30 Baby Names Inspired by Broadway Musicals

Around this house, we LOVE musicals. OK, maybe my husband doesn’t love them quite as much as the rest of us (i.e. at all), but my toddler and I are big fans.

When I was a kid, my favorite movies were Annie and The Sound of Music. I still have the words to all the songs memorized, and I have a feeling that my little one may follow in my footsteps. She loves to sing, and while she’s still too little to sit through a musical, we definitely listen to the soundtracks to our favorites quite often.


Lately, it’s gotten me thinking that Broadway musicals would make a great source of inspiration for a baby names list! These names would be perfect for musical-loving parents, but even if you aren’t, there are some pretty great names here.30 Baby Names Inspired By Broadway Musicals

1. Clara – This is the name of a character from Porgy and Bess, and although I’ve never actually seen it, I’m a big fan of Gershwin’s music and many of the songs from this musical. I think Clara is a sweet name for a little girl and definitely a bit off the radar.

2. Penny – The quirky best friend to Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, and an adorable name for a little lady.

3. Amos – I’ve always loved the name Amos, and while making this list, I remembered that it was the name of Roxie Hart’s husband in Chicago.

4. Nellie – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is another musical that I have on my “to see” list, and Nellie is one of the main characters. I’ve always thought Nellie was a fun name and could be a nice nickname for those who like the name Eleanor.

5. Emile – Emile De Becque is the name of the French plantation owner who falls in love with Nellie in South Pacific. This is a great gender neutral name, although I think I’m partial to using it as a boy’s name.

6. Jet – The name Jet comes from Westside Story as it is the name of one of the gangs: The Jets. A cool boy’s name with a “tough guy” vibe.

7. Cosette – The daughter of Fantine, an unwed mother in the musical Les Miserables. A very lovely and feminine name.

8. Annie – My all-time favorite musical. Couldn’t leave out Annie!

9. Pepper – One of the orphans in the musical Annie. This name would definitely be fun and unexpected.

10. Molly – One of the orphans in the musical Annie. I’ve always adored the name Molly. Sweet and simple and so cute!

11. Frankie – As in Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons in the musical Jersey Boys.

12. Larkin – Who could forget the dreamy Link Larkin of Hairspray? Last names as first names are a great trend!

13. Rydell – Inspired by Rydell High School from the musical Grease. A cool option for a girl or a boy.

14. Adelaide – Miss Adelaide of the musical Guys and Dolls might make for a sweet girl’s name – Addy for short!

15. Eliza – If you are an Audrey Hepburn fan, perhaps you might consider a nod to her character Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady as an inspiration for your little lady.

16. Flynn – Another last name used as a first name and a nod to Billy Flynn, the lawyer in Chicago.

17. Roxie – Roxie is a spunky name for a little girl and the name of Roxie Hart one of the main characters in Chicago.

18. Oliver – The namesake of the musical Oliver and a nice vintage name for a little boy.

19. Nessa – Nessarose “Nessa” Thropp is the Wicked Witch of the East in Wicked, and I love the name Nessa for a little girl.

20. Dorothy – Everyone knows who Dorothy Gale of Kansas is in the musical Wicked. A less-often used little girl name with vintage flair.

21. Benny – Benjamin (Benny) Coffin of Rent. I like Benny as a fun alternative to the name Benjamin.

22. Louisa – One of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music.

23. Gretel – One of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. All of the Von Trapp children have cute names, but Gretel was always my favorite.

24. Levi – The last name of Dolly Levi of Hello Dolly. Fun fact: My first official date with my husband was the see Hello Dolly. I tried to sell him on the name Levi for a little boy, but I couldn’t win him over. I love it though.

25. Belle – The lovely beauty of Beauty & the Beast and a fun name for a little girl that actually means beauty.

26. Nala – Simba’s lioness best buddy and future love in The Lion King. An off-the-beaten-path baby name option for sure.

27. Finch – One of the characters in the Broadway musical Newsies.

28. June – The name of Gypsy Rose Lee’s sister, Baby June, in Gypsy. It was on my shortlist of baby girl names.

29. Lucy – While the musical Sweeney Todd may be a bit dark, the name Lucy (i.e. Lucy Barker, wife of Benjamin Barker — a.k.a. “Sweeney Todd”) is bright and cheery.

30. Birdie – Conrad Birdie was the dreamboat that had all the girls swooning in Bye Bye Birdie. I love the idea of using his last name as a first name for a little girl.

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