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:
  • Slate

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    One of the more unusual of the current crop of strong, single-syllable boys' names, evoking the images of both old-fashioned blackboards and modern stepping-stones and countertops. Read More 

  • Steel

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Hard and shiny, Steel projects an image that's smooth, macho...and cold to the touch. Read More 

  • Sterling

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A name with some sterling qualities, most associated with the British currency and silver markets. Sterling has risen more than 400 spots on the US Top 1000 between 2009 and 2015, perhaps because... Read More 

  • Tawny

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Y-ending color adjectives like Tawny and Rusty are nowhere near as stylish as the more sophisticated Lilacs and Violets. Read More 

  • Teal

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This name of both a grayish-greenish-blue color and a kind of wild duck can be used for both boys and girls. Read More 

  • Titian

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A creative choice, suggesting the Venetian Renaissance painter (born Tiziano), and the brownish orange red hue that was featured on his palette. But try explaining to the boys in seventh grade... Read More 

  • Topaz

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    As a name, Topaz is sophisticated and sultry; as a golden gem, it's said to have healing and energizing properties and also to bring good luck-- and being the birthstone for November could make it... Read More 

  • Turquoise

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Turquoise is similar in hue to Aqua, which is one of the cool new color names on the palette. Other blue-hued options: Cerulean, Cyan, Indigo, or Blue itself.Read More 

  • Umber

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Conjures up the rich brown colors of raw and burnt umber, but it may be too close to girls' Amber. Read More 

  • Vermilion

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This vivid reddish orange color name is an undiscovered possibility -- kind of a female equivalent of Cerulean for boys. Read More 

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