Jewel Baby Names

Jewel names were popular a century ago and they're back in style now as baby names. Among the jewel names you might want to consider for your little gem, er, girl, are:
  • Amber

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Though perhaps not as currently stylish as Ruby, Jade, or Pearl, Amber has a colorful history (remember the notorious Forever Amber heroine?) and is currently ranked at Number 309.... Read More 

  • Amethyst

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    As flower names become more exotic, so can gem names move beyond Ruby and Pearl to names like Topaz, Sapphire and Peridot. Amethyst, the purple birthstone for February, has never been in the Top... Read More 

  • Bijou

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Bijou is a name that lives up to its definition -- a real jewel. Warning: not unheard of on poodles' dog collars. Actress Bijou Phillips is its best known bearer. It can also be spelled Bijoux.Read More 

  • Coral

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    First used during the Victorian craze for jewel names; it could rise again, along with Ruby and Pearl, though it doesn't have as much luster. Read More 

  • Coralie

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Coralie is a French name not often heard here, though she's gaining some recognition via Neil Gaiman's similar sounding spooky and lovely children's book, Coraline. Other literary... Read More 

  • Crystal

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Originally a male name, Crystal was hot in the 1980s along with shoulder pads and big hair, but retains none of the sparkle it once had. Read More 

  • Diamond

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Diamond sparkled all through the nineties--reaching as high as Number 150 in 1999. Although its shine has diminished quite a bit, it remains in use.

    Followers of the British royal... Read More 

  • Emerald

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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 

  • Esmeralda

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    This Portuguese and Spanish version of the jewel-like Emerald has long been popular with Hispanic parents, and has now climbed to Number 376 on the U.S. list.

    In the 1831 Victor Hugo... Read More 

  • Garnet

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    One of the jewel names in use a hundred years ago, due for revival along with sisters Ruby and Pearl. Read More 

  • Gemma

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Gemma is a jewel of a name, an Italian classic that was very popular in 1980s England, but has only recently been started to be used here; it entered the list in 2008, and is already at 272. ... Read More 

  • Giada

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Giada is a fresh spin on Jade, which has been quietly and stylishly used in English-speaking countries for several years now. Popular cook Giada De Laurentiis made this a possibility, then... Read More 

  • Jade

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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 

  • Jasper

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Jasper has a lot going for it -- it's been rocketing up the ranks in the US, after long being considered a posh and charming name in England. Distinctly masculine, Jasper represents a variety of... Read More 

  • Jewel

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    As Flora is for botanicals, Jewel is the generic gemstone name, not used much since the early twentieth century, when it was seen as a symbol of how precious a daughter could be. The French... Read More 

  • Onyx

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    One of the few of this class to have a husky boyish sound.Read More 

  • Opal

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Opal is on the verge of a repolishing, following other jewel names like Ruby and Pearl. A Top 100 name during the first two decades of the twentieth century, the opalescent Opal has a good chance... Read More 

  • Pearl

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewellery box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a... Read More 

  • Peridot

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Peridot is the gem of the month of August, a vibrant green mineral, said to be good for helping people put the past behind them, and an interesting, undiscovered jewel name. It was regarded in... Read More 

  • Ruby

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Ruby, vibrant red, sassy and sultry, has definitely outshone the other revived vintage gem names, with its sparkling resume of cultural references.

    Ruby is an early rock classic --... Read More 

  • Sapphire

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Sapphire goes waaaaay beyond Ruby and Pearl. This September birthstone, occasionally used a century ago, might be worth a reappraisal, perhaps as a Sophie/Sophia alternative. Sapphire is the... Read More 

  • Topaz

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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 

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