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Whether you’re a musician yourself or you simply love music as an avid listener, there are many good reasons for giving your little one a musical name. These names are joyous, sophisticated, and optimistic, and all of them have a great story behind them. These are 57 of the best musical baby names you should definitely consider.
Our vast collection of the greatest music-related baby names contains wonderful names for both girls and boys – and there are also many gender-neutral options. Each of the names will be marked by the gender: ’ for masculine names, ‘f’ for feminine names, and ‘m/f’ for unisex choices. We’ll discuss their meaning and origins, their usual pronunciation (IPA system), famous people of that name, and also some attractive alternatives for those who strive for originality. But let us begin with a short history behind musical names
- 1 History of Musical Baby Names
- 2 How to Choose the Best Musical Baby Name
- 3 Why We Love Musical Baby Names
- 4 The List of 57 Best Musical Baby Names
- 5 Viola (f)
- 6 Chanson (f)
- 7 Calypso (f)
- 8 Harmony (f)
- 9 Melody (f)
- 10 Harper (m/f)
- 11 Piper (m/f)
- 12 Philomena (f)
- 13 Shiri (f)
- 14 Mavis (f)
- 15 Odele (f)
- 16 Alto (m)
- 17 Jazz (m/f)
- 18 Carmen (f)
- 19 Lyric (m/f)
- 20 Rhythm (m/f)
- 21 Kai (m)
- 22 Aria (f)
- 23 Allegra (f)
- 24 Sonata (f)
- 25 Rock (m)
- 26 Bell (m/f)
- 27 Solo (m)
- 28 Ava (f)
- 29 Beste (f)
- 30 Leelo (f)
- 31 Yaron (m)
- 32 Ron (m)
- 33 Mele (m/f)
- 34 Rodion (m)
- 35 Cantrelle (f)
- 36 Aoede (f)
- 37 Ode (m/f)
- 38 Caprice (m/f)
- 39 Diva (f)
- 40 Musette (f)
- 41 Wolfgang (m)
- 42 Carol (m/f)
- 43 Banjo (m)
- 44 Elvis (m)
- 45 Symphony (f)
- 46 Reed (m/f)
- 47 Ninad (m)
- 48 Rei (m/f)
- 49 Maina (m/f)
- 50 Orpheus (m)
- 51 Shadi (m/f)
- 52 Tarana (f)
- 53 Apollo (m)
- 54 Cecilia (f)
- 55 Ligeia (f)
- 56 Ezgi (f)
- 57 Gita (f)
- 58 Cadence (m/f)
- 59 Wakana (f)
- 60 Wren (m/f)
- 61 Daina (f)
- 62 Laya (f)
- 63 Frequently Asked Questions
- 64 Recommended Reads
History of Musical Baby Names
Most of the musical baby names we use today sound quite modern and contemporary. But musical names were not unusual in the past too. In fact, some of the older musical names are so common now, that we probably don’t even realize how “musical” they are – just think about Melody, Harmony, Harper, Cecilia, Carol, or Piper.
Of course, musical names were traditionally popular mainly with the musicians. Many of the older musical given names were originally used as occupational surnames: Piper was the one who played on pipe or flute, Harper was harp player, and so on.
In more recent history, musical names became especially popular with aristocrats and celebrities. Many of them are still particularly popular as exotic and graciously sophisticated middle names.
How to Choose the Best Musical Baby Name
Want to give your baby a musical name, but struggle to choose the one that’s just perfect? Our quick guide will make it a bit easier for you. Here are some of the factors you should consider:
1. History and tradition in your family
Did you have a musician in your family? What instrument or genre did he/she play? Many musical names are directly derived from the name of musical instruments or genres, so you can pick the one that has a special meaning to your family.
2. Your favorite artists or musical inspiration
If you name your child after your favorite artist or someone who truly inspires you, it will be a perfect tribute to both of them.
