress Amber Tamblyn, and children's book heroine Amber Brown.
- Juane: A variation on the Spanish Juan, Juane resembles the French word for "yellow," jaune.
- Marigold: A sunny, golden flower name, Marigold has a noble pedigree, having been chosen by Sir Winston Churchill as the name for his third daughter and by Downton Abbey's Lady Edith as the name for her child.
- Primrose: The soft and demure name of Katniss Everdeen's younger sister is both a flower and a soft yellow color often found in the primrose's petals.
- Saffron: Not just a kitchen spice, Saffron is the name of a character on the British T.V. show Absolutely Fabulous. The name was also chosen by Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon for his daughter.
- Sunny: The cheerful name chosen by Adam Sandler for his daughter Sunny Madeline and by Lemony Snicket for his character Sunny Baudelaire, the baby of the family depicted in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- Xanthe: Sometimes used as a name for the goddess Demeter, this Greek name, pronounced "ZAN-thee," literally means "golden or yellow." Variations include Xantha, Zanthe, Xanthia, and Xanthipe. Perhaps fittingly, since the name sounds a little sci-fi, one of the most prominent uses of the name Xanthe (sans the "e") is in fantasy writer Piers Anthony's Xanth novels. Another Xanthe-related name can be found in the character Xanthippe Voorhies in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Xanthus: Sometimes spelled "Xanthos," this unusual (and thoroughly Greek) name is shared by a Greek philosopher, Achilles' horse, and the god Apollo—because what self-respecting god goes by just one name?
Baby Names Inspired by the Color Green
- Beryl: A Greek name meaning "sea-green jewel." Beryl was popular in the U.K. during the early to mid-twentieth century. Although it never quite caught on in the U.S., this name could be ripe for revival amid the resurgence of antique names like Charlotte, Stella, and Violet. For a cute nickname, try "Berrie," "Berry," or "Bea."
- Chartreuse: Chartreuse would make an interesting and unique name for a girl. According to the Oxford English dictionary, chartreuse is "a pale apple-green" color, and on the color spectrum, it is between yellow and green. The color is so named because of its resemblance to the hue of a French liqueur called Chartreuse made by Carthusian Monks since 1737.
- Clover: A fresh, green botanical name with an Irish spin. Clover is the first name of the mayor of Sydney, Australia, Clover Moore. Although the most well-known literary Clovers are probably animals, including a horse in George Orwell's 1984 and a rabbit in Richard Adams' Watership Down, the name has recently picked up steam among celebrity parents. Guns 'n' Roses musician Richard Fortus and skateboarder Tony Hawk both have daughters named Clover.
- Emerald: One of the most straightforwardly green names, Emerald is a gem both rarer and more highly prized than diamonds. It is the birthstone for the month of May and the namesake for The Wizard of Oz's Emerald City, along with Ireland's popular nickname, "the Emerald Isle." As an added bonus, it opens up the adorable nickname possibilities of "Em," "Emma," and "Emmy," along with the less common "Merry."
- Esme: A shorter French version of the name Emerald, Esme is the name of both Michael J. Fox and Katey Segal's daughters. It recently gained attention as the name of Esme Cullen in the Twilight series.
- Esmeralda: Yet another Emerald name, Esmeralda is the Spanish and Portuguese take on the green jewel. It is most commonly known as the name of the gypsy heroine in Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame, and it gained even more notoriety after the release of the Disney animated adaptation of the novel. Actors Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes chose this name for their daughter.
- Forest: A rare botanical name for boys, Forest calls to mind both images of deep, lush woods and the rich dark-green color. The name can be spelled with either one or two r's, and it has been used by both the title character in the film Forrest Gump and actor Forest Whitaker. Although the origin of the second r comes from the Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, for whom many of the first Forrests were named, it has successfully shaken its early Confederate associations to become a popular, well-liked name most closely linked to nature.
- Hunter: One of the most masculine color names, Hunter calls to mind another deep shade of green. The most familiar example of this name is probably the journalist Hunter S. Thompson. However, fellow color name bearer Scarlett Johansson also has a twin brother named Hunter.
