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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. But a black girl named Ebony had better not speak Ebonics. That could lead to bullying in a predominantly white school.
-- 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 tacky and trashy. No offense, but I just can't picture it on a white girl. It sounds more like the name of a black girl in the ghetto who yells a lot.
-- bananarama  1/24/2010
'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

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