Rarest Eye Color in Humans

Updated on January 24, 2018
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Edmund is a biostatistician with over 10 years of experience in clinical research. He loves to study human-inherited traits.

This is one of those questions that seems like it should have an easy answer when it really doesn’t. In fact, there is some debate over what the rarest eye color actually is. This is partly because "rare” itself can be a relative term, since one eye color might be very rare in a certain part of the world and extremely common in another.

Though hard scientific evidence is hard to come by, we can say with certainty what some of the less common colors are.

What Is the Rarest Eye Color?

Eye colors from most rare to most common:
• Green, Amber and Violet/Red (these three are extremely rare)
• Black (no eyes are true black, just very dark brown)
• Blue
• Gray
• Hazel
• Brown
Green eyes are uncommon in most parts of the world
Green eyes are uncommon in most parts of the world

Green Eyes

Though the scientific research is lacking, it is very likely that green is one of the most rare eye colors worldwide. It's commonly quoted that only 2% of the world’s population has green eyes, though it’s difficult to determine where that number came from.

Even if the number is accurate, 2% of the world's 7.3 billion people is 146 million. This is roughly the population of Russia. That's not to say that green eyes aren't special, because they are! It just depends on where you happen to be. In most parts of the world, almost everyone has brown hair and eyes, with green being very rare or absent altogether.

Green eyes are sometimes confused with hazel eyes, which have both brown and green in them. To tell the difference, go into natural lighting (outside during the day), and look at your eyes compared with someone you know to have green, hazel, or brown eyes. The difference should be clear between them.

Where Do Green Eyes Originate From?

Green eyes are most common in Northern and Central Europe though they can also be found in Southern Europe as well as Western Asia. As was mentioned earlier, brown hair and eyes are dominant in most regions, though there are several countries where it is actually more common to have green or blue eyes than brown eyes.

For example, in Ireland and Scotland, 86% of the population has either blue or green eyes, and in Iceland, 89% of women and 87% of men have blue or green eyes. Among European Americans, green eyes are most common in people of recent Celtic or Germanic ancestry. Green eyes also tend to be more common in women.

Even though they're most common in Northern and Central Europe, people of any race can have green eyes.

Celebrities with Green Eyes

  • Adele
  • Emma Stone
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Clive Owen
  • Jon Hamm
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Kate Middleton
  • Gael Garcia Bernal

Some very blue eyes can appear to be violet.
Some very blue eyes can appear to be violet.

Violet and Red Eyes

This might be disappointing for some, but true violet or red-colored eyes do not occur naturally in humans. Some eyes, however, can appear to be violet under certain lighting or makeup conditions.

Elizabeth Taylor is famous for her violet eyes, though in reality she just has very blue eyes that can look violet depending on the lighting. She does, however, have a row of double eyelashes, a rare genetic mutation.

People with albinism, a condition that causes a complete lack of or very low levels of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes, sometimes appear to have violet or red eyes. This phenomenon is explained below.

Amber eyes are more common in animals than in humans.
Amber eyes are more common in animals than in humans. | Source

Also Very Rare: Amber Eyes

True amber eyes are extremely rare—they are at least as rare as green eyes or perhaps even rarer. Most people have only seen a couple of amber-eyed people in their entire life.

Amber eyes are completely solid and have a strong yellowish, golden, or russet and coppery tint. They can also contain a small amount of gold-ish gray. Some sources say that this could be due to the increased presence of a pigment called lipochrome (also known as pheomelanin).

Amber eyes are often referred to as wolf eyes because of the strong golden and yellowish color with a copper tint similar to that seen in the eyes of wolves. Besides wolves, amber eye color can also be found in other animals, like dogs, domestic cats, owls, eagles, pigeons and fish.

The Difference Between Amber and Other Eye Colors

Amber eyes are different from hazel eyes because they do not contain hints of brown, green, or orange. While hazel eyes might change color or contain flecks of red or gold, amber eyes are always a solid gold hue.

In poor lighting, it's easy to mistake someone with amber eyes for someone with hazel eyes. In natural lighting, however, you’ll see that hazel eyes tend to have two very distinct colors within the iris. They are often brown and green, and contain speckles and mixed hues.

