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

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

Bessie

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

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

Buddy

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

Earl

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

Ella

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

Fletcher

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

Nellie

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

Nina

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

Oscar

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

Rex

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

Rosetta

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

Sonny

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

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Una

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

Wilton

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.