Names That Say Blue

Capping off our boy-themed week in celebration of our new book The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys, we turn our attention today to the color blue.  Besides being the classic symbol of boys, blue is the color of the sky and water, of birds and flowers, of jewels and baby blue eyes.  And blue, in all its splendid variations, is a wonderful image and meaning for a child’s name.  Here, 15 great choices that relate to the color 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.

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KateMP91 Says:

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.

CountryLizB Says:

October 3rd, 2013 at 11:44 pm

A named one of our cats Meena because of her blue eyes.

elliebean13 Says:

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.

ruolan Says:

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!

DaisySantos Says:

October 4th, 2013 at 4:50 am

I like Azul, it’s Spanish for blue.

hermione_vader Says:

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.”

Stelmaria Says:

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.

Pam Says:

October 4th, 2013 at 6:02 am

Ruolan, it’s seh-ROO-lee-an

calypsotheoneandonly Says:

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.

Lo Says:

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.

Cloverish Says:

October 4th, 2013 at 11:25 am

Lovely list! My favorites are Cerulean, Skye, Meena and Indigo.

tori101 Says:

October 4th, 2013 at 11:50 am

Aww Beyonce and her baby!!

My favourites are…

: )

Giinkies Says:

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.

clairels Says:

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.

Aurra Says:

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.)

Mischa Says:

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.

jjayx Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 7:59 am

Celeste is a beautiful name for a girl.

lesliemarion Says:

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!

AnnePJ Says:

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.

elifsu Says:

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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