Rock ‘n’ Roll Baby Names Celebrate Legends
The 1960s and 70s were an exciting time for music. They saw the rise of an edgier, groovier style of songs that drew young people together. With them came the artists behind the music: charismatic talents who became teenage pinups and attracted screaming fans.
It’s gone down in history as the classic rock era, and it’s a mood many parents want to capture in a baby name. From iconic surnames like Lennon and Hendrix to subtle lyric names like Lola and Sadie, these names could celebrate a favorite artist or a special song. Let’s get moving and grooving!
Rock legend names
Many rock ‘n’ roll artists, for all their talent and glamor, had run-of-the-mill first names, like John, Paul, George and Richard (or Ringo, if you prefer). Today, these are either a bit dated, or so classic they’re hard to pin down to any era. (Of course, there are exceptions, like Elvis and Aretha.)
But using their surnames as first names? That sounds fresh and modern, it can cross gender boundaries, and it makes it more clear who you’re honoring.
Recent years have seen a boom in hero surnames, with popular musical names including Lennon, Hendrix and Bowie. Here are some of the coolest rockstar names (some real, some stage names), plus some inspired by bands, that have their finger on the pulse.
Names from songs
Use one of these names for your child, and they’ll have their own lullaby and theme song. The classic rock ‘n’ rollers used a wide array of melodic names (mostly female) in their music. Some were at the height of popularity then but feel dated now — sorry, Carol and Donna, it’s not comeback time yet — but others are evergreen classics or way ahead of the trends. We dare you to read this list without breaking into song!
Althea (Grateful Dead)
Athena (The Who)
Lola (The Kinks)