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What does Ebony mean?

Ebony \e-bo-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.


Ebony has 13 variants: Ebboney, Ebbony, Ebo, Ebone, Ebonee, Eboney, Eboni, Ebonie, Ebonique, Ebonney, Ebonni, Ebonny and Ebonyi.

Ebony has 14 more different forms via Amber, Tawny: Ambar, Ambereen, Amberetta, Ambre, Ambur, Tahnee, Taney, Tawna, Tawnee, Tawney, Tawni, Tawnia, Tawnie and Tawnya.


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ebony name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ebony outside U.S.

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. 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%, down 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Amber, Eboni, Ebony, Tawny, Tawnya in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Amber, Ebony outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Evon and Evony. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ebony.