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blues baby names

In honor of Black History Month, we salute some fabulous singers who contributed to the birth of the blues and the beginnings of jazz. Most are not as well known now as the Billie Holidays and Ella Fitzgeralds, but they all made significant contributions to this most American of art forms—and their vintage names are right on trend for babies today!

Adelaide

Jazz singer Adelaide Hall had a career that spanned 70 years, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, pioneered the improvisational vocal techniques known as “scat” singing, and had great success in England. The place name Adelaide, used by Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths for her daughter, is a big Nameberry fave, now at Number 13; Number 321 nationally.

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Opera Baby Names: Handles from Handel

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By Zeffy, Baby Names from Yesteryear

George Frideric Handel, born in 1685, is considered to be one of the most accomplished opera composers in history. Handel was German born but it was in England where he made his fortune and fame. He tapped into the English aristocracy’s obsession with all things Italian by creating beautiful, intricate Italian operas, and it’s his operas that show his talent for naming characters. I don’t know how many of the names below are actually usable, but they’re fun and so name-nerdy yummy.

Alceste – From the 1727 opera Admeto, this is the Italian form of the Greek mythological name Alcestis. Its possible meaning is ‘valiant, courageous’. Alceste is also the title of a mini-opera by Handel.

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Instrumental Musical Names

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We’ve written and talked about musical words like Aria, about jazz, rock and country singers, classical musicians, and opera and operetta and Broadway musical name, but we’ve never looked at the music instruments themselves. We’ve found some are as common as Viola, others as rare and exotic as Chiaramella.

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country music names

There was a time when you could spot a country music guy or gal name a mile away. Tex and Buck, Jimmie and Johnny, Patty and Patsy, Minnie and Dottie. Things have changed, with contemporary country names now as citified as Taylor and Shania. So, this being Country Music Month, we’re taking a look at both sides of the coin–the time-honored names in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the more nouveau, to come up with our Nameberry Picks of the Best Country Music Names. (Incidentally, in addition to individual artists, there are some great band names, like Alabama and Sawyer Brown, as well as nicknames like Juice and surnames like Cash.)

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posted by: Nephele View all posts by this author
musical baby names

By Nephele

The character names to be found in the comical, light operas of Gilbert & Sullivan, for the most part, represent names that Victorian society either found to be fancifully appealing (as in the fairy names from Iolanthe) or absurdly amusing (as in the faux Japanese names from The Mikado). By comparison, some G&S character names may seem a bit mundane to us.

But viewing a rousing performance of The Pirates of Penzance could do much to redeem such names, as one finds oneself charmed by the dutiful and beautiful Mabel, or one cheers the “piratical maid of all work,” Ruth, who is later transformed into a feminist swashbuckler in her own right.

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