20 Baby Boy Names Inspired by Iconic Boy Bands

Kayla Boyd | Sep 13, 2018 Pregnancy
20 Baby Boy Names Inspired by Iconic Boy Bands
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It is basically a right of passage to be obsessed with at least one boy band during childhood. Especially for those who grew up between the '80s and early 2000s. From the Jackson 5's classic Motown hits, to all the pop gems from NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, to those sensual B2K songs that I was definitely too young to hear, boy bands have blessed us with smooth vocals, synchronized dance moves, and extremely cheesy coordinating outfits for generations. Even today's young kids have experienced the boy band craze with groups such as The Jonas Brothers and One Direction. And don't even get me started on the rise of K-pop groups like BTS in the United States!

Whether it is their classic "heartthrob" persona or the fact that they come off as the kind of guys who are in touch with their emotions and are not afraid to call their girl beautiful in front of their friends, we have likely all fallen for one boy band or another. And once there is a favorite group established, then a girl has to pick her favorite member of said band, of course. Although we may no longer wear Boyz II Men T-shirts or own a physical copy of New Kids on the Block Greatest Hits CD, some of our favorite boy band members remain in our hearts forever. And they may even serve as name inspiration for an expectant mom! Names such as Justin, Joey, and Nick have been seen in probably at least three boy bands each, but they can also be great choices for a new little guy on the way. Here are 20 baby boy names inspired by some of the most iconic boy band members. 

  • JUSTIN

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    Justin Timberlake was the lead singer of N*SYNC, arguably one of the best pop boy bands of all time. There was also Justin Jeffre from 98 Degrees. Clearly, this name was made for stardom. 

  • JOEY

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    There are many Joeys in the boy band universe. But hey, it is a pretty adorable name! There is Joey Fatone from N*SYNC, Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block, and Joe Jonas from The Jonas Brothers. 

  • WANYA

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    Wanya is a unique name, which is inspired by Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men. Although the name did gain some traction in the '90s, it is still pretty uncommon. 

  • HARRY

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    Harry Styles is likely the most well-known member of popular boy band One Direction. Harry is an English name that has been widely used since the 1880s. 

  • NICK

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    Nick is often short for Nicholas, although it works just as well as an independent name. This is another name found in multiple of our favorite boy bands. There is Nick Lachey from 98 Degrees, Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys, and Nick Jonas from The Jonas Brothers. 

  • OMARIAN

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    Omarion is a unique name, inspired by the lead singer of the early 2000s R&B boy band B2K. The name peaked in popularity in 2005. 

  • DONNIE

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    This baby boy name comes from Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block. The name is sometimes short for Donald but is just as cute as an independent name. Donnie peaked in popularity in the 1950s but has since been used for both boys and girls. 

  • KEVIN

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    This name can also be found in multiple boy bands. For example, Kevin Jonas from The Jonas Brothers and Kevin Richardson from Backstreet Boys. Kevin is a pretty popular name and its meaning is "handsome." 

  • LIAM

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    Liam comes from former One Directioner Liam Payne. It is a cool Irish name that peaked in popularity in 2012. 

  • BOBBY

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    Bobby, as in Bobby Brown from New Edition of course! This name is often short for Robert and it has been pretty popular since the 1930s. 

  • JORDAN

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    The name Jordan comes from New Kids on the Block star Jordan Knight. The name is Hebrew and peaked in popularity in the '90s. It is also used as a girl's name. 

  • HOWIE

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    Howie Dorough from the Backstreet Boys has a pretty cool name. Howie is often short for Howard. The name peaked in the '90s. 

  • JERMAINE

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    Jermaine Jackson was the second lead vocalist and bass guitarist of The Jackson 5. The name Jermaine is Latin and means "brother." 

  • ZAYN

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    Zayn is inspired by Zayn Malik of One Direction. It's an Arabic name meaning "beauty, grace." 

  • NATHAN

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    Nathan Morris was the founding member of Boyz II Men. Nathan is a Hebrew name meaning "gift." 

  • LANCE

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    Lance Bass was definitely one of the most popular members of N*SYNC. The name Lance peaked in the '70s and it is of French origin.
  • MICHAEL

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    Michael Jackson, the King of Pop -- it doesn't get much more iconic than that. And prior to his "Thriller" days, he sang lead on "ABC" with his brothers in The Jackson 5. Michael is a biblical name of Hebrew origin. 

  • BRIAN

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    Remember Brian Littrell from Backstreet Boys? Brian is an Irish name that peaked in popularity in the 1970s. 

  • RICKY

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    Menudo was also one of the biggest Latin boy bands in history, and from that group we were introduced to Ricky Martin. Ricky is a fairly popular name in the US. It's of German origin and means "strong power." 

  • JIMIN

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    Jimin is one of the members of BTS, which is arguably the most popular K-pop boy band in the world. Jimin is a unisex Korean name. 

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