Blaine comes from a Scottish surname meaning “yellow” from Bláán, a diminutive of blá (yellow), perhaps derived as a nickname for someone who had a sallow complexion. It’s also a shortened form of MacBlain meaning “son of Blain” or Mac Gille Blaan meaning “son of the servant of (St.) Blaan”. Blain is also an English word referring to a skin swelling or sore,…


Ambrette is another name for the musk mallow seed (its scientific name is Abelmoschus moschatus), a plant that grows in Asia and has both culinary and medicinal values. The name is a diminutive of Ambre, the French form of English Amber which refers to fossilized tree resin from which jewelry is made out of it, as well as a…


Croceus comes from Latin meaning “saffron” and “golden, yellow”. The word derives from Ancient Greek krókos (crocus, saffron) which may be from a Semitic origin or it may ultimately comes from Sanskrit kunkumam. Croceus’s feminine form, Crocea, was the name of Julius Caesar’s sword, Crocea Mors meaning “yellow death”. Origin: Semitic, Sanskrit Variants: Crocus (Latin, English)   Female forms: Crocea (Latin,…


Harisha is an Indian male name meaning “lord of monkeys” made up from Sanskrit elements hari and isha (lord). In Sanskrit hari means “tawny, yellow, brown, green” which extends to animals of the same coloring such as a lion, horse, or monkey. It derives from a Proto-Indo-European source, *ǵʰelh₃- (to shine; to flourish; green, yellow). In Hindu mythology, Hari is another name for the gods Vishnu and Krishna….


Saffron is a female given name which comes from the name of a spice which is derived from the flower Crocus sativus (or saffron crocus). The name comes from Old French safran derived from Arabic za’faran which may be derived from Persian possibly meaning “golden leaves”. It’s also the name of a yellow-orange color. Origin: Persian Variants: Safran (Turkish)  


Peridot is the name of a gemstone in the olivine family which comes in an olive-green color though in some cases it looks like a yellowish-green color. Though the name is of uncertain etymology, it could be derived from Anglo-Norman pedoretés which comes from Ancient Greek paiderôs meaning “child of love” from paîs (child) and eros (love, desire) though it may also come…


Chloe comes from Ancient Greek khlóē meaning “young green shoot”, used as an epithet for the Greek goddess of agriculture Demeter. It comes from Proto-Indo-European ǵʰelh₃- (to flourish, to shine, green, yellow). Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Khloe (English) Chloé (French) Cloé (French, Portuguese) Cloe (Spanish, Italian) Chloë  


Fiona seems to have first been coined by Scottish poet James Macpherson who based it on the Fianna, the name of a group of warriors in Irish mythology, or as the feminine form of Fionn. The name comes from Old Irish finn meaning “fair, blond, white” from Proto-Celtic *windos- (white). Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Fionna (English, Scottish)   Male forms: Fionn…


Inbar is a Hebrew female name meaning “amber” which can refer to both the gemstone and the color. Origin: Hebrew    


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”,…