- Jade: A perennially popular green-inspired name, Jade is commonly used in several variations, including Jada and the Italian Giada, the names of Jada Pinkett Smith and chef Giada de Laurentiis respectively. Mick Jagger, Charlie Sheen, and the aforementioned Giada de Laurentiis all chose to name their daughters Jade.
- Kelly: Originally an Irish surname, this shade of bottle green has long been used for both boys and girls, although it has become most popular as a girls' name. Famous Kellys include singer Kelly Clarkson, TV host Kelly Ripa, former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland, and Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly Osbourne. Prominent fictional Kellys include The Office's Kelly Kapoor, Saved by the Bell's Kelly Kapowski, and Barbie's younger sister, Kelly Roberts.
- Olive: Although not as popular as trendy cousin Olivia, Olive has been slowly rising through the baby name charts over the past few years. Riding on the coattails of other turn-of-the-century botanical names like Rose, Violet, and Ivy, Olive has seen use by a number of celebrities. It was the name chosen by actors Drew Barrymore, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Isla Fischer for their daughters, and it was used as the the name for the likable child heroine Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine.
- Sage: The name of a shade of soft, silvery gray-green as well as an herb believed to have medicinal properties, Sage means "wise." It is a less-popular, less-flowery alternative to the name Sophia, meaning "wisdom," Sage makes a lovely first or middle name for boys or girls. Toni Collette used the name for her daughter, and Sylvester Stallone used it for his son. For girls, an "i" can be added to create the Paige alternative Saige.
Pink-Inspired Baby Names
- Coral: Formerly popular in Victorian times, Coral is an uncommon choice today. The most prominent recent use may have been for Nemo's mother in Disney's Finding Nemo. However, while Coral may not be commonly used on its own, pretty variations on the name, such as Cora, Coraline, Coralyn, and Coralie are on the rise.
- Linnea: This Swedish option refers to a delicate pink flower of the same name. An interesting spin on dated Linda and classic Lynn, the name also calls to mind the 18th century scientist Carl Linnaeus, whose system of classifying organisms laid the foundations for modern biology.
- Rosa: In Spanish, this word literally means "rose" or "pink." A softer variation on the classic "Rose," it still exudes strength and integrity because of its association with famed civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
- Sakura: A lovely Japanese name meaning "cherry blossom," Sakura may be most familiar to Western audiences as the title character from the popular anime Cardcaptor Sakura.
Black-Inspired Baby Names
- Cole: This name literally means "swarthy or coal black." It has a musical history, being the first name of American composer and lyricist Cole Porter and last name of singers Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole. Other notable Coles include Old King Cole of nursery-rhyme fame and Haley Joel Osment's character Cole from the movie The Sixth Sense.
- Ebony: The name of a dense black hardwood used in fine furniture and ornamentation, Ebony has traditionally been used by African-American parents to celebrate the beauty of dark skin. It is also featured in the song "Ebony and Ivory" by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney as well as in the popular African-American targeted magazine Ebony.
- Jet: This name of a black precious stone is one of the few gem names commonly given to boys. It calls to mind not only the color black but also a high-speed aircraft. Both John Travolta and George Lucas used this name—spelled with two t's—for their sons. It is also the last name of the rock star Joan Jett and the first name of Taiwanese actor Jet Li.
- Melanie: A name that literally means "dark or black," Melanie is the name of a heroine from Gone with the Wind, actress Melanie Griffith, and not one, but two Spice Girls. The Slavic alternative form Milena can be shortened to Mila and is the birth name of actress Mila Kunis.
- Onyx: Perhaps the most unusual of the black-inspired names, Onyx is another gemstone sobriquet that can be used for boys or girls. It is also the name of a rock Pokémon called Onix.
- Raven: A gothic-sounding name that calls to mind the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe has often been used by African-American parents to signify pride in black identity. Famous Ravens include actress and television personality Raven-Symone and X-Men's Mystique, whose birth name is Raven Darkholme.
- Sable: Sables are small tree-dwelling mammals prized for their dark or black fur. It is also the term used to denote the color black in European heraldry. It has seen some use as a girl's name, with the most famous example being Sable Colby on the hit soap opera Dynasty.
