by Linda Rosenkrantz
Names meaning red, in fact all names that are related to the color red, have been red hot recently—and not just for red-haired babies.
There all the engaging Irish boy names meaning red that are used in that redhead-heavy country, plus the rosy red names from Rosie to Rosamund, and the sizzling names related to fire, like Aidan and offshoots. Here are some of our favorites, many of which are gender fluid.
HOTTEST NAMES MEANING RED
ROWAN—Rowan is one of the hottest of the red-hot red names, for both boys and girls. Meaning ‘little redhead’, it’s currently #129 for boys, and often appears in book and video game series. Brooke Shields launched the girl trend when she used it for her daughter in 2003—the year Rowan entered the girls’ Top 1000. It’s now at #211.
RORY/RUARI—From a Gaelic word meaning ‘red king’ or ‘red-headed ruler’, this friendly and energetic name, long popular in both Ireland and Scotland, is having its moment in the US—recently taking off for girls, thanks in part to Gilmore Girls. It’s now at 368 for boys, 579 for girls.
POPPY—In contrast to sweet floral names like Violet and Lily, the bright red Poppy has a lot of spunky spirit. It’s now #8 in England, 29 in Scotland, 592 in the US and 103 on Nameberry. Lots of Poppys are popping up on TV shows.
ROHAN—A name with several different meanings in different cultures, for our purposes Rohan is an Anglicized form of the Irish Ruadhán, meaning red-haired. The similar sounding and more widely used Ronan has a completely different meaning— ‘seal’.
OTHER NAMES THAT MEAN RED
BLAZE—As fiery as you can get.
CLANCY—This jaunty surname derives from the words meaning ‘red-haired warrior’.
FLANAGAN—An Irish surname meaning descendant of the reddish/ruddy one.
GARNET—the other red gemstone
KAMALA—A pretty Hindi name in the news, one of the meanings of which is ‘pale red’.
Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond Satran of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. In addition to contributing stories on trends and celebrity naming, she guides the editorial content and manages the Nameberry Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can follow her personally at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.