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Precious Baby Names

Precious Baby Names
Precious baby names are drawn directly from those of gems and other precious materials. They connect your child to the earth, yet would not be described as "earthy" baby names — they’re far too sparkly for that. Precious names for girls and boys, such as Ruby and Onyx, are glamorous yet grounded.

Along with Ruby and Onyx, other precious baby names in the US Top 1000 include Emerald, Ivory, Jade, Jasper, Opal, Pearl, and Stone. Choices such as Amber, Crystal, Diamond, and Ebony are among the faded gems of yesterday.

Baby names inspired by gemstones, jewels, and natural materials are more on-trend than ever. Browse our comprehensive list of precious names for your little treasure, below.
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JasperHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "bringer of treasure"
  • Description:

    Jasper originated as a variation of the Latin Gaspar, which ultimately derived from the Persian word ganzabara, meaning "bringer of treasure." As a given name, Jasper’s etymology is unrelated to that of the gemstone, which comes from a Semitic word meaning "speckled stone." Jasper is the usual English form for one of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the infant Christ according to medieval tradition and appears in the Bible as a reference to the stone itself in Revelations 4:3.

RubyHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "deep red precious stone"
  • Description:

    Ruby, vibrant red, sassy and sultry, has definitely outshone the other revived vintage gem names, with its sparkling resume of cultural references.

PearlHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin gem name
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewelry box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a fresher middle name alternative to the overused Rose. Cool couple Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson named their daughter Pearl Minnie, followed by Jack Osbourne, and several celebs have put it in the middle spot, as in Busy Philipps's Cricket Pearl, Jake Owen's Olive Pearl and Caleb Followill's Dixie Pearl .

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).

JadeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "stone of the side"
  • Description:

    As cool as the precious green stone said to transmit wisdom, clarity, justice, courage, and modesty, Jade has been rising in popularity since Mick and Bianca Jagger chose it for their daughter in 1971. Superchef Giada de Laurentiis chose it as the English translation of her own first name. Jade manages to strike the golden mean as one of the familiar-yet-unusual girl names starting with J.
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SapphireHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, Greek, and Latin jewel name
  • Meaning:

    "blue"
  • Description:

    Sapphire goes waaaaay beyond Ruby and Pearl. This September birthstone, occasionally used a century ago, might be worth a reappraisal, perhaps as a Sophie/Sophia alternative. Sapphire is the pseudonym of Romona Lofton, who wrote the book Push, which was turned into the movie Precious.

OpalHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "gem"
  • Description:

    Opal is on the verge of a repolishing, following other jewel names like Ruby and Pearl. A Top 100 name during the first two decades of the twentieth century, the opalescent Opal has a good chance of coming back as another O-initial option.

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.

FlintHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "born near outcrop of flint"
  • Description:

    Flint is one of the new macho names on the rise today, part old-school tough guy, part rebel. You won't find a tougher, steelier-sounding name; it's part of a genre on the rise along with cousins Slate, Stone and Steel.

EmeraldHeart

  • Origin:

    Gem name; Persian
  • Meaning:

    "green"
  • Description:

    Emerald is the intriguing color and jewel name of the deep green stone treasured as far back as ancient Egypt — it's supposed to open one's heart to wisdom and to love and be good for strengthening relationships — which could make for an interesting, unusual name, particularly with the popularity of so many Em-starting names.
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StoneHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Though some may find such names rather harsh and severe, increasing numbers of parents are gravitating toward this kind of flinty, steely, stony single-syllable name.

EbonyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "deeply black wood"
  • Description:

    Word name favored by African-American parents because of its connotations of blackness and beauty, trending down since the eighties.

IvoryHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name meaning the hard, white material from the tusks and teeth of animals; can also mean "pale, white"
  • Meaning:

    "pale, white"
  • Description:

    Ivory was last popular a hundred years ago. In 2013, it finally began to regain some momentum in the female rankings, reentering the Top 1000.

CelestineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "heavenly"
  • Description:

    Celestine is a pretty, crystalline extension (actually a diminutive) of Celeste that would make a choice that is both delicate and strong. It is also a popular name in France.

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.
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JewelHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Just like Flora is for botanicals, Jewel is the generic gemstone name, not used much since the early twentieth century, when it was seen as a symbol of how precious a daughter could be. The French version, Bijou, feels more modern, as do Pearl and Ruby.

ObsidianHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    This rarely used boys name is one of the few gem names for a boy. Obsidian is actually a type of volcanic glass, formed when lava cools very quickly. This ultra-cool name might spark a love of volcanoes and geology in a little boy.

CrystalHeart

  • Origin:

    Gem name
  • Description:

    Peaking at #9 in 1982, Crystal's popularity in the 70s and 80s stems from its sparkling natural namesake and several notable bearers, like country music singer Crystal Gayle and Dynasty character Krystle Carrington. But it has since lost some of its luster for American parents, now ranking in the mid-600s. Ruby, Gemma and Pearl are fashionable alternatives, but nowadays Crystal could actually be a more unexpected choice for your little gem.

OnyxHeart

  • Origin:

    Gem name
  • Description:

    One of the few of this class to have a husky boyish sound.

BerylHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sea-green jewel"
  • Description:

    Dated British favorite that never caught on in this country, where Jade remains the green gem of choice. Interesting namesakes: British writer Beryl Bainbridge and British aviatrix Beryl Markham.
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SlateHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    One of the more unusual of the current crop of strong, single-syllable boys' names, evoking the images of both old-fashioned blackboards and modern stepping-stones and countertops.

