Ebony Origin and Meaning

The name Ebony is girl's name of English origin.
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.

The word Ebony ultimately derives from the Ancient Egyptian name for the tree, via Greek and Latin. It is also a name with musical connections, since the black keys on a piano were traditionally made of ebony wood.

The name Ebony has historically been particularly popular in the African-American community, and is the name of a long-running magazine focusing on news, culture and politics in the Black community.

Ebony Popularity

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Famous People Named Ebony

  • Ebony BonesBritish Caribbean singer,songwriter
  • EbonyJewel Cora,Lee Camellia Rosamond Rainford,Brent, English cricketer
  • Ebony Vernice HoffmanAmerican basketball player
  • Ebony JacksonAmerican reality TV personality ("16 and Pregnant")
  • Venus Ebony Starr WilliamsAmerican tennis player

Ebony in Pop Culture

  • Ebonybattle spider in the Spider Riders series
  • Ebonycharacter on TV's The Tribe
  • Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Waymain character of 'My Immortal'
  • Ebony Whitemale sidekick of comics character The Spirit
  • "Ebony and Ivory" song by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
  • EbonyAfrican,American magazine