Names That Say Blue
Azure is a highly unusual color name drawn from the medieval French word for lapis lazuli, a deep blue stone valued for its intense color. Lapis was ground into pigments used by the world’s greatest artists, from Vermeer to Titian, and was also used for the eyebrows of the mask of King Tut.
- Azure is a highly unusual color name drawn from the medieval French word for lapis lazuli, a deep blue stone valued for its intense color. Lapis was ground into pigments used by the world’s greatest artists, from Vermeer to Titian, and was also used for the eyebrows of the mask of King Tut." >
- Beyonce and Jay-Z stunned the world when they named their daughter Blue Ivy. While Blue has long been a favorite celebrity choice – Cher and Gregg Allman’s son is Elijah Blue, while John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s daughter is Ella Bleu – it was give to only ten girls in the U.S. in 2012. No surprise: Blue is equally appropriate for boys." >
- Bluebell is one of the flower names that might be considered charming by some, too redolent of the farmyard by others: Think Clover and Daffodil. We vote charming. Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell named her daughter Bluebell." >
- Celeste is a classic name – it’s always been among the U.S. Top 1000 – that strikes the perfect balance between familiarity and distinctiveness; it now sits at a balanced Number 470. Along with sisters Celestia and Celia, it means heavenly." >
- Cerulean, which might be considered unisex but seems especially good for boys, derives from a Latin word for a heavenly shade of blue. Cerulean is a character, with sisters Scarlet and Amber, from Bryan Davis’s Echoes from the Edge series." >
- Cyan derives from the Greek word kyanos, which refers to the deep blue of lapis lazuli. Highly unusual as both a color and a name, it does come with the more accessible nickname Cy….or Ani." >
- Fairuza Balk. Turquoise or Aqua can also be used as names." >
- Indigo, which commonly refers to the dark blue dye derived from the indigo plant, is accepted as a first name: 56 girls and 21 boys were named Indigo in 2012." >
- Jay, which has been used as an independent first name since the Middle Ages, originated from the name of the bird. While off its 1960s peak, Jay is one of those names you might be surprised to learn has consistently remained in the U.S. Top 1000, which qualifies it as an American classic." >
- Meena may refer to a blue semi-precious stone and also to the (non-blue) bird. Meena is one of those names that feels at once exotic yet familiar." >
- Navy was known only as a branch of the military and the deep blue of jeans until singer Nivea used it as her daughter’s name. The name Navy was used for 52 baby girls last year…but there’s no reason it can’t work for boys too." >
- Neel and Nila are both Hindi boys’ names referring to a deep sapphire blue, though most Westerners will hear Nila as a girls’ name and understand Neel as the Irish Neil or Neal, which means cloud." >
- Royal blue is the bright blue worn by the young Dutch princesses here, and it’s also the first name of the father of film’s Tenenbaum. While Royal as a name might feel like a modern fancy, it was actually best-used at the end of the 19th century, when it was in the Top 300, falling off the U.S. charts in 1970. The name Royal was given to nearly 200 boys and 31 girls last year." >
- Ruby and Pearl may be back, but Sapphire remains off the grid, never on the U.S. Top 1000 and given to only 126 girls last year. The September birthstone has been most notable in recent years as the pen name of the author of the book that was turned into the movie Precious." >
- Sky, as in the blue thing up above, and Skye, as in the Scottish islands, have been well-used for names over the past generation or two, starting with the raffish Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and continuing through the Power Rangers and Mamma Mia. There are several celebrity babies with first or middle name Sky, along with a legion of Skylers and Skylars, male and female, called Sky." >
- The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys." >
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on October 3rd, 2013 at 11:13 pm
Blue and Bluebell are sweet. I also like Jay (on a girl), although not due to it’s relation to the color blue.
on October 3rd, 2013 at 11:44 pm
A named one of our cats Meena because of her blue eyes.
on October 3rd, 2013 at 11:52 pm
No Azurite? I think it’s way cooler than Azure, and it’s got a super cute nickname, Zuri! Anyways, I loved this blog post. Blue is my favorite color and these names give me some good inspiration.
on October 4th, 2013 at 12:54 am
I’ve never known how to pronounce Cerulean, but I love the look of it.
Recently, DH mentioned that he thinks Sapphire is a really cool name. I was pleasantly surprised!
on October 4th, 2013 at 4:50 am
I like Azul, it’s Spanish for blue.
on October 4th, 2013 at 4:51 am
I like Sapphire and Blue as middle names. Sky(e) works well as either a first or a middle name. And am I the only one that thinks Indigo is rather boyish? (Maybe it has to do with the similarity to Inigo.) I have met an Azure before—she had older brothers named Orion, Griffin, and Phoenix, and I’d never heard those used as names before, so I was slightly floored. Now I think it’s a great sibset.
@ruolan: Cerulean is pronounced “Suh-RULE-ee-an.” I always imagine Meryl Streep saying it in “The Devil Wears Prada.”
on October 4th, 2013 at 5:32 am
Azure to me is more of a girl’s name. I actually know two girls with the name, so I could never use it on a boy. But I still love the name! I also like Cyan, Indigo and Sky.
on October 4th, 2013 at 6:02 am
Ruolan, it’s seh-ROO-lee-an
on October 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am
How exactly do you pronounce Azure? At first I thought it rhymed with laser, but one of my friends says it like Uh-ZOOR.
Great list, my favorites are Cyan, Cerulean, and Fairuza. I’ve also heard Azula, I assume is feminine for Azul.
on October 4th, 2013 at 10:32 am
I adore Jay! It’s the nickname we use for my toddler James but I love it on it’s own as well.
on October 4th, 2013 at 11:25 am
Lovely list! My favorites are Cerulean, Skye, Meena and Indigo.
on October 4th, 2013 at 11:50 am
Aww Beyonce and her baby!!
My favourites are…
on October 4th, 2013 at 8:19 pm
Azula also has a blue connotation.
though the name originated in the anime-style Nickelodeon cartoon it does contain ‘azul’ in it.
on October 4th, 2013 at 11:10 pm
I really like Meena, and Jay for a girl, only spelled Jaye.
Also: Dark blue is my favorite color, and growing up, cerulean was my favorite shade of Crayola crayon to color with. Only I didn’t know how to pronounce it, so I said “chlorine,” like in a swimming pool, because the letters were similar and that’s what the color reminded me of.
on October 5th, 2013 at 9:53 am
@Giinkies Azula is a guilty pleasure of mine! I’d totally use it, but the character that bears it is less than exemplary.
I like Azure nickname Zuri. I also like Lazuli as a name, nn Zuli. Cerulean would make a nice middle, especially for a Pokémon fan like me. (Cerulean is a city in the Kanto region that houses the Water type gym- and where Misty hails from in the anime.)
on October 6th, 2013 at 4:24 pm
I don’t think any boy or man would appreciate being called Celeste or Bluebell.
Cyan and Cerulean are pretty cool for boys.
on October 10th, 2013 at 7:59 am
Celeste is a beautiful name for a girl.
on November 8th, 2013 at 12:57 am
Blue is a good dog name.
Bluebell is a good name for a 5 year old, but not any older.
Celeste makes me think of Mama Celeste pizza.
Cyan suggests cyanide.
Cerulean is beautiful though and Azure is nice, but neither for boys!
on November 10th, 2013 at 10:56 am
I just want to mention another blue name not on the list:
It can be used for both a boy or a girl. But I would prefer it for a boy, in my opinion it is very masculine.
on July 19th, 2015 at 10:45 am
Oh God, Fairuze isn’t a Turkish name. It is Persian, Firuze is the Turkish version of the name. Turquoise/Turkuaz on the other hand, means Turkish stone. Other blue names I like are Mail/Mavi. It is a Persian word that means blue.
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