Blonde, Brunette and Redhead Baby Names:
An Irish surname that means “descendant of the curly-haired one,” Cassidy was once a lean, lanky Hopalong name, until it got lassoed by the cowgirls in the 1980’s, going on to climb as high as Number 105 for girls in 1997. Right now, it’s 96% pink.
- Cassidy was once a lean, lanky Hopalong name, until it got lassoed by the cowgirls in the 1980’s, going on to climb as high as Number 105 for girls in 1997. Right now, it’s 96% pink." >
- New Testament is associated with Britain’s King William II, called William Rufus because of the color of his hair. Heard as a character on Gossip Girl, Rufus is now on the cutting edge of cool." >
- Fin names—Finn, Finlay/Finley, Finian, Finnegan—have the basic meaning of “fair-haired hero,” which makes a great prophecy for your little blond boy. And they relate back to that greatest hero of Irish mythology—Finn McCool." >
- Bruno is a name that comes quite directly from the German and French words for ‘brown.’ It’s one of the few o-ending boys’ names still waiting to be discovered, now associated with popular singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, who was christened Peter but called Bruno from the age of two." >
- Crispin means “curly-haired” in Latin and is a saint’s name made famous in a Shakespearean speech—after which actor Crispin Glover was named. In the Harry Potter books, Crispin Cronk is a wizard who kept several sphinxes in his backyard." >
- Rowan, which means “little redhead” has taken off in a big way for both boys and girls. The major factor in its pink presence is Brooke Shields's 2002 choice of it for her first daughter—who happens to have reddish hair." >
- Ciara, Ciaran, Kiera and Kieran all come from the Gaelic meaning “dark,” with Ciaran/Kieran more specifically meaning “little dark-haired one.” All these names are members of the present generation of Irish names on the rise." >
- Xanthe (pronounced zan-thee, giving it some extra zip) is one of the few usable X-names for girls --or boys, for that matter." >
- Reed is one of the many red-related R-initial names that would be perfect for a little carrot-top babe. Simple, elegant and sophisticated, Reed also has a nice tall-grass-nature element. It’s always been ranked on the popularity list, but now is at its highest point ever." >
- Dolan is a rarely heard surname name that means black-haired. With Nolan picking up steam for boy babies, Dolan is another that might be considered. It’s a name that dates back to the twelfth century in Ireland." >
- Kenyon comes from the Celtic for “blond” or “the white-haired Norseman.” It’s an underused surname name with a nice canyonesque feel—and would make a fresh namesake for a retired Uncle Ken." >
- Calvin is ‘bald’—which is fine for a baby but not necessarily so appreciated later on in life. Calvin, which started to be used as a first name honoring Protestant reformer John Calvin, is presidential (Coolidge), fashiony (Klein) and comical (writer Trillin, Calvin & Hobbes.)" >
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on October 10th, 2013 at 10:49 pm
I love a lot of these, including Cassidy, Rufus, Ciara, Rowan, Xanthe, and Finlay. And Calvin, of course. 😉 My grandfather’s middle name is Kenyon—it was his mother’s maiden name. He was dark-haired, though. Dolan, however, is firmly a last name to me because of the jovial Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan (or Timothy Cardinal Dolan—a Cardinal’s title is officially listed in the middle).
I’m glad to see a few dark-haired names represented here, since my hair has always been such.
on October 11th, 2013 at 12:03 am
I like a lot of these names! The picture for Dolan is absolutely adorable, but internet meme Dolan Duck just makes this name seem cruel right now.
on October 11th, 2013 at 9:40 am
Even though I know the meaning of Xanthe makes it best for a blonde, to me I picture a dark haired girl when I imagine the name on someone… Don’t know why!
I love Ronan and Rowan, but would have to pick one!
on October 11th, 2013 at 9:56 am
The thing is you often can’t tell what colour hair your baby will have! My daughter (8 months) has red hair and I wish I could have chosen a middle name to match her unusual hair. But it took us all by surprise when it started growing! My older daughter has blonde hair and I would have loved to use Xanthe for her.
on October 11th, 2013 at 11:23 am
My grandfather’s name was Rufus. I’ve been telling my husband for years that it will come back in, but he refuses to believe me!
on October 11th, 2013 at 11:44 am
Xanthippe was the wife of Socrates. Xanthippe meant “yellow horse” or “yellow, golden, fair.” She it’s the same basic meaning. Please change that as it’s historical fact, not just my opinion that Xanthippe was his wife.
I really like Crispin (not for me), Rowan (boy), Ciara, and Xanthe. It’s true what a previous post said though, you often don’t know what hair color your baby will have. Persephone was born with curly black hair then it straightened and faded to dark brown.
on October 11th, 2013 at 12:17 pm
Just don’t choose a descriptive name like these just because of your child’s appearance at birth. If we had, our strawberry-blonde and curly girl would have a brunette name. She was born with a dark brown Mohawk hairdo, it was the funniest thing!
on October 11th, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Some of these names are great! I really love a lot of the ones for boys – Rufus (swoon), Crispin, Rowan (on a boy), and Dolan. Dolan is a new one for me to have heard.
on October 11th, 2013 at 4:07 pm
Our gorgeous blonde haired, spunky Xanthe was very well named. I love her name and the variant
Now Rufus is growing on me fast especially for a red haired child.
And while I am sure it doesn’t have a red hair connection I always think Deidre is a name just for red haired girls.
on October 11th, 2013 at 10:18 pm
I know someone with the last name Dolan so I can’t see it as a first name. Calvin seems dated to me I know a Calvin in his late thirties and it also reminds me of DJ Calvin Harris who is 29 so quite young and very well known.
on October 12th, 2013 at 12:48 am
my boy was born with dark hair then he went completely bold and it grew back blonde!
on October 12th, 2013 at 3:14 am
Love these especially Cassidy Calvin and Kieran/Ciara etc x
on October 13th, 2013 at 2:04 pm
I think several of these names are very wearable and fresh. I really like Finlay, Rufus, Crispin, and Rowan. I also think the babies representing Cassidy and Finlay are two of the cutest babies I’ve seen, just saying.
on October 15th, 2013 at 3:37 pm
Finlay (as well as the other ‘Finn’ names)
Ciara (as well as the other ‘Ciara’ names like Ciaran for example)
on October 20th, 2013 at 9:10 am
I wasn’t a fan of most of these. However, Xanthe and Kenyon are great!
on March 15th, 2015 at 9:42 am
Factual error: Brook Shields’s daughter was born in 2003, not 2002.
on March 15th, 2015 at 9:43 am
Factual error: Brook Shields’s daughter Rowan was born in 2003, not 2002. (Corrected post.)
on March 15th, 2015 at 9:45 am
I keep making mistakes – I spelled Brooke wrong!
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