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In Style or Exile on Name Street?

In Style or Exile on Name Street?
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Mick Jagger performed on this season's final episode of Saturday Night Live. While we were so delighted to see the rock legend on stage once again, it also reminded us of all the little Jaggers we've been seeing out there--no, not his seven kids--all the celebrity babies with the first or middle name Jagger.

Currently holding steady in the 600s, the name Jagger first appeared in the top 1000 in 2001. Why is Jagger such a hit when other musically influenced names have not been so popular? Jagger is one of many surname-inspired names ending in -r but is not super popular yet (think Taylor, Tyler and Cooper) and has a masculine sound (and an old-school occupation meaning of carter or peddlar) as well as being a nod to the parents' musical tastes. Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson were ahead of the game in 1997 when they named their son after not one but two musical icons--Dylan Jagger Lee. The following year saw Scott Stapp bestow Jagger as a first name for his eldest son. New babies sporting the rocking name include Real Housewife Kim Zolciak's son Kroy Jagger Biermann born last year.


Along with chart-topper Dylan (which may be partly inspired by the hard-living poet Dylan Thomas) there are a few other musician-inspired names we've noticed climbing the charts among celebrities as well as regular folks.

  • Axel (Axl): We think this one is inspired by Guns N Roses' Axl Rose, as it made its first appearance in the top 200 in 2010, but Axel is also a top 20 Swedish name--which explains Will Ferrell and Swedish Wife Viveca Paulin's choice for their  son.
  • Joni: Though Joni has popped up twice in the past year as a middle name, it has been out of the top 1000 since 1990
  • Lennon: Recently noticed on grown-up BFF actress Lennon Parham, Lennon just made it in to the top 1000 in 2008, but babyname spotters will remember it from Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher's son Lennon Francis born in 1999
  • Morrison: We speculated earlier this year that Rachel Zoe's son Skyler Morrison Berman perhaps contained a nod to the Lizard King
  • Hendrix: With it's -x ending and guitar god history, we're not surprised to see it enter the top 1000

What rock and roll names would you like to see popularized? Have you noticed other musical names on the rise?

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May 22, 2012 11:52 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Many of these names have a variety of sources beyond the famous rock stars - Dylan, for example, was also a 90210 character, and I wonder if the timing of that show and the sound of the name attracted people to it.

My son is an Axel, named after his Swedish grandfather, not the singer. Axl Rose's real name was, I think, William or Robert. We've met another young Axel, and his parents were also more inspired by the Swedish heritage than by Guns N Roses. Aksel is an alternate spelling.

June 16, 2012 5:43 AM
By Freddie Berman (not verified)

New babies sporting the rocking name include Real Housewife Kim Zolciak's son Kroy Jagger Biermann born last year.

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