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:
  • Green

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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

  • Greige

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Better on your living-room walls. Read More 

  • Grey

    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. Grey/Gray is one exception, which could make for a soft and evocative—if... Read More 

  • Hazel

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    When Julia Roberts named one of her twins Hazel in 2004, there was a great public outcry against "another one of those nutty celebrity names." But we didn't see why. Now that the old Hazel the... Read More 

  • Henna

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Reddish dye that sounds as if it could be a real name -- of the outdated, Old World, Yetta-Hedda variety.Read More 

  • Hyacinth

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Though it may not be as sweet and gentle as, say, Violet, the purple-hued Hyacinth still might hold some appeal for the parent seeking a truly exotic flower name.

    In Greek mythology... Read More 

  • Indigo

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Indigo is one of the most appealing and evocative of the new generation of color names. Color names have joined flower and jewel names -- in a big way -- and Indigo, a deep blue-purple dye from... Read More 

  • Ivory

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Extremely attractive color name chosen by some African-American families for its reference to the West African Ivory Coast; more commonly used for girls. Read More 

  • Jade

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    As cool as the precius green stone said to transmit wisdom, clarity, justice, courage, and modesty, Jade has been rising in popularity since Mick and Bianca Jagger chose it for their daughter in... Read More 

  • Jet

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This super-charged variation of Jett is on the rise -- along with the unlikely newcomer Jetson.Read More 

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