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Rock ‘n’ Roll Baby Names Celebrate Legends

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Rock ‘n’ roll baby names channel the spirit of 1960s and 70s music: modern, youthful, and above all, cool.

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!

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Spirit of rock ‘n’ roll baby names

If you love the rock vibe but don’t want to honor anyone particular, one of these names may appeal. They take inspiration from music, instruments, and famous musical cities.

  • Drummer
  • Fender
  • Gibson
  • Lyric
  • Memphis
  • Nash
  • Phoenix
  • Rhythm
  • Rock
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    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.

  • Alice
  • Art
  • Berry
  • Bo
  • Bowie
  • Buddy
  • Cash
  • Chuck
  • Cliff
  • Cooper
  • Creedence
  • Crosby
  • Diamond
  • Dylan
  • Elvis
  • Everly
  • Faith
  • Fontana
  • Franklin
  • Fury
  • Haley
  • Harrison
  • Hendrix
  • Holly
  • Iris
  • Jagger
  • Jett
  • Jiles
  • Joplin
  • Lennon
  • Lewis
  • Mac
  • Marley
  • Nash
  • Ozzy
  • Presley
  • Santana
  • Seger
  • Starr
  • Stevie
  • Strummer
  • Valens
  • Zeppelin
  • Ziggy
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    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)

    Annabella (Wicked Annabella, The Kinks)

    Athena (The Who)

    Aubrey (Bread)

    Caroline (Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond)

    Cecilia (Cecilia, Simon and Garfunkel)

    Colette (Billy Fury)

    Crimson and Clover (Joan Jett)

    Daisy (Daisy Jane, America)

    Deirdre (The Beach Boys)

    Delilah (Beautiful Delilah, Chuck Berry; Tom Jones)

    Eleanor (Eleanor Rigby, The Beatle)

    Eloise (Dear Eloise, The Hollies)

    Emily (For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her, Simon and Garfunkel)

    Irene (Little Richard)

    Ivy (Poison Ivy, The Hollies)

    Jane (Jane, Jefferson Airplane)

    Johnny (Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry)

    Josephine (Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders; Ride on Josephine, George Thorogood)

    Jude (Hey Jude, The Beatles)

    Katy (Johnny Cash)

    Layla (Eric Clapton)

    Leah (Ah Leah!, Donnie Iris)

    Lily (Pictures of Lily, The Who; Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, Bob Dylan)

    Lola (The Kinks)

    Lorelei (Lorelei, Styx)

    Lucy (Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, The Beatles)

    Maggie (Maggie May, Rod Stewart)

    Marcella (The Beach Boys)

    Margo (Billy Fury)

    Marianne (Cliff Richard)

    Maybellene (Chuck Berry)

    Molly (Little Richard)

    Nadine (Chuck Berry)

    Natalia (Natalia, Joan Baez)

    Ophelia (Ophelia, The Band)

    Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly)

    Prudence (Dear Prudence,The Beatles)

    Ramona (Chuck Berry)

    Rhiannon (Rhiannon, Fleetwood Mac)

    Rhonda (Help Me, Rhonda, The Beach Boys)

    Rosalie (Mobile Bay, Johnny Cash; Thin Lizzy)

    Rosanna (Johnny Cash)

    Rosemary (Little Richard; Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, Bob Dylan)

    Ruby (Ruby Tuesday, Rolling Stones)

    Sadie (Sexy Sadie, The Beatles)

    Sally (Long Tall Sally, The Kinks; Sally Ann, Joe Brown)

    Sara (Bob Dylan)

    Susannah (Susannah’s Still Alive, The Kinks)

    Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo, Bob Dylan and The Hollies)

    Veronica (Elvis Costello)

    Virginia (Only the Good Die Young, Billy Joel)

    Looking for more? Read our list of classic rock baby names.

    About the Author

    Clare Green

    Clare Green writes Nameberry's weekly round-up of the latest baby name news, including celebrity announcements, unusual naming stories, and new statistics from around the world . Clare, who has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, lives in England, where she has worked in libraries and studies linguistics. You can follow her personally on Instagram and Twitter.
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