Blond, Brunette, and Redhead Baby Names

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted a name that meant “red” or “redhead” for a couple of unrelated reasons. First, I was looking for a name that referred to my maiden name Redmond, since the baby would have my husband’s last name. And I guessed (correctly) that we might be having a little redhead, since my hair is copper-y and my mother’s was bright red.

The name we chose for our daughter was Rory, one of many excellent names that either mean red or red-haired or connote the rich, bright color.

I was thinking of my own color-based name search when I created three of the newest lists on Nameberry: names for blond babies, brunettes, and redheads. Some of the choices are pretty straightforward while others make a sideways nod to the color: Jasper, a reddish stone, for a redhead, for instance, or Sable for a child with dark hair or skin.

Some of our favorites from the three groups:


For more baby names for redheads, go here.


See all the blond baby names here.


Go here to see more baby names that mean dark.

Photo by Tanya Little.

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12 Responses to “Blond, Brunette, and Redhead Baby Names”

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Lola Says:

October 5th, 2011 at 9:14 am

Funny, I never thought about color in the meaning, just the color it appeared to me!

My Leo is as dark as his Pop, Simon’s stillas light as I used to be. (I expect him to darken to a red brown by 40, like me too!)
Josie’s light brown and going lighter every year. She had dark brown curls when she was 1, now she’s dishwater brown/blonde and wavy. She’ll be curly again at 30, like me too. (I went stick straight from 8 – 29 and at 30 I noticed waves. Now I’m in my 40’s and have curly, curly hair!)

I have Clancy (as a nn for Clarence, ala Mr. Brown), Rufus & Linus all on my list but I’ll use what I use despite color. It’s al based on just what I like! 😀

By the way, what colors do others think Leo, Simon & Josephine should be? I’m curious!

GoodHope Says:

October 5th, 2011 at 9:50 am

I gave my red-haired son a non-color related name, and some people did seem to think I was missing an opportunity. One of my friends campaigned hard for Rusty…which just wasn’t going to happen. For me, names with obvious color meanings are a lot like season and month names; I actually prefer them when they’re given to people who don’t “match” the meaning. I’d rather see a red-haired Alban, for instance, or a June born in November. The other way is a little too cutesy for me.

klcalder2 Says:

October 5th, 2011 at 10:04 am

I always love these kinds of topics, but when it comes to actually using a name because of my child’s predicted coloring, I don’t think I could. I thought my daughter would be blonde and now she’s starting light brown hair that’s only likely to get darker. Then my son did the opposite. His hair has gotten lighter and lighter each month. He’s still not a toe head like daddy was, but he’s definitely getting blonder. However, there are a lot of color associated names that I love and would definitely use.

Alexia Mae Says:

October 5th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

What a cool idea! I love the list!

KatieNana Says:

October 5th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

My mom was considering Amelia or Madeline for my youngest sister. When she was born with red hair my mom had to go with Madeline for the little red head in the Madeline in London books.

authorintraining Says:

October 5th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Love the list! I usually will decide on what colr a certain name sounds like basd on personal experience, not meaning. I few I would add for red:
Anything starting in R

skizzo Says:

October 5th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

when you chose the name, did you not notice Rory means “red KING”? It’s fine as a nickname for other names, but on it’s own it’s male only.

tct1219 Says:

October 5th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

You might want to add Bayard to the redhead list. I think ours is going to be a blonde but I did wonder when I was pregnant if I would make red hair more likely by choosing that name.

nikkiolle Says:

November 3rd, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Duncan is on our “list” and I am just falling more and more in love with him… Interesting that he is on the Dark name list as any son we have will have dark brown hair and dark brown eyes as both my husband and I do.. I have never thought of matching this name up with coloring, but its a nice surprise that it works in our case.. but I probably would name a blonde boy Duncan cause I just love the name

NellieDellie Says:

October 19th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I know young girl named Scarlet whos a redhair, and her name has always amused me.

ShannonDee Says:

December 12th, 2012 at 9:31 am

Are there any good names for someone with brown hair?

The names for “dark” hair mainly seem to refer to really dark hair or black hair, but not to brown hair.

WrenMaple Says:

January 17th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I named my baby Jasper, and he is a redhead, at least for now. lol

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