Color Names: Parents are partial to the color purple

The most stylish palette for clothes this season may be orange, lemon, lime and other neon-bright colors, but baby namers are showing a real passion for purple, loving names from pale Lavender and Violet to deeper purpley shades. Purple itself has many associations– with royalty and nobility—as well as haze, rain, overwritten prose, an Alice Walker novel and screen version, as well as purple people eaters.


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Shrinking no more, Violet is one of the prettiest and most delicate of the color and flowers names. A Top 100 name in the first quarter of the 20th century, Violet, the choice of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for their first daughter and of several other celebs , is poised to take that position again. Violet has starred in such vehicles as The Incredibles, and been instrumental in launching the V-name trend.

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