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Colorful baby names: From Blue Ivy to Violet

Colorful baby names are the hottest new trend among parents — especially celebrity parents! Find out how you can incorporate this colorful trend into your baby boy or baby girl’s name.


Go crazy for colorful baby names! Beyonce and Jay-Z named their baby girl Blue Ivy Carter, sparking plenty of discussions as to why they chose that name, and also starting a new trend with baby names.

Will colorful baby names catch on? They are unique and pretty cool, especially if you combine them just right. Check out our tips on finding a colorful baby name that is just right for you.

Colorful baby names: The basics

Let’s start by looking at the seven basic colors of the rainbow, known by the acronym ROY G BIV:

  • swatchesRed
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Indigo
  • Violet
The names Violet and Indigo are great colorful names if you are looking for a name that is more traditional. The name Blue is catching momentum, with several celebrities using that name with variations of the spelling, including:

  • Ella Bleu: Daughter of John Travolta and Kelly Preston
  • Elijah Blue: Son of Cher and Greg Allman
  • Bear Blu: Son of Alicia Silverstone
  • Bluebell Madonna: Daughter of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell
  • Blue Ivy Carter: Daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z

Many of these color names are unisex, such as Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. You may consider reserving the more feminine colors, such as Violet, for girls. If you can’t settle on one color, the name Rainbow is always an option!

The full spectrum of colorful names

Looking beyond the basics, searching out colorful names that are in the full spectrum of colors gives us some beautiful baby girl names and baby boy names. For example, singer Pink named her daughter Willow Sage, while Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck named their daughter Seraphina Rose. Nicole Richie went on the dark end of the color spectrum when she named her son Sparrow James Midnight.

For baby name inspiration, dig out your child’s crayon box and look at all the names of the colors or look at our colorful list!

Thinking outside the crayon box

Think outside the box by incorporating colors into a first name or middle name for a cool name, like Drea de Matteo’s son Waylon Blackjack. You can also stick with the same color theme for the first and middle name or try using a color and flower name for the first and middle names.

Check out these cool examples:

Cherry Blossom
Magenta Rose
Sunny Daffodil
Indigo Rose
Violet Orchid
Daisy Blue
Saffron Rose
Lemon Lilac
Lavender Rose
Sunny Orchid
Periwinkle Rose
Azure Blossom

Check out more floral baby names here >>

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