Name Origin Meaning
Amaranth Color A pretty pinkish color, this name has a decidedly Spanish feel to it. Exotic and very close to the Greek Amarantha, one of these could be the new Samantha.
Amber Color/Word A yellow color and also fossilized tree resin, this name has been a not so popular for a while, but it’s getting there again. It’s sitting in the mid-200′s of the SSA list and I think it’s time for a comeback! Variations include: Aamber, Ahmber, Ambar, Amberia, Amberise, Amberly, Ambria, Ambur, Ambyr, Ambyre, Ammber, Ember
Amethyst Color/Gem Amethyst is the purple birthstone of February. It’s never been popular, but with names like Violet and Ruby getting popular, maybe Amethyst could be the choice of some adventurous parents.
Carmine Color A very pretty rosy pink, this name has a decidedly Latin feel to it. Has a nickname potential of Cara, Carry, Mimi.
Carnelian Color A dark rusty red, this name has the same possibility as Cerulean or Vermilion but be aware that there is a “Carny” sound to the beginning. has the nickname potential of Cara, Nene, Nell, Lian, Lee, Anne, Annie.
Celeste Latin Latin for “Heavenly” but also a shade of light blue. It’s a very soft, feminine name. It is definitely one that only you would get the color reference. Variations include: Cela, Cele, Celeeste, Celense, Celes, Celesia, Celesley, Celest, Celesta, Celestena, Celestene, Celestia, Celestial, Celestijna, Celestin, Celestine, Celestyn, Celestyna, Celestyne, Celia, Celie, Celina, Celinda, Celine, Celinka, Celka, Cellest, Celleste, Celueste, Celyna, Saleste, Salestia, Seleste, Selestia, Selestina, Selestine, Selestyna, Selestyne, Silesta, Silestena, Silestia, Silestijna, Silestina, Silestyna, Silestyne, Tina, Tinka
Citrine Color A bright lemony yellow color, this has the feel of citrus and that feels like sunny summer days to me for some reason. Very cute and possibly a good idea for a unique color name.
Claret Color/Wine A rich purpley red color that vaguely sounds like Claire. Maybe it will gain popularity right along with Claire. However, the wine connection shouldn’t be ignored.
Cyan Color Cyan is a highly unusual pale blue-green color name, but sounds a bit like the female form of Simon. It has the lovely potential of Cy as a nickname.
Hazel Color/English English for a Hazelnut tree, and a brownish green color, it has a little of an old lady vibe, but not in a bad way. It’s getting popular, sitting in the late 200s. Variation’s include: Hayzel, Hazell, Hazelle, Hazie, Hazyl, Hazzell
Henna Color A reddish dye used prevalently in India, this name has an old word feel that might be perfect for parent’s searching for a unique and exotic name that isn’t too crazy.
Icterine Color A pale buttery yellow, this is an interesting and strange choice. I would say only for the middle name, mostly because of the “Ick” sound at the beginning. Does has Terry as a nickname though.
Indigo Color Indigo, a deep purplish-blue dye made from plants, is getting very popular for both boys and girls. It has a definite Hippie feel to it but has the cute nickname Indie.
Iris Color/Greek “Rainbow” but also a beautiful purplish-blue. Iris used to be very popular but lost a lot of it’s appeal not long ago. Recently, it has started to make a come back. In Greek Mythology, Iris was the Goddess of the Rainbow and a messenger for Zeus and Hera. The iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. Variations include: Irida, Iridianny, Irisha, Irissa, Irys, Iryssa
Isabelline Color A greyish white color, Isabelline is a wonderful choice for parent’s looking to use the over popular Isabel but worried about how popular it is.
Jade Color/Gem As cool as the green stone said to transmit wisdom, clarity, justice, courage, and modesty, Jade has been rising in popularity until it sits comfortably on the edge of the top 100. Jade definitely doesn’t get used enough. Variations include: Jada, Jadira, Jadra, Jaida, Jayda, Jayde, Jaydra, Zhade
Kelly Color/Irish “War” but also a vibrant lime green. Kelly is a bouncy name, but definitely sounds dated.
Lavender Color/Flower Lavender lags far behind other sweet-smelling purple-hued Violet and Lilac, but is starting to get some attention from cutting-edge namers. It does have a history as a name, going back to the eighteenth century, when it was also used for boys.
Lilac Color/Flower Lilac might be for you if you’re bored by Lily and Rose. Consider the deeper-hue Lilac as a cutting-edge but still sweet-smelling flower name.
Olivine Color Pretty pale green color. Like Isabelline, Olivine feels like a newer, fresher version of the super popular Olivia.
Robin Color/Bird Robin, as in Robin’s Egg Blue. Robin has really lost a lot of popularity with the girl’s here recently, so it might start swinging back to the boy’s, but I still think Robin sounds good on a girl. Variations include: Robbey, Robbi, Robbie, Robbin, Robby, Robbyn, Robee, Robene, Robenia, Robi, Robinet, Robinett, Robinette, Robinia, Robyn, Robyna
Rose Color/Flower Rose is always popular. It’s used a lot in the middle name spot and has almost become something of a filler name. I would love to see this sweet smelling, old fashioned name in the first name spot. If Rose on it’s own isn’t for you, there are plenty of offshoots — Rosa, Rosetta, Roseanne, Rosanna, Rosemary, Rosamund, Rosalind. Nickname Rosie is sweet too.
Ruby Color/Gem Ruby, a vibrant red, is definitely on the rise. Ruby is beginning to look like a cool choice for parents. Variations include: Rubee, Rubetta, Rubette, Rubey, Rubi, Rubie, Rubina, Rubinia, Rubyna, Rubyr
Scarlet Color Still seems very Gone With the Wind to me, but a lot of parent’s are beginning to love it. It’s still sitting in the 400s so it’s not that popular yet, but don’t be fooled. Personally, I prefer the spelling Scarlett (which definitely makes it Gone With the Wind).
Terra Color/Latin Latin for “Earth” and also Terra Cotta, a pinkish Orange. This spelling brings the older Tara into the modern age. I think it’s about time for Tara/Terra to make a come back. Variations include: Tera, Terah, Teralyn, Terrah, Tiera, Tierra
Vermilion Color This vivid reddish orange color name is an undiscovered possibility — kind of a female equivalent of Cerulean for boys. However, be aware that some people will think Vermin when you say it. It does have the cute nickname potential of Vera, Millie, Lion, Lili.
Violet Color/Flower Violet is soft and sweet and definitely popular. It’s getting dangerously close to the top 100. Violet was last very popular about 100 years ago, but in the last decade started rising quickly. Variations include: Eolande, Iolande, Iolanthe, Jolanda, Jolande, Jolanta, Jolantha, Jolanthe, Vi, Violaine, Violanta, Violanthe, Viole, Violeine, Viollet, Violletta, Viollette, Vyolet, Vyoletta, Yolande, Yolane, Yolantha
Xanthene Color This is definitely one cool name! A yellowish chemical compound that produces fluorescent dyes ranging from bright yellow to hot pink to flaming red. I would only advice it to the confident and brave parent because it has a definite sci-fi quality.