How popular is the baby name Dandelion in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Dandelion.
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The Rolling Stones song “Angie,” which was released in August of 1973. The acoustic ballad reached #1 on Billboard‘s “Hot 100” chart two months later. In fact, it reached #1 in many different countries, making it a worldwide hit.
In his 2010 memoir Life, guitarist Keith Richards described how he wrote the song while he was staying at a drug clinic in Switzerland. Specifically, he wrote it around the time his girlfriend, model Anita Pallenberg, “was down the road having our daughter, Angela” (born in April of 1972).
Interestingly, though, the song was not named with the newborn in mind — the choice of name was pure coincidence:
Once I came out of the usual trauma, I had a guitar with me and I wrote “Angie” in an afternoon, sitting in bed, because I could finally move my fingers and put them in the right place again […]. I just went, “Angie, Angie.” It was not about any particular person; it was a name, like, “ohhh, Diana.” I didn’t know Angela was going to be called Angela when I wrote “Angie.” In those days you didn’t know what sex the thing was going to be until it popped out. In fact, Anita named her Dandelion. She was only given the added name Angela because she was born in a Catholic hospital where they insisted that a “proper” name be added.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Angie? Would you use it as a legal name, or would you prefer it as a nickname (for Angela, Angelica, Angelina, etc.)?
P.S. As soon as Dandelion Angela Richards “grew up a little bit,” she decided to go by her middle name, Angela, instead of her first name.
Looking for baby names that are associated with yellow — including baby names that mean “yellow”?
If so, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve collected dozens of options for you in this post.
Before we get to the names, though, let’s take a quick look at what the color yellow represents…
Symbolism of yellow
What does the color yellow signify?
In Western cultures in particular, yellow can be symbolic of:
The color is primarily identified with the sun, which is the most important source of energy for life on Earth.
Interestingly, the sun’s light is actually white. It only appears yellow (or, sometimes, orange) from our perspective because particles in the Earth’s atmosphere scatter short-wavelength (e.g., blue) light more efficiently than long-wavelength (e.g., red) light.
Top baby names associated with yellow
Determining the top names in a category isn’t difficult when you’re working with an easily definable category, like gender-neutral names. When it comes to names that have a connection to the color yellow, however, we need to account for the fact that certain names have a stronger connection than others.
With that in mind, here are the top baby names that have an obvious association with the color yellow:
Unsurprisingly, four out of the five were inspired by the sun.
Here are the same five names again, but this time around I’ve added some details (including definitions, rankings, and popularity graphs).
The word sunny simply means “having plenty of bright sunlight.” In Middle English, it was spelled sonni. Sunny is also a homophone of the name Sonny, which is based on the English word son.
Sunny is currently the 650th most popular girl name in the U.S.
The word soleil (pronounced saw-lay, roughly) means “sun” in French.
Soleil is currently the 999th most popular girl name in the nation.
The word sol means “sun” in Latin and in several of the languages that descend from Latin, including Spanish and Portuguese. Sol is also a short form of the name Solomon, which explains why it was a popular choice for baby boys in the early 20th century.
Sol is currently the 1,054th most popular girl name in the U.S.
The word sunshine refers to the light (and warmth) of the sun. In Middle English, it was spelled sonne-shin.
The word lemon — which can be traced back (via Old French limon and Arabic limun) to the Persian word limu — refers to the citrus fruit of the lemon tree (Citrus limon). By extension, it also refers to the yellow color of this fruit.
That said…most of the U.S. babies named Lemon during the 20th century (and earlier) were not named after the fruit. Instead, their names were inspired by the surname Lemon, which was derived from the Middle English word leman, meaning “sweetheart, lover” (from the Old English elements leof, “dear, beloved,” and mann, “person, man”).
All the names below are associated with the color yellow. The names range from common to uncommon, and their associations range from strong to slight.
Those that have been popular enough to appear in the U.S. baby name data are linked to their corresponding popularity graphs.
Antu, the Mapuche word for “sun,” is the name of the Mapuche god of the sun.
Arevik is an Armenian feminine name based on the word arev, meaning “sun.”
Aspen trees (in particular the North America species Populus tremuloides) are famous for their golden-yellow autumn foliage. The word aspen is derived from from the Old English word for the tree, æspe.
Beryl is a mineral that can be yellow. The name of the stone ultimately comes from the ancient Greek word beryllos.
Blaine comes from a Scottish surname that can be traced back to the Old Irish word blá, meaning “yellow.”
Bowie comes from a Scottish surname that can be traced back to the Gaelic word buidhe, meaning “yellow.”
Buff is a light brownish-yellow color — the hue of buff leather, which was often obtained from the European buffalo.
Buttercup flowers are yellow. “Buttercup” is the common name of several species of flowering plants in the genus Ranunculus.
Canna flowers are sometimes yellow. The genus name Canna is derived from the Latin word canna, meaning “reed.”
Chrysanthemum flowers are commonly yellow. The genus name Chrysanthemum is derived from a combination of the ancient Greek words khrysos, meaning “gold,” and anthemon, meaning “blossom, flower.”
Citrine, a variety of the mineral quartz, is often yellow. The adjective citrine can be traced back to the Latin word citrus.
