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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  • Slate

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    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

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

  • Sterling

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    A name with some sterling qualities, but a slightly pretentious air, it rose 96 spots between 2012 and 2013. Read More 

  • Tawny

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

  • Teal

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    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

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    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 tha... Read More 

  • Topaz

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    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

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    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

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

  • Vermilion

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    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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