Mellow Yellow Baby Names: Sunny names for summer
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The color yellow is certainly one of the cheeriest in the crayon box, and in this sunniest of seasons, you may want to impart that optimistic vibe via the name of your summertime babe. These range from golden-toned names like Aurelia and Goldie to sun-related Soleil and Sunny to the bright yellow blossoms found in the garden. Here are our twelve best yellow names.
From a Scottish surname meaning yellow in Gaelic (it has other meanings as well), this would be a subtle nod to the cheery color. A unisex name a la Blake and Blair, Blaine had a huge surge of popularity in the 1880s (when tied to a presidential candidate); it now ranks at #690. It was the name of the dreamboat character in Pretty in Pink, also appearing in Glee. Trivia tidbit: Jennifer Lawrence has a brother named Blaine.
- Blake and Blair, Blaine had a huge surge of popularity in the 1880s (when tied to a presidential candidate); it now ranks at #690. It was the name of the dreamboat character in Pretty in Pink, also appearing in Glee. Trivia tidbit: Jennifer Lawrence has a brother named Blaine." >
- Cressida is a golden name that deserves a lot more love, which might come to it via its Hunger Games appearance. Cressida Cowell is the author of the How to Train Your Dragon books and Prince Harry had a well-publicized girlfriend named Cressida back in the day. Though never in the US Top 1000, Cressida is now #533 on Nameberry." >
- Margaret, Daisy has featured in American classics Daisy Miller and The Great Gatsby, and was picked most recently by celebs Saffron Burrows and Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis for their daughters. Its rankings? 190 in the US, 20 in England, 84 on Nameberry---and—oops-- #3 for dogs." >
- Flavia—pronounced FLAH-via, has lots of literary allusions and is currently well used in Italy at #64, as is the male Flavio; it would make an unusually flavorful choice here." >
- Isabel cousin and color name you’ve never heard of, but which could make a truly distinctive choice. Also sometimes known as Isabella, it’s a pale greyish-yellow color most often used to describe the coats of horses and birds." >
- Mary that has recently moved from the ‘is it too quirky?’ to charmingly nostalgic, especially after an appearance as Lady Edith’s daughter on Downton Abbey. It’s up at #437 on Nameberry." >
- Brian Boru means ‘golden princess’ and has Harry Potter cred as well as a welcomed straightforward pronunciation—as opposed to the original Irish version, Órfhlaith. Orla is a Top 30 name in Scotland, #74 in Ireland and 106 in England and Wales." >
- Primrose still has a quaint, old-fashioned aura despite its attachment to Katniss Everdeen’s sister in The Hunger Games. Number 365 on Nameberry, it has never ranked nationally in the US, but is 259 in England and Wales—and could start to catch up here." >
- Saffron is also applied to its rich golden-yellow color. British actress Saffron Burrows is an attractive current bearer; Saffron was the sane daughter character in Absolutely Fabulous. Rockers Simon Le Bon and Tony Kanal both have daughters named Saffron, which is now #541 on NB and 642 in England." >
- Pansy has some lingering negative associations, consider the rarer Tansy, the name of a flower with clusters of bright yellow blossoms. Tansy Truitt was a character on Hart of Dixie and the name Tansy gets a mention in a A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones book." >
- Topaz is the birthstone for November and would make a great choice for a girl born in that month." >
- Homer. Its exotic allure has won enough fans on Nameberry to reach #313." >
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on July 28th, 2017 at 4:39 am
Quite a few favourites and former favourites here; Marigold, Saffron, Tansy, Xanthe, and Flavia (as flay-via). Although not all of them scream summer to me, I have a specific summer name imagery.
on July 28th, 2017 at 6:42 am
Another Cressida of note, is Cressida Dick, the new London Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the first woman to hold the job.
on July 28th, 2017 at 9:47 am
I like a lot of these, but my favorite is still Chryseis or maybe Chrysanthemum.
on July 28th, 2017 at 4:20 pm
I like Cressida, Tansy, & Xanthe, but IRL would probably view them as GPs. Sunny as a nn for Sonia or even Sophie/Sophia is something I’d use, though. Isabelline was the wow name from this list, at least for me.
on July 29th, 2017 at 11:37 am
Isabelline is beautiful!
on July 31st, 2017 at 9:47 am
I love almost all of these! Possibly influenced by it being grey and miserable on this side of the world!
Marigold nn Goldie
Could see using Xanthe irl! Only one I think the other half would agree to!
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