Blue Ivy Carter is a pint-sized celebrity, the child of trend-setting style icons.
But has her given name caught on? Our Baby Name of the Day is Blue.
Blue: Starbaby Staple
Color names are popular in 2015, from botanicals like Violet to more masculine hues like Gray.
Beyonce gets credit for boosting our awareness of Blue as a baby name, but she and Jay-Z weren’t the first. There’s also:
- Way back in 1976, Cher used this name for son Elijah’s middle name.
- David Evans, better known as U2’s guitarist The Edge, is dad to Blue Angel.
- John Travolta and Kelly Preston used the French form of the name for daughter Ella Bleu.
- Rocker Bret Michaels followed suit, with daughter Jorja Bleu.
- Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is mom to Bluebell.
- Rascal Flatt’s Joe Don Rooney also used Blue for his daughter Raquel’s middle.
- Alicia Silverstone left off the ‘e’ and named her son Bear Blu.
We see Blue in birth announcements most often as a middle name. Because data on middles isn’t widely available, it’s tough to say if that’s a trend.
As a first name, the color remains rare. In 2014, there were 19 girls and 16 boys were given the name.
Blue: True. And Other Things.
The word dates to around the year 1300. It’s a primary color, but there are plentiful associations, some favorable, others not so much:
- It’s the color of constancy – true.
- It’s also the color of sorrow – you can have them or sing them.
- Little Boy Blue wears the color we associate with our sons, at least in the last century.
- Blue ruin is an old slang term for gin, though today Bombay Sapphire feels rather sophisticated.
- It’s the color of first place ribbons. Blue chip means high in value.
- If this it the color of your blood, then you’re a royal by birth.
- A moon this color signifies something that happens rarely.
- A blue dahlia has never been produced – so it implies something unattainable. The Blue Dahlia is a 1946 film noir, and before that, a nineteenth century Russian ballet.
- Skies and birds take the color in a happy, optimistic direction.
- It’s also a nature name – the color of the ocean, and the sky – as in the wild blue yonder.
- Lastly, add red and white, and it’s a patriotic name, too.
From navy to carolina, there are many shades. Because they’re more typically associated with boys, there’s something slightly gender-bending about choosing the name for a girl.
Blue: Calamity Physics and More
Children’s author Blue Balliett was born Elizabeth, but uses her childhood nickname professionally.
There’s also the dog on Blue Clue’s – another girl, for what it’s worth.
Blue: On Trend Option
Names like Luke and Ruby, Lucy and Jude are quite stylish today. And short B names for girls – from Brooke to Blair and even Bess – have a certain charm.
Blue fits right in to their company. As colorful as Scarlett, as upbeat as Blythe.
We’ll likely hear more of this name in the years to come – though perhaps mostly as a middle.
What do you think of Blue? Does it seem like a wearable first name to you, or is this one better in the middle?