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Allegra

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Gender: Female Meaning of Allegra: "joyous" Origin of Allegra: Italian

The name Allegra is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "joyous". Allegra and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Happy and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory---Girls (huge)".

From the experts:

In music, the term allegro means "quickly, lively tempo," which makes this still-unusual and quintessential ballet dancer's name all the more appealing. Allegra is one of the most distinctive yet accessible girl names starting with A.

One of the most creative sounding of names, Allegra has been associated with the American prima ballerina Allegra Kent, and has been chosen as a first or middle name for their daughters by poets George Gordon, Lord Byron and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as by R. Buckminster Fuller and Donatella Versace. Caveat: There is that current connection to the allergy medication.

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Famous People Named Allegra

Allegra Kent, American ballet dancer
Allegra Versace, Italian heiress
Allegra Huston, American writer; sister of Anjelica Huston
Allegra Goodman, American writer
(Clara) Allegra Byron, daughter of poet Lord Byron
Alice Allegra Englert, actress; daughter of film director Jane Campion
Allegra Clark; voice actress
Allegra Penelope Overton (b. 2007), daughter of TV journalist Jessica Rowe and Peter Overton

Pop Culture References for the name Allegra

Allegra, musical term
Allegra, an allergy medication
Allegra Cole, from the movie "Hitch"
Allegra Hunt, on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Allegra, character TV's "Allegra's Window"
Allegra Shapiro, main character in Virginia Euwer Wolff's "The Mozart Season"
Allegra Vand, character in Cynthia Ozick's "Trust"

Allegretta, Alegra, Ally, Allegro, Legra, Lally, Alegria, Leggra

Comments

TechnoKitten Says:

2018-12-21T21:26:58

Beautiful name

AllegraLotusWolfe Says:

2017-09-20T10:45:42

I was named Allegra in 1997. I live in the UK so had no idea about the allergy medicine until recently, and it doesn't bother me at all.
Growing up, my name was considered very unusual by everyone I met, but most also complemented me on how beautiful they thought it was. I got teased for having a 'weird' name by some kids at school, so for a while I really hated it. My family and friends gave me the nickname(s) 'Legs/Leggy' from the get-go, which I've actually always liked. I've got super long legs too so it was quite apt, and I'm still called by those nicknames even now as an adult. By the time I was about 14 I really appreciated having an uncommon name and started loving 'Allegra'. I LOVE that everyone is slightly taken aback when I introduce myself - although I do have to make sure I enunciate properly, as some people think I'm saying 'Electra' (which is actually the name I wanted for myself as a kid, haha!). I've also never met another Allegra, although my mother did recently meet a newborn baby with the name!
Overall, I adore my name and the uniqueness it has given me. The meaning is wonderful and I find it to be a thoroughly classy and feminine name. :)

FantasyandPrayer Says:

2017-08-17T20:55:23

Ooooh, new find, new love xxx

Alice Says:

2017-06-28T01:10:43

Glad you like it! I think it's a beautiful name. I am thinking of it for a girl name and all I think of is Allegra Kent. I'm American and I've taken the allergy medicine Allegra too and honestly, I have no bad experience with the drug, so who cares? It's not like a negative connotation. If it was a drug for impotence or something that might be embarrassing or tease-worthy I might have had second thoughts.

Mhill46 Says:

2017-06-09T18:52:52

The only thing that I can think of is the Medication when seeing this name. I just can't ever see this working in the US

Allegra Dyer Says:

2016-06-04T15:00:07

My nickname is Legs or Leggo. I would hate being called Allie.

Allegra Dyer Says:

2016-06-04T14:58:36

My name is Allegra, I'm 31 so I came before the drug. I do get the comment about the medicine a lot but it doesn't make me not love my name any less. It's different and I have always been proud to tell people my name. My mother named me after Allegra Kent as mentioned above.

LillyArt Says:

2016-04-13T13:50:38

I actually like the idea of that name though the assoziation with a French series of caravans has totally spoiled this name for me. Can't get over it^^°

EW314 Says:

2016-02-03T08:40:10

No associations with medication where I live (UK), as far as I'm aware, and Allegra feels to me like an unusual, but definitely wearable choice. It's bouncy and pretty, but not too airy-fairy.

In my mind, Allegra belongs with the group of uber-feminine, slightly exotic-sounding, elaborate but spunky names the upper classes tend to like for their daughters. Other members of this elite group include Arabella, Araminta, Cressida, Cosima, Paloma, Eleonora and Tatiana. No judgement here - I personally love most of these names and would use several of them, but they do give off quite a "posh" vibe.

berry_chick Says:

2015-10-17T20:38:25

It's a nice name, but I will forever think of the allergy medicine.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-10-01T03:48:12

The meaning of joyous is lovely, and the name Allegra itself looks and sounds like its meaning too- it seems springy, vibrant, musical and full of life. Allegra also sounds classy and refined yet also fiery and spirited, and seems like the ultimate 18th century-Italian-nobility-patron-of-the-arts name to me.

I personally don't associate the name with the allergy medicine but the association seems strong to those from the US. For those in other countries, or those who simply just love the name a lot, I think Allegra's wonderful, and if you can deal with others making the medicine association from time to time, just go for it!

nycmom Says:

2015-05-07T11:57:06

I named my daughter Allegra and, at 17, she loves her name. Only one person, a physician friend, joked about Allegra being a medication.

clairelaliberte Says:

2015-03-05T13:18:29

I think it's a nice name, but too medