We know it's not really completely possible to predict the baby's hair color destiny, but there are certain factors that can give us a semi-educated guess. The traits of genes can definitely help predict the baby's hair color, skin tone and eye color, however, it's impossible to track the baby's entire bloodline to find out exactly what he or she might look like.
According to Parenting.com, a mother has 23 chromosomes and a father has 23 and each has 60,000 to 100,000 different genes in each. It also says, however, that dark genes are more dominant than light, which means you have a good chance of predicting that outcome. Darker genes for both eyes, hair and skin are more dominant, so parents with those genes can lean that way.
I have one blue-eyed light-haired baby and one brown-eyed very dark haired baby, but either outcome was possible because I am blue-eyed ad blonde and my husband is a brown-eyed brunette.
Parents can research genetics and use they're imagination as much as they want, either way we've got them covered! We've put together a list of 30 baby names for dark hair, blonde or fair hair, and fiery little redheads.
31 Redhead - Phoenix
This fiery name is perfect for redheads! Phoenix is a unisex name that is beginning to trend for both genders, though it's slightly in the lead for boys. Phoenix has a ton of famous surname bearers that have given it a cool and edgy vibe and a huge and surprising boost in popularity.
Phoenix entered the American popularity list in 1995 for boys and didn't cross over gender lines until 2003, which may be why it's still slightly more popular for boys. For boys, Phoenix has been in the top 500 since 2006 and has reached #292 last year, its highest ranking yet.
On the girl's side, Phoenix broke into the top 500 in 2013, and has only reached #443 today. It is also a top 1000 name in England. Scary Spice chose Phoenix for her daughter. River Phoenix and Joaquin Phoenix are both celebrity name bearers.
The Phoenix in Greek mythology was the mythical bird that that rose from the ashes, making this name a symbol of strength, rebirth and immortality. Phoenix is also the capital of Arizona and its meaning is "red haired." If there is any chance of having a redhead, write this one down!
30 Blonde - Bianca
This Italian import is a must for a little towhead! Bianca made its way from Italy onto the American list in 1973, and by 1988 it was in the top 100. Bianca remained in the top 500 for about 5 years, but since then it has never dropped below the top 400 baby names.
Today, Bianca is back at #259 on the American charts and is a top 100 name in Sweden, Portugal and Italy.
Bianca is Italian for "white" making it perfect for a baby girl with light or hair that is so blonde, it almost looks white. Bianca is the Italian version of Blanche. Shakespeare was a huge fan of Bianca, choosing it for characters in two of his plays. He used Bianca in both Othello and The Taming of the Shrew.
Bianca was a character in the Disney's The Rescuers and, one of my favorite teen sensations, Ten Things I Hate About You. We can all give the first Mrs. Mick Jagger some credit for bringing the name into popularity and to the height it had reached in the 90s.
Bianca is a great choice for parents who are thinking there's a good chance they'll have a blonde baby girl. If that's you, jot this one down!
29 Brunette - Blakeley
Unlike Blake, Blakeley is a unisex name that is perfect for that dark haired baby boy or girl. Blakeley hasn't quite had the popularity that Blake has either. It has yet to be featured on the American list for either gender, but we don't think it will be that way for long, especially with Blake's success.
Blakeley is English for "dark, meadow, clearing." Blakeley began as an English surname and was transferred to the use as a place name. Blakeley was the name of specific hamlets in Yorkshire and Lancanshire. They derived their names from the Old English words that stand for black combined with their word for meadow or open field. Blakeley is recorded as early as the 13th century.
Blakeley looks as if it's leaning more toward use for girls than for boys, probably because of the more feminine looking "ley." It only had 6 occurrences for boys last year, but for girls it was up to 73. Blakeley, which somehow has the opposite meaning of Blake, is a more rare and distinct option.
This moniker has so much going for it! I'm not sure why we haven't seen it on the popularity list yet, but this surname name might just be the modern twist on Blake that parents have been waiting for.
