Baby Names That Mean Red
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on August 26th, 2013 at 11:39 pm
I ADORE Rohan. It has nothing to do with red (it means “ascending” as an Indian name and your site lists it as sandalwood) but I do love it.
I also really like Rowan (boy) and Radley (ah Boo!).
on August 26th, 2013 at 11:44 pm
So many of my favorite boy names are on this list Flynn, Jasper, Reed, Rufus and Rowan
on August 27th, 2013 at 12:33 am
I like Reed, Rowan (for a boy or a girl, it’s a rare unisex choice for me), Jasper, Ruby, and possibly Poppy for a middle name.
My SO surprised me the other day by saying he liked the name Maple. I’m liking it, but I don’t know if I’m crazy for liking it or if it’s actually usable or not. Hmm.
on August 27th, 2013 at 1:42 am
I love Rory (for a boy’s middle name), Maple, Radley, Redmond, Reed, and all forms of Rowan.
on August 27th, 2013 at 5:18 am
Here in France we also have the name Garance which means “madder”. It is a lovely name for a girl!
on August 27th, 2013 at 6:57 am
I really like Rowan (for a boy), Reed, Rufus, Maple and Garnet.
on August 27th, 2013 at 7:41 am
Greenpapaya — I love Garance and it would be an interesting “red” spin. Dantea, Rohan is in fact a spelling variation of Rowan; there’s a glitch in our database that sometimes hides a second meaning and/or origin of a name. Over time we’ve uncovered most of these but in Rohan’s case we hadn’t so only the Hindi origin and meaning were visible. That’s fixed now.
on August 27th, 2013 at 7:51 am
You could use the Rose-related names, too. Roisin is lovely for the girl with Irish ancestry. I also like mid-century combo names Rosemarie and Rosemary, though they are more related to the herb than ‘red.’ Fire-related names like Aidan (again, best in my opinion for the Irish-related) can be applied, as well.
on August 27th, 2013 at 8:02 am
Reese/Rhys is a good fire-related surname. I’ve often thought four girls named Rowan, Reese, Regan, and Reilly makes a nice sibset (I realize Regan and Reilly don’t have meanings related to ‘red,’ the purpose of this blog).
on August 27th, 2013 at 8:32 am
Oh, and I meant to add the lovely Rooney above to the sibset of girls, meaning “red-haired.”
There’s Russell, too, but this one hasn’t been revived yet.
Thanks for pointing out Radley. I like this one instantly.
I’m warming to Rufus.
on August 27th, 2013 at 8:47 am
Where is Russell?
Turns out I love red names.
on August 27th, 2013 at 8:48 am
LuMary, I think you mean 4 boys with those names… lol.
Anyway, I liked Ruby, Scarlet/Scarlett, Crimson (as a middle), Rowan & Rory (for boys only), and Flynn.
Adam is boring and dated imo.
on August 27th, 2013 at 9:35 am
Skizzo says: LuMary, I think you mean 4 boys with those names… lol.
No, actually, I do mean a sibset of girls named Rowan, Reese, Regan, Reilly, Rooney, and I’ll throw Radley in, too. 🙂 Most surname names are hijacked by girls, although there are a few exceptions that work for either, or tend to be exclusively male. That’s why I’d shy away from giving a boy a surname name.
I know a little Irish-American boy named Ruari. His mother’s surname is O’Connor, and I assume his name honors the last high king of Ireland. His brother is Connor/Conor.
on August 27th, 2013 at 10:53 am
What a great list of names!
For boys I absolutely love – Rufus, Jasper and Flynn.
For the girls, Poppy, Ruby and Scarlett are all beautiful choices. Poppy is especially starting to grow on me. It has so much spunk!
on August 27th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
To me, Edom is the ultimate red name. This was the name God gave Esau and his family after he willingly gave his Hebraic birthright over to twin-brother Jacob. The name Esau, although meaning “hairy” could also be considered a red name since the namesake was, from birth, burly with red hair. (Hence the strategy in which blind Isaac was deceived into bestowing the family blessing on Jacob as well.)
Although not listed above, Rowena is my favorite. I prefer it over the plain unisex Rowen; and I’ve always liked Jasper and Russell nn Russ. Over the years, I’ve known a few Rory’s, boys and girls – they’ve all been redheads.
My niece’s name is Ruby, named after my late grandmother; and although she was born in January and literally could have been a “Garnet”, both of her parents were born in July so Ruby was both an honoring and personal choice 🙂
on August 27th, 2013 at 1:33 pm
@pam – I would be curious to know if your daughter Rory actually turned out to be a redhead like her Mom. 🙂
on August 27th, 2013 at 7:47 pm
Love most of these! Rowan and Reid are favorites, I like sorrel but as an equestrian, I think people would find it weird for me to use! (though I’m actually a big fan of Winifred nicknamed winnie, which sounds quite horse related!)
on August 28th, 2013 at 7:28 am
A few more came to mind last night: Redford, Roosevelt (field of roses), Roy, and I learned of Rudyard and Roone.
on August 28th, 2013 at 9:35 am
Jasper and Scarlett… What a great twin combo!!!
Or Scarlett and Ruby for girl twins. Niiiice.
on August 28th, 2013 at 11:19 am
I love red names…
Poppy – so popular in the UK it’s almost stereotypical and predictable now
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