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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It’s just a short jump from Lila to Lilac, another lovely fragrant flower name. The lilac, which has ties to Greek mythology, is considered a harbinger of spring, and in the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love. Stephen Moyer named his daughter Lilac in 2002, and others are just beginning to follow.

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