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Names That Mean Dark

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 Jett and Raven, other dark baby names in the US Top 1000 include Blake, Colton, Delaney, Kiera, Layla, Melanie, Phoenix, and Sullivan. Many word names conjure images of darkness, such as Ebony, Mahogany, Sable, and Midnight itself.

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

  • Amaya

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    Amaya is a girls' name that relates to the popular Maya. Actors Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann are the parents of a young daughter named Amaya... Read More 

  • Baize

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    This fabric word name would be a one-of-a-kind. Read More 

  • Blake

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    Blake -- an early unisex option -- dropped out of the Top 100 in 2017 for the first time since 1988, but remains a sophisticated choice. And yes, both conflicting meanings of Blake are accurate.... Read More 

  • Blakeley

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    Blakeley is one of the many -ley ending surnames that is being adopted as a first name, updating the 80s darlings Blake and Ashley. These days, the lee sound at the end turns most names,... Read More 

  • Blakesley

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    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... Read More 

  • Bruna

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    Possibility for a dark-haired babe. Read More 

  • Bruno

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    Bruno is a popular name throughout Europe and South America that deserves more attention here. Its color meaning makes it one of the perfect Read More 

  • Caliban

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    In Shakespeare's The Tempest, Caliban is the name of the deformed son of a witch: not the greatest literary reference for a child. But Caliban does have an appealing... Read More 

  • Carey

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    Variously spelled trendy name in the 1970s that hasn't even been in the Top 1000 in a decade. Read More 

  • Charna

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    Popular name in Israel, worth considering for a dark-haired daughter with a bit of a bohemian cast. Read More 

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