Baby Names Based on the Color White
- Alaska: A very pretty girl's name made famous by John Green's character Alaska in the novel Looking for Alaska.
- Alba: A name that quite simply means "white," Alba is best known as the surname of actress Jessica Alba. However, it is also the first name of Alba Violet Bale, the daughter of Welsh footballer Gareth Bale. The Scots-Gaelic name for Scotland, Alba can also be lengthened to Albany for an interesting, unisex place name.
- Albion: The original name for the island of Great Britain, Albion means "white." An alternative form is Alban, the name of several Christian martyrs, including the first Christian to be martyred on British soil. Yet another variation, Alben, was the first name of Harry Truman's vice president, Alben Barkley.
- Bianca: An attractive Italian option, Bianca was used twice by Shakespeare in his plays: first as the name of Katherina's younger sister in The Taming of the Shrew and second as the name of Cassio's jealous lover in Othello. Moviegoers might remember Bianca as Kat's younger sister in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You or as the stylish white mouse voiced by Eva Gabor in Disney's Rescuers films. Like Alba and Albion, Bianca means "white."
- Blanca: The Spanish variation on Bianca, Blanca is a popular choice among Hispanic parents. Well-known Blancas include the Spanish model Blanca Padilla and inmate Blanca Flores on the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black.
- Blanche: The French alternative to Bianca and Blanca, Blanche is best-known as the name of Blanche DuBois, a character in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire. It is also the name of one of the Golden Girls and no fewer than six queens of France.
- Dove: A beautiful white bird symbolizing peace, Dove is the first name of Disney Channel actress Dove Cameron and the nickname used by poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rosetti for his wife, Lizzie Siddal. It joins Lark, Wren, and the classic Robin in a recent trend toward avian inspired names.
- Ivory: The second half of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's song "Ebony and Ivory," ivory means "pale and white." It is a luxury material made from the tusks and teeth of animals, such as elephants. Ivory is banned in many countries, including most recently, China, for humane and conservationist reasons. Ivory is the middle name of Keenen Ivory Wayans, as well as his daughters, Jolie and Daphne. It is also found in the name of Africa's Ivory Coast and the soap brand Ivory.
- Opal: The beautiful iridescent birthstone of October, Opals are often white with glowing streaks of blue, green, yellow, and pink revealed by exposure to the light. The ancient Greeks believed that opals were tears of joy shed by the god Zeus upon his defeat of the Titans, and the gem was especially treasured by Queen Victoria. Adding a bit of daring to the name, Opal Kunz was the first female aviator to race with men in an open competition.
- Pearl: A lovely white stone produced by oysters and found within seashells, Pearl was the first name chosen by comedienne Maya Rudolph and TV personality Jack Osbourne for their daughters. In The Scarlet Letter, Pearl was the name of the daughter of heroine Hester Prynne, so called because she was "her mother's only treasure."
- Snow: A beautiful name for a winter baby, it can be used as either a girl's name or a boy's name. This moniker is made famous by the Game of Thrones character, Jon Snow.
Brown-Inspired Baby Names
- Bruno: A German name meaning "brown," Bruno is the name of several Catholic saints, pop superstar Bruno Mars, and (unfortunately) the title character from the Sacha Baron Cohen movie Bruno.
- Coco: The nickname of chic French designer Coco Chanel (whose birth name was Gabrielle), Coco has been picking up steam as a given name since Courteney Cox and David Arquette named their daughter Coco Riley Arquette. The name calls to mind both high fashion and chocolate, although it does sound a bit too nickname-y for many parents' tastes.
- Fawn: The name of both a baby deer and a shade of light-yellowy tan, Fawn could make a fresh alternative to Dawn.
- Hazel: A name that calls to mind greenish-brown eyes and hazelnut treats, Hazel sounded dated and grandmotherly until recently. However, by the time Julia Roberts had chosen it for her daughter and John Green had used it for his heroine in The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel began to sound fresh and even a bit hip. The name has now joined the ranks of newly popular vintage names, with celebrities like John Krasinski and Emily Blunt choosing it for their daughter.
