What does Ebony mean?
Ebony /ebo-ny/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ebony for girls. Ebony entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #159 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Ebony and related names. Amber (#309 in 2014), Eboni, Tawny and Tawnya are the prominent alternative forms of Ebony appearing in the Top 1000. Variants like Tawna are seldom used. Usage of these girl names reached its peak during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.4376%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.1382%, ▼68.4%), with the versions Eboni and Ebony becoming less trendy. Amber (#309) is the most chic baby name in this compilation, and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)