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The Secret Meanings of Color Names

The Secret Meanings of Color Names

Color names, either flat-out color names like Blue or names with colorful meanings like Aurelia, are more and more popular.

But do you know the secret meanings behind the color behind that name you love?

Color-related meanings are drawn from a wide range of cultures and are often even older and more resonant than the names themselves. Drawing from The Book of Symbols, here are the primary symbolic meanings, good and bad, behind colors and the names that embody them.

Red

The primary associations and symbolism, positive and negative, to the color red, plus top and unique names that mean red.

Positive

Life

Energy

Blood

Warmth

Negative

War

Anger

Danger

Top Names with Red Meanings

Jasper

Poppy

Rose

Ruby

Scarlett

Unique Names with Red Meanings

Roone

Rumo

Akako

Flanna

Admon

Blue

Top and unique names that mean blue, along with the dominant symbolism both positive and negative attached to the color blue.

Positive

Eternity

High quality

Spirituality

Heaven

Negative

Cold

Melancholy

Despair

Top Names with Blue Meanings

Iris

River

Celeste

Maya

Talia

Unique Names with Blue Meanings

Fairuza

Neel

Sema

Sini

Lulani

Yellow, Orange, and Gold

The most positive and negative meanings associated with the colors yellow, orange, and gold, plus top and unique names with meanings related to those colors.

Positive

Wealth

Sun

Harvest

Negative

Aging

Cowardice

Caution or Warning

Top Names with Yellow, Gold, or Orange Meanings

Aurelia

Otis

Elio

Cyrus

Marigold

Unique Names with Yellow, Gold, or Orange Meanings

Navena

Yari

Zareen

Himari

Paziah

Green

Green is one of the colors with the most universal symbols. Compared with other color-related names, there may be the most names that mean green.

Positive

Renewal

Hope

Creativity

Nature

Negative

Envy or Jealousy

Illness

Immaturity

Top Names with Green Meanings

Silas

Esme

Oliver

Chloe

Forest

Unique Names with Green Meanings

Sirkka

Veridian

Tauriel

Irati

Phyllon

Purple

Names that mean purple are in style right now, and the color purple also carries rich associations and ancient symbols.

Positive

Royalty

Wealth

Perfect union of opposites

Negative

Extravagance

Death

Top Names with Purple Meanings

Violet

Lavender

Ione

Lilac

Amethyst

Unique Names with Purple Meanings

Hyacinth

Iolanthe

Plum

Fuchsia

Porfirio

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older.