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60 Jazz Baby Names

The list of jazz baby names, a special subset of musician baby names for both girls and boys, is full of old-school cool. Using a jazz-inspired baby name is the perfect way for parents to honor a musical hero, or to pay tribute to a special piece of music.

Jazz names which feature in the US Top 300 include sweet, funky choices like Ella and Nina for girls, and Charlie and Cole for boys. Along with Ella and Charlie, other stylish jazz names which are gaining more attention with new parents include charming vintage picks like Louis, Miles, Etta and Billie.

If rare baby names are more your jam, unique jazz-inspired names outside of the US Top 1000 include cool choices like Django, Calloway, Fitzgerald and Holiday.

Browse our extensive list of jazz baby names below, or check out this blog post on great Black jazz musicians for more information about some of these names.

Jazz Baby Names

ArtHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Arthur
  • Meaning:

    "noble one; bear man"
  • Description:

    Though short and brisk, no nickname name could have a more creative image. Comic actor Chris O'Dowd named his son Art, as in his native Ireland it's used as a name on its own, separate from Arthur., coming from an ancient word for “”a bear,”” and used in the sense of “”outstanding warrior”” or “”champion.”” A pagan High King of Ireland, Art’s rule was so honest that two angels hovered over him in battle.

BakerHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational surname
  • Description:

    One of the most appealing of the newly hip occupational names, evoking sweet smells emanating from the oven. Much fresher sounding than than others that have been around for awhile, like Cooper, and Carter.

BasieHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish surname, meaning unknown
  • Description:

    Basie is a fabulous jazz name to honor the Count, whose birth name was William, the influential pianist, organist, bandleader and composer who led his band for almost fifty years.

BechetHeart

  • Origin:

    French surname
  • Description:

    Woody Allen used this name for his daughter to honor jazz hero Sidney Bechet -- and it could work for a boy as well.

BessieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    After a century of association with horses and cows, this name just could be ready for revival by a fearless baby namer -- after all, it did happen to Jessie and Becky.

BillieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Wilhelmina, Wilma
  • Meaning:

    "resolute protection"
  • Description:

    Billie is a tomboy nickname name, part of the growing trend for using boyish nicknames for girls and now destined for stardom along with its most famous contemporary bearer, music sensation Billie Eilish.

BixHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern nickname
  • Description:

    Bix is a cool and jazzy nickname name, thanks to that final x. It's largely associated with the legendary and influential cornet player (and inspiration for the novel Young Man With a Horn), Bix Beiderbecke. He was born Leon Bismark Beiderbecke and his nickname derived from his middle name.

BlakeyHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname and place name
  • Meaning:

    "white or dark"
  • Description:

    Variant of Blake, borne by the great jazz drummer Art Blakey.

BrubeckHeart

  • Origin:

    German surname
  • Meaning:

    "dweller beside a brook"
  • Description:

    The surname of the late great American jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck could make a cool, jazz-inspired name for a baby boy.

CallowayHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "pebbly place"
  • Description:

    Calloway is one of those irresistibly jaunty, animated three-syllable surnames, like Sullivan and Finnegan — but this one has the added attraction of jazzy ties to the immortal "Dean of American Jive," Cab Calloway.

CassandraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "shining or excelling man"
  • Description:

    The name of the tragic mythological Trojan princess who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but was condemned never to be believed, Cassandra has been used for striking characters in movies and soap operas. Ethereal and delicate, Cassandra was in the Top 70 throughout the 1990s but is now descending in popularity.

CharlesHeart

  • Origin:

    French from German
  • Meaning:

    "man, free man"
  • Description:

    Charles derives from the Germanic name Karl, meaning "man" or "freeman", and is a royal name in multiple European countries. A famous early bearer is Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Lombards and then Roman Emperor in the 8th-9th centuries. The word for “king” in several languages came from Charles, including Slavic, Russian, and Polish.

CharlieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Charlie derives, of course, from the classic name Charles which, in turn, comes from a German word meaning "free man." Charles became very popular in France during the Middle Ages due to the fame of Charles the Great, also known as Charlemagne. Charley is an alternate spelling.

ChetHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Chester
  • Meaning:

    "fortress, walled town"
  • Description:

    Chet is an old-fashioned short form that, ala Ned and Joe, is starting to sound cool again.

ColeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "swarthy, coal black"
  • Description:

    Cole -- a short name that embodies a lot of richness and depth -- has long been associated with the great songwriter Cole Porter. It's quite popular in Scotland.

ColemanHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "servant of Nicholas"
  • Description:

    The name of three hundred saints, a mustard, and your own baby boy. Coleman was off the US Top 1000 list for much of the 1960s and 1970s, but it was a mainstay before and has been since. It makes for an easy family name due to its status as common surname and its modern nickname Cole.

ColtraneHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish surname
  • Meaning:

    "descendant of Coltarán"
  • Description:

    The great sax player John Coltrane could be a cool naming inspiration for a jazz fan.

DavisHeart

  • Origin:

    Surname derived from David, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "beloved"
  • Description:

    Davis is a fresh way to say David. Some sources define it as "son of David," but we see it as a surname spin on the original. While David is an everyman name, Davis has some creative edge -- and still gets you to the classic guy nickname Dave.

DinahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God will judge"
  • Description:

    As the song says, "Dinah, is there anyone finer?" Dinah is a charming, underused Old Testament name, long shunned for its old slave-name stereotype--Dinah was the family cook in Uncle Tom's Cabin--but it has a rich literary and musical resume and would make a vivid, southern-accented name for a contemporary girl.

DjangoHeart

  • Origin:

    Romani
  • Meaning:

    "I awake"
  • Description:

    Django — the D is silent as most everyone now knows — the nickname of the great Belgian-born jazz guitarist Django (originally Jean Baptiste) Reinhardt, makes a dynamic musical choice for any jazz aficionado. Reinhardt's nickname "Django" is Romani for "I awake." The name has become more familiar with the release of and acclaim for the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.