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German surname, Americanized from Blau or its French cognate Bleu.


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  • Rhymes: -uː

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname from German. An anglicization of German Blau.
  2. (rare) A female given name from English, typically used in conjoined names like Bonnie Blue or Blue Bell.
  3. A male nickname, occasionally used as a formal given name.


  • 1957, Rolf Harris, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport (song)
    Play your didgeridoo, Blue.
  • 1983, Gilbert Sorrentino, Blue Pastoral, Dalkey Archive Press, published 2000, →ISBN, page 49:
    Serge is my name; some call me Blue, as you will see if you think about it, this makes my pen name, Blue Serge.
  • 2003, Mark W. Royston, The Spout Spring, iUniverse, →ISBN, page 35:
    "Uriah Blue Royston," she rolled the name over. "Uriah, I understand, but Blue?" she questioned.
    "Ann's grandfather's name was Blue, although it probably started out as 'Blew'," Peter mumbled, trying to remember the Dutch spelling.


Blue (plural Blues)

  1. A letterman at Oxford or Cambridge.
  2. (historical) A member of the Royal Horse Guards (which merged with the 1st Dragoons in 1969)
    • 1944 Noël Coward, I Wonder What Happened to Him?, first verse:
      Have you heard any news / Of that chap in the Blues / Was it Prosser, or Pyecroft, or Pimm?
  3. Synonym of British Blue (a breed of cat)
    • 2001, Alan Edwards, The New Guide to Cat Breeds (page 89)
      This Blue shows the remarkable, sleek bodyline of the breed.