Baby Names Inspired by Artists

Creative baby names can be found by looking at the names of artists (and architects and designers). These baby names capture the artists' creative spirit, give your child an international role model, and are cool all at the same time. The following list encompasses both first (JASPER Johns) and last (Alexander CALDER) names, which have been drawn from all over the aesthetic map.
  • Goya

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    Passion for the Spanish painter Goya may transcend the difficulty of this name -- just don't say it in a Jewish community. Read More 

  • Greco

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    A name with a lot of panache, with ties to the great Spanish Mannerist painter El Greco--though his real name was DOMENICOS.Read More 

  • Hardy

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    Hardy is a spirited and durable un-Germanic German surname that is starting to be used in this country.

    British fashion designer Hardy Amies (born Edwin) is its best known bearer, and... Read More 

  • Hartigan

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    In Cool Names, we cite this as an "Artist Name," for twentieth-century abstract painter Grace Hartigan, though for you it may just be an upbeat Irish surname. Read More 

  • Hermes

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    These days, more people will relate to Hermes -- pronounced ayr-MEZ -- as an upscale brand name like Chanel and Porsche than as a Greek god. Actress Kelly Rutherford took on the challenge when she... Read More 

  • Homer

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    Homer is a name that has traveled from the ancient Greek scribe of the great classical epics to Bart Simpson's doltish dad -- and has also become the surprise hot celebrity pick of such parents as... Read More 

  • Hopper

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    Sean and Robin Wright Penn chose this name for their son to honor their friend Dennis Hopper; others might associate it with the painter Edward. Couldn't be more spirited.Read More 

  • Imogen

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    Imogen is a Shakespearean name long fashionable in England, which temporarily lost its way here when spelled and pronounced im-oh-GENE. Pronounced the British way, Imogen is as pretty and classy... Read More 

  • Indiana

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    Indiana is one of those place-names (think Camden and Trenton) that sounds cooler than the place that inspired it. Indiana, as in (male) movie adventurer Jones, may have a rhythmic sound, but as a... Read More 

  • Inigo

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    Inigo, almost unknown in the U.S., is an intriguing choice, with its strong beat, creative and evocative sound, and associations with the great early British architect and stage designer Inigo... Read More 

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