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The English word Ebony derives from the ancient Greek word "Ebenos", of unknown etymology. Perhaps related to the ancient Egyptian word "Hbnj".
Damis  3/25/2005
"Ebony and Ivory" is a song from the early '80's. It was sung by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
breakofday  12/30/2005
Ebony was the name of a character in the teen-drama, The Tribe.
emeraldstar  7/22/2006
Ebony would be a great name for a female black cat.
FairyGirl  9/2/2006
I have a white friend named this, and she gets teased by everyone. DON'T DO IT!
― Anonymous User  9/10/2006
I like Ebony. At the moment I want to give this as a middle name to a future daughter.
love_names  10/17/2006
In the game series Devil May Cry, the hero Dante has a pair of guns; one name Ebony the other Ivory.
Dark Whysper  4/15/2007
Ebony is a beautiful name. It is one of my favourite names. When I have children they will probably be blondes, but that won't stop me from using Ebony. I love the combo Ebony Montana.
ceglips  5/19/2007
Other "black" and "dark" names are: Onyx, Jett, Noir, Umbra, Dubha, Donovan, Blake, Chernobog, Cole, Devin, Dwayne, Emery, Ferrer, Kali, Krishna, Li, Lonan, Lorna, Melanie, Melanthios, Merle, Nigel, Odessa, Sable, Shyama, Shyamal, Siavush, Smith, Smythe, Carey, Charna, Dougal, Douglas, Doyle, Duff, Dunstan, Feardorcha, Gethin, Hades, Lamya, Maurus, Nila, Phoenix, Rajani, Rosaleen, Sauda, Sullivan, Sunil.
leananshae  12/23/2007
It's a very pretty name. I don't think it works on white people. It so blatantly makes people think of black, after all. Certainly beats tacky ghetto-ish bastardizations of Arabic and African names.
― Anonymous User  5/22/2008
I love this name; I think it's so pretty. Honestly though, when I read it I thought of a really, really white person. Like a goth, or something. To me, it's a DARK name. Not a BLACK name.
― Anonymous User  7/4/2008
Sorry to whoever, but when I think of Ebony I do think of the colour black. I would only use this name if your child is of black or coloured complexion. It just doesn't sit with a white person. I also like the name ivory which is white. :)
― Anonymous User  7/5/2008
I think in a way Ebony can be masculine. I think I am going to use Ebonyfang for a wolf in a story.
Dragon_Clarinet  7/6/2008
I think it works beautifully for both a dark-skinned person and a dark-haired person. Like Raven.
My family once had a back cat named Ebony, which is how I came to love it. I think it's juuust pet-ish enough to suit an animal without being too pet-ish to suit a human too.
not_another_Jessica  12/7/2008
Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way, main character of the worst fanfiction of all time, My Immortal.
MisquotedWarrior  6/8/2009
I don't get why someone would want their child's name to scream their race- there's nothing wrong with that, just saying. It's pretty, at the least, and good for a RP character.
Kerules  7/13/2009
I think Ebony is a nice name and I like the black wood. It can be used on people with different complexions. They could have dark hair or dark brown eyes. If you can't find a reason, you can always mention the pupil of the eye.
Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
I agree, I don't think of Ebony as a BLACK name, but a DARK name, and I think it would be perfect for anyone with dark hair. I have very pale skin, and my fiancee has black hair, and if we have a daughter with those combined qualities, Ebony is my first choice. It has a rather elegant feel to it, without being too old-fashioned.
gnatalie  11/15/2009
I'm an Ebony. I love my name - the way it is pronounced feels energetic and unique. I do get called Emily a lot though, they sound similar.
ebony99  12/20/2009
'This name is most often used by black parents' I'm surprised that statement is in there because even if it's true, it's kind of written in a racist way. Well not really racist, just not correctly written. And I know a white person with red hair named Ebony? So obviously it's used by other groups.
dancingintherain  7/17/2010
Ebony Simpson, who was abducted and murdered in 1992 when she was 9 years old. Her killer is now serving a life sentence in prison.

