Pay tribute to your favorite music legend with a baby name inspired by these superstars from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Classic rock and roll baby names for boys

Despite the outrageous antics they perform on stage, many of our favorite rockers have normal, traditional names, such as James or Sam. If these names are too run-of-the mill for your taste, consider ratcheting up the cool factor by using surnames as first or middle names. Consider something like David Bowie Smith, for example, or Orbison Jones (in honor of Roy, of course).

Mix and match the first and last names of these talented hall-of-famers:

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Duane Eddy
  • Eric Clapton
  • Frank Zappa
  • Gene Pitney
  • Isaac Hayes
  • James Brown
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Michael Jackson
  • Neil Diamond
  • Neil Young
  • Paul McCartney
  • Paul Simon
  • Randy Newman
  • Ray Charles
  • Sam Cooke

Edgier Hall of Fame baby names for boys

Leave no doubt about your baby name inspiration by selecting one (or more) of these not-so-traditional rock and roll names.

  • Berry Gordy Jr.
  • Bo Diddley
  • Donovan
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Elvis Presley
  • Jackson Brown
  • James Taylor
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Otis Redding
  • Percy Sledge
  • Quincy Jones
  • Solomon Burke
  • Van Morrison
  • Wilson Pickett
  • Woody Guthrie

Casual rock star names for boys

You don’t have to name a child “Charles” if you want to call him “Chuck.” It’s perfectly acceptable to put the nickname right on the birth certificate.

  • Al Green (diminutive of Alan or Albert)
  • Bob Seger (Robert)
  • Chuck Berry (Charles)
  • Hank Williams (Henry)
  • Herb Alpert (Herbert)
  • Nat King Cole (Nathanial)
  • Ritchie Valens (Richard)
  • Stevie Wonder (Steven)
  • Tom Petty (Thomas)

Rocker baby names for girls

Rock star names are not just for boys. Fabulous female performers inspire these tremendously powerful girl names.

  • Bessie Smith
  • Billie Holiday
  • Blondie
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Carole King
  • Dinah Washington
  • Gladys Knight
  • Janis Joplin
  • Laverne Baker
  • Madonna
  • Pattie Smith
  • Ruth Brown

Rock and roll names for twins

Two boys? Two girls? One of each? You’ll find everything you need from these musicians to name your twins:

  • Alice Cooper
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Billy Joel
  • Bob Marley
  • Bobby Darin
  • Brenda Lee
  • Buddy Holly
  • Clive Davis
  • Del Shannon
  • Dick Clark
  • Elton John
  • Etta James
  • Jeff Beck
  • Johnny Cash
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Les Paul
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Miles Davis
  • Ricky Nelson
  • Rod Stewart
  • Tina Turner

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