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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Saffron mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Saffron

"Saffron" is a name of English origin, and it means "Yellow Flower". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Saf"fron
  1. [Bot] A bulbous iridaceous plant (Crocus sativus) having blue flowers with large yellow stigmas. See Crocus.
  2. The aromatic, pungent, dried stigmas, usually with part of the stile, of the Crocus sativus. Saffron is used in cookery, and in coloring confectionery, liquors, varnishes, etc., and was formerly much used in medicine.
  3. An orange or deep yellow color, like that of the stigmas of the Crocus sativus.

Etymology: OE. saffran, F. safran; cf. It. zafferano, Sp. azafran, Pg. açafrão; all fr. Ar. & Per. za' farān

adjective Saf"fron
Having the color of the stigmas of saffron flowers; deep orange-yellow; as, a saffron face; a saffron streamer.
verb Saf"fron
To give color and flavor to, as by means of saffron; to spice.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A shade of yellow tinged with orange
  2. Dried pungent stigmas of the Old World saffron crocus
  3. Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food
  1. A female given name; a rare flower name from the saffron.

Notable Persons Named Saffron

Saffron Burrows is an actress. She was most active from 1993 to present. Saffron was given the name Saffron Domini Burrows on October 22nd, 1972 in London, England, UK.


Saffron is an alternative rock and electronica musician. She plays Lead vocalist. Her ongoing career started in 1990. Saffron was given the name Samantha Marie Sprackling on June 3rd, 1968 in Lagos, Nigeria. Saffron is also known as Saffron.


Saffron was born on December 8th, 1969 in London.


Saffron Henderson is a voice actor. She has been prominent since 1980. Saffron was born as the child of Bill Henderson (Canadian singer) on September 25th, 1965 in Vancouver.


Saffron Coomber is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Saffron was given the name Saffron Marni Coomber on November 15th, 1994.


Saffron Herndon is an observational comedy, black comedy, and sarcasm comedian.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Saffron

Saffron is an alternative rock and electronica musician. She plays Lead vocalist. Her ongoing career started in 1990. Saffron was given the name Samantha Marie Sprackling on June 3rd, 1968 in Lagos, Nigeria. Saffron is also known as Saffron.


Abe Saffron is a property developer and real estate development. Abe is also known as Abe Saffron and Mr Sin.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1974 5 5 0
1981 5 5 0
1987 5 5 0
1993 5 5 0
1995 11 11 0
1996 9 9 0
1997 15 15 0
1998 12 12 0
1999 14 14 0
2000 32 32 0
2001 22 22 0
2002 27 27 0
2003 14 14 0
2004 20 20 0
2005 26 26 0
2006 36 36 0
2007 30 30 0
2008 27 27 0
2009 27 27 0
2010 26 26 0
2011 28 28 0
2012 34 34 0
2013 16 16 0
2014 25 25 0
2015 22 22 0
2016 30 30 0
2017 21 21 0

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Popularity of Saffron as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Saffron U.S.
  White 84.71% 64.26%
  African American 12.16% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Saffron

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

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Fun Facts about the name Saffron

  • How Popular is the name Saffron? Saffron is the 15,478th most popular name of all time. As a last name Saffron was the 75,564th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Saffron have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 544 babies born with the first name Saffron in the United States. That's more than enough people named Saffron to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Saffron? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1974 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Saffron first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Saffron is Sunday, March 11th, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Saffron born? The highest recorded use of the first name Saffron was in 2006 with a total of 36 babies.
  • Random Saffron Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Saffron is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Saffron: Your name in reverse order is Norffas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rfsfano. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Saffron? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 255 people with the last name Saffron.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Saffron? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Saffron as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.