Cool Baby Names: Jazzy names for Junior
There’s something undeniably cool and, well, jazzy, about many of the distinctive names of jazz musicians. Take the ultimate example, the personification of cool —Miles Davis— who imparted an eternally silky, seductive veneer to his name, as did Quincy Jones.
The inimitable Ella Fitzgerald gave her name a jazzy edge long before Ella was anywhere near the top of the pop lists. Names like Ray and Roy, Cecil and Percy and Dexter all take on an appealing funkiness and rise to another level when looked at in the context of jazz.
The surnames of jazz immortals can be considered as well, just as they have by a few celebs—model Helena Christensen’s Mingus, and Woody Allen’s Bechet, for example. The middle name of Wynton Marsalis’s son Jasper is Armstrong; Cynthia Nixon’s boy Max has Ellington as a middle.
JULIAN (Cannonball) Adderley
CONTE (born Secondo) Candoli
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on October 12th, 2011 at 9:34 am
This is a great blog, but I do enjoy the Question of the Week, too! Also I’d like to point out that although it may not be jazz-inspired, Jasmine nn Jazz or Jazzy is adorable.
on October 12th, 2011 at 10:36 am
There are some wonderful names on these jazz inspired lists. For girls, my faves are Carmen, Cassandra, Clea/Cleo, Dinah, Esperanza, Hazel, Ivy, June, Lena, Mabel, Morgana, Nina, Regina, Sable (mn only) and Tierney. On the boys side, I like Archie, Calloway, Django, Ellis, Humphrey, Ike, Julian, Kai, Lars, Meade Lux, Miles, Mingus, Oscar, Phineas, Quincy, Rex, Thaddeus, Thelonious, Vido and Wynton. Too bad that jazz music is not my genre of choice when listening to music.
on October 12th, 2011 at 11:01 am
The first names on this list are amazing, but what about the last names? Lincoln, McRae, Wilson, Laine, Reese, Fitzgerald, Mercer, Simone, Sutton, Fuller, Ellington, Garner, Davis, Heath, and Musso would all be good ones, I think!
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on October 12th, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Jazz musicians certainly have had some great names and are clearly a great source of inspiration for naming ideas. Meade Lux has a magnificently contemporary vibe!
on October 12th, 2011 at 10:30 pm
I’m a jazz musician, LOVE these names and their music. Wanted to use Parker (after sax pro Charlie) for a future son but it’s taken off. He also went by Bird, which is a bit too out there for me. Other great sax players include the Sonnys- Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt. “Dizzy” Gillespie was pretty good too, Gillespie nn Gil(l) is more accessible than some of the others.
I guess Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton don’t make for the greatest babynames, despite their levels of influence! Awesome nicknames though.
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