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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  • Marguerite

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    Marguerite is a classic French name with a remnant of old-fashioned Gallic charm; and is also a variety of daisy. Chic again in Paris, it's definitely ripe for revival here. Another reason you m... Read More 

  • Michaela

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    This most proper form of the name shot up the charts in the nineties, only to sink just as precipitously, supplanted by upstarts Makayla and McKayla ad infinitum.  Read More 

  • Mimi

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    Flirty, flimsy name of the tragic heroine of La Bohème...and Rent.  Read More 

  • Musetta

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    A musette is both a dance and an antique instrument, but the name is most associated with the classic opera La Bohème .  Read More 

  • Nardo

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    Possible "nerd" temptation for nicknamers makes Nando a preferable choice.  Read More 

  • Nedda

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    Midcentury macramé-maker.  Read More 

  • Ottavio

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    Spirited and seductive Italiano.  Read More 

  • Pamina

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    This operatic Italian name -- it appears in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" -- is a more unusual route to the nickname Pam.  Read More 

  • Ramiro

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    Familiar as a Latin surname but has potential as a first.  Read More 

  • Rocco

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    Madonna did much to polish up the image of this old-neighborhood Italian choice when she picked it for her son with British director Guy Ritchie; it now feels much more mainstream, sharing the quir... Read More 

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