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.
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  • Picasso

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    A worthy honoree that would place a too-heavy expectation on a child, probably subjecting him to ridicule. Try Pablo instead.  Read More 

  • Piet

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    Wonderful nickname name most often associated in this country with Dutch modernist painter Mondrian. Pronounced PEET. Read More 

  • Ponti

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    A surname not particularly suitable as a first name, even though it's attached to influential architect Gio Ponti--and it is Sophia Loren's married name. Read More 

  • Rabanne

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    A plausible unisex name, inspired by Basque fashion designer Paco (actually born Francisco Cuervo)--who was known for his 1960s "Unwearables "--metal-linked plastic dresses and designs for the futu... Read More 

  • Raeburn

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    Snooty, smoking-jacket-wearing British surname, with artistic ties to Sir Henry R, Scottish romantic painter. Read More 

  • Raphael

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    Raphael is a romantic archangel name that sounds both artistic and powerful. Raphael is also a great cross-cultural choice, with significance for people with both Latinate and Jewish roots, plus pl... Read More 

  • Rem

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    The Dutch are fond of short nickname names, and this one is tied to influential and provocative architect Koolhaas, born Remment. Could also be short for Remington or Remy. Read More 

  • Remington

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    Remington Steele was the perfect name for an upper-crust action hero on 1980s television. Now, Remington is catching fire along with a new generation of predatory baby names such as Hunter, Gunner... Read More 

  • Robbia

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    A creative alternative to the dated Robin, and also a reference to the famed Della Robbia family of Florentine Renaissance artists.  Read More 

  • Ryder

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    Ryder, one of the current favorite er-ending boys' names, has been in the spotlight since Kate Hudson and her rocker husband Chris Robinson chose it for their son in 2004; it has jumped nearly seve... Read More 

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