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Amber is a traditionally feminine name with roots in both Arabic and Celtic languages. It can mean "fierce" or refer to the amber-colored jewel of the same name (actually, amber isn't a jewel; it's a translucent fossilized resin or tree sap, but it's often used in jewelry — and sure is pretty).

Amber originally became popular in the 19th century, alongside other jewel names such as Beryl, Opal, Jasper, Ruby, Garnet, and Pearl. These days, the jewel-name trend has expanded to include more innovative monikers such as Onyx, Amethyst, Sapphire, Emerald, Topaz, Obsidian, and more. Other names meaning "fierce" include Adrian, Aiden, Aella, Lilith, Rebel, and Raven.

Popularity-wise, since its onset in the 1800s Amber remained uncommon until the 1950s, likely due to Kathleen Winsor's 1944 novel "Forever Amber." The name really took off in the 1960s and '70s and was in the top 20 names for girls in the U.S. from 1981 to 1993. Since then, Amber has continually declined in usage; it was the 471st most popular girls name in 2018. Time for a comeback?

Famous Ambers in pop culture include model Amber Rose, rapper Amber Liu, reality star Amber Portwood, and actors Amber Valletta, Amber Heard, Amber Marshall, Amber Frank, and Amber Riley.

Amber in quotes:

"Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why." — Kurt Vonnegut

"They had stopped now and he gave a glance up at the sky, through the trees, as though to see how much time was left. Amber, watching him, was suddenly struck with panic. Now he was going — out again into that great world with its bustle and noise and excitement — and she must stay here. She had a terrible new feeling of loneliness, as if she stood in some solitary corner at a party where she was the only stranger. Those places he had seen, she would never see; those fine things he had done, she would never do. But worst of all she would never see him again.”
― Kathleen Winsor, Forever Amber

Meanings

Arabic Baby Names Meaning:

In Arabic Baby Names the meaning of the name Amber is: Jewel. A jewel-quality fossilized resin; as a color the name refers to a warm honey shade.

English Baby Names Meaning:

In English Baby Names the meaning of the name Amber is: A jewel name that became popular in the 19th century, from the name of the yellowish resin used in jewelry-making. Used regularly since the publication of 20th century writer Kathleen Winsor's novel 'Forever Amber.'

Gaelic Baby Names Meaning:

In Gaelic Baby Names the meaning of the name Amber is: Fierce.

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