Celebrities with Amber Eyes Include:

  • Nicole Richie
  • Nikki Reid
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Darren Criss
  • Rochelle Aytes
  • Joey Kern

Black Eyes

Contrary to popular belief, true black eyes do not exist. Some people with a lot of melanin in their eyes might appear to have black eyes depending on the lighting conditions. This is not truly black, however, but simply a very dark brown.

Hazel eyes vary between brown and green, depending on surrounding conditions like lighting.
Hazel eyes vary between brown and green, depending on surrounding conditions like lighting.

The Science Behind Eye Color

Eye color is more complicated than it might seem, as it's determined by a wide range of factors and can depend to some extent on circumstance, especially lighting.

Eye color is determined by:

  • Amount and type of melanin in the colored part of your eye called the iris
  • The density and composition of the stroma, a thin tissue in your iris
  • Lighting conditions (especially for people with light-colored eyes)

Eye Color and Genetics

Genetics determines how much pigment is present in the iris of your eye. Up to 16 different genes play a role in determining eye color though there are two main genes that have the most influence.

How Melanin Affects Eye Color

Melanin is the most common pigment, and it is found in the eyes, hair, and skin. There are several types of melanin, including pheomelanin (which looks more red and yellow) and eumelanin (which tends to look brown and black).

You might have noticed that there is no blue or green pigment mentioned, which means there is no green or blue pigment ever present in the eye. There is only one kind of pigment, melanin, and its derivatives. So how can a pigment that only produces shades of brown create eyes that look green or blue?

While the first half of eye color has to do with what's already in your eye, the other half has to do with what goes into it: Light!

How Light Affects Eye Color

Your iris has two layers, a front and a back one, and in between those is a thin layer of tissue called the stroma, which has proteins in it (namely collagen). This will become important later.

Everyone has some kind of pigment in their iris, which usually includes a layer of melanin on the back of the iris. The only exception to this is for some people with albinism, who completely lack pigment in their iris.

So, technically speaking, everyone (cases of albinism excepted) has the same eye color. The difference comes with how it's perceived, which is due to the amount and type of melanin in the front layer of the iris and how light interacts with it.

Melanin Content and Eye Color

Eye color
Melanin Presence on Front Layer of Iris
Melanin Presence on Back Layer of Iris
Dominant Pigment Type
Brown
Heavy
Normal
Eumelanin
Blue
Light
Normal
Eumelanin
Gray
Even less than blue
Normal
Eumelanin
Green
More than blue eyes, less than brown
Normal
Pheomelanin
Hazel
More than green, less than brown
Normal
Pheomelanin and Eumelanin
Amber
Heavy
Normal
Pheomelanin
Red or Violet
None or extremely little
None or extremely little
n/a

Biology Behind the Color: Eye by Eye

Blue Eyes

Blue-eyed people have no or little melanin on the front layer of the iris, so as light goes through the eye, it hits the back of the iris and then reflects out. As it goes through the stroma, the presence of proteins causes blue light to scatter, which makes the eye look blue.

This phenomenon (the scattering of light by particles much smaller than the wavelength of radiation) is called Rayleigh scattering, and it's the same reason the sky appears to be blue.

Gray Eyes

Unfortunately, we don’t really know why people have gray eyes. There are, however, some theories on where gray eyes come from:

  • Gray-eyed people could have an even smaller amount of melanin in their eyes than blue-eyed people.
  • They could have a different composition of the stroma that causes the light to scatter differently.

Brown Eyes

Brown-eyed people have melanin in both parts of their irises, so the effect of the light-scattering cannot be seen. The eyes appear darker because more light is absorbed, and variations in color and shade of brown come from the amount of melanin present.

Green Eyes

The front iris layer of green-eyed individuals has only a small amounts of melanin which tends to be the red or yellowish pheomelanin. Since the melanin concentration is very low, the light scattering effect gives off a blue color, which mixes with the yellowish color of the pheomelanin, making the eye look green.

Amber Eyes

Amber eyes get their color from the increased presence of lipochrome (pheomelanin) in the iris.

Red or Violet Eyes

People with albinism are often considered to have violet or red eyes. However, the truth is a little more complicated. Albinism is a condition that causes people to have a lack of pigment in their hair, skin, and eyes. Since people with albinism lack pigment in their iris, light can bounce off the back of the eye and exit the eye.

The light usually reflects back red because of the blood vessels at the back of the retina. Eyes can look violet when this red color combines with the bluish color of the iris that results from a lack of melanin, and the aforementioned light-scattering effects.

