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Names that Mean Redhead

by Pamela Redmond

Expecting a little redhead? Or maybe you love the color red or are expecting a baby born under one of the fire signs of the zodiac.

Names that mean red or redhead are led by Scarlett on the girls' side. Along with Scarlett, girl names meaning red or redhead in the US Top 1000 include Ruby, Rory, Rose and Poppy.

The most popular boy name meaning redhead is Adam. Along with Adam, other redhead boy names in the US Top 1000 include Jasper, Reed, Rory, Rowan, and Flynn.

Unique redhead names include Crimson and Clancy, Arusha and Sorrell. As well as the other redhead names on this list.
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RowanHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish and Irish
  • Meaning:

    "rowan tree; little redhead"
  • Description:

    Rowan – a strong surname and nature name (it's a tree with red berries – is deservedly growing in popularity. Some scholars identify Rowan as originally a girls’ name, related to Rowena and Rhonwen, while others say Rowan's always been used for both genders. Sharon Stone chose the Roan spelling, which also relates to the reddish color, for her son, while Brooke Shields used Rowan for her daughter. Yet another increasingly popular spelling is Rowen.

JasperHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "bringer of treasure"
  • Description:

    Jasper originated as a variation of the Latin Gaspar, which ultimately derived from the Persian word ganzabara, meaning “bringer of treasure.” As a given name, Jasper’s etymology is unrelated to that of the gemstone, which comes from a Semitic word meaning “speckled stone.” Jasper is the usual English form for one of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the infant Christ according to medieval tradition and appears in the Bible as a reference to the stone itself in Revelations 4:3.

RoseHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "rose, a flower"
  • Description:

    Rose is derived from the Latin rosa, which referred to the flower. There is also evidence to suggest it was a Norman variation of the Germanic name Hrodohaidis, meaning “famous type.” In Old English it was translated as Roese and Rohese.

PoppyHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "red flower"
  • Description:

    Poppy, unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, has a lot of spunk. Long popular in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at #5 in 2014, Poppy is just starting to catch on in a big way in the US, where it entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2016 and – just three years later – the Top 500 in 2019.

RubyHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "deep red precious stone"
  • Description:

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

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "scarlet, red"
  • Description:

    Scarlett originated as an occupation surname, designating a person who sold scarlet, a luxury wool cloth produced in Medieval Europe. The word is thought to derive from the Arabic siklāt, referring to silks dyed with kermes. The fanciest, favorited color was scarlet red.

FlynnHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "son of the red-haired one"
  • Description:

    Flynn, a charming Irish surname, is still used only quietly, despite its easygoing, casual cowboy charm, unlike Finn which is a star of this genre. Flynn was the choice of Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr for their baby boy, and is also the middle name -- used as his first -- of a son of Miranda's fellow supermodel Elle Macpherson, of Gary Oldman's son Gulliver and Marley Shelton's daughter West.

RufusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "red-head"
  • Description:

    Rufus is a rumpled, redheaded (it was the nickname for red-haired King William) ancient Roman name popular with saints and singers (e.g. Rufus Wainwright); now, Rufus is on the cutting edge of cool.

AdamHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "son of the red earth"
  • Description:

    Adam -- a primal Old Testament name -- was revived as a 1960s cowboy name. Adam is not as popular as it once was and feels ready for a respite, replaced by newer A names like Aidan/Aiden, Avery and Axel. Its most prominent current bearers include Adams Sandler, Levine, Brody and Driver -- who plays a character named Adam on Girls.

RoryHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red king"
  • Description:

    Rory is a buoyant, spirited name for a redhead with Celtic roots. The name Rory is getting more popular overall, but for the past few years has been trending decidedly toward the boys' side -- however, it's been rising to new heights for girls in recent years.
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RoanHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Rowan
  • Meaning:

    "little redhead"
  • Description:

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

PhoenixHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "dark red"
  • Description:

    Phoenix is a New Age name symbolizing rebirth and immortality; Scary Spice chose Phoenix for her daughter.

ReedHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    A slim, elegant, silvery surname, Reed could be a banker or a sculptor, and therein lies the appeal of this simple yet distinctive name. The versatile Reed can be seen as a grass-like nature name and a musical name.

RussellHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "redhead, fox-colored"
  • Description:

    One of many R- boys’ names that started as a nickname for a redhead, Russell had a measure of popularity from the early twentieth century through the 1950s. But it's now lost much of its color -- except for a few dynamic bearers, actors Russell Crowe and Russell Brand and sports stars Russell Westbrook and Russell Wilson.

RoisinHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish. "little rose"
  • Meaning:

    "little rose"
  • Description:

    No, the pronunciation--ro-SHEEN--isn't immediately obvious to the non-Gaelic viewer, but the sound of this shiny Irish version of Rose is pretty enough to make it worth considering. Very popular in its native Ireland, it is now at Number 34. Earlier generations Anglicized at as Rosaleen, but we stay stick to the original.
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RoyHeart

  • Origin:

    French "king,"; Celtic "red-haired"
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    We've seen Ray regain his cool, but could this country/cowboy name epitomized by Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye), Acuff, and Clark, do the same?

    Roy came into use in the late nineteenth century, probably influenced by the main character of Sir Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy, in which the historical character Robert M'ac Gregor is nicknamed Roy for his red hair.

    There have been lots of notable non-country namesakes, including baseball's Roy Campanella, humorist Roy Blunt, Jr., Walt's brother and partner Roy Disney, singer Roy Orbison and pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Roy Hobbs was the protagonist of the Malamud novel The Natural, played in the film by Robert Redford.

RoganHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "redhead"
  • Description:

    Rogan makes a great, roguish alternative for the more popular Logan, Ronan and Rowan.

ClancyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired warrior"
  • Description:

    Clancy, one of the original crossover Irish surname names, is as energetic and appealing as ever — full of moxie, more distinctive than Casey, and also one of the less obvious of the red-headed names.

BlazeHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "fire"
  • Description:

    A hot name, though perhaps not in the sense you want for your baby. About 20 times as many boys as girls were named Blaze in one recent year, perhaps because it can be seen as a spelling variation of the classic male saint's name Blaise.

RedmondHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish variation of Raymond
  • Meaning:

    "wise protector"
  • Description:

    We love this partly for purely personal reasons, since it is one of our surnames. We used it as the middle name of a son -- and it can make a good first choice too.
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GingerHeart

  • Origin:

    English diminutive
  • Description:

    Originally a unisex nickname for a redhead -- red hair is called "ginger" in Britain -- or for the name Virginia, Ginger perennially wears pink gingham and spike heels.

CrimsonHeart

  • Origin:

    Color name
  • Meaning:

    "rich deep red"
  • Description:

    Crimson could be a possible competitor for Scarlett's success, though it's lacking that Gone With the Wind charm.

SorrelHeart

  • Origin:

    Botanical name and French
  • Meaning:

    "reddish brown"
  • Description:

    A fragrant herbal and color name that could make a sensitive, distinctive choice.

RooneHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    Roone is a lively, attractive and unusual redhead entry brought into the mix by the late TV sports and news executive Roone Arledge, who seemed to own it as a one-person name when he was alive.

RooneyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "descendent of the champion"
  • Description:

    Rooney is one of many bouncy Irish surnames that could make an agreeable first, once tied to Mickey Rooney (who was actually born Joseph Yule) in his young and spunky Andy Hardy period.
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OmairaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "long life; red"
  • Description:

    Omaira is an intriguing Middle Eastern possibility.

FlanneryHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "descendant of Flannghal"
  • Description:

    Long before the vogue of using Irish surnames for girls, writer Flannery O'Connor gave this one some visibility. It has a warm (flannelly) feel and the currently popular three-syllable ee-ending sound.

RuadhanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    Ruadhan is another spelling of the saints' name Ruadan, one of the Twelve Irish Apostles, but both have been anglicized and modernized (and simplified) as Rowan. Another Gaelic spelling is Ruadhain, but Rowan is preferable outside of Ireland.

GarnetHeart

  • Origin:

    Jewel name, from the French
  • Meaning:

    "pomegranate"
  • Description:

    One of the jewel names in use a hundred years ago, due for revival along with sisters Ruby and Pearl.

CarmineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "vivid red"
  • Description:

    This traditional Italian name could have a whole new life when viewed as a color name.
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RudyardHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "red enclosure"
  • Description:

    Often thought of as a one-peson name because of Jungle Book writer Kipling, this was actually his middle name. He was middle-named for Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire, the beauty of which inspired his parents to reference it in their first child's name. Trivia tidbit: Actress Kim Raver gave her son Leo the middle name of Kipling.

RumoHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    Ancient martyr name that sounds totally modern, but perhaps too close to rumor.

ArushaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    The color red plays a prominent role in Hindu mythology, referring to the rising sun or the reddish horses of the "son of fire." Pronounced ahr-OO-shah, it has a stylish Russian flair. Hindi version is ARUSHI.

RufinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    Might be too close to "ruffian" and "rough."

DerryHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive or Derek or Dermot or Irish place-name
  • Meaning:

    "like an oak"
  • Description:

    Merry but slight.
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RothHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "redhead"
  • Description:

    This surname-name originated as a nickname for redheads.

AkakoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    The color red was considered to have magical properties in early Japanese culture, with the power to cure blood and other illnesses. Pronounced ah-kah-ko.

RadcliffHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "red cliff"
  • Description:

    Harvard's sibling.

CorcoranHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "ruddy-faced"
  • Description:

    Corky was a sitcom moniker of the fifties, Corcoran a better fit for these times.

GoughHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    Most closely associated with Australia's iconic progressive Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, this name is a great choice for politicos or parents wanting to honor their Welsh heritage in naming a red-haried son.
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RousseauHeart

  • Origin:

    French surname
  • Meaning:

    "little redhead"
  • Description:

    Philosophical surname that could make an unusual first for a red-headed girl.

ReadingHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "son of the red-haired"
  • Description:

    Inventive way to honor a redheaded ancestor, though most people would mispronounce it reeding, making it sound to some kids like a school assignment: Redding is a preferable spelling.

FlannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    Flanna is an uncommon name for a red-haired girl, not as familiar -- or some would say, as pretty -- as its nickname, Flannery.

FlannHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "ruddy, red-haired"
  • Description:

    Friendly, cheerful Irish name that originated as a nickname for a redhead. Potential problem: reminiscent of the Spanish custard.

AlhambraHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name
  • Description:

    The Alhambra, which means "red city," is in Granada, Spain. British writer Ali Smith used it for a character in her novel The Accidental.
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FlanaganHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red, ruddy"
  • Description:

    Flanagan is an elabortion of Flann, and cousin of Flynn and Finn: a member of the family of colorful Irish red-headed names. This one is lively and undiscovered.