Category: Musicians’ baby names

Our 8th Beautiful Name Award Winner – Brix Smith Start

Yes, we agree – it’s a tongue-twister and a gem.  RSS – a three syllable name like the chorus of a rock anthem.  Or three pounding bass notes at the beginning of a angst-ridden belter.

Her biography came out a few months and it’s our second rock/ pop biography read of the summer (the first was the 818 page, new Philip Norman, “McCartney” biography) –
brix start

To be honest, we are partial to her real name too – Laura Elisse Salenger.  But hey… congratulations Brix Smith Start – 8th winner of our Beautiful Name Award!

Roll Up, Roll Up – it’s Kardashian-West Baby No.2!

With the exciting news that Kardashian-West baby number 2 is on the way, speculation will commence as to possible baby names to usurp the amusing (and pretty) name of baby Sister, North.

Dismissing the obvious choice of other compass-based names (which we sincerely hope they avoid), at Theory of Names, we wondered if Kanye-Kim might instead reflect on their Irish honeymoon for inspiration and use an Irish place (or Ireland-related) name as an exotic Christian name alternative. Applying the Theory of Names methodology and principles, some of the options we came up with were-

Kerry West

Galway West

Ulysses (the James Joyce book) West

Buncrana West

Tempo West

Antrim West

Armagh (pronounced arr-maa) West

Malone (after Molly) West

Clear (after Cape Clear) West

Dingle West

Enya (the Singer) West

Maeve (after Queen Maeve) West

Shelbourne (the Dublin hotel) West

Shamrock West

Which is your favourite? What exotic, beautiful name might they pick?

David Bowie & Theory of Names

The launch in Ireland on 8 March 2013 of the incredible new David Bowie album, “The Next Day”, prompted us to do some digging around Mr. Bowie’s real name and family names. Like many musicians, he appears to have a penchant for devising beautiful, memorable names.

Here are some of the things we found-

DB, real name – David Robert Haywood Jones

Father’s name – Haywood Stenton Jones (known as John)

Mother’s name – Mary Margaret Jones (nee Burns)

He has two half sisters, Annette and Myra Ann (Annette, by coincidence, through marriage, later became known as Iman) and a half-brother Terence or Terry (full name, Terence Guy Adair Burns)

Wife’s name – Iman, full name Iman Mohamed Abdul Majid

His first Wife’s name – Mary Angela (or Angie) Barnett

Son’s name – Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (born 30 May 1971, now a successful Movie Director)

Daughter’s name – Alexandra Zahra Jones (born 15 August 2000)

Step Daughter’s name – Zulekha (born 5 July 1978, from Iman’s first marriage to Spencer Haywood)

The reason he changed his surname to Bowie, was primarily because of the upcoming fame of Davy Jones of the Monkees. He is quoted as saying, Bowie “is the ultimate American knife. It is the medium for a conglomerate of statements and illusions.”

So clearly, Bowie understands the power of beautiful, mystical, memorable names and has chosen powerful artistic names for his children too.

We wondered, given the resurgence in Bowie interest globally, are we likely to see an increase in the unusual first name, Haywood? Or maybe the use of name Bowie as a middle name of first name?

What do you think? Do you like/love his choice of names?

New Beatles Album (2013) – “The Purple Songs”

Imagine… a re-discovered 30 year old mastertape from an undiscussed Irish island retreat, boasting a dozen previously unheard Beatles songs written at the height of their creative powers.

What song titles might appear? Sweet-sounding place names? Iconic girl first-names? Unforgettable love slogans? Quick-witted double meanings?

Never ones to shy away from a challenge…

1. Head of an Englishman, Irish Heart (Harrison)

2. Happy Anniversary (Lennon-McCartney)

3. Oonagh Ane (Starr-McCartney)

4. You’re wrong, you’re definitely right (Lennon-McCartney)

5. Rishikesh skies (Lennon-MCartney)

6. Love will surprise you (Lennon-McCartney)

7. First love (MCartney)

8. Anger is our drug (Lennon)

9. Letter to Brian (Lennon-MCartney)

10. Thomas Chamney Searight (Lennon-MCartney)

11. 100 times you let me down, 100 times we made up (Harrison)

12. Vote Yes (McCartney).

What do you think? Which ones would you skip to first? What unwritten Beatles’ song titles can you compose?

Britney Spears’ middle name

To mark the arrival of Britney Spears’ arrival on the judges panel of X-Factor USA, we set ourselves the task of inventing 12 possible middle names for our All-American Princess of Pop.

So, driven by aspirations of creativity, beauty and memorable distinction, here’s the names we came up with-

Britney Miranda Spears

Britney Carmelleta Spears

Britney Lu Spears

Britney Wilson Spears

Britney Sugar Ray Spears

Britney Cassius Spears

Britney Cornelia Cole Spears

Britney Jude Spears

Britney Tyler Mu Spears

Britney Tiger May Spears

Britney Jagger Woo Spears

Britney Diamond G Spears.

So – what’s your favourite???

PS – By the way… her real middle name? Is, of course, Britney Jean Spears.

Theodora Rose Williams and Theory of Names

Congratulations to Robbie and Ayra on the arrival if their baby daughter, Theodora Rose Williams.

From a Theory of Names perspective, they’ve done well – a name with lovely balance, originality, context and most importantly, beauty and memorability.

A curiosity, perhaps, is their choice of P.A. (preferred abbreviation) – “Teddy” – which we normally associate with Edward. Of course, Theo or Dora might also become an adopted name of everyday use.

For the historians among you, the name has Roman origins – “Theodora I (Greek: Θεοδώρα) (c. 500 – 28 June 548), was empress of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I” (from Wikipedia).

So once again, our hats off to the musicians – we also blogged recently about Elvis Costello & Diane Krall’s excellent choice of boys names.

Dere’s music in d’em names.

Elvis & Sons

We are of course talking about the second Elvis – Declan Patrick McManus (aka Elvis Costello) and his adorable wife, jazz virtuoso, Diana Krall.

In addition to the 30 studio albums he’s written, clearly he and Ms Krall know a thing or two about beautiful baby names, based on the memorable names they gave their twin boys in 2006 i.e.

Dexter Henry Lorcan and

Frank Harlan James.

Touch of class, eh?

So are musician better creators of children’s names than the rest of us mere mortals?

Tell us your views!

Ivy Blue

We think Beyonce may have started something by giving her daughter a colour-based middle name.

We also wondered,  if we applied Theory of Names for creating a few potential sister-brother names for little Ivy, what we might come up with.  How about-

Mabel Orange

Jill Brown

Sarah Pink

James White

Tracey Primrose

David Tulip

Brooke Mustard

Jessica Red

Which are your favourites?  What alternatives do you suggest?

U2’s new album (2013)

What’s in a name?

U2 we hear are working on their next album (working on or agonising over??). To be fair, they have set themselves high standards and in Bono’s words, “Edge is still searching for the perfect pop song.”

But what about the perfect song title? Is a concidence that their more successful albums have short symbollic titles rather than verbose abstractions?

Boy (1980)
October (1981)
War (1983)
The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
The Joshua Tree (1987)
Rattle and Hum (1988)
Achtung Baby (1991)
Zooropa (1993)
Pop (1997)
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
No Line on the Horizon (2009)

What should they call the new album?

Is it time for a return to the one word manifesto – Boy, War, October or Pop? Or another “The something something” title? Maybe a spiritual image or biblical reference?

How about-
Zen O’Clock

Forgive me if I ignored you earlier

The Sea

Desire, Anger and her Twin Sisters


The Garden Hasn’t Changed Much

What do you think would make a good name?