Elizabethan Color Names

Elizabethan Cloth Colors

Looking to add a bit of color to your Elizabethan dialogue? Here's a literal way of doing so. You'll instantly sound Elizabethan as you throw in such colors as "goose-turd" and "dead-Spaniard". So. go to it and paint the town "incarnate".

Bristol red
a "pleasant" red
Cane Color
yellowish tint
Carnation
a color resembling raw flesh
Crane
grayish white
Dead Spaniard
pale grayish tan
Gingerline
reddish violet
Goose-turd
yellowish green
Hair
bright tan
Incarnate
red
Isabel
light buff
Lincoln green
bright green
Lustie-gallant
light red
Maidenhair
bright tan
Milk-and-water
bluish white
Murrey
purplish red
Orange tawney
orangish brown
Peach
deep pinkish orange
Plunket
light blue
Popinjay
bluish green
Primrose
pale yellow
Puke
dirty brown
Rat
dull grey
Sad
any dark color
Sangyn
blood red
Sheep
natural
Strammel
red
Straw
light yellow
Tawney
brown tinged with yellow
Wachet
pale greenish blue
Whey
pale whitish blue
Willow
light green

Originally created 15 February 1995
by Gary Kephart