M.I.A. Baby: How To Rock That Name

M.I.A. Baby: How To Rock That Name

*UPDATE!  The M.I.A. baby had been named, and the name is….Ikhyd (first erroneously reported as Ickitt) Edgar Arular.  Take that, Bronx Mowgli and Moxie Crimefighter!  Congratulations, we think.

The M.I.A. baby is due on Sunday, the same day the nine months pregnant pop artist is set to perform at the Grammy Awards.  But the event we’re really anticipating is the announcement of the M.I.A. baby name.

Ever since Frank Zappa named his children Moon Unit and Dweezil, crazy baby names have become a rocker institution.   Listen up, M.I.A.:  Lesson 1 in naming your rocker or rapper baby is that you can never choose a regular old first name.  Instead, consider the following baby-naming lessons from the musical mommies and daddies who came before you:

Name Your Baby After Another Musician

There are lots of good choices among the Musician Names.  Your fellow rockers seems to be the name of someone cool and dead, as detailed by the following choices:

CASH (as in Johnny) – “Slash” Hudson from Guns N’ RosesDJANGO (as in Reinhart) — Siobhan (Bananarama) Fahey & Dave StewartEVERLY (as in Brothers) — Anthony (Red Hot Chili Peppers) KiedisHENDRIX (Jimi) — Zakk (Black Label Society) WyldeLENNONLiam (Oasis) Gallagher
NESTABob Marley’s original name was a middle name choice of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale.THELONIOUS (Monk) – Mitch (Crash Test Dummies) DorgeWOLFGANG (Amadeus Mozart) – Eddie Van Halen

But M.I.A., we think you should diverge from the pack by naming your baby after someone cool, dead, and female, such as Janis JOPLIN or Billie HOLIDAY (for a boy), or maybe BESSIE Smith or DINAH Shore, for a girl.

Name Your Baby After Royalty, A Deity, Or A Mythical Figure

The following choices are already taken by your fellow rappers and rockers:

KING – Rapper T.I., aka T.I.P, aka Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.MARQUISE – 50 CentsMESSIAH – T.I.NEVAEHChristian rocker Sonny P.O. D. Sandoval launched a craze when he named his daughter heaven spelled backwards.PRINCEMichael Jackson reportedly named two of his sons Prince.SINDRI – This Norse name meaning “mythical dwarf” was the choice of Bjork.TENZIN – The first name of the Dalai Lama was chosen by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.

Still up for grabs: BUDDHA.  Advantages: Works for either a boy or a girl, and as far as we know, there’s only one.

Name Your Baby After A Place

Most rockers and rappers have named their babies after the kind of back alley, hardscrabble places they might play if they hadn’t made it big.

ALABAMATravis (Blink 182) Barker and Shooter Jennings both picked this name.BRONXPete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson went all out for attention with this one.BROOKLYN – Posh Spice used this for her first son with David Beckham.HEAVEN – L’il Mo
KINGSTONGwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale named their older son for the city in Jamaica, mon.MEMPHISBonoZUMA – Stefani and Rossdale chose the name of a California beach for their younger son.

But why go there, and we mean that literally?  You’ve had a fascinating and peripatetic life, that might inspire the following place name choices: LONDON, INDIA, or SRI LANKA.

Choose The Name Of A Food Or Spice

Food names have attracted much notoriety, especially:

APPLE – Infamous choice of Chris Martin and, you know, Gwynnie.PEACHES HONEYBLOSSOM – Bob Geldof was an early celebrity crazy baby namer, and Peaches is not all grown up and talking on TV about how much she hates her name.SAFFRONSimon Le BonSAGELars (Metallica) Ulrich

Our tip: Choose a name that represents a food you love.  CHOCOLATE, maybe?  MINT, or MELON?

Name Your Baby After A Thing, Any Thing

Many musicians have made selections from the vast world of word names, for example:

BAMBOO – One of the most outrageous word names, by Big Boi of Outkast.CROSS – Another Big Boi pick; no coy Cruz for this guy.CYPRESSSol.KARMA – Ludacris.PUMAErykah BaduSTORYSol & Ginuwine, though this one is a pan-Hollywood favorite.ZEPPELINJonathan (Korn) Davis

Our ideas for a word name?  Hard to narrow it down to one choice, but you may want to sing it like it is and just name him or her F.A.M.O.U.S.

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.