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Names That Mean Purple

Names That Mean Purple

Names that mean purple are lovely representations of the rich, lush color. They may also include names with meanings such as violet or lilac or lavender.

Violet itself is the most popular of the girl names that mean purple. In addition to Violet, the only other name meaning purple in the US Top 1000 is Iris. Boy names that mean purple are few and far between. The only one to make this list is Porfirio, an Italian and Spanish name referring to purple dye.

Unique names meaning purple include Lilac, Lavender, and Ione. If you're a purple person, here are all the names meaning violet or purple on Nameberry.

To expand your search, see all the Color Names for Babies or have a look at our main page of Name Meanings.

  1. IrisHeart
    • Origin:

      Flower name; also Greek
    • Meaning:

      "rainbow"
    • Description:

      Iris is directly derived from the Greek word iris, meaning “rainbow.” In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, a messenger for Zeus and Hera who rode the rainbow as a multicolored bridge from heaven to earth. In ancient times, the Iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. This colorful image led to the naming of the flower and to the colored part of the eye.
  2. VioletHeart
    • Origin:

      English from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "purple"
    • Description:

      Violet is soft and sweet but far from shrinking. The Victorian Violet, one of the prettiest of the color and flower names, was chosen by high-profile parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, definitely a factor in its rapid climb to popularity. Violet cracked into the Top 50 for the first time ever in 2015.
  3. LavenderHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "purple flower"
    • Description:

      Lavender lags far behind sweet-smelling purple-hued sister names Violet and Lila, but is starting to get some enthusiastic attention from cutting-edge namers along with other adventurous nature names like Clementine and Marigold.
  4. IndigoHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "Indian dye"
    • Description:

      Indigo is one of the most appealing and evocative of the new generation of color names. Color names have joined flower and jewel names -- in a big way -- and Indigo, a deep blue-purple dye from plants native to India, is particularly striking for both girls and boys. Indigo is the name of a character in the Ntozake Shange novel Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, and was used for his daughter by Lou Diamond Phillips.
  5. IoneHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek, a violet-colored stone
    • Description:

      This unusual Greek flower and color name has gained considerable recent attention via actress Ione Skye, who is the daughter of sixties folksinger Donovan.
  6. AmethystHeart
    • Origin:

      Gem and Color name
    • Description:

      As flower names become more unique, so can gem names move beyond Ruby and Pearl to names like Topaz, Sapphire, and Peridot. Amethyst, the purple birthstone for February, has never been in the Top 1000, but could have some appeal, joining similarly-hued Violet and Lilac, all of which make great names for Aquarius babies or names for February babies.
  7. LilacHeart
    • Origin:

      English, from Persian
    • Meaning:

      "bluish or lilac"
    • Description:

      Could Lilac be the next Lila or Lily or Violet? It certainly has a lot going for it--those lilting double 'l's, the fabulous fragrance it exudes, and the fact that it's a color name as well, providing a ready made nursery theme. In addition, the lilac is symbolic of first love.
  8. HyacinthHeart
    • Origin:

      Flower name, from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "blue larkspur; precious stone"
    • Description:

      Though it may not be as sweet and gentle as, say, Violet, the purple-hued Hyacinth still might hold some appeal for the parent seeking a truly unusual flower name.
  9. IolantheHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "violet flower"
    • Description:

      Iolanthe is known primarily through the1882 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta of that name, in which the title character is a fairy. Iolanthe is a softer version of Yolanda, and is the kind of multi-syllabic classical name once considered too weighty for a modern baby girl, but now within the realm of possibility--this one as a dramatic twist on Violet
  10. WisteriaHeart
    • Origin:

      Flower name, from English surname
    • Meaning:

      "Wister's flower"
    • Description:

      A frilly southern-accented flower name yet to be planted on many birth certificates. In the language of flowers, the wisteria is a symbol of devotion. It is named for American horticulturalist John Caspar Wister.
  11. ViolettaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "purple"
    • Description:

      Violetta is a more vibrantly colored, feminissima form of Violet. It is the name of the heroine of the Verdi opera La Traviata--in fact Violetta was the original title of the work.
  12. MauveHeart
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "violet-colored"
    • Description:

      Mauve is an offbeat color name whose soft and sentimental Victorian spirit is conveyed by the name. One of the newer color names like Blue, Gray and Plum that are increasingly being used as novel middle names.
  13. PlumHeart
    • Origin:

      Fruit name
    • Description:

      British-born novelist Plum Sykes has taken this rich, fruity name out of the produce section and put it into the baby name basket. It's more appealing than Apple, more presentable than Peaches. The French equivalent, Prune, is very fashionable there but would not fly with English speakers.
  14. YolandaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "violet flower"
    • Description:

      Yolanda conjures up visions of midcentury films like "Yolanda and the Thief," complete with gauzy veils, harem pants, and invisible navels. Iolanthe, with the first syllable pronounced the same as in Yolanda, is a softer version, but most modern parents would opt for the English Violet.
  15. PorfirioHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "purple dye"
    • Description:

      This ancient saint's name was borne by the infamous midcentury playboy, Porfirio Rubirosa.
  16. FuchsiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Plant and color name
    • Description:

      A plausible color name, it was chosen by the singer Sting as a middle name for his daughter, after a character in the Gormenghast fantasy trilogy, of which he's a big fan.
  17. MagentaHeart
    • Origin:

      Color name
    • Description:

      Magenta is a vivid Crayola color name, that could make a vivid, colorful choice. It was named in 1859 after the Napoleonic Battle of Magenta, a town in Northern Italy.
  18. BíborkaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hungarian
    • Meaning:

      "purple"