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Color Names for Babies

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Color names for babies have been around for a while, with Amber, Violet, and Rose the longest-standing members of the genre. Today, though, there are a rainbow of color names for both girls and boys, many of them gender-neutral names.

Color names for babies range from the obvious -- Blue and Scarlett -- to the most exotic, from Azure to Zinc. The top color names for babies are mostly for girls, with Ruby, Scarlett, Hazel, and Violet all popular in the US.

Unique color names for babies that strike the right tone include Amethyst, Blue, Clover, Gray, Indigo, Lavender, Lilac and Steel. Color names, especially relating to something meaningful to you such as red (hair) or a favorite hue, also work great in the middle.

The full spectrum of color names for babies:

  • Amber

    Though perhaps not as currently stylish as Ruby, Jade, or Pearl, Amber has a colorful history (remember the notorious Forever Amber heroine?). Unfortunately, it does come with the "Amber... Read More 

  • Amethyst

    As flower names become more exotic, so can gem names move beyond Ruby and Pearl to names like Topaz, Sapphire and Peridot. Amethyst, the purple birthstone for February, has never been in the Top... Read More 

  • Aqua

    One of the new color names that is catching on, invoking a calm, blue-green-sea feeling. Read More 

  • Ash

    Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the Pokemon cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher,... Read More 

  • Auburn

    Most of the color names are reserved for the girls, but here's one that would be perfect for a boy. Read More 

  • Azure

    Azure is a colorful choice for a blue-eyed child. Among other blue-toned color name possibilities: Indigo, Cerulean, and Blue itself.

    In the Middle Ages, azure was another name for... Read More 

  • Beige

    Bland, and better for a girl besides. Read More 

  • Blue

    Blue suddenly came into the spotlight, as the unusual color name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their baby girl Blue Ivy. Blue is also a starbaby middle name du jour, used for both sexes in... Read More 

  • Brick

    This is an Anglicized form of various names; the Irish Gaelic O Bruic; German, Bruck or Breck, meaning "swamp" or "wood"; Yiddish, Brik, "bridge"; and Slovenian, Bric, "dweller from a hilly... Read More 

  • Brindle

    The term brindle is often used to describe animal fur coloring — the brindle variety is brown or tawny with contrasting streaks. Some American parents have also embraced it as a baby name, perhaps... Read More 

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