Meaning and name origin
Ebony \e-bo-ny\ as a girl's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#492 out of 4276, Top 11%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ebony for girls. Ebony reached its highest rank of #159 in the U.S. in 1980-1989 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ebony and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Amber (#309), Tawny, Eboni and Ebony. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).