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Names that Mean Red or Redhead

Names that Mean Red or Redhead

Names that mean red are perfect if you're expecting a little redhead. Or baby names meaning red might speak to you because you love the color red or are expecting a baby born under one of the fire signs of the zodiac.

As a name expert named Redmond with red hair, I'm especially interested in red names. In fact, searching for a name that meant red for my first child is a big part of what led me to start writing a different kind of name book, one that organized baby names by lists related to meanings and style.

Princess Beatrice was inspired to name her daughter Sienna as a nod to the red hair that runs in her family. Other girl names meaning red or redhead include Ruby, Scarlett, Poppy, and Rose. Boy names with meanings related to the color red include Jasper, Flynn, Reed, and Adam.

Many popular names meaning red or redhead are gender-neutral, including Rowan, Phoenix, and Rory, the name I chose for my child.

Unique names that mean red include Crimson and Clancy, Arusha and Sorrell, along with the other red-meaning names on this list.

You might want to explore the full list of Color Names or browse all baby names by meaning on our central page for Name Meanings.

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.

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.

SiennaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, place and color name
  • Description:

    The historic Tuscan city is spelled Siena, but the Sienna spelling is the one used recently by Princess Beatrice for her daughter. Sienna, also the spelling used by American-born English actress Miller, is more popular than Siena in the English-speaking world.

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,” and also Hros</>, "horse". In Old English it was translated as Roese and Rohese.

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.

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.

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.

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.

RowanHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish and Irish
  • Meaning:

    "rowan tree; little redhead"
  • Description:

    Rowan is the name of a tree with red berries that's commonly found in Scotland (and said to ward off witches). Some scholars say this name has been used for girls as well as boys since the Middle Ages, though no Rowans are found outside literature until modern times. It's also a genial Irish surname choice, especially for a redhead – girl or boy.

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.

ReidHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    The Reid spelling is the most popular by half, probably because it feels more like a name than Reed, which looks more like a word. It's used occasionally for girls but this name is firmly in the boys' camp.

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.

PhoenixHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "dark red"
  • Description:

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

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.

RoisinHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • 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's one of many Irish girl names finding a wider audience. Earlier generations Anglicized at as Rosaleen, but we stay stick to the original.

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.

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.

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.

RowenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Rowan
  • Description:

    While the Rowan spelling is in the Top 1000 for both boys and girls, this spelling is much more unusual and more heavily weighted toward the boys' side. That may be because of its spelling similarity to stylish brothers Owen and Bowen.

RoganHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "redhead"
  • Description:

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

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.

RustyHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Russell
  • Description:

    Though as a formal name Rusty is a little, well, rusty, it spent half a century among the Top 1000, departing only in 1995. Only 45 baby boys received the name in the US in one recent year and it's difficult to imagine it as the winning choice of many modern parents. Whether you want an informal name or a spin on a traditional name or even a word name or a name that means red, there are simply too many better options.

RuadhanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    Ruadhan (sometimes spelt with a fada: Ruadhán) is a fashionable name in its native Ireland. Borne one of the Twelve Irish Apostles, it originated as a diminutive of Ruadh, meaning "red-haired". It has sometimes been Anglicized as Rowan.

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. Redmond – also found as Reamann or Raemonn – is the Irish form of the Germanic name that occurs in modern English as Raymond.

SorrelHeart

  • Origin:

    Botanical name and French
  • Meaning:

    "reddish brown"
  • Description:

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

OmairaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "long life; red"
  • Description:

    Omaira is an intriguing Middle Eastern possibility.

CarmineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "vivid red"
  • Description:

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

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.

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.

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.

RowHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Rowan or Rowena, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "rowan tree, little redhead; white spear, famous friend"
  • Description:

    Ro- names are on the rise — think Roman, Rory, and Rowan — but straightforward and streamlined Row (and Rowe, Roe, and Ro) takes this trend to the next level. The pared-down single syllable gives Row an ultra-cool edge.

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.

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.

RuaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    Anglicized form of Ruadh

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.

ReedHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    Sleek, unisex surname rarely heard for girls -- which could be seen as an asset.

RussHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Russell, French
  • Meaning:

    "redhead, fox-colored"
  • Description:

    Short but substantial, Russ does not need the full-form Russell to go on the birth certificate. Russ strikes a nice balance between familiar, friendly, and underused.

RothHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "redhead"
  • Description:

    This surname-name originated as a nickname for redheads.

RuadhHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    Also spelt Rua, Ruadh is a strong and simple Irish name with a fiery meaning. Ruadhan is a popular related name.

RoweHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Rowan or Rowena
  • Meaning:

    "rowan tree, little redhead; white spear, famous friend"
  • Description:

    Mini names beginning with R are a trend to watch for both sexes. Recently, celebrities have been loving names like Ren, Rue, and Ro(w). The four-letter spelling, complete with a silent E, makes Rowe feel like a complete package despite its single syllable.

RadcliffHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "red cliff"
  • Description:

    Harvard's sibling.

DerryHeart

  • Origin:

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

    "like an oak"
  • Description:

    Merry but slight.

RufinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

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

RojoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    Colorful middle name choice.

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.

LerouxHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "the red-haired one"
  • Description:

    A colorful French surname that could appeal to English speakers.

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.
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