100+ Baby Names for Boys and Girls Inspired by Colors

Looking for unique baby names? Look no further than colors! Whether it’s a shade you adore in nature or one that represents your school, sports team, or flag, color-inspired baby names are on the rise.

Boys’ names, in particular, are seeing a surge in color origins, reflecting the growing trend of diverse name choices for boys. While girl names like Violet and Olive have long been favorites, there are now plenty of cool color-inspired names for both genders.

One thing to keep in mind is that many of these names can be used for boys or girls, and some may represent a color in another language. To find the perfect name, consider looking through a box of crayons or paint swatches for inspiration. With so many beautiful hues to choose from, the possibilities are endless!

NameOrigincolorFamous NamesakesFun Fact
AdamHebrewMan, to be red, red earthSinger Adam Levine, comedian Adam Sandler, actor Adam DriverThe Hebrew word adam refers to the reddish color of human skin, as well as being similar to the word for earth (adamah), from which the Bible says Adam was formed.
AlaniHawaiianOrange, as in the fruitTV personality Alani Nicole “La La” AnthonyAlani is the Hawaiian word for the orange tree or its fruit. In Greek slang, it relates to an alleyway or lane, and singer Alanis Morrisette got her name from this Greek usage.
AlbaLatin, Ancient RomanWhiteAlbus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter series, Olympic medalist synchronized swimmer Alba Maria Cabello RodillaIn Roman mythology, Alba Silvius was a king of Alba Longa and an ancestor of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.
AmberArabicYellowish orange jewel of fossilized resinActress Amber Heard, model Amber Rose, actress Amber TamblynAmber is fossilized tree resin that can be 230 million years old. It can contain inclusions of ancient insects and plants, on which hinged the plot of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.
AmethystGreekSemiprecious violet form of quartzRapper Amethyst Amelia Kelly (birth name of Iggy Azalea)The Greek word for amethyst means “not drunk” as the Greeks believed that wearing amethyst or drinking from amethyst cups prevented intoxication.
AppleGermanicA bright yellowish-green, like the unripe fruitApple Martin (daughter of singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow)Apple has many connotations, including education (being given to teachers), lost innocence (the apple given by Eve to Adam that led to them being cast out of Eden), health (“an apple a day keeps the doctor away”), and the technology giant.
Ash/AshleyOld EnglishAs a color, grayActresses Ashley Tisdale, Ashley Judd, Ashley OlsonAs a name, Ash and Ashley refer to the ash tree rather than the gray ashes left after a fire burns. Ashley was originally a male name exclusively, with Ashleigh used for girls.
AuburnLatin, Old FrenchReddish-brownNineteenth Century Politician Auburn Lorenzo PridemoreAuburn University is one of the largest universities in the Southern U.S.
AzureLatin, Old FrenchBlue stone, often used to describe the skyN/AThe word azure comes from the blue lapis lazuli stone, used as a pigment by Renaissance artists like Vermeer and Titian.
BerylGreek, LatinPale green precious stoneAviator Beryl MarkhamBeryl can grow in massive crystals, such as one from Albany, Maine that weighed 18 metric tons. It is New Hampshire’s state mineral.
BiancaItalianWhiteActress Bianca Jagger, singer Bianca Ryan, tennis player Bianca AndreescuShakespeare wrote two characters named Bianca. In Othello, Bianca is Cassio’s jealous lover. In The Taming of the Shrew, Bianca is the lovely and sought-after younger sister of the protagonist, Kate. Their father will not allow her to marry until the “shrewish” Kate marries.
BlaineGaelicYellowBaseball player Blaine Boyer, football player Blaine GabbertBlaine, Washington is on the U.S.- Canadian border in the state of Washington. It is the north terminus of Interstate 5, which becomes B.C. Highway 99 after crossing the border.
BlueGermanicBlueBlue Ivy Carter (daughter of rapper Jay-Z and singer Beyoncé)Blue can be a unisex name. It might be chosen to relate to a favorite color or that of a school or sports team.
BowieGaelicYellow or fair-hairedMajor League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, pioneer Jim Bowie, and singer David Bowie as a surnameBowie rose in popularity upon the death of David Bowie in 2016, as people named their children in tribute.
BoydGaelicYellow, blond, or light hairActor Boyd Holbrook, musician Boyd TinsleyIn Scottish history, one theory suggests that Clan Boyd may have originated from Robert Boyd named for his yellow hair.
BrickGermanClay red, like the building materialCoach and athlete Brick Haley, actor Brick BronskyBrick can allude to strength and solidity. It makes a good middle name.
BrunoGermanBrownSinger Bruno Mars, soccer player Bruno AlvesSt. Bruno of Cologne was a monk who founded the Carthusian Order in the 11th century. His feast day is October 6.
BurgundyGerman, FrenchReddish-purple, like red wineUncommon name
CarmineArabic, FrenchCrimson redMusician Carmine Coppola, singer and dancer Carmen MirandaThe pigment carmine is extracted from scale insects that grow on cacti. It is used as a natural food coloring and in lipstick.
CeriseFrenchCherryNever in the top 1,000 in the U.S., but Cherise appeared on the list six times between 1967 and 1984
CherryLatin, GreekBright red, like the fruitActress Cherry Jones, actress Cherry CampbellCherry red is a deep, bright red color. The name has seen a decline in recent decades in the U.S. due to a sexual connotation.
ChlorisGreekPale greenActress Cloris LeachmanChloris is the name of an Ancient Greek goddess of flowers.
CinnamonSemitic, GreekReddish-brown, like the spiceFictional character Cinnamon CarterCinnamon was a rare spice in Europe of the Middle Ages, the source of which (Sri Lanka) was kept secret by traders who brought it around the Arabian Penisula during the spice trade.
ClementineFrench, LatinOrange citrus fruitSinger Clementine Creevy, Singer Clémentine Delauney, political wife Clementine ChurchillNamed after Father Clement Rodier who may have discovered this hybrid by crossing a sweet orange and a mandarin orange in his garden in Algeria.
CocoaNahuatl, Spanish, EnglishChocolate brown, like the cacao beanFashion designer Coco Chanel, celebrity child Coco ArquetteCocoa can refer to a chocolate color. The most common use of Coco is as a nickname for Colette or Nicolette.
CoralLatinA pinkish-orange to reddish-orange hue, like the marine animalsFictional character Coraline, actress Coral BrowneMarine corals can be seen in many shades of orange to pink. As a color name, coral was first used in 1513.
CrystalGreek, LatinIce, clear glassCountry singer Crystal Gayle, actress Crystal ReedKrystle became a trendy name due to 1980s television series Dynasty, with the character Krystle Carrington portrayed by actress Linda Evans.
DaffodilLatin, EnglishYellow flowerCelebrity child Daffodil Hurley (daughter of singer Michael Hurley)As one of the first flowers of spring, the color of daffodils represents renewal and vitality.
DoveEnglishWarm gray or soft white with a hint of gray, like the birdActress Dove CameronDove gray can evoke tranquility and peace.
EbonyGreek, EnglishBlack, like the wood from the ebony treeActress Ebonie Smith, TV host Eboni K. WilliamsEbony reached number 132 in 1982 when the song “Ebony and Ivory” was a number one hit by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.
EmeraldGreekGreen, like the gemActress Esmeralda Pimentel, model Emerald Ignacio, actress Emerald FennellAncient emeralds came from mines in Egypt, India, and Austria. But today, most emeralds come from Colombia.
FawnFrenchBeige, light brown, or tan, like a young deerWriter Fawn McKay BrodieFawn was first used as the name of a color in 1789. It is used as an official coat color for dog breeds including boxers and pugs.
FernGerman, Old EnglishGreen, like the plantFern Arable of Charlotte’s Web, actress Fern Fitzgerald, lawyer Fern Holland, author Fern MichaelsFern was the name of a university student who helped a team of contestants in the second season of The Amazing Race. Her name came to be used as a term for any locals who took teams under their wing to help them to their destinations.
FionaGaelicWhite or fairSinger Fiona AppleAs a name, Fiona first appeared in poems by James Macpherson, who said his works were translations from ancient Gaelic works.
FlynnGaelicRedAthlete Flynn Robinson, actor Flynn Morrison, celebrity children Flynn Bloom and Flynn Earl JonesFlynn has found its way from being an Irish surname to being used as a first name. It might be used to honor grandparents with that surname.
ForestLatin, FrenchDeep green, like the plants and trees of a forestActor Forest Whitaker, actor Forrest TuckerForrest saw a big jump in popularity in 1994 due to the movie Forrest Gump. It reached a rank of 217, a popularity level it hadn’t seen since the 1920s. However, it was short-lived. The name quickly went out of fashion and dropped off the top 1,000 list in 2004. As of 2013, it returned as a top 1,000 name.
FuchsiaModern LatinBright, deep pink, like the flowerWriter Fuchsia DunlopThe bright purple-red color of the dye fuchsine was so-named because it evoked the beautiful flower. This dye was renamed magenta, but both came to be used as color names.
GannonGaelicFair-skinned or fair-hairedFootball player Gannon Sinclair, fictional character Ganon from Nintendo’s video game, The Legend of ZeldaGannon became a top 1,000 name for boys in 2002. Gannon is also the name of a university in Erie, Pennsylvania.
GarnetEnglishDark red, like the most common variety of the gemstoneHockey player Garnet HathawayGarnet is the birthstone for January, and different garnet varieties are also state gems and minerals. The wine red garnet is the state gem of New York, the star garnet is the state stone of Idaho, the grossular garnet is the state gem of Vermont, and the almandine garnet is the state mineral of Connecticut.
GiadaItalianJadeTV chef Giada De Laurentiis, director Giada ColagrandeGiada De Laurentiis evoked a play on words by naming her daughter Jade.
GingerEnglishReddish-brown, like the spice or reddish, like hairActress Ginger Rogers, meteorologist Ginger ZeeGinger is commonly used to describe people with red hair, which occurs in only 1% to 2% of the worldwide population.
GrayOld EnglishA color between black and whiteFormer governor of California Gray Davis, photographer Gray MalinGrey was used as a color name since 700 A.D. In the U.S., the color is usually spelled gray, while in the U.K. it is typically spelled grey.
GwenWelshWhiteJournalist Gwen Ifill, singer Gwen Stefani, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, actress Gwendoline ChristieJennifer is the Cornish form of Guinevere, which is one of the forms of Gwen.
HazelGermanicBrown to green, related to the tree and nutFormer Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O’Leary, singer Hazel O’ConnorHazel most often refers to an eye color that is light brown to gold, shifting toward green in certain lighting.
HeatherEnglishA muted mixture of gray shades with flecks of other colors or a purple-pink, like the flowerActress Heather Graham, business executive Heather Bresch, soccer player Heather O’Reilly, actor Heath LedgerThe heather plant grows in rocky areas and is strongly associated with Scotland.
HunterGermanicAs a color, a deep, dark greenWriter Hunter S. Thompson, actress Hunter TyloHunter green is an official color of Oswego State. It was the official color of the New York Jets from 1998 to 2018, but in 2019 the uniforms were redesigned changing the shade of green from Hunter to Gotham.
IrisGreekA rainbow of colors, or purple-blue like the flowerJournalist Iris Shun-Ru Chang, actress Iris ApatowThe iris is the state flower of Tennessee.
IvoryEnglishWhiteActor Keenen Ivory Wayans, actress Ivory AquinoIvory refers to the color of elephant and whale tusks. It was first used as a color name in 1385.
IvyOld EnglishA deep green with a hint of blue, cyan, or teal, like the vineActress Ivy Latimer, singer Ivy LevanIvy is used in the names of many green paint colors, including Ivy League by Glidden.
JacintheFrenchOrange-redSinger Jacintha AbisheganadenIf you love the color orange, Jacinthe is a more melodious way to express it. It comes from the word for the hyacinth flower, which can be many different colors.
JadeSpanishGreen or blue-green, like the mineral stoneActress Jade Pettyjohn, actress Jada Pinkett SmithThe Jade stone has been used for decorative items in China since prehistoric times and was mined as early as 6000 B.C. It is also found in Guatemala and was used by the Olmec and Maya.
JetFrenchDark black, like the gemstoneActor Jet Li, chef Jet TilaJet dates back to 10,000 B.C., and it was used in jewelry and small sculptures since 1400 B.C. It comes from fossilized wood transformed by pressure similar to the formation of coal.
KellyIrishBright green with a hint of yellowTV host Kelly Ripa, singer Kelly Clarkson, actress Kelly MacdonaldKelly green is a pure and intense green that evokes the colors of Ireland.
LavenderLatinLight purple, like the flowerFictional character Lavender BrownLavender was introduced as a Crayola crayon color in 1972.
LilacArabic, FrenchPale bluish-violet, like the flowerCelebrity child Lilac MoyerThe purple lilac is the state flower of New Hampshire.
MahoganySpanishDark reddish brown, like the woodRapper Mahogany Jones, singer Mahogany LoxMahogany was introduced as a Crayola crayon color in 1991.
MaizeArawakan/Taíno, Spanish (Haiti)Yellow, like cornNoneMaize has been used as the name of a color since 1861.
MarigoldEnglishYellow-orange, like the flowerActress Marigold “Goldie” Semple, child of former British Prime Minister Marigold Frances ChurchillMarigold is often used as the name of paint colors. The flower was used to produce a dye in several ancient cultures.
MauveLatin, FrenchPale blue-purple-pinkNoneMauve is the name of a synthetic dye discovered in 1856. The 1890s are called the Mauve Decade because of its popularity in art.
MidoriJapaneseGreenActress Midori Francis, violinist Midori GotoMidori is a sweet, bright green liqueur often used in Japanese cocktails.
MossGermanicGreen, like the plantPlaywright Moss HartMoss green was first used as a color name in 1884.
NilaSanskritDark blueCelebrity wife Nila Myers Hollingsworth, actress Neela ToddToday, Nila and its variants are mostly found among people from India.
OliveGreekDark, muddy yellow-greenActresses Olivia Newton-John, Olivia Wilde, Olivia MunnThe name Olivia sprang into popularity from the pen of William Shakespeare and was associated with the word for olive.
OnyxGreekBlack, like the gemstoneBrazilian politician Onyx Lorenzoni, celebrity child Onyx SolaceOnyx was believed by the Romans to give courage in battle and by the Renaissance Europeans to bestow eloquence.
OrrinIrishPale green, also dark-hairedU.S. Senator Orrin HatchThe Irish name Odran or Odhran is the source the English variations.
PearlLatin, FrenchCream or off-whiteWriter Pearl S. Buck, actress Pearl BaileyPearl is the June birthstone.
PhoenixGreekReddish-purple or dark redActor Phoenix ListIt might seem odd that Phoenix is a color name, but the original Greek meant reddish-purple. Today, it might allude to a place name or “rising from the ashes.”
PinkEnglishPinkSinger P!nk (Alecia Beth Moore), TV comic Pinky LeePink is strongly associated with baby girls today, but it was originally marketed as a color for boys. It became more popular for girls by the 1940s and became trendy in fashion when First Lady Mamie Eisenhower often wore the color.
PoppyLatin, EnglishRed flowerActress Poppy Montgomery, actress Poppy DraytonThe red poppy is the symbol of remembrance of the millions of soldiers lost in World War I, inspired by the poem, “In Flanders Fields.” The golden California poppy is the state flower of its namesake.
RavenGermanic, Old EnglishA black birdActress Raven-Symoné, actress Raven GoodwinRaven is referenced as a color in the Bible. It describes Solomon’s hair: “His head is the finest gold; his locks are wavy, black as a raven.” (Song of Solomon 5:11, RSV)
ReedEnglishRed, as in having a ruddy complexion or red hairHockey player Reed Larson, actor Reed DiamondReed or Reid refers to a ruddy facial complexion, becoming a name applied to people with that characteristic.
RoryGaelicRed kingFictional character Rory Gilmore, actor Rory Culkin, filmmaker Rory KennedyRory has been used since antiquity to refer to red-haired kings.
RoseLatinDark pinkActress Rose Byrne, philanthropist Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, actress Rose McGowan, actress Amber Rose RevahThe rose is the state flower or New York.
RowanGaelicRed hairActor Rowan Atkinson, actress Rowan BlanchardRowan is a unisex name.
RoyGaelicRed or red hairSinger Roy Rogers, actor Roy Scheider, musician Roy OrbisonWhile Roy can also mean “king” from the Old French roi, its use in Scotland derives from the nickname for red.
RubyLatinRed, like the gemstoneDancer Ruby Keeler, actress Ruby DeeThe ruby is the birthstone of July.
RufusLatinRed-hairedActor Rufus Sewell, singer Rufus WainwrightIn ancient Rome, Rufus was a popular cognomen, a third name given to a person to identify which branch of the family the person came from
SageLatin, Old FrenchGray-green, like the dried herbActor Sage Stallone, sportscaster Sage SteeleSagebrush is the state flower of Nevada.
SapphireGreekDeep blue, like the gemstonePoet Sapphire, actress Sapphire EliaThe sapphire is one of the state gemstones of Montana along with the Montana Agate.
ScarlettEnglishRedActress Scarlett Johansson, actress Scarlett PomersScarlet is one of the official colors of several universities and the Roman Catholic Church.
ShaniHebrewRedSpeed skater Shani Davis, soccer player Shani Tarashaj, actress Shani AtiasShani is a popular name in Israel. It is also the Sanskrit name for the planet Saturn.
SherrySpanish, EnglishRed, like the fortified wineActress Sherry Stringfield, writer Sherry Thomas, actress Sherri ShepherdThe song “Sherry” was a number one hit by The Four Seasons in 1962.
SiennaEnglishReddish-brownActress Sienna Miller, actress Sienna GuilloryBurnt sienna has been a Crayola crayon color since 1949.
SigalHebrew, JewishViolet flowerArtist Sigalit Landau, politician Sigal Mandelker, actress Sigal ErezSigal is more common as a girl’s name in Israel than the U.S.
SkyOld Norse, EnglishBlue, like the skyFilm director Skye Borgman, actress Skye TownsendThe sky appears blue because more of the short blue wavelengths of light scatter around us as light from the sun reaches the earth.
SlateOld French, EnglishGray with a hint of blue, purple, or green, like the rockAthlete Slater Trout, musician Slater DavisSlate blue has a purple-gray tone while slate gray is a medium gray with a slight blue tinge.
SteelGermanicBlue-gray, like the metalOlympic diver Steele Johnson, actor Steele StebbinsSteel blue is one of the team colors of the Houston Texans football team and the Colorado Avalanche hockey team.
SterlingEnglishSilver or grayActor Sterling K. Brown, racing driver Sterling MartinSterling silver is a silver alloy that needs to be rhodium plated so it won’t tarnish and turn gray and black.
SunnyEnglishYellow, like the sunActress Sunny Sandler, TV chef Sunny AndersonSunshine yellow has been used as a paint color by both Volkswagen and Chrysler.
TawnyOld FrenchLight brown or tanActress Tawny Kitaen, actress Tawny CypressTawny port is a sweet port wine that gets its tawny, golden-brown color from reacting with oxygen as it ages for long periods in wood barrels.
TealEnglishGreenish-blueActress Teal Redmann, athlete Teal BunburyThe color teal is named for the blue-green stripe that extends from the eye area of male teal ducks.
TopazGreekGolden yellow, like the precious stoneRapper Topaz JonesTopaz is the state gemstone of Texas and Utah.
VioletLatinViolet or purpleActress Violett Beane, shipwreck survivor Violet Jessop, writer Violet NeedhamThe violet is the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
WillowOld EnglishSoft pale green with blue, gray, or yellow undertonesSinger Willow Smith, actress Willow ShieldsWillow is used as the name for paint and fabric colors.
WisteriaEnglishSoft purple, like the flowerWisteria is not a common name.Wisteria has been a Crayola crayon color since 1993.
XantheAncient GreekYellow or blondeXanthe, a water nymph in Greek mythology, actress Xanthe ElbrickA number of medical terms use xanth as prefix when referring to something yellow in color.

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