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25 Baby Names Found in Beatles Songs
by Mike Spohr
| Posted 1 year ago
A lot of babies have been named John, Paul, George or even Ringo, but to find a truly inspired Beatles-related baby name you have look to the songs themselves. From the namesakes of hit songs to minor characters quickly mentioned in others, The Beatles’ catalog is filled with terrific potential baby names.
1. Lucy from “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”
John was inspired to write this Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band classic after his son, Julian, described a drawing he’d made as being of “my friend, Lucy, in the sky, with diamonds.” Lucy is a classic girl’s name that means “light.”
Paul sang this love ballad from Rubber Soul for First Lady Michelle Obama when he performed at the White House in 2010. Michelle is a French name that means “Who is like God.”
3. Eleanor from “Eleanor Rigby”
You might not want to name your daughter after this lonely person who was “buried alone with her name,” but Eleanor is a beautiful name. Eleanor is of Greek origin and means a “shining light.”
4. Prudence from “Dear Prudence”
John wrote this song off The White Album for Prudence Farrow, the sister of actress Mia Farrow, while they were in India studying transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Yogi. Prudence was spending so much time in her room meditating that she needed coaxing to “come out to play.” Prudence means “intelligent” in Latin.
5. Lizzie from “Dizzy Miss Lizzie”
John belted out a cover of this Larry Williams’ classic on the soundtrack to Help! Lizzie is a diminutive version of Elizabeth, which is of Hebrew origin and means “God is my oath.”
6. Martha from “Martha My Dear”
Paul was inspired to write this love song off The White Album by his old English sheep dog, Martha. Martha is a biblical name meaning “bitter.”
7. Rita from “Lovely Rita”
This tale of a female meter-maid who tows the narrator’s heart away was sung by Paul on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Rita is of Spanish origin and means “Pearl.”
8. Desmond from “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-Da”
Desmond is the male half of the couple Paul sang about on this track which is often known as “Life Goes On.” Desmond originated as an Irish surname.
9. Molly from “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-Da”
Molly is Desmond’s wife in the song and a “singer with the band.” Molly is a pet form of the name “Mary,” and has been a popular since the Middle Ages.
10. Bill from “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”
John wrote and sang this humorous song from The White Album about a man who went out tiger hunting with his mum. Bill is a shortened version of William, which has Germanic roots and means “protector.”
11. Anna from “Anna (Go to Him)”
This Arthur Alexander song was a staple of the Beatles’ early stage shows and appeared on their debut album, Please Please Me. Anna is of Hebrew origin and means “Gracious.”
John wrote this ballad on The White Album for his mother, Julia, who was killed by a drunk driver when he was sixteen. Julia means “youthful” in Latin.
13. Rocky from “Rocky Raccoon”
The protagonist of this Paul McCartney song from The White Album set out to exact revenge on the man who stole his girlfriend, but finds religion instead. Rocky is an English name associated with strength and resilience.
14. Nancy and Dan from “Rocky Raccoon”
The girl who spurned Rocky was known as Nancy, while her new suitor was named Dan. Both names have Hebrew origins; Nancy means “Grace” while Dan means “God is my judge.”
15. Sadie from “Sexy Sadie”
After becoming disillusioned with the Maharishi Yogi for making a pass at a woman, John wrote this song with the original title of “Maharishi.” He changed it to “Sexy Sadie,” though, at George’s request. Sadie means “princess” in Hebrew.
16. Maxwell from “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”
Paul wrote this light-hearted Abbey Road song about a school-aged mass murderer named Maxwell. Maxwell is of Scottish origin and means “great stream.”
17. Joan, Rose, and Valerie from “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”
Other names mentioned in the song include Joan, who was Maxwell’s first victim, and Rose and Valerie, who appear in the gallery of the courthouse singing “Maxwell must go free!”
18. Pam from “Polythene Pam”
“She’s the kind of a girl who makes the ‘News of the World’” John sings on this Abbey Road track. Pam is short for Pamela which means “all the sweetness.”
John sang lead on this traditional Liverpool folk song found on Let It Be. “Maggie-May” is an English version of the name Margaret.
20. Sally from “Long Tall Sally”
The Beatles’ often closed their concerts with Paul belting out this raucous Little Richard cover. Sally means “princess” in Hebrew.
21. Madonna from “Lady Madonna”
Paul wrote this piano driven ode to hard working mothers that went to the top of the charts in 1968. Madonna is of Italian origin and means “my lady.” In Catholicism it is often used to reference the virgin Mary.
22. Jude from “Hey Jude”
Paul wrote this worldwide #1 hit to comfort John’s son, Julian, during his parent’s divorce. In Latin Jude means “praise.”
23. Mary from “Let it Be”
Paul wrote the title track from the Beatles’ last released album after his mother, Mary, came to him in a dream and said that all would be okay. Paul’s mother died of breast cancer when he was fourteen. Mary is a biblical name that means “bitter.”
24. Vera, Chuck, and Dave from “When I’m 64”
The youthful narrator of this song by Paul imagines that one day he’ll have grandkids named Vera, Chuck, and Dave.
25. Jojo and Loretta from “Get Back”
Paul sang about two characters who needed to “get back to where they once belonged” on this hit from the Let It Be album. The first, Jojo, is a diminutive of Joseph, which is a biblical name that means “he will add.” The other, Loretta, is of Italian origin and associated with honor and victory.