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Operatic Baby Names

You don’t have to be an opera buff to appreciate the rich variety of baby names found in the classic repertoire. It’s an especially appealing category because it contains such an interesting mix of languages: there are frilly French female names, unusual Italian mens’ names, as well as some usable German and Russian character names. These range from leads such as Aida and Tristan, to featured players to those with minor roles. So, omitting common names like Amelia, Norma and Susanna, and the more uber-the-top names like Brunhilde, here are some lyrical opera baby names:
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  • Claudius

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    Claudius is one of the most user-friendly of the ancient Roman names--even though it's associated with the villainous character in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. But as with feminine form Claudia, the "l... Read More 

  • Drago

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  • Elena

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    Elena, the pan-European version of Helen has never been as popular in the U.S. as it is now--ranking at Number 132--due to the overall popularity of E-names, and to Elena's accessibility as what we... Read More 

  • Elettra

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    Less electric and melodratic, more serene, than ELECTRA Read More 

  • Elsa

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    Lost in limbo for decades and decades, Elsa now stands a good chance of following along in the progression from Emma to Ella to Etta, having just about lost her German accent--and as the newest Dis... Read More 

  • Ferrando

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  • Fiorello

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    Fiorello is one of the few floral names that works well for a boy. The colorful three-term World War II New York Mayor La Guardia made this one famous -- in fact he was nicknamed "the Little Flower... Read More 

  • Floria

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  • Gilda

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    Gilda, although related to the words gold and gilded, has definitely tarnished. It once shimmered with the seductive image of Rita Hayworth in the torrid film Gilda, then was associated with the b... Read More 

  • Giovanna

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    Like Leonardo and Lorenzo, one of the Italian names that fashionable American parents -- with or without Italian roots -- have started to choose for their daughters.  Read More 

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