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Do you know why a band picked out it's name? Feel free to let us know.

I can't verify all of these stories, so do take them with a grain of salt. I try and delete the ones that I know to be bogus, but I don't know the origins of every band name (and some bands intentionally tell different stories about picking their band name).

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The 20 most recent entries are listed below. There are 4689 Band Name Origin entries on the site.

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Thee Michelle Gun Elephant Their unusual name originated when a friend mispronounced the title of an early jam session recording; featuring cover songs of Thee Headcoats (one of the band's main influences) and from The Damned's album, Machine Gun Etiquette Lefty Lucy
Linus' Blanket They picked the name because their songs are meant to be comforting, like Linus' and his blanket. ashley
Michael Learns To Rock This is the Danish Group Band, This band was learning to rock music in early days. Muhammad Firza
The Airborne Toxic Event The band took the name from a section of Don Delillo's cult classic novel "White Noise".  Spectral
Skrillex From a nickname he had as a kid. Crafthead
Old Dominion  Four of the band's five members originally hail from Virginia. As a result, the band gets its name from the state's nickname.  Harderman61
Alice Cooper Alice Cooper took his name from the band he was the lead singer in. The story about the oujia board is totally untrue, Alice himself has stated this, since again, he took the name from the band and not a witch. The name "Alice Cooper" was taken from a character on the TV show Mayberry R.F.D. (played by Alice Ghostley). Keno
Twenty-One Pilots  From the play "All My Sons" in which lead character discovers flaws with 21 planes but let's the pilots fly anyway resulting in 21 deaths. Play set in WW2. Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Uriah Heep Creepy character from the novel "David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Undercover Slut After X-rated Wendy "Whitebread Undercover Slut" comic book from 1990 Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Wild Beasts Early 20th Century art movement Fauvism pioneered in France (in English, wild beasts) Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Zao Means "Alive" in Greek Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Asking Alexandria Taken from Alexander the Great (Editor's Note: Before you submit something, please check to make sure it's not already there.) Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Arctic Monkeys Made up by guitarist Jaime while in school while doodling Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Anamanaguchi From band member pronouncing gibberish in the style of Jabba the Hut Robert D. Arndt Jr.
AKB48 From Tokyo area Akiba, an electronics mecca Robert D. Arndt Jr.
10cc Represents a volume of semen more than normal for a man. Emphasis on potency and prowess Robert D. Arndt Jr.
311 Omaha, Nebraska Police code for indecent exposure. P-nut and friends went skinny dipping in public pool. Arrested and cited. Robert D. Arndt Jr.
TOUCH The Original Undeniable Charismatic Homme! Robert D. Arndt Jr.
H.A.M. Heart And Mind Robert D. Arndt Jr.

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