Names That Mean Red

  1. Rory
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "red king"
    • Description:

      This spirited Gaelic classic, which became popular in Ireland via the illustrious twelfth century king Rory O'Connor, makes a highly energetic choice, now used for either sex. Rory's gender split is still trending boyward; it's one of the coolest boys' names starting with R.
  2. Ruby
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "deep red precious stone"
    • Description:

      Vibrant, sassy, and bubbly, Ruby is a vintage gem that hasn’t lost any of its sparkle. Currently popular in a number of English-speaking countries, Ruby is proof of the 100 Year Rule, trending again for the first time since its heyday in the 1910s.
  3. Sienna
    • Origin:

      Italian color name
    • Meaning:

      "orange red"
    • Description:

      Sienna has been a Top 100 choice in England & Wales since 2005, the year after Sienna Miller's acting breakthrough in the hit movies Alfie and Layer Cake. In the US, it also got a big boost in the early noughties, before dropping slightly then rebounding to reach an all-time high in 2022.
  4. Poppy
    • Origin:

      English from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "red flower"
    • Description:

      Poppy, unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, has a lot of spunk. Long popular throughout the rest of the English-speaking world, Poppy is finally starting to rise toward the top in the US, where it entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2016.
  5. Scarlett
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "scarlet, red"
    • Description:

      Scarlett Johansson is doing more for this sparky southern name than Scarlett O'Hara ever did. Since the turn of the 21st century, Scarlett has gone from an obscure literary name to one of the most popular girls' names starting with S, right after longtime favorites Sophia and Sofia.
  6. Adam
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "son of the red earth"
    • Description:

      Adam -- a primal Old Testament name -- was revived as a 1960s cowboy name. Adam is not as popular as it once was and feels ready for a respite, replaced by newer A names like Aidan/Aiden, Avery and Axel. Its most prominent current bearers include Adams Sandler, Levine, Brody and Driver -- who plays a character named Adam on Girls.
  7. Phoenix
    • Origin:

      Arizona place-name and Greek
    • Meaning:

      "dark red"
    • Description:

      Effortlessly cool with a hint of the mystical, Phoenix rolls a lot of trends into one: it's a place-name and a bird name, it ends in the stylish letter x, it's got in-built nicknames, and it's unisex too. Familiar but not over-popular, Phoenix ranks in the US and UK Top 1000s.
  8. Rory
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "red king"
    • Description:

      Rory is a buoyant, spirited name for a redhead with Celtic roots. The name Rory is getting more popular overall, but for the past few years has been trending decidedly toward the boys' side -- however, it's been rising to new heights for girls in recent years.
  9. Carmine
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "vivid red"
    • Description:

      This traditional Italian name could have a whole new life when viewed as a color name.
  10. Phoenix
    • Origin:

      Arizona place name and Greek
    • Meaning:

      "dark red"
    • Description:

      Phoenix is a New Age name symbolizing rebirth and immortality. It's also a place name, a color name, a mythological name, AND an animal name, combining several of today's hottest trends in one appealing package.
  11. Radley
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "red meadow"
    • Description:

      Radical Bradley.
  12. Crimson
    • Origin:

      Color name
    • Meaning:

      "rich deep red"
    • Description:

      Crimson could be a possible competitor for Scarlett's success, though it's lacking that Johansson charm.
  13. Rua
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "red"
    • Description:

      This Anglicized form of the Irish Ruadh is traditionally male, but has a unisex feel — in fact, Rua was given to a handful of girls in recent years, but not enough boys to make the charts.
  14. Nezuko
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "red bean child"
    • Description:

      This demon name from the anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, was one of the highest debuts of 2021, when it was given to 20 baby girls. It rose to 29 girls in 2022.
  15. Crimson
    • Origin:

      English color name
    • Meaning:

      "rich deep red"
    • Description:

      Crimson is a rare unisex color name used more frequently among baby girls.
  16. Adan
    • Origin:

      Spanish variation of Adam
    • Meaning:

      "son of the red earth"
    • Description:

      Used most often in Hispanic cultures, though it does not feel like a typical Spanish name. It can also be seen as a spelling variant of the uber-popular Aidan, Aiden, Aden, etc.
  17. Omaira
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "long life; red"
    • Description:

      Omaira is an intriguing Middle Eastern possibility.
  18. Damek
    • Origin:

      Slavic variation of Adam
    • Meaning:

      "son of the red earth"
    • Description:

      Damek, which you might think of as Adam with a Slavic accent, considerably freshens up the original.
  19. Humayra
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "red"
    • Description:

      The Prophet Muhammed dubbed his wife, Aisha, Humayra, for she was known for having rosy red cheeks.
  20. Akane
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "deep red"
    • Description:

      A popular choice right now in Japan, where it recently ranked in the Top 10.