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If Red is Your Favorite Color, Check Out These Rose-Tinted Baby Names

We’re all about naming your child after your favorite things. Whether it’s a favorite letter of the alphabet, a favorite spot on the California coast, or just plain your favorite color. But while Beyoncé went with Blue, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose Violet, and even Joni Mitchell nicknamed her daughter “Little Green,” what if your favorite color is crimson? Too bright and aggressive to inspire a sweet baby name? Never! At least, that’s what we say.

If you find yourself pregnancy-dreaming in shades of burgundy, rose, brick or wine, maybe it’s a sign, eh? According to Color Matters, red is actually one of the top two favorite colors of most people (along with blue). In mythology and history, red is seen as the color of passion and even or magic.

According to Color Matters, “Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood — energy and primal life forces — and most of red’s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past.” That’s a pretty epic backstory — and yet, we see very few kids named after this brilliant hue these days. And we’d like to see more. So why not start the trend with one of these beautiful names with meanings related to the color red? Bonus: Quite a few of these will work for absolutely any gender.

Baby names meaning red Coral

Baby girl names meaning “red”

Unisex names meaning “red”

  • Raleigh
  • Rory
  • Carmine / Carmen
  • Blaze
  • Flannery
  • Carnelian
  • Edom
  • Garnett
  • Harkin
  • Roslin
  • Roux
  • Rowan

Baby boy names meaning “red”

  • Gilroy
  • Jasper
  • Leroux
  • Ormond
  • Phoenix
  • Radburn
  • Radcliff
  • Raktim
  • Red
  • Redd
  • Reed
  • Rohan
  • Rufus
  • Russell
  • Rusty

A version of this story was originally published in January 2011.

Or, you can always name your baby according to their zodiac sign with these astrology-inspired names.

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