Rocker and Rapper Kids' Names

If you call yourself Ludacris or Slash or Flea, chances are you're not gonna name your kid Matthew or Martha or Mike. In fact, rock-and-roll and hip-hop musicians are probably the most imaginative (or outrageous, depending on your point of view) baby namers around, honoring their musical heroes (Thelonious, Lennon, Hendrix), using words as names (Million, Dream, Zeppelin), or just letting their fantasies fly. To wit:
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  • Mercy

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    The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name undervalued today. Although it was most popular in the late nineteenth century, Mercy is on its way to a comeback -- it rose 143 spots... Read More 

  • Messiah

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    A handful of years ago, a judge in Tennessee ruled that parents could not name their son Messiah, "because there's only one." That decision was overturned, and in fact in a recent year, about 1500... Read More 

  • Navy

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    Singer Nivea used this unusual color/seafaring name for her daughter, but it has possibilities for a boy too.Read More 

  • Nevaeh

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    Nevaeh has had phenomenal success since singer Sonny Sandoval introduced the idea of turning Heaven around and using it as a baby name. Especially popular with religious parents, Nevaeh has been... Read More 

  • Nevis

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    Highly unusual name of a small, tranquil island in the Caribbean; chosen for her daughter by singer Nelly Furtado. Read More 

  • Percy

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    Percy is a traditional boys' name that could be cute and unexpected for a girl.Read More 

  • Phoenix

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    Phoenix rolls a lot of cool trends into one: it's a place-name and a bird name, it ends in the oh-so-hip letter x, and as the mythic bird that rose from the ashes, it's a symbol of immortality.... Read More 

  • Phynley

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    Makes hot name Finley kind of Phyllis-like -- which is not a good thing.Read More 

  • Puma

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    Lithe and leonine name chosen for her daughter by singer Erykah Badu -- whose other child has the number name Seven. Read More 

  • Rebop

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    Chosen by one musician, Todd Rundgren, for his son, but unlikely to be emulated by others. Read More 

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