by Linda Rosenkrantz
Of all the names associated with seasons, autumn baby names are the most colorful. Autumn arrivals are lucky to be born into a world of blazing, changing color. And that kaleidoscopic show of vibrant leaves morphing from green to red, yellow, orange and brown can provide lots of colorful baby name inspiration.
Let’s look at both the actual names of colors, and names with meanings linked to red, orange, yellow and brown.
AUTUMN BABY NAMES: COLORS
BLAZE—Not strictly speaking a color name, but certainly a descriptor of the season at its height. Used for both sexes, but heavily weighted towards the boys, entering the Top 1000 in 2000 and now at #853. Kate Winslet used it as the middle name of her son Bear in 2013.
FUCHSIA—A little tricky to spell, this autumn name strong and, well, colorful. Sting used it for his now grown daughter after a character in the Gormenghast fantasy trilogy.
SAFFRON—Saffron is a warm orange color name—its name first recorded in the year 1200—as well as that of the spice. Parents who’ve chosen Saffron for their daughters include Simon and Yasmin LeBon and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal. A lot of us might associate it with the sensible daughter on TV’s Absolutely Fabulous.
AUTUMN BABY NAMES: COLOR MEANINGS
FLYNN—This charming red-hot Irish surname name means ‘son of the red-haired one’. It gained a lot of attention as the animated hero of Disney’s Tangled, and has risen to #779.
OMAIRA—An intriguing Arabic girl name meaning red, could make an unusual autumn baby name choice.
XANTHE—Meaning ‘golden, yellow’ in Greek, this is the rare X-initial girl’s name that parents are beginning to find easy to love—and to pronounce.
Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond Satran of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. In addition to contributing stories on trends and celebrity naming, she guides the editorial content and manages the Nameberry Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can follow her personally at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.