4. Songs you can’t get out of your head
Musical name can be any name that appears in your favorite song. Think about The Beatles’ Lucy in the sky with diamonds, Kaiser Chiefs Ruby or Rolling Stones’ Angie.
5. Musical names by nationality
Did you know that musical name can honor both your love for music and your origins? There are many beautiful Italian musical names, tons of Latino musical names, many French musical names, some lovely Russian names, etc.
Why We Love Musical Baby Names
Musical names are simply wonderful – just like the music itself. They are joyful, full of playful energy, sophisticated yet far from mundane. If you meet a Melody or Caprice, you will probably automatically expect her to be bubbly, kind, and fun. Allegra, Sonata, or Alto will make you feel really special as if you were just entering some Italian opera house. And Jazz, Rock or Riff will remind you of the spontaneous youthful energy.
Musical names truly remind us of many beautiful things and brighten up our days. They are also often easily understandable to anyone around the world. Even if they meet your kid for the very first time, it’s unlikely they will misspell their name, if it’s something as international as Lyric, Harmony, or Viola.
Now let’s take a look at the best musical names we think you should consider:
The List of 57 Best Musical Baby Names
Meaning of Viola:
Stringed musical instrument
Origin of Viola:
Pronunciation of Viola:
Alternatives and variations of Viola:
Famous people named Viola:
Actress Viola Davis, actress Viola Allen
Records show that since 1880, 127,067 girls in the US have been named Viola. This name reached its peak of popularity in 1918.
Viola fun fact:
Viola is also the name of a skipper butterfly kind.
Meaning of Chanson:
Song/French genre of songs
Origin of Chanson:
Pronunciation of Chanson:
Alternatives and variations of Chanson:
Famous people named Chanson:
Chanson is still waiting for its first famous representative.
This name is popular (but still quite unique) in France, Canada, and other French-speaking countries. It’s very rare in the U.S.
Chanson fun fact:
Nouvelle chanson is a modern pop music genre established in the 1990s.
Meaning of Calypso:
She that hides/Afro-Caribbean music style
Origin of Calypso:
Pronunciation of Calypso:
Alternatives and variations of Calypso:
Famous people named Calypso:
Composer Calypso Rose, French model Charlotte di Calypso, French singer Calypso Valoise
This name is very rare i the U.S., but relatively popular in Romani, Gypsy, and Greek communities.
Calypso fun fact:
In Greek mythology, Calypso was a nymph.
Meaning of Harmony:
Musical richness and balance
Origin of Harmony:
Pronunciation of Harmony:
Alternatives and variations of Harmony:
Famous people named Harmony:
Director Harmony Corine, artist Harmony Hammond, Australian singer Harmony Jones
This old musical name was almost extinct before it was resurrected in the early 2000s. Its popularity grows ever since. Currently, it ranks #175 (U.S. charts).
Harmony fun fact:
‘Harmony’ is also a song by Elton John.
Meaning of Melody:
Singing of songs, harmonious music
Origin of Melody:
Pronunciation of Melody:
Alternatives and variations of Melody:
Mellody, Melodia, Melodie
Famous people named Melody:
Singer Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls), politician Melody Barnes
Melody was popular mainly during the 40’s swing and jazz era. Currently it ranks #137.
Melody fun fact:
Melody is also a 1953 animated film by Disney.
Meaning of Harper:
Origin of Harper:
Pronunciation of Harper:
Alternatives and variations of Harper:
Famous people named Harper:
Writer Harper Lee, basketball player Harper Williams
Harper is a gender-neutral name, but it’s far more popular with girls, currently ranking #9 in the U.S. Among boys Harper ranks #971.
Harper fun fact:
Ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and famous football player David Beckham named one of their kids Harper.
Meaning of Piper:
The one who plays pipes
Origin of Piper:
Pronunciation of Piper:
Alternatives and variations of Piper:
Pfeifer, Pipper, Fifer
Famous people named Piper:
Actress Piper Laurie, figure skater Piper Gilles
Piper’s popularity is steadily on the rise and currently, it ranks #88.
Piper fun fact:
In the U.S., Piper is especially popular in the northern states (Iowa, Montana, Vermont, Idaho, etc.)
Meaning of Philomena:
Loving song/Friend, lover
Origin of Philomena:
Pronunciation of Philomena:
Alternatives and variations of Philomena:
Filomena, Philomenia, Philomene
Famous people named Philomena:
Irish singer Philomena Begley, writer and Holocaust survivor Philomena Franz
Philomena is an old name that was particularly popular in Ireland and England in the late 19th/early 20th century. Today it’s a very rare name.
Philomena fun fact:
Saint Philomena is a patron saint of children.
Meaning of Shiri:
My song, tune
Origin of Shiri:
Pronunciation of Shiri:
Alternatives and variations of Shiri:
Famous people named Shiri:
Actress Shiri Freda Appleby, Israeli singer Shiri Maimon
Shiri is a popular name mainly in Israel and among Jewish communities around the world. It remains quite rare in the U.S.
Shiri fun fact:
Shiri is the name of two villages in Iran.
Meaning of Mavis:
Origin of Mavis:
Pronunciation of Mavis:
Alternatives and variations of Mavis:
Famous people named Mavis:
South African athlete Mavis Hutchinson, sculptor Mavis Ehlert, Canadian writer Mavis Gallant
Mavis was very popular between the 1920s and 1940s. Its popularity declined sharply later – currently it ranks #883.
Mavis fun fact:
Mavis is also the name of a small Lunar crater.
Meaning of Odele:
Origin of Odele:
Pronunciation of Odele:
Alternatives and variations of Odele:
Famous people named Odele:
Your baby might be the first! 🙂
Odele is a very rare name that doesn’t appear in any official rankings.
Odele fun fact:
Odele Beauty is a popular range of hair cosmetics.
Meaning of Alto:
High/Musical part higher than tenor but lower than soprano
Origin of Alto:
Pronunciation of Alto:
Alternatives and variations of Alto:
Aldo, Alte, Alton
Famous people named Alto:
German saint Alto of Altomünster, saxophonist Alto Reed
If you want to give your kid original name, Alto is a rare musical name that will make him stood out in the crowd for sure.
Alto fun fact:
Alto’s Adventure is a popular snowboarding video game.
Meaning of Jazz:
Origin of Jazz:
Pronunciation of Jazz:
Alternatives and variations of Jazz:
Jazzy, Jazzie, Jazlyn
Famous people named Jazz:
Activist Jazz Jennings, actress Jazz Smollett
Jazz is a unique name that doesn’t appear in official ranks yet, but its popularity seems to be on the rise.
Jazz fun fact:
Jazz is popular mainly as a middle name for both boys and girls.
Meaning of Carmen:
Origin of Carmen:
Pronunciation of Carmen:
Alternatives and variations of Carmen:
Karmen, Carmene, Carman
Famous people named Carmen:
Actress Carmen Electra, model Carmen Kass, gymnast Carmen Whelan
Carmen maintains its exotic zip, but it is a popular and renowned name currently ranking #433 in the U.S .
Carmen fun fact:
‘Carmen’ is a famous opera by French composer Georges Bizet.
Meaning of Lyric:
Related to lyre/text of a vocal song
Origin of Lyric:
Pronunciation of Lyric:
Alternatives and variations of Lyric:
Famous people named Lyric:
Actor Lyric Lennon Parker-Angel
Lyric currently ranks #937 as a boys name and #323 as a girls name.
Lyric fun fact:
‘The Lyric’ is also a poetry magazine.
Meaning of Rhythm:
Timing of musical sounds
Origin of Rhythm:
Pronunciation of Rhythm:
Alternatives and variations of Rhythm:
Famous people named Rhythm:
No one really famous yet, but some celebrities already named their kids Rhythm (for example Whitney & Brandon Whatby from Big Rich Texas)
Rhythm is a very rare and bold name suitable for both girls and boys.