Daffodil flowers are frequently yellow. “Daffodil” is the common name of plants in the genus Narcissus.
Dahlia flowers are sometimes yellow. The genus Dahlia was named in honor of Swedish botanist Anders Dahl.
Dandelion flowers are yellow. “Dandelion” is the common name of the plant species Taraxacum officinale. The common name is derived from the Latin phrase dens leonis, meaning “lion’s tooth” — a reference to the shape of the leaves.
Fífill is the Icelandic form of Dandelion.
Diell is an Albanian masculine name based on the word diell, meaning “sun.”
Flavio is the modern Spanish and Italian form of Flavius.
Forsythia (commonly pronounced for-SITH-ee-uh) flowers are yellow. The genus Forsythia was named in honor of Scottish botanist William Forsyth.
Fulvio (masculine) and Fulvia (feminine) are the modern Italian forms of the Roman family name Fulvius, which was based on the Latin word fulvus, meaning “deep yellow, reddish-yellow, gold-colored, tawny.”
Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) often has yellowish flesh. The word ginger is ultimately derived from the Sanskrit word sringavera.
Gladiola refers to Gladiolus, a genus of plants with flowers that are sometimes yellow. The genus name, meaning “little sword” (a diminutive of the Latin word gladius, “sword”) refers to the shape of the leaves.
Haetbit is a Korean feminine name meaning “sunlight.”
Haru is a Japanese gender-neutral name that can mean “sun,” or “sunny,” depending upon the kanji being used to write the name.
Haruki is a Japanese name that can include the element Haru.
Haruna is another Japanese name that can include the element Haru.
Helios, the ancient Greek word for “sun,” was the name of the Greek god of the sun.
Inti, the Quechua word for “sun,” was the name of the Incan god of the sun.
Jonquil flowers (which, like daffodils, are part of the genus Narcissus) are frequently yellow. The species name, jonquilla, means “little rush” (ultimately derived from the Latin word iuncus, meaning “rush, reed”) and refers to the shape of the leaves.
Ketut is a Balinese gender-neutral name associated with the word kitut, which refers to a small banana.
Khurshid (also spelled Khorshid) is a Persian gender-neutral name derived from the word xorshid, which means “sun.”
Lillesol is a Swedish feminine name meaning “little sun.”
Marigold flowers are sometimes yellow. “Marigold” is the common name of plants in the genera Tagetes and Calendula.
Mehr is a Persian gender-neutral name meaning “sun.”
Meyer lemons are a cross between citron and hybridized mandarin/pomelo. They were named after Dutch-American agricultural explorer Frank N. Meyer (born Frans N. Meijer), who discovered the cultivar while in China in 1907. The occupational surnames Meyer and Meijer are both derived from the Middle High German word meier, meaning “administrator, steward.”
Mzia is a Georgian feminine name meaning “sun.”
Naran is a Mongolian gender-neutral name meaning “sun.”
Nurit (pronounced noo-REET) is a Hebrew feminine name meaning “buttercup.”
Nyima is a Tibetan gender-neutral name meaning “sun.”
Orchid flowers are sometimes yellow. Orchids are all members of the Orchidaceae family of plants.
Oriole is a type of bird that often has yellow plumage. “Oriole” is the common name of birds in the genera Icterus and Oriolidae. The common name is derived from the Latin word aureolus, meaning “golden.”
Ra, the ancient Egyptian word for “sun,” was the name of the Egyptian god of the sun.
Seqineq is a Greenlandic gender-neutral name meaning “sun.”
Sequssuna is a Greenlandic masculine name meaning “egg yolk.”
Shams is an Arabic gender-neutral name meaning “sun.”
Shimshon is a Hebrew masculine name meaning “sun.”
Samson is the Biblical (Late Latin) form of Shimshon.
Solaris comes from the Latin word solaris, meaning “of the sun” or “pertaining to the sun.”
Solar is a modern word (used in English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages) based on solaris.
Sunflower petals are usually yellow. “Sunflower” is the common name of plants in the genus Helianthus, particularly the species Helianthus annuus. The common name is a reference to the sun-like flower heads.
Surya, a Sanskrit word for “sun,” is the name of the Hindu god of the sun.
Ravi, another Sanskrit word for “sun,” is one of Surya’s alternate names.
Susan is part of “black-eyed Susan” — the common name of the plant species Rudbeckia hirta, which has flowers that are typically yellow.
Tonatiuh, the Nahuatl word for “sun,” is the name of the Aztec god of the sun.
Topaz is a mineral that comes in several different colors, most notably golden-yellow. Its name is based on the Middle English word topas, which referred to any yellow-colored gemstone (not just topaz). The earliest known form of the word, the ancient Greek topazion, referred to a specific yellow gemstone (possibly yellowish olivine).
Tulip flowers are sometimes yellow. The name of the flower can be traced back to the Ottoman Turkish word tülbent, meaning “turban.”
Xanthos was an ancient Greek name derived from the word xanthos, meaning “yellow.”
Renfri is a character from the Netflix series The Witcher. And Este may have been inspired by the Taylor Swift song “No Body, No Crime,” which features a character named Este (named after musician Este Haim).
Finally, here’s a selection of the rest of the debuts: