Happy Halloween!—Orange names

Happy Halloween! Here’s a list of names whose meanings relate to the word “orange” (the colour). In some languages, the word for the fruit and colour are identical, while in others they’re different. As always, some of these names might sound much better on pets, stuffed animals, dolls, or fictional characters. I obviously wouldn’t recommend using some of these word names on real people in countries where that language is spoken.

Alani is Hawaiian, and refers to the colour, fruit, and flower.

Arancia is Italian.

Aranciu is Corsican.

Kamala is Bengali.

Karaka is Maori.

Kesari is Marathi.

Lalanje is Nyanja, a Bantu language primarily spoken in Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Laranja is Basque and Portuguese.

Laranxa is Galician.

Namunu is Southern Sotho.

Naranja is Spanish.

Narıncı is Azeri.

Narinja is Telugu.

Oren is Malaysian and Welsh. This has a completely different etymology from the Hebrew name meaning “pine tree.”

Orenji is Japanese. I’m 99% sure this is a very modern, unusual name inspired by the English word, not a historic, native Japanese name.

Porteqalî is Kurdish.

Portokalea, or Portokali, is Greek.

Portokhali is Georgian.

Santara is Hindi.

Satara is Punjabi.

Sienna is a modern English name meaning “orange-red,” derived from the Italian city Siena. The city’s clay is sienna in colour.

Suntala is Nepali.

Taronja is Catalan.

One thought on “Happy Halloween!—Orange names

  1. WOW!

    Kamala means orange in Bengali.

    I knew there had to be a reason I liked it – it belonged to a “wolf child” which I encountered some twenty and a half years ago while picking my library books.

    And many years ago now we looked at colour places and colour names [25 years ago] – and made a red collage.

    Thirty-one years ago I said orange was my favourite colour and I brought an orange bus with me to talk about. One of my first ever presentations to a majority-Anglophone audience, after the one where we were asked about our families and our feelings and all the standard introductory questions.

    I said that “Orange is happy” and that particular minibus was shiny.

    The icons in Pages and iBooks do communicate that form of orange and that feeling.

    In 1991 I changed my mind and said my favourite colour was green. Because I liked the nature and the rain.

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