He’s a Gem!

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Outside of the baby name world I enjoy jewelry design.  I love gemstones in jewelry and as names.  Ruby, Pearl, Emerald… there are so many lovely gemstone names for girls, gemstone names for boys are often overlooked. Today let’s check out some gemstone names for the fellas!

Jasper – Jasper is one of the most recognizable and used gemstone names for boys. A variety of quartz, Jasper is a spotted stone that comes in a wide array of colors.  A Persian name, meaning “treasurer”, Jasper is a name on the rise. The Twilight trilogy reintroduced this name.  Jasper is currently #248 in the U.S., Jasper hasn’t been this popular since 1914.

Malachite – Malachite feels like it could be the name of a warrior.  The name of this mineral has Greek origins meaning, “mallow-green stone”. The green pigment of this stone was used centuries ago for green paint.  Although not familiar as a given name, Malachite does have a similar sound to more familiar names such as Malcolm.

Obsidian – Obsidian also has a very strong, powerful sound.  Obsidian is comes in many colors but is usually a deep black color that sometimes has a a blackish green hue.  Formed from volcanic lava that is cooled so quick no time to crystallize. Derived from the Latin word obsidianus, meaning “of Obsidius”.  Obsidian is the name of a transformer and the alias of comic book superhero Todd James Rice. 

Jet – Aside from Jasper, Jet is probably the most used and familiar given name on this list.  Jet is a dark mineraloid formed from fossilized wood. The term “jet black” comes from this stone that is commonly dark brown or black in color. Jet sounds like a spunky, modern nickname. Not as common as Jett, Jet is the stage name of Chinese actor Jet Li.

Carnelian – Carnelian, sometimes spelled Cornelian, is a reddish brown mineral that sometimes has hints of orange and pink. One of the Virgo birthstones, Carnelian could be considered a unisex name. Derived from the Latin word carnis, meaning “flesh”.  I think that Carnelian could make a cool Cornelius alternative.

Flint – Flint has a bit of a strong, crisp, edge to it.  A neat alternative to Flynn or Finn, Flint is a hard form of mineral quartz.  An English name, meaning “born near outcrop of flint”, or “hard rock”. Fans of the show The Flintstones may enjoy this name.

Garnet – Garnet is a unisex  name that means “pomegranate”.  Like the fruit of the pomegranate, Garnet is often seen in reddish orange colors, although it can be virtually any color.  Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January. Garnet was last in the U.S. top 1,000 for boys in 1924.

Kyanite – Kyanite is a mineral that is most commonly seen in a brilliant blue color.  Derived from the Greek word kuanos , which fittingly means “deep blue”.  Easily shortened to the nickname “Kyan”, Kyanite sounds superhero-worthy to me.

Quartz – Quartz is one of the most common minerals on earth.  Not many names begin in the letter “Q” or end in “Z”, the combination of the two give this name a bit of a whimsical feel to me.  Quartz comes from an Old German word meaning “hard”.

Stone – Why not add the name Stone too this list? Stone would fit right in to a gemstone themed sibling set of names like Jade, Ruby, and Jett. Stone is a non-nonsense, stoic sounding word name.  TV news anchor Stone Phillips wears this name well.

What are your favorite gemstone names for boys?

Rock on,
Meagan

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