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.
- India. Actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Rider Strong both chose it for their boys—the latter is known as Indy." >
- Hunter, at Number 41, is by far the most popular color name for boys, though parents are more likely to be attracted by its trendy ‘er’ ending and its occupational surname status. Gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson was a famous bearer; Hunter was used for their sons by actor Josh Holloway and chef Guy Fieri and Hunter Clarington was a character on Glee. Internationally, Hunter is the ninth most popular name in New Zealand." >
- Grey version entered the Top 1000 in 2013, is now at Number 916, and 605 on Nameberry. Like other single-syllable hues, it makes a colorful middle: Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney named their son Leo Grey. Also in the gray family: Ash, Slate and Granite." >
- Carmine takes on a completely different hue when seen as a rosy-red color name. It ranked as high as Number 377 in 1912, and stayed on the list till 2007. Recently there have been Carmines seen in Gotham and American Hustle. Also consider Auburn and Brick." >
- Royal, more for its regal aspects than its royal blue coloration, has been zooming up the popularity charts recently, jumping from outside the Top 1000 to Number 465 in just three years, almost catching up to its Top 300 status at the turn of the last century. Some might associate it with Royal Tenenbaum in the Wes Anderson classic, The Royal Tenenbaums." >
- Moss Hart and now, as a surname, with Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss. Also a leading character in the British TV cult classic, The IT Crowd." >
- Blue was used early on as a middle name by Cher and Greg Allman for son Elijah in 1976 and since has been adopted as such by several other celebs. But then it was very publicly uni-sexed and switched into first place in 2012 by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy. Also spelled Blu and Bleu." >
- Jet, also spelled Jett, with its shiny black image and feel of supersonic speed, is on the rise. It’s the double-t spelling that’s taken the lead; Jett is now at Number 332 nationally and 189 on Nameberry. George Lucas chose it for his son, while Lisa Ling used it for her daughter. It goes back to the iconic James Dean character of Jett Rink in Giant." >
- Shakespeare and Oliver Cromwell. A possible namesake for a Grandpa Russell?" >
- Green was a Top 300 name in the 1880s? It still has distinctive middle place possibilities: it’s the middle name of Ethan Hawke, who passed it on to his son Levon (who has a second color name, Roan, as his other middle). It now has ecological cred." >
- Cerulean appears in Bryan Davis’s Echoes from the Edge series. One Cerulean we know goes by Ceru. Some other blue hues: Cyan, Cobalt, Azure, Navy." >
- Brown is more often heard as a surname, as in Governor Jerry Brown, Former British PM Gordon Brown and singer James Brown. Two other intriguing possibilities in the brown spectrum: Cordovan and Umber." >
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on May 26th, 2016 at 11:28 pm
Good choices. I love Celadon and Grayling.
on 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.
on May 27th, 2016 at 10:48 am
With the -son ending, Crimson seems like a very natural choice to me…
on 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
on 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.
on May 27th, 2016 at 2:06 pm
…perhaps Veridian or Slate
on 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.
on May 30th, 2016 at 11:28 pm
I could also dig Copper, Silver, Onyx and Sable.
on May 31st, 2016 at 3:54 pm
Carmine is an old family name that I’ve recently rediscovered—love it!
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