28 Redhead - Poppy
Finally a new and refreshing take on the floral name trend that is also perfect for a little redhead! Poppy wasn't on the popularity list until 2016 at #747, but by the following year, it hit #82! Out of nowhere and into the top 100, Poppy is also a top 50 name in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.
Poppy is a Latin flower name that tons of celebrities have already begun using. High profile stars like Anthony Edwards, Jessica Capshaw, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and James Oliver all chose Poppy for their daughters, probably helping the boost in popularity.
The Poppy is the official flower of "Remembrance Day" or "Veterans Day" on November 11th, and often warn as pins from the beginning of November until that day.
Australian actress and Without a Trace star, Poppy Montgomery, was one of four sisters who all had flower names. Her mom chose Poppy, Lily, Daisy, Marigold and Rosie for her daughters. The Poppy flower is known for being red, but it can be pink and yellow as well. They have long been used as a symbol of sleep and peace.
27 Blonde - Blake
You may not have known this, but this unisex name is even more perfect than you think, at least for a little towhead it is! The use of Blake for boys popped up on the American list in 1883, but didn't break into the top 500 until 1952. It broke into the top 100 in 1988 and hasn't strayed too far from there since. Today it's ranked #127.
Blake for girls is a different story. It didn't begin being used until 1990 and took until 2016 to break into the top 500. Today, it's ranked #297. It's highest ranking yet. Blake Lively is a fitting and beautiful representative of the name for girls.
Blake is English for "fair haired." It also has a conflicting meaning "dark." Where is derives is uncertain, but it is said that Blake was originally a surname "Blac" which was given to those with dark skin. However, it is also said that the origins of the name are Old Norse deriving from the surname "Blaker" in the 12th century.
Blake Carrington was an 80s soap star on The Dynasty, who helped keep the name boosted in the top 100. Blake Shelton is a famous country music singer and coach on The Voice.
26 Brunette - Raven
This color and nature name has had a pretty decent resume in the U.S. It entered the Social Security Administration's top 1000 list in 1977 at #580. By 1990 Raven had reached #166 and held a spot in the top 200 for ten years. Since then, Raven has dropped in favor slightly, dipping down to the bottom 600 a couple of times. Today, Raven comes in as the #550 most popular baby girl's name.
Raven is a word and animal name that has had a very symbolic and significant past.
It was once used as a symbol of pride for African American and Wiccan parents. Raven is actually considered a unisex name. It stems from the Old Norse hrafn, which means "raven." It is also an old Norse surname which originated from the nickname "Raven" which was given to thieves or a dark haired person.
Raven has been a character on Disney's That's so Raven who was played by Raven Symone and the more recent CW show, The 100. One of Edgar Allen Poe's most famous short stories was called The Raven. Edgar Allen Poe was from Baltimore, Maryland, which is how the Baltimore Raven's got their name and mascot.
25 Redhead - Rowan
There probably isn't a more perfect name for a redheaded baby, and this one is said to have always been considered a unisex name, though some say it's been used for girls longer. Rowan is now becoming a bit of a hot name after it reached #148 last year. Rowan has only been on the American popularity list since 1999.
Rowan broke into the top 500 by 2004 and it has slowly and steadily been heading toward the top 100 baby names. It's ranked #106 in England. Roan and the female variation Rowena have also been getting some attention.
Rowan is Irish and Scottish for "little redhead." Like I said, this one couldn't be more perfect if there's any chance of having a baby with fiery red hair. Rowan is also a tree with red berries. Sharon Stone chose the Roan spelling for her son and Brooke Shields chose Rowan for her daughter. Rowan Atkinson is the British comedian who was best known for his character, "Mr. Bean."
Rowan is now chosen twice as often for boys as it is for girls. Rowen is another spelling variation getting some popularity. All of these spellings are related to the color red, making them all perfect options for redheaded bundles of joy.
24 Blonde - Gwynn
This Welsh moniker belongs to several celebrities and it's actually more fitting for them then you might think. Gwyneth didn't enter the American popularity list until 2004 and it basically sat at the bottom of the list until 2013, when it completely fell out of favor. Then in 2016 we saw it again, only this time it had reached its highest ranking ever, #610.
Gwyneth is Welsh for "white, fair." It is Anglicanized from Gwynedd, which is an also an ancient Welsh Kingdom. Gwyneth Paltrow is a tall, beautiful and blonde name bearer. She is not only a talented American actress and singer, but she is also extremely intelligent and bilingual as well.
Gwen is another variation that means "white." This one is not to be confused with Gwyneth though. It stems from Gwendolyn, which can also work for blondes. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry and Gwen Stefani, also bleach blonde, has made the nickname super popular.
Gwynn is also a shorter form with the same meaning, but it's more commonly used as a boy's name in Wales. Gwyneth is the more rare choice for parents interested in these blonde baby names.
23 Brunette - Morena
I absolutely adore this variation of Maureen. Morena, pronounced moh-RAY-nah, is the Italian, Portuguese and Spanish variation of Maureen. Morena was the 2nd most popular name for girls in Argentina, but it hasn't been in the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. just yet.
Morena is an updated and exotic version of Maureen that hasn't quite caught on here in America yet. That just makes it even better though!
Morena stems from the word moreno. It is translated in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian to mean "brown, brown haired." It is also a French name where it means "with brown hair." There have been several famous Morenas, even in the States.
In Slavic mythology, Morena was the ancient goddess of winter. She was known as the all powerful goddess of winter known for covering the ground with snow and ice so she could rest. She actually took many names like Mara and Morana, not just Morena.
Morena Baccarin was an Brazilian American actress who is probably best known for her role in the sci-fi televeision series, Firefly. She also played in both Deadpools and Batman: Bad Blood. Morena Makar was an Olympic snowboarder and Morena Herrera was a feminist and activist.
22 Redhead - Ruby
Now a top 100 name once again, Ruby may be a more obvious choice for a redheaded girl, but that doesn't make it any less perfect. Ruby entered the American popularity list in 1880 and was a huge favorite right away. Ruby was in the top 100 within 8 years and stayed there for almost 50 more.
Ruby only strayed as far as #403 before it reached the top 100 again in 2013. Today Ruby is ranked #71 in the U.S. and is a top 50 name in England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. This vintage name is getting a ton of love from parents both domestically and internationally.
Ruby is translated from Latin meaning "deep red precious stone." Those classic rock bands of the past have loved using Ruby in their songs. Ruby Tuesday is one of the Rolling Stones greatest hits. Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town is a famous Kenny Rogers song. Tobey Macguire, Rachel Reynolds, Charlotte Church and Rod Stewart all chose Ruby for their daughters.
Ruby is a classic that is being restored to its former glory, and not just for redheads. However, that being said, Ruby is one of the most adorable names for parents who don't mind being to obvious about their little carrot top.
21 Blonde - Finian
"Finn" names are a huge craze right now for both boys and girls. Finian is a little behind right now in America, at least compared to other "Finn" names like Finley and Finlay. Finian isn't too far behind though. It jumped onto the American list last year at #615, and we expect it will continue to rise. After all, it did come from nowhere and into the top 700.
Finian is a great option for parents who love the "Finn" names, but want something different. It's only an added bonus if you're expecting a fair haired baby boy!
Finian is Irish for "fair." Finnian is another spelling that is actually performing slightly better at #391. Finian is an old Irish saints name. Saint Finian of Clonard was one of the earliest monastic Irish saints back in the 6th century. He was a well-known scholar and teacher.
In 1947 Finian's Rainbow, a musical about an Irish immigrant and his daughter who moved to the American South. They carried with them a magical piece of gold that changed people's lives. Later in 1968, Fred Astaire starred in the film version. Finian O'Toole was also a character on the soap opera, General Hospital.
20 Brunette - Donovan
This oldie but a goody name has had a rough ride on the American list since it began its journey in 1900. It wasn't until almost 70 years later in 1967 that it finally broke into the top 500. Its struggles weren't really over until 1990 when it broke into the top 300, where it would stay for until last year when it dropped to #360.
