10 irresistible baby names inspired by music festivals
Are you struggling for something unique to name your child? Why not look to the upcoming summer festival season for inspiration?
Festival names for boys
Calvin – Playing at this year’s T in the Park festival is Scots singer-songwriter Calvin Harris, whose hits include I’m not Alone and Ready for the Weekend. The name means ‘bald’. Calvin ranked number 333 in the UK boys baby name list for 2010.
Gruff – Performing at Yorkshire’s Rough Beats festival, Welshman Gruff Rhys has been an enduring figure in the British music since the late 80s, finding mainstream success with Super Furry Animals. The name means ‘prince’.
Guy – One of the major draws at this year’s Isle of Wight festival, Elbow are a British alternative rock band. Guy Garvey is their lead singer, and the name means ‘guide’.
Jake – Performing at Blackpool’s Rebellion festival are Northern Irish punk outfit Stiff Little Fingers, who have been going strong since the late 70s. Jake Burns is their frontman, the name meaning ‘supplanter’.
Ken – Ken Casey is bass guitarist and lead singer of Boston celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys, who will be appearing at this year’s Download Festival. The band are well-known for their political causes and the song Shipping Up To Boston, featured in the Martin Scorsese film, The Departed. The name Ken means ‘born of fire’.
Kirk – Lead guitarist of U.S. heavy metal icons Metallica, who’re set to play at this year’s Download festival, Kirk Hammett has been churning out the riffs since the 80s, and is still going strong! The name means ‘church’.
Nathan – The name of the lead guitarist in T in the Park’s alt rock headliners Snow Patrol, the name means ‘God has given’.
Newton – Performing at this year’s Wickerman festival, English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner’s debut album, Hand Built By Robots has been certified double-platinum in the UK. The name means ‘new settlement’.
Ricky – Ricky Warwick is the current frontman of rock legends Thin Lizzy, famous for the hits The Boys Are Back In Town and Whiskey In The Jar. They will be appearing at this year’s Belsonic festival in Belfast. The name Ricky means ‘powerful leader; peaceful ruler’.
Taylor – Taylor Hawkins is the drummer of Seattle-based alternative rock outfit Foo Fighters, whose hits include Monkey Wrench and Everlong. They will be headlining the main stage at this year’s Leeds festival.
Festival names for girls
Annie – Annie Mac is an Irish DJ and radio presenter, appearing at the Creamfields dance festival in August. The means ‘grace’.
Avalon – A name steeped in Arthurian legend, Avalon also has connections to the modern Glastonbury festival, as it is said that monks from Glastonbury Abbey found King Arthur’s remains here. Sadly, the next Glasto isn’t until summer 2013.
Emeli – Scottish Soul and R&B singer Emeli Sandé, who won the Critic’s Choice award at the 2012 Brit Awards, will be performing at this year’s V Festival. Her name means ‘rival’. We love Emeli, although her name is actually Adele Emelie Sandé. She changed it due to Adele’s growing success. She spoke; “I changed it as soon as Adele came out. I just thought, ‘You’ve kind of taken the [name] now’, so I went with my middle name. She was just getting bigger and bigger, so I thought I just really need it.”epic
Eden – A popular name for girls (and increasingly boys too!), Eden is a Hebrew word meaning delight, and also the name of an ecologically-minded Scottish music and dance festival.
Florence – One of the headliners at this year’s T in the Park festival, Florence and the Machine are an English indie pop band, well-known for their hits Dog Days Are Over and Kiss With a Fist. The name Florence means ‘flowering’.
Hayley – Hayley Williams is lead singer of American rock band Paramore, who will be performing at this summer’s Reading festival. The name Hayley means ‘hay meadow’.
Kate – The name of Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, who will be performing at Swindon’s Summer Breeze festival. Her hits include Suddenly I See and Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. The name Kate means ‘pure’.
Nicki – Trinidad-born Nicki Minaj, whose debut album Pink Friday went platinum after just one month in the U.S.A., will be performing at T in the Park this year. Her name means ‘victory of the people’.
Rose – Iceland’s Sigur Rós, meaning ‘victory rose’, can be seen performing at this year’s Electric Picnic festival, in Stradbally, Ireland. The name simply means ‘rose’, after the flower.
Sharleen – Sharleen Spiteri is the lead vocalist of Scottish pop rock band Texas, whose hits include Say What You Want and I Don’t Want a Lover. The name means ‘free man’. Perfect for tomboys then!
Did you name your baby after a musician?
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