Rhythm fun fact:
There are many popular songs about Rhythm: “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge and
“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan are just two of them.
Meaning of Kai:
Music of triumph
Origin of Kai:
Pronunciation of Kai:
Alternatives and variations of Kai:
Cai, Kaj, Kaye
Famous people named Kai:
American bodybuilder Kai Greene, Chinese actor Wang Kai
Records show that since 1880, 21,371 boys in the US have been named Kai.
Kai fun fact:
Kai is also a popular nordic name with a different meaning.
Meaning of Aria:
Song or melody
Origin of Aria:
Pronunciation of Aria:
Alternatives and variations of Aria:
Arie, Arya, Ariana
Famous people named Aria:
Filipina singer Aria Clemente, American actress Aria Wallace, Canadian opera singer Aria Tesolin
Before the 2000s, Aria was a very rare name in the U.S. Currently it ranks #19!
Aria fun fact:
Aria Stark is a famous character from the popular Game of Thrones series. This TV show made Aria n extremely popular name in recent years.
Meaning of Allegra:
Joyous, lively (also in music)
Origin of Allegra:
Pronunciation of Allegra:
Alternatives and variations of Allegra:
Famous people named Allegra:
Socialite Allegra Versace, writer Allegra Goodman, ballet dancer Allegra Kent
Allegra is a rare name – currently, it ranks #3,032 in the United States. It’s much more common in Italy, where it originates, or even in the UK.
Allegra fun fact:
Allegra is a popular product name too – Opel Allegra is a German make of car, Allegra is a renowned allergy medication, and it’s also a name of a train in Japan.
Meaning of Sonata:
Sound, played music
Origin of Sonata:
Pronunciation of Sonata:
Alternatives and variations of Sonata:
Famous people named Sonata:
Lithuanian athlete Sonata Tamošaitytė
Sonata is a popular name in the Baltic region. In the U.S., it still remains off the official ranking.
Sonata fun fact:
Sonata is a perfect name for any classical music lover as hundreds of classical pieces from the most renowned composers are named “Sonata xx”.
Meaning of Rock:
A genre of popular music/stony formation
Origin of Rock:
Pronunciation of Rock:
Alternatives and variations of Rock:
Rocky, Rockie, Rocko
Famous people named Rock:
American football player Rock Ya-Sin, actor Rock Hudson
Rock is a rare name that appears often only as a nickname. It was quite popular in the 1950s though, climbing up to #620 at one point.
Rock fun fact:
There are currently 6 towns or unincorporated communities named Rock in the U.S.
Meaning of Bell:
Bell as an instrument/the ringer of the bell
Origin of Bell:
Pronunciation of Bell:
Alternatives and variations of Bell:
Belle, Bella (but the meaning of both is different – non-musical)
Famous people named Bell:
Feminist writer Bell Hooks
Bell is definitely not the most common name around. Most of the popularity goes to its feminine cousins Belle and Bella.
Bell fun fact:
“Bell effect” is a musical technique in which separate instruments play notes of a chord in a sequence.
Meaning of Solo:
Musical piece for one performer
Origin of Solo:
Pronunciation of Solo:
Alternatives and variations of Solo:
Sólo, Sollo, Soló
Famous people named Solo:
All of the famous Solos we found use this name only as a nickname.
This is a perfect name for those who prefer originality and uniqueness above all. It’s quite unlikely your Solo will ever meet anyone named the same.
Solo fun fact:
Han Solo is a key character in the Star Wars franchise.
Meaning of Ava:
Origin of Ava:
Pronunciation of Ava:
Alternatives and variations of Ava:
Famous people named Ava:
Actress Ava Gardner, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, singer Ava Max
Ava is in the top 10 for straight 12 years in a row. At the moment it ranks #3!
