These days, it can be extremely difficult to choose a name for your baby, with your choice more likely to have a large number of connotations than it would in the past. In fact, the choice of your baby's name has to undergo several checks before it's deemed perfect. For instance, are it fashionable? Will it remain fashionable? Do any shady characters from history share the same name? Is it gender-neutral? Do I want it to be gender-neutral? Yes, choosing a name can be one of the hardest things when it comes to having a baby.
Therefore, to save you some trouble, why not narrow it down to one of the best eras in music — the 1990s. The decade was full of grunge, pop and everything in between. It produced some all-time classic songs that will never go out of fashion. So, here are 10 names inspired by '90s pop stars.
Britney Spears was all the rage during the late '90s, and brought a new kind of pop star to popular culture. In fact, Spears was so popular that she even inspired a large number of moms to name their children after her. The name first originated in France after the beautiful Brittany region. After a while, Britney moved across the pond, peaking in popularity in the early '90s, reaching number 3 in the most popular names.
Poor Britney Spears has undergone some major ups and downs over the year, with regards to her professional career and her private life, so why not bring her back and name your kid after the iconic pop star?
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were the it couple of the late '90s. The iconic pair was admired all over the world, with young boys and girls either wanting to be them or at least be friends with them. As a result of their success, the names Britney and Justin became extremely popular, with hoards of '90s children named after the duo. Sadly, like all good things, the relationship came to an end, which also meant an end to the popularity of their names. So, let's bring back the '90s and get Britney and Justin back where they belong.
Kurt Cobain was one of the most recognizable faces of the '90s and helped kick-start a whole new genre in music. Cobain was best known for being the guitarist and lead singer of the grunge rock band, Nirvana. Not only was he extremely talented, he was also influential in how alternative music would be viewed. Sadly, Cobain committed suicide in 1994, leaving behind a stamp on the history of music.
As a result of his success, Cobain has gone on to inspire several artists as well as several parents who have named their kids after the famous musician. However, recently the name has dipped a little in popularity, so why not bring Kurt Cobain back into the 21st century?
Mariah Carey first found fame in the early '90s and has been standing strong ever since. In fact, Carey is a household name and still releases record after record and hit after hit. Over the years, Carey has been somewhat controversial with regards to her personal life and diva-like status. However, this hasn't stopped her adoring fans from loving her even more.
The name Mariah peaked at an all-time high during the '90s, something that has been put down to the success of Mariah Carey herself. These days, the name isn't as popular as it used to be, but if it's anything like Carey herself, it isn't going anywhere.
Whitney Houston was probably one of the most beautiful singers to have graced this earth and has touched the hearts of many with her amazing catalog of music. Houston was mostly known for her voice, a voice that could hit notes regular people could only dream of. During the 90s, Houston was at her peak in popularity, especially when the iconic movie, The Bodyguard, was released in 1992. The name, Whitney, saw a surge in the mid to late 90s, with parents all over the world naming their children after the legendary singer. After a while, the name dipped, only to receive a slight increase when Houston sadly passed away in 2012.
Brandy Rayana Norwood, otherwise known as just Brandy, first shot to fame in the music industry during the early '90s. However, it was her show Moesha that really brought her to the attention of audiences worldwide. The sitcom was extremely popular, and as a result of its success, Brandy went back to music, creating classics such as, "The Boy is Mine" and producing her own line of Barbie dolls. Brandy as a name last peaked during the mid-90s, which was likely down to Brandy Norwood and how cool she was.
Cher, real name Cherilyn, is one of the most famous faces of all time and has been in the music industry for decades upon decades. In 1998, Cher released her most famous album to date, "Believe," which went on to sell 10 million copies worldwide. The name Cher is not as popular as one might think and has never been featured in the top 1000 most popular names in the USA. In fact, the last time another Cher hit the mainstream was in the highly successful film Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone as the rich and clueless teenager, Cher. Therefore, it seems only right to bring the name into the spotlight and make Cher the most common name of the next decade.
Back in the '90s, you were either a Britney fan or a Christina fan. Christina Aguilera had an attitude and a bit of bite, which was appealing to teenage girls who weren't into the then squeaky clean Britney Spears and wanted a little bit more. The name Christina is common worldwide, mostly due to its different variations and spelling. A large number of names have come derive from the name Christina, such as Christianne, Christabel, Kristy, Kirsty, and many more. The name has also been somewhat popular over the last couple of decades but last peaked during the mid-80s.
Alanis Morrisette offered listeners of the 90s something different to the pop world of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. In 1995, Morrisette released "Jagged Little Pill," an album that would go on to define her career, mostly due to the single "Ironic." The name Alanis last peaked during the late '90s which was probably due to Morrisette's fame. However, since then the name has dipped in and out of favor and is now considered to be unique. Therefore, Alanis is a great name to bring back into the mainstream and a nod to the decade that brought us Alanis Morrisette.
Axl Rose, real name William, is probably one of the most famous frontmen of all time. Rose has been the lead singer for Guns N' Roses since 1985 and is still going strong, belting out anthems and shouting at anybody who will listen. The name Axl is unique in that it is originally spelled Axe,l which is a common name in the Scandinavian region. However, Rose seemingly created his own version by dropping the vowel and going on to create one of the most recognizable names of all time. As a result, the name is only really popular with hardcore Guns N' Roses fans, but it seems to be becoming more and more common every year.