Coral comes directly from the word for the marine invertebrates whose detached exoskeletons have been used for centuries by various cultures to create jewelry. The word itself is derived from the Greek κοραλλιον (korallion).
It is also the name of an orangish-pink colour.
As a given-name, it has been in use for centuries as its Greek form of Koralia (Coralia in Late Latin) was borne by a 4th-century Christian saint and martyr.
There are records for Corilia in 16th-century England, Corelia in 17th-century England Coreyle in 16th-century Württemberg & Corille in 17th-century France.
Coral appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 between 1881 & 1992, peaking at #486 in 1888.
Other forms of the name include:
- Koraljka (Croatian)
- Coral (English, Spanish)
- Coralia (English, Late Latin)
- Corilia (English)
- Corail (French)
- Corille (French, archaic)
- Coreyle (German, archaic)
- Koralia Κοραλια (Greek)
- Korália (Hungarian)
- Coralla, Corallo (Italian)
- Koral קורל (Modern Hebrew)