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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Orchid is one of the most exotic and sensual of the purple color/flower possibilities. As a name it has been found in Chinese mythology, in a 2004 British historical novel called Empress Orchid, and as the superheroine Black Orchid in three DC comics. A while back a Berry did some research on some interesting genus names of orchids—you can check them out here.

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