Girl Baby Name

Amber

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Quick Facts on Amber

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Arabic, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 288
Pronunciation:
AM-ber
Simple meaning:
Fossilized tree resin; The Happy Stone

Characteristics of Amber

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Amber

The name Amber ultimately comes from the Arabic word “ambar” denoting the yellowish-brown, fossilized tree resin mainly found on pines in the Baltic Sea area. This “tree sap” is basically turned into the gemstone Amber after a process of sustained heat and pressure. Often referred to as “The Happy Stone” Amber is said to bring a light-hearted freedom, good luck and happiness. As such, this is the stone that most helps with depression and dissolving oppositions. As a given name for females, Amber has been in use since the 19th century when jewel names came into vogue (Ruby, Pearl, Jade). The name again enjoyed a surge in popularity following the 1944 publication of “Forever Amber” by Kathleen Winsor, and again in the 1980s and 90s.

Popularity of the Name Amber

The name Amber was in use in the late 1800s and early 1900s, although at very low levels of popularity. In fact, the name completely disappeared from the U.S. naming charts in 1915 when it took a 30 year hiatus from usage. Amber would return triumphantly in 1945, the year after the scandalous novel “Forever Amber” was published. The books tells of Amber St. Clare, an orphan from 17th century England, who makes her way up through the ranks of society by sleeping with and/or marrying successively richer and more important men (all the while keeping her love for the one man she could never have). Fourteen U.S. states banned the book for its “pornographic” contents of “sexual intercourse” (hey, this was the 40s). Of course, all of this uproar only served to popularize the novel and its industrious heroine. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? So the name Amber got a little push onto the charts in the mid-1940s, only to languish until the 1960s when she really starts to show serious growth. 1974 marks the year that Amber finally achieved a Top 100 spot, a position she would hold for the next 30 years. Not only that, but Amber reached her peak popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The name got as high as the 13th most popular girl’s name in the United States (1986). A remarkable achievement for a once rarely used name. Amber did fall off the Top 100 list in 2005 and then the Top 200 list in 2010. Not as popular as the other “gemstone” names (Ruby and Jade), Amber is still a gem of a name. A “happy” stone for a “happy” little girl.
Popularity of the Girl Name Amber
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Amber

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Amber

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Amber

    Amber St. Clair (Forever Amber) Amber St. Clare is the heroine of Kathleen Windsor’s 1944 novel, Forever Amber, which was also made into a movie starring Linda Darnell in 1947. The book, which was a best-seller, caused a huge commotion for its sexual explicitness and was banned in several states. Set in Restoration England, it tells the story of Amber St. Clare, the illegitimate issue of nobility, who is raised by adoptive parents in the countryside. She is an adventurous, glamorous lass, beautiful and intelligent, and determined to make her way against all odds, and odds there are a-plenty. She survives an early pregnancy, desertion, a prison term , the bubonic plague and the Great Fire of London, and becomes along the way an actress and courtesan, a duchess, and one of the mistresses of Charles II. Steadfast in the face of the plague, she stands by her one true love, Carlton and nurses him through sickness, only to be spurned by him due to her inferior social status. Amber ultimately embarks upon a journey that we know will bring more deception and heartbreak, but we cannot help but cheer her on, always hoping that she’ll rise above it all just one more time.

  • Popular Songs on Amber

    Popular Songs on Amber

    Amber - a song by 311

    Amber - a song by Iota

    Amber - a song by The Cooper Temple Clause

    Amber Cascades - a song by America

    Amber Girl - a song by Lacrimas Profundere

    Amber Jean - a song by Neil Young

    Amber Waves - a song by Tori Amos

    Stuck on Amber - a song by The Boo Radleys

    Sweet Amber - a song by Metallica

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Amber

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Amber

    Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon: The Amber Brown Series (Paula Danziger) - In this first book of the Amber Brown Series by Paula Danziger, we are introduced to the spunky Amber Brown. This heroine's perky, first-person narrative ("I, Amber Brown, am one very excited third grader") allows readers to make her acquaintance immediately--and effortlessly. They'll learn straight away that Amber's life is about to change, and she is not at all happy about it. Her best friend, Justin, is moving away. Since preschool, they have been "a great team": he helps her with fractions ("which I only half understand"); she eats the cream center out of Oreos and passes the cookie part to him ("We call it teamwork. Hannah Burton calls it 'gross.' ") Though she tries to keep a stiff upper lip, Amber's emotions get the best of her when Justin, while packing, decides to throw out the chewing-gum ball they have accumulated. She resolves never to speak to him again, but the two make peace in an affecting scene that brings this brief but memorable novel to a close. Once again, Danziger demonstrates her ability to connect with her audience. Other books in the Amber Brown series are: You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown; Amber Brown Goes Fourth; Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit; Forever Amber Brown; Amber Brown Sees Red; Amber Brown is Feeling Blue; I, Amber Brown; Amber Brown is Green with Envy; What a Trip, Amber Brown; It's Justin Time, Amber Brown; Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown; Orange You Glad It's Halloween, Amber Brown?; It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown; and Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Amber on the Mountain (Tony Johnston) - An illiterate child in a mountain community learns to read and write. "Johnston knits this story together with recurring themes, lyrical images and picturesque and convincing dialogue," said Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Amber Waiting (Nan Gregory) - Amber loves kindergarten-the swings, painting, and learning to tie her shoes. The author does a superb job of capturing the joy of a young child in these simple pleasures and accomplishments, so the contrast with the bad thing about school-waiting for Dad, who is always late-is therefore that much more effective. As usual, Amber is "right ready to go," but her father does not appear. As time passes, she imagines what it would be like if their roles were reversed, and pictures leaving him on the Moon, with the promise to "be back in no time." While her dad waits, Amber flies through the universe, showing off her many achievements and thereby reminding all the late fathers that they have children waiting. The book is an empathetic story for youngsters who are faced with adults who are cavalier about pick-up times and leave their children feeling diminished and scared. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart (Vera B. Williams) - Williams' heartwarming story takes readers on the emotional roller-coaster ride that is Amber and Essie's life. Times are hard for their family-their mother works long hours, leaving them with sitters or cousins or often on their own. Worse yet, their father is in jail. While the girls share their heartache, they also share their special talents-Essie teaches Amber to write her name in script, and Amber convinces the grocer to trust them for milk until payday. The good times are good, but the bad times are really bad. The shadow of their father's mistake is always there. Williams' spare and touching verses capture every detail with clarity, humor, and heart. While the text is accessible to children just venturing beyond easy-readers, the story has a great deal of substance for older readers as well. Black-pencil sketches are full of action and as lively as Williams' poems, and fully capture the joys and sorrows of the girls' life. Finally, when the story has ended (or perhaps just begun), readers are treated to a full-color album of most of the high points and some of the low points the youngsters experience. A poignant testament to what it means to have a sister. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Amber's First Clue: Mermaid S.O.S. (Gillian Shields) - Meet the Arctic Mermaids in a new Mermaid S.O.S. storyline. Amber, Katie, Megan, Jess, Becky, and Poppy are the Arctic Sisters of the Sea! This next story arc in the Mermaid S.O. S. series follows six new mermaids in their quest against Mantora, who’s stolen six precious Snow Diamonds from the Ice Kingdom. The mermaids are sent to find the gems and bring them safely back to Princess Arctica. In these first two adventures, Amber helps a young Inuit girl save a beluga whale, and Katie leads the group to find a missing baby polar bear and walrus. Chapter book readers will love these spunky new Arctic mermaids, and have fun figuring out the clues to where the Snow Diamonds are hidden. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Amber: The Orange Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - When Rachel and Kirsty arrive at Rainspell Island for vacation, they have no idea what kind of magical adventure awaits! The seven Rainbow Fairies have been banished from Fairyland by the wicked Jack Frost. If they don't return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be colorless and gray. The girls have already found one Rainbow Fairy, but now Amber the Orange Fairy is trapped in a seashell! Can they rescue her, too? Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Amber: The Story of a Red Fox (Shirley Woods) - Readers follow Amber, the youngest and smallest kit in her litter, from birth through maturity. The animals are all named and have emotions and thoughts, but the facts are realistically portrayed as the kits develop physically and behaviorally. Amber and her brothers play, explore, and wander farther from their den until, at six months, they leave the family group. Amber quickly encounters dangers from other wild animals as well as from humans and their dogs. She meets a young male fox, Flame, and enjoys playing and hunting with him, but they are separated during a frightening encounter with hunters. She survives her first year (unlike some of her brothers) and is reunited with Flame as the book ends. Full-page, pen-and-ink illustrations add to the narrative and smaller ones decorate each chapter beginning. With good characterization and plot development, this simple story teaches as it entertains. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Breanna & Amber (Sabrina Depina Graham) - Breanna and Amber help each other achieve their dreams. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Amber

    Famous People Named Amber

    Famous People Named Amber - Amber Benson (actress); Amber Corwin (figure skater); Amber Frey (mistress of convicted murderer Scott Peterson); Amber Hagerman (after whom the AMBER Alert was named); Amber Heard (actress); Amber Tamblyn (actress); Amber Valletta (supermodel); Amber Lee Ettinger (Internet star/Obama Girl)

  • Children of Famous People Named Amber

    Children of Famous People Named Amber

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Amber - Neil Young (musician); Simon Le Bon (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Amber - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Amber - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Amber.

Personality of the Girl Name Amber

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Amber

  • No Variations Found.
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