Baby names from Britpop

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The late 80s through to the 90s were the heyday of Britpop. While some of you might have been babies yourselves, others may have been teenagers or kids listening to the iconic sounds of Pulp, Blur and The Happy Mondays.

Even if those bands mean nothing to you, the genre reveals some great baby name inspiration for parents-to-be. 

We're not going to pretend it was easy to pick some standout unusual names from Britpop. You're more likely to come acoss Dave, Matt, Rob, Mike and Steve than Jarvis or Magnus in this male-dominated music genre. And the pickings were very slim indeed for female names - sorry girls!

Some of these musicians are better known for playing in other bands, however, we have included them if they have played in a Britpop band.


Candida (​Candida Doyle of Pulp)

Cerys (Cerys Matthews of Catatonia)

Emma (Emma Anderson of Lush)

Justine (Justine Frischmann of Elastica)

Lauren (Lauren Laverne of Kenickie)


Louise (Louise Wener of Sleeper)

Miki (Miki Berenyi of Lush)

Pearl (Pearl Lowe of Powder)

Rowetta (Happy Mondays)

Sonya (Sonya Madan of Echobelly)

Vanessa (Vanessa Best of Ultrasound)


Alexander (​Alexander Boag of These Animal Men)

Alonza (Alonza Bevan of Kula Shaker)

Aziz (Aziz Ibrahim of The Stone Roses)

Blair (Blair Murray of Marion)

Carlton (Carlton Hibbert of Mansun)

Crispian (Crispian Mills of Kula Shaker)

Damon (Damon Albarn of Blur)

Dominic (Dominic Chad of Mansun)

Eric (Eric Lindsay of Whiteout)

Fraser (Fraser Smith of Shed Seven)

Gareth (Gaz Coombes of Supergrass)

Harry (Harry Broadbent of Kula Shaker)

Jaime (Jaime Harding of Marion)

Jake (Jake Shillingford of My Life Story)

Jarvis (Jarvis Cocker of Pulp)

Joe (Joe Johnson of Shed Seven)

Jon (Jon Stewart of Sleeper)

Julian (Julian Pransky-Poole of Strangelove)

Liam (Liam Gallagher of Oasis)

Magnus (Magnus Doyle - drummer for Pulp)

Martin (Martin Rossiter of Gene)

Miles (Miles Woodward of Manic Street Preachers)

Neil (Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy)

Noel (Noel Gallagher of Oasis)

Oscar (Oscar Harrison of Ocean Colour Scene)

Patrick (Patrick Duff of Strangelove)

Shaun (Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays)

Simon (Simon Rowbottom of The Boo Radleys)

Zak (Zak Starkey, third drummer with Oasis)