Shades of Purple Baby Names
By far the most popular of the purple names, the sweet and lovely floral Violet is now in the Top 75 on the US list—rising from a low of 996 in 1981-- and Number 7 on Nameberry! Some credit must go to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for choosing the name in 2005. It’s a favorite of kidlit authors and other celebrity parents.
- Violet is now in the Top 75 on the US list—rising from a low of 996 in 1981-- and Number 7 on Nameberry! Some credit must go to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for choosing the name in 2005. It’s a favorite of kidlit authors and other celebrity parents." >
- Mauve, similar in sound to the growing-in-popularity Maude and Maeve, gave its name to a whole decade: the 1890’s was known as the Mauve Decade. Its Spanish translation is Malva—offering another purple family possibility." >
- Magenta appeared as a name in Harry Potter as Magenta Comstock, an experimental artist whose portraits’ eyes could follow a viewer home and who was ‘Wizard of the Month’ in 2007. The color was named for the town of Magenta, Italy, and would fit in well with other Mag-starting names." >
- Fuchsia has not found many takers as a baby name, though Sting used it for his now grown daughter—who currently goes by Kate—inspired by a character in the Gormenghast trilogy. Fuchsia is derived from a plant named for early German botanist Leonhart Fuchs, becoming an official color name in 1892." >
- Lilac could be in line to become the next Lila or Lily or Violet: actor Stephen Moyer has already chosen it for his daughter. The floral lilac has ties to Greek mythology, is considered a harbinger of Spring, and in the language of flowers symbolizes first love." >
- Berry stamp of approval—it’s now at Number 527 on NB. This is one of the many nostalgic names we can thank J. K. Rowling for reviving, via the Harry Potter witch Lavender Brown. Also a best friend to Roald Dahl’s Matilda and a character in Anne of Green Gables." >
- Gem names like Pearl and Ruby, are beginning to be joined by more exotic ones like Topaz and Sapphire--and Amethyst. The purple birthstone for February could make a unique choice for a girl born in that month. Never in the Top 1000, it is now Number 798 on Nameberry. Trivia tidbit: It’s the real first name of Australian rapper Iggy Azalea." >
- Indigo, which is a deep blue-purple dye from plants native to India, is particularly striking for both boys and girls. Lou Diamond Phillips used it for his daughter, Liberty Phoenix for a son. It’s especially popular for girls in England at the moment, where it ranks at Number 577." >
- Orchid is a shade of purple, even though the flower itself appears in different colors. With many parents seeking O names, some might consider this striking choice. In the Language of Flowers, the Orchid symbolizes love, beauty, refinement, thoughtfulness, mature charm—and many children." >
- Brit-born novelist Plum Sykes, who was born Victoria and given that nickname via the variety of fruit called the Victoria Plum. Also the nickname of novelist P. G. Wodehouse, it wasn’t identified as a color name until 1805." >
- Iolanthe is derived from the Greek words for violet flower, as is Ianthe, which was used by the poet Shelley for one of his daughters. Iolanthe is a comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan—and also a character in the X-Men universe. The Spanish version Yolanda is yet another dramatic twist on Violet." >
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on September 3rd, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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on September 3rd, 2015 at 11:16 pm
I love every last one of these names and would add Viola to the list as Violet seems to be getting more popular. Lovely shades too.
on September 4th, 2015 at 4:03 am
I really love Violet, Lilac, Lavender, Amethyst, Indigo (for a boy only though), Plum (middle name only) and Iolanthe.
I’m afraid I cant get on board with Aubergine though.
on September 4th, 2015 at 4:25 am
I really love Viloet, it’s one of my favourite names but I worry about it’s popularity.
I thought I liked Orchid but I said it out loud in my Geordie (Newcastle, England) accent and it sounded like ‘wor kid’ which’ means our child, so that put me straight off.
I’m enjoying a Lilac, I’ve always loved Lily and Lilah so it makes sense, I feel like it may stay as a guilty pleasure name though.
I quite like Mauve but I think I prefer Maud and Maeve.
I agree that Aubergine is a no go! But that’s coming from a Britberry.
I’m surprised how many great options there are just for purple, inspires me to look at other more unusual colour names.
on September 4th, 2015 at 6:16 am
As an Amy I always used to wish my real name was Amethyst 😉
on September 4th, 2015 at 4:07 pm
The best list yet! Thanks for sharing : )
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on September 4th, 2015 at 5:47 pm
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on September 4th, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Just a note: “orchid” comes from the Greek word for testicle.
on September 5th, 2015 at 10:42 am
Magenta: let’s do the time warp again!!
on December 3rd, 2015 at 10:47 am
What a fun list! I love most of these names, and the sweet pictures as well. 🙂 The only one I can’t get onboard with is Magenta…reminds of of the pink puppy from Blue’s Clues!
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