101 Best Rock Baby Names For Your Little Buddy

Jessica Walrond-Robertshaw
Feb 16, 2024 By Jessica Walrond-Robertshaw
Originally Published on Sep 23, 2020
Edited by Isobel Murphy
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From Bowie to Hendrix, Presley to Mercury, we've compiled a list of the best rock and roll baby names.

Rock and roll started in America in the 1950s and has been around ever since. If you're a big fan of rock then why not choose one of these rock inspired baby names for your new arrival?

For more music inspired baby names, check out these punk names for your little dude or these creative baby names which are also inspired by the world of music.

Rock Musician Inspired Baby Names

These classic rock baby names are all famous rocker names which have brought music to our ears. There's 70s rock stars and 80s rock stars as well as some from more recent times. Which of these rock inspired baby names will you choose?

1. Alanis (Greek Origin), meaning "from Atlanta". Alanis Morrisette is a Canadian singer-songwriter.

2. Alex (English Origin), meaning "supplanter". Alex Turner is frontman for rock band the Arctic Monkeys.

3. Angus (Scottish Origin), meaning "one strength". Founding member of rock 'n' roll band AC/DC.

4. Annie (English Origin), meaning "gracious, merciful". Annie Lennox is a Scottish singer-songwriter.

5. Anthony (Latin Origin), meaning "priceless one". Anthony Kiedis is lead vocalist for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

6. Axl (Hebrew Origin), meaning "father is peace". Axl Rose is the lead vocalist for rock band Guns 'n' Roses.

7. Billie (English Origin), meaning "determination, strength". Billie Joe is lead vocalist and guitarist for Green Day. Billie co-founded Green Day with Mike Dirnt.

8. Bono (English Origin), meaning "shortened form of names beginning with Bon". Bono is lead singer of Irish rock band U2.

9. Bowie (Irish Origin), meaning "yellow haired". David Bowie, of course. Bowie is known as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century.

10. Brandon (English Origin), meaning "from the broom hill". Brandon Flowers is frontman for The Killers.

11. Chrissie (Irish Origin), meaning "follower of Christ". Chrissie Hynde is lead vocalist for The Pretenders.

12. Dave (English Origin), meaning "beloved". Dave Grohl founded the Foo Fighters.

13. Debbie (English Origin), meaning "shortened form of Deborah". Frontwoman for American rock band Blondie.

14. Dylan (Welsh Origin), meaning "son of the sea". Bob Dylan moved from folk to rock music in the 60's.

15. Elvis (Scandinavian Origin), meaning "All wise". Elvis Presley is the undisputed king of rock 'n' roll.

16. Freddie (American Origin), meaning "peace ruler". Freddie Mercury was frontman for rock and roll band Queen.

17. Hayley (English Origin), meaning "from the hay clearing". Hayley Williams is lead singer for alternative rock band Paramore.

18. Hendrix (English Origin), meaning "son of Hendrick". Jimi Hendrix was an American rock musician.

19. Janis (English Origin), meaning "God is gracious". Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter.

20. Jimi (English Origin), meaning "supplanter". Jimi Hendrix was an American rock and roll musician.

21. Joan (Hebrew Origin), meaning "God is gracious". Joan Jett is an American rock singer-songwriter.

22. Joe (English Origin), meaning "God will increase". Joe Strummer was the lead singer of English rock band The Clash.

23. Karen (Scandinavian Origin), meaning "pure". Karen O is lead singer of the rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

