The Rock’n’RollHall of Fame inducted its 2011 class last week. Since 1986, more than 605 individuals have been added to their list of notables. Most are performers, and many are household names. AliceCooper and NeilDiamond were among the most recent inductees.
Many a rock star was born plain old John or James, but scroll through the list, and plenty of possibilities emerge. They’re the kind of names that evoke late nights, loud sounds, and a certain unpredictable, fiercely creative spirit.
What could be a more fitting source of inspiration for baby names?
Dylan – Celebrated singer-songwriter BobDylan remains an elder statesman of rock, but as a given name he’s been wildly popular since the 1990s.
Elvis – Sharing a name with the King of Rock and Roll could be a lot to live up to, but it hasn’t hurt fellow Hall of Famer Elvis Costello.
Everly – Brothers Phil and Don were part of the inaugural set of inductees.
Floyd – Which one’s Pink? Among the most successful rock bands of our time, their name was inspired by blues musicians PinkAnderson and FloydCouncil. As a name, Floyd has been out of favor for decades, but could make for a daring choice.