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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 a comeback. Both Louis and Lewis are in Britain's Top 100, and if they don't revive here, all the better for those -- like actors Sandra ... 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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