- Sienna: The name for an reddish-brown pigment, Sienna is a gorgeous choice for a girl. It is the name of actress Sienna Miller and the daughter of comedian Kevin James. Spelled with one n, it is also the name of an Italian city.
- Tawny: More popular in the 1980s than today, this golden-brown shade is most familiar as the name of actress Tawny Kitaen. It was also the name given to Lieutenant Tawny Madison on the fictional TV show Galaxy Quest.
- Umber: A dark-brown pigment, Umber is a seldom-heard unisex name alternative to fellow pigment Sienna. Unfortunately, it sounds similar enough to the more common Amber to cause confusion. Additionally, fans of Game of Thrones may remember the Umbers as the family who betrayed Rickon Stark by turning him over to Ramsay Bolton.
Golden Baby Names
- Aurelia: A beautiful Roman name that means "golden one," Aurelia was the name of the mothers of Emperor Julius Caesar and poet Sylvia Plath. It was also the name of a character in the Christmas classic Love Actually. If Aurelia seems a bit too grand and serious for a little girl, Aurie makes an adorable nickname.
- Aurelius: The male equivalent of Aurelia, this name is best known for its connection to Marcus Aurelius, a well-regarded Roman Emperor famous for his important contributions to the philosophy of stoicism. Aurelius was the name chosen by supermodel Elle MacPherson for her son.
- Cressida: A beautiful, delicate name more popular in Britain than in the United States, the Greek Cressida means "gold." In mythology, Cressida was the faithless lover of the hero Troilus during the Trojan War. Their story has been immortalized in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and in tales by Boccaccio and Chaucer. In real life, Cressida is the name of How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell and Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas. In the Hunger Games books and movies, Cressida is a film director chosen by District 13 to tell the Mockingjay's story.
- Dior: Like Coco, Dior is a high-fashion color name. It is French for "golden."
- Gilda: Although it sounds a bit dated now, Gilda is an English name that literally means "gilded" or "covered in gold." It is best known as the name of comedienne Gilda Radner.
- Golden: A straightforwardly sparkly unisex name, Golden was the name chosen by Nick Cannon and Brittany Bell for their son.
- Goldie: An Anglicized version of the Yiddish Golde/Golda, Goldie is best known as the name of beloved, bubbly actress Goldie Hawn. More recently, it was chosen by shoe designer Steve Madden for his daughter.
- Oriana: A beautiful name meaning "golden dawn," Oriana is an interesting alternative to Aurora. It was the name of a cousin of Aldous Huxley and a painting by Frederick Sandys. For a shorter, simpler alternative, try Ora.
- Orla: An Irish Gaelic name originally spelled Orlaith, Orla means "golden princess." It was the name of the sister, niece, and daughter of legendary Irish high king Brian Boru. A more modern example of the name can be found in Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely.
- Orville: This name, associated with bearers Orville Wright and Orville Redenbacher, calls to mind images of early airplanes and microwave popcorn. However, its literal meaning is "gold town."
Silver-Inspired Baby Names
- Arian: In Welsh, this name means "silver" and is derived from the Greek mythological horse named Arion. Other variations of the name include Ariana, Eirian, or Arianelle.
- Gin: A pretty Japanese name reminiscent of the more common Jen, Gin means "silver." Unfortunately, for Westerners, Gin is more likely to signify booze than bling. However, heroine Jyn Urso from Star Wars: Rogue One proves that alternative spellings of the name can be reasonably wearable.
- Silver: It doesn't get more straightforward than this unisex color name. A girl could even go by the cute nickname Silvie. Unfortunately, one of the best known Silvers in pop culture is the Lone Ranger's trusty horse.
- Sterling: A shimmering unisex name meaning "of highest quality," Sterling is the middle name of actor Hayden Christensen and the first name of the lead character on the FX cartoon Archer.
Baby Names Associated With the Color Grey
- Ash: A name referring to the ash tree, Ash nevertheless does have a certain sooty gray sound to it. It was the name of protagonist Ash Ketchum in the Pokemon series and hero Ash Williams in the Evil Dead movies. Although somewhat more commonly used for boys, Ash is unisex and can be used as a nickname for a variety of names, including Ashton, Asher, and Ashley.
