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Names That Mean Dark

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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

    The name Amaya is a girl's name of Japanese, Basque origin meaning "mother city; the end; night rain". The Spanish form of Amaya is both a given name and a surname, originating from the Spanish... Read More 

  • Baize

    The name Baize is a girl's name of French origin meaning "dark brown". This fabric word name would be a one-of-a-kind. Read More 

  • Blake

    The name Blake is a unisex name of English origin meaning "fair-haired, dark". Blake -- an early unisex option -- dropped out of the Top 100 in 2017 for the first time since 1988, but remains a... Read More 

  • Blakeley

    The name Blakeley is a unisex name of English origin meaning "dark wood or clearing". Blakeley is one of the many -ley ending surnames that is being adopted as a first name, updating the 80s... Read More 

  • Blakesley

    The name Blakesley is a girl's name of English origin meaning "dark wolf's wood or clearing". Blakesley is the name of a village in England, also sometimes found as a surname along with Blakely... Read More 

  • Bruna

    The name Bruna is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "brown". Possibility for a dark-haired babe. Read More 

  • Bruno

    The name Bruno is a boy's name of German origin meaning "brown". Bruno is a popular name throughout Europe and South America that deserves more attention here. Its color meaning makes it one of... Read More 

  • Caliban

    The name Caliban is a boy's name of Romanian origin meaning "black". In Shakespeare's The Tempest, Caliban is the name of the deformed son of a witch: not the greatest literary reference... Read More 

  • Carey

    The name Carey is a unisex name of Irish origin meaning "dark, black". Variously spelled trendy name in the 1970s that hasn't even been in the Top 1000 in a decade. Read More 

  • Charna

    The name Charna is a girl's name of Yiddish origin meaning "dark, black". Popular name in Israel, worth considering for a dark-haired daughter with a bit of a bohemian cast. Read More 

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