Names That Mean Black

  1. Cole
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "swarthy, coal black"
    • Description:

      Cole -- a short name that embodies a lot of richness and depth -- has long been associated with the great songwriter Cole Porter. It's quite popular in Scotland.
  2. Keir
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "dark, black"
    • Description:

      Keir is a single-syllable name that packs a lot of punch, might suggest -- thanks to its similarity to the word care -- a caring person. Sir Keir Rodney Starmer is a British politician and head of the Labour Party since 2020. Keir Dullea is an American actor who starred in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  3. Douglas
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "black water"
    • Description:

      Douglas, and more particularly its nickname, Doug, had a real romantic swagger in the 1950s and 1960s dating back to swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks, but today is more likely to conjure up your mom's prom date. Originally a Celtic river name, it became attached to a powerful Scottish clan, renowned for their strength and courage. In its earliest incarnation, Douglas was used equally for girls and boys.
  4. Kali
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "black one"
    • Description:

      Cute name but be warned: Kali is the Hindu goddess of destruction, the fierce side of the goddess Devi.
  5. Ebony
    • Origin:

      English
    • Description:

      An attractive and now underused nature name belonging to a tree whose wood is prized for its dark color and dense texture, which shines when polished. Ebony joined the most popular girl names list in the US in the early 1970s, peaked in 1982 at #132, and dropped back below the Top 1000 in 2006.
  6. Caliban
    • Origin:

      Romanian
    • Meaning:

      "black"
    • Description:

      In Shakespeare's The Tempest, Caliban is the name of the deformed son of a witch: not the greatest literary reference for a child. But Caliban does have an appealing international-yet-accessible feel and a rhythmic sound. As long as nobody knows its origin, it might make a great name for a boy or even a girl.
  7. Melania
    • Origin:

      Spanish and Greek variation of Melanie
    • Meaning:

      "black"
    • Description:

      The current wife of Donald Trump, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, brought this pretty version to the fore. Saint Melania was an heiress who freed thousands of enslaved people.
  8. Inola
    • Origin:

      Cherokee
    • Meaning:

      "black fox"
    • Description:

      One of three Cherokee names with the same meaning, along with Inali and Enoli, both male names.
  9. Krishna
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "dark, black"
    • Description:

      Krishna, in Hindu tradition, was the human incarnation of the god Vishnu, a heroic figure representing love and joy--the familiar "Hare Krishna" is a chant to this deity.
  10. Doyle
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "black stranger"
    • Description:

      Dark horse Irish surname.
  11. Douglas
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "black water"
    • Description:

      Now a mostly-male name, in its earliest incarnation Douglas was used equally for girls and boys and could certainly make a comeback as one of the new boy names for girls".
  12. Kuro
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "ninth son; black"
    • Description:

      Traditionally given to the ninth-born son, which is a rarity nowadays.
  13. Guadalupe
    • Origin:

      Spanish from Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "hidden river, valley of the wolves"
    • Description:

      Popular Spanish name that relates to the patron saint of Mexico. It could conceivably, like Soledad and Consuelo, cross the border into multicultural territory, but the name's decline since the nineties would seem to make that less likely.
  14. Carey
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "dark, black"
    • Description:

      Carey is a surname name that works equally well on babies of all genders - Jazz great Carey Bell and motorcross champion Carey Hart are just two examples of how handsome this name can be for a boy.
  15. Blackwell
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "black well or stream"
    • Description:

      Dark.
  16. Krishna
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "dark, black"
    • Description:

      Krishna is the name of the supreme Hindu god that is still considered secular enough for mortal children and is often found in Hindu families, for both boys and girls.
  17. Charna
    • Origin:

      Yiddish
    • Meaning:

      "dark, black"
    • Description:

      Popular name in Israel, worth considering for a dark-haired daughter with a bit of a bohemian cast.
  18. Esvet
    • Origin:

      Turkish variation of Aswad
    • Meaning:

      "black"
    • Description:

      Esvet is a Turkish variant of the Arabic male given name Aswad.
  19. Inali
    • Origin:

      Cherokee
    • Meaning:

      "black fox"
    • Description:

      One of a handful of Cherokee names meaning "black fox," along with Enoli and Inola.
  20. Zanzibar
    • Origin:

      Swahili place name from Persian
    • Meaning:

      "black coast"
    • Description:

      Zanzibar is an island region off the coast of Tanzania. It's never been recorded as a baby name, but for those with a connection to Zanzibar, it's an intriguing and unique option chock full of zesty Zs.