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60 Jazz Baby Names

HolidayHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "holy day"
  • Description:

    Free and fun name if you don't want to be pinned down to Noelle, Pasqua, or Valentine.

VaughanHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    This familiar but never popular Welsh surname name might be a good Sean alternative-- and we're starting to hear some berrybuzz about it. Vaughn is an alternate spelling.

KentonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "the royal settlement"
  • Description:

    Although Kenton has the trendy K beginning and on ending, and a jazz reference to Stan Kenton, it still manages to sound stiff and old-fashioned.

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.

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.

JazHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Jasmine or Jasper
  • Description:

    Unisex variation of Jazz or Jasper that couldn't say it more plainly. Used for their daughter by tennis couple Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi.

JoplinHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname
  • Meaning:

    "son of Job"
  • Description:

    Used as a first name for a handful of girls every year, Joplin could be seen as a distant cousin of other -lin names, like Caitlin, Brooklyn and Braelynn. We think it works even better as a musical middle name possibility for fans of Janis... or Scott. Both great connections — albeit very different from one another.

JarrettHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of Garrett
  • Description:

    Got some notice as a Jared alternative, has musical association with pianist Keith Jarrett.

LionelHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "young lion"
  • Description:

    Lionel is yet another traditional boy's name entering the girls' column--at least once-- via prizewinning novelist Lionel (born Margaret Ann) Shriver.

HawkinsHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "hawk"
  • Description:

    A surname that originated as a diminutive of Hawk.

NatHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Nathan or Nathaniel
  • Description:

    Just the kind of old-fashioned nickname coming back into style.

TyreeHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "from Tyrie"
  • Description:

    Hundreds of families have adopted this Scottish name, attracted by its trendy Ty beginning and upbeat second syllable. (Tyrell and Tyrese are also increasing in popularity. ) Tyree Glenn was a great jazz trombonist.

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.

MarylouHeart

  • Origin:

    English, combination of Mary and Lou
  • Meaning:

    "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved + famous battle"
  • Description:

    Truncated form of Marylouise.

WyntonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "friend's farm"
  • Description:

    This spelling of Winton has gotten considerable buzz via jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.

GillespieHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "bishop's servant"
  • Description:

    Sometimes heard as a first name in Scotland, particularly among the Campbell clan.

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.

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.