It may be mostly used by black parents in SOME country (possibly), but that certainly isn't the case worldwide. It's almost exclusively used by lower-middle class and working class white people and I believe would be shunned by blacks as rather embarrassing.

All the people I know called Ebony are blonde or fair-haired.
keepitreal  1/24/2011
I think it's kind of pretty, though I like it much less than Ivory. I disagree that it's a "black" name. I think it conveys a sort of darkness, but it's not necessarily "black".
Black_X  7/28/2011
1). It is not a name, 2). It screams ghetto, 3). It also screams as an "alter-ego" to a showgirl or such.
― Anonymous User  9/1/2011
Okay, I'm sorry but My Immortal ruined the name Ebony for me xD
Nekozawa  9/3/2011
This is my name and I am white with blonde hair blue eyes. I am from Australia where it was in the top 100 from the 80's to 2009 and would now be in the mid 100's. I sometimes get the but you're not black comments but that doesn't bother me. Ruby's and Amber's aren't red and orange so why do you have to be black to be an Ebony? Almost all of the time I get called Emily mostly because it was a top ten name for the year I was born. Also don't spell it Ebonie, Ebonee or Ebenny just because it means black because all of the variants mean black too. I get called Ebs, Ebie, Eb or Ebenezer Scrooge.
littlemissebony  7/22/2012
In Australia, where Ebony is currently a popular name, it is most often used by white parents.
overtheclouds  10/26/2012
Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way, the star of the infamous Harry Potter fanfic My Immortal, is a (somewhat) famous bearer.
Buneary  12/26/2012
My Immortal has ruined this name. All I can think of is Ebony with her "goffik" crap, her obsession with drinking blood, and her constant misspellings.
Buneary  3/17/2013
Wow, way to be racist. Ebony may be used by black parents but it is also used by white and other races. I petition to remove that "In America this name is most often used by black parents." sentence.

