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Gender: F Meaning of Allegra: "joyous" Origin of Allegra: Italian

In music, the term allegro means "quickly, lively tempo," which makes this still-unusual and quintessential ballet dancer's name all the more appealing.

One of the most creative sounding of names, Allegra has been associated with the American prima ballerina Allegra Kent, and has been chosen as a first or middle name for their daughters by poets George Gordon, Lord Byron and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as by R. Buckminster Fuller and Donatella Versace. Caveat: There is that current connection to the allergy medication.

Famous People Named Allegra

Allegra Kent, American ballet dancer
Allegra Versace, Italian heiress
Allegra Huston, American writer; sister of Anjelica Huston
Allegra Goodman, American writer
(Clara) Allegra Byron, daughter of poet Lord Byron
Alice Allegra Englert, actress; daughter of film director Jane Campion
Allegra Clark; voice actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Allegra

Allegra, an allergy medication
Allegra Cole, from the movie "Hitch"
Allegra Hunt, daughter of Callie and Owen on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Allegra, character TV's "Allegra's Window"
Allegra Shapiro, main character in Virginia Euwer Wolff's "The Mozart Season"
Allegra Vand, character in Cynthia Ozick's "Trust"
The novelist Elizabeth Taylor commented in "A View of the Harbour" (1968) as follows: '"What's her name?" "Allegra. Like Lord Byron's daughter." "How funny. I didn't even know he got married," Prudence said. "I should never dare to give a name like that to a child. It is too much of a challenge," Robert said. "She would be almost sure to grow up fat and flat-footed and terribly Andante."'

Alegra, Alegria, Allegretta, Allegro, Ally, Lally, Leggra, Legra

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