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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 4736 Band Name Origin entries on the site.

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Eloy Guitarist Frank Bornemann named the band after a people from the novel "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells (spelled "Eloi" in the novel). Joey F.
Saraya The band was named for surname of its lead singer Sandi, because she was the face of that band. Joey F.
Local H According to their Twitter account, they named themselves after two REM songs, "Oddfellows Local 151" and "Swan Swan H". Brian Kelly
Pointer Sisters Pointer is their last name and they're sisters. mads.
One Direction Harry Styles came up with this name because he thought it would sound cool when announced. (and it does!) Ariana Grande mocha swirl
STRFKR  Official name 'Starfucker'. Quite simply, they wanted to see how far they could get 'with a stupid name like that'. They even admit their band name is stupid. Oddly enough, none of their songs have any profane lyrics. They are a good band. Stupid Is As Stupid Does
Dexys Midnight Runners  They named themselves after the peddlers who gave to them Dexedrine (speed tablets) late at night. This was a recreational drug in the UK 'Northern Soul' music and dance scene which emerged in the late 60s. Dexys Midnight Runners were founded in 1978. Eileen Is My Girlfriend
Tavares It's their last name(they're brothers). mads.
Stereolab I remember barely as a teenager some dealership called 'Stereolab' was having people come in and test a listening station with some new audio equipment and for simply taking the time out you got this special LP with some new jazz, rock and classical compositions on it for free. This was during the 80s.  Eighties Kidd
Over9000 It comes from a quote from an episode of Dragon Ball Z. Johnny Nguyen
I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME It is a line from Back To The Future. Because this band is pretending to be forgotten tapes from the 80s. Tessa C
Blood, Sweat, & Tears The first incarnation of the band was playing after hours at the Cafe Au Go Go. Leader, Al Kooper had a cut on his finger, and after playing for several hours, his keyboard was covered with blood. He went on to describe his playing the gig as "Blood, Sweat, and Tears". J-Bird
Cake Rather than referring to the foodstuff, the name is meant to be "like when something insidiously becomes a part of your life...[we] mean it more as something that cakes onto your shoe and is just sort of there until you get rid of it."  DanO
Electric Light Orchestra "Light orchestra" was a feature of several fancy restaurants in the 60s in the UK. They were really quartets - violin, viola, cello, upright bass - or something like that. They played "light" or string versions of contemporary top hits (like say the Beatles' "Yesterday"). ELO uses electric and electronic instruments and the band name was really some kind of kooky joke. There's also the "electric light" phrase in the name. Look at the first two albums' cover art. The self-titled debut (called "No Answer" in the US by accident) has an ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB on it! The second one has a starship shaped like a (*drumroll, please!* - CLASH!) ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB! Yuk yuk. I just love this band's music, even if the name origin is pretty stupid. Bad Pun Name 4 a Great Band
EMF It's "Electromotive Force", not "English MFs". A matter of electrical engineering and physics, folks. My Girl Is Unbelievable!
Aqua5 The group's name is based on part of Natsuki Mizu's name (水夏希), which translates to "water". The Mole
Fraulein Wunder It's German for "Miss Miracle". John
Whigfield She picked the name Whigfield as a tribute to her piano teacher. Janice Ferrell
Spoons Gord Deppe chose this name for his band over a bowl of alphabet soup. Celeste
G.NA They are her initials: Gina Jane Choi Lefty Lucy

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