More than 100 purple shades with names, hexadecimal codes and RGB values
Welcome to the always growing list of purple colors with their names, HEX codes and RGB values. First of all, we have to offer some kind of definition of purple. For the majority of users, it’s a color made of blue and red, but scientists are much more strict. They, for instance, clearly distinguish between violet (another color between red and blue) and purple colors.
It is not our intention to go too much into the physical details with exact wavelengths and similar data, because the main purpose of this article is only to inform the readers about different purple shades (or, to be more specific, hues), with corresponding names, HTML codes and other info, useful to amateur or professional designers, stylists, programmers and just everybody who might be interested in naming a certain hue of purple color or finding more about its background.
Many colors, including purples, are connected with interesting stories, what gives us a lovely opportunity to present them in a readable, hopefully, amusing way with all the necessary data, which have been checked in numerous places, including dozens of international standards. Welcome in our exploration of the magic world of purple shades!
What the Word Purple Actually Means?
#800080 (128, 0, 128) Purple (HTML/CSS color)
#9B30FF (155, 48, 255) Purple 1
#912CEE (145, 44, 238) Purple 2
#7D26CD (125, 38, 205) Purple 3
#551A8B (85, 26, 139) Purple 4
All colors above are called purple, yet they don’t look the same. Similar is the story about the origin of word purple. It probably comes from Greek porphrya, used for the dye obtained from shellfish. It was used for coloring clothes even before Christ’s birth, but thanks to its cost (roughly measured by its weight in silver) mainly reserved for the wealthiest class. Romans changed the name to purpura and in the 7th century, it became purpul in Old English.
It took almost seven more centuries to use the word purpul / purple for the color, not just for a dye, as well.
#A020F0 (160, 32, 240) Purple (X11 color)
#9F00C5 (159, 0, 197) Purple (Munsell)
#85467B (133, 70, 123) Purple (AS 2700)
#4F284B (79, 40, 75) Purple (Murasaki)
#AFADD5 (175, 173, 213) Purple (BS 381)
As you already noticed, the same name is used for more or less similar colors between red and blue. Several standards were established and most of them are still in use in different areas of life. It’s obvious one single word is not enough to describe so different hues, so numerous adjectives were (and are!) used to further explain the color purple.
Different Purple Colors
Naming the colors with a dozen basic terms and set of adjectives is exactly what ISCC (Inter-Society Color Council) tried to establish in 1930. In following years the idea was adjusted and adapted until in 1955 NBS (National Bureau of Standards) published The Color Names Dictionary, where we can find colors like:
#9A4EAE (154, 78, 174) Vivid Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#D399E6 (211, 153, 230) Brilliant Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#875692 (135, 86, 146) Strong Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#602F6B ((96, 47, 107)) Deep Purple (ISCC-NBS) aka Imperial Purple
#401A4C (64, 26, 76) Very Deep Purple (ISCC-NBS)
You can imagine this is only a beginning of the list. Combinations of names and modifiers give us 267 categories, but we should know we can’t apply all modifiers to all hues. We will still present 25 different shades of purple according to just to this system.
#D5BADB (213, 186, 219) Very Light Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#B695C0 (182, 149, 192) Light Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#86608E (134, 96, 142) Moderate Purple (ISCC-NBS) aka Pomp and Power
#563C5C (86, 60, 92) Dark Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#301934 (48, 25, 52) Very Dark Purple (ISCC-NBS)
We could also include colors with adjective purplish as a modifier!
#D6CADD (214, 202, 221) Very Pale Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#AA98A9 (170, 152, 169) Pale Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#796878 (121, 104, 120) Grayish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#50404D (80, 64, 77) Dark Grayish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#291E29 (41, 30, 41) Blackish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
As we can expect, several combinations of modifiers lead to hues very close to gray, what is exactly the same situation as at watercolors, when we mix too many different hues – we’ll get brownish or grayish results.
#870074 (135, 0 ,116) Vivid Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#9E4F88 (158, 79, 136) Strong Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#702963 (112, 41, 99) Deep Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS) aka Byzantium
#54194E (84, 25, 78) Very Deep Reddish_Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#B784A7 (183, 132, 167) Light Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
Next set concludes the selection of purple shades in ISCC-NBS standard.