24. Keith (Scottish Origin), meaning "offspring". Keith Richards co-founded rock and roll band The Rolling Stones.

25. Kim (English Origin), meaning "shortened form of Kimberley".Kim Gordon is vocalist for Sonic Youth.

26. Kurt (American Origin), meaning "courteous". Kurt Cobain was lead singer for Nirvana.

27. Lennon (Irish Origin), meaning "dear one". John Lennon founded rock 'n' roll band The Beatles.

28. Liam (Irish Origin), meaning "with gilded helmet". One half of Oasis.

29. Malcolm (Scottish Origin), meaning "follower of St. Columba". Founding member of rock 'n' roll band AC/DC.

30. Mick (English Origin), meaning "who is like God". Mick Jagger was lead singer for The Rolling Stones.

31. Noel (French Origin), meaning "born on Christmas Day". The other half of Oasis.

32. Patti (English Origin), meaning "noble". Patti Smith was a singer-songwriter.

33. Paul (Latin Origin), meaning "humble, small". Sir Paul McCartney, bassist for The Beatles.

34. Polly (English Origin), meaning "great sorrow". Polly, stage name PJ Harvey, is an English singer-songwriter.

35. Richie (English Origin), meaning "brave ruler". Richie Valens was a pioneer of rock and roll.

36. Ringo (Japanese Origin), meaning "apple". Ringo Starr was the drummer for The Beatles.

37. Robert (English Origin), meaning "bright flame". Robert Plant was the frontman for rock 'n' roll band Led Zeppelin.

38. Rod (English Origin), meaning "short form of Rodney". Rod Stewart is rock singer and songwriter.

39. Roger (English Origin), meaning "famous spear". Roger Daltrey was lead singer of The Who.

40. Shirley (English Origin), meaning "bright meadow". Shirley Manson is lead singer of Garbage.

41. Stevie (American Origin), meaning "friend". Stevie Nicks is a songwriter and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac.

42. Tony (English Origin), meaning "short form of Antony". Tony Lommi was guitarist for Black Sabbath.

Names From Rock Songs

These rock inspired baby names all feature in famous rock songs. Will one make it onto your rock 'n' roll baby names list?

43. Adam (Hebrew Origin), meaning "father is peace". From 'Adam's Song' by Blink 182.

44. Alec (English Origin), meaning "defender of the people". From 'Alec Eiffel' by the Pixies.

45. Angie (English Origin), meaning "messenger of God". From the song 'Angie' by The Rolling Stones.

46. Buddy (American Origin), meaning "friend". From the song 'Buddy Holly' by Weezer.

47. Charlie (English Origin), meaning "free man". From the song 'Charlie' by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

48. Danny (English Origin), meaning "God is my judge". From 'Danny Says' by the Ramones.

49. Donnie (English Origin), meaning "from Donald or Donavon". From the song 'What A Catch, Donnie' by Fall Out Boy.

50. Eugene (English Origin), meaning "well born". From 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' by Pink Floyd.

51. Floyd (English Origin), meaning "grey". From 'Floyd The Barber' by Nirvana.

52. George (Greek Origin), meaning "farmer". From the song 'Oh, George' by the Foo Fighters.

53. Harry (English Origin), meaning "Army ruler". From the song 'Dirty Harry' by the Gorillaz.

54. Jack (English Origin), meaning "God is gracious". From the song 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' by The Rolling Stones.

55. James (Hebrew Origin), meaning "supplanter". From 'Little James' by Oasis.

56. Jeremy (Hebrew Origin), meaning "God will uplift". From the song ' Jeremy' by Pearl Jam.

57. John (Hebrew Origin), meaning "God is gracious". From the song 'Not Now John' by Pink Floyd.

58. Jonas (Hebrew Origin), meaning "a dove". From 'My Name Is Jonas' by Weezer.

59. Jude (English Origin), meaning "from Judea". From 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles.

60. Juliet (English Origin), meaning "youthful, downy". From the song 'Romeo And Juliet' by Dire Straits.

61. Kenneth (Scottish Origin), meaning "handsome". From the song 'What's The Frequency, Kenneth?' by R.E.M.

62. Mick (English Origin), meaning "who is like God". From the song 'Mick Avery's Underpants' by The Kinks.

63. Monty (English Origin), meaning "short form of names beginning with Mont". From 'Monty Got A Raw Deal' by R.E.M.

64. Penny (English Origin), meaning "with a web over her face". From 'Penny Lane' by The Beatles.

65. Romeo (Italian Origin), meaning "from Rome, Italy". From the song 'Romeo And Juliet' by Dire Straits.

66. Rudie (Germanic Origin), meaning "famous wolf". From 'Rudie Can't Fail' by The Clash.

67. Sam (English Origin), meaning "short form of Samuel or Samantha". From 'Telegram Sam' by T-Rex.

68. Sean (Irish Origin), meaning "God is gracious". From the song 'Sean Flynn' by The Clash.

69. Tom (Greek Origin), meaning "a twin". From 'Poor Tom' by Led Zeppelin.

70. Walter (English Origin), meaning "Army ruler". From 'Do you Remember Walter' by The Kinks.

Names Inspired By Rock Culture

One of these music related names might be perfect for your rock 'n' roll baby. These baby names come from places, instruments, festivals and more.

