Every year brings new colors. Pantone named the spring-like Greenery 2017鈥檚 Color of the Year.聽Sherwin Williams opted for Poised Taupe, while rival paint company Benjamin Moore went with Shadow. So that鈥檚 what we鈥檒l be painting our walls. But how about what we鈥檒l be naming our children?

Cute little baby in warm knitted hat on green blanket

With Scarlett, Hazel, Violet, Jade, Forrest and Rose all popular, it鈥檚 easy to imagine parents looking for more colorful inspiration.

Last week, Molly Sims welcomed son Grey Douglas, a little brother for Brooks and Scarlett. It鈥檚 nicely ahead of the trends. Grayson ranks in the US Top 50; Greyson isn鈥檛 far behind. Grey makes for a minimalist twist on that popular sound. Grey and Gray feel soft and subtle, much less dramatic than Indigo or Crimson. But there鈥檚 room for both kinds of color names as we move into 2017.

Here are my picks for the next generation of undiscovered color names:

1. Azul:聽The Spanish word for 鈥渂lue鈥 could make a bold culture-crossing choice. While it鈥檚 more popular for girls, there鈥檚 no reason Azul wouldn鈥檛 work for a son too, just like Blue. A similar possibility is Cielo, from the Spanish word for 鈥渉eaven鈥 or 鈥渟ky.鈥

2. Azure:聽Another name inspired by the hue of blue, Azure comes from French, ultimately derived from the gemstone name lapis lazuli. You might think of actress Azure Parsons, most recently seen on The Astronaut Wives Club. Azure is even rarer than Azul.

3. Emerald:聽Em names have dominated the US Top 10 in recent decades, but Emerald remains relatively uncommon 鈥 it鈥檚 never cracked the Top 1000. The gemstone name fits right in with other choices inspired by the color green, like Jade and Olive. Call your Emerald Emme for short, and she鈥檒l blend into the Emilys and Emersons but still have a stand out formal name.

4. Lavender:聽The Harry Potter series launched Luna, and boosted other names too, so why not Lavender? Fellow Gryffindor Lavender Brown appears throughout the series, and in several movies too. The name has increased in use ever since the first book was published in 1997, and it鈥檚 an alternative to the powerfully popular Violet.

5. Lilac:聽Lilac feels like a successor to Violet or Lily, but it鈥檚 among the rarest of color names for girls. Most years, fewer than a dozen children are given the name. In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize love. They鈥檙e also associated with spring, when most varieties flourish. True Blood鈥檚 Stephen Moyer named his older daughter Lilac.

6. Moss:聽American playwright Moss Hart had a string of hits on Broadway and later in Hollywood, beginning in the 1930s. As a surname, it鈥檚 related to the Biblical Moses. But it鈥檚 also a shade of green like Forrest, and brings to mind boys鈥 names like Ross. A few boys are given this name every year, but it remains rare.

7. Navy:聽Maybe it鈥檚 the appeal of Ava and Ivy that sparked parents鈥 interest in blue hue Navy for our daughters. It was given to more than 100 girls in 2015, a new high. Respellings like Nayvie and Nayvee seem inevitable, but Navy has a crisp, tailored feel. It鈥檚 also rising in use for boys.

8. Onyx:聽Singer Alanis Morrisette recently named a daughter Onyx, but this name has more in common with modern x-enders for boys, like Jax and Fox. Like Navy, it recently reached a new high, with more than 100 boys given the name in 2015. Besides being a shade of black, it鈥檚 also an O name, a letter that feels especially stylish in our age of Oliver and Owen.

9. Slate:聽Slate gray has been used as a color name in English since the 1700s. As a given name, it鈥檚 quite new, rarely heard before the 1990s 鈥 though surname Slater has more history. Slate feels like a fresh alternative to Nate, every bit as wearable as strong, single-syllable boy names like Jack, Max and Finn.

This post was previously published on Nameberry by Abby Sandel.

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