La Roux are red haired singer Elly Jackson and her studio partner Ben Langmaid, who is a veteran of the 1990s dance scene. Jackson explained to Dummymag.com
that La Roux "means 'red haired one' in French." She added: "We didn't have a name for ages. I was racking brains about it. I knew that when the right one came along it would feel right. I wanted it to be something to do with my red hair and the fact that I'm a bit French. I also wanted it to match up to other band names in the same vein from the '80s. Finally, I wanted it to have a slightly enigmatic quality. I wanted people to be like, What does that mean? I came up with it after I went to see the guy who was designing graphics for our MySpace site. He'd just found a baby name book in the bin. I opened it and the first word that popped out was 'La Roux'. I didn't know what it meant. I just liked the way it looked. Then I looked up what it meant and I was like, Tah-dah!"