The Irish love their hair color names and this one is another one for a brunette. Donovan is Irish for "dark." Famous singer song writer who went solely by "Donovan" gave this moniker some cool hippie vibes. Donovan was a flower power folk singer turned psychedelic pop star who came to America with the British invasion.
Donovan is mature, handsome and sophisticated. It couldn't be more ideal for today's baby boy! This famous 90s name is being completely revamped for the modern dark-haired baby.
Donovan was actually Scottish born, and didn't carry his roots into naming his own children. He chose a little more interesting and out of the ordinary names for his kids. His three children were named Astrella Celeste, Oriole Nebula and Ione Skye. Donovan Jamal McNabb was a Minnesota Vikings quarterback who also named his son Donovan.
19 Redhead - Autumn
Parents are loving seasonal and month names right now! Names like April, Summer and May are perfect for babies born during those times, but Autumn can serve a different significance than these types of seasonal names. Autumn can also be used as a color name. We all know and most of us love the colors of Autumn, and those fiery colors are perfect for a redheaded baby!
Autumn has been on the American popularity list since 1969 and by 1974 was in the top 500. In 1997 Autumn reached the top 100 baby names where it stayed all the way until 2016. Twenty years in the top 100 is quite an accomplishment, but, sadly, Autumn slipped to #468 last year.
Autumn was chosen by Jennifer Love Hewitt, musician Patrick Monohan, and actor Michael Chiklis all chose Autumn for their daughters. Hewitt named hers Autumn James, adding the flare of the now, newly, unisex James.
Autumn means "to fall from height." Autumn begins in September, which might actually make a pretty solid name for a redhead too.
We can probably add October to that list as well. However, its Autumn that encompasses all of the months of fall and really gives us that reddish brown imagery.
18 Blonde - Bronwyn
Bronwyn is another name that hasn't been in American popularity in the past, but is not in the top 500 at #341. Bronwyn is actually most popular in Australia, and the English variation and original form, Bronwen isn't trending either. We tend to think that adding a "y" makes names look prettier anyway.
Basically, Bronwen began as the feminine form of Bron. Bron means "breast" and wyn means "fair" making Bronwyn mean "fair breast." The English like to translate it as "fair and blessed," which is definitely a better meaning and perfect for a blonde baby. Bronnie and Bronny also make cute nickname options.
Bronwyn was a character in the 1988 Australian show, Neighbours, which boosted the name's popularity there. It was also one of the main characters in the young adult novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which also recently became a movie. The character, Bronwyn Bruntley, was known for having super strength.
Though Bronwyn didn't make into into the top 1000 until last year, it did make an appearance in the top 2000 in 1960-1969. It has only been given to between 50 and 80 girls yearly, making it a great alternative to names like Brooke and Brooklyn.
17 Brunette - Kerrigan
Kerrigan is a variation of Kerry that has never been on the American list. This Irish moniker has potential to be a great unisex option for parents looking for something with a rich history combined with a perfect meaning for a dark haired baby girl or boy.
Kerrigan is Irish for "dark one." It began as an Irish surname that became the Anglicized version of the Gaelic O'Ciaragain. Irish family names used to be taken from the names of tribes, highly esteemed elders or proven warriors. They traditionally added either the prefix "O" to mean descendant of or "Mac" to mean grandson of.
The earliest recording of Kerrigan was found to be in 1695 and the first recording of the name in America was when 20 year old John Kerrigan road on the Dublin ship "wave" to New York in 1846. Throughout time the spelling of surnames change, sometimes drastically. O'Ciaragain seems to have changed to Kerregan and the finally Kerrigan.
Kerry is also a familiar English variation, which is also popular for both boys and girls and has the same meaning. Kerrigan is much rarer and interesting choice though! Kerry and Kerrigan could even be cute dark haired siblings.
16 Redhead - Rooney
The Irish love their redheaded names, and this one, we have to admit, we love too.
