Sep
11

Baby names: Some names were meant to be sung

Posted in Name my baby
by Lorain County Moms

Nameberry.com

What could be sweeter than for your baby to have its (I know, you can’t call it ‘it’) own theme song, a ready-made melody featuring his or her name, for you to sing along and dance to together? Some of the most appealing of these can be found in the oldies section, from the era of first-generation, classic and folk rock.

A logical place to check out first is the Beatles Songbook, which actually has had something of an influence on baby naming. It was no coincidence that when “Michelle, my belle” won the Grammy Song of the Year award in 1966, Michelle was simultaneously shooting up the name popularity list. And now Jude, which took a while (linking to the good looks and sunny personality of Jude Law didn’t hurt) is moving up the charts.

Here, names taken from Beatles titles:

  • ANNA
  • BILL
  • ELEANOR
  • DESMOND
  • JUDE
  • JULIA
  • LIZZIE
  • LUCY
  • MADONNA
  • MAGGIE
  • MARTHA
  • MAXWELL
  • MICHELLE
  • MOLLY
  • PAM
  • PENNY (though Penny Lane was a place name)
  • PRUDENCE
  • RITA
  • ROCKY
  • SADIE
  • SALLY

Of course there are hundreds of other songs by other artists, and you probably have your own favorites, but here are just a few:

  • ADELAIDE — John Cale
  • AJA — Steely Dan
  • ALBERTA — Bob Dylan
  • ALISON — Elvis Costello
  • ALTHEA — Grateful Dead
  • AMANDA — Boston
  • ANGELICA — Richard Marx
  • AUBREY — Bread
  • BERNADETTE — Four Tops
  • BILLIE JEAN — Michael Jackson
  • CECILIA — Simon & Garfunkel
  • CHLOE — Elton John
  • CLEMENTINE — Jan & Dean
  • CORINNA — Bob Dylan
  • DELILAH — Chuck Berry, Queen
  • DUNCAN — Paul Simon
  • ELI — Laura Nyro, Three Dog Night
  • EVANGELINE — The Band
  • FERNANDO — ABBA
  • GEORGIA — Ray Charles
  • GUINNEVERE — Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • HAZEL — Bob Dylan
  • IZABELLA — Jimi Hendrix
  • JEREMIAH — Sting
  • JEREMY — Pearl Jam
  • JEZEBEL — Sade
  • JOSIE — Steely Dan
  • LAYLA — Eric Clapton/Derek & the Dominos
  • LOLA — The Kinks
  • LORENZO — Phil Collins
  • MAGDALENA — Mothers of Invention
  • MATILDA — Pink Floyd
  • MOLLY — Little Richard
  • NADINE — Chuck Berry
  • NIKKI — Prince
  • OPHELIA — The Band
  • RHIANNON — Fleetwood Mac
  • ROXANNE — The Police
  • RUBY — The Rolling Stones
  • SEAMUS — Pink Floyd
  • SHARONA — The Knack
  • VENUS — Bananarama
  • VERA — Pink Floyd
  • VERONICA — Elvis Costello

Nameberry (http://nameberry.com) is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.”

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