When it comes to baby names, inspiration is quite literally everywhere. Some people turn to plants for inspiration for floral baby names. Others turn towards books for literary inspiration. And others still, look towards relatives for inspiration to carry on names. Perhaps one of the most interesting sources of finding baby names, however, is through music. Music is a large part of many people’s lives, so it’s no wonder some parents choose to name their little ones after their favorite musicians. And where better to turn to, than to punk rock.
“Punk, also known as punk rock, aggressive form of rock music that coalesced into an international (though predominantly Anglo-American) movement in 1975–80. Often politicized and full of vital energy beneath a sarcastic, hostile facade, punk spread as an ideology and an aesthetic approach, becoming an archetype of teen rebellion and alienation,” writes Britannica.com.
Below is a list of baby names all inspired by punk rock heroes old and new. From the artists themselves to their lyrics and inspiration, this list is full of names that are punk rock in every way.
“While the punk rock genre is represented by plenty of men, there are tons of girl names you can find amongst the bands as well. Also, some names can go either way. Quite a few artists also had stage names, some of which would make an awesome first name (such as Lux) or maybe their original name would be better (as in the case of Eric Reed Boucher, also known as Jello Biafra),” shares SheKnows.com.
Keep reading for some seriously punk inspiration.
“Vivienne Isabel Westwood DBE RDI (née Swire; born 8 April 1941) is a British fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.
Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren's boutique in the King's Road. It was their ability to synthesize clothing and music that shaped the 1970s UK punk scene, dominated by McLaren's band, the Pistols.
She was inspired by the shock-value of punk—"seeing if one could put a spoke in the system,” writes Wikipedia.com. Vivienne is iconic in the punk scene, and either Vivienne or Isabel is very charming names for a little girl, and yet both remain feminine and dainty.
“The Ramones' classic song, "Sheena is a Punk Rocker," may help inspire your daughter's more rebellious side. It's the Irish take on "Jane," and means "God is gracious.”,” shares Parents.com.
This two-syllable name is full of punk and zest but still remains pretty. The name is of Irish origin and does not currently rank on any popularity charts, so if you are looking for unique and spunky, Sheena is certainly one to consider. “People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters,” writes SheKnows.com on those with the name Sheena.
“The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was vastly influential in both the United States and the United Kingdom,” states Wikipedia.com.
It doesn’t get any more punk rock than the Ramone’s, so why not name your child after them? Ramone is very charming for a boy, and you could opt for Ramona for a little punk rock girl. Either way, it’s a unique choice!
Axl Rose is the lead singer of Guns and Roses name, and the name Axel itself is pretty darn edgy. “Growing in popularity, along with a lot of other names featuring the powerful letter 'x', Axel is now more popular than ever.
It entered the popularity list in 1989, one year after the release of one of Guns N' Roses biggest hits,” shares NameBerry.com. The name currently ranks in at number 105 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and continues to rise in popularity. If you’re looking for a name that is sure to be a trendsetter, Axel is a name to consider.
“Warwick Alan "Wally" Nightingale (3 January 1956 – 6 May 1996) was an amateur English pop musician. He was notable in English pop music history as the founder of the band that went on to become The S*x Pistols,” shares Wikipedia.com. Wally is such a cute name and definitely has a rocking history behind it.
“The name Wally is a German baby name. In German the meaning of the name Wally is: rules; conquers,” adds SheKnows.com. Wally is not a very common name, so if you are looking for unique, Wally may just be a name to consider.
Inspired for this list by the My Chemical Romance song, Helena is up next. Helena is of Greek origin and means bright, shining light, according to NameBerry.com. The name is not too common, but definitely not unheard of either. It currently ranks in at number 516 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
“Helena is a more delicate and dainty version of Helen, a favorite of Shakespeare, who used it in both All's Well That Ends Well and A Midsummer's Night Dream. Historically, Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great (and, supposedly, the daughter of Old King Cole), who became a fourth-century saint--Evelyn Waugh wrote his only historical novel, Helena, based on her story,” adds NameBerry.com.
Penny is such a cute name for a little girl. The name is steadily climbing in popularity and currently ranks in at number 772 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. The name was inspired for this list by The Beatles song, Penny Lane. “Like Peggy and Patsy, the kind of zesty moniker young Judy Garland would sport in her early let's-put-on-a-show flicks.
It fell out of favor (and the Top 1000) for a while but has recently rebounded by reentering the charts in 2013. Expect it to continue gaining traction as a result of surprise hit Penelope,” suggests NameBerry.com. This two-syllable name is sure to be a hit
“John William Cummings (October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004), known professionally as Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones. He was a founding member of the band, and remained a member throughout their entire career. He died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004.