Rooney is an Irish surname name that has a ton of appeal, including several celebrity name bearers.
Rooney has never been on the American list of popular given names, but we think it should be!
Rooney is Irish for "red haired." The original Gaelic Rooney, was O'Ruanaidh. The Rooney family came from a province in Northern Ireland dating back to 1079 a.d. In order to escape the religious and political tyranny by the hands of the English, thousands of Irish citizens fled to the New World, the Rooney's being some of them.
One of the most notable Rooney's was the late actor, Mickey Rooney, who was actually born Joseph Yule. His son, Teddy Rooney was also an American actor and musician. Andy Rooney was a noted CBS journalist and Art Rooney was the founder of the Pittsburg Steelers.
One celebrity who goes by Rooney as a first name is Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress, Rooney Mara. Though she's not a natural redhead, she does make the name super chic. Rooney is an Irish last name that is sure to join the wave of surnames becoming first names.
15 Blonde - Rowena
Rowena, pronounced ro-WEE-na , made its way from Wales in 1888. Sadly, the highest ranked it ever had on the American list was #429, which it hit twice in its lifetime on the charts. By 1963 it was completely kicked off the charts, but, today it has been resurrected at #400, it highest ranking ever.
Rowena is Welsh for "white spear." It began as the name of the daughter of a Saxon chief Hengist during the 12th century. Rowena is also found in Germany history, but there it is translated as "fame" and isn't used very often today.
Rowena has been a favorite in literature. It was used for the heroine in Sir Walter Scott's, Ivanhoe as one of his two heroines. Lady Rowena was the forbidden lover of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who was disinherited by his fatherJ.K. Rowling named her founder of the "Hogwarts" houses in Harry Potter, "Rowena Ravenclaw."
Variants of Rowena include Rhonwen, Rowen and Rowan, which are trending for both boys and girls right now. Rhonwen is of Celtic origin and also means "white, fair," making it another option for a blonde baby girl. Rowina is another spelling variation, but won't have the long "e" like Rowena.
14 Brunette - Melanie
I bet you didn't know this moniker was perfect for brunettes! I actually though it was better for blondes, probably because of Melanie Griffith, but this top baby name actually suits brown haired baby girls perfectly. Melanie has been around since 1886, maybe earlier, but didn't start to gain significant favor until 1942.
Melanie entered the top 100 by 1965 and has basically been there since, give or take a few years in between. Melanie has been one of the top baby girl names for over 50 years. Today, it sits at #90, however, according to Nameberry.com, it looks like it might drop significantly by next year.
Melanie is a top baby name with a ton of history and a great meaning for parents who might be expecting a brunette!
Melanie is Greek for "dark haired, black." It came to use in the English speaking world in the middle ages. It was the name of a pair of saints, grandmother and granddaughter, during the 5th century.
Peter Gabriel, Vanessa Williams and William Shatner all chose Melanie for their daughters. The aforementioned, Melanie Griffith was given the name in honor of the role her mother played in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
13 Redhead - Flannery
"Flann" names are also becoming an trend, along with "Finn" names, both deriving from Irish roots. Flannery has been a unisex surname, but has more recently been chosen mainly for girls than boys thanks to some significant female namebearers. Flannery has not yet made it onto the American list, but we think it will soon.
Flannery is Irish for "red-haired." Flannery originated as a nickname deriving from "Flann," which means "red" and "abrha" which means "eyebrows." It's said that the original bearer of the nickname was a viking with red eyebrows.
Famous author and essayist, Flannery O'Connor, deserves some of he credit for the name's liking and popularity. Born in Savannah, Georgia, O'Connor was known for her morals and devout Catholic faith, which she often wrote questioned and examined in her works. Her works also featured eerie characters and compelling questions of ethics.
Flannery is definitely still a rare and unique name that would be a little bit out of the ordinary. It's estimated that only 0.001 percent of the population has been given the name, but that just makes it even better. For parents who might have a baby girl with red hair, Flannery won't be an obvious choice, like Ginger.
