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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Ebony
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Ebony in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Ebony:
Records indicate that 37,162 girls in the United States have been named Ebony since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1982, when 2,276 people in the U.S. were given the name Ebony. Those people are now 37 years old.
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Comments about the name Ebony
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45 Positive Comments
"my name is ebony i am 13 and i love my name even know it is annoying when people sing ebony and ivory i still love my name if your name is ebony you should love your name i could not ask for a better name i thank my parents all the time i am so lucky for my name." Aug. 9, 2018:
"My name is Ebony Denise. Growing up I hated my name. Because like everyone else I would get the references to the song Ebony and Ivory, or Ebony magazine and then later on Ebony porn. Not to mention I have lighter skin so I constantly get jokes about it being ironic that my name is Ebony when I?m so light.
Because I was (and still am) on a journey of self love and my name is a part of who I am, I decided to do some research on my name in hopes that I could find a way to connect with it. Here?s what I came up with:
1. Ebony is the name of a very hard black wood that comes from exotic trees that grow in the tropics (India and Africa)
2. The name originates from the Egyptian word ?hbnj? meaning black.
3. Because of it?s beauty, durability and high quality it is one of the most sought after and valuable woods in the world. It?s also for this reason that ebony wood is becoming more and more scarce and that most Ebony trees have been classified as endangered.
With all that said...I love my name. I feel like it describes me; black, beautiful, exotic, highly sought after, highly valued, and rare.
If you carry this name this is who you are!!! Embrace it...wear it proudly! Peace." Apr. 10, 2018:
"My name is Ebony Nicole and sometimes when I tell someone my name,with or without an accent,they will say Emily. Then I will have to correct them and that person may still mispronounce if they have an accent. It can be annoying. I disliked my name for so long. A boy asked me " Did you know your name is a category on porn?" I was ready to punch him in the face. I am learning to love and appreciate my name." Jul. 14, 2013:
"I have a daughter called ebony and reading your comments about nicknames I call her ebs, ebbie ," Nov. 24, 2012:
"that name is the best name ive ever heard of i love that name i would name my daughter that name ebony edwards and my son gary edwards junior" Jul. 26, 2011:
"My name is ebony and I am 14 years old .. I have a really dark skin tone and my mom said thats why she gave me such a unique name .. when i was younger i used to get teased and people would ask me if i know that ebony meant black and i did know but they found it funny because of my skin. People say i contradict myself cause i act like a "white girl" but i think i just act like a normal human being .." Jul. 18, 2011:
"e b o n y" May. 3, 2011:
"*WHATZ UP, MI NAME IS EBONY G. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY BEAUTIFUL NAME...I THANK MY MOTHER AND FATHER EVERYDAY FOR IT...YOU CANT HELP BUT SMILE WHEN YOU SAY EBONY...IM THINKING OF NAMING ONE OF MY DAUGHTERS EBONY AND START A TRADITION...WISH ME LUCK..LOVE ALL THE EBONYZ*" Jan. 25, 2011:
"I love this name. Its my fave but im called Roisin meaning rose i love my name 2 but im gonna call my girl Ebony" Nov. 30, 2010:
"I used to hate my name, Eboni, and always wanted to change it to my middle name, Kianna. But as I got older, i realized that it was a beautiful and unique name and i've only met one other person with the same spelling of my name. Just know that if u have this name then you are a unique and beautiful person and... probably a little weird too. :p" Nov. 19, 2010:
"My name is Ebonie Nichole. When i was younger i didnt like my name but ive learned to like it. but i can do without certain comments made about the name for instance "In every ghetto there is always an ebonie (ebony)" Oh your name is Ebonie (ebony) u gotta be a freak" "Ebony? yo mama picked the ghettoest name" Ugh! but then there are the good comments so im good. and no matter how u spell it all ebony's, ebonie's, eboni's, ebonni's at the end of the day its still pronounced the same and they all are beautiful." Aug. 7, 2010:
"My name is Ebony and I think it is a really lovely name- lots of people like it.
