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Baby names for every color of the rainbow

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Baby names for every color of the rainbow

In her book, "The Color Answer Book," color expert Leatrice Eiseman notes that "Color is a catalyst for feeling—about how we look, decorate our home or office, plant in our garden, and relate to each other."

Colors evoke different feelings. Red is associated with energy and passion, while orange ignites communication and optimism. Green is typically thought of as a hue of renewal and growth, while blue usually makes people feel peaceful and tranquil. Yellow is a bright chroma, while purple fuels creativity and imagination.

Naming babies after a particular color may reflect a parent's desire for their child to embody the essence of the color. Naming a girl Ruby may have something to do with her parent's desire for her to be a firecracker. Naming a baby Indigo may reflect a parental wish for a creative child.

Some names associated with colors may be surprising to readers. For instance, who knew that the name Adam is related to the color red? Stacker consulted Behind the Name to curate a list of 20 names that have meanings associated with at least one common color.

The names included on this list relate to eight common colors (blue, red, green, purple, yellow, orange, gray, brown) and are organized alphabetically. Stacker's list also includes name meanings pulled from Behind the Name and information on each name's popularity in 2018 pulled from the U.S. Social Security Administration's baby names database.

Click through the slideshow to learn about the color associations of 20 names.

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Adam (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: red
- Today's rank: #78 (4,675 babies born)
- Meaning: This is the Hebrew word for "man." It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם ('Adam) meaning "to be red," referring to the ruddy color of human skin, or from Akkadian Adamu meaning "to make."

While it may be surprising that the name Adam is connected to the color red, we all know Adam was God's first human creation. During the Middle Ages, the name Adam was bestowed upon many firstborns. Popular Adams today include singers Adam Levine and Adam Lambert as well as actor Adam Sandler.

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Azure (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: blue
- Today's rank: #5,423 (23 babies born)
- Meaning: From the English word that means "sky blue." It is ultimately (via Old French, Latin, and Arabic) from Persian لاجورد (lajvard) meaning "azure, lapis lazuli."

Azure is a creative name that conjures up images of blue skies and lapis jewels. Actress Azure Parsons embodies the creative spirit of the name. She is a poet, illustrator, painter, and sculptor.

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Blaine (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: yellow
- Today's rank: #883 (244 babies born)
- Meaning: From a Scottish surname that was derived from the given name Bláán, which meant "yellow" in Gaelic. Saint Bláán was a 6th-century missionary to the Picts.

The name Blaine achieved its highest popularity in 1884 and was also trending in the 1960s. Famous Blaines include film producer Blaine Gibson, country singer Blaine Larsen, and rock singer Blaine Mitchell.

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Bruno (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: brown
- Today's rank: #665 (378 babies born)
- Meaning: Derived from the Germanic element brun "armor, protection" or brun "brown." Saint Bruno of Cologne was a German monk of the 11th century who founded the Carthusian Order. The surname has belonged Giordano Bruno, a philosopher burned at the stake by the Inquisition.

Music icon Bruno Mars pops to mind when people hear the name Bruno today. However, professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino was in the spotlight in the 1960s through the mid-1980s. Fans of Sacha Baron Cohen will think of Brüno Gehard when they hear the name Bruno.

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Chloe (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: green
- Today's rank: #25 (6,626 babies born)
- Meaning: Means "green shoot" in Greek, referring to new plant growth in the spring. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter. The name is also mentioned by Paul in one of his epistles in the New Testament. As an English name, Chloe has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld connected the name Chloe to high fashion with the Chloé brand of clothing and perfume. Actresses Chloë Sevigny and Chloe Bridges keep the name in the spotlight in Hollywood.

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Cyan (for girls & boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: blue & green
- Today's rank: girls: #6,735 (17 babies born); boys: #6,004 (14 babies born)
- Meaning: From the English word meaning "greenish-blue," ultimately derived from Greek κυανος (kyanos).

Cyan's duality is expressed in its two colors, green and blue, as well as a name used by both girls and boys. Artist Cyan Meeks illuminates the creativity of the moniker. Cyan Banister is both an investor and a writer.

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Douglas (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: green & grey
- Today's rank: #672 (371 babies born)
- Meaning: Anglicized form of the Scottish surname Dubhghlas, meaning "dark river" from Gaelic dubh "dark" and glais "water, river" (an archaic word related to glas "grey, green"). Douglas was originally a place name (for example, a tributary of the River Clyde), which then became a Scottish clan name borne by a powerful line of earls. It has been used as a given name since the 16th century.

Perhaps the most notable figure in modern times named Douglas was Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a renowned leader of World War II. Actor Douglas Fairbanks and author Douglas Adams were also well-known public figures that shared the name. The Corries put the moniker in the spotlight with their hit "The Black Douglas."

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Duncan (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: brown
- Today's rank: #917 (231 babies born)
- Meaning: Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Donnchadh, derived from Gaelic donn "brown" and cath "battle." This was the name of two kings of Scotland, including the one who was featured in Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth' (1606).

Who knew that the brand Duncan Hines was a real person? He wasn't a baker, but a salesperson and restaurant reviewer who was reported as being anything but sweet. Other famous Duncans include a Shakespearean character, Scottish royalty Duncan the first and his son Duncan the second, as well as Duncan Bannatyne, a Scottish author and philanthropist.

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Griselda (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: grey
- Today's rank: #3,587 (42 babies born)
- Meaning: Possibly derived from the Germanic elements gris "grey" and hild "battle." It is not attested as a Germanic name. This was the name of a patient wife in medieval tales by Boccaccio and Chaucer.

