Friday, August 24th, 2012
It seems like every band has some ballad dedicated to their favorite girl. Here are a few cool options to consider—though keep in mind that you’re likely dooming your daughter to endless serenades with these classics.
Beth Hard-rock heavyweights KISS showed their tender side with this sweet ballad back in the 70s. It inspired the name of Puck and Quinn‘s daughter on Glee, and may be worth exploring for your daughter—either as its own name, or a nickname for the traditional Elizabeth.
Rhonda The Beach Boys’ classic “Help Me, Rhonda” is like sunshine in song form—and it’s a perfect moniker for a future beach babe. The name Rhonda means “noisy one,” and reached its peak in popularity around the time that the Beach Boys’ classic hit the charts.
Roxanne Yeah, the Police song may be all about a guy obsessed with his prostitute girlfriend. But it’s still a stellar song and a stellar name, that means dawn.
Delilah The Plain White Tees had a huge hit with “Hey There, Delilah,” a sweet acoustic number about a true-blue girlfriend—a far cry from the name’s start as a Biblical schemer who was Samson’s downfall.
Alison Elvis Costello’s cool ballad about the girl who got away may be a little bit of a downer, but it’s a great name that means “noble,” and currently sits in the top 250 names in the U.S.
Prudence What better to choose than a classic Beatles tune? With lines like “The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so are you, Dear Prudence,” you can picture this song as the perfect lullaby for your new baby. Prudence fits in with that whole virtue-as-a-name trend, but it hasn’t hit the top 1000 names in the U.S. since the Beatles hit our shores.
Sheena The Ramones’ classic song, “Sheena is a Punk Rocker,” may help inspire your daughter’s more rebellious side. It’s the Irish take on “Jane,” and means “God is gracious.”
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Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Sure, you can name your baby after a favorite rock star—but why not simply opt for a name mentioned in a favorite song? (That way, you already know the words to a perfect pre-bed serenade!) Here are a few boy’s names to consider:
Jude “Hey Jude” may be the most famous song about a guy ever written. This is the perfect choice for the offspring of a Beatles fan—it’s a shortened form of Judas, and means “praise.”
Ziggy Ziggy was David Bowie’s alter ego, and led to one of his earlier hits, “Ziggy Stardust,” ranked number 277 on the top 500 rock songs of all time by Rolling Stone. It’s a nickname for Siegfried, and means “victorious.”
Levon Elton John sang a ballad about Levon back in the 70s—and became one of his early hits. It also was one of the middle names he chose for his son, born in 2010. It’s a name that means lion.
Jeremy One of Pearl Jam’s biggest hits (and also one of the last that the rockers actually created a video for), this song tells the story of a bullied boy who exacts his revenge. It’s a powerful song, and the name, which means “God will uplift,” is well worth considering.
Jack Jack shows up in numerous cool songs—there’s “Jumping Jack Flash” by the Rolling Stones, “Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp, and of course, “Hit the Road, Jack” by Ray Charles. It’s also one of the most popular names, currently in the top 50 in the U.S.
Kenneth “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” was a big hit for R.E.M. back in the 90s—one of my favorite bands and one of my favorite names (it’s my dad’s!). Kenneth is a top 200 baby name, that means “handsome.”
Jessie “Jessie’s Girl” is one of those so-cheesy-it’s-cool songs from the 1980s, sung by actor-turned-rocker Rick Springfield (younger folk might know him better for his acting on Californication—or might remember the song from one of the most disturbing scenes in the film Boogie Nights). This spelling is a less-popular version (currently ranking in the 600s) of the name Jesse, which currently resides in the top 150 baby names in the country.
Mickey One-hit wonder Toni Basil rocked this song in the early 80s, a cheerleader’s romp proclaiming “Oh, Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind.” Of course, the name may be more synonymous with Disney’s ubiquitous mouse, but it’s an alternative to the ever-popular Michael.
What do you think? Do any of these names work for you—or is there a boy’s name anthem I missed?
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