All that jazz: 15 jazz-inspired baby names

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Is your bundle of joy about to hit the main stage? Swing into action and get into the groove with these suave monikers inspired by some of the world's most famous jazz musicians. 


Artie's derived from Arthur, meaning ‘bear’. Artie Shaw was a swing-era clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor.


From Elizabeth, meaning ‘pledged to God’. Bessie Smith, dubbed 'Empress of the Blues', was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.


Billie means ‘resolute protection’ and was the name of American jazz musician and singer-songwriter Billie Holiday.


An English nickname made famous by New York jazz and blues pianist and bandleader, Buddy Johnson.


Earl Hines was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. Earl is also an English title name!


Ella means ‘all, completely; fairy maiden. Ella Fitzgerald was a world-famous jazz singer, dubbed 'Our Lady Of Song'.


Fletcher means ‘arrow-maker’. Fletcher Henderson was a big band and swing pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer.


From Nell, meaning ‘bright, shining one’. Nellie Lutcher was a 1940s and 50s jazz singer and pianist.


Nina means ‘priceless one. After Nina Simone who was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist.


Oscar means ‘God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior’. Oscar Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer.


Rex is a Latin name, meaning ‘king’. Rex Stewart was an American jazz cornetist who played with Duke Ellington's band.’


Rosetta means ‘splendid’. Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a 1940s singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.


Sonny means ‘son’. Sonny Knight was a respected jazz singer, songwriter and author.

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Una means ‘one’ or ‘lamb’. Una Mae Carlisle was a 1940s jazz singer, pianist, and songwriter.


Wilton means ‘place by a stream’. For Wilton Crawley - a songwriter and clarinet player in the 20s and 30s.

This article was originally published on Babyology.