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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

Red is known for being one of the boldest colors, and is filled with energy and emotion. Names that mean red range from precious stones like Jasper and Ruby, fiery choices like Phoenix and Blaze, and names traditionally given to red-haired babies, like Rowan and Rufus.

Positive

Life

Energy

Blood

Warmth

Negative

War

Anger

Danger

Top Names with Red Meanings

Unique Names with Red Meanings

Blue

The serene color blue has been shown to have calming effects, conjuring up imagery of a clear sky and tranquil water. Names that mean blue can relate to water directly, like River and Ocean, or in a less obvious way, like Maya or Talia. Names relating to the sky or heaven are also common with blue names, from Celeste to Sema.

Positive

Eternity

High quality

Spirituality

Heaven

Negative

Cold

Melancholy

Despair

Top Names with Blue Meanings

Unique Names with Blue Meanings

Yellow, Orange, and Gold

Yellow, orange, and gold brighten up any room. With bright and sunny yellow, rich, sunset orange, and luxurious gold, there's lots to love about this section of the color wheel. Names that mean yellow or orange range from nature picks like Marigold and Clementine to Latin names like Aurelius and Flavia.

Positive

Wealth

Sun

Harvest

Negative

Aging

Cowardice

Caution or Warning

Top Names with Yellow, Gold, or Orange Meanings

Unique Names with Yellow, Gold, or Orange Meanings

Green

The color green is full of life, bringing to mind imagery of lush forests and grassy meadows. Names that mean green can take inspiration from a shade of green itself, such as Olive, Kelly, or Sage, or they can take inspiration from nature, like Fern, Rowan, or Meadow.

Positive

Renewal

Hope

Creativity

Nature

Negative

Envy or Jealousy

Illness

Immaturity

Top Names with Green Meanings

Unique Names with Green Meanings

Purple

Purple is known for being the color of royalty, with purple dyes having been the height of luxury in many cultures. While there may be fewer than some other color names like red or blue, Names that mean purple are in style right now. From popular Violet and Iris to the more offbeat Lilac and Lavender, there are several gorgeous options.

Positive

Royalty

Wealth

Perfect union of opposites

Negative

Extravagance

Death

Top Names with Purple Meanings

Unique Names with Purple Meanings

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

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 baby 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. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.