Ava fun fact:
Ava was a very popular name during the Hollywood’s Golden Era. Then it almost vanished only to return in full strength from the 1990s.
Meaning of Beste:
Origin of Beste:
Pronunciation of Beste:
Alternatives and variations of Beste:
Besta, Besste, Best
Famous people named Beste:
Turkish actress Beste Bereket
Turkish people love music and names with a musical meaning are very popular there. On the other hand, your little Beste will surely be one of a very few with this name in the U.S.
Beste fun fact:
Beste also means “the best” in several Germanic languages, which makes the name even more attractive.
Meaning of Leelo:
Origin of Leelo:
Pronunciation of Leelo:
Alternatives and variations of Leelo:
Leelu, Leilo, Lilo, Leeloo
Famous people named Leelo:
Estonian poet Leelo Tungal, Estonian-German musician Leelo
Leelo is a popular name in Estonia, but it doesn’t rank in the U.S. popularity charts.
Leelo fun fact:
Leeloo was Mila Jovovich’s character in Fifth Element.
Meaning of Yaron:
Origin of Yaron:
Pronunciation of Yaron:
Alternatives and variations of Yaron:
Jaron, Jaro, Yaro
Famous people named Yaron:
Israeli documentarist Yaron Zilberman, Israeli pianist Yaron Kohlberg
Yaron is now not appearing in any popularity charts in the U.S. It’s mostly popular in Isreal and among Jewish communities.
Yaron fun fact:
Although Yaron is Hebrew name, it does not appear in the Bible.
Meaning of Ron:
Origin of Ron:
Pronunciation of Ron:
Alternatives and variations of Ron:
Famous people named Ron:
Jazz musician Ron Carter, actor Ron Perlman
Ron was popular mainly during the 1950s and 1960s. It dropped out of the Top 1,000 chart in the early 1990s and currently awaits its resurrection.
Ron fun fact:
Ron is also a popular nickname or shortcut to Ronald, Ronson, and Aaron.
Meaning of Mele:
Origin of Mele:
Pronunciation of Mele:
Alternatives and variations of Mele:
Famous people named Mele:
Aviator Mele “Mel” Vojvodich, American soccer player Mele French
Mele is a beautifully rare and exotic name. If you ever meet any Mele, it will probably be on the Hawaii itself. This name is off the charts currently.
Mele fun fact:
Traditional Hawaiian ‘mele’ was a chant to commemorate some special occasion or event.
Meaning of Rodion:
Song of the hero
Origin of Rodion:
Pronunciation of Rodion:
Alternatives and variations of Rodion:
Rod, Herodion, Rodeon, Rodya
Famous people named Rodion:
Mathematician Rodion Kuzmin, musician Rodion Azarkhin, composer Rodion Shchedrin
Rodion is a popular eastern Slavic name that is quite frequent mainly in Russia and among Russian communities around the world.
Rodion fun fact:
Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov is the main character of the famous Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment.
Meaning of Cantrelle:
Origin of Cantrelle:
Pronunciation of Cantrelle:
Alternatives and variations of Cantrelle:
Chantrelle, Cantarella, Cantrell
Famous people named Cantrelle:
Seems like the world is still waiting for its first famous Cantrelle!
This name does not currently appear in the Top 1,000 (U.S).
Cantrelle fun fact:
Cantrell is also a common surname.
Meaning of Aoede:
Muse of voice and singing
Origin of Aoede:
Pronunciation of Aoede:
Alternatives and variations of Aoede:
Famous people named Aoede:
As far as we know, there’s no famous Aoede yet!
This is a rare and unique name that currently avoids any charts and rankings.
Aoede fun fact:
One of Jupiter’s moons (Jupiter) XLI is also called Aoede.
Meaning of Ode:
Glorifying song or poem
Origin of Ode:
Pronunciation of Ode:
Alternatives and variations of Ode:
Famous people named Ode:
There are no matching celebrities yet.
