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Names That Mean Dark

Names That Mean Dark

Names that mean dark are excellent if you are expecting a baby with dark hair, or eyes, or skin, or simply looking for a name that means (or suggests) darkness. You could search for names that literally mean black, dark, or night. Or you might prefer to browse for names that suggest dark things, such as Jett or Raven.

Along with Raven, other girl names that mean dark in the US Top 1000 include Delaney, Kiera, Layla, and Melanie.

In addition to Jett, other boy names that mean dark in the US Top 1000 include Blake, Colton, Sullivan, and Kieran.

Phoenix is the top unisex name that means dark. Many word names conjure images of darkness, such as Ebony, Mahogany, Sable, and Midnight itself.

Girl names that mean shadow and boy names that mean shadow also make this list, including '70s darling Jennifer and scientific Umbra.

The choices here are baby names that mean dark or reference dark things or nighttime and would be perfect for a brown-eyed baby girl or dark-haired baby boy.

You might also want to survey our full list of Name Meanings.

BrunoHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "brown"
  • Description:

    Bruno is a popular name throughout Europe and South America that deserves more attention here. Its color meaning makes it one of the perfect names for November babies, or really a boy born in any of the autumn months.

DonovanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "dark"
  • Description:

    One of the first of the appealing Irish surnames to take off in this country, this boys’ name has long outgrown its "Mellow Yellow" association, which came via the single from a sixties singer-songwriter named Donovan.

DuncanHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "dark warrior"
  • Description:

    Duncan is jaunty, confident, and open, a Scottish royal name that's brimming with friendly charm and makes it into our golden circle of names that are neither too popular nor too strange. Popularity aside, Duncan is one of the most classic Scottish names for boys.

DougalHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "dark stranger"
  • Description:

    Heard in the Scottish highlands, and much more in tune with the present times than the dated Douglas — for which it could make a perfect tribute name.
Dougal was the Scottish nickname for invading dark-haired Danish Vikings, just as Fingal was given to the blonder Norwegians.

SableHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "animal name"
  • Description:

    Sable is often associated with the Dynsaty soap opera, but it is actually a type of animal historically hunted for its fur. Sable is also used as a word for a warm, rich black color. Both associations carry hints of luxury.

EbonyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "deeply black wood"
  • Description:

    Word name favored by African-American parents because of its connotations of blackness and beauty, trending down since the eighties.

MelanieHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "black, dark"
  • Description:

    Gone with the Wind inspired a generation of girls named Melanie, though it looks as though Scarlett will triumph in the end.

DouglasHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "black water"
  • Description:

    Douglas, and more particularly its nickname, Doug, had a real romantic swagger in the 1950s and 1960s dating back to swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks, but today is more likely to conjure up your mom's prom date. Originally a Celtic river name, it became attached to a powerful Scottish clan, renowned for their strength and courage. In its earliest incarnation, Douglas was used equally for girls and boys.

NightHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    An ubercool and mysterious name, brought to you by director M. Night Shyamalan.

MidnightHeart

  • Origin:

    English, word name
  • Description:

    Nicole Richie and Joel Madden added this rocking name to the lexicon of day names, which have their roots in the African tradition of naming a child after the day of the week, time of day, or season in which he or she was born. But they wisely used it as a middle name.

ManuHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish, Maori, Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "greatest; bird; man"
  • Description:

    An international name that, although short and simple, sounds strong and distinctive. It can also be short for Magnus or Emmanuel.

DuffHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "swarthy"
  • Description:

    This somewhat boisterous Celtic name would be at home in a noisy pub or out walking on the moors. In Scotland, it was originally a nickname for someone with dark hair or a swarthy complexion.

ColeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "swarthy, coal black"
  • Description:

    Cole -- a short name that embodies a lot of richness and depth -- has long been associated with the great songwriter Cole Porter. It's quite popular in Scotland.

DoyleHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "black stranger"
  • Description:

    Dark horse Irish surname.

DunstanHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "dark stone"
  • Description:

    A two-syllable surname feel puts this name of an important English saint in the running -- though it could sound like a confused cross between Duncan and Dustin.

MelanthaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "dark flower"
  • Description:

    The th sound both softens and complicates this Melanie relative.

KrishnaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "dark, black"
  • Description:

    Krishna, in Hindu tradition, was the human incarnation of the god Vishnu, a heroic figure representing love and joy--the familiar "Hare Krishna" is a chant to this deity.

SullivanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish surname
  • Meaning:

    "black-eyed one"
  • Description:

    Sullivan is a jaunty Celtic three-syllable name, with a real twinkle in its eye. It was immortalized in the 1930s classic film Sullivan's Travels and was chosen for one of Patrick Dempsey's twin boys. Nickname Sully is equally jaunty.

BlakeleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname
  • Meaning:

    "dark wood or clearing"
  • Description:

    Blakeley is one of the many -ley ending surnames that is being adopted as a first name, updating the 80s darlings Blake and Ashley.

BlakesleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English place-name and surname
  • Meaning:

    "dark wolf's wood or clearing"
  • Description:

    Blakesley is the name of a village in England, also sometimes found as a surname along with Blakely and Blakeley, turned into a first name for their daughter by reality stars Trista and Ryan Sutter. Blakesley joins other -ley ending names -- Hadley, Finley -- as one of the most popular forms of unisex names with a girlish spin.