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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Blue
  1. Having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it, whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue as a sapphire; blue violets."The bluefirmament." [Milton.]
  2. Pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence, of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air was blue with oaths.
  3. Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue .
  4. Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as, thongs looked blue .(Colloq)
  5. Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals; inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality; as, blue laws.
  6. Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of bluestocking.(Colloq)"The ladies were very blue and well informed." [Thackeray.]"For his religion . . . 'T was Presbyterian, true blue." [Hudibras.]

Etymology: OE. bla blo blew, blue, livid, black, fr. Icel.blār livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. blå, D. blauw, OHG. blāo, G. blau; but influenced in form by F. bleu, from OHG. blāo

noun Blue
  1. One of the seven colors into which the rays of light divide themselves, when refracted through a glass prism; the color of the clear sky, or a color resembling that, whether lighter or darker; a pigment having such color.Sometimes,(poetically)the sky; as, to fly off into the blue .
  2. A pedantic woman; a bluestocking.(Colloq)
  3. (pl.)

    Etymology: Short for blue devils

    Low spirits; a fit of despondency; melancholy.(Colloq)
verb Blue
To make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by heating, as metals, etc.
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  1. Any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
  2. The sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic
  3. Blue clothing ("she was wearing blue")
  4. Blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime ("he had eyes of bright blue")
  5. Any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue ("the Union army was a vast blue")
  6. The sky as viewed during daylight ("he shot an arrow into the blue")
  7. Used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge
  8. Turn blue
  9. Causing dejection ("a blue day")
  10. Of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky ("October's bright blue weather", "a blue flame", and "blue haze of tobacco smoke")
  11. Characterized by profanity or cursing ("blue language")
  12. Filled with melancholy and despondency ("lonely and blue in a strange city")
  13. Morally rigorous and strict ("blue laws")
  14. Belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy ("a blue family", "blue blood", and "the blue-blooded aristocracy")
  15. Used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms) ("a ragged blue line")
  16. Suggestive of sexual impropriety ("a blue movie" and "blue jokes")
  1. A surname​. An anglicization of German Blau.
  2. (rare) A female given name, typically used in conjoined names like Bonnie Blue or Blue Bell.
  3. A male nickname, occasionally used as a formal given name.
  4. A letterman at Oxford or Cambridge.
  5. (historical) A member of the Royal Horse Guards (which merged with the 1st Dragoons in 1969)

Notable Persons Named Blue


Blue Hamilton is an electronic music, dance-pop, and pop music singer-songwriter, singing, and record producer. He has been prominent since 2012. Blue was given the name Johnny Blue James Hamilton on November 27th, 1979 in Fontana, California. Blue is also known as Blue James.


Blue Demon was a wrestler. Blue was born in García, Nuevo León. He passed away on December 16th, 2000.


Blue Mitchell was a jazz, soul jazz, and hard bop musician. Blue was given the name Richard Allen Mitchell on March 13th, 1930. Blue is also known as Blue Mitchell. He breathed his last breath on May 21st, 1979.


Blue Panther is a wrestler. Blue was born on September 18th, 1960 in Gómez Palacio, Durango.


Blue Weaver is a progressive rock, disco, folk music, rock music, and soul music musician and composer. He plays Keyboard instrument. His ongoing career started in 1960. Blue was given the name Derek John Weaver on March 11th, 1947 in Cardiff. Blue is also known as Blue Weaver.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Blue

Mick was born on September 9th, 1976 in Graz.


Callum Blue is an actor. He has been prominent since 1999. Callum was born Callum Blue on August 19th, 1977 in London.


Josh Blue is an observational comedy and ribaldry comedian. Josh was born on November 27th, 1978 in Cameroon.


Vida Blue is a baseball player. Vida was born on July 28th, 1949 in Mansfield, Louisiana.


Violet Blue is a technology, harm reduction, sex education, and erotica journalist for cbs interactive, blogger, journalist, and blog. Violet was born in 22.


Angel was born on May 3rd, 1984.


How popular is the baby name Blue in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1968 11 0 11
1969 13 0 13
1970 10 0 10
1971 10 5 5
1972 11 0 11
1973 12 0 12
1974 15 0 15
1975 16 0 16
1976 8 0 8
1977 10 0 10
1978 14 0 14
1979 7 0 7
1980 7 0 7
1981 6 0 6
1982 7 0 7
1984 6 0 6
1987 5 0 5
1989 9 0 9
1991 9 0 9
1992 11 0 11
1993 18 10 8
1994 17 6 11
1995 27 13 14
1996 18 7 11
1997 21 8 13
1998 29 12 17
1999 20 9 11
2000 33 10 23
2001 12 0 12
2002 19 6 13
2003 16 0 16
2004 24 7 17
2005 30 14 16
2006 28 8 20
2007 20 6 14
2008 26 9 17
2009 16 5 11
2010 23 8 15
2011 18 7 11
2012 31 10 21
2013 41 21 20
2014 37 20 17
2015 52 20 32
2016 39 16 23
2017 48 19 29
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Blue U.S.
  White 45.01% 64.26%
  African American 45.59% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.89% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.09% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Blue

People with the last name Blue are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Blue

  • How Popular is the name Blue? Blue is the 11,619th most popular name of all time. As a last name Blue was the 1,466th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Blue have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 860 babies born with the first name Blue in the United States. That's more than enough people named Blue to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Blue? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1968 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Blue first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Blue is Friday, April 8th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Blue born? The highest recorded use of the first name Blue was in 2015 with a total of 32 babies.
  • Random Blue Factoid: According to the 1995 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Blue is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1995.
  • Weird things about the name Blue: Your name in reverse order is Eulb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lbue. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Blue? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,341 people with the last name Blue.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Blue? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Blue as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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