Color Names for Babies

Using color names for babies started with Amber, then Rose drove the point home. Now color names have exploded beyond these once cool favorites to include hues from the obvious -- Violet and Scarlett -- to the most exotic, from Azure to Zinc. The full spectrum:

  • Pink

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The singer known as Pink (born Alecia) brought this hue onto the name-possibility palette, especially as a middle choice. Could Pink be the next Blue?Read More 

  • Poppy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Poppy, unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, has a lot of spunk; Poppy makes an especially good choice for a redhead. Jamie Oliver -- the British "Naked Chef" -- used Poppy for... Read More 

  • Raven

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Make that bird name, and while it does work for both genders, it's far more popular for girls, via Raven Symone. Read More 

  • Red

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Fiery but slight middle name choice; much more apt to be a redhead's nickname. Read More 

  • Roan

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Warm-hued spelling spin on Rowan that was chosen by Sharon Stone for one of her three young sons.Read More 

  • Rose

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Rose, one of the old-time sweet-smelling flower names, has had a remarkable revival—first of all as a middle name—with parents (e.g., Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck, Jon Stewart, Eric Clapton, Ewan... Read More 

  • Roux

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The dashing Johnny Depp character in Chocolat. Roux is from a Latin word meaning russet or brownish red; it's also a cooking term for a mixture of flour and butter that forms the... Read More 

  • Ruby

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Ruby, vibrant red, sassy and sultry, has definitely outshone the other revived vintage gem names, with its sparkling resume of cultural references.

    Ruby is an early rock classic --... Read More 

  • Russet

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Russell has gone away, but the more feminine Russet may move in to take his place.Read More 

  • Sapphire

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Sapphire goes waaaaay beyond Ruby and Pearl. This September birthstone, occasionally used a century ago, might be worth a reappraisal, perhaps as a Sophie/Sophia alternative. Sapphire is the... Read More 

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