Color of the Year Inspires 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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s your favorite blue-hued baby name?