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Baby Names That Mean Red: A Complete List

The task of naming your bundle of joy can be daunting. Perhaps you want them to inherit a family name, such as grandma or grandpa’s. Maybe you want their name to carry a special meaning, like one of the many names that mean red. 

Whatever the reason may be, Flo has compiled a complete list of names meaning red for you to choose from. 

Many names actually contain the word red, such as Redder, Redmond, and of course, Red. Other names simply denote the meaning of red, as in color, complexion, or temperament. 

Often times, mothers want to give their child a name with a deeper meaning. Perhaps you’ve always loved names associated with the color red and wish to pass that on. Or maybe you’re hoping to name your baby in honor of the many redheads in your family. 

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Derived from Old English, Red was originally used as a nickname for an individual with red hair or a ruddy complexion. Nowadays, the name Red signifies many things, including:

  • The zodiac sign of Leo
  • The element of fire
  • The color
  • The planet Mars
  • A gemstone
  • A flower
  • Love

Alternatively, a name associated with red in another language would be a great pick, too. For example, Shani is Hebrew for red, and Rumen means red-cheeked in Macedonian. 

Certain names that mean red are widely known due to important historical figures like Erik the Red, the first Norseman to found a settlement on Greenland. 

If you really want to get the creative juices flowing, check out Flo’s lists of potential baby names meaning red below. 

Just found out you’re having a girl? Consider selecting a name that’s distinctly feminine. Girl names that mean red come from all over the world. You can even take it one step further by choosing one based on your family’s ancestry. Here’s a list of girl names that mean red, along with their origin/literal translation:

  • Crimson - English, deep, purplish red color
  • Rosie - English, red roses
  • Poppy - English, reddish, orange flowers
  • Ruby - English, gemstone
  • Roisin - Irish, little rose
  • Cherry - English, type of fruit
  • Autumn - English, the fall season and associated colors
  • Corsen - Welsh, a reed plant
  • Hazel - English, type of tree
  • Sienna - Italian, reddish-brown color
  • Akako - Japanese, red
  • Alhambra - Spanish, the “red city”
  • Arusha - Hindu, red
  • Omaira - Arabic, red

If you know you’re having a boy and want to bestow a masculine name associated with red, you’ve got a lot of options as well. Adam, a Hebrew name from the Old Testament, means “son of the red earth.” Though fairly common, this particular name comes with a rich history. Now, here’s a list of boy names that mean red, along with their origin/literal translation:

  • Jasper - Persian, gemstone
  • Rory - Irish, the “red king”
  • Radley - English, from the red meadow
  • Keegan - Irish, fiery
  • Harkin - Gaelic, red
  • Rudyard - Old English, red yard
  • Gough - Australian, red
  • Radcliff - English, red cliff
  • Redmond - Irish, wise protector
  • Rumo - Cornish, red
  • Russell - French, fox-colored

If you’ve been blessed with twin babies, consider choosing complementary names that mean red, like the following:

  • Adam and Alroy
  • Keegan and Rooney
  • Jasper and Garnet
  • Rose and Poppy
  • Alani and Annie
  • Cherry and Hazel
  • Sienna and Sorrell
  • Ruby and Coral
  • Carmine and Crimson
  • Scarlett and Rufus
  • Reading and Redmond

In the case of twins, it’s sometimes hard to determine gender beforehand. Be sure to check out both lists of girl names meaning red and boy names meaning red, then mix and match as you please. 

Patiently waiting till the big day to find out the gender of your baby? Or are you making a conscious decision to name your child something that isn’t either male or female? Then, review this list of unisex, gender-free names associated with red, along with their origin/literal translation. 

  • Rowan - Gaelic, little red one
  • Phoenix - Greek, reborn from the ashes
  • Blaze - English, fire
  • Carmine - Latin, vivid red
  • Flannery - Irish, red eyebrows
  • Garnet - French, pomegranate or gemstone
  • Ginger - English, red hair or a derivative of Virginia
  • Rory - Irish, descendant of the champion
  • Sorrel - French, reddish-brown color

Was your little one born with fiery, red locks? Or do they come from a long line of redheads? Either way, you can take your pick from this collection of names meaning red-haired:

  • Clancy - Irish, red-haired warrior
  • Flynn - Irish, son of the red-haired one
  • Rusty - English, a shade of red
  • Rohan - Gaelic, red-haired
  • Alroy - Gaelic, red-haired
  • Redford - Scottish, red-headed
  • Rufina - Latin, red-haired
  • Flanna - Irish, red-haired
  • Reading - English, son of the red-haired one
  • Reed - English, red-haired
  • Rogan - Irish, redhead
  • Roone - Irish, red-haired
  • Roth - German, redhead
  • Roy - French, red-haired
  • Rufus - Latin, redhead

Admittedly, naming your newborn can be a stressful endeavor. While some moms like to have their favorite names written down before they officially arrive, others wait till they see them for the first time. This way, you’ll be able to gaze into your child’s eyes and decide then and there which name suits them best. Either way, the above lists of names meaning red should help you get the ball rolling. 

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