Baby name inspiration comes from many places, but one of my favorite places to look is in things that you personally find inspiring. Lovers of literature can look to their favorite book characters and authors. Movie lovers can look to the names of their favorite movie characters, directors or actors. And those who have a passion for music? Well, look no further than the artists and songs you love! I came up with a list of baby names inspired by rock ‘n roll — singers, songs, and bands. Have any you’d like to add to the list?
This name, typically spelled Eisley, is a nice nod to The Isley Brothers – singers of one of my favorite dance songs of all time, “Shout!”
The Beatles have inspired quite a few songs on this list and the name Maxwell is inspired by their song, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.”
Pearl Jam fans can take inspiration from the name of its frontman Eddie Vedder.
Fiona Apple’s music pretty much shaped my early teen years and I’ve always loved the name.
I love the name Smith. It’s cool and simple and a great option for lovers of The Smiths.
Pronounced “Shay-mus” – this is the name of a Pink Floyd song and a nice name for a boy.
I love the name Piper! And coincidentally, there is also a Run DMC song called “Peter Piper.” Not exactly rock ‘n roll, but hip hop definitely has rock roots!
Otis Redding is one of my absolute favorite singers of all time. His soulful crooning can’t be beat and his version of “My Girl” is pretty fantastic.
The name Henry has become more popular in recent years, and it’s in the name of the song “Oh Henry” by The Civil Wars – one of my favorites.
Johnny is a cute and classic boy’s name and reminds me of “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.
The surname of John Lennon from The Beatles makes a fun and unique baby name.
Everyone knows, “Hey Jude” by The Beatles!
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of my husband’s all time favorite bands, so maybe he’d be into a name inspired by their song “Charlie.”
Super talented musician Ray Charles is a great place to look for a name idea!
Looking for a name with ties to a strong woman? Then perhaps Meg (as in Meg White – drummer of The White Stripes) would be worth considering.
Perhaps you haven’t heard of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, but I love this unique name that comes from one of their songs. I’d never heard the name Mayla before!
There are two “Maggie Mae” songs that are well known – “Maggie Mae” by The Beatles and “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart. I prefer the spelling “Mae” though. Mae is also the name of one of my favorite bands from college.
Lyla is such a sweet name and also the name of a song by the band Oasis.
I’ll admit that Kenny Rogers isn’t exactly rock music, but country and rock share some similar roots, so I’m including this one on the list from Kenny Roger’s song “Lucille.”
Lana is a simple name, but not one that is heard very often and I love it! It’s also the title of a song by Roy Orbison.
The name Wren has long been a favorite of mine and also has ties to a Paul McCartney song, “Jenny Wren.”
Rock and The Rolling Stones go hand in hand, so why not take a page from them with the name Jane – used in their song “Lady Jane.”
“Helena” is a song by punk rock icons the Misfits and I think it’s lovely. Although, saying “lovely” probably isn’t very punk rock of me.
I loved the song “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard as a kid and I think the name Molly is a great pick for a little lady.
If the soulful sounds of Sam Cooke are up your alley, perhaps the name Frankie, inspired by his song “Frankie and Johnny” might appeal to you.
Bon Iver is on the more mellow and moody side of rock, but I’m still including their song “For Emma” as inspiration on this list.
Another Beatles tune, “Sexy Sadie” inspired this moniker.
“Lola” is both the name of a song by The Kinks and a super cute baby name option.
If you are a fan of Eric Clapton, then you probably know he has a song called “Layla.” I love this classic sounding, but still unique name.
Alice Cooper is one of rock music’s most interesting characters and just might make for some great baby name inspiration.
The last name of singer Joan Jett. Jett could be really cute for a little boy.
Yet another name inspired by Alice Cooper!
The name Stone is a cool nod to both nature and iconic band, The Rolling Stones.
Jagger is obviously inspired by the one and only Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. A cool name for your future rocker.
I actually have this name as a favorite on my personal baby names list, but never even stopped to realize that it was the last name of Eagles frontman Don Henley.
The Beatles strike again with this name inspired by their song, “Penny Lane.”
“For Annabelle” is the name of a Band of Horses song and a cute name for a little girl.
“Eleanor Rigby” was the name of a song from The Beatles 1966 album “Revolver.” Eleanor has always been one of my favorite girl names and was almost my daughter’s middle name.
Janis Joplin brought a new kind of strength and fierceness to rock for women and would most definitely make for great name inspiration.
I have a friend with a little girl named Edie and I’ve always loved the name. It’s also the name of a song by The Cult – “Edie (Ciao Baby).”
I have a grandmother named Rosemary, but it’s also the name of a Foo Fighters song – “Dear Rosemary.”
Fan of The Decemberists might like this unisex name inspired by their song “Dear Avery.”
Neil Diamond will always remind me of childhood road trips with my dad and “Cracklin’ Rosie” is one of his many songs.
“Charlotte Sometimes” is a song by The Cure and a name I’ve always been a fan of.
I’ve long been a fan of Ben Fold Five (before it was just Ben Folds) and their song “Kate” is so fun and catchy, just like the name!
Apparently The Cure like using names in their songs as in “A Letter For Elise” and it’s a great name.
Jimi Hendrix, regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in history, is a musical icon to say the least. His last name would make a great first name!
My husband loves Bob Dylan, so I might be able to get him on board with using the name Dylan for a little one. I prefer it for a little girl, but it could be cute for a boy or girl.
A little girl named Caroline, would probably never be able to avoid being sung Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” but I think it’s so sweet!
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is probably one of my most favorite songs of all time and I love the idea of using his surname as a first name.