#915C83 (145, 92, 131) Moderate Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#5D3954 (93, 57, 84) Dark Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS) aka Dark Byzantium
#341731 (52, 23, 49) Very Dark Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#AA8A9E (170, 138, 158) Pale Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
#836479 (131, 100, 121) Grayish Reddish Purple (ISCC-NBS)
But it soon became clear this system can’t offer enough, so enthusiasts from all over the world offered more alternatives. In the world of computers numbers were by far the most popular solution in naming the colors and purple is no exception (names are for CSS / HTML):
#9370DB (147, 112, 219) Medium Purple
#AB82FF (171, 130, 255) Medium Purple 1
#9F79EE (159, 121, 238) Medium Purple 2
#8968CD (137, 104, 205) Medium Purple 3
#5D478B (93, 71, 139) Medium Purple 4
Unfortunately, numbers don’t guarantee avoidance of confusion. Several companies and organizations suggested different standards. Less known VMG World Wide is only one, yet interesting example, naming similar colors with other numbers:
#7A5DC7 (122, 93, 199) Medium Purple (VMG) aka Purple Sage Bush
#9E7BFF (158, 123, 255) Medium Purple 1 (VMG) aka Purple Mimosa
#9172EC (145, 114, 236) Medium Purple 2 (VMG) aka Crocus Purple
#8467D7 (132, 103, 215) Medium Purple 5 (VMG)
#4E387E (78, 56, 126) Medium Purple 9 (VMG)
Where are the missing numbers? Thanks for asking. Apparently they used the same codes as in CSS coding system above, but ‘moved’ some of them:
Medium Purple 3 (VMG) #8968CD (137, 104, 205)
Medium Purple 4 (VMG) #5D478B (093, 071, 139)
Medium Purple 6 (VMG) #9370DB (147, 112, 219)
Medium Purple 7 (VMG) #AB82FF (171, 130, 255)
Medium Purple 8 (VMG) #9F79EE (159, 121, 238)
See? We could go on and on with such details, but this is way more than we intend to achieve with this article about the purples.
How About Naming Even More Purples?
Another attempt to name the purple is the addition of descriptive adjective with some kind of association, which may or may not be known to the wider audience.
#524F81 (82, 79, 129) Deep Purple (BS381) aka Pageant
#5946B2 (89, 70, 178) Plump Purple (Crayola)
#9EA0D6 (158, 160, 214) Almost Purple (Porter Paints)
#AA00FF (170, 0, 255) Purple 6 (Hex3)
#D982B5 (217, 130, 181) Middle Purple (Crayola)
#990099 (153, 0, 153) True Purple (Safe Hex3)
#A63A79 (166, 58, 121) Maximum Red Purple (Crayola)
#7F38EC (127, 56, 236) Lovely Purple
#DF00FF (223, 0, 255) Psychedelic Purple aka Phlox (Maerz & Paul)
#3E2F84 (62, 47, 132) Vulgar Purple aka Grape Jelly
Knowing how precious was purple dye we are not surprised to find the name of the color so often associated with royalty and influence:
#7851A9 (120, 91, 169) Royal Purple (Crayola)
#76406A (118, 64, 106) Regal Purple (Glidden)
#66023C (102, 2, 60) Imperial Purple
#8A244E (138,36,78) Cardinal (Resene)
#E9DCE5 (233,220,229) Little Princess (Porter Paints)
Numerous color and paint makers created their own variations of purple with names alluding power and nobility.
#6C3082 (108, 48, 130) Eminence
#493F5E (73,63,94) Prince Charming (Disney)
#9678B6 (150, 120, 182) Purple Mountain Majesty
#92717C (146, 113, 124) Sovereign Purple (Sico)
#3B343C (59, 52, 60) Embassy Purple (Ralph Lauren)
Universities incorporated all kinds of purple hues in their logos. As you’ll see, you really have to have a trained eye to spot the difference between next five examples.