But lots of people think my name is Emily- it gets SOOOO annoying!
I also love being called Ebs and one of my little friends always calls me Ebby- it is sooo cute! :)" Apr. 23, 2010:
"I have called my daughter Ebony, and we love it we call her Ebs for short its different xxx" Apr. 1, 2010:
"My name is Ebony but it's spelled Ebane'. From 1st grade til now (12th) teachers have called me e-bane or e-bah-knee and many more. It's really annoying and i get mad when they mispronounce it. But my senior math teacher calls me ebane n ivory but i'm cool with it cuz she's extra crazy.!!" Mar. 24, 2010:
"My name is Ebonie, Lots of people say it's a beautiful name and lots of other people say it's an odd name for a white girl to have. I really like it though, I appreciate that it's unique. I've never met another Ebonie where i grew up." Feb. 16, 2010:
"MY NAME IS EBONY AND I LOVE AND ALOT PEOPLE SAY THAT MY NAME MEANS BLACK AND I LOOK AT THEM AND SAY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL BABY AND SO AM I AND MY NAME!! :)" Jan. 2, 2010:
"My little girl is called Ebony but goes as Ebby for short we love it and people always comment what a beautiful unusual name it is." Sep. 8, 2009:
"I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE SAY IT MEANs BLACK BECAUSE IT DOESNT. IT means dark wood in GREEK! Please get it straight. I love the name only if you use it in the right terminology." Sep. 1, 2009:
"my name is ebony im still gorwing up and whenever somebody hears my name the say awwwww or its beautiful and i love being called ebs or ebbie or be be i recommend it 4 ur child its just such a special name" Jul. 9, 2009:
"my name is ebony and i love it i get used to the ebony and ivory song afer awhile. Every time i tell someone my name the say its beautiful." May. 22, 2009:
"My name is Ebony. My parents almost named my sister (a year younger than me) Ivory, but they named her Ariana instead. I love my name and every time I tell someone my name they say it's pretty. I only knew one other person named Ebony and I'm probably the only Ebony most people around me know so that could be why they think it's so exotic." Oct. 18, 2008:
"I would love to be called Ebony. If I ever have a girl I will definitely call her that." Oct. 12, 2008:
"My Name is Eboni (with an I). I love my name. I had no idea that my name meant strentgh. I just though it meant "Black". Now I can share with the world when they ask me what my name means I will tell them its Black Beauty and it's Strength. I am all of that. I am bless to have this name." Jul. 24, 2008:
"My Name Is Ebony. I Absolutly Love It! I Always Get Comments From People Saying That I Have A Beautiful Name :)" Jul. 23, 2008:
"I am expecting a baby and if it is a girl i will definitely be naming her Ebony. It is a beautiful, it means strength but also dark beauty which i am sure my daughter will be . (if it is a girl)" May. 16, 2008:
"Only met one person in my life called Eboby. It's a nice name." Dec. 22, 2007:
"My daughter's name is Ebony. When I was a little girl I loved the story of Snow White - in the story it says her hair was black as ebony. When my daughter was born with jet black hair it just seemed right!" Nov. 8, 2007:
"HI MY NAME IS EBONY BUCKLEY AND MY GRANDFATHER NAME ME THAT. I GET SHY WHEN PEOPLE SING THIS SONG "EBONY AND IVORY BUT SO FAR IT BEEN FUN" Jul. 8, 2007:
"my name is Ebony the one and only true Ebony well why cause I have an Irish Prince named Donald Oflaherty that Irish family name if you know your history was the first of the first to start up Ireland so thats my reason why im the true Ebony girl well anyhow I am the true Ebony and my fiance is my Ivory.SO yes like the song Ebony ANd Ivory that is totally us." May. 20, 2007:
"My name is Ebony and I think it's raw cause proud to blak beatuy.......YAYE" Nov. 30, 2006:
"hi, my name is Ebony! i thought that Ebony meant black seeing as everyone else thought it did. until i read this site i had no idea my name actually meant something of meaning. it's extrodinary to think that i amdark strength! i love my name and so should all the other Ebony's out there!my mother also gave me my name and now i am definately not going to change it! it is a part of who i am and i love my mother for it." Nov. 16, 2006:
"my daughter is Ebony and i love the name. Its unusual and mysterious." Sep. 19, 2006:
"My name is ebony and everybody thnks it means darkness sadness and uglyness but all the ebonys i know are really pretty!!" Aug. 16, 2006:
"My name is also Ebony but since I'm Persian we pronounce n write it differently:Abnoos. I'm really proud of my name since it's very rare in my culture n people usually tell me it's beautiful n unique! so thumb up gals!~" Jun. 17, 2006:
"Hi my name is Ebony I see no problem with the name Ebony I think it is a beautiful name I was alway told that my name means Black but I later learned it means Strength I LOVE MY NAME" Jun. 13, 2006:
"My name is ebony and I have ALWAYS loved it. It's so strong-I like to think I am like me name. I WOULD NEVER change my name. ebony means black, yes, but what reason is tha to hate it and change it? I pitty those who hate it, its individual and..makes you feel good about yourself. I have never CONSIDERED changing it." May. 5, 2006:
"Hey, my name is Ebony and I love my name because I know the meaning of it and my father named me. He planned to name his daughter that his 6th grade year... and that's me. I love my name and I'm very proud of my name... I love that my name means DARK BEAUTY and strength. It is true, and that's why I love my name so much and I wish others will learn and understand the true meaning of the name Ebony.
My name represents me so I could care what people judge me of because of my name." Apr. 19, 2006:
"My name is Ebony, well on my birth certificate it's I-Ebony. My father says it means "I am mighty". I love him for that, therefore I love my name. It's like my first name is a sentence. Everyone calls me Ebony, it is also how I sign. I love my name" Apr. 8, 2006:
"My name is Ebony and I am very successful in my profession, I am a doctor and I haven't found my name hinder me at all. Be proud of your name, it is who you are." Mar. 24, 2006:
"My name is Ebony and I really like my name and i think its very cool. i want let anyone change that. i will stay strong and live as my name lives "strong"." Mar. 23, 2006:
"My name is Ebony and doe i ain't black i'm rican but it'z a real sexy name!" Mar. 13, 2006:
"my name is ebony and i love the name . i dosent just not black. i am a kid . but my name is me" Jan. 25, 2006:
"My name is Ebony and I love it. Something I hate is when people are all like my name means a black tree. But
I love my name just the same." Dec. 23, 2005:
"I like my name.. My name is spelt ebony but i like it spelt eboni! awsum isnt it.i have darkbrown hair and eyes so it suits my name.
cool website xxx eboni" Nov. 29, 2005:
"Hi! I'm Ebony everyone thinks my name means BLACK it does not it means STRENGTH. The black wooded tree it is associated with was given the name because it is so strong! I just thought I should tell other people with the same name! I only just found this out and it makes me love my name even more. It is individual and different. It makes me who I am. If you'd asked me 3 years ago i would have said i would change my name but no I know I never will" Jun. 20, 2005:
6 Negative Comments
"My name is Ebony and I absolutely hate this name. NEVER EVER name a white baby Ebony they will hate you" Sep. 4, 2014:
"i named my daughter ebonics, close to the name ebony. and i absolutely love both names! Dont you think so?" Mar. 19, 2011:
"ny name is ebony n i hate wen yu go sumwhere and they start singing ebony and ivory makin me and her look dumb" Oct. 23, 2010:
"It is an awful name... especially for a white girl." Feb. 8, 2010:
"Ebony has always been one of those names that sounds much better on a child than an adult. I would no sooner name my child Ebony than I would Barbie, Molly or child-like name. People say a black name makes it harder to be a success, but people know that you are black when they see you no matter what your name is. Act professionally and those negative associations to our names will stop." Dec. 14, 2005:
"my name is ebony and i find it quite difficult to deal with a very unprofessional name its alright now cosidering i'm a kid but when i grow up and want a job i don't my application tobe passed over since my name means "BLACK" once i get older i'm gonna change my name." Jun. 9, 2005:
43 Neutral Comments
"my name is ebony mae stevens my first name is ebony. i actually hate my name, i dont know why , but i have many nicknames:ebbie,ebs,eb,ebby,neenee(it's embarrassing)ebonene and so on . i enjoy the variety of names i can be called though" Jul. 23, 2019:
"OMG!! I thought I was the only one with the nickname 'Ebbie' *well my name is also Ebony* but just found out there are lots.... I mean it's really cool and I love it. It doesn't matter what your name is, as long as there's a pretty story behind how you got that unique name." May. 29, 2018:
"HELLO MY NAME IS EBONY I AM 8 YEARS OLD AND I HATE MY NAME BECAUSE PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF ME.I DEFFENTLY HATE THE SONG EBONY AND IVORY IT MAKES ME SAD." Mar. 22, 2014:
"My names ebony and I'm 14 years old. I'm white and sometimes people find it wierd that I'm not black. I get a lot of nicknames : eb, ebs, ebby, bony, eboner, bonybum and more
I used to find them annoying but now its ok. A lot of people say that I have a 'beautiful name' but I just think a names a name.. Nothing special really.?" Nov. 6, 2012:
"ohh i know what you mean that Ebony and Ivory song always get sung to me also. But for me its actualy something that makes me proud because my mum is white and my dad is dark coloured so I feel that the song is fitting.
i also find it acts like a breaker and i think its a great song any way." May. 7, 2012:
"mmmm.. I feel good with this name
seam like a hot chocolate chick !!" Jan. 2, 2012:
"My name is ebony and I never have any problems. Except for E-bone-e. But to be honest I think It sounds really cool.I'm white and got no comments about that p.s I am 12 and love my name completely and wouldn't change it for the world." Oct. 28, 2011:
"I love my name. Its beautful, unique & has a good meaning. We all have different names because we are different people. Thats what makes the world so great. If everyone had the same name, the world would be boring. God alowed us to be named Ebony and its really special. You should embrace your name and love it because thats what God intended for you!!!" Oct. 6, 2011:
"i want to name our daughter Ebony but our surname is White. Is that weird and will she be teased?" Mar. 21, 2011:
"welll its nice to have a name like that its been a great exspireance and im in a mystery grade but if you know me you would know." Mar. 15, 2011:
"When I was a child many years ago I entered the contest for Kentucky Derby,naming a black beautiful horse. I so wanted to win that contest and spent a long time trying to think of the perfect name. I chose "Ebony Princess". I was crushed when my entry didn't win, but I have thought of that name a million times over the years. I love it!" Feb. 5, 2011:
"hello my name is ebony and I love it. I am 6 years old." Jan. 22, 2011:
"my name is ebony and i hated it for the last 14 years of my life but in the last 6 months i have started to really like it" Nov. 14, 2010:
"OhhKayy MY namee is aLso " EBONNI " yeess , DIFFERENT too speLL & i Likee it ! Buut thee thng abOuut it is evryonee aLwaays saays : " E - Bonniee " ahaa smethng i DONT get . I reaaLLy Likee MY namee buut at sCkhooL MY freshman yeaar it was diffcuLt bee'kuuhss we had 4 Ebony's it waass kraazy ! LOL Buut i LIKE MY NiCknamess Ebby / EbbyJaeee <3 I especiaLLy Likee my NAME & middLe namee together - bee'kuuhss as evryonee KNOW " ebony " meaanss BLaaCk , MY middLe naamee is JeweL & together it meaans BLACK JEWEL <3 (: smethng i truueLy LOVE abOuut MY naamee ." Jul. 31, 2010:
"My father suggested that I be named Ebony, so that everyone would know I'm half black. It kind of back fired on him though because everyone assumes I'm Mexican or Asian. Regardless, I tell everyone to call me Ebb or Sidd just to spite him for being so stupid in choosing my name. Honestly though, who does that? I don't have a problem with the name other than the reason why I was named it and I don't recommend that anyone name their child Ebony unless they want them to grow up constantly hearing that dreadful song, "Ebony & Ivory" over and over and over again for the rest of their lives..." Mar. 8, 2010:
"My name is Ebony. I love it alot. I'm very gratefull to have my name. True, it means dark wood in greek, and it can also mean black:) I love it." Nov. 25, 2009:
"my name is Ebony & I hate it :(
you always get people singing "Ebony and Ivory" and think they are hilarious! its jst not funny after 17 years!" Nov. 9, 2009:
"hey my name is ebony and im in year 7 i LOVE my name i like begging called ebbb and ebby:)" Jul. 27, 2009:
"My name is Ebony and I hated it growing up and still do because of the meaning I recommend no one to name their child Ebony." Apr. 4, 2009:
"My name is Ebony and I hated my name growing up. Kids would look up and stare when we read a story and ebony was mentioned as an adjective to describe something. Im finally happy to see what the true meaning of Ebony means, however, I must warn you guys that the name is both Eqyptian and Greek. I have a better appreciation." Apr. 1, 2009:
"Nice name. I prefer it for a boy. Your daughter will get made fun of." Mar. 12, 2009:
"Ebony here, my name rocks and so does every one else who's name is Ebony. When people sing ... Ebony & Ivory I break out into a huge smille and think yah that's right my name is in the song you're singing." Dec. 1, 2008:
"MY NAME IS EBONY I LOVE IT AND ANYONE HATE IT BIGS UP TO ALL EBONY'S HATER" Aug. 31, 2008:
"my godfather name me that after he saw me because i was a dark baby" Aug. 8, 2008:
"My name is Ebony. My dad named me that supposedly after some cheerleader who he was crushing on. When I was younger I just thought it was a name. Common at that. And not to mention I was so yellow. I thought it didn't fit me. I usta have this TA named Ms. Bell who would always tease me. Everytime she'd see me she'd be like "hey ebony. where's ivory." I was too young to understand. But since I've grown I've come to realize I love my name. It represents me and a great part of my African-American Heritage. I'm not as yellow as I usta be. And I'm not super dark. But I am black.And I take pride in that.I couldn't imagine being named anything else lol" Jun. 30, 2008:
"My dad Named me Ebony and he died when i was five in an accident .. so my name is very special to me" Apr. 22, 2008:
"It really isn't that hard to spell my name but people always do it wrong! ebany, abony, ebonie, eboni god there are loads.
Emily is the most common misconception, and when i try to correct people they mostly come up with and amalgamation of the two, 'ebily' or 'emboly'. Which i don't think are even names. I must be honest i don't meet many others with my name." Feb. 22, 2008:
"My name is Ebony and I love it. I carry it with pride. Its a name that will get and keep your attention. When guys ask me what my name is and I smile and say ebony you can see their eyes lighting up. And ny last name is literally white.. The color white so my full name is ebony white! Lol I know I've been teased in my childhood years for the name. I love it though. It defines me! Ying and yang. BALANCE. U can't habe one wit out the other!" Feb. 1, 2008:
"Im about to be 22 and have yet to actuallyy meet someone personally with the same name as me. I've always got people telling me what a lovely name I have ever since I was little. The most annoying thing is when people used to come up to me and sing the Ebony and Ivory song by Stevie Wonder and Paul Mcartney. But I did feel special" Oct. 3, 2007:
"My name is Ebony people usually don't say it wrong but sometimes when they hear it they might try and spell it Eboni instead of Ebony" Sep. 27, 2007:
"The name Ebony is as simple as it gets.Its very common but as the years progress the spelling switches up.Either way EBONY is and always be the best way.Its hard to pronounce Ebony wrong I mean come on now you gotta be slow but no matter how u put it Ebony is the best name ever,its as good as it gets.I have met some snobby stuck up Ebonys but their name was spelled different.I LUV ME SOME ME" Mar. 30, 2007:
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