Rock-n-Roll Surnames

There's no better way to testify to your love of music than to name your child after a favorite rock artist. These are just a few rock-n-roll surnames that could be interesting and original as first or middle names.
  1. Ash
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "ash tree"
    • Description:

      The tree, not the charred bit of soot in the fireplace, usually used for boys, but, as a short form of Ashley, works for girls too.
  2. Avalon
    • Origin:

      Celtic
    • Meaning:

      "island of apples"
    • Description:

      Avalon, an island paradise of Celtic myth and Arthurian legend--it was where King Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds-- and also the colorful capital of the California island of Catalina-- makes a heavenly first name. Actress Rena Sofer and British musician Julian Cope used it for their daughters.
  3. Argent
    • Astbury
      • Barrett
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "bear strength"
        • Description:

          Barrett is one of many surname names that are up and coming for boys in recent years. Barrett joints Bennett, Beckett, and others in the trend of "-tt" ending boy names taking over the charts.
      • Beck
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "small stream"
        • Description:

          The popular single-named alternative singer (born Bek) has given this cool nature-meets-surname name a new lease of life. Another notable bearer is Beck Weathers, a Texan pathologist who survived the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which was covered in the book and film Into Thin Air.
      • Bolan
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "little poet"
        • Description:

          An Irish surname name with a combination of boldness and élan. Some might connect it to the founder of the group T. Rex -- Marc Bolan.
      • Bowie
        • Origin:

          Scottish
        • Meaning:

          "blond"
        • Description:

          Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn put this name in play as a first name, but David Bowie (born with the considerably less marketable moniker of David Robert Jones) dyed it blond and gave it charisma. He changed his surname in 1965 to avoid confusion with the then popular Davy Jones of The Monkees, and especially since his death, his admirers have seen it as an increasingly viable baby name namesake.
      • Byrne
        • Bonham
          • Cash
            • Origin:

              Word name; also diminutive of Cassius
            • Meaning:

              "hollow"
            • Description:

              With the popular 'ash' sound and a contemporary feel, Cash is a widely used name in the US. Used occasionally before the 2000s, Cash really took off in 2003, following the death of American musical legend, Johnny Cash.
          • Cassidy
            • Origin:

              Irish
            • Meaning:

              "curly-headed"
            • Description:

              A lean and lanky Irish cowboy name with great nickname potential to boot (Cass or Sid are both options). This is one of the great under-rated American names!
          • Cochran
            • Cooper
              • Origin:

                English occupational name
              • Meaning:

                "barrel maker"
              • Description:

                The genial yet upscale and preppy Cooper was one of the first occupational last names to catch on -- and Cooper remains a pleasing option.
            • Cornell
              • Origin:

                British from Latin
              • Meaning:

                "crow"
              • Description:

                This name has not one but two impressive cultural connections: collage artist Joseph Cornell and photographer Cornell Capa--not to mention Cornell University.
            • Cantrell
              • Cobain
                • Corgan
                  • Dion
                    • Origin:

                      Diminutive of Dionysius, Greek
                    • Meaning:

                      "child of heaven and earth"
                    • Description:

                      In ancient Greece, a student of Plato; in modern America, a cool guy.
                  • Dylan
                    • Origin:

                      Welsh
                    • Meaning:

                      "son of the sea"
                    • Description:

                      Boys' favorite retains more of its poetic, windswept quality when used for a girl, as Robin Wright and Sean Penn did. Alyssa Milano gave her daughter Elizabella Dylan as a middle name.