From a Spanish place name, possibly derived from Spanish alba
in Hungarian. A famous bearer of the name was Hungarian poet János Arany (1817-1882).
From Italian bianco
, originally given to a person who was white-haired or extremely pale.
Means either "black"
(from Old English blæc
) or "pale"
(from Old English blac
). It could refer to a person with a pale or a dark complexion, or a person who worked with black dye.
Variant of BLACK
. A famous bearer was the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).
From the name of a town in Northamptonshire, itself meaning "Blæcwulf's meadow" in Old English. Blæcwulf
is a byname meaning "black wolf".
in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
in Spanish. The name most likely referred to a person who was pale or had blond hair.
in German, most likely used to refer to a person who wore blue clothes.
From a nickname for a person with blue eyes or blue clothing.
Originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin. A notable bearer is Charlie Brown from the Peanuts
comic strip by Charles Schulz.
From Middle High German brun
. It was originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin.
in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
Means "white-haired, old"
in Spanish, from Latin canus
From a nickname for a person with dark features, from Italian carbone
Derived from a diminutive form of French charbon "charcoal"
, a nickname for a person with black hair or a dark complexion.
From Irish Ó Corcráin
meaning "descendant of Corcrán"
, a given name derived from the Gaelic word corcair
From Cornish cough "red"
, indicating the original bearer had red hair.
DE WITTE Dutch
Means "the white"
in Dutch, a nickname for a person with white hair.
DONNE Scottish, Irish
From Gaelic donn
, a nickname for a person with brown hair.
From Irish Ó Donnghaile
meaning "descendant of Donnghal"
. The given name Donnghal
means "brown valour", from donn
"brown" and gal
"valour". This surname is associated with the descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
DUNN English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old English dunn "dark"
or Gaelic donn "brown"
, referring to hair colour or complexion.
in Hungarian, originally referring to a person with white hair or complexion.
in Hungarian, originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or a dark complexion.
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
FROST English, German
From Old English and Old High German meaning "frost"
, a nickname for a person who had a cold personality or a white beard.
From Italian fosco
, from Latin fuscus
. This was a nickname for a person with dark features.
GORMAN (2) Irish
From the Irish Ó Gormáin
meaning "descendant of Gormán"
. The given name Gormán
means "little blue one".
From a nickname for a person who had grey hair or grey clothes.
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
Anglicized form of German Grünspan
. Verdigris is the green-blue substance that forms on copper.
From Japanese 緋 (hi)
meaning "scarlet, dark red" and 村 (mura)
meaning "town, village".
IRVING Scottish, English
Originally derived from a Scottish place name (in North Ayrshire) meaning "green water".
From the Irish Mac Giolla Dhuibh
meaning "son of the black-haired man"
From Japanese 黒 (kuro)
meaning "black" and 沢, 澤 (sawa)
meaning "marsh". A notable bearer was Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), a Japanese film director.
Means "the white"
, from French blanc
"white". The name referred to a person who was pale or whose hair was blond.
From the Polish estate name Lewandów
, which is itself possibly derived from a personal name or from lawenda
Originally a nickname from the Welsh word llwyd
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Uidhir
meaning "son of Odhar"
, a given name meaning "pale-coloured".
MERLO Italian, Spanish
, ultimately from Latin merula
. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
Denoted a person who came from Navarre in northern Spain (Spanish Navarra
). The name of the region is of Basque origin, possibly from nabar
Nickname derived from Italian negro "black"
, used to refer to someone with dark hair or dark skin.
From Italian nero "black"
, indicating a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
From Sardinian nieddu
, derived from Latin niger
ROSE (1) English, French, German, Jewish
from Middle English, Old French and Middle High German rose
, all from Latin rosa
. All denote a person of a rosy complexion or a person who lived in an area abundant with roses. As a Jewish surname it is ornamental, from Yiddish רויז (roiz)
Derived from Old French ros
, from Latin russus
, a nickname for a red-haired person.
Nickname for a person with red hair, from Latin rubeus "red"
From a Norman French nickname that meant "little red one"
, perhaps originally describing a person with red hair.
Denoted a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet, a kind of cloth, possibly derived from Persian سقرلاط (saghrelat)
SCHWARZ German, Jewish
in German, from Old High German swarz
. It originally described a person with black hair or a dark complexion.
From a nickname for a person with grey hair, from Old English seolfor "silver"
in Hungarian, referring to a person with red hair or face.
Originally a nickname for a person who had white hair or a pale complexion, from Old English hwit "white"
From Chinese 朱 (zhū)
meaning "vermilion red, cinnabar"
and also referring to the ancient state of Zhu, which existed in what is now Shandong province. This was the surname of the emperors of the Ming dynasty.
From Polish zieleń
. It was possibly a nickname for a person who dressed in green clothing.