12 Blonde - Dwight
Dwight has had a pretty successful career on the American list until around 2004. It entered the charts in 1880 and was never below the top 500 until over a century. It maintained a firm spot in the top 400 for most of that time. Dwight still remains off the charts today, but we think it might get some traction soon.
Dwight is German and Dutch for "blonde, white." Dwight is an Old English surname that derived from the feminine Diot, a diminutive of the Latin Dionysia. It is also a variation of the name Dewitt. It wasn't adopted in the English language until the end of the 19th century and was used as a tribute to famous theologian, Timothy Dwight.
President Dwight Eisenhower and World War II general was named after the theologian, who was more informally known as Ike. President Eisenhower definitely helped to boost the popularity of the name during his terms of service.
Dwight Yoakim was a famous actor and country singer in the 1980s. He had more than 30 songs that made it to the Billboard Hot Country Song Chart. Dwight's peak was in 1953 when it reached #122 on the charts. We think it needs a revival!
11 Brunette - Kieran
We first saw Kieran in the top 1000 baby names in 1992, when it entered at #971. Since then it did move up slightly, but for the most part it has basically remained in between the top 500 and 600 baby names. Today, however, it has reached its highest ranking ever at #417.
Kieran is an Irish import which means "little dark one." Obviously, we love this one for a dark-headed little boy. Kieran is one that Christian parents will love as it was the name of the first Irish saint, and then 25 more saints after him. Saint Kieran was one of the 12 apostles of Ireland and legend is, that he preceded Saint Patrick.
Ciaran is the original Irish spelling, while it was Anglicanized as Kieran. Er's, Julianna Margulies chose Kieran for her son and Kieran is also one of Macauley Culkin's brothers. Kieran was also the name of Law and Order's, Alana De La Garza.
Kieran is fresh and ripe and ready to be picked before it keeps moving up the charts. This moniker is perfect for parents looking for something for a brunette little boy, but want something with a rich history and modern sound.
10 Redhead - Radcliff
With a rich pedigree and stylish appeal, Radcliff is another surname name with a great meaning for redheads, only this one is English. Radcliff has never been on the American popularity list of given names, though it is definitely familiar as a last name. Add and "e" to the end and Radcliffe is almost even more appealing to the eye.
Radcliff is English for "red cliffs." After the Norman Conquest of 1066, the Radcliffs migrated to England, bringing their name with them, of course. This was the first time the name was brought to the English speaking language. The family relocated to a place on the "red cliffs" which is where the name got its meaning.
The first Radcliff to migrate to the New World, bringing its use to the Americas was when Phillip Radcliff landed in Massachusetts in 1693. Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe is one of the most famous name bearers. Alex Radcliffe was a famous baseball player in the early 1900s.
Radcliffe College is an all women's college associated with Harvard University. A famous person with a first name use, but a different spelling was was Radclyffe Hall, a British novelist and poet. Radliff is definitely a class choice for a redhead.
9 Blonde - Linnet
If you're expecting a flaxen-haired little maiden in the future, Linnet is a beautiful and old fashioned sounding choice! This moniker is a far more refreshing take on the outdated, Lynette, whose glory days have long past. Linnet has never been on the American list, but we just might see it there soon!
Linnet is French for "flaxen haired." It is also the name of a songbird. The Linnet is a small bird in the finch family. These birds are extremely common in France and other areas of Europe and North America. It gets its name and meaning because of its love for flax seed. The Linnet was a popular pet bird in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Sweeney Todd sang a song called "The Green Finch and Linnet Bird" in the musical. The Linnet Bird is a novel by Linda Bird about a wealthy society wife in British India with a shady past that no one knows about. Several poets including, William Wordsworth and Robert Bridges, have referenced the songbird Linnet in their poems.
This exotic french name has so much going for it, we can't believe it hasn't been in the top 1000 yet, but we'll keep an eye on it!
