What's in a name? Well, quite a lot actually. If you have a red or ginger-haired child, you might just fancy naming him or her a name that means "red" in some form or another. There are obvious ones like Rose or Scarlett and less obvious ones like Adam or Clancy. Or maybe you have a baby that was born around Christmas and you just think naming them after the main Christmas color would be cool.
Whatever your reason, there are lots of names for boys and girls that are connected with the color red. Here is a selection of 10 names that call up shades of red.
It all started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It didn't end well, at all. But that's another story. Adam is a Hebrew name for man that is taken from a Hebrew word that means "to be red". It ultimately refers to the rosy tint of human skin. Or, maybe to the original Adam's blushes when he realizes he is minus any clothing. Oh, the shame of it.
Adam is a good, strong, dependable old fashioned name. Famous Adams include actor/comic Adam Sandler and singer Adam Lambert.
Did you know that there is a Rowan tree that has red berries? That's where the Scottish/Irish name Rowan comes from. It means red-haired or little red one. As a name, it has the benefit of being a little unusual and different without being celebrity silly or outrageous.
Maybe traditionally Rowan has been seen as a boy's name. Take the famous comic actor Rowan Atkinson. But female celebrities such as TV actress Rowan Blanchard and YouTube star Rowan Young proudly bear the name. Rowan has a slightly arty feel to it.
Scarlett is a popular girl's name that means, well, bright red. It was made popular when the 1930's movie Gone With the Wind brought Margaret Mitchell's feisty and flirty Southern femme fatale Scarlett O'Hara to the silver screen. She was fiery and determined to an extreme degree.
Over the years, scarlet has gotten a bad rap some of the time. Think of a naughty "scarlet woman". But, overall, the name is associated with the Scarlett O'Hara character. It's a fun name, a name that evokes a smile. Think ScarJo, Scarlett Johansson.
Now we come to Garnet. Garnet is traditionally a boy's name that means "pomegranate". You know, the bright red fruit. Garnet is also the name of a red jewel. It and other jewel names like Ruby were popular in the last century as both girls' and boys' names.
It's a good, strong name that deserves to make a comeback. It has a slightly old-fashioned feel to it, which is not a bad thing. It is mostly used as a boy's name but would make an unusual, catchy name for a little girl (See: Steven Universe). It is unusual enough to be interesting.
Poppy is just a fun name for a little girl. Like Scarlett, it makes you smile. Poppy, of course, comes from the bright red flower of the same name. The name comes from Latin, meaning, of course, red flower. It makes you think of open fields and flowers swaying in the breeze. Famous Poppys include model Poppy Delevingne and TV actress Poppy Drayton.
Poppy is a happy name for a happy child. It just would not do to have a grumpy Poppy in the house. It's a slightly quirky and friendly little name.
Flower names were popular in the early 20th century. Rose, Iris, Jasmine, and Lily were all very popular back then. Lily and Jasmine have made something of a comeback. Perhaps it is time for Rose and Iris to step forward.
Rose comes from the beautiful red rose, that symbol of love and romance. Like some of the other names on this list, Rose has a slightly old-fashioned feel to it. Remember Lady Rose on Downton Abbey? She was the perfect Rose, sweet, slightly cheeky and just a little bit daring.
Clancy is a totally Irish name that comes from the Gaelic word meaning red-haired warrior. The idea that red-haired people are fiery comes from the idea that red hair denotes a warrior-like disposition. Red is for fire and hot. Never, ever cross a redhead, some would say.
Clancy is a girl's name with a totally Gaelic feel to it. It's a little bit funky and quirky and just different enough to be interesting. It's a happy, but no-nonsense name. Just don't do anything to make her mad.
Ruby is another old-fashioned name we think is due for a comeback. The ruby is a red gemstone that is connected with love and strong feelings. It's a fiery symbol of romantic love and passion. Hindus considered the ruby the king of precious stones. Perhaps "queen" would be a better fit.
He (or she) is truly the gem of gems. So, as a name Ruby connotes love and energy. Famous Rubys include American fashion model and singer Ruby Stewart and the comedian Ruby Wax. And who can forget the famous ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz?
What should we make of Rousseau? Maybe it's a little unwieldy but probably makes up for it by being a little off the wall and unusual. It comes from the Old French word "rous" meaning red. It was originally a family name that was first encountered in France during the Middle Ages. Back then people were named by nicknames. So Rousseau was probably somebody with red hair or a ruddy complexion.
It would probably suit a boy better than a girl. It would be a no-nonsense kind of name for a serious, thinking kind of child. Or perhaps it would be a great name for a big dog.
Roan is another Irish name. It means "little redhead". As a name, its greatest assets are its simplicity and its straightforward feel. Also, it is very rare to find anyone, famous or not, with the first name of Roan. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, as your child could go through life explaining, yes it's my first name and let me spell it for you.
It may well be better suited to a boy than a girl. But it could work as a girl's name with a child who is not fussy. Maybe she's a tomboy in the making. It's the kind of name somebody who is going to be famous someday can easily wear.