- Grayson: A name that is quickly gaining popularity for both boys and girls, Grayson is the last name of the title characters in the young adult novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson as well as the surname of Batman's sidekick, Robin, whose secret identity is Dick Grayson.
- Stone: The name of former Dateline anchor Stone Phillips and Pearl Jam lead guitarist Stone Gossard. Stone is a hard, cool, macho name most commonly used for boys.
- Storm: A dark and moody unisex name, Storm was chosen as the name of Motley Crue musician Nikki Sixx's daughter, Storm Brieann Six. It is also the name of one of Marvel's X-Men.
Clarity-Inspired Baby Names
- Claire: A classy and classic name of French origin, Claire means "bright and clear." Famous Claires include actress Claire Danes and the Catholic Saint Clare of Assisi. Recent TV shows have also featured numerous Claires, including Claire Underwood from House of Cards, Claire Fisher from Six Feet Under, and Claire Fraser from Outlander.
- Clara: Another classic name meaning "bright and clear," the formerly dated Clara has recently made a comeback. It was chosen by actors Ewan McGregor and Anna Chlumsky for their daughters. Clara has also been the name of a number of admirable and interesting women over the years, including Red Cross founder Clara Barton, composer Clara Schumann, and silent film actress Clara Bow. The most notable fictional Clara is the heroine of Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker."
- Clarence: The male equivalent of Claire and Clara, Clarence has a somewhat nerdy image in the present day, but it has been a very popular name in the past. Attorney Clarence Darrow and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas are two prominent figures who have borne the name. Clarence was also the name chosen by musicians Louis Armstrong and Aretha Franklin for their sons. A less well-known, but certainly influential Clarence was voice actor Clarence Nash, the original Donald Duck.
- Clarissa: A romantic, flowery spin on Claire and Clara, Clarissa first came to prominence as the name of the heroine in Samuel Richardson's 1748 tale of the same name, which is incidentally still the longest novel in the English language. Those who were teens in the 90s might remember the name best from TV's Clarissa Explains It All.
- Crystal: A gemstone name more popular in the 80s and 90s than today, Crystal is the name of super long-haired country singer Crystal Gayle and supermodel Crystal Renn.
- Diamond: While it is a somewhat uncommon gemstone name, Diamond still evokes quite a bit of sparkle and shine. The April birthstone was used by J.R.R. Tolkein as the name of the hobbit Pippin's wife, Diamond Took. In an unusual masculine use of the name, rapper 50 Cent also chose Diamond as the middle name of his son, Marquise Diamond Jackson, popularly known as 25 cent.
- Kenn: This Welsh name meaning "bright water" is an interesting variation on Kenneth or Ken.
- Sinclair: Although this is really a place name meaning "from the town of St. Clair," Sinclair was the name of two American novelists, Sinclair Lewis and Upton Sinclair. The Scottish name has also begun to be used among girls.
A Baby Name That Means Rainbow
Iris: A flower name that literally means "rainbow," Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow. Although it was more popular a few generations ago, the name is experiencing a bit of a resurgence. Jude Law, Judd Apatow, and Eddie Redmayne all chose the name for their daughters. Iris is also the name of Irish novelist Iris Murdoch and The Holiday heroine Iris Simpkins, played by Kate Winslet.
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Anika on August 24, 2020:
I love the name Navy and Denim for blue
Erin on August 18, 2020:
I like the name Viridia(n) which is a dark shade of spring green. It is very close to teal on the color spectrum.
sky on June 11, 2020:
Just to note that the word "Gin" under silver is pronounced with a hard G in Japanese (“Ghin”) instead of like jin.
Oriana on May 08, 2020:
Surenity, I agree. For the orange names poll I pressed Other name because I thought Ambers were orange.
Oriana on May 08, 2020:
I found colors in other languages. If you want to find it press on these links. https://languagedrops.com/word/en/english/spanish/...
Oriana on May 08, 2020:
I think for rainbow you should add:
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Oriana on May 07, 2020:
I like the names:
Oriana on May 07, 2020:
My favorite names are:
Aurelia12 on May 06, 2020:
I love the name Aurelia because it is amazing.
