Genius of the Month: First Names That Are Colors - 6/1/09If you sucked at this, don't feel bad – I only got #4 and #6 without looking anything up. I was particularly surprised by #1, and I had no idea anybody named their kid #7 outside of a cartoon.
So Friday's post was just a warmup to today's post. When it comes to FIRST names that are also colors, things get a lot more interesting.
Kids can be named anything, if their parents are stupid and/or hippie enough. I knew a kid growing up whose name was Mister Bray. Sounds like a talking horse. Then there was Technicorn Capricorn, who I guess was Egyptian, though I didn't realize Egypt made a big local custom out of coming up with stupid-ass names. And finally there was Benson Benson, whom everyone called Benson-Squared, a nickname invented by Mister Bray, who was a huge math nerd.
Anyway, the point is that some restrictions are needed for this list, because every color I'm sure has some stupid kid, somewhere, named after it. I'm sure there's some retard boy son of two hippies someplace, running around named Puce.
To make the list, a name had to meet two requirements:
- It had to rank in the top 1000 baby names for 2007 on the U.S. Social Security Administration's website (apparently the 2008 data hasn't been released yet, which is good because I'm not looking forward to seeing "Trig" and "Bristol" at the top of the list.
- It had to be listed on the Wikipedia List of Colors. Wikipedia is the only source that can be trusted for this, because we all know Crayola has been making up ridiculous color names for years, trying to sell more crayons for their 1,024 set or whatever they're up to now. Inchworm and Jazzberry Jam, I'm looking at you here.
So all the entries are legit colors, and at least somewhat popular names (and interestingly, all female). Please don't be offended if your name is Topaz and it's not on here… I had to draw the line somewhere. Also, if your name is Topaz, you should probably kill yourself.
So here goes, see how well you can do on this very difficult quiz. My apologies go out in advance to Redd Foxx, Pink, Whitey Ford, my boy Blue, and Princess Peach from Mario Kart.