50 Colorful Baby Names: Which Shade Is Your Favorite?

baby covered in paintAre color names truly a new trend? Not really. Parents have been inspired by the beautiful world around them for a long time. Between the floral names of the Victorian era and the beloved jewel names of the turn of the century, nature's colors charmed parents quite some time ago.


But we are in the middle of a colorful name revival, and we're exploring far beyond the tried-and-true colors of yore. Maybe you've noticed celebrity babies from Blue Ivy Carter to Violet Affleck and wondered if you can use a similarly vibrant name. The good news is that there is such a wide variety of color-inspired names, you are bound to love one or two.

Some serve a dual-purpose as gems, botanicals, spices, and even precious metals, but all of them bring to mind a particular shade. And that's what we love about these names that strike us as artistic and fresh, in both bold and softer colors to suit any personality.

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Whether you're looking for something with Victorian spirit or modern flair, you don't have to be somewhere over the rainbow to love these names. They run the gamut between bygone classic and avant garde, but all are quite stylish hues that your baby just might love to wear.

Contemporary Swatches 
These trendier shades don't have a long history as baby names, but over the past few years, they have become mainstream. They are spirited, stylish choices just right for your modern baby.

  1. GreyGray
  2. Jade
  3. Sage
  4. Scarlett
  5. Sienna

Antique Painter's Palette
Quaint and sweet, these old-fashioned color names remind us of a Monet painting. This trend has us tickled pink, with girls' names like Violet and Ruby in the top 100.

  1. Carmine
  2. Coral
  3. Golden
  4. Hazel
  5. Iris
  6. Ivory
  7. Ivy
  8. Olive
  9. Pearl
  10. Rose
  11. Ruby
  12. Violet

On-the-Cusp-of-Cool Colors
Looking for something modern and unusual? You'll love these choices that are on the brink of discovery. The most popular of the group are gems Emerald and Sapphire, followed by Denim, a name chosen by singer Toni Braxton.

  1. Amethyst
  2. Auburn
  3. Crimson
  4. Denim
  5. Emerald
  6. Indigo
  7. Lavender
  8. Marigold
  9. Navy
  10. Sapphire

Unexpected Hues
These rare names are guaranteed to surprise your friends and dazzle your acquaintances. They are far out of the top 1,000, but they aren't completely unheard of. Some sound very modern (Blue and Silver), while others seem like they should be old-fashioned (Lilac, Plum) though they are all new to the naming scene.

  1. Azure
  2. Blue
  3. Cerise
  4. Cyan
  5. Lilac
  6. Plum
  7. Saffron
  8. Silver
  9. Teal

Colorful Connectors
The first thing you think of when you hear these names may not be a color, but we commonly use them to modify shades (think royal blue, for example), and, as such, they conjure up color in their own right. They range in popularity and style, but we couldn't create this list without a nod to these names that are perfect color complements.

  1. Ash
  2. Blaze
  3. Hunter
  4. ForestForrest
  5. Jet
  6. Kelly
  7. Royal
  8. Sable
  9. Sky
  10. Slate
  11. Sterling
  12. Snow
  13. Terra
  14. Tiffany

Originally appeared on BabyNameWizard.com

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