71. Abbey (English Origin), meaning "nunnery". Abbey Road was made famous by The Beatles.

72. Alice (English Origin), meaning "from nobility". From the band name Alice in Chains.

73. Anita (Hebrew Origin), meaning "gracious". Anita Pallenberg had two children with Keith Richards.

74. Berwick (English Origin), meaning "from the barley grange". Berwick Street was the feature of Oasis' second album cover.

75. Bohemia (Germanic Origin), meaning "home of the Boii". Bohemia is a girls' name, inspired by Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

76. Butch (American Origin), meaning "manly". Butch Vig was a producer for Sonic Youth.

77. Christie (English Origin), meaning "shortened form of Christine". Christie Brinkley was the second wide of Billy Joel.

78. Donnington (English Origin), meaning "lives near the stream". Donnington Park is home to Download Festival.

79. Fender (English Origin), meaning "from the defender". Fender is well known guitar make.

80. Gibson (English Origin), meaning "Gilbert's son". Gibson is another well know guitar make.

81. Iman (Arabic Origin), meaning "faith". Iman was the second wife of David Bowie.

82. Jerry (English Origin), meaning "shortened form of names beginning with Jer". Jerry Hall was with Mick Jagger for 22 years and they had 4 children together.

83. King (American Origin), meaning "ruler". King Tut's was where Oasis got signed.

84. Marianne (French Origin), meaning "of the sea". Marianne Faithful dated Mick Jagger and co-wrote 'Sister Morphine'.

85. Mary (Hebrew Origin), meaning "of the sea". Long term partner of Freddie Mercury.

86. Memphis (Greek Origin), meaning "established and beautiful". Home of Elvis Presley.

87. Mosh (Hebrew Origin), meaning "peace". A mosh pit is always popular at rock show.

88. Pearl (English Origin), meaning "a smooth, round bead formed by a mollusk". From the band name Pearl Jam.

89. Phil (Greek Origin), meaning "lover of horses". Phil Spector was a music producer for bands including The Beatles.

90. Queen (English Origin), meaning "title for a female Royal".

91. Rachel (Hebrew Origin), meaning "ewe". Rachel Hunter was the wife of Rod Stewart.

92. Ramone (French Origin), meaning "a Roman". From the band the Ramones.

93. Reading (English Origin), meaning "people from Read". Reading, the festival of rock, started in the 70's.

94. Rick (English Origin), meaning "brave ruler". Rick Rubin was a music producer for many rock bands including Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

95. Steve (English Origin), meaning "short form of Steven". Steve Albini was a music producer for bands such as Nirvana.

96. Todd (English Origin), meaning "fox". Todd Rundgren produced music for Patti Smith.

97. Troubadour (English Origin), meaning "to compose". The Troubadour is a famous West London venue.

98. Woodstock (Anglo Saxon Origin), meaning "place". Woodstock Rock Festival was held in 1969.

99. Yoko (Japanese Origin), meaning "ocean, sun". Yoko Ono was wife of John Lennon.

100. Zeppelin (Germanic Origin), meaning "airship, blimp".

101. Ziggy (German Origin), meaning "shortened form of Sigmund". Ziggy Stardust was created by David Bowie.

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Written by Jessica Walrond-Robertshaw

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Choreography and Dance

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Jessica Walrond-RobertshawBachelor of Arts specializing in Choreography and Dance

An experienced professional from Surrey, Jess is currently residing in Hampshire. She has a passion for exploring and finding new places to visit, especially those involving water. She has a Bachelor's degree in Choreography and Dance from the University of Winchester. Accompanied by their two-year-old son, she enjoys spending time by the sea, in ponds, splash pads, or the garden indulging in water play. She has a keen interest in physical activities such as aerial acrobatics, paddleboarding, and obstacle course racing.

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