What does Ebony mean?
Ebony /ebo-ny/ as a girls' name is pronounced EB-o-nee. It is of Latin, Greek and Egyptian origin, and the meaning of Ebony is "black wood". Name of the wood (Latin ebenius, from Greek ebenos, from Egyptian origin) known for its color. Used since the 1970s by African-American blacks who like descriptive names such as Amber and Tawny.
(female) Ebonia, Erony, ..
(male) Eboen, Ebory, ..
How popular is Ebony?
Ebony is a very popular first name for females (#492 out of 4276, Top 11%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the birth name history of Ebony for girls. Ebony entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #158 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, but is not ranked currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a graphed analysis of the history of the girl name Ebony and related names. Amber (#309 in recent rankings), Ebone, Ebonee, Eboni, Ebonie and Tawny are the prominent alternative forms of Ebony appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Ebony reached its peak in the 1980s (median #963) and has become significantly lower since (#1758, ▼96.4%).