13 Baby Names Inspired By '90s Song Lyrics
You don't have to be a member of Generation X to appreciate the iconic music that came out of the 1990s. The decade launched genres like grunge, dance hall, and hip-hop, and catapulted the careers of bands like Nirvana, No Doubt, and TLC. The fact that so many of the songs from the '90s have remained a part of the pop culture lexicon shows just how much of an impact the music made. If you're a fan of the beautiful songs to come out of that decade and you're expecting, why not consider baby names inspired by '90s song lyrics.
What's great about music from the 1990s is that it was a time where there was truly something for everyone. Whether you were into punk, metal, grunge, indie, hip-hop, pop, ska, or club music, there was a song out there that perfectly spoke to you. It's no wonder that '90s song lyrics make great tattoos because their messages have stood the test of time.
So channel some of that '90s nostalgia and check out these truly beautiful baby name ideas for your future daughter or son that are inspired by some of the most memorable moments in music from the 1990s.
A (rare) sweet love song from the Smashing Pumpkins, "Luna" perfectly captures that yearning all teens experience with their first love. In perfect harmony with the ethereal feeling of the song, Luna means "the moon" in Latin and totally fits the dreamy vibe.
A feel-good combination of alt, pop, and indie rock, Weezer's "Buddy Holly" was a bouncy throwback to the carefree style of the '50s. Since the 1950s was a decade full of timeless class, it makes sense that Holly is a traditional name which means "from the holly tree" in Old English.
I can't hear Oasis' "Champagne Supernova" without immediately thinking back to laying out on the beach with friends trying to figure out what it all meant. There was just something entrancing about the lyric, "Some day you will find me, caught beneath the landslide, in a champagne supernova in the sky." Perfect for a boy or a girl, this cosmic-sounding name, which means "new" in Latin, perfectly aligns with the starry sound of the Oasis hit.
The memorable song to accompany the romantic film, City of Angels, the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" pulled at the heartstrings of an entire generation. The line, "You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be," also sums up how most new parents feel when they see their baby for the first time. The name "Iris" actually has a few meanings. In Greek, Iris means "rainbow" since she was the goddess of the rainbow in mythology. It's also the name of the eponymous flower since it comes in nearly every color of the rainbow.
Perhaps one of the most iconic songs to come out of the decade, TLC's "Waterfalls" captured a raw view of diverse lifestyles in the '90s. In the chorus, "Don't go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to," there's a sense of caution similar to the tone a mother would give her child. Going off of the innovative visual effects of the video and inspired by the chorus, the name Lake, which quite literally means "a body of water," is a great unisex option.
Perfectly capturing the punk sound of the mid-'90s, Green Day's "Stuart And The Ave" is a song that just makes you want to jump, skank, and mosh. Though the song was an anthem about a chapter of life coming to a close, it was also about new beginnings. An Irish name, Stuart means "keeper of the estate." Chances are your new bundle of joy will soon have full run of the house, too. It's like babies expect to have everything done for them or something.
One of the most unusual, talented, and geniusly creative musicians to come out of the '90s, Björk's song "Isobel" is as unique as its creator. Conjuring a fairytale-esque setting, the lyrics "In a forest pitch dark glowed the tiniest spark. It burst into flame: My name Isobel." Tinkerbell, anyone? Isobel is actually the Spanish version of "Elizabeth," and the name means "my God is bountiful" in Hebrew. Maybe your future child will be bountifully talented, too.
Nirvana's single, "Pennyroyal Tea," contained the memorable line, "Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld." If you're not familiar with him, he famously sung "Hallelujah" and his song has been in countless movies and television shows. Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is definitely a song that hits you right in the feels. From the German for "brave lion," the name Leonard will suit your tenacious little cub perfectly.
I'm probably a bit biased since this video was shot in my hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida. "Steal My Sunshine" by Len is still a favorite of many '90s kids regardless of where they grew up because it's such a chill track. Taking inspiration from both the chorus and the location of the music video, Sunny is a fitting name for either a boy or a girl. Meaning "cheerful," the name Sunny is a bright option for any baby.
Off of the iconic Jagged Little Pill album, Alanis Morissette's "Thank U" is a song which many know the words to by heart. A thought-provoking and insightful work, the line, "Thank you, providence," has always stuck out to me. The name Providence means "divine direction" and it was first gained popularity with the Puritans. It's a unisex name and is right up your alley if you like the idea of someone upstairs watching out for your little one.
With its trippy visuals and equally quirky lyrics, Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" is a classic '90s alt rock song. The curious line, "Black hole sun, won't you come and wash away the rain?" is definitely a thinker. Meaning "blessings from above," the name Rain can also be used for either a son or a daughter. A great choice for any nature-lover, too.
No Doubt definitely had an ecclectic punk/pop/ska/dance hall sound and no song capture that feeling better than "Sunday Morning." If your child happens to be born on a Sunday morning, then the line, "You came in with the breeze," takes on a new meaning. Just like you'd expect, the name Sunday comes from the day of the week and quite literally means "day of the sun." Who doesn't love the weekend and a little fun in the sun?
What would a list of '90s song lyrics be without Madonna's "Vogue"? Not only did her music video introduce the world to the dance style of voguing which originated in the LGBT community, but it reignited a generation's love affair with classic stars of the silver screen like, "Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers." The name Gene, which is usually a shortened version of Eugene, comes from the Greek and means "wellborn, of nobility." There's no guarantee that giving your child this name will lead to a life or nobility, but why not give it a try?