How language evolves is fascinating. According to Naming Colors certain names of color appear in a society as it grows. The order of colors appearing in a language are: black, white, red, yellow, green, blue, brown, purple, pink, orange, and gray. Not all languages have all the names of colors. The first 6 colors are a part of nature’s colors.
You can use the Online Etymology Dictionary to read more about the history of words. For example, white comes from the Old English (O.E.) word, hwit.
The word black comes from the O.E. word blÃ¦c– which is derived from the word blaken “to burn.”
This study of language is a key lesson you can use with Montessori’s Great Lessons.