Colorful Crayon Names

 

Most of us, as kids, lived in a world colored by crayons, and for those of us fascinated by words and names, those assigned to the different hues in the big 64-crayon Crayola box were particularly evocative.  I can still remember, as a little girl,  being intrigued by such mysterious names as Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber.

These memories were reawakened by a communique from our inspired creative contributor Nephele, when she wrote:

“Perhaps one of the fondest childhood memories shared by many of us is that of opening up a fresh box of crayons.  What a joy to the senses it was to experience that clean scent of wax and the beautiful sight of those colorful rows of pointed tips awaiting one’s creative process.  Adding to the delight was the fact that one’s crayons bore wonderful individual names on their wrappers, such as “Periwinkle” and “Cadet Blue.”  With such names, how could a child not help but personify her crayon friends?

‘Crayola’ was synonymous with ‘crayon’  in my childhood days, as it pretty much is today.  The bonus for today’s children is that the Crayola company now includes, along with English, both French and Spanish language versions of their crayon names on the wrappers of each crayon–providing even more name choices for one’s crayon companions!”

Here is Nephele’s list of crayon names which might also make pleasing names, with a few additions by Nameberry:

ALMENDRA (Spanish, “Almond“)

CERISE

CERULEAN

FERN

FUCHSIA

GLYCINE (French, “Wisteria“)

GRAY

INDIGO

JACINTHE (from “Jacinthe des Bois,” French for “Bluebell“)

LAVANDA (Spanish, “Lavender“)

LILAC

MAGENTA

MAIZE

MALVA (Spanish, “Mauve“)

MAUVE

OLIVE

ORCHID

PERVENCHE (French, “Periwinkle”)

PINE

PLUM

ROSA (Spanish, “Pink“)

ROSE CHATOUILLE (French name for the Crayola “Tickle Me Pink“)

ROSE OEILLET  (French, “Pink Carnation”)

SCARLET

SHADOW

SIENNA

SILVER

SOLEIL (from “Rayon de Soleil,” French name for the Crayola “Sunglow”)

SOMBRA (Spanish, “Shadow“)

TANGERINE

TEAL

TULIP

UMBER

VIOLET

WISTERIA

In addition, in 1994, Crayola introduced a range of 16 “Gem Tones,” including:

AMETHYST

CITRINE

EMERALD

JADE

JASPER

ONYX

PERIDOT

RUBY

SAPPHIRE

TOPAZ

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AND NOW, FOR MORE CRAYON FUN FROM NEPHELE:

There’s a specific crayon color that represents you, and it’s hiding within your name.  To find out your own unique crayon name through Nephele’s art of anagramming, just click on this link to the Nameberry discussion board: crayon anagram

PLUS:

If you’re interested in a little Crayola trivia, here’s a link to a newspaper column written by LR a couple of years ago: Crayola–just disregard the outdated stuff at the bottom

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Jill Says:

August 24th, 2009 at 6:18 am

I loved this blog! 🙂

My favorites:

Gray
Indigo
Lilac
Olive
Rose
Scarlett
Soliel
Wisteria

And many thanks to the gifted Nephele! 🙂

Jill Says:

August 24th, 2009 at 6:18 am

Oops..I meant Soleil. 🙂

Emily28 Says:

August 24th, 2009 at 8:59 am

When I was little, I remember entering contests to name the new colors of Crayola crayons … I have spent my whole life apparently just wanting to name things! I never won though 🙂

justthinkin Says:

August 24th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I’ve always been facsinated by Crayola’s colors. I actually learned to read off of their crayons. At just three years old I sat at the table reading off of my favorite colors. My first one was Wisteria, I read it “Misteria”, and I loved that color with all of my heart.

As I got older I would frequently play what I called “The Crayola Family”, my idea for a sitcom about a family named after crayons. They had kids named Sienna, Umber, Mahogany, Scarlet and Orchid. I imagined them being real people, but I of course, acted it out using the crayons!

Great post!

British American Says:

August 24th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Over the weekend, my husband overheard a Mom in a store call her daughter “Burgundy”. When he told me, it made me think of crayons.

Elizabeth Says:

August 24th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

My favorites are:
FERN
MAGENTA
MAUVE
OLIVE
SIENNA
UMBER
VIOLET
WISTERIA
JASPER

Janine Says:

August 24th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Indigo has been at the top of my girl’s name list for about 5 years. I love how spunky it is with its two great built in nicknames of Indi and Gogo.

As a writer I’ve used Burgandy, Magenta, Lilac, Jade and Jasper. Colour names are awesome.

Bernadette Says:

August 25th, 2009 at 10:22 am

I love Indigo, Lilac and Fuchsia.

GILBERT & SULLIVAN NAMES – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Says:

December 22nd, 2009 at 12:07 pm

[…] Nephele is the ‘net name of an obsessive anagrammatist and lover of names who is known for her anagrammed name make-overs on various themes which she provides as a fun service to Nameberryites on the “Talk About Names” forum.  She wrote previously for us on Baby Girl Names from Ancient Rome and Flower Fairy Names and has also contributed Colorful Crayon Names. […]

JEWISH BABY NAMES: A Passover menu of Yiddish names – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Says:

March 29th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

[…] Nephele is the ‘net name of an obsessive anagrammatist and lover of names who is known for her anagrammed name make-overs on various themes which she provides as a fun service to Nameberryites on the “Talk About Names” forum.  She wrote previously for us on Baby Girl Names from Ancient Rome and Flower Fairy Names  and has also contributed Colorful Crayon Names. […]

Sunshinetina Says:

May 21st, 2010 at 12:03 am

My sister in law’s name is Indigo. Hubby’s mom and dad couldnt decide on a name, so they flipped a baby book to a random page and thats what came out.
I think in the end its perfect, I can’t imagine her with another name.

P.S. Her kids have the same colourful names as she and her husband Hunter do. Grey, Plum and Umber

Nyx Says:

September 22nd, 2010 at 5:21 pm

What about Tyrian for a little boy?
It’s supposed to be the color of royalty
Plus it starts with “Ty”, as in Tyler, Ty, Tyson, Tyrone, Tyree, Tyrell, Tyrese, and Tyshawn – All appearing on the 2009 SSA list of boys names.
And it ends in “rian”, as in Brian, Adrian, Darian, and Dorian – Also appearing on the 2009 SSA list of boys names. If you just do the “ian” ending, you get an even longer list, including Christian (various spellings), Julian, Sebastian, Damian, Fabian, Davian, Kian, Maximilian, Lucian, Tristian, Killian, and Elian.

Overall, I think this a good choice for parents wanting a “unique” name that still has familiar sounds.

Deana Says:

February 19th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I personally love color names!

Wishihadacolorname! Says:

February 27th, 2011 at 12:10 am

I love color names! In fact, my name (this is one of the few things I like about it–I hate my name) means purple gemstone. Purple is my favorite color, and I like gemstone names even more than color names! I like almost all of the names on this list. Great post!

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