Mel on May 04, 2020:
I loved it and at the end at the final vote i picked black cuz my name was there! lol xD
Sunflower92 on April 27, 2020:
What about Camillia, Dahlia, Zinnia and for pink, Chamomile, Daffodil, Lemony, and Dandelion for yellow, Cinnamon, Anise, and Clove for brown, Tiger, and Turmeric for orange, Lily, and Tulip for white, yellow, pink, red, and/or orange, Basil, Dill, and Coriander for green, Pepper for black, Ilex, another name for Holly, and Poinsettia for red, and Cotton, and Myrtle for white?
Love it on April 21, 2020:
I LOVED the clear, white and gold names. It was so my style and so unique. I also loved some other names like Auburn, Lilac and Cerise.
Anela on March 28, 2020:
I think you guys should add the name Anela in the rainbow section. It means 'rain' or 'rainbow' in Hawaiian.
hazelynn on February 28, 2020:
you guys should add hazelynn in the brown section its my name and i was hoping to find it but had no luck
Karen walker on February 20, 2020:
I think for pink is justice its like a cool pinky but tom girl name like swag,I don't know
sassafrass on January 28, 2020:
fern is a good green name. also sunray for yellow.and amber is and orange name.i think periwinkle could make a good pink or purple. nickname could be peri. i also think cerulean, or ceruleana, is a good name for blue.i think steel would be a good name for gray or silver.
okay on January 13, 2020:
I just LOVE the name Silver for a boy and i loved all the in gray.
Ceirus on December 31, 2019:
If yer lookin' fer a unique name in regards to black, try out Tenebrae. Also, names like Teal in blue can easily be alternatively pronounced to sound unique, like "Tiel" [Tee - Elle].
Tee on December 23, 2019:
I like Holly for red!...I’m surprised it didn’t make your list.
Pinky on December 16, 2019:
My name is pinky so thats a name for pink
Best Book Author Ever on November 05, 2019:
Cobalt is a great Blue name for boys, nickname Coby.
T on October 20, 2019:
You could use Azura for blue
Potato poop on October 06, 2019:
liked primrose and l used it for one of my characters! (chef Primrose)
Mia on October 01, 2019:
Gina, Fizza, and Fidda for Silver
ML on September 04, 2019:
Neal for Blue in Sanskrit
Hema / Suvarna for Gold
Lohita for red
V on September 01, 2019:
Winter and Everest for White, Fire for either red or orange, ivy for green and Aurora for rainbow.
Lele on August 12, 2019:
Peridot is a cute name for the green ones
email@example.com on July 30, 2019:
I like the names!!!!
Kat on July 20, 2019:
Niveus for white.
UwU on July 16, 2019:
Brick for orange
Crystal on June 28, 2019:
Alexandrite can be a good name for the rainbow section
T on June 19, 2019:
Crimson for red
Olivia on June 16, 2019:
This websites really cute I liked the names hazel,sapphire,amber,lavender,and rose THANKS!!
CoCo on June 16, 2019:
Sterlyn on May 24, 2019:
I like the name Tawny and the name Umber for the brown category.
Names on May 19, 2019:
I like the name Winter for the white category and Shadow for the black category.
Surenity on May 09, 2019:
I thought that Amber was for orange and nobody can change my mind,
school on May 06, 2019:
my name is not school.i agree with ellen i like gemestone names too.
??? on April 28, 2019:
what about Fuchsia for pink
Hello on April 13, 2019:
These are really creative! I will definitely use them at some point.
Debi on March 06, 2019:
I have 2 daughters with Brown inspired names Sable and Sienah my 3rd daughter is Paige n I’m looking forward to a granddaughter Scarlett
wassuh on February 25, 2019:
I loved the name hazel!!
Karma on February 06, 2019:
My favourite names right now are Rose, Ember, Orca, Ash and Phoenix
Hello on January 31, 2019:
A green name: Meralda
Wolficorn_Luvs on January 20, 2019:
I really like the name Halo for the gold. I know it sounds weird, but I think it sounds adorable.
