Gemstone-inspired baby names are becoming more popular for 2020

They've even been embraced for boys—Onyx was one of the fastest-rising boys' names in 2018.

Precious gem baby names

Gem names are a hot category in baby names right now, with many of them shooting up the popularity charts. They've even been embraced for boys—Onyx was one of the fastest-rising boys' names in 2018. Current favorites like Jade and Ruby have plateaued, while former hits Crystal, Amber, and Diamond have plummeted. The new generation of gem names on the rise is a mix of vintage revivals and modern jewels perfect for boys and girls alike.

We can't exactly predict the future, but here are 10 baby names inspired by gems that could be popular in 2020:

1. Amethyst

Amethyst is one of the rarest names on this list—it was only given to 166 baby girls last year—but there's no question it is increasing in popularity. In 2010 only 62 girls received this gem name, and eight years later it's more than doubled in use.


Amethyst is a purple-hued gemstone and the birthstone for February, so it would work well for an Aquarius baby or Pisces baby.

2. Emerald

It's shocking that Emerald isn't in the top 1000 names—it only missed it by 10 births—considering the Em- name and gem name trends. The Spanish version, Esmeralda, is far more popular, particularly among Hispanic parents. It's been hovering in the low 300s for the past five years but reached as high as number 134 in 1998.

3. Esme

Esme is the Persian word for Emerald as well as a French name meaning "beloved." It joined the Top 1000 in 2010, and since then has climbed to number 556. Esme is a literary name, featured prominently in J.D. Salinger's short story For Esmé, With Love and Squalor. It was also used in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and was notably combined with Renee to create the name for baby Renesmee.

4. Gemma

In the UK there's news about Gemma becoming extinct, but in the US, Gemma is a fresh and mildly exotic alternative to Emma. It ranks at number 229 and has the potential to rise even further.

5. Goldie

Sassy but sweet, the retro nickname Goldie is zooming up the charts—although only given to 139 babies last year, at the rate it's going it could break the top 1000 before long. Stylish moms and dads have taken note of Goldie.

6. Ivory

After leaving the top 1000 names in 1935, Ivory rejoined the popularity charts in 2013. Since then it has made it to the top 700. Unfortunately, the association with the illegal ivory trade may deter mamas from using Ivory as a baby name. Ebony, often considered the antithesis of Ivory, was most popular in the 1980s and left the top 1000 in 2006.

7. Jasper

Jasper has been on the rise since the '90s and is now at an all-time high of number 154. It seems like it has still more steam left in it, so I wouldn't be surprised if Jasper becomes hugely popular in 2020. As a gem, Jasper is a type of quartz that comes in red, yellow, brown, or green. In fact, Chelsea Clinton gave the name to her second son.

8. Jet

Jet is a black gem that is formed as the result of wood decaying under pressure. It was very popular in the Victorian era when it was a part of mourning jewelry. Jett—with two Ts—is a cool name for boys, and now ranks at number 304 among the US popular names.

Jet—the gemstone spelling—does not rank but is rising as well. Jet can be used as a nickname for Jethro, or even Jetson.

9. Onyx

Like the names Jet and Jasper, Onyx is mostly used for boys—it was given to roughly three times as many boys as girls in 2018. Onyx is a dark gem—usually red or black—that is known for its bands. Historically, it was often used to create cameos.

10. Opal

Opal is finally back on the charts after decades of being considered an old lady name. The cute and quirky Sanskrit name literally means "gem," although it also refers to a specific stone. Opals are the national gemstone of Australia, where many of them are mined, making it a good name for the daughter of someone with a connection to that country.

11. Pearl

Pearl rejoined the top 1000 names in 2010 and has since made it all the way into the top 600. Pearl is especially common as a middle name, where single-syllable names are highly coveted. The pearl is June's birthstone, which would make Pearl a great name for a June baby, or one born under the Gemini or Cancer astrological signs.

12. Sapphire

Sapphire is a precious gemstone, known for its rich blue color (although it comes in other hues as well). It's a beautiful name, perfect for someone who loves the color blue, or a baby girl born in September, for which it is the birthstone. Sapphire almost squeaked into the Top 1000 but missed it by a mere five births. Sapphira is an intriguing biblical variation.

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