Finding Baby Names in the World of Color

From the first moment a happy couple learns that a baby is on the way, the question becomes, “What shall we name our new son or daughter?” With so many names to choose from, picking the perfect one for a baby whose personality and appearance are still unknown can be daunting. Baby names abound. In fact, the choices are almost endless, which makes the decision even more complicated. Some couples want to carry on a family tradition by repeating a name that honors someone already known and loved. For others, biblical or classical names hold special meaning. However, many couples would define the name they want for their baby as “cute.” By this, they mean either unique or trendy or a creative spelling of an already familiar name.

Parents-to-be are finding inspiration in the seasons, locations, famous persons, toys, weather, events and even in the broad range of colors of our world. Some of these have long been favorites anyway. Violet, Scarlet, Amber, Ruby and Sienna have been around for ages. Scarlet, Scarlett, Sienna, Siena and Violet are experiencing a revival at the moment and may become the popular favorites of the near future. Softer, gentler baby names such as Sky, Rose and Sunny are also showing up a little more frequently these days. In their attempt to be unique, some parents opt for the foreign version of a color for their baby’s name. Azure or Azura is the lovely color of blue in Persian. So is Neela or Nila in Sanskrit. Carmine is Latin for deep red. Bianca, Blanche, Blanca and Alba are all words for white in Italian, French, Spanish and Latin, respectively.

While at present no baby names chosen from color themes have made the top 100 list, Olive has become a softer, sleeker variation for their ever-popular Olivia. Ruby is returning as a big favorite, especially in the United Kingdom. Virtually any color or representation of it can become a baby’s personal name, but it always seems that famous celebrities lead the way, and whatever they choose will soon start showing up in birth announcements across the country.

Here are a few popular color choices and the well-known people who picked them:

  • Scarlet Sylvester Stalone’s third daughter
  • Jade Mick and Bianca Jagger’s daughter
  • Hazel Julia Robert’s daughter
  • Violet Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s daughter
  • Fuchsia Sting’s eldest daughter
  • Jett John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s son
  • Roan Sharon Stone’s son

Many couples are choosing a color for their baby’s middle name. Blue has been a frequent favorite. Ella Blue, Jackson Blue, Zoe Blue, Molly Blue are all the children of famous celebrities. For those who cannot pick just one color, at least one couple decided to name their baby Rainbow. An alternative version with a little French twist is Reign Beau. A little less conspicuously, the Greek version is Iris. The most important aspect to consider when choosing a lifelong name for a little person that you barely know, is to pick one that will not be embarrassing for your child later in life. Sting’s oldest daughter, Fuchsia Catherine, now goes simply by the name, Kate.