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MancUnicorn Sun 11-Feb-18 23:03:21

Been active on this quite a lot. Violet is on our shortlist for DD. However I find the popularity a little worrying.

Recently came across Iola meaning 'violet' or 'Violet coloured dawn' which I think it beautiful (especially considering I also like Aurora meaning Goddess of the dawn due to this being our first child and Dawn signalling a new day). However, it turns out to be the name of someone in DP's family.
So good news for people who love Violet, Iola is a nice alternative.

However I am now wondering if there are any other names with colour meanings that you wouldn't immediately be aware of? Or names that are like Iola

Marv1nGay3 Sun 11-Feb-18 23:11:24

Artemis? ( goddess of the moon)

ChocolateCrunch Sun 11-Feb-18 23:53:53

Lilla is Norwegian and Danish for purple (Lila in Swedish and German).

IVflytrap Sun 11-Feb-18 23:59:51

Iolanthe is a name derived from Iola. I think it's really pretty.

As for other colours, Iris is the Greek goddess of rainbows.

NotAQueef Mon 12-Feb-18 00:36:55

Viola?

MancUnicorn Mon 12-Feb-18 07:08:57

Marv1nGay3 a bit too 'out-there' for us I'm afraid. It is lovely though.
ChocolateCrunch do you think people would mistake that for Lilly? I like Lila but that's my worry.
IVflytrap I'll pass it onto DP thanks. Iris is nice but again very popular where I am
NotAQueef I do like Shakespeare and Viola is nice I just feel like something is missing. Also makes me think of the instrument which I guess could work as my DP is musical but hmmm

MancUnicorn Mon 12-Feb-18 07:10:13

Keep the suggestions coming guys smile
Any other colour associated/meaning names you wouldn't think of? Like Rowen or Rory?

RickOShay Mon 12-Feb-18 07:12:44

Xanthe, means golden I think.
Stella is star.
I’ve always liked Hero grin

flumpybear Mon 12-Feb-18 07:27:24

Ebony
Olive
Saffron
Jade
Indigo
Mazarin (deep blue in French)
Azure
Aurelia
Lavender
Scarlet
Marina

liltingleaf Mon 12-Feb-18 07:28:26

Heather (it's on the Dulux paint chartgrin).

liltingleaf Mon 12-Feb-18 07:29:45

Rose

liltingleaf Mon 12-Feb-18 07:30:26

Hazel

AuntLydia Mon 12-Feb-18 07:34:19

Iola is a Welsh name. There are other Welsh names that would suit your theme :Enfys means rainbow, siriol means bright for example.

PeasAndHarmony Mon 12-Feb-18 07:36:53

Eira (welsh name meaning snow)

ChocolateCrunch Mon 12-Feb-18 08:17:18

OP, to answer your question, yes, people may 'see' Lilla/Lila as Lilly. The pronunciation is more like Leela, though.

Other colour inspired names:
Coral
Alba
Primrose
Skye
Poppy
Amber
Sapphire
Indigo
Yolanda (violet)
Opal
Pearl
Cressida (golden)
Oriana (golden)
Orla (golden princess)

peachypetite Mon 12-Feb-18 08:19:31

Isla

NameChangeDestroyer Mon 12-Feb-18 08:29:17

Ianthe is Greek for Violet Flower
Violetta

Marcipex Mon 12-Feb-18 11:50:30

Iolanthe is lovely and avoids the Iola problem of being read as Lola. We had an Iola in nursery and that happened all the time.

NotAnotherEmma Mon 12-Feb-18 21:20:35

I'd just use Violet, who cares if it's popular, if you love it.

I'm a big fan of pretty, classic (but not stupid), easy to spell and pronounce names, they make life easier for your child.

MikeUniformMike Mon 12-Feb-18 21:50:04

The welsh name Iola is pronounced Yollah.
Viola is beautiful (the musical instrument is pronounced Vee-ola, not Vie-ola).
Oriana can be used as a form of Aurora or Dawn, and it's very pretty.

fearfultrill Mon 12-Feb-18 23:40:35

Scarlett
Skye
Jade
Violet/Viola/Violetta
Rose
Ebony
Olive
Amber
Coral
Lavender
Ruby
Indigo
Sage
Sylvia
Hazel
Marigold

speckledpigeon Tue 13-Feb-18 17:02:18

Ione <3

BikeRunSki Tue 13-Feb-18 17:04:10

Erica comes from the Latin for Heather

greatpotential Tue 13-Feb-18 22:28:45

Teal
Clover
Saffron
Sienna (burnt sienna)
Neela/Nila - Hindi girls name means light blue
Auburn
Maple

ErrantBakedBean Wed 14-Feb-18 15:51:55

Fiala - violet in Czech
Lantha - purple flower Greek
Oriana - golden sunrise (I think?)
Sitara - morning star Sanskrit
Eos - goddess of the dawn

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