12 Great Color Names for Boys

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Sometimes it feels like girls have some unfair advantages when it comes to names. They get all the pretty flower and gem names and some of the best color names as well, like Violet and Scarlet and Rose. But we’re here to say that there are great, colorful names for boys as well—and that doesn’t even count all the Irish names with red meanings like Flynn, Rory, Rowan, Rufus and Rooney. Here, 12 multicolored names for boys.


With its o-ending, this is one of the liveliest and most appealing of the color choices for boys; indigo is a deep blue-purple dye from plants native to India. Actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Rider Strong both chose it for their boys—the latter is known as Indy.

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lesliemarion Says:

May 26th, 2016 at 11:28 pm

Good choices. I love Celadon and Grayling.

mill1020 Says:

May 26th, 2016 at 11:39 pm

The only way I can see using Cerulean is with the nickname Ruly. Also, can’t remember if you mentioned the possibility of Azure, but that might work.
Blue is all sadness (and Bleu cheese) to me, and I just can’t get on that bandwagon.
Gray, Hunter, and Indigo seem like the most viable choices for boy color names. Ironically, Gray/Grey is sounding more distinguished to me as I see it on more toddlers.

tfzolghadr Says:

May 27th, 2016 at 10:48 am

With the -son ending, Crimson seems like a very natural choice to me…

elifsu Says:

May 27th, 2016 at 11:22 am

I never thought about color names for boys but here are my favorite Turkish color names for boys

Boz – gray/grey
Çakır – light blue
Doru – reddish brown
Kara – black
Konur – brown
Yağız – brunette

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 27th, 2016 at 2:05 pm

I have yet to think of a boys color name I like enough to go along with our son, Indigo. My favorite is probably Roux, which I like on paper but not so much when spoken.

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 27th, 2016 at 2:06 pm

…perhaps Veridian or Slate

nat108 Says:

May 27th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

When everyone was going ga-ga over the girl name Indigo I didn’t like it at all. But when I heard it as a boy name, I loved it! The same thing happened with Jade. Now Jade is one of my top boy names. I also love Azure.

hufflepuff Says:

May 30th, 2016 at 11:28 pm

I could also dig Copper, Silver, Onyx and Sable.

teacupsandtiaras Says:

May 31st, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Carmine is an old family name that I’ve recently rediscovered—love it!

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