Wednesday, September 23, 2015

All You Need Are Beatles Names, Part Three

The last of my Beatles name review, you can check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here!

Hey Jude
A personal favorite name since I became acquainted with the song, the only drawback will be the giggles that succeed "Hey, Jude!" While it seems to have flattened out at #162 on the US charts, I wouldn't be surprised to see it move higher up the list in the next few years. Actor Jude Law is a famous namesake, and the name is in the title of an 1895 Thomas Hardy novel. If you're looking for something Biblical, classic and known but not too trendy, Jude is perfect.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer
While just plain Max has made it all the way up to #112 for boys, lengthening it by using Maxwell adds a classy touch - and some popularity (it's at #107). The name is Scottish for "great stream", and could be a subtle way to honor a local water environment. In recent years, Maxwell has become gender neutral, so don't be deterred from giving the name to a spunky little girl as well!

The Ballad of John and Yoko
There are two names in this title, but at opposite ends of the popularity spectrum - while John won't raise any eyebrows, Yoko is sure to elicit a Yoko Ono reference. John is a classic, simple and versatile, and Yoko is much louder - at least in the US. In Japanese, it comes from "child of the sun", and is much more common across the Pacific.

Doctor Robert
Oh, the perils of popularity. Robert is currently at the lowest it's ever been on the top 1000 - #62. It's now more of a family name than a classic - give it another hundred years and it might be ready again. To honor a familial Robert, check out some related names: Robin, Rupert, or even Bertie.

Teddy Boy
Though the phrase "teddy boy" refers to a style of dress in 1950's Liverpool, the name Teddy might have shed its fussiness to be a great modern option. It's the short form of Theodore - "gift of God" - which itself is rising up the charts. Across the Atlantic, Theo has surpassed Theodore and Teddy as the favorite short form. So why not choose something more "American", and honor a great name and a great namesake - the bold Teddy Roosevelt?

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