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What does Ebony mean?

Ebony Pronunciation of Ebony 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, wood (tree)


VARIANTS Ebboney, Ebbony, Ebo, Ebone, Ebonee, Eboney, Eboni, Ebonie, Ebonique, Ebonney, Ebonni, Ebonny, Ebonyi

(female) Erony, ..

(male) Eboen, ..

Ebony Iva (E.I.), ..

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)

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. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ebony name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Amber (#471 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ebony, Amber, Ebone, Ebonee, Eboni in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ebonie, Tawny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ebony is alike in pronunciation to Abena and Abina. Other recommended sound-alike names are Elody, Elon, Elona, Evon, Evony, Peony and Tony. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ebony.

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