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).
There are 4727 Band Name Origin entries on the site.
|Ruben & the Jets||From the Mothers of Invention album 'cruisin' with Ruben & the Jets' The band was formed by ex Mother Euclid 'Motorhead' Sherwood.||Big Tone|
|Rubin||Named after Paul 'Pee Wee Herman' Rubins||ses|
|Rufio||Named after a character in the movie "Hook", starring Robin Williams.||Chris|
|Rufio||Leader of the Lost Boys in the movie "Hook" before Peter Pan came back.||Sam|
|Rufio||they got it from the movie "Hook" , about Captain Hook and Peter Pan. Anyway, Rufio was a character played by Dante Basco in the flick.||Jim|
|Run-DMC||Named after their nicknames Jospeh Simmons (Run) and Darryl McDaniels (DMC)||GXD|
|Runrig||Gaelic description for a Scottish way of farming land - part of the fields called "rigs" were sectioned by trenches. "Running the rig" was/is a Scots expression of farming a field. In their beginnings back in 1973, the three laddies called themselves the "Run-Rig Dance Band". During the course of time, the "Dance Band" disappeared as well as the hyphen between Run and Rig, but while their first album released in 1978 spelled the band name without a space, the second album released in 1979 indeed displayed a space between Run and Rig. With the third album, the space disappeared for good. As the members of Runrig never fail to emphasize, their band name is a reference to Scotland, to their Scottish roots, the Scottish arts and crafts...everything Scottish.||Nothing|
|Rush||In the very early days of the band they had been so busy playing they neglected to come up with a name for themselves. Band member John Rutsy's older brother Bill came up with the name "RUSH" because, he said, it "sounded cool". The name stuck.||ATP3517|
|Rush||The name RUSH never had anything to do with Satan. A Rush is "a good vibe or feeling," according to an interview on Rockline of lead vocalist/bassist, Geddy Lee. The supposed "pentagram" appeared first on the cover of 2112, and is actually "the Red Star of the Solar Federation," the oppressive government drummer/lyricist Neil Peart conjured for his conceptual lyrics about the year 2112. A later image of a man resisting entering the star represented man's struggle against oppression.||Chris|
|Rush||RUSH originally stood for Rogues Under Satan's Hire. This name went along with the famous pentagram on their album cover and the era in which they spawned. Of course over time, their music evolved from heavy metal and apocalpytic themes like "Temples of Syrinx" to much more "real world" type of music.||Evan|
|Rush||You've all got it wrong!! The star on the "2112" Album, is actually the star of David (Biblical, not Satanic)||Zanthanee|
|Rush||Rush was a cool sounding name, also what we called crystal back in the early 70's. Nothing to do with Satan... the pentagram logo didn't come until the 4th album.||Another Scott|
|Rush||I heard it was from the Hebrew word for 'noise' which is pronounced 'raash' (long 'a' there).||Menotno|
|Rush||First of All Rush did not stand for Rogues Under Satan's Hire thats the dumbest thing I have ever heard, second of all a pentagram is an upside down star. As was stated by someone else it was the name given by the original drummer John Rutsey's brother.||Orbay|
|Rush||The story you've already got is utter rubbish. According to the official band biography 'Visions' the band got their name from a band member's brother days before their debut gig. They liked the sense of energy associated with it.||Jim Annison|
|Rushing Waters||The name came from a supernatural encounter that was of Biblical proportion and could only refer to the presence and voice of the almighty God.||theo dalton|
|Russian Circles||Originally the title of their first piece, which was later called "Carpe". Russian Circles are a drill in hockey.||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|The Rustie Lee Revue||Rustie's early band wasn't just about performing songs, they did sketches and others forms of on-stage entertainment - hence the self-explanatory "revue" in their name.||Tittikaka|
|The Rutles||Eric Idle, after Monty Python, made a TV series called Rutland Weekend Television, which was a spoof on London Weekend Television. Rutland is the smallest county in England. From there it's a small step to The Rutles.||sloftslime|
|The Rutles||'Rutland' isn't the smallest town in England, it's the smallest county. The Rutles were a regular feature in an ITV show called Rutland Weekend Television - allegedly the local broadcast of the forgotten county of England.||Jon Dafydd Finney-Moore|
|The Rutles||This Beatles parody band's name is a cross between The Beatles and the smallest town in England, Rutland.||Mr. Bun|
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