Gemstone Names for Babies

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 by 3 Comments
Gemstone Names for Babies

Choosing names for babies is such a process. I wanted something unique, but pretty and easy to pronounce for my daughter. It’s the same for all of us, I think, but where do we find unusual yet pretty?

They say names for babies tend to go through cycles. Right now, many flower names popular a century ago are among the top baby names today, such as Lily, Rose, and Daisy. But if we choose a trending name, how unique will it really be three years from now when one out of every 10 little girls has the same moniker?

Looking back 100 years, there was another trend in fashionable names not quite as prevalent, but still widely popular and that fad included gemstone names. Maybe if we look there for a name, it would remain as unique as we want it to be.

Common gem names for baby girls back then included:

  • Opal
  • Pearl
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Coral
  • Amber
  • Jade
  • Beryl
  • Crystal

If you like the sound of gemstone names, do what I did. I looked back on my family tree and sure enough, I had a great aunt named Opal. Not only would it be a unique, pretty name, it would be a family name. I liked that idea.

Gemstone names have meanings, too, and Opal means “precious gem.” How perfect is that?

If you’re having a boy, you don’t have to feel left out. Popular gem names for baby boys included:

  • Jasper
  • Garnet

This just scratches the surface of using gemstone names for babies. Once I started looking into it, there are all kinds of variations, too. Do a little digging and you’re sure to find the gem you’re looking for.

Photo credits: slgckgc

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Donna Sundblad

Donna Sundblad resides in NW Georgia where she serves as the president of the Writer's Alliance of Georgia. Her most recent book, The Inheritance, was nominated for the 2012 Epic eBook award.

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  • MomHomeGuide

    I like the jemstone name, Jade, and I’ve always loved the flower name, Lily. Jemstone and flower names can be so sweet and pretty!

  • Penny W.

    I think you can’t go too far wrong with flowers and gems! Just be careful of Amber and Crystal … they are common names for strippers!


    I did not know that. They sound like such pretty names. lol.