You can hardly expect to find Ode in any popularity charts yet, but who knows what the future will bring.
Ode fun fact:
‘Ode to Joy’ is the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous Ninth Symphony.
Meaning of Caprice:
Lively piece of music
Origin of Caprice:
Pronunciation of Caprice:
Alternatives and variations of Caprice:
Capris, Caprise, Capricio
Famous people named Caprice:
Actress Caprice Bourret, wrestler Caprice Coleman
Caprice doesn’t rank in the Top 1,000 yet, but we can see it now much more often than in the past.
Caprice fun fact:
Caprice (1913) is a famous silent-era movie starring Mary Pickford.
Meaning of Diva:
Prima donna, prime singer/Female diety
Origin of Diva:
Pronunciation of Diva:
Alternatives and variations of Diva:
Famous people named Diva:
Filipino actress Diva Montelaba, musician Diva Zappa
Diva is an exotic and unusual name that doesn’t appear in the official popularity charts.
Diva fun fact:
‘Diva’ is the name of Annie Lennox debut solo album released in 1992.
Meaning of Musette:
Origin of Musette:
Pronunciation of Musette:
Alternatives and variations of Musette:
Famous people named Musette:
Aristocrat Musette Majendie, civil rights activist Musette Brooks Gregory
Musette is a rare name with European origin that doesn’t rank in any charts.
Musette fun fact:
Musette de Cour is a baroque French type of bagpipes.
Meaning of Wolfgang:
Traveling wolf (but the name is really famous due to the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Origin of Wolfgang:
Pronunciation of Wolfgang:
Alternatives and variations of Wolfgang:
Famous people named Wolfgang:
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, German chess player Wolfgang Uhlmann
Wolfgang was a popular male name in Germany mainly in the first half of the 20th century. Currently, it’s considered rare in Germany and very rare in the U.S.
Wolfgang fun fact:
Wolfgangsee is a popular lake in Austria.
Meaning of Carol:
Song, Christmas carol
Origin of Carol:
Pronunciation of Carol:
Alternatives and variations of Carol:
Carole, Caroll, Carolle
Famous people named Carol:
English actress Carol Harrison, novelist Carol Ryrie Brink, Olympic long jumper Carol LeGrant Lewis
Carol occupied various positions in Top 10 most popular names during the 1930s – 1950s, but its popularity dropped sharply and now it’s not even in the Top 1,000.
Carol fun fact:
Carol is considered to be a female version of Charles, but Carol is also a boy name.
Meaning of Banjo:
Origin of Banjo:
Pronunciation of Banjo:
Alternatives and variations of Banjo:
Famous people named Banjo:
Australian poet Banjo Paterson, NASCAR driver Banjo Matthews, Australian Aboriginal Activist Banjo Clark
Banjo is very rare in the U.S. It’s used mainly in Australia.
Banjo fun fact:
Actress Rachel Griffiths named her son Banjo too.
Meaning of Elvis:
Allwise (but associated mainly with musician Elvis Presley)
Origin of Elvis:
Pronunciation of Elvis:
Alternatives and variations of Elvis:
Famous people named Elvis:
Singer Elvis Presley, musician Elvis Costello, figure skater Elvis Stojko
Elvis currently ranks #904 in U.S. name charts.
Elvis fun fact:
Thanks to Elvis Presley, this name had been in the top 1,000 boy names from 1955 to 2010.
Meaning of Symphony:
Sophisticated musical piece
Origin of Symphony:
Pronunciation of Symphony:
Alternatives and variations of Symphony:
Symphonia, Symfony, Symphonie
Famous people named Symphony:
Voice actress Symphony Sanders
Symphony is a unique name that doesn’t rank in the Top 1,000 yet.
Symphony fun fact:
In ancient times Symphonia was a name used for various instruments ranging from drums to bagpipe or clavichord.
