Glam rock king David Bowie was born David Jones; his stage last name is in tribute to the frontiersman and knife namesake Jim Bowie. Little boys named Bowie get that frisson of 1970s cool and well as the rough-and-tumble charm of the pioneer name.
Loretta is one of the wave of old-fashioned names that once seem fusty and now are increasingly interesting choices for little girls. Not only does it reference country great Loretta Lynn, you could also go with "Etta" as a nickname and touch on jazz songstress Etta James.
Margaret Eby is the author of Rock and Roll Baby Names and recent alumni of Barnard College. While at Barnard, she served as a staff member and DJ at the campus radio station WBAR, which is where her rock 'n' roll lyric obsession became all-consuming. She is currently a contributing editor at Flavorwire, where she writes about music and pop culture.
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