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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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  • Romeo

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    It wasn't so long ago that Romeo was considered as outre for an American baby as Casanova or Cupid. But that really changed when David and Victoria Beckham chose it for their second son in 2002, a ... Read More 

  • Rosina

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  • Seneca

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    Seneca's distinguished heritage as the name of the ancient Roman philosopher-playwright who tutored Nero, and of an Iroquois tribe makes this an interesting choice for either sex.  Read More 

  • Silvano

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    Has a nice Spanish swing.  Read More 

  • Silvio

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    Shiny and sylvan choice.  Read More 

  • Tatyana

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    Tatyana, an alternate spelling of the lovely Tatiana, definitely has its followers.  Read More 

  • Tonio

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    This short form of Antonio has long been used as an independent name, and would make a strong, slightly exotic choice.  Read More 

  • Tristan

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    Tristan -- known through medieval legend and Wagnerian opera -- has a slightly wistful, touching air. This, combined with the name's popular "an" ending, makes Tristan very appealing to parents see... Read More 

  • Tybalt

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  • Violetta

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    Violetta is a more vibrantly colored, feminissima form of Violet. It is the name of the heroine of the Verdi opera La Traviata--in fact Violetta was the original title of the work. Read More 

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