8 Brunette - Dolan
Dolan is another Irish import that we are loving for dark haired little guys. This moniker has a deep Irish history, but has not yet made its way to the American list. Though Nameberry.com predicts it might be a good choice to take the place of Dylan and Logan.
Dolan has a fascinating history as a surname and, so far, a shorter-lived history as a first name.
As a given name, this moniker translates perfectly in the U.S. though. If there is any chance you might be having dark haired baby boy, remember the name Dolan!
Dolan is Irish for "black-haired." Dolan's history began as the ancient Gaelic surname, Dobhailen, which means "defiance or challenge." It was most likely given to someone who was stubborn and difficult. In time, the name was given the famous Irish "O" and became O'Dobhailen, which means it was used for the descendants of O'Dobhailen.
Oliver Cromwell's army stole the land from the O'Dobhailens in 1649, and they became peasants on their own soil, which was now governed by the British. Throughout time, many of the clan changed their name to Dolan to blend in to their new English speaking world.
7 Redhead - Roisin
Roisin entered the American popularity list just last year at #879. It's also a top 1000 name in England, #37 in Iceland, and of course, #34 in Ireland.
Before I go any further with this name, I feel like I should mention that Roisin is pronounced ro-SHEEN. It's slightly confusing to look at, but we think its pretty regardless.
Roisin is Irish for "little rose." Its meaning is a little less obvious, but still quite perfect for a redhead. There is a famous Irish poem, that later became a song, from the 16th century called Roisin Dubh, translated as "Dark Rosaleen," written by James Clarence Mangan. Roisin Dubh became the name of a famous music venue in Ireland and has been reference in other songs and writings since.
There were only 26 baby girls given the name in the U.S. in 2015, though it did jump onto the charts last year, it's still pretty rare. For parents worried about how your little redheads teachers will pronounce her name, maybe stick with the more obvious, Rosheen.
Roisin is the Irish translation for the English Rose, which has risen in popularity recently. For parents looking for something a little more rare and distinct, try Roisin instead.
6 Blonde - Jennifer
The name of my best friend since middle school, who is actually a brunette, Jennifer happens to be perfect for a blonde baby girl. Jennifer is one of the most successful names in the history of the Social Security Administration's list. It began its journey on the charts in 1938 and ten years later was in the top 150 baby names.
In 1956 Jennifer reached the top 100 and and remained there until 2009. It was the #1 baby name in 1970 and remained #1 until 1984!In the 70s alone over 800,000 girls were given the name Jennifer. It spent 14 years as the top baby name in the country! Jennifer didn't leave the top 200 until 2014 and today is ranked #273.
Jennifer is the Cornish variation of the Welsh name Guinevere. It means "white wave or white shadow."
It has been in use since the 18th century. One early recording of the name was when George Bernard Shaw used it in his novel, The Doctor's Dilemma, in 1905.
There have been almost too many famous Jennifer name bearers to even count, Jennifer Gray, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Anniston and Jennifer Connelly are just a some of them.
5 Brunette - Zelda
Zelda, if we can move past the video game imagery, is actually one of the best names on this list, if you're expecting a brunette, of course. Zelda has, surprisingly, been on the American list since 1880.
Zelda has an interesting past, and it looks as if it's about to have an interesting future as parents are beginning to choose it again.
It even made it into the top 400 for a few years before it fell completely off the charts in 1967. It jumped back on the American charts in 2016 at #649. Today, Zelda has been resurrected and has reached its highest ranking ever at #280.
Zelda is a diminutive of Griselda which means "dark battle." Zelda Fitzgerald is another famous name bearer, though tortured she was. Zelda Fitgerald was the troubled wife of F.Scott Fitzgerald. Christina Ricci recently starred in a tv series about her life called Z: The Beginning of Everything.
The late Robin Williams chose Zelda for his daughters name. Stephen King used Zelda for a character in his novel Pet Cemetery. It is also the name of the dog mascot used in the Nickelodeon Magazine. Marilyn Monroe sometimes went by the pseudonym, Zelda Zonk.
