Names That Mean Musical

  1. Adagio
    • Origin:

      Italian, musical term
    • Description:

      The literal meaning of Adagio is 'at ease.' Adagio's use for a slow musical passage or ballet is contradicted by its lively sound and feel.
  2. Rhapsody
    • Origin:

      French, musical term
    • Description:

      Could be seen as extravagantly ecstatic for a baby name, though feel free to rhapsodize about your little girl, whatever her name.
  3. Cadenza
    • Origin:

      Italian, musical term
    • Description:

      Cadenza takes the popular CADENCE and gives it a more operatic flourish.
  4. Mozart
    • Origin:

      German musical name
    • Description:

      A daring middle name possibility for classical concertgoers. Alternatives are Wolfgang and Amadeus.
  5. Cappella
    • Origin:

      Itallian, musical term
    • Description:

      It's usually preceded by the letter 'A'--as in 'a capella'--singing without accompaniment, and probably has never been used as a girl's name, but in this anything-goes naming climate, we're putting it out there as a possibility.
  6. Sonatina
    • Origin:

      Italian, musical term
    • Description:

      Makes SONATA even more feminine and musical
  7. Chord
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "three musical notes played together"
    • Description:

      Chord may be considered a variation of the cowboy-cool name Cord, or an independent musical name. Actor Chord Overstreet, of Glee fame, introduced this name to many American parents.
  8. Raga
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit, musical term
    • Meaning:

      "color or melody"
    • Description:

      Raga is musical, yes, but that 'rag' syllable worries us.
  9. Strummer
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "one who strums (a stringed musical instrument)"
    • Description:

      Cool word name for boys evocative of rock and roll. Julia Stiles named her son Strummer in 2017.
  10. Mandolin
    • Origin:

      French, musical intrument
    • Description:

      Mandolin may seem like an outlandish choice for a name, but since BANJO has been used as a baby name, all the instruments in the band seem to be auditioning for a place on birth certificates. This one comes with a real name nickname, MANDY.
  11. Malagueña
    • Origin:

      Spanish, musical name
    • Description:

      Unusual, rhythmic, castanet-clicking. Alternative: FANDANGO.
  12. Arohi
    • Origin:

      Hindi
    • Meaning:

      "rising musical tune"
    • Description:

      The name of an ascending sequence of musical notes in Hindustani classical music, meaning "rising, evolving".
  13. Toccata
    • Origin:

      Italian, musical term
    • Description:

      Toccata is delicate and musical yes, but still somehow unappealing.
  14. Riff
    • Origin:

      English word and musical name
    • Description:

      Riff is the name of the leader of the Jets in West Side Story, drawn from the musical word for a repeated phrase in a song. Riff is a jaunty sounding name but a tragic character.
  15. Cantata
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "musical composition with vocal elements"
    • Description:

      Light and delicate musical name would make an unusual choice.
  16. Aarohi
    • Origin:

      Hindi
    • Meaning:

      "rising musical tune"
    • Description:

      The name of an ascending sequence of musical notes in Hindustani classical music, meaning "rising, evolving".
  17. Symphani
    • Origin:

      Variation of Symphony, English word name
    • Meaning:

      "musical composition for an orchestra"
    • Description:

      Musical name with a modern, name-like spelling influenced by Stephanie. Chris Brown has a daughter named Lovely Symphani.