Colorful Baby Names
Color names are, by definition, colorful. Here are some rainbow inspired choices for Baby's name.
Alluring and exotic, Azure is one of the most unusual in the group. A related possibility is Azura, the Persian name for the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, which evokes pleasant images of cloudless, clear blue skies.
It started when Cher named her now-grown son Elijah Blue, a unisex middle-name idea later picked up upon by Rosanna Arquette (Zoe Blue), Maria Bella (Jackson Blue), Veronica Webb (Molly Blue), and many other non-celebs.
Jade, as cool as the green stone said to transmit wisdom, clarity, and courage, has been rising in popularity since Mick and Bianca Jagger chose it for their daughter in 1971. Superchef Giada de Laurentis chose it as the English translation of her own first name.
Julia Roberts revived this pleasantly hazy, green-eyed vintage name when she gave it to one of her twins in 2004, and it’s been rising ever since, putting to rest the middle-aged image of the Hazel the Maid cartoon.
This is one color name that could be used for a boy or a girl. Indigo is a deep blue-violet dye made from plants native to India, and the name has a strong, energetic feel. Lou Diamond Philipps used it for his daughter.
A gently old-fashioned hue, with the scent of pale lavender, Mauve could make a novel alternative to the similar sounding Maeve and Maude. This is another hue that would probably be reserved for middle place.
What with 17,000+ Olivias born last year, some parents are looking for a similar-but-different alternative. Olive, having lost its old connection to Popeye’s Olive Oyl, is softer and sleeker—it was chosen for their daughter by Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen.
A rich brown color name with an Irish feel, Roan could be seen as a more unusual alternative to Rowan and Ronan. Sharon Stone used it for one of her sons and it’s the middle name of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s boy Levon.
Vibrant red Ruby is sassy and sultry and definitely on the rise. An early rock classic—think “Ruby Tuesday”—Ruby makes a cool yet warm choice. Chosen by Tobey Maguire and other celebs, Ruby’s next to the top of the list in England, and #1 in Wales.
The rise of Ms. Johansson, plus memories of spirited Scarlett O’Hara, have made Scarlet (with on or two ts)
the hot color name of the moment. Sylvester Stallone’s third daughter, following Sophia and Sistine, is Scarlet, and the White Stripes Jack White and Karen Elson spell theirs Scarlett.
British-born Sienna Miller brought this color name into the spotlight—some of us may remember the pretty brown Burnt Sienna crayons in our Crayola boxes. The name can also be spelled Siena, as in the lovely, art-filled Tuscan town.
The Violet revival was started by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, and since they announced their choice, more and more parents are warming to its gentle, fragrant Victorian charm. Also in the same family are the newer purpley shades Lilac and Lavender.
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