4 Redhead - Sorrel
Sorrel is another unisex name on our list that couldn't be more fitting for a little redhead. Sorrel, however, is of French origin, and not Irish.
It has never been on the American list of most popular baby names. Sorrel is fresh and ripe and ready for the picking for your little redhead.
Sorrel is botanical name that means "reddish brown." Sorrel is actually an herb that was once common in stews, soups, and salads, similar to spinach. Sorrel stopped being used for about one hundred years. French Sorrel became popular in France in the 16th century, but is rarely used today.
Sorrel is also a common old French surname that began being used as a nickname for someone with reddish brown hair. The Anglo-Saxon and French word "sor" means chestnut. The name came to England in the 12th century by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066.
Sorrel can also be spelled Sorrell, which has the same meaning as was also used as a nickname first. Sorrel is perfect for a a reddish brown haired baby, a baby born in autumn, or both. This moniker has a lot going for it with its familiar sound, but rare use.
3 Blonde - Fiona
Fiona has, surprisingly, only been on the American list of the top 1000 baby names since 1990. It wasn't until 1999 that it entered the top 500 and has been in the top 300 ever since. Today, Fiona sits at #110, by far its highest ranking to date. It is also a top 100 name in Germany, but actually remains off the charts in its native country, Scotland.
Fiona is Scottish for "white, fair." Fiona has an interesting history that actually didn't begin as long as you might have thought. It was first used in one of Scottish poet, James Macpherson's, Ossians poems in the late 19th century. He claimed that the poems were from ancient Gaelic sources, but that has been up for argument.
It was then used as a pseudonym for William Sharp, who, under the name Fiona Macleod, wrote several romantic poems. His works helped the name become popular in England, Scotland and Ireland.
Fiona Apple is a famous singer song writer. Princess Fiona was also Shrek's one true love and later wife in the movie series. It was also used for characters in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Nurse Jackie, and Shameless. Fiona is Julia Roberts middle name as well.
2 Brunette - Duncan
Duncan has been on quite a ride up and down the charts since 1880. It moved up and down between the top 500-1000. It's highest ranking before last year was in 1997 when it reached #377. It looks as though Duncan is being revived though, as last year it went from #862 to #259.
Duncan is Scottish for "dark warrior." For a name with such a strong meaning, I'm surprised it hasn't ever been in the top 100. Duncan actually has a good deal of history too. It, also, was a Scottish clan name dating back to the 7th century. It was a Gaelic male name given to people of great antiquity.
Duncan derives from the Gaelic Donncatus, donn meaning "brown" and cath meaning "warrior." The first recorded English use of the name was of Hugh Dunkan, which was recorded in England back in 1275.
Shakespeare used Duncan for a character in Macbeth, which was the first given name use of the name. It was followed by James Fennemore Cooper for a character in The Last of the Mohicans. Duncan Sheik is a singer songwriter and David Bowie's son changed his name to Duncan, both of whom have brown hair.
1 Redhead - Clancy
This Irish import may not be as fiery as Phoenix, but it actually has a deep-rooted history, perfectly colored meaning and a literary appeal. Though this old Irish surname hasn't made it onto the American popularity list, it has recently been seen being used for both genders in the States.
Clancy is of Irish origin and means "redheaded warrior." Clancy Sigal was an author who wrote Going Away, an autobiography, along with seven other novels and several essays. Clancy Tom Clancy is a world-famous international thriller author. Thirteen of his novels are on the New York Time's Best Seller list.
The Clancy Brothers is an Irish folk band who were most popular in the 1960s. They are credited with popularizing traditional Irish music in the U.S. Clancy Lowers the Boom is an old Irish comedic song that even Bing Crosby added to his set list.
With the wave of surname names coming into popularity, Clancy is the perfect one to add if there is even a slight possibility that you might have a redhead.
So full of strength and spunk, Clancy is perfect for a redheaded baby girl or boy, whether they're of Irish ancestry or not!
References: nameberry.com, parenting.com, and surnamedb.com.
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