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:
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  • Cyan

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    Cyan is a highly unusual blue-green color name, a classmate of Celadon and Cerulean. It does come with the homey nickname Cy. Read More 

  • Dove

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    Subtle but clear unisex way to signal peace, especially in middle place.  Read More 

  • Ebony

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    Word name favored by African-American parents because of its connotations of blackness and beauty, trending down since the eighties.  Read More 

  • Ecru

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    Neutral color, but as a name, too much of an oddity.  Read More 

  • Emerald

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    Emerald is the intriguing color and jewel name of the deep green stone treasured as far back as ancient Egypt--it's supposed to open one's heart to wisdom and to love and be good for strengthening ... Read More 

  • Fuchsia

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    A plausible color name, it was chosen by the singer Sting as a middle name for his daughter, after a character in the Gormenghast fantasy trilogy, of which he's a big fan. Read More 

  • Ginger

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    Originally a unisex nickname for a redhead -- red hair is called "ginger" in Britain -- or for the name Virginia, Ginger perennially wears pink gingham and spike heels.  Read More 

  • Granite

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    There's a whole quarry of rocky names parents are now considering: Slate, Flint, etc. , but this one is particularly hard-edged and problematic.  Read More 

  • Gray

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    The girls have Violet and Scarlet and Ruby and Rose, but for the boys there's a much more limited palette of color names. Gray (or Grey), is one exception, which could make for a soft and evocative... Read More 

  • Green

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    Middle name possibility for a nature-loving family -- Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke used it for their son's middle name.  Read More 

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