Color of the Year Inspires Baby Names

December 10, 2019 Sophie Kihm
Blue-Hued Baby Names

Pantone, the authority on all things color, has announced that the 2020 color of the year is Classic Blue. This deep and calming hue evokes confidence, calmness, and dependability—virtues we covet for this upcoming decade!

Prepare to see Classic Blue everywhere in 2020—in house paint, accessories, and yes, even baby names.

Blue-hued baby names are trending, both those directly linked to the color as well as ones with subtler connections through the sea and the sky. It’s one of our favorite hues along the color-name spectrum for 2020.


Names that Mean Blue

Ever since Beyoncé and Jay-Z named their daughter Blue Ivy in 2012, there’s been an increased interest in blue names taken directly from the color wheel.

The biggest stars have been Navy and Royal, which have each increased in use by about 400% since 2012. Part of Royal’s boost can be explained by the simultaneous trend of exalted baby names, while Navy feels like a modern discovery and is particularly fashionable with that middle V.

  1. Azure
  2. Blue
  3. Cyan
  4. Indigo
  5. Lapis
  6. Lilac
  7. Navy
  8. Royal
  9. Sky
  10. Slate
  11. Teal

Heavenly Blue Names

The sky and the heavens conjure the color blue as well as it’s qualities of peace and tranquility.

Hawaiian names with the suffix -lani, meaning “heavenly,” are particularly hot among this category. Twelve names ending in -lani currently rank in the US Top 1000, compared to just two at the start of the decade.

  1. Aaliyah
  2. Alya
  3. Araceli
  4. Caelum
  5. Celeste
  6. Celia
  7. Ciel
  8. Cielo
  9. Dion
  10. Juno
  11. Leilani
  12. Noelani
  13. Sama
  14. Talia
  15. Zeru


Blue Water Names

Names inspired by bodies of water are decidedly blue in color. Celebrities in particular love this category of names—Kristen Bell has a Delta, Molly Sims has a Brooks, and Jeff Goldblum, Jamie Oliver, and Kelly Clarkson each have a River.

Not to mention, in the past fifteen months there has been not one, but two baby girls named Banks, daughters of Hilary Duff and Willow Palin.

  1. Banks
  2. Bay
  3. Brooks
  4. Caspian
  5. Cordelia
  6. Delta
  7. Harbor
  8. Kai
  9. Kailani
  10. Lake
  11. Maren
  12. Monroe
  13. Ocean
  14. Pacific
  15. River
  16. Tallulah

What’s your favorite blue-hued baby name?

About the author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top middle names of 2019, the top baby names in each state, and the hottest nickname names of 2018. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at Sophie lives in Chicago.

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