Jazz Baby Names

The list of jazz baby names, a special subset of musician baby names for both girls and boys, is full of old-school cool.
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  • Basie

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    Basie is a fabulous jazz name to honor the Count, whose birth name was William, the influential pianist, organist, bandleader and composer who led his band for almost fifty years. There are lots o... Read More 

  • Bechet

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    Woody Allen used this name for his daughter to honor jazz hero Sidney Bechet -- and it could work for a boy as well. Read More 

  • Bessie

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    After a century of association with horses and cows, this name just could be ready for revival by a fearless baby namer -- after all, it did happen to Jessie and Becky. Bessie has been in use sin... Read More 

  • Billie

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    Billie is a tomboy nickname name, part of the growing trend for using boyish nicknames for girls. To track its path from blue to pink, Billie was 100% male in 1880, was 55% female just a decade la... Read More 

  • Bix

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    Bix is a cool and jazzy nickname name, thanks to that final x. It's largely associated with the legendary and influential cornet player (and inspiration for the novel Young Man With a Horn ), Bix... Read More 

  • Calloway

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    Calloway is one of those irresistibly jaunty, animated three-syllable Irish surnames, like Sullivan and Finnegan--but this one has the added attraction of jazzy ties to the immortal "Dean of Americ... Read More 

  • Cassandra

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    The name of the tragic mythological Trojan princess who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but was condemned never to be believed, Cassandra has been used for exotic characters in movies and... Read More 

  • Coleman

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    Name of three hundred saints, a mustard, and your own baby boy.  Read More 

  • Coltrane

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    The great sax player John Coltrane could be a cool naming inspiration for a jazz fan.  Read More 

  • Dinah

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    As the song says, "Dinah, is there anyone finer?" Dinah is a charming, underused Old Testament name, long shunned for its old slave-name stereotype--Dinah was the family cook in Uncle Tom's Cabin -... Read More 

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