Saturday, 12 June 2010

Colour & Gem Names

COLOURS & GEMS ~ Primary colours appear to be grounded in nature and are all around us. When you get into various secondary, tertiary and shades of colour is when colours can be subject to interpretation much like colour names themselves. Take yellow for example, it has been traced to an Indo-European root "ghel" or "gohl" which seems to have denoted both yellow and green. This terms has evolved into many forms in the English language such as jaundice (from Latin galbus “greenish-yellow”, via French), gold (“golden-yellow” is a tautology) and yolk (the yellow in an egg).

The word blue was born from the Indo-European root "bhlewos", meaning “yellow”, and evolved into the Greek phalos, “white” and in Old English to “pale” and “the colour of bruised skin”. It seems that the English word as we know it actually closer to the French form.

Green has it's roots in nature and evolves from the idea of growing things and comes from the same Germanic root as grow.

Red is a relative to both the Greek "eruthros" and to the English words russet, ruby, ruddy and just plain old rust. Auburn can mean both “golden-brown” or “reddish-brown” but seems to connote the later for most.

Purple refers to dye extracted from a species of Mediterranean shellfish, which was so rare and valuable that it was reserved for royal garments. However, like most natural dyes, the colour varies and could at times be crimson (the colour of cardinals’ robes).

Many other more moder colour words are simply the actual colour or name of something such as cinnamon, lime, silver, chocolate, peach, amber, eggplant, orange etc.

Gem names and precious stones also are reflective of colour names such as aquamarine, turquoise, jade, coral etc.

Colour names are a bold choice with flair and appear to be a popular choice amongst Celebrities. Colours can be true colours like Blue or Violet or can connote a colour such as Melanie meaning dark.

  • Amber ~ (Yasmin & Simon LeBon, Russ Tamblyn)
  • Aurelius ~ Latin; gold (Elle MacPherson)
  • Azure ~ (Ed Sanders)
  • Bianca ~ Italian; white. (Tia Carrere)
  • Blue Angel (The Edge)
  • Ella Bleu (Kelly Preston & John Travolta)
  • Blake ~ black or white. (Rosie O'Donnell, Blair Underwood)
  • Bronwyn Golden (Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance)
  • Chloe ~ Greek; green shoot. (Tom Berenger, Christopher Judge & Gianna Patton, Rupert Murdoch
  • Clinton; English surname; little fair/white one. (Kimber Eastwood)
  • Cole ~ English surname; coal black. (Darcy Tucker, Dayna Devon, Patrick Cassidy & Melissa Hurley)
  • Donovan ~ Irish surname; little dark/black one. (Charisma Carpenter, Donovan)
  • Finley/Finlay/Finn ~ Scottish; fair white warrior. (Sadie Frost & Gary Kemp, Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays, Chris O'Donnell, Holly Marie Combs, Sharron Davies, Laura Bennett, Christy Turlington & Ed Burns)
  • Grey (Davinia Taylor)
  • Hazel (Julia Roberts)
  • Jade (Bianca & Mick Jagger, Bret Hart "The Hitman" (athlete)
  • Jennifer/Jenn/Jenny ~ English; white & smooth (Roseanne Barr, Jack Nicholson, Regis Philbin, Dustin Hoffman & Anne Byrne, Bob Saget)
  • Jett ~ a hard black mineral and associated with the colour black (John Travolta & Kelly Preston)
  • Melanie ~ Greek; black or dark. (Peter Gabriel, Vanessa L. Williams)
  • Pheonix ~ from the word phionix meaning dark red. (Melanie Brown)
  • Roan (Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke, Sharon Stone)
  • Rowan ~ English; little red one. (Brooke Shields)
  • Ruby (Tobey Maguire, Andy Serkis & Lorraine Ashbourne)
  • Russell ~ English surname; little red one. (Joseph "Run" Simmons, Bruce Hornsby)
  • Saffron (Yasmin & Simon LeBon)
  • Scarlet (Jennifer Flavin & Sylvester Stallone)
  • Scarlett (Karen Elson & Jack White)
  • Sienna (Calista Carradine, Kurt Warner, Kevin James)
  • Sierra ~ variation of Ciara which means black or dark (Cindy Margolis, Kurt Warner, Brooke Burke)
  • Violet (Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck, David Grohl, Balthazar Getty)

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