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.

PeridotHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "a green gemstone"
  • Description:

    Peridot is the gem of the month of August, a vibrant green mineral, said to be good for helping people put the past behind them, and an interesting, undiscovered jewel name. It was regarded in ancient times as the symbol of the sun.

MalachiteHeart

  • Origin:

    Gemstone name
  • Description:

    There aren't many gemstone names that are firmly masculine but Malachite is one of these. The gemstone is a rich green colour and is often used for decorative sculptures. The name is thought to derive from the name of the Mallow plant, the leaves of which resemble the patterns on the gemstone. The name is also similar to the Hebrew name Malachi.

SilverHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Among the first wave of word names used in the hippie era, it actually is a legitimate girl's name with a lot of luster.
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TurquoiseHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "Turkish stone"
  • Description:

    Turquoise is similar in hue to Aqua, which is one of the cool new color names on the palette. Other blue-hued options: Cerulean, Cyan, Indigo, or Blue itself.

LapisHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "azure blue stone"
  • Description:

    Out-of-the-ordinary gemstone name derived from lapis lazuli, which is said to enhance awareness and intellect, impart ancient wisdom and cure many ailments, making it an interesting possibility for a blue-eyed girl. Lazuli — or Azure or Blue — are other options.

OlivineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "olive"
  • Description:

    A gem named for its green hue.

AlabasterHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral name
  • Description:

    Alabaster is a white stone that was often used to make sculptures. The name is thought to derive from an Egyptian term al-abaste, which refers to the Egyptian God Bast.

MercuryHeart

  • Origin:

    Roman
  • Meaning:

    "messenger of the gods, quicksilver"
  • Description:

    It's a car brand, a planet, and the messenger of the gods -- but it's questionable whether it works as a little girl's name.
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CopperHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    It's a beautiful burnished metal -- but also slang for policeman.

GarnetHeart

  • Origin:

    Jewel name, from the French
  • Meaning:

    "pomegranate"
  • Description:

    One of the jewel names in use a hundred years ago, due for revival along with sisters Ruby and Pearl.

QuartzHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral name
  • Description:

    This may be a bit quirky to make it as a name, especially in first place. If you love it, you might try it in the middle.

CitrineHeart

  • Origin:

    Gemstone name
  • Description:

    Citrine is a type of quartz named after its citrus-colored hues. if Amethyst, Jasper, and Onyx (all other types of quartz) can be used, why not Citrine, which has a lovely French-sounding suffix. Citrine is one of the many rare and attractive girl names starting with C.

LazuliHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian place name
  • Description:

    Now deeply associated with the gemstone Lapis Lazuli, Lazuli is derived from one of the places where the stone was first mined. The word Lazuli is the root for words like azure. Lapis Lazuli is a deep and rich blue color and was used for pigments and jewellery. Lazuli can be used for a boy or a girl.
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ZirconHeart

  • Origin:

    Gem name from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gold-hued"
  • Description:

    Although Zircon means "gold-hued," the gem comes in a variety of colors.

CarnelianHeart

  • Origin:

    Gemstone name
  • Description:

    Carnelian is an ochre-colored semi-precious gemstone, named after a type of cherry.

GraniteHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    There's a whole quarry of rocky names parents are now considering: Slate, Flint, etc. , but this one is particularly hard-edged and problematic.

RosegoldHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "pinkish gold"
  • Description:

    Rosegold, or rose gold, is actually an alloy of gold and copper, used in jewellery for its warm, pinkish hue. It would make for a pretty and quirky girl name, with sweet short forms Rosie and Goldie.

AgateHeart

  • Origin:

    French, a semiprecious stone, or variation of Agatha
  • Description:

    Though it's French, most Americans would pronounce it as the stone.
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JetHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral and word name
  • Description:

    Though this may be thought of as a short form of the legitimate name Jetta, that one's gone to the cars. This sounds more modern if a bit supersonic. In the Netherlands, it's Number 149, originating as a short form of -ette ending names such as Henriette and Mariette.

DiamondHeart

  • Origin:

    Gem name
  • Description:

    Diamond sparkled all through the nineties--reaching as high as Number 150 in 1999. Although its shine has diminished quite a bit, it remains in use.

HeliodorHeart

  • Origin:

    Gemstone name
  • Description:

    Also known as green beryl, Heliodor is the name of a sun-kissed colored gemstone. The name is reminiscent of other -dor names such as Theodore, Esidore, Isidor, Landor, Salvador etc.

BeriloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "beryl, pale green gemstone"
  • Description:

    A Latin name with a lot of tango flair.
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JacinthHeart

  • Origin:

    Gemstone name, variation of Hyacinth, English
  • Meaning:

    "blue larkspur; precious stone"
  • Description:

    Jacinth is a gemstone of the Zircon variety. The name is related to the floral Hyacinth.

CinnabarHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Associated with a vivid red-orange-colored lacquer, would make a more than distinctive color-related choice.

AdeliteHeart

  • Origin:

    Gem name from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "indistinct"
  • Description:

    An unusual way to get to the nickname Addie.

TourmalineHeart

  • Origin:

    French gem name
  • Meaning:

    "colorful jewel"
  • Description:

    An elaborate and shiny choice.

PyriteHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "fire stone"
  • Description:

    So named because it emits sparks when struck with a stone.
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