Have you seen that colourbond advertisement, where the hubby is literally obsessed with creating everything from the colourbond panels? Remember how his two children ‘Deep Ocean’ and ‘Jasper’ are named from their range? Well, like them, many people favour names with their roots derived from the colour palette. And why not? Colours have sentimental meaning for us, take us to a special place, sum up a emotion or can hold a dream or hope….
If I were to sum up a colour with one word, it may not be the same word you would use, and neither is wrong or right. Our perceptions of colours and the meanings/feelings that they hold is extremely personal, and like any title we use to name our child, deep thought and consideration goes into it.
So this week we have put together an interesting list arranged by colour tone. There are certainly a few within our collection that have gained popularity over the years, but like any trend, they do change and if in doubt, perhaps choose a more classic moniker.
“Blue is the colour of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolises trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body.”
- Celeste (spanish- blue)
- Nila / Nilah (Indian – Blue)
- Bleu (also spelt Blu/Blue)
- Iris (purple blue flower)
- Livia (Latin “lividus” meaning “blue”)
“Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.”
- Clancy (red warrior)
- Flann (red) or variations Flannigan or Flannery
- Scarlett / Scarlet
- Robin (red breasted bird)
- Russell (little red one)
- Rowan (or Rowanne)
- Sienna (orange red)
- Phoenix (dark red)
- Radcliff (red cliff)
- Poppy (red flower)
- Auburn (reddish brown)
- Cerise (cherry)
- Blaine (yellow)
- Boyd (yellow)
- Bowie (yellow)
- Xanthe (yellow or fair hair)
- Amber (yellowish orange)
- Saffron (Orangish yellow)
“Green, the colour of life, renewal, nature, and energy, is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and environment. Green is also traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy, and wall street.”
“Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The colour purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.”
- Violet (Violetta/Violette)
“Grey is a cool, neutral, and balanced colour. The colour grey is an emotionless, moody color that is typically associated with meanings of dull, dirty, and dingy, as well as formal, conservative, and sophisticated. The colour grey is a timeless and practical color that is often associated with loss or depression.”
- Sterling (silver)
“White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the colour of perfection. White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning.”
- Candice (white fire)
“Solid, reliable brown is the colour of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colours.”
- Bruno (brown)
- Hazel (brown)
“Pink, a delicate colour that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness. The colour pink is the colour of universal love of oneself and of others.”
- Coral (pinkish)
“Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. Black is a mysterious colour associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, ‘black death’)”
- Ebony (black)
Well there you have it, an extensive but by no means exhaustive list of names derived from colours.
Whether she is your little ray of sunshine, or he has eyes as deep blue as the ocean, if a colour name fits the bill, why not?
Til next time,
Colour definitions sourced from Color Wheel Pro.