#4E2A84 (78, 48, 132) Northwestern Purple (Northwestern University)
#592C82 (81, 40, 136) KSU (Kansas State University) Purple aka Pantone #268
#592A8A (89,42,138) ECU (East Carolina University) Purple
#4F2D7F (79,45,127) University of Central Arkansas
#461D7C (70, 29, 124) LSU (Louisiana State University) Purple
Certain purples became signature colors of internationally successful companies:
#660099 (102,0,153) Fedex
#FF0084 (255,0,132) Flickr
#FF00BF (255,0,191) Lyft
#E20074 (226,0,116) T-Mobile
#C822B0 (200,34,176) Univision
We can also find purple in professional sports. It symbolizes power and ambition. It fuses the energy of red with authority of blue. It is also closely associated with dignity, one of the most important elements in sport, where you should know ho to take wins and losses.
#552582 (85,37,130) Lakers Purple
#724C9F (114,76,159) Sacramento Kings
#1D1160 (29,17,96) Phoenix Suns
#280353 (40,3,83) Baltimore Ravens
#3B0160 (59,1,96) Minnesota Vikings
Source or location related to purple dye is another inspiration for naming this vibrant color.
#893BFF (137, 59, 255) Aztech Purple
#BD33A4 (189, 51, 164) Byzantine
#AD97B2 (173, 151, 178) Virginia Bluebell (Sico)
#9B84A1 (155, 132, 161) Carolina Plum (Benjamin Moore)
#ECC8EC (236, 200, 236) Corfu Pink
Let’s point out only one of the purple hues in next set. Liseran purple got its name from alizarin, also called Turkey Red, the main ingredient of several dyes. Alizarin was originally made from the roots of flowers in the Madder family. It is the first natural pigment made synthetically (in 1869).
#5218FA (82, 24, 250) Han Purple
#523F6E (82, 63, 110) Izmir Purple (Sherwin-Williams)
#DE6FA1 (223, 111, 161) Liseran Purple
#682860 (104, 40, 96) Palatinate
#A2627A (162,98,122) Smyrna Purple
The most famous location by which a name of the color is given is very likely Magenta. It is named after the battle at Magenta, a town in Northern Italy. There French and Sardinian army won a battle against Austrians in 1859. It was a decisive battle, leading to important political changes. An aniline dye, discovered by French chemists Francois Emmanuel Verguin, discovered a few months earlier was named after that battle and here are several shades of Magenta:
#FF00FF (255, 0, 255)Magenta (X11, Safe 16) aka Fuchsia (Web, SVG Hex3)
#F433FF (244, 51, 255) Magenta 1
#EE00EE (238, 0, 238) Magenta 2 (Hex3)
#CD00CD (205, 0, 205) Magenta 3 (Hex3)
#8B008B (139, 0, 139) Magenta 4 (X11) aka Dark Magenta (SVG)
As you already noticed among previous hues of purples, some of them look very reddish, while others are much more blueish. Everything goes because technically each color between pure red and pure blue belongs to the purple family. Magenta is a slightly different story. It’s defined as a color made by the equal amount of red and blue.
Thanks to different amounts of green we can still expect numerous variations of magenta. When we start to vary amounts of red/blue or even allow some deviations from equal amounts of both, we soon approach to hundreds and hundreds of magenta shades in this specific subgroup of purple colors as well!
#F984E5 (249, 132, 229) Pale Magenta
#F49AC2 (244, 154, 194) Pastel Magenta
#CF71AF (207, 113, 175) Sky Magenta
#CA1F7B (202, 31, 123) Original Magenta aka Rich Magenta aka Magenta Dye
#CC00CC (204, 0, 204) Deep Magenta
#FF0090 (255, 0, 144) Process magenta aka Pigment magenta aka Printer’s magenta
#F653A6 (246, 83, 166) Magenta (Crayola)
#D0417E (208, 65, 126) Magenta (Pantone)
#FF1DCE (255, 29, 206) Hot Magenta
#8E3A59 (142, 59, 89) Quinacridone Magenta
In case you wonder how Printer’s Magenta got its name, you should know it’s one of three primary colors in a subtractive system and one of so-called three printer’s primaries (with yellow and cyan).
After 105 presented shades of purple we rest our case, but not for long. We haven’t touched the largest family of purples – flowers – at all. This is something for the near future. Stay tuned!