In fact, the reason the eyes look red is the same reason you might have red-eye in a photograph, which results from light reflecting off the back of the eye and passing back out through the iris. In normal eyes and lighting conditions, light cannot exit the eye like this.

Why is the Sky Blue (Same Reason Eyes Are Blue)

Why Eye Color Appears to Change

Many people with blue, green, or hazel eyes commonly notice that their eyes change color depending on:

  • Lighting
  • What they’re wearing
  • Makeup
  • Mood

This is because blue and green eyes get their color from the quality and quantity of light, not from pigment.

Thus, different lighting conditions will change the quality of the eye. Mood can change the size of the pupil, which might make the iris appear to be a different color. The quantity of melanin is not changing, but simply the way that the light is reflecting and scattering through the iris.

Can You Change Your Eye Color Naturally?

A baby's eye color can change in the first couple of years. After that, the eye color will most likely remain the same and the only way to change the appearance of your eye color is through makeup, clothing, lighting, and color contacts.

Putting honey in your eyes will not change your eye color permanently, though it could cause you to go blind. The reason some people see their eye color change from honey is due to the inflammation of the cornea as it tries to remove it from the eye.

Can I Find Out What My Child's Eye Color Will Be?

Unfortunately, it's impossible to predict with certainty what a child's eye color will be. In fact, scientists still don't have a way to accurately guess eye color since there are up to sixteen different genes that could be responsible for helping to determine eye color.

Though scientists used to believe that it was a relatively simple case of blue eyes being a recessive gene, and brown eyes being a dominant gene, it's now been found that eye color is determined by as many as 16 different genes. In fact, almost any combinations of parent-child eye color can occur. In general, darker colors tend to dominate lighter colors.

That said, we do know that the main genes found to determine eye color are OCA2 and HERC2. There is a fun tool that you can use to try to guess your future baby's eye color based on your eyes, your siblings' eyes, and your parents eyes.

Here's the eye-color calculator if you want to give it a try!

This is a good example of heterochromia.
This is a good example of heterochromia.

Other Color Variations

There are other variations that can occur in eye color aside from basic color. As you've learned, the iris is a complicated place! Its color comes from the combined effect of texture, pigmentation, fibrous tissue and blood vessels within the iris and stroma. Here are some other eye variations that can occur.

Heterochromia

This is where one eye is differently colored from another one, or one iris has different colors in it. Kate Bosworth is a good example of this. This results from uneven melanin content.

If you look closely, you'll see that many eyes have a limbal ring around the iris.
If you look closely, you'll see that many eyes have a limbal ring around the iris.

Limbal Ring

A limbal ring is a dark ring around the iris of an eye. Since they fade with age, they usually signify youth and are considered attractive.

Eye Color Is Not Black and White

If you look at your friends’ eyes, you might find it hard to figure out exactly what color they are. Many eyes look like they have different colors toward the middle versus towards the edge, or have small variations around the iris.

This is especially true for people with lighter colored eyes. You might also notice flecks of color in them. Each of this is part of what makes each eye extremely unique. Irises (like fingerprints) are highly unique. Even genetically identical people, like twins, have different iris textures.

The more you look at eyes, the more you'll notice how unique each and every one is. So just remember that your eyes are special, no matter what color they are!

So, what is the rarest eye color in humans?

Unfortunately, there is no eye color that has been fully agreed upon as the rarest, though green-eyed and amber-eyed people are both extremely rare. In fact, the rarest eye color is different in different geographical locations. In some parts of the world, green eyes are rarer than amber eyes or vice versa.

Most people consider green to be the rarest eye color in the world, though many others consider amber to be even more unusual. Therefore, it’s safe to say that either green or amber is the rarest color in the world.

However, If you look at the eye as a whole and not only the color given off by the iris, then violet eye color with little dispute is probably even rarer than green or amber eye colors.


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      Danielle 24 hours ago

      I have regular brown eyes, although they are very dark. In a light that provides you to see properly, my eyes look like a regular brown, just a little darker. When I’m in a room that is dark or either has ok lights, if you didn’t look carefully, my eyes seem the same color as my pupil. I’ve seen many people who have this, and I do wish to have rarer eyes.

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      J.M.G. 5 days ago

      My eyes are blue although sometimes it seems that they have a lot more green than they used to have, when I was a kid. When I was a kid my hair was blonde and had been getting darker for some reason, well now it is turning gray. Well at least my eyes won’t be gray, I hope not anyway.

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      Liz Elias 7 days ago from Oakley, CA

      Very interesting! Though the results of your poll seem do belie the color green as being the rarest. My eyes are green; but they changed as I aged. I had blue eyes as a child, and into my late teens, when I became of age for a driver's license, I listed my eye color as blue, for it was.

      However, the older I got, the less blue and the more green my eyes became, so that I now, (and ever since my mid-30s), have to list my eye color as green, not blue.

      I'm not sure how that is explained.

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      HTTYDGDQ 8 days ago

      My mother always says I have beautiful eyes. They change from day to day and are almost never a noticeable solid color. For in stance today (April 19) my eyes were a mixture of green, blue, and outlined with a gray ring. I look in the mirror and it was pretty cool. I actually can't settle on one color. I don't believe it's based on moods unless green means confused or blue is mad. One day I had 3 colors in my eyes, and it wasn't mixed. My eyes were divided into three parts. Blue, green, and brown. Is have to admit they were pretty awesome.

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      ???? 10 days ago

      My eyes actually are never the same color, so it's hard to say what they truly are. I've had light blue, teal, steel blue, yellow, dark blue, grey, and emerald green iris's and this is a mutation that my Mother, brother, and my sister have.

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      Skye 10 days ago

      My eyes are blue-green . They are very rare.

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      Luna 10 days ago

      A blue eyed mom and a brown eyed dad had a child. 1st daughter was blue eyed. Both adult were brunettes. Daughter had blonde hair. 2nd daughter was like dad. I'm the recessive child.

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      Amy Ercole 2 weeks ago

      Alright, I’ve been scouring the Internet forever trying to find someone like me. I have red hair, and one blue eye and one greenish/hazel with a tiny teeny spot of blue in it. Apparently red hair and blue eyes are the rarest genetic combination, which has always left me wondering where that leaves me, and if there’s anyone else out there who shares both of these mutations! Thank you!

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      sharanjeet singh (sharan baath) 2 weeks ago

      My eyes are the most unique in the world. My eyes are an amberish hazel color it’s weird and brown (i dnt knw which type of my eyes) , but when it is it lighting its brown and if it night or very dark they appear to be black.

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      Maria Stella Bagaipo 2 weeks ago

      My eyes are black and optometrists find it quite hard to locate my pupils whenever I have my eyes examined and refracted for my eyeglasses.

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      Uchiha Itachi 3 weeks ago

      My eyes are the most unique in the world. My eyes are red and there are three tomoe. I can change the shape of my eyes to what my father said "Mangeyō Sharing an". You lower human beings shall bow down in front of me.

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      luna 3 weeks ago

      i have hazel eyes but when it is it lighting its brown and if it night or very dark they appear to be black.

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      Laura 3 weeks ago

      I have blue eyes sometimes grey. So does my sone . We also I think it's a double white where our eyes ball has a light blue coating then white, thereso got to be an old wives tail about it. But my boys eyes are started lingerie blue they are amazing. I had this when I was young all I was named was blue eyes. My bother has green brown and amber eyes my dad was blue. Brothers brown other blue.

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      Jen 3 weeks ago

      My right eye is green with brown central heterochromia (green but brown around the middle, a bit like a limbal ring but more intense) and my left eye has segmental heterochromia where it’s half green and half brown

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      Aria Rose 3 weeks ago

      Also actually in bright lights they’re an amberish hazel color it’s weird

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      Aria Rose 3 weeks ago

      I have like, Black eyes but my mom has amberish hazel eyes and my dad has brownish eyes. My eyes look golden when in certain lightning which is odd. I’ve always wanted amber eyes instead of black because although black is rare it looks plain and ugly on me lol. I’m tan mostly white with like black hair it’s weird. I’m 12 but I’m hoping my eyes turn amber or hazel like my brothers when I’m older. Is it possible? Also some articles say every race that isn’t Caucasian has black eyes but my schools mostly Asians and they don’t have my eye shade. It’s rlly weird. Halp

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      Amaryllis925 3 weeks ago

      I have central heterochromia. I have brown streaks around the pupil and the rest of my eye is green. I also have a limbal ring around the pupil that looks like a dark blue.

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      Strong girl 4 weeks ago

      I have amber gold eyes and have never seen anyone with eyes like mine. They are very pretty i am lucky.

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      Nnoelle 4 weeks ago

      All eye colors are beautiful

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      Claire 4 weeks ago

      My eyes are the strangest things. I either have a very large black pupil that takes up almost all of my eye, grey around the black, then dark blue or I have very small pupils and ice blue or royal blue. My eyes change color.

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      Anonymous 4 weeks ago

      My eyes are dark dark brown, some people think they are black.

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      4 weeks ago

      i wish i could have cool eyes, all my features are basic :(

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      Meadowheart 4 weeks ago

      My eyes are dark brown. Boring, normal, brown. I wish I had green or amber eyes . . . but I don't, and I can't change it.

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      Me 4 weeks ago

      Savage? No one cares. Stop putting people down. Why do you even care what their eye colour is? Does it really affect you that much?

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      Savage 4 weeks ago

      Stop saying you have green eyes, because you don’t. You just want people to think you’re special, but my eyes are successfully confirmed green. You say you have green eyes, but you really have hazel. Why can’t you get them tested?

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      :o 5 weeks ago

      Friends say that i have gray/grey eyes or 'OMG THOSE EYES LOOK RARE', my papa says they are aqua, my mother says they are blue, stranger/bullies (Idk what they think, but I think I would know) my say, 'Are those color contacts?' My Mother has green eyes, and My father has blue eyes, my brother.. well maybe a mix. I look into my mother eyes, it looks green-ish gray-ish. BUT MY EYES STILL REMAIN A MYSTERY

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      Jeremie N 5 weeks ago

      I have green eyes whitch get darker to the outside and whitch are golden in the middle

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      Ace 6 weeks ago

      My eyes are light green. In some lights, they apparently appear yellow-green or even gold. I am blonde, and more than once, people have said: Your eyes are the same color as your hair!

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      Eye color? 6 weeks ago

      My eyes are fully green yet they have a slight brown ring around them and a blue outer ring. They never change color and are always the same color. Is it green heterochima? Or what?

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      Alli 6 weeks ago

      Its a bit weird, my eyes are blue but when I blink and pull my eye up it turns grey, and then to a blue-ish green and then back to blue.

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      Mysterious Me 7 weeks ago

      I have two different eye color on my left eye is green and the other is blue.

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      LoneTimberWolf 7 weeks ago

      And the LoneTimberWolfGirl comments were me I didn't realize I wasn't logged in

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      LoneTimberWolf 7 weeks ago

      Just realized that over 8000 people who voted have amber eyes though

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      LoneTimberWolfGirl 7 weeks ago

      My eyes are amber, but as they are a darker shade of amber, per say, people confuse my eyes for dark brown. doesn't help that my eyes change drastically with my mood. My eyes confuse me. But i know i was born with relatively *black* eyes. And now i am definitely positive that they are amber, but darken and lighten with my mood. On top of this, I have the MC1R mutation, yay i've got my red locks as my scottish and irish ancestors. Idk though I have a lot of recessive genes. My eyes are just weird

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      S Maree 7 weeks ago

      Blue, although right eye has a heterochromia brown spot. Had a green-eyed kitty with a heterochromia spot of amber. We were soul-sisters! One young eye doctor was fascinated with my spot. He asked me if I always had it or felt anything different. All I could tell him was that I always had it & no, never noticed anything odd. You'd think they'd teach that kind of stuff to them!

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      Wat is my lyf even? 7 weeks ago

      I have green eyes with brown in the middle. I also have a yellow dot and a brown-blackish dot on each eye. Should I say that my eye color is rare or not??

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      The Snow Leopard 7 weeks ago

      I found this article very intresting! I hope you write many more!

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      Sirsheep 8 weeks ago

      I have a mix of blue, green, and hazel is that rare?

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      MickieJ0729 8 weeks ago

      I have green eyes with brown dots. My nephew says they look like kiwi.

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      Tiffanie 8 weeks ago

      I have a dark brown around the iris while hazel on the edge. My eyes also look like they're cyber-genetically engineered. Why?

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      Sofia 2 months ago

      I have gray eyes but with hint of blue what should I call that

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      Roll Tide 2 months ago

      My husband has seas blue eyes with yellow stars in the middle. He has very good night vision, and amazing peripheral vision. His family supposedly existed in Scotland before the Scots, then became Scottish Lords, and later English Lords. His mom's family is the last of an ancient line of German royals of the masculine Germans. He was told his odd eyes came from Egypt; perhaps from a famous Egyptian ruler or something: with some of that person's children leaving Egypt. We did a DNA search, and he does have a lot of German, Scotch, English, Viking, and Greek DNA. He also has over 2% Egyptian oddly enough. Our research indicates he does seem to be descended from Scotch and English lords, as well as ancient German royalty. Surprisingly; it appears history states his family did exist in Scotland before the Scots arrived. When he was young my husband was extremely strong, athletic, and very intelligent. He also has a large head, which has an odd somewhat pointed elongated section in the back, which he tries to hide with hair and hats.

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      No name 2 months ago

      I'm confused about your ranking of the rarity of eye colors.

      You listed green, amber, and red/violet first as they are extremely rare. Then you list black second but also said that NO eyes are true black.

      Black then should not have been on the list and just add a note that no true eyes are black.

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      Lisa 2 months ago

      What if you central heterochromia, so technically have two eye colors in same eye on both? I never know what to say when people ask me my eye color. The part around pupil is brown and my iris is a turquoise or greenish blue. It is not very blue, but not green. However, when I say they're blue, people want to argue with me and tell me they're green. But they can't be, since nobody has green eyes in my family and it has its own special gene I thought. They're more like a murky blue green turquoise. So turquoise or blue/green should be on here, because I think there's lots of people who have my color eyes but there's never a category for it, yet there's one for yellow and violet, but I've never seen yellow eyes on a person. Oh well, "Other" it is then...

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      Kameron 2 months ago

      The main color of my eyes are grey and the ring around the inside of the eye is brown and the outer ring is green and I have flecks of gold around the grey parts of my eye

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      Kelly 2 months ago

      My eyes change color, I was born with Amber eyes, which changed to black, then to blue, and now are brown. My eyes now change color depending on my mood, but on of my eyes is BIG time lighter than the other.

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      Jancie 2 months ago

      I have super dark eyes and practically nobody can see the color.

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      Larry 2 months ago

      My son has one eye that is half blue half brown the other eye is half blue half greyish white

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      Michael Reasner 2 months ago

      My eyes are 4 colors. Violet ring, green with blots of amber/gold and grey in the center. The grey is shaped like earth's Land mass. The first picture is one of the first human beings I have found to have some sort of comparison.

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      L E Chase 2 months ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting article! My son and I both have green eyes with gold around the pupil. My son actually has more gold than I do. We have both heard that we have Johny Depp "mad hatter eyes." lol.

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      A magical person 2 months ago

      My friends are always having arguments about what my eye colour is, to be honest nobody really knows. One of my friends say they're yellow, another says they're bright blue, another says they're green and then another says they're grey. I really don't know. My eye color changes on a daily basis for no apparent reason. People have gotten used to my eyes changing colour now but they still do have the odd argument about it now and again. It's kinda getting annoying so here I am trying to do some research. Wish me luck xD

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      Norwegian dude 2 months ago

      My eyes are green with a golden color radiating from the pupil, i'm pretty sure i have Green eyes with central heterochromia.

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      georgia 2 months ago

      @Michelle

      I have blue green eyes, my eyes are green but with a blue circle around them and moving inward where you can see the blue color under the green color nearer towards my pupil. My ID just classifies me as having green eyes.

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      ernesto 2 months ago

      I have Hazel green I wish I had blue eyes because i like blue at least Hazel is semi rare more rare then brown

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      Mira 2 months ago

      I have Yellow eyes and i never knew they where rare

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      Michelle 3 months ago

      what about blue-green? I always thought they were hazel or the idea hazel mean brown-green or blue green. But that does not seem to be the case. So where does blue-green go and what do you put on your passport?

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      Person 3 months ago

      Ok so my left eye is blue and my right eye is half blue and green are my eyes rare or normal?

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      Es 3 months ago

      Why is blue eyed people considered rare? My eyes are a blueish gray sometimes then a blue or just a pale blue. And i am not kidding, it is possible

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      Renshaw03 3 months ago

      I have really really light blue eyes and depending on the light they sometimes look a little bit white with a blue tint

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      Keisha 3 months ago

      In the daytime i have eyes while at night i gold orange eyes

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      Thalia 4 months ago

      I have darkish brown eyes they look like milk chocolate sort of I have a limbal ring. My eyes seem to have gold flecks but I'm not sure if they do. My little brother had misty grey eyes that would turn sky blue when he cried. Now he has light blue eyes that turn light green when he cries. Some times they look silver blue still.

      I have a friend who has what I think is hetrochromia she has well I think green blue eyes with gold flecks and a brown patch in the upper right corner. I also have another friend who has amber eyes.

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      Charlotte 4 months ago

      My eyes are yellow and green, does that mean i have hazel eyes?

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      ryan 4 months ago

      Sahar, because black is the lack of light. it's a shade not a colour. some eyes may appear black but are really dark brown.

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      Sahar 4 months ago

      Whay we dont have a real black eyes? Can you explain that ?

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      Devi 4 months ago

      I have amber colored eyes. I receive comments every day about how they have never seen the color before. My sister has green eyes.

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      Kitty Kapec 4 months ago

      I have wondered and looked at my eyes for years and told by a doctor that my eyes are blue hazel, everywhere I look there's no such thing as that

      My eyes are not just natural blue-gray-green

      They change not just to lighting or what I'm wearing or mood there're different every time with a mind of their own

      My eyes change fifferents shades of blues sometimes a dark purple, greens, grays, even go black or even a couple times I woke up one day they turned a copper brown what my eyes are but theres the thing a site couldn't tell me and a eye specialist/doctors couldn't tell me either

      What are my eyes?

      They aren't solid color I either have a green, blue or brown middle near the pupils

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      Emily 4 months ago

      Hi.

      My family is middle-eastern and they all have brown eyes. I, however, have what people call "true grey" eyes. They're not blue-grey. They're silver, almost white. They'll go from silver to a really dark graphite almost black. In my passport photo my eyes are a solid black, and I assure you my eyes aren't brown. Interesting thing though, I read a study that showed pure grey eyes coming from a mutation of brown in the middle-east and south east Asia. Which would explain why my eyes will look brown in warm light and silver in cold light.

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      Sheila 4 months ago

      My eyes are mostly green with gold specks. Although if the lighting is right they can have a blueish tint. People who live or spend a lot of time with me often notice the frequent changes of my eye color.

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      Anonymous 4 months ago

      My eyes are amber, and that makes me feel good because of it's rareness.

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      slate 5 months ago

      my eyes are blue but gray is taking over and the outside rim is black like dark black on top of light gray and hidden blue...

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      Lucy 5 months ago

      My eyes are green with brown spots, I think it is very unusual.

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      Madeline 5 months ago

      My parents used to say that my eyes were blue but they have a tendency to turn grey in different lighting or if I am tired. Why is this? Also I have a really tan rim around my pupil and flecks of dark brown throughout though it's not very evident. Does this make my eye colour blue, grey or blue hazel?

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      Verushka 5 months ago

      My eyes are grey and blue with a dark ring around them my eye changes with my mood my clothing

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      ThisRandomKid 5 months ago

      I'm random aka alien

      lol jk no i have really really dark brown eyes, almost black

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      Karli 5 months ago

      My mom has hazel eyes that are 90% green with a brown ring on the outside and some brown flecks, my dad has blue eyes. I was born with blue eyes but as I got older, (I'm 14 now) my eyes have been getting greener like my moms. Right now, my eyes are blue on the outside with green in the middle and a golden brown ring in the center around my pupil.

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      Grace 5 months ago

      My eyes are blue with a hazel limbal ring. They appear lighter or darker depending on what I am wearing.

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      Cindy Donahey 5 months ago

      I was around people who studied variable eye color in African Americans in the continental United States. They thought race mixing had gone on in the 1500 and 1600s, when members of these other white races were sent to live with slaves. The men survived better than the women. In general they were considered especially attractive to the point of being evil. Some still have turquoise, blue beyond blue, and amber eyes. These eye colors could be dominant over brown, simply mute, or pop up unexpectedly. Yellow muted into amber. The people with goat green eyes died out. They were treated the worst. The fairy Irish had blue beyond blue eyes.

      I did see a young white man with an African American wife. Their child did have

      his blue beyond eyes with no evidence of mute.

      The woman wh0 played the boss in ugly Betty has muted turquoise eyes with chestnut hair.

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      Kate (Fake) 5 months ago

      One time in class the teacher said find someone with the same eye color as you. I went without a partner that day

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      Catya (Fake) 5 months ago

      I have Green eyes, and I am from a strong German ansestory. My dad was 100% and had brown eyes, my mom was 50% and had Green eyes. My moms family ether has what we call the (insert last name) family eyes. The family eye color is green and everyone who doesn't have it is blue. My younger brother has brown eyes like my dad though. My older brother has green eyes.

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      Lizard 5 months ago

      I have brown/brown hazel eyes, but I think they're pretty great. !

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      josh 5 months ago

      I have green eyes now but my eye color has changed like three times now is this normal

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      Luna 6 months ago

      I have blue eyes, and a prominent yellow ring around my pupil. I've never seen anyone with blue eyes that has a ring like this, I was just wondering what it was .-.

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      Danielle 6 months ago

      I have blue eyes and everyone in my family for a couple generations has blue eyes, but I've noticed our eyes still look different. I have light blue somewhat grey looking eyes with dark circles around them and some darker blue flecks while one of my brothers has blue that looks like the ocean and my mother has a very solid blue that people think is from colored contacts. Eye color is very interesting.

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      Harold 6 months ago

      I have dark Brown eyes and Im 14 there have a posible to change my eye?

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      Safiya Shah 6 months ago

      I have dark brown eyes, but nobody can’t ever tell if they are black or coffee brown

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      Andrew 6 months ago

      I have partial-heterochromia. My eyes are blue, but half of my left eye is green.

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      Aaron White 6 months ago

      I'm from Ireland and I am 15 years old.All my friends and family have distinct eye colors but I am the only person with dark brown eyes.It makes me feel unique even though I am not :0

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      Jessica Saneton 6 months ago

      I have Hazel eyes. Up to 10 years old I had normal brown colored eyes but once I turned 11 they slowly transitioned into Hazel. Which I found strange but rolled with it because of all the compliments I got. Interesting Fact: When I'm sad, angry, happy, basically anything besides normal my eyes are more green than brown but when I'm feeling nuetrukl they are more brown, in fact you have to look closely to see the green.

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      Edmund Custers 6 months ago

      Hi Ava, thanks for your comment. The 21% is most likely because green-eyed people are curious about their eye color and more likely to land on this page than others. Hence the percentages in the poll may not represent the distribution in the general population. Cheers!

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      ava 6 months ago

      my eyes are grey, and they change from blue to green to gray over and over. i love my eye color and it’s so unique. but i like how they said green was the rarest eye color when 21% of people has them lol

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      Aamya Petite. 6 months ago

      I'm only eleven, I don't wanna die! Help me, my eyes are changing color every thirty seconds, or so!

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      Christianna 6 months ago

      When I was a baby my eyes were light brown and over time darkens and now I have the black eyes but if I look in a bright light they look like they are amber hazel.

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      Alexya Davis Collins 6 months ago

      i have hazel eyes one of the rarest colors i was very happy to learn this from my mom my eyes change from green to brown or brown to green i have Aspergers so this was very exciting

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      sophia 6 months ago

      I have very odd eyes my eyes are gray but they change to sea foam green depending on what cloths I am wearing or my mood, my right eye also has a speck of brown right below my pupil

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      chell 6 months ago

      I have amber eyes, I never knew that was a color until last year my eye doctor told me I have the rarest eye color in humans. it was amazing to learn this.

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      just kixin 6 months ago

      hey its pretty obvi that blue is the rarest i see green all the time n blue is like whoa when i do see it thanks

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      David Sillyman 7 months ago

      Good evening all of whom are interested in eyes!

      I have three eyes, 2 are blue with yellow around the pupils the third eye is brown but does vary in colour depending on my eating habits.

      Thanks for listening :)

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      jane 7 months ago

      have you heard of subliminal? do they work on eye changing naturally

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      Alpha 7 months ago

      Thank you Edmund Custer's, I just recently got interested with the human eye and found out about my best friends eyes, and what color they really are. :)

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      Edmund Custers 7 months ago

      Hello Alpha, I think this kind of change is rare in brown eyes, and even rarer in dark brown eyes due to their higher concentration of melanin. This is because they are less likely to be influenced by surrounding factors such as the lighting of your environment, color of your clothes ..., etc.

      Just like you, I haven't met anyone with dark brown eyes experiencing such changes. If you are worried or want to know more, I think it would good to check with your doctor, especially to be sure that the "slight red color" is nothing to worry about. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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