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Rocker and Rapper Kids' Names

If you call yourself Ludacris or Slash or Flea, chances are you're not gonna name your kid Matthew or Martha or Mike. In fact, rock-and-roll and hip-hop musicians are probably the most imaginative (or outrageous, depending on your point of view) baby namers around, honoring their musical heroes (Thelonious, Lennon, Hendrix), using words as names (Million, Dream, Zeppelin), or just letting their fantasies fly. Like many celebrity baby names, the names of Rockstar children are truly imaginative, although there are some more mainstream choices sprinkled about. To wit:

  • Ace

    No longer tied to the hapless Ace Ventura, this jaunty, high-flying nickname name is starting to take flight among celebrity and other parents, with its countless positive references to doing well... Read More 

  • Adalynn

    This popular form of the even-more-popular Adeline combines the trendy Ad- prefix with the equally trendy -lynn suffix. Adalynn is the second most widely-used form of this popular name next to the... Read More 

  • Alabama

    Alabama is a hot southern place-name, picking up from Georgia and Savannah. This is not a geographical name come lately, though--there have been girls named Alabama dating back well over a... Read More 

  • Alfie

    Alfie is a Top 50 name throughout the British Isles, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up in the US yet.

    Thanks to some louche fictional... Read More 

  • Alzea

    Though rapper Chingy's (real name: Howard) Alzea is a boy, this name seems more appropriate for girls.Read More 

  • Anaise

    Anais, the name forever attached to the daring French-born American novelist and diarist Anais Nin, is unusual and exotic enough without appending an e, though some may think it clarifies... Read More 

  • Angel

    Angel is a perennial Hispanic boys’ name, but it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer that brought it into the Anglo-male camp, where it's now heard... Read More 

  • Apple

    When people talk about unique baby names, Apple is often one of the first examples they mention. Apple made international headlines when Gwyneth Paltrow chose this wholesome fruit name for her... Read More 

  • Artemis

    Artemis, one of the key figures of the female Greek pantheon, is the ancient virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, childbirth, and a protector of young girls, later associated with the... Read More 

  • Atlanta

    Georgia and Savannah are already popular, but Atlanta is just entering the baby-name map. Atalanta takes it mythological.Read More 

  • Axl

    Guns 'n' Roses musician Axl (born William) Rose created this name by dropping a vowel, a la Barbra Streisand. The traditional Axel is more popular, though celebrity parents Fergie and Josh Duhamel... Read More 

  • Bamboo

    Bamboo is a plant name that you might want to save for the zoo's name-the-panda contest. It was used for a starbaby in 2000, though, the rapper Big Boi.Read More 

  • Blue

    Blue suddenly came into the spotlight, as the unusual color name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their baby girl Blue Ivy. Blue is also a starbaby middle name du jour, used for both sexes in... Read More 

  • Cadence

    The musical word name Cadence, seemed to come out of nowhere to zoom up the charts; it rose over 700 spots between 2002 and 2004, and showed up in the Top 200 in 2007. It's gone down in the Read More 

  • Cash

    Whether it's due to its economic connotations, or its link to American legend Johnny Cash, this name is widely used, and has been used by several celebrities including Annabeth Gish and Joshua Morrow.Read More 

  • Caspar

    After half a century, this otherwise feasible name has at last started to lose its link to the friendly ghost; it certainly didn't scare model Claudia Schiffer, who chose it for her son, as did... Read More 

  • Cassius

    Cassius, a Shakespearean name rooted in antiquity, is coming into fashion in a major way. There were two notable Ancient Roman figures named Cassius. Cassius Dio wrote an 80-volume history of... Read More 

  • Chance

    Once a cavalier Mississippi gambler type name, Chance has entered the mainstream since being endorsed by such celebrity dads as Larry King and Paul Hogan. Chance the Rapper has also boosted the... Read More 

  • Chanel

    Fans of the classic French designer would now more fashionably choose Coco. Read More 

  • Chicago

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have done it again for their third child: Chosen a name that feels iconic yet strangely inevitable. They named North and Saint's younger sister Chicago, after Kanye's... Read More 

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