The first female governor in Mexico was Griselda Álvarez. The moniker is also shared by award-winning Argentinian writer Griselda Gambaro and drug lord Griselda Blanco.

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Hari (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: yellow & brown
- Today's rank: #4,452 (22 babies born)
- Meaning: Means "brown, yellow, tawny" in Sanskrit, and by extension, "monkey, horse, lion." This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu, and sometimes of Krishna. It is also borne by the son of the Garuda, the bird-like mount of Vishnu.

Hari Nef is the first transgender model to sign on with IMG Worldwide. Emmy-award-winning journalist Hari Sreenivasan is the anchor of "PBS NewsHour Weekend."

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Irving (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: green
- Today's rank: #1,406 (123 babies born)
- Meaning: From a Scottish surname derived from a Scottish place name meaning "green water." Historically this name has been relatively common among Jews, who have used it as an American-sounding form of Hebrew names beginning with the letter "I," such as Isaac, Israel, and Isaiah. A famous bearer was the Russian-American songwriter and lyricist Irving Berlin (1888-1989), whose birth name was Israel Beilin.

Jazz clarinetist Irving Fazola and composer Irving Gertz were also Irvings celebrated for their musical talents. Irving Penn was revered for his fashion photography.

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Kamala (for girls & boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: red
- Today's rank: #10,471 (9 babies born)
- Meaning: Means "lotus" or "pale red" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form कमला and the masculine form कमल. This is the name of one of the Krittikas, or Pleiades, in the Hindu epic "Mahabharata." It is also another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.

While many may think of United States senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris when they hear the name Kamala, others may remember Kamala Nehru, freedom fighter, wife of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and mother of Indira Priyadarshini, who would become the prime minister of India. "Star Trek" fans will conjure up the image of Kamala from the "Perfect Mate" episode.

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Lloyd (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: grey
- Today's rank: #1,467 (117 babies born)
- Meaning: From a surname that was derived from Welsh llwyd, meaning "grey." The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-) is a famous bearer of this name.

If readers saw any one of his 150 films, they will recall famous actor Lloyd Bridges when they hear the name Lloyd. Sports fans will think of basketball player Lloyd Neal or baseball player Lloyd Moseby when someone mentions the name, Lloyd. Fans of the TV-sitcom "Seinfeld" will think of George's nemesis Lloyd Braun.

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Ruby (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: red
- Today's rank: #74 (3,552 babies born)
- Meaning: Simply from the name of the precious stone (which ultimately derives from Latin ruber "red"), which is the birthstone for July. It came into use as a given name in the 19th century.

The name Ruby connotes the ruby red slippers worn by Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." It is also the moniker of Emmy-award winning actress Ruby Dee whose career spanned over seven decades. Other famous Rubys include comedian Ruby Wax, Australian model Ruby Rose, and Canadian politician Ruby Dhalla.

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Russell (for boys)

- Color(s) associated with this name: red
- Today's rank: #412 (764 babies born)
- Meaning: From a surname meaning "little red one" in French. A notable bearer of the surname was the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), who wrote on many subjects including logic, epistemology, and mathematics.

In Hollywood, the name Russell is paired with actors Russell Crow and Russell Brand. It is also the middle name of Kate Hudson's son Ryder given to him to honor actor Kurt Russell, her mother Goldie Hawn's partner.

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Sapphire (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: blue
- Today's rank: #1,164 (205 babies born)
- Meaning: From the name of the gemstone, the blue birthstone of September, which is derived from Greek σαπφειρος (sappheiros), ultimately from the Hebrew word סַפִּיר (sappir).

Sapphire is the name of professional wrestler Sapphire (whose real name is Juanita Wright), novelist Sapphire (who was born Ramona Lofton), and actress Sapphire Elia. The moniker is often seen in movie and book titles.

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Scarlett (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: red
- Today's rank: #405 (759 babies born)
- Meaning: Either a variant of Scarlett or from the English word for the color red.

"Gone with the Wind" protagonist Scarlett O'Hara may be the face many may think of when they hear the name, Scarlett. Our modern siren Scarlett Johansson sparks a new fiery vision when people mention the color scarlet.

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Sienna (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: orange & red
- Today's rank: #186 (1,587 babies born)
- Meaning: From the English word meaning "orange-red." It is also associated with Siena, Italy, because of the color of the clay there.

The name Sienna is back in vogue possibly because of British actress Sienna Miller whose South African mother Jo Miller may have chosen the name when thinking of the beautiful sunsets of her childhood. YouTube sensations Sienna Fizz and Sienna Greer are young stars that help the name stand out.

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Violet (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: purple
- Today's rank: #43 (4,794 babies born)
- Meaning: From the English word violet for the purple flower, ultimately derived from Latin viola. It was common in Scotland from the 16th century, and it came into general use as an English given name during the 19th century.

Blake Lively and Jennifer Garner both chose to name their daughter after the lovely purple flower Violet. International cricket player Violet Wattenberg keeps the name blooming in the Netherlands.

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Yolanda (for girls)

- Color(s) associated with this name: purple
- Today's rank: #2,017 (96 babies born)
- Meaning: From the medieval French name Yolande, which was probably a form of the name Violante, which was itself a derivative of Latin viola "violet." Alternatively, it could be of Germanic origin.

Martin Luther King's daughter was named Yolanda. Other famous Yolandas include WNBA player Yolanda Griffith, musician Yolanda Adams, and poet Yolanda Blanco.

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