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Rock Star Baby Names: Girls’ Edition

Friday, July 27th, 2012

While rock may have started out as a boys’ club, there have been more than enough girls who rocked out to give us some interesting name choices for the ladies as well. Here’s a few favorites:

Aretha The queen of soul demands respect—and this Greek name, which means virtuous, is the perfect choice for a very confident lady.

Janis This variation on Jane (which means God’s gift) was the moniker for the electrifying 60s singer Janis Joplin. It hasn’t hit the top 1000 since the early 70s, so it’s ripe for a comeback.

Joan Joan Jett was one of the pioneer women in hard rock, whether with her band the Runaways, or on her own. The name, which means “God is gracious,” hasn’t been in the top 1000 in over a decade, and has plenty of other legends associated with it, beyond Miss Jett: We’re talking Joan Crawford, Joan Baez, and Joan Rivers.

Stevie Stevie Nicks, who was singer for the legendary Fleetwood Mac before she went solo, was actually originally named Stephanie. I’m digging the idea of skipping the Stephanie, though, and going right for this nickname. (For the record, Stephanie means crown, and is currently in the top 150 baby names.)

Alanis This cooler version of Alana is an Irish name that means “harmony,” making it perfect for your budding musician. Alanis Morrissette is the rocker who made it famous.

Yoko People often blame this musician/artist for breaking up the Beatles, but her name means “good girl” in Japanese.

Beyonce This unique moniker for the singer/actress is actually a variation on her mother’s maiden name, Beyince, which is a Creole last name that was in danger of dying out—now it may live on through parents who are fans of her daughter.

Sinead She’s had a colorful and offbeat life (remember when she joined the priesthood of a renegade offshoot of the Catholic Church?), but the bald rocker responsible for hits like “Mandinka” and “Nothing Compares to U” has a much more traditional Celtic name that means “kind.”

Have you named your daughter after a famous rock star? Which one did you choose to honor?

Photo: Girl with Guitar, by Bedrin /

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Rock Star Baby Names: Boys’ Edition

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

If coolness is a factor in your baby-naming decision, you can’t get much cooler than naming your kid after a rock-and-roll icon. Of course, many of rock-and-roll’s biggest legends have perfectly standard names (George, Paul and John, for instance)—but if you don’t want to go for subtlety, these names will definitely stand out in the crowd:

Elvis You can’t get much bigger or better than the King of Rock n’ Roll himself. Rocker Declan McManus chose this as his stage name (you know him as Elvis Costello), making this name doubly rocking.

Ace This name is currently in the top 600 boys’ names, which means there may be an awful lot of KISS fans out there—Ace was the original lead guitarist. Since the name means top-notch, you may love it even if you don’t want to rock and roll all night.

Ziggy Sure, this name is also connected to an old comic strip character. But given its association with the legendary David Bowie (Ziggy was his glammed up alter ego during the 70s), and with reggae star Ziggy Marley (Bob’s son), it’s an intriguing name choice.

Hendrix Following the surname as first name trend, give your son the last name of one of rock’s most edgy guitarists. If you’re not quite ready to go full-bore on this, try James and use Jimi as the nickname.

Prince Michael Jackson may have given his son this name, but that shouldn’t stop you from honoring one of rock’s most talented musicians with your name choice (just don’t go with his unpronounceable symbol name instead!).

Bowie Another homage to David Bowie—this is a sharp name for your son (it also has an association with a type of fighting knife).

Lennon One half of the creative force behind the Beatles, Lennon was the more avant garde songwriter—and it’s a name that’s become a popular choice among Beatles fans.

Jagger The surname of the Rolling Stones’ legendary frontman is on the rise—and since we’re  celebrating 50 years with the British bad boys of rock, now may be the perfect time to pick this for your son.

What other rocker names do you like?

Photo: Baby with guitar by Graça Victoria /

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