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The fashion model Janice Prishwalko with light auburn hair.

Auburn may be described as a hair color that is somewhere between brown hair and red hair. The word "auburn" comes from the Old French word alborne, which meant blond, coming from Latin word alburnus ("off-white"). The first recorded use of auburn in English was in 1430.[1][2]

In describing hair color, "auburn" is frequently misused as a synonym for "red", and correctly used to describe "ginger".

The chemical pigments that cause to coloration of auburn hair are frequently pheomelanin with high levels of brown eumelanin. Auburn hair is reasonably common among people of northern and western European descent, but it is rare elsewhere. This color is sometimes seen among the indigenous people of Formosa, but not the later Han Chinese immigrants.


The color auburn

The color auburn is a reddish brown color. It is similar to burgundy and maroon, although these two colors have a more reddish tint, whilst auburn has a slightly more brownish one.

Historically, the word abram was used to mean auburn, for example in early (pre-1685) folios of Coriolanus, Thomas Kyd's Soliman and Perseda (1588) and Thomas Middleton's Blurt, Master Constable (1601).[3]

In his book Germania, Tacitus, the Romanised Gaulish historian, described the hair color of the Germanic peoples as being 'rutilo', meaning auburn in Latin.

The first recorded use of auburn as a color name in English was in 1430.[4]



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— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #6D351A
RGBB (r, g, b) (111, 53, 26)
HSV (h, s, v) (7°, 67%, 45%)
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On the right is displayed the color auburn. This shade of auburn represents the color of people's hair that is naturally auburn.

Vivid Auburn

Vivid Auburn
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— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #932724
RGBB (r, g, b) (147, 39, 36)
HSV (h, s, v) (7°, 72%, 52%)
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B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

In cosmetology, a brighter, highly-saturated tint called vivid auburn is used for dyeing hair.

Auburn in human culture

A Palestinian girl with dark auburn hair.

Auburn hair occurs almost uniquely in the phenotypes originally from northern and western Europe, for example, Scandinavia, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, the Benelux countries, France, Poland, and Russia. This hair color is very rare around the Mediterranean Sea and farther south and southeast. Auburn-haired people especially in Southern Europe and North Africa is caused by migration and invasion of people from Northern Europe. Because of migration from Europe from the 16th to the 20th centuries, auburn-haired humans are also found all around the world such as in North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Siberia, etc. Emigration from Middle East and North Africa added the population of auburn-haired persons in Americas, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other parts of Africa and Europe. The Roman writer Tacitus wrote that the hair of the Germanic peoples was usually either rutilus, which is Latin for "auburn", or else "golden blond". However, the Germanic name "Schwartz" referred to people who had black hair long ago, but the Germanic name "Weiss" referred to people who had white or light blonde hair long ago, and both were carried by their descendants. The German words for the color "auburn" include the simple "rotbraun" (red-brown) and "rostrot" (rust red) to the more elaborate "kastanienbraun" (chestnut brown).

Though the word "auburn" was in use in the English language by 1430, the corrupt spelling/pronunciation abram was frequently used.[3]

In the 21st Century United States of America, the color that was chosen by the American Council on Education (ACE) to represent such fields of learning as forestry, environmental studies, and natural resource management is called, "russet,"[5] but in actual practice, colleges, universities, and suppliers of academic regalia use a very similar tint of "auburn" color.[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ "Auburn" in the Online Etymology Dictionary
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 190; Color Sample of Auburn Page 37 Plate 7 Color Sample C11
  3. ^ a b The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
  4. ^ Maerz and Paul, A Dictionary of Color, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1930, Page 190; Color Sample of Auburn, Page 37, Plate 7, Color Sample C11
  5. ^ An Academic Costume Code and An Academic Ceremony Guide, American Council on Education
  6. ^ Academic Degree Colors, Herff Jones
  7. ^

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Simple English

Auburn is a light brown or reddish-brown hair color.


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