In 2009, he appeared on Time's list of "The 10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players". In 2012, he was ranked #8 on Spin's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". He is also ranked #28 on the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list in Rolling Stone,” shares Wikipedia.com. Johnny Ramone was one talented man, and is definitely an inspiration for a rockin’ little boys name!
“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,” writes DisneyBaby.com. Meg is a seriously darling name! “The name Meg is a girl's name of English, Greek origin meaning "pearl,” writes NameBerry.com.
“People with this name are excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They tend to be mystics, philosophers, scholars, and teachers. Because they live so much in the mind, they tend to be quiet and introspective, and are usually introverts,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Meg.
Inspired for this list by The Clash song, ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ Rudie is the next name on this list of punk names with an edge. The name Rudie is a variation of the more common, Rudy. The name Rudy is of German origin and means famous wolf, according to NameBerry.com.
“Rudy has a bit of style currency, thanks to the fact that Jude Law used it for his son. It has been consistently in the Top 1000 for as long as Social Security records have been tallied, as opposed to parent name Rudolph, which, perhaps due to the reindeer, hasn't been heard from in some time,” NameBerry.com adds.
“Corin Lisa Tucker (born November 9, 1972 in Eugene, Oregon) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her work with rock band Sleater-Kinney. Prior to forming Sleater-Kinney, Tucker was a member of the indie rock group Heavens to Betsy. She has also released work under the name The Corin Tucker Band,” shares Wikipedia.com.
Corin Tucker is one hardcore female musician, and her name is the perfect inspiration for an equally hardcore and edgy baby name. The name Corin is of Latin origin and means spear, making it literally an edgy. Corin is not currently on any popularity charts so if you’re looking for unique, Corin is one to consider.
“Sheena is a punk rocker, Sheena is a punk rocker, Sheena is a punk rocker now....” Or so goes this famous song by the Ramones. This two syllable name is equally charming and punk rock. “The name Sheena is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "God is gracious,” shares NameBerry.com.
“People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters,” suggests SheKnows.com on the traits of those with the name Sheena. Sheena would pair well with a middle name such as Mae, Lee or Rose.
Jett is the last name of musician Joan Jett and though Jett is commonly used for little boys it would also make a unique and cute name for a little girl! The name Jett is actually inspired by the mineral Jet. “Jet is a type of lignite, a precursor to coal, and is a gemstone. Jet is not a mineral, but rather a mineraloid. It has an organic origin, being derived from wood that has decayed under extreme pressure,” explains Wikipedia.com.
As a boys name, Jett is actually ranked at number 301 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, and it continues to rise. Choose the name Jett for your little one, boy or girl, and you’re sure to see an upswing in the name!
“Anya Phillips was a central character in New York’s “no wave” scene – a punk subculture that was beyond edgy and cool, just like Anya herself,” states KidSpot.com.au. Anya is of Russian origin and means grace, according to NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number 627 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
“Anya is the form found most frequently in Russia, Poland and other East European countries, while Anja is the spelling usually preferred in Germany Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands,” adds NameBerry.com. Anya or Anja, the day is super simple and sweet, and has a seriously cool punk meaning behind it, perfect for a little girl who is sure to rebel against the norm!
Mike Ness was a guitarist and songwriter for the iconic Social Distortion, and his last name is totally the inspiration for a rockin’ baby name. Ness is super cute for a boy or girl, and very uncommon.
“The name Ness is a Scottish baby name. In Scottish the meaning of the name Ness is: From the headland,” writes SheKnows.com. “People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight,” adds SheKnows.com on the personality of those named Ness.
“Exene Cervenka (born Christene Lee Cervenka; February 1, 1956) is an American singer, artist, and poet. She is best known for her work as a singer in the California punk rock band X,” shares Wikipedia.com. The name Exene is probably the most punk and edgy on this list, in all honesty.
Aside from Exene herself, there’s no really definition or meaning to the name, but I think that makes it much more cool and unique. The name is not listed on any popularity charts. The name would be very cute, unique and definitely edgy for any little girl whose sure to be a punk rock princess.
“James Newell Osterberg Jr. (born April 21, 1947), known professionally by his stage name Iggy Pop and designated the "Godfather of Punk", is an American singer, songwriter, musician, producer and actor. He was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band the Stooges, who reunited in 2003, and is well known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.
