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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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  • Magenta

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    Magenta is a vivid Crayola color name, that could make a vivid, colorful choice. It was named in 1859 after the Napoleonic Battle of Magenta, a town in Northern Italy. One of J.K. Rowling's imagin... Read More 

  • Mahogany

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    Dark, woody name that's a bit heavy for a little girl.  Read More 

  • Maize

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    Would be more appealing if so many similar names -- Maisie, Maeve, May -- weren't even better. And then there's the corn connection. Read More 

  • Marigold

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    Marigold, once found almost exclusively in English novels and aristocratic nurseries, is beginning to be talked about and considered here; it does have a sunny, golden feel. The marigold was the sy... Read More 

  • Mauve

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    Mauve is an offbeat color name whose soft and sentimental Victorian spirit is conveyed by the name. One of the newer color names like Blue, Gray and Plum — that are increasingly being used as novel... Read More 

  • Moss

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    This evocative green nature name, heard much more frequently as a surname, is associated with playwright Moss Hart (born Robert), who co-wrote (with George S. Kaufman) such enduring Broadway comed... Read More 

  • Olive

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    Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. It returned to the Top 1000 in 2007, and has jumped quite... Read More 

  • Pink

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    The singer known as Pink (born Alecia) brought this hue onto the name-possibility palette, especially as a middle choice. Could Pink be the next Blue.  Read More 

  • Poppy

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    Poppy, unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, has a lot of spunk; Poppy makes an especially good choice for a redhead. Jamie Oliver -- the British "Naked Chef" -- used Poppy for his... Read More 

  • Raven

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    Make that bird name, and while it does work for both genders, it's far more popular for girls, via Raven Symone.  Read More 

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