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Jazz Baby Names

  1. StanHeart
    • Origin:

      Short form of Stanley
    • Meaning:

      "near the stony meadow"
    • Description:

      One of the old-school nicknames -- think Ray, Vince, Frank -- that's on the brink of coming back into style. Name him Stanislav or Constantine and he'll have a groovier long form to fall back on.
  2. MarylouHeart
    • Origin:

      English, combination of Mary and Lou
    • Meaning:

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

      Truncated form of Marylouise.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. HerbieHeart
    • HawkinsHeart
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "hawk"
      • Description:

        A surname that originated as a diminutive of Hawk.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • WyntonHeart
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "friend's farm"
      • Description:

        This spelling of Winton has gotten considerable buzz via jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • NatHeart
      • Origin:

        English, diminutive of Nathan or Nathaniel
      • Description:

        Just the kind of old-fashioned nickname coming back into style.
    • GillespieHeart
      • Origin:

        Scottish
      • Meaning:

        "bishop's servant"
      • Description:

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