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Black History Names: The birth of the blues

February 19, 2015 Kmp17
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For this installment of Black history names, we salute some fabulous singers who contributed to the birth of the blues and the beginnings of jazz. Most are not as well known now as the Billie Holidays and Ella Fitzgeralds, but they all made significant contributions to this most American of art forms—and their vintage names are right on trend for babies today!

Adelaide

Jazz singer Adelaide Hall had a career that spanned 70 years, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, pioneered the improvisational vocal techniques known as “scat” singing, and had great success in England. The place name Adelaide, used by Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths for her daughter, is a big Nameberry fave, now at Number 13; Number 321 nationally.

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Kmp17

I'm a college sophomore and a lifelong name enthusiast. I have been combing through name guides ever since I was a 7-year-old helping my mother name my youngest siblings. I love writing, piano music, and traditional names with slight twists.

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