Come on, people. No other name has that kind of statement, and this one doesn't need it.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2013
My name is Ebony (middle name Jade) and I love my name. I am very fair skinned and have blonde hair. According to Australian Birth records, I'm the first Ebony born here. The name became popular about 10 years after I was born. Contrary to the posts above, I don't believe my name portrays my income status, standard of living, or ability to fit in. I have never been bullied about my name, although some find it amusing that I'm so white I probably glow in the dark, yet I have a name that means black. I'm not sure why the thought for some is that Ebony would suit a dark-skinned, rough girl from the ghetto. Are girls with the first name Jade the colour green? Are women named Amber actually orange? Does Violet have purple skin? What about names like Coral, Ruby, Hazel, and so many others? Just because it invokes a colour it doesn't mean it should only be used on someone who is that colour. I've only ever heard positive things in regards to my name. It does surprise some though since it's usually the name for someone much younger than I am. I like that name and I would have gladly chosen it for one of my daughters if it wasn't my own name.
ebonyjd  6/14/2014
I think it's a really unique name but I like Evony better.
Melys11  6/28/2014
Anyone with this name would be (somewhat) mocked by anyone who's heard of "My Immortal", the infamous Harry Potter fanfic. This isn't going to happen everywhere, obviously, but it's likely that they'll get flack about it at least once.
kvpp88  8/19/2014
Sounds like 'a bunny'.
ThatMazerunnerfan  9/6/2014
I think associating the name Ebony with black people is an American thing (for the African Americans), I'm white Australian and never been bullied etc. In fact, I've gotten soo many compliments over the years on how beautiful my name sounds, how it suits me etc. I like my name and wouldn't change it, it was an uncommon name around when I was born but seems to be more popular now.
ebbacat  9/29/2014
My name is Ebony too, many people call me ebz or eby. I'm from the uk, white, blonde/brunette with blue eyes. I was bullied for so many years over my name to the point where I hated it and decided I was changing it to Emily when I was 18. Commonly referred to as 'ebenezer' the one and only reason why I have never seen the movie, the fact that I have a twin and so many people have said don't tell me her name's ivory in a jibe way thinking they were damn right hilarious. But I compared those adults to the ones who complimented my name instead and I reached a point when I was 15 when I decided that whatever anyone said it was their problem, I love my name. It's unique, it's different, elegant, not been over-used. Although I still get the jibes, I laugh it off because it's their issue. I would happily name my daughter this in the future if I ever have one. The jibes still annoy me but now it's only because I feel so strongly about my name in a good way, I'm proud of it :)
ebs07  9/30/2014
Nice name. My only problem with it is that it honestly sounds like "A bunny." "Eh bunny" \:
― Anonymous User  11/23/2014
I am Ebony. I like my name because of the uniqueness about it. My name's double barreled as Ebony-Rose, living on a small island at the bottom of the uk, not many people have the name! I do get asked before I am met if I'm black but no one says anything after meeting me, and I always get complimented on my name.
Ebonyrosesophia  1/20/2015
My name is Ebony Alexander. Everyone tells me they love my name. Yes, I am black.
Ebony Crystal Clear  5/4/2015
One of my best friends is called Ebony. She had black hair when she was born, but it's not very dark now! Anyway, she suits it very well. Ebony sounds beautiful, and I love it! It reminds me of a diamond more than a precious kind of black wood.
― Anonymous User  9/1/2015
I love the names Ebony and Ivory, though I wouldn't name twins that.
sasha_13  9/22/2015
Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way was the name of the main character in one of the worst Harry Potter fanfictions of all time, My Immortal.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2015
The name Ebony was given to 56 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
May remind you of Embers. This name is ONLY shameful if you use it to divide religion, skin colour, etc. Because every one is DIFFERENT, and should be treated as such!
JemimaP1  7/6/2016
This is a VERY pretty name.
DundiculutNicholas  1/8/2017
Hello everybody! Just so you all know, my name is Ebony! I am indeed a 'white' Australian female with blonde hair and brown eyes... so this whole 'Ebony is a black name' is false! Let me start off by saying that I adore my name, it's reasonably unique, has a beautiful meaning and sounds wonderful with various middle and last names! Okay sure, I have been teased about my name... I have been called E-Boney, Ebay, Ebeneezer... and my personal favourite Eboner. Kids in today's society are probably going to tease children no matter what name they are given, it's a part of life. But there are so many upsides to the name Ebony as well... I don't know how many times people have complimented my name. I have had teachers, customers and many more people say how much they adore my name, it makes the small amount of teasing worth it! Besides, there is a beautiful song called "Ebony and Ivory" by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney that makes me feel special every time I hear it! And yes it's true... back in the 90's there was a poor young girl by the name of Ebony that was abducted and murdered (I was named specifically after her) but you can't let that hold you back from such a beautiful and strong name! So for those of you whom are considering Ebony as a name I advise you to appreciate the name but do not choose it (I like it being unique ;) ) Please stop discriminating against this name! Just cause it means black doesn't mean you have to be 'black' to use it! By the way, if anybody shares this name with me consider yourselves lucky... we have the best band going!
Ebyay  4/18/2017
The murder of Ebony Jane Simpson occurred in Bargo, New South Wales on 19 August 1992. Ebony was nine years old. Andrew Peter Garforth later pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

On 19 August 1992, Ebony disembarked from her school bus. Her mother, who usually met her at the bus stop, was busy that day and had arranged for Ebony’s older brother to meet her and accompany her home, after his bus reached the bus stop. But his bus arrived later than usual and Ebony was not there. Ebony, not seeing her brother at the bus stop decided to start the walk home, which was only a short distance away, and see him at home.

With her house in sight, she passed a parked car that appeared to be broken down. The car’s driver, Andrew Garforth, grabbed her, threw her in the boot and drove off to a remote dam.

Once there, he bound her with wire, raped her, weighted her schoolbag and threw her into a dam, where she drowned.

A team of over 200 volunteers and 100 police searched for Ebony. Garforth participated in this effort.
lilolaf  7/1/2017
I personally prefer Enoby (nobody will get that I’m sure).
― Anonymous User  2/1/2018

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