In Name Only

Could Color Baby Names be the New Thing?

Well, gang, what do we think? Does Beyonce have star power that reaches beyond even the mighty Gwyneth Paltrow? Can Blue Ivy do for colors what Apple couldn't for fruit?

In 2004, the naming world was rocked by Paltrow's name choice for her little girl. In four years, preschools, to be sure, would be filled with little Apples and Peaches and Plums. But it didn't happen. Despite Paltrow's fame, she just couldn't make fruit cool.

Beyonce might have an easier road ahead of her, though. There's a handful of colors that are already used as names, and a few more that would make good ones. Let's take a look.

Blue: The list starts, of course, with Beyonce's baby name. It's never ranked in the top 1,000 for baby names, but we've seen it with other celeb babies -- Bear Blu Jarecki, Alicia Silverstone's son -- as well as a celeb herself, the singer Blu Cantrell.

Violet: This one's the most obvious color name. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner helped vault it back into the public conscious in the beginning of the century, and along with other old-fashioned names, it's experiencing a big surge in popularity.

Teal: As we continue our trek through the cold color spectrum, we land on Teal. It's never been in the top 1,000, but one of the stars of the show Wicked is named Teal, and I think it has potential.

Indigo: Former Weeds star Indigo goes solely by that name, and a handful of movie and comic book characters also bear the name. It's a good alternative to Violet if you want something a  little less popular.

Red: The rare male, warm-spectrum color name! Red hit the charts exactly once, at number 975 in 1890. It evokes memories of actor Red Skelton and legendary basketball coach Red Auerbach.

Green: I don't really think this is a good name, but I met someone the other day named Green, so it's making the list. It just doesn't have enough warmth or character for me.

What do you think? Would you ever use any of these (or other) color names? Do you think Beyonce is starting a trend?