Where did the term "Ginger" come from when referring to people with red/ foxy hair? To me "Ginger" is a sort of cross between yellow and brown. I think this is usgage has crept in from England where it is largely an offensive pejorative term of abuse. It doesnt properly describe the colour of hair prevalent in Ireland which is closer to Orange. The terms "red head" and "foxy" while capable of being used in an offensive manner are at least accurate in terms of colour.