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Rock Star Baby Names: The Nameberry 9

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For her Nameberry 9 Newsiest Names blog this week, Abby Sandel, of Appellation Mountain, takes a long, hard look at the diverse kinds of rock star baby names picked by some hard-core dads..

Over the past week soccer player Gabriel Zakuani named his son Trendy and actor Dylan Walsh welcomed a daughter called Amelie BelleBoth were newsworthy.  Trendy has already grabbed a few headlines, and seems likely to appear on year-end lists of the wackiest baby names of 2011, while the French Amelie has met with applause.

November also marks the nationwide opening of rockumentary The Other F Word, a tale of punk rock parenting told from the perspectives of the dads.  All of the fathers started out as young and rebellious.  A few of them, including former Pennywise frontman and movie developer Jim Lindberg decline to share their kids’ names, but most do reveal what an anarchist names his baby.

For the most part, the names are stylish but far from outlandish – more Amelie than Trendy.  None of them are as outrageous as, say, Frank Zappa’s Moon Unit and Dweezil.  Some of the names might feel almost ordinary by today’s standards, but half of these kids are in their teens and twenties, putting them ahead of the curve.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Baby Names

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 This week, Abby Sandel, creator of the always interesting appellationmountain.net, goes through the list of  Rock‘n’Roll Hall of Fame inductees and selects the coolest rocker name possibilities.

The Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame inducted its 2011 class last week.  Since 1986, more than 605 individuals have been added to their list of notables.  Most are performers, and many are household names.  Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond were among the most recent inductees.

Many a rock star was born plain old John or James, but scroll through the list, and plenty of possibilities emerge.  They’re the kind of names that evoke late nights, loud sounds, and a certain unpredictable, fiercely creative spirit.

What could be a more fitting source of inspiration for baby names?

Booker – As in Booker T. and the M.G.s, pioneers of the Memphis sound.

Cash – The Man in Black played to prisoners and sang about the perils of naming your son Sue.  His surname has been racing up the charts since Joaquin Phoenix played the singer in 2005’s Walk the Line

Cohen – Perhaps among the most controversial boy’s name of our era, but if you’re thinking music, it brings to mind poet-turned-performer Leonard Cohen.

Cole – He’s a Top 100 choice for boys, due in part to the unforgettable NatKingCole.

Crosby – There’s ice hockey hotshot Sidney, Hollywood crooner Bing, and David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Dylan – Celebrated singer-songwriter Bob Dylan remains an elder statesman of rock, but as a given name he’s been wildly popular since the 1990s.

Elvis – Sharing a name with the King of Rock and Roll could be a lot to live up to, but it hasn’t hurt fellow Hall of Famer Elvis Costello.

Everly – Brothers Phil and Don were part of the inaugural set of inductees.

Floyd – Which one’s Pink?  Among the most successful rock bands of our time, their name was inspired by blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.  As a name, Floyd has been out of favor for decades, but could make for a daring choice.

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