Iggy Pop's music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of his career, including garage rock, punk rock, hard rock, art rock, new wave, jazz, blues, and electronic,” writes Wikipedia. The Godfather of Punk is the perfect place to look for baby name inspiration. Iggy is such a cute name, for a girl or boy! And if that doesn’t strike your fancy you could always opt for the more traditional name of James, which I think makes a cute middle name for a boy or girl.
Not just an Instagram filter, Lux is the next name up on the list. It was inspired for this list by the singer of the punk rock band The Cramps. “Erick Lee Purkhiser (October 21, 1946 – February 4, 2009), better known by the stage name Lux Interior, was an American singer and a founding member of the American punk rock band The Cramps from 1972 until his death in 2009 at age 62,” shares Wikipedia.com.
The name Lux is of Latin origin and means light, according to NameBerry.com. Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry recently chose the name for her son, and so it’s no surprise the name is slowly gaining in popularity.
“The name Beckett is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bee hive, little brook or bee cottage,” writes NameBerry.com. The name Beckett is on this list thanks to William Beckett, the punk rock vocalist. “William Beckett is an American musician best known for his work with the now-defunct Chicago-based band The Academy Is... (TAI), who were signed to Atlantic Records/Fueled by Ramen/Decaydance Records.
While still in high school in 2002, Beckett and guitarist Mike Carden came together from rival bands in Chicago to form The Academy Is... In addition to founding the band, Beckett and Carden are credited as the primary songwriters. A third core member of the band was Adam T. Siska, Beckett's classmate and friend from Barrington High School” shares Wikipedia.com. The band is no longer together, hosting a final tour in 2015, but the name Beckett is still very much around, currently ranking in at number 226 on NameBerry.com popularity charts for boys names.
Sweet, sweet Lita has a bit of fire to it. Lita Ford, the guitarist, inspires the names slot on this list of punk names with an edge. “Lita Rossana Ford (born 19 September 1958) is an English-born American rock guitarist, actress, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980s,” states Wikipedia.com.
Lita is iconic in the punk industry, and her name is very sweet. “The name Lita is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Lita is: Joyful,” shares SheKnows.com.
“Sid Vicious was born John Simon Ritchie on May 10, 1957, in London. As a high school dropout, his "punk" look captured the eye of Malcolm McLaren, creator of the Pistols. After the band broke up in 1978, Vicious holed up in New York's Chelsea Hotel with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
Their relationship was full of ups and downs, leading to the eventual mysterious murder of Spunger. Not long after, on February 2, 1979, Vicious was found dead in New York City,” writes Biography. I mean, you can’t say that’s not edgy! Sid Vicious is an iconic figure in punk music, and the name Sid is actually pretty darn cool!
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One of my favorites on this list of punk names, Dee Dee is up next! Inspired for this list by Dee Dee Ramone himself, this two word name is not very common. “Douglas Glenn Colvin (September 18, 1951 – June 5, 2002), known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for the punk rock band the Ramones,” writes Wikipedia.com. Super cute for a boy or girl, this name is both edgy and unique, making it one to definitely consider adding to your list of possibilities.
.Many punk bands originated in London, and there many a song about the city. The city is a wonderful inspiration for a baby name, and it's tied to punk culture, which makes it even a little unexpectedly edgy.
The name is an English place-name. “The capital of the United Kingdom makes a solid and attractive twenty-first-century choice, with a lot more substance than Paris. It's in the [gender-neutral] column, with costar starbaby (Saul 'Slash' Hudson) and one girl (Neal McDonough),” writes NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number 151 on NameBerry.com popularity charts for a girls name, and is currently ranked at number 819 for boys names!
Inspired by the Paul McCartney song, Jenny Wren, Wren is the next name on this list. The name Wren is an English bird name. “Wren, a lilting songbird name, could be the next Robin.
It makes a particularly pleasing middle name choice, as does her newly discovered cousin Lark. Wren entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2012. This petite bird was regarded in Ireland as the "magician of the birds" and the Druids considered it a bird of prophecy. Thanks to an early fable, it has also been known as King of the Birds,” shares NameBerry.com.
Max is the last name on this list of punk names with an edge, but like many things in life, sometimes the last is indeed the best! Inspired for this list by The Beatles song, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, I’ve shortened the name to Max, because it’s a bit more edgy than Maxwell.
Plus, Max is super cute and totally punk rock for a little boy or a little girl. As a boys name, Max is currently ranked at number 128 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Max as a girls name is not currently ranked on popularity charts, but it may work it’s way up sooner rather than later. The name Max is of English origin and means ‘greatest’. If you want to give your child a legendary name, consider the name Max.
References: sheknows.com, nameberry.com, kidspot.com