Color Names

  1. Akako
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "red"
    • Description:

      The color red was considered to have magical properties in early Japanese culture, with the power to cure blood and other illnesses. Pronounced ah-kah-ko.
  2. Amber
    • 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).
  3. Amethyst
    • 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.
  4. Aqua
    • Origin:

      Color name
    • Description:

      One of the new color names that is catching on, invoking a calm, blue-green-sea feeling.
  5. Argenta
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "silvery"
    • Description:

      More modern and alluring than Silver, Argenta is one of the few mineral/metal-related names.
  6. Argentia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "silver"
    • Description:

      A shimmery ancient Roman name that could still shine today. VARIATION: ARGENTA
  7. Argento
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "silvery"
    • Description:

      A more distinctive alternative to Angelo.
  8. Arianell
    • Origin:

      Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "silver"
    • Description:

      This early Welsh saint's name is unusual and lovely, waiting to be discovered. Saint Arianell was a member of the Welsh royal family who was possessed by a spirit which was exorcised by Saint Dyfrig, who became Arianell's spiritual teacher.
  9. Arusha
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "red"
    • Description:

      The color red plays a prominent role in Hindu mythology, referring to the rising sun or the reddish horses of the "son of fire." Pronounced ahr-OO-shah, it has a stylish Russian flair. Hindi version is ARUSHI.
  10. Ash
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Asher, English
    • Meaning:

      "ash tree"
    • Description:

      Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the Pokemon cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher, Ashton, or any other "Ash" name.
  11. Auburn
    • Origin:

      Color name
    • Meaning:

      "deep reddish-brown"
    • Description:

      A strong, warm name and a strong warm color. Would make an excellent alternative to August or Aubrey.
  12. Aurelia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "the golden one"
    • Description:

      Aurelia is an ancient Roman name that's become a surprise hit in the contemporary world. A top favorite on Nameberry, it reentered the US Top 1000 in 2014 after a 70-year absence and continues to climb.
  13. Aurelius
    • 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.
  14. Azure
    • Origin:

      English color name
    • Meaning:

      "sky blue"
    • Description:

      Azure is a colorful gender-neutral choice, currently used equally for baby girls and boys in the US. It refers to a specific shade of blue seen in a cloudless sky. Elon Musk recently revealed Azure to be the name of his daughter with Shivon Zilis, twin sister to Strider. While X and Y didn't stand a chance at greater popularity, parents may be inspired to use the name Azure following this celebrity endorsement.
  15. Beige
    • Origin:

      Color name
    • Description:

      Bland, and better for a girl besides.
  16. Beryl
    • 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.
  17. Black
    • Origin:

      Color name
    • Description:

      Unlike Rose and Blue, this color name is Not Ready for Prime Time.
  18. Blane
    • 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.
  19. Bleu
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "blue"
  20. Bleu
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "blue"
    • Description:

      The middle name of the Travoltas' Ella, this French color alternative hasn't caught on with many other parents.