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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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  • Marin

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    Marin is a lovely county north of San Francisco, and a lovely baby name on the rise, one which sounds more refreshing than the more familiar Marina. As a place-name, Marin is pronounced with the... Read More 

  • Marisol

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    Marisol is a Latina favorite, and an excellent candidate for cross-culturization, a la Soledad and Paz. The striking French-born Venezuelan artist Marisol Escobar--known simply by her first name-... Read More 

  • Matisse

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    The surname of the great artist is pronounced the same way as Mathis, the German and French form of Matthew, so it's not a stretch for use as a first name. Read More 

  • Mies

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    Apt choice for an architect's child, honoring German-born Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a central figure in modern design, and universally referred to as Mies.  Read More 

  • Miró

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    Unique option honoring Spanish surrealist painter Joan Miró. Could have some pronunciation problems, but preferable to calling your little boy Joan. Read More 

  • Miuccia

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    Influential designer Miuccia (nicknamed Miu Miu) Prada's surname is much better known here than her first.  Read More 

  • Monet

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    A new favorite of the bohemian set, brought to light by actress Monet Mazur, daughter of the artist who designed the Rolling Stones' mouth logo.  Read More 

  • Moore

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    Moore is recommended as a rich and satisfying middle name choice, whether it relates to your own family history or not. Of the numerous outstanding Moore-surnamed namesakes, count sculptor Henry, w... Read More 

  • Morandi

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    The last name of the twentieth-century Italian painter of quietly expressive still lifes presents an artistic possibility. Can absolutely work for girls too. Read More 

  • Mori

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    A fashionable name, thanks to prominent Japanese fashion designer Hanae Mori, but non-Japanese might hear it as MORRIE or MAURY. Read More 

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