Siena Stewart on January 20, 2019:
Just thought you should know, the original spelling for 'Sienna' is with one 'n'. It is of Latin origin and is a town in Italy - which is known for its art treasures. The reason people now use the spelling with double n is because of famous Actress, Sienna Miller. Sienna is also a reddish-brown colour.
hayley on January 07, 2019:
i liked ash,iris,scarlet and rose!
ellen on December 18, 2018:
I really like gemstone inspired names. Crystal and Diamond for sure!
Susie on December 03, 2018:
I like the name Ember for a girl
Alyssa on November 13, 2018:
favorite black-inspired name: Kiera or Kira. means "black" "black lord" or "Little black one" Kiera is Irish while I've heard that Kira is more American or African
Shelby on November 06, 2018:
Navy is a cute blue name, especially for a girl.
Sky on October 14, 2018:
I like the name mars
Oyla on October 01, 2018:
Holo is a great name for rainbow
Jacquisha on September 24, 2018:
Cyan is my favorite blue based name even though it's blue-ish green
hi on September 19, 2018:
is magnenta a name
Aamna on September 09, 2018:
Could have used petunia for purple or pink
Green on August 18, 2018:
For the green names you could’ve used juniper
AylaBhabie on August 08, 2018:
I honestly think the best name for a girl is Jade and for a boy Ash
GirlLookingForAPurpleNamd on August 08, 2018:
You should’ve used Amber purple.
B on July 21, 2018:
I love the name rosie
No one on July 20, 2018:
Autumn for orange
Ivory on July 17, 2018:
Love the name Ivory, Sapphire, and Amethyst.
Pam wrisley on July 16, 2018:
Lace/Lacey for white
Damillymoo on July 11, 2018:
You could just do blue for the colour blue
Someone on June 19, 2018:
A good name for yellow is Citrine. This yellow gem sounds perfect for a bright little girl.
Also, Alexandrite, another beautiful gem would work for the rainbow, as it changes color. You could call the little girl Alex!
Katie on June 07, 2018:
I LOVE the name Iris
Sam on June 03, 2018:
ARGHHH! I just CAN'T decide between Azure, and River!
Bea Bird on June 01, 2018:
Aubergine the other name for eggplant is a beautiful purple and Loden is a fabric that is often a olivey/forest green color. I think both of these would make great children’s names.
Judith Twitchell on May 21, 2018:
Favorite woman's name for: Ginger
E.C on April 14, 2018:
The name Pallid for grey and Verdant for green
Kathryn Lamoreux (author) on April 04, 2018:
Thanks for the correction, Sylf! I can't believe that a French-speaking reader didn't catch that sooner. I have now corrected the entry:
"15) Juane - A variation on the Spanish Juan, Juane resembles the French word for "yellow," jaune."
Next time, I'll have to double-check my research so that I don't spread misspellings.
Sylf on April 03, 2018:
Juane is not French for yellow. The correct spelling is "jaune".
Kathryn Lamoreux (author) on March 23, 2018:
What a lovely name, Sassafras23! There are so many beautiful names inspired by roses, too. They could make a wonderful list in and of themselves.
Sassafras23 on March 23, 2018:
You missed a name for Pink -- Rosette, a rose. Which I think is very beautiful, but soft like silk. Perfect name for a precious, frilly little girl!
Kathryn Lamoreux (author) on December 09, 2017:
Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Nicole! Sorry I didn't respond earlier. Somehow, I just saw it now. It's definitely strange and interesting how some words, including seasons, months, etc. become popular names and others don't. Although I suppose it makes sense that the warmer and more pleasant months are more popular name choices. I certainly don't see my birth month, February catching on as a first name any time soon. As for color names, I just love how they conjure up such vivid images when you hear them. I had a lot of fun researching and compiling them for this hub. Anyway, thanks for reading!
Nicole K on September 24, 2017:
Wow, this hub is very intriguing! Thanks so much for sharing. I had no idea so many names were inspired by different colors, but it truly is fascinating. One of my favorite authors and a very encouraging woman is named Stormie Omartian and I always found that fascinating. I've often thought about names inspired by various seasons, like Summer, Winter, Autumn... yet no one usually uses "Spring" for a first name. Then, certain months, like April and May, are popular as first names... but not usually certain others, like August or November. Anyway, names and their origins sure are interesting!