Meaning of Reed:
Red-haired/woodwind instrument’s vibrating mouthpiece
Origin of Reed:
Pronunciation of Reed:
Alternatives and variations of Reed:
Famous people named Reed:
Actor Reed Hadley, aviator Reed Chambers
Reed is mainly known as a surname. It’s still quite rare as a given name.
Reed fun fact:
The Reed reaction is a chemical reaction that produces chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE).
Meaning of Ninad:
Sound or hum
Origin of Ninad:
Pronunciation of Ninad:
Alternatives and variations of Ninad:
Famous people named Ninad:
Indian historian Ninad Bedekar, Bollywood actor Ninad Kamat,
Ninad is a popular male Indian name, but it doesn’t appear in the U.S. popularity charts.
Ninad fun fact:
Ninad Concert Series is a regular Festival of Classical Indian Classical.
Meaning of Rei:
Origin of Rei:
Pronunciation of Rei:
Alternatives and variations of Rei:
Famous people named Rei:
Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, Japanese actress Rei Yoshii
Rei is one of the most popular Japanese given names (unisex, but used mainly for girls). Outside of Japanese communities, this name is very rare and exotic in the U.S.
Rei fun fact:
There are dozens of manga and anime characters named Rei.
Meaning of Maina:
Sing and dance
Origin of Maina:
Pronunciation of Maina:
Alternatives and variations of Maina:
Famous people named Maina:
German artist Maina-Miriam Munsky, Kenyan human rights activist Maina Kiai
You wouldn’t find this name in the U.S. charts, but it’s very popular in France, Africa, and some Arabic countries.
Maina fun fact:
Maina is also an island in the Cook Islands’ Aitutaki group.
Meaning of Orpheus:
Fatherless/Legendary ancient Greek musician
Origin of Orpheus:
Pronunciation of Orpheus:
Alternatives and variations of Orpheus:
Famous people named Orpheus:
Australian actor Orpheus Pledger
Orpheus is a beautifully unusual name all around the world.
Orpheus fun fact:
Aside from the legendary Orpheus of Greek mythology, Orpheus is also a character in the Matrix movie Franchise.
Meaning of Shadi:
Origin of Shadi:
Pronunciation of Shadi:
Alternatives and variations of Shadi:
Famous people named Shadi:
Iranian women’s rights activist Shadi Sadr, German actor Shadi Hedayati
Shadi is a quite popular male given name in Arabic and a female name in Persian communities. It doesn’t rank in American Top 1,000 though.
Shadi fun fact:
Shadi also means ‘pelican’ in Native American languages.
Meaning of Tarana:
Music, song, melody/Type of musical composition in India
Origin of Tarana:
Pronunciation of Tarana:
Alternatives and variations of Tarana:
Taranna, Tara, Tarane
Famous people named Tarana:
Azerbaijani weightlifter Tarana Abbasova, American activist Tarana Burke, Indian actress Tarana Raja
Tarana is, obviously, a pretty unusual and exotic name. It’s mainly popular among Indians and Azerbaijanis, but it recently attracts Afro-American communities too.
Tarana fun fact:
Pakistani national anthem is called “Qaumī Tarāna”.
Meaning of Apollo:
Ancient Greek god of music
Origin of Apollo:
Pronunciation of Apollo:
Alternatives and variations of Apollo:
Apollon, Apolo, Apollonius
Famous people named Apollo:
Polish writer Apollo Korzeniowski, rocket scientist Apollo M. O. Smith
Though the name sounds rare and unusual, it actually ranked #517 in 2018 and steadily rises.
Apollo fun fact:
Name Apollo is strongly connected with the space research: it was the name of the most famous American space program, a group of asteroids, and also one crater on the Moon.
Meaning of Cecilia:
Blind/Patron saint of musician
Origin of Cecilia:
Pronunciation of Cecilia:
Alternatives and variations of Cecilia:
Cécilia, Cecile, Cecillia
Famous people named Cecilia:
Princess Cecilia of Sweden, Italian mezzo-soprano singer Cecilia Bartoli
Cecilia is currently a remarkably popular name – it ranks #155 in the U.S. charts.
Cecilia fun fact:
‘Cecilia’ is also a famous Simon & Garfunkel song.
Meaning of Ligeia:
Origin of Ligeia:
Pronunciation of Ligeia:
Alternatives and variations of Ligeia:
Lígia, Lygia, Ligea
Famous people named Ligeia:
One of the mythical Sirens of ancient Greek mythology.
Ligeia is a very rare name. Ligia and Lígia are its more popular alternatives – they are mainly used in Spain, Latin America, and Portugal.
Ligeia fun fact:
Edgar Allan Poe named one of his stories Ligeia in 1838.
Meaning of Ezgi:
Origin of Ezgi:
Pronunciation of Ezgi:
Alternatives and variations of Ezgi:
Famous people named Ezgi:
Turkish actress Ezgi Asaroğlu
This name was very popular in Turkey during the 1990s. Currently, it’s considered to be relatively rare.
Ezgi fun fact:
In its original Turkish version, this name is written with a dotted İ (EZGİ).
Meaning of Gita:
Origin of Gita:
Pronunciation of Gita:
Alternatives and variations of Gita:
Gitta, Geeta, Ghita
Famous people named Gita:
Indian writer Gita Mehta, Indian actress Gita Dey, Indian TV personality Gita Piramal
Gita is popular mainly among Indian communities around the world. But it also appears in various Slavic languages (Czech, Latvian, Slovak).
Gita fun fact:
In Sanskrit, Gita is also a 700 verse scripture forming a part of the famous epic Mahabharata.
Meaning of Cadence:
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Alternatives and variations of Cadence:
Cadenza, Cadance, Cadencia
Famous people named Cadence:
Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon
As a feminine name, Cadence ranks #488. A male version of the same name is much rarer, only about 70-80 American boys are named Cadence per one year.
Cadence fun fact:
Princess Cadence is an important character in the popular animated TV show for kids ‘My Little Pony’.
Meaning of Wakana:
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Famous people named Wakana:
Japanese actress Wakana Yamazaki, Japanese actress and marathon runner Wakana Fukushima
Wakana is a popular Japanese name, that still waits to be discovered outside of the Japanese communities.
Wakana fun fact:
Wakana is also a small village located in Maharashtra, India.
Meaning of Wren:
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Famous people named Wren:
Teacher and writer Wren Blackberry, Canadian ice hockey coach Wren Blair
Wren currently ranks #468 in the U.S. and its popularity rises sharply.
Wren fun fact:
Wrens are tiny brown passerine birds.
Meaning of Daina:
Vocal folk song
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Alternatives and variations of Daina:
Daena, Dainna, Daiana
Famous people named Daina:
Latvian artist Daina Skadmane, Australian actor Daina Reid
Daina is quite a common name in several Baltic states, but you can see it only very rarely in English speaking countries, where Diana and Dana are much more common alternatives.
Daina fun fact:
Daina also means ‘from Denmark’.
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Famous people named Laya:
Telugu movie actress Laya, Indian cricketer Laya Francis, German dancer Laya Raki
In the U.S, Laya is a rare and unusual name. But in France, for example, it currently ranks #400 and rises.
Laya fun fact:
The masculine form of Laya – Lay – is the 243rd name of Lord Shiva
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to name your kid after the music itself, there are various options coming from different languages. Aria is a song or melody in Italian; Kai is triumphant music in Chinese; Zimri means ‘my music’ in Hebrew, and Chanson is a song in French. For more tips, read our full article.
There are tons of musical names for girls, slightly less musical names for boys, and a handful of very nice gender-neutral names for both of them. There’s no reason why musical names shouldn’t be suitable for any of the genders.
Gita means ‘song’ in Hindi, Chanson is ‘song’ in French, and Odele represents the Old English term for a ‘song’. There are many other similar options in our article.
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