Amberly

Amberly is an elaboration of Amber, which comes from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر) meaning “ambergris (gray amber), used to refer to a color that is yellowish-brown-orange or jewelry that is made out of amber, or fossilized tree resin which can sometimes contain the fossils of insects stuck within it. The -lee or -ley ending comes from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”, so the name essentially means “amber clearing”. Amberly also has a long history as a surname; although the origins are unclear, from what I could find it could be an occupational name for someone employed as an enameller (from Anglo-Norman-French amayler), someone who applies color or varnish to ceramics. Amberly could also be derived from Old English ambler meaning “to walk slowly” and is usually used to describe the easy gait ofa horse, referring to someone who was employed with horses.

Technically speaking, amber is not an actual gemstone but fossilized tree resin.

Origin: Arabic, Old English

Variants:

  • Amber
  • Amberley
  • Amberleigh
  • Amberle

 

Tawny

Tawny is a given name and the name of a color, referring to something that is light-brown or brownish-orange. It comes from Anglo-Norman tauné, a past particle of taner (to tan) which ultimately derives from Celtic tanno meaning “green oak” or “oak tree”.

Origin: Celtic

Variants:

  • Tawnee (English)
  • Tawnie (English)
  • Tahnee (English)