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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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  • Louis

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    While this classic royal name has yet to catch on, we sense an imminent comeback. Both Louis and Lewis are in Britain's Top 100, and if they don't revive here, all the better for those -- like acto... Read More 

  • Mercer

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    Mercer is an attractive possibility which is an occupational name that doesn't sound like one. Mercer and its cool, sophisticated short form Merce project a super creative image via their artistic ... Read More 

  • Miles

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    Miles, which took on a permanent veneer of cool thanks to jazz great Miles Davis, is a confident and polished name that has been appreciated in particular by celebrity baby namers, including Elisab... Read More 

  • Mingus

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    Supermodel Helena Christensen named her son in honor of jazz great Charles Mingus, opening up a whole category of jazzy possibilities: Kenton, Calloway, Ellington, Gillespie, Mulligan, Tatum, and T... Read More 

  • Parker

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    Indie actress Parker Posey put a female imprint on this sophisticated surname that's still much more common for boys but rising for both sexes.  Read More 

  • Quincy

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    Quirky in the way that all Q names are quirky, Quincy was once a buttoned-up, patrician New England name, an image countered in recent years by the talented and ultracool musician Quincy Jones (mid... Read More 

  • Thelonius

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    One of the coolest of names, thanks to legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk, who inherited it from his father. It has been used very sparingly since the 1960s--just a sprinkling of baby bo... Read More 

  • Tyree

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    Hundreds of families have adopted this Scottish name, attracted by its trendy Ty beginning and upbeat second syllable. (Tyrell and Tyrese are also increasing in popularity. ) Tyree Glenn was a grea... Read More 

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