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:
  • Crimson

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Crimson could be a possible competitor for Scarlett's success, though it's lacking that Gone With the Wind charm.Read More 

  • Cyan

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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

  • Ebony

    Gender: F LoveDislike

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

  • Ecru

    Gender: F LoveDislike

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

  • Emerald

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

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