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Autumn Baby Names: The most brilliant color names

Flannery and Fuchsia

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

AUBURN—Au-names are hot right now—Audrey, Aubrey, August, Augustus et al– but this rich autumnal unisex possibility has yet to be discovered.

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.

CARMINE—This vivid red name, reflecting the brightest color of autumn, is an old-style Italian boy name, but could have a whole new life for girls, an alternative to Carmen or Scarlet.

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.

ROAN is a color chiefly used to describe the chestnut color of horses but could also refer to fall leaves. Pronounced exactly like Rowan (see below).

RUSSET—Another evocative reddish-brown color name that relates to fall leaves, Russet makes a possibly more distinctive namesake for an Uncle Russell. Downside: it’s also a kind of potato.

SAFFRONSaffron 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.

TITIAN—This would make a creative autumn baby name choice, referencing the Venetian Renaissance painter as well as the brownish-orangey-red hue he favored. Often used to describe redheads.

UMBER—A resonant brown hue  relating to the autumnal earth that might be ready to join cousins Amber and Ember.

AUTUMN BABY NAMES: COLOR MEANINGS

AURELIA—Meaning “the golden one,” the shimmering Aurelia is now #653 and climbing.  A favorite in ancient Rome, it was borne by the mother of Julius Caesar—and of poet Sylvia Plath.

BRUNA and BRUNO—Twin names meaning brown. Whereas Bruno is well used here—think the singer known as Bruno MarsBruna is a hidden treasure in the US.

CRESSIDA—A pretty Greek name meaning gold, both mythological and Shakespearean, she reappeared in The Hunger Games as a film director character. More prosaic golden names: GILDA, GOLDA and GOLDIE.

FLANNERY—An appealing red-haired Irish name associated with (Mary) Flannery O’Connor, creator of characters Atticus and Scout.

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.

ORLA—A readily importable Irish name meaning ‘golden princess’, Orla is currently a top name in Scotland. Orla Quirke is a Harry Potter character.

ROONE is one of our favorite Irish names for redheads, not by any means as well used as the unisex RORY (#368 for boys, 579 for girls), or ROWAN (129 for boys, 211 for girls).

RUFUS—A Latin red-haired name with an adorably rumpled image. Another Harry Potter character, Rufuses also appeared in the films Dogma and Kill Bill and on Gossip Girl.

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 InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.

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EERDT Says:

September 23rd, 2019 at 2:47 pm

Harper Lee (not Flannery O’Connor) created Atticus and Scout…

miloowen Says:

September 25th, 2019 at 6:37 pm

But I would have loved to have read Flannery O’Connor’s version of To Kill a Mockingbird!

Nrhysling Says:

September 26th, 2019 at 11:50 am

Roan the color is not pronounced like Rowan at all. It is one syllable like the river, Rhône.

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