The iconic sixties sitcom Gilligans Island is credited with popularizing the term ginger. This is because the popular American TV show featured a character named Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), who had red hair and pale skin.
Why is orange hair called red hair?
But really, why do we call them redheads and not orangeheads? The term redhead likely comes from the simple need to refer to redheads in English before orange used was to describe the color. In other words, humans were describing redheads before they were describing anything as being the color orange.
Is red hair considered ginger?
Red hair is the most popular hair color in the world, and whether youre natural or by choice, many redheads are called ginger and/or redhead. The words have become interchangeable, and some redheads are in an uproar about this. The term ginger originated in the UK. It was initially created to insult a redhead.