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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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  • Giovanni

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    Venerable Italian classic that suddenly sounds fresh and cool, is now among the U. S. Top 200 boys' names.  Read More 

  • Gunther

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    When it's spelled with two dots over the ' u' in German, Gunther is pronounced GUWN-ter, but it has a much softer sound when the 'h' is voiced by English-speakers, as it was, for example, for the n... Read More 

  • Isolde

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    Now that Tristan has been rediscovered, maybe it's time for his fabled lover in the Arthurian romances and Wagnerian opera, a beautiful Irish princess, to be brought back into the light as well. ... Read More 

  • Juliette

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    Juliette, pronounced with the emphasis on the last syllable, adds a little something extra to Juliet. In the past years it has been rising up the chart! But the Juliet version of this hot name is j... Read More 

  • Leonora

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    Its mellifluous sound makes Leonora--which has a rich history and a tie to the popular Leo names-- a keen possibility for revival. Leonora has the distinction of being three major opera characters... Read More 

  • Lucia

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    A lovely name, the Latinate spelling of Lucy with operatic connections, that used to be given to babies born as daylight was breaking. A variety of references include Santa Lucia, a fourth centu... Read More 

  • Maddalena

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  • Manon

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    Manon is an endearing French pet name for Marie or Marianne; it has the exotic yet straightforward feel that makes it a viable import. Manon of the Spring was a gorgeous French film, Manon Lescau... Read More 

  • Marcellina

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    Marcellina is one feminine form of the names derived from the ancient Roman Marcellus. There was a Saint Marcellina who was a 4th century virgin and the only sister of Saint Ambrose. Read More 

  • Marcello

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    Based on the ancient name Marcellus, drawn from Mars the god of war, Marcello -- it's pronounced mar-chell-o -- is one of the most lush and attractive Latin names. Read More 

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