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Names that mean gold, yellow, or orange

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.

Along with baby names that mean yellow or gold, included here are names taken from elements of nature that are yellow or gold, such as Lemon and Daffodil.
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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.

ClementineHeart

  • Origin:

    French feminine version of Clement, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "mild, merciful"
  • Description:

    Clementine is a Nameberry favorite that has finally broken back into the US Top 1000 after more than half a century off the list. Still, its style value may mean there are more Clementines than you might guess in your neighborhood—it may be a name that raises Mom's eyebrows, but it won't surprise your friends.

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.

JasmineHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from Persian
  • Meaning:

    "gift from God"
  • Description:

    Jasmine was derived from the Persian word yasmin, referring to the jasmine flower. Scented oil was made from the plant, and it was used as a perfume throughout the Persian Empire. Variants include Jazmin, Yasmin, Yasmine, and Jessamine.

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.
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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.

AmberHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name, English
  • Description:

    Though perhaps not as currently stylish as Ruby, Jade, or Pearl, Amber has a colorful history (remember the notorious Forever Amber heroine?). Unfortunately, it does come with the "Amber Alert" connotation for modern parents (and their children).

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.

GoldieHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglicized form of Yiddish Golde or Golda
  • Description:

    More Sadie than Sadie, this old canasta player--somewhat modernized and energized by Goldie Hawn--looks like it could be making a comeback. It was recently chosen for her daughter by Ione Skye and Ben Lee, as well as by shoemeister Steve Madden.

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.
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SaffronHeart

  • Origin:

    Spice name
  • Description:

    Spice names are increasingly appealing to the senses of prospective parents; this one, belonging to a precious spice derived from the crocus has a vaguely orange-scented-incense sixties feel.

SunnyHeart

  • Origin:

    English nickname
  • Description:

    Upbeat nickname-name that can't help but make you smile. You might want to use it as a short form for a more "serious" name such as Sunniva, but Sunny is undeniably, well, sunny.

PeachesHeart

  • Origin:

    English fruit name
  • Description:

    Unlike the other fruit names that are just coming onto the baby name menu, Peaches is an old-timey nickname previously reserved for spangled showgirls, and now would be considered an outrageous -- verging on hip -- choice.

LemonHeart

  • Origin:

    American fruit name
  • Description:

    Lemon is one of the more unique names related to fruit, compared with sisters Clementine and Apple. That may be because lemon is also a word that's slang for a clunker, something that doesn't work very well. No baby wants to feel like a Lemon, so this is one of those unusual names that is best avoided.
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SunshineHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Sunshine was seen as a quintessential hippie name of the 70s, reaching as high as Number 536 in 1975. Now such names are making a bit of a retro comeback, seen, for example, as a character on Glee.

CoralHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    First used during the Victorian craze for jewel names; it could rise again, along with Ruby and Pearl, though it doesn't have as much luster.

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.
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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.

TopazHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek gem name
  • Description:

    As a name, Topaz is sophisticated and sultry; as a golden gem, it's said to have healing and energizing properties and also to bring good luck-- and being the birthstone for November it's one of the perfect names for November babies, with that final 'z' giving it some extra sizzle.

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.

DandelionHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from French
  • Meaning:

    "lion's tooth"
  • Description:

    The bright yellow weed lends itself to a creative baby name, although we don't recommend the nickname Dandy.
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MazarineHeart

  • Origin:

    French color name
  • Description:

    Mazarine is a deep blue color also used as a first name in honor of Cardinal Mazarin, a leader of France in the 17th century. As a first name, Mazarine is as charming as it is unusual.

DaffodilHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "asphodel"
  • Description:

    Yes, though it seems so extreme, girls were actually sometimes given this name a century ago; now it is so uncommon it would make a strong springtime statement. Biggest obstacle: the nickname Daffy.

ForsythiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from English surname
  • Meaning:

    "Forsyth's flower"
  • Description:

    This yellow harbinger spring bloom was named for Scottish botanist William Forsyth, and is even more unusual than such species as Acacia and Azalea.

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.
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MaizeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "corn"
  • Description:

    One of the more unusual nature names, Maize is given to a dozen or so boys and girls each year and is almost completely unisex in terms of usage. It could also be short for Maisie/Maizie. Disclaimer: potential for "corny" jokes.

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.

JonquilHeart

  • Origin:

    English flower name, from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "reed"
  • Description:

    Jonquil is an unusual flower name that is less outlandish than Daffodil and less common than Daisy. It just might appeal to parents seeking a singular botanical option.

    Unlike most flower names, Jonquil wasn't introduced until the 1940s, and saw some usage in the U.K. during the forties and fifties.

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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.

BananaHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Banana is one fruity name we wouldn't recommend. Pick Plum instead. There is a Japanese novelist whose pen name is Banana Yoshimoto--birth name Mahoko.
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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).
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FlavianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "yellow hair"
  • Description:

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

GoldenHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Like Silver, a shimmering metallic color name, almost too dazzling for an ordinary boy.

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.

GoldaHeart

  • Origin:

    English, Yiddish
  • Meaning:

    "gold"
  • Description:

    A name with an obvious meaning, for a long time associated with Golda Meir, the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Nickname Goldie seems to be catching on in the celebrity community.

PazelHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "peace"
  • Description:

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