Nameberry Picks: 8 Best Color Names

Color names come complete with their own imagery, everything that’s emblematic of the color they represent.  The best of the color names make vivid choices for any child.  Here, our eight favorite .


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Indigo is moody in feel and rhythmic in sound. Though we can imagine it working for a boy, as with most color names it's best for girls.

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Michelle Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 6:52 am

An interesting list! I knew a girl who was Katherine Anne Gray, but I think Gray was more of a surname appropriated as a middle name. I was expecting Violet (which I would use) and Scarlett, but names such as Crimson and Roan seemed interesting…the first one being a name that I liked in theory but wouldn’t use, the second appearing to me as really neat.

caitydaisy Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 7:55 am

I know a woman named Lavender, which is pretty cool.

sadiesadie Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 8:58 am

I had to decide between Roan and Grey/Gray for the middle name spot Conrad. Gray won but I still love Roan.

Whit Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 10:27 am

I was hoping for Lavender to be on the list.

Anyway the only ones on the list I’d consider using, apart from the relatively safe Scarlett and Violet, are Grey and Olive

pam Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 10:32 am

Lavender is gorgeous — I just felt I had to decide between it and Violet. Violet is such a great name and is so much in the air right now, but if I were naming my own baby, I would probably pick Lavender over it!

Marcia Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

As a fan of the University of South Carolina, the name Crimson gives me great pause for two reasons: Crimson sounds very close to Clemson and Alabama is the Crimson Tide. No thank you.
However, I absolutely love Scarlett, Violet, Grey, Olive and Roan. Indigo sounds a little hippie-esque to me.

Jennie Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

One of my favorite odd-names I’ve found was Bridger Golden. Bridger is popular here in Utah (so I’ve heard), but Golden totally took me by surprise. Color names are great middle names! They really spice things up.

SJ Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I actually really love Indigo! I think I could really use it as a first name–Indy would make a cute nickname for a boy or a girl. I also like Violet, Scarlett, and Grey.

Jade feels kind of outdated to me, Roan reminds me of livestock, and Olive is just too… something. And for some reason Crimson makes me think of unpleasant things, even though Scarlett doesn’t.

stephanie_elizabeth Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I really like all the purple shades-Lavender, Lilac, and Violet. I like Jade and Ruby, but I don’t know if I would actually use any of these on my own child, aside from Violet. They would make great names for characters, though!

Izzy Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I’m loving Lavender right now! I don’t think it’s too risky. Lav or Lavvie is a cute nickname, too. Lavender also ages very well. I think it’s a great choice, first or middle.

Then of course I like the standard Ruby/Scarlett/Violet. Jade and Olive are decent. I know I would like the name Gray for a boy but I know a complete dbag with this name, so unfortunately I kind of hate it. 🙁

christena Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I’ve always loved Grey and Roan
I also love

Jen Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Gray is Jennifer Garner’s name in “Catch and Release”. It fit her character, a more down-to-earth, tomboy, tree-hugger-but-casually-so personality. I dig it.

Violet is my grandma’s name, but she goes by Vi. Vi will be our next daughter’s middle name.

Indigo is interesting, but I automatically think of Native Americans. Why, I dunno. Not that it’s a bad name, it’s just VERY earthy and removed as a human name. Would make an excellent middle name, IMHO.

Jade is nice and exotic. Roan is too. I would hate for people to misspell it as “Joan”, though…


Macy Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I think Indigo works way better on a boy. And let’s not forget Jade, which started out as a boy colour before it, of course, got borrowed for the girls and was never returned.

Kelly Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I grew up with a girl named Crimson, she said her parents got it from the song Crimson & Clover!! I always loved name & wish I had one as different as her…….I love Gray for a boy, very handsome:)

Elle Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Color names can be very adorable. I like a few of the ones mentioned here. Some of my favorites not on the list…


Christy Heather Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Some Brits use ‘Lav’ as slang for toilet! I love Lavender, too, and especially the song ‘Lavender Grey’ I would probably use ‘Ven’ as a nickname though.

Angela Says:

January 5th, 2011 at 12:49 am

I have known girls named “Azure” and “Teal”.

Angela Says:

January 5th, 2011 at 12:49 am

I have known girls named “Azure” and “Teal”.

And there’s always “Rose”…

Nichole G. Says:

January 5th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Topaz! I like it better than most of these on the list. Except Gray.

Janine Says:

January 5th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Indigo is in my top three for a girl. I love colour names!! I met a Rainbow once though and I think that might just be too much…

MissyE Says:

January 6th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

It’s spelled Scarlet. Scarlett has little to do with the color. It’s like nails on chalkboard to see people spell the colour as scarlett. Am I alone here???

I love Roan and Gray.

Joy Says:

January 14th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Gray is one of my top favorites as a nn for Grady, a family name I’d like to use.

acey Says:

March 7th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

my son’s name is Red Jameson.

taqah Says:

March 27th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

the thing about indigo is that there are all those crazy people convinced their child is “an indigo” –which means they have evolved into some uber (new age) being. (just google indigo children and you’ll see what i mean)

Kate Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 12:16 am

The worst name I’ve ever come across was a pretty little girl saddled with Turquoise. Turquoise???? Really? Were the parents hoping for an exotic dancer?

Many years ago, Amber was popular. Now Sienna seems to be but it always reminds me of the minivan.

Mimi Says:

May 21st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I like Lilac, Amethyst, Raven, Ash, Rose, and Sapphire.

Kisha Says:

June 6th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

I have always loved, loved, loved color names- but in another language-especially French.

Jaune (zhawn)-Yellow.

Bella Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

My favorite color name is Ivory. I’m seriously thinking of this if my bun in the oven is a baby girl!

corinne Says:

June 19th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

i really like the names violet or grey. cool names.

elifsu Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 4:58 am

Color Names I like
Eflatun- Turkish version of Plato and a color name
Erguvan- Famous flowers of Istanbul
Turkuaz- Turkish for turquoise
Lavanta- Lavender
Mai and Mavi- means blue in Turkish from Persian
Saru/Saruman/Saruhan- Turkish for blond man
Altan- Crimson moon

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