Blonde, Brunette and Redhead Baby Names:

Ever wonder how our names actually originated? A lot of them derived from the Latin or Greek word for the physical characteristic of a single individual—for example Cicero means ‘chick pea’ because of a wart on the nose of the first Cicero, and Claude’s meaning of ‘lame’ ditto. Several more are related to the bearer’s hair color or quality, such as the ones here. I’ll spare you poor Brendan, which means ‘stinking hair’ and the biblical Esau, meaning ‘hairy’.


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.

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hermione_vader Says:

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.

ruolan Says:

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.

Anotherkate Says:

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!

Char55 Says:

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.

emilybk Says:

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!

Dantea Says:

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.

thatkathryngirl Says:

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!

jtucker Says:

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.

rollo Says:

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.

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

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.

akrayven Says:

October 12th, 2013 at 12:48 am

my boy was born with dark hair then he went completely bold and it grew back blonde!

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:

October 12th, 2013 at 3:14 am

Love these especially Cassidy Calvin and Kieran/Ciara etc x

shellezbellez Says:

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.

tori101 Says:

October 15th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

My favourites…
Finlay (as well as the other ‘Finn’ names)
Ciara (as well as the other ‘Ciara’ names like Ciaran for example)

: )

OceaneBreeze Says:

October 20th, 2013 at 9:10 am

I wasn’t a fan of most of these. However, Xanthe and Kenyon are great!

namefan Says:

March 15th, 2015 at 9:42 am

Factual error: Brook Shields’s daughter was born in 2003, not 2002.

namefan Says:

March 15th, 2015 at 9:43 am

Factual error: Brook Shields’s daughter Rowan was born in 2003, not 2002. (Corrected post.)

namefan Says:

March 15th, 2015 at 9:45 am

I keep making mistakes – I spelled Brooke wrong!

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