Amber - Meaning of Amber
[ 2 syll. am-ber, amb-er ] The baby girl name Amber is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced in English as AEM-BahR or in Dutch as AAM-BahR †. Amber has its origins in the Arabic language. It is used largely in Dutch and English. It is literally from the words anbar which means 'amber' ; amber. The name is derived via Old French and Latin from the name of the gemstone, and the corresponding yellow-orange color. The name of the gemstone is ultimately of the Arabic anbar. The given name was first used towards the end of the 19th century. It has been popularized by Kathleen Winsor's novel Forever Amber (1944) and the subsequent movie (1947), which described the titular character Amber St Clair as having amber-colored hair and eyes.
The name Amber is used to a great extent; it has 30 forms. Forms of the name include Aamber, Ahmber, Ambar, Ambereen, Amberely, Amberetta, Amberia, Amberise, Amberjill, Amberlea, Amberleigh, Amberli, Amberlie, Amberlina, Amberline, Amberly, Amberlyn, Amberlynn, Ambie, Ambra (used in Italian as well), Ambrea, Ambria, Ambur, Ambyr, Ambyre, Ammber, Camber, and Ember. Another English form is the diminutive Amberlee. The spelling variant Ambre (French) is a foreign form.
See also the related form, the name Amber-Lynn.
Amber is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1940s up to the 1980s. Its usage peaked in 1986 with 0.919% of baby girls being named Amber. It had a ranking of #13 then. The baby name has substantially slipped in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #471 with a usage of only 0.036%. Among the family of girl names directly related to Amber, Ember was the most regularly used. The name was twice as popular as Amber in 2018. Amber has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century.
† Pronunciation for Amber: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Amber is Amber Valetta, Model, born Amber Evangeline Valletta 9 February 1974, Phoenix, Arizona.