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Names That Mean Gold, Yellow, or Orange

Baby names that mean gold, yellow, or orange are an elite group, evoking the warm glow of these rich, beautiful colors.

The top name meaning gold today is Aurelia, one of the legion of Ancient Roman names back in style. Along with Aurelia, names with golden meanings finding visibility include Blaine, Flavia, Orla, Paz, Aurelio and Aurelius.

A name meaning gold or yellow might be right for a baby with blond hair or one born under the sign of Leo. A golden name might also be right for a baby born at dawn or on a brilliantly sunny day, or for a child with a golden personality.

AureliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "the golden one"
  • Description:

    Aurelia is the female form of the Latin name Aurelius, an ancient Roman surname. Aurelius is derived from the Latin word aureus, meaning "golden," which was also the name of a gold coin used in Ancient Rome. Aurelius was a cognomen, a third name in Roman culture that often referenced a personal characteristic or trait, likely used for someone with golden hair.

AureliusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "the golden one"
  • Description:

    Since Aurelius was given the supermodel seal of approval by Elle Macpherson, this is one of the Roman emperor names, like Augustus, now in the realm of possibility. Like the female Aurelia and Aurora, Aurelius has a particularly warm golden aura.

MarigoldHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from English
  • Meaning:

    "golden flower"
  • Description:

    Marigold, once found almost exclusively in English novels and aristocratic nurseries, is beginning to be talked about and considered here. It has a sweet, sunny, quirky feel. The marigold was the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

OrlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "golden princess"
  • Description:

    Orla is an Irish name closely associated with the high king Brian Boru, as it was the name of his sister, daughter and niece. It was very popular in the Middle Ages – the fourth most popular name in twelfth century Ireland – and has become popular again in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales today. In Irish, the name is commonly spelled Orlaith or Orlagh.

XantheHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "golden, yellow"
  • Description:

    X marks the spot in names these days, usually at the middles or ends of names, but here is one that puts it squarely up front.

AurelioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Aurelius
  • Meaning:

    "the golden one"
  • Description:

    Aurelio is an energetic Italian name rarely heard here, with an attractive aura. As the female version Aurelia gains greater notice, we expect to hear more from Aurelio too.

ZariHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Shortened form of Zarin / Zareen.

OrlaithHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "golden princess"
  • Description:

    In early, pre-Norman Ireland, this name was borne by both a sister and a niece of high king Brian Boru. Now, the English form Orla is more commonly used.

MeloraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "golden apple"
  • Description:

    Euphonic hybrid of the sounds of Melissa and Laura. Melora Hardin is an actress who was featured on The Office.

FlaviaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "golden, blond"
  • Description:

    An ancient Roman clan name, Flavia is one choice that's unusual but historic. Now a Top 60 name in Italy, Flavia has been a rarity in the US, but with the upswing in F names for girls, this could change. Seen more in literature than real life, Flavia was used as far back as an1580 romance, then in a William Dean Howells novel and as a Princess in The Prisoner of Zenda. Although the original pronunciation is FLAH-via, Flavie (as in flavor) could make a cute nickname.

ButtercupHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from English
  • Meaning:

    "yellow wildflower"
  • Description:

    Though most Buttercups are of the bovine persuasian, this humble flower name was given to the lovely princess in "The Princess Bride." If Buttercup still feels too lowly for you, you might consider Clover, Daffodil, or Daisy.

AurélienHeart

  • Origin:

    French form of Latin Aurelius
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Truly original yet not strange name ripe for the plucking by the adventurous baby namer. Aurelius works too.

PazHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew or Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gold; peace"
  • Description:

    Paz, currently represented by actresses Paz Vega and Paz de la Huerts, would make a sparkling middle name choice. It originated as a title of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Peace, and is one of the names that mean peace.

ZarinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "a golden vessel"
  • Description:

    Derived from Persian zarin "golden", Zarina is a strong and sparkling name used in multiple languages, including Kazakh, Urdu and Malay. It was the name of an ancient Scythian queen, and also sounds very close to the Russian tsarina or czarina – the pre-revolutionary term for an empress of Russia.

OrielHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Pretty Victorian-feeling cousin of Ariel; also, more prosaically, a kind of bay window.

BlaneHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "yellow"
  • Description:

    Blane is the attractive surname name of an important seventh-century Scottish saint, but is in danger of sounding slightly feminine and soap opera-ish.

TawnyHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "golden brown"
  • Description:

    Y-ending color adjectives like Tawny and Rusty are nowhere near as stylish as the more sophisticated Lilacs and Violets.

ZorinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "golden dawn"
  • Description:

    Both a first and last name, Zorina has a pretty, ballerina-like quality.

PetaHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American, Blackfoot,or Greek, "golden eagle, or rock, stone"
  • Meaning:

    "golden eagle, or rock, stone"
  • Description:

    Too tightly tied to the acronym for the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

XanthippeHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "yellow horse"
  • Description:

    Famous as the long-suffering wife of the philosopher Socrates.

BlaineHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "slender, angular"
  • Description:

    She's the bff of Blair, Blake, and Brooke who shop at Bergdorf's, Bonwits and Bendel's.

CrisantaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "golden flower, chrysanthemum"
  • Description:

    Crisanta, while not related to Christine, would make a pretty and highly unusual alternative to that tried-and-true name. Because of its relationship to the chrysanthemum, the flower of the month of November, it's one of the recommended names for Scorpio babies as well as names for November babies. Crisanta might also give you a fresh route to nicknames like Cris, Crissy, or Cristie.

AurembiaixHeart

  • Origin:

    Aragonese
  • Meaning:

    "from the lower golden land"
  • Description:

    Aurembiaix was an impressive medieval countess, whose father Ermengol fought for her to inherit his lands, title and estate. Aurembiaix later fought for her right to succeed her father, and being a skilful negotiator was able to convince her local nobles to back her, despite being a woman. She later saved her city from invaders by dressing local women in men's clothing to give the appearance of greater military might. A year before she died she married Pedro, exiled prince of Portugal. When she died, she had no children and therefore she was the last of her dynasty.

ChrisoulaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    This name is the feminine of Chrystanthos, meaning golden flower (think Chrysanthemum).

FlavianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "yellow hair"
  • Description:

    A Latin clan name that may rise again along with other things Roman.

AneirinHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "very golden or noble"
  • Description:

    Aneirin is the original form of the more common Aneurin (which was a mistaken spelling used after the 17th Century). Aneirin was one of the first great Welsh poets who flourished in the 6th Century. He was said to be the Prince of Bards.

PazelHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "peace"
  • Description:

    Pazel's abbreviated version, Paz, is far more modern and attractive.

OrioleHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    A bird name from the same Latin root as Aurelia.

AureliHeart

  • Origin:

    Polish variation of Aurelius
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Along with Aureliusz, Aureli is a Polish form of Aurelius, a Ancient Roman name meaning golden, and made most familiar in the form of emperor Marcus Aurelius.

ZehavaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gold, golden"
  • Description:

    The more dignified and attractive Hebrew equivalent of Golda or Goldie.

OriolHeart

  • Origin:

    Catalan
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Intriguing name that's a Top 100 choice in Spain and virtually unknown outside that country. But has definitely possibilities for the adventurous baby namer.

OchreHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, English
  • Meaning:

    "pale yellow"
  • Description:

    Ochre is an exceedingly rare name, found only a few times since the nineteenth century, and not showing up in any current data. Yet it means much the same thing as popular Sienna (another clay coloured with iron oxide) and sounds similar to fashionable Oakley. A strong earthy nature name that is both unusual and evocative.

ChartreuseHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "charterhouse"
  • Description:

    Chartreuse is the name of a French liqueur, named after the Grande Chartreuse monastery of the Carthusian Monks that produce it. The monastery was built in the Chartreuse mountains of southeastern France. Chartreuse is also familiar as a color name, a yellow-green hue that matches the color of the highest-quality liqueur.

XanthipeHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "yellow horse"
  • Description:

    Xanthipe, also spelled Xanthippe, is the name of the wife of Socrates. Challenging for English speakers, it's also dramatic and alluring.

ZareenHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Alternative form of Zarin and Zari.

PatziHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American, Omaha
  • Meaning:

    "yellow bird"
  • Description:

    Though unrelated, this would probably be taken as a fanciful spelling of Patsy.

MillarayHeart

  • Origin:

    Mapuche (Chilean)
  • Meaning:

    "golden flower"
  • Description:

    This name has been in the Chilean popularity charts for a while. Millaray makes a good choice for those looking for a feminine floral name that manages to look and sound fresh and modern.

XanthippiHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "yellow horse"
  • Description:

    Modern form of the Classical name Xanthippe, name of Socrates' wife, this name is often used as a by-word for a nagging, scolding woman.

ZlatozaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Bulgarian
  • Meaning:

    "golden glow"
  • Description:

    Taken from two slavic root words (Zlato meaning gold and Žara meaning morning glow), this unusual name is catching the attention of parents in both Bulgaria and Russia.