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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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  • Taj

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    Taj is a cool-sounding name reflecting the magnificence of the seventeenth-century Indian Taj Mahal, chosen by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler for his son. The musician known as Taj Mahal was born Henry... Read More 

  • Tallulah

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    As memories of the outragrous actress Talullah Bankhead have faded, this hauntingly euphonious Choctaw name has re-entered the public domain. A modern hipster favorite, it's been chosen for their d... Read More 

  • Tenzin

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    Tenzin is a name with special significance for Buddhists, being the first name of the Dalai Lama; it was chosen for his daughter by the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.  Read More 

  • Thelonious

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    One of the coolest of names, thanks to legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk, who inherited this Latin-sounding German name from his father. It has been used very sparingly since the 1960's... Read More 

  • Wolfgang

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    Chef Wolfgang Puck has helped soften this thunderous Germanic name; music-lovers will appreciate its association with Mozart, though the composer's middle name Amadeus is more appealing.  Read More 

  • Zeppelin

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    Zeppelin is one of those quintessential rock star names (it was used--or invented--by Jonathan Davis of the group Korn)--which not many other parents are likely to pick up on.  Read More 

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