Friday, March 26, 2010

Baby Name Options #4 - Song Names

I grew up with a song for a name. Every time I was introduced to someone new, the first thing they’d say (or sing) was Mi-chelle, ma belle…” As a kid it drove me nuts...but as I got older and started to appreciate music, I found it kind of nice to have my own personal theme song - sung by the Beatles no less! I’ve often wondered if I would ever be able to put my own child through the horror of having to hear the same song over and over and over again, and I think for the right song I probably could...

Caroline French “free man”  Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

Cecilia Latin “blind one” Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel

Floyd Welsh "gray-haired" Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (Ok, so using a band name is probably cheating, but every night I wear a Pink Floyd T-shirt to bed and when I look down at my round belly labelled "Pink Floyd" it's hard not to think that might be a good name.)

Folsom Place name Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

James Hebrew "supplanter" James - Camera Obscura (This one could also work as a family or biblical name, but I like this song, so I put it here.)

Jude Hebrew “praise” Hey Jude – The Beatles

Julio Spanish “youthful” Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon

Lila Arabic “night” Lila – Bright Eyes (No mention of the name Lila in this song, although it does reference the meaning.)

Rocky German “rest” Rocky Raccoon – The Beatles

Tangerine Word name Tangerine – Led Zepplin

Valencia Spanish "brave, strong" O, Valencia! - The Decemberists

Clicking on a link will bring you to that song on Amazon's website. You'll have to click "play" to hear the clip.


  1. I think as long as the song is a positive tribute to the namesake, you can't go wrong! Believe me, growing up as a Caroline, I was always serenaded with Mr. Diamond's greatest hit! However, after Outkast released "Roses" in 2003, I was tortured with a less-friendly Caroline song. In college, I cringed every time I introduced myself to a guy at a party....
    These days I'm getting "Sweet Caroline" again and I rather like it. Thanks for including a great name at the top of your list!

    Honorable Mention: Delilah from "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's. That song always makes me smile!

  2. I should have mentioned that that song makes me wish I was named Caroline! Can't help but belt it out every time I hear it. :-)