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Hey, Jude: Names from the Beatles and beyond

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What could be sweeter than for your baby to have its (I know–you can’t call it ‘it’) own theme song, a readymade melody featuring  his or her name,  for you to sing along and dance to together?  Some of the most appealing of these can be found in the Oldies section, from the era of first-generation, classic and folk rock.

A logical place to check out first is the Beatles Songbook, which actually has had something of an influence on baby naming.  It was no coincidence that when “Michelle, ma belle” won the Grammy Song of the Year award in 1966, Michelle was simultaneously shooting up the name popularity list.  And now Jude–which took awhile ( linking to the good looks and sunny personality of Jude Law didn’t hurt)–is moving up the charts.

Here, names taken from Beatles titles:

ANNA

BILL

ELEANOR

JUDE

JULIA

LIZZIE

LUCY

MADONNA

MAGGIE

MARTHA

MAXWELL

MICHELLE

PAM

PENNY (though Penny Lane was a place name)

PRUDENCE

RITA

ROCKY

SALLY

Of course there are hundreds of other songs by other artists, and you probably have your own favorites, but here are just a few:

ADELAIDE –  John Cale

AJA  –  Steely Dan

ALBERTA  –  Bob Dylan

ALISON –  Elvis Costello

ALTHEA   –  Grateful Dead

AMANDA –  Boston

ANGELICA  –  Richard Marx

AUBREY — Bread

BERNADETTE — Four Tops

BILLIE JEAN  –  Michael Jackson

CECILIA  — Simon & Garfunkel

CHLOE  –  Elton John

CLEMENTINE –  Jan & Dean

CORINNA  –  Bob Dylan

DELILAH  –  Chuck Berry, Queen

DUNCAN  –  Paul Simon

ELI  –  Laura Nyro, Three Dog Night

EVANGELINE –  The Band

FERNANDO  –  ABBA

GEORGIA  — Ray Charles

GUINNEVERE –  Crosby, Stills &  Nash

HAZEL  — Bob Dylan

IZABELLA  –  Jimi Hendrix

JEREMIAH  –  Sting

JEREMY  — Pearl Jam

JEZEBEL  — Sade

JOSIE –  Steely Dan

LAYLA  — Eric Clapton/Derek & the Dominos

LOLA  –  The Kinks

LORENZO  — Phil Collins

MAGDALENA  — Mothers of Invention

MATILDA  –  Pink Floyd

MOLLY  –  Little Richard

NADINE –  Chuck Berry

NIKKI –  Prince

OPHELIA –  The Band

RHIANNON  –  Fleetwood Mac

ROXANNE  – The  Police

RUBY  –  The Rolling Stones

SEAMUS  –  Pink Floyd

SHARONA  — The Knack

VENUS –  Bananarama

VERA  –  Pink Floyd

VERONICA  –  Elvis Costello

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