What does Amber mean?
Amber /am-ber/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced AM-ber. Derived via Old French and Latin from Arabic "ambar". Amber is the English name for a semiprecious gem made from fossilized tree resin, and is also used to describe the gem's golden color. In Hindi, the name is derived from Sanskrit, meaning "the sky". Amber became popular in the 1960s due to the Kathleen Winsor novel and film, "Forever Amber". Model Amber Valletta.
How popular is Amber?
Amber is a very prominent first name for females (#139 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#32267 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Amber for girls. Amber reached its highest rank of #13 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #309 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Amberly, Ebony and Ember (#435 last year) are the prominent variation forms of Amber (#309 last year) ranked in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.457%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.314%, down 31.3%), with the form Ebony becoming less in vogue. Amber (#309) and Ember (#435) are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this compilation, and there is also a rebound in birth name popularity for Amber. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Amber and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Amberli. This name tends to be less frequently used than Amber.