Baby names inspired by your favourite colour

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The colour spectrum might not be the first thing you think of for a baby name, but it's a great way to find inspiration.

Whether it be related to your favourite colour, colours associated to your favourite season or perhaps a memory; there's so many names that have a vibrant meaning behind them.

While there's a more limited colour palette to choose from when picking a colour-inspired name for a boy, there has been an increase in names for boys. Girls names with a colour theme have also increased in popularity since last year, with McCrindle Research noting that seven of the top 100 names for 2020 are colour inspired.

Take a look below for some colour themed baby names!

There are names inspired by all the colours of the rainbow.

There are names inspired by all the colours of the rainbow. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Rusty

Previously only being used as a shortened version of Ruston or nickname for someone with red hair, the name by itself has become more popular for baby boys

Gray

Gray is an English and Scottish name, sometimes known as the shortened version of Grayton, like the child in The Nanny Diaries. 

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Brown         

Although it's more commonly seen as a surname,  Brown has been used for a boys name. Although the Italian version, Bruno, has been more popular with new parents.

Olive

A dark green colour, Olive has become more popular in Australia over the last couple of years, currently sitting at number 70 in the top 100 baby names.

Scarlett

Scarlett. a lovely red colour, has been a popular name in Australia, sitting at 28 in the top 100 list. The name has been popular since the early 1900s, gaining popularity after Gone With the Wind was released in 1939 after the film's leading lady Scarlett O'Hara. Other celebrity influences includes Scarlett Johansson.

Violet

Violet is of Latin origin meaning and means purple and is also the name of a gorgeous lilac flower. the name has remained steadily popular in Australia, sitting in the top 50 for the past couple of years. 

Rose

A beautiful pinky/red colour, and of course the flower. Although it did drop down 20 places compared to last year, the classic name has remained steadily popular over the last century.

Hazel

Another name rising in popularity, the colour hazel is a combination of green and brown and is a sweet name for a little girl. The name is of English origin and means 'the hazelnut tree'. 

Ebony

Ebony is a dark black colour, with Latin, Greek and Egyptian origins that mean 'deep black wood'. It was most popular in Australia between the mid 1990s and early 2000s.

Jade

Named after precious green stone, it reached the height of popularity in Australia in the early 2000s. The name is Spanish, from the spanish sentence 'piedra de la ijada', which means stone of the colic, so people used to believe that when jade was placed on the stomach, it could cure colic in babies. (if only!).