Color Names for Babies

Using color names for babies started with Amber, then Rose drove the point home. Now color names have exploded beyond these once cool favorites to include hues from the obvious -- Violet and Scarlett -- to the most exotic, from Azure to Zinc. The full spectrum:
  • Amethyst

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    As flower names become more exotic, so can gem names move beyond Ruby and Pearl to names like Topaz, Sapphire and Peridot. Amethyst, the purple birthstone for February, has never been in the Top... Read More 

  • Aqua

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    One of the new color names that is catching on, invoking a calm, blue-green-sea feeling. Read More 

  • Ash

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the "Pokemon" cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher,... Read More 

  • Auburn

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Most of the color names are reserved for the girls, but here's one that would be perfect for a boy. Read More 

  • Azure

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Azure is a colorful choice for a blue-eyed child. Among other blue-toned color name possibilities: Indigo, Cerulean, and Blue itself.

    In the Middle Ages, azure was another name for... Read More 

  • Beige

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Bland, and better for a girl besides. Read More 

  • Blue

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Blue suddenly came into the spotlight, as the unusual color name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their baby girl Blue Ivy. Blue is also a starbaby middle name du jour, used for both sexes in... Read More 

  • Brick

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    This is an Anglicized form of various names; the Irish Gaelic O Bruic; German, Bruck or Breck, meaning "swamp" or "wood"; Yiddish, Brik, "bridge"; and Slovenian, Bric, "dweller from a hilly... Read More 

  • Brown

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Most color names, like Scarlet and Violet, are definitely female, but not this one. Brown is as rich and warm as the tone it denotes, though we must admit the Italian version Bruno has more spark... Read More 

  • Buff

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Has too many slangy connotations to be considered. Read More 

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