Beyonce's Baby Blue: Are Celebrities Looking to a Box of Crayolas for Name Inspiration?
With the bombshell of Blue Ivy Carter’s arrival this weekend, color names are on everyone’s lips. For most of us, our earliest exposure to the breadth of creative color names -- from cerulean to razzmatazz -- is a box of Crayola crayons. That got us thinking, could we fill a box of crayons with Crayola color names turned baby names?
Crayola crayons come in 120 “core” colors, with 400 new colors added since 1903. Crayola’s colors have reflected changes in the times, from changing “flesh” to the more acceptable “peach” in 1962, to the addition of fluorescent hues of the ‘90s. (It’d be hard to imagine “screamin’ green” and “unmellow yellow” crayons in 1903.)
So on to our box of crayon-named babies, all chosen from the 120 core colors:
Violet -- One of Crayola’s original eight colors, Violet has recently exploded for baby girls, climbing up to #123 in 2010. Like many color names on our list, it has the tie-in with a flower by the same name. It also serves a modifier of colors, with violet blue and violet red in the Crayola box.Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner as well as Dave Grohl named their girls Violet.
Burnt Sienna -- This is admittedly coloring outside the lines (har har), no one’s currently attaching the word “burnt” to a child’s name, but Sienna exploded onto the name scene in the mid-2000s. The most famous Sienna, Sienna Miller, is newly pregnant. Perhaps she’ll turn to a box of Crayolas for baby name inspiration?
Olive Green -- A fun alternative to list-topper Olivia, Olive began to surge in 2004. Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen named their baby Olive in 2007.
Cerise -- This name for one of Crayola’s many pinks definitely has potential. The French word for cherry, it has a sweet, melodious sound. The -ise ending is popular with other European-style names, including Annalise and Eloise.
It being Blue Ivy Carter’s week, we can’t go without mentioning some of Crayola’s many blues -- sky blue, navy blue, Prussian blue (changed to midnight blue in 1958 at teachers’ request), cadet blue, ultra blue, blizzard blue, robin’s egg blue, Pacific blue, blue bell. Navy is name of one celebrity baby girl, the daughter of Terius "The-Dream" Nash, who also is the dad of a Violet. We like the adherence to the theme.
Some other possibilities for moms inspired by Beyonce’s Crayola-name baby include Thistle, Orchid, Plum, (Raw) Umber, Maize (or Maizey/Maisie).
So there you have it. ROY G BIV it isn’t, but we think you could do some perfectly respectable coloring with our Crayola baby name list.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite Crayola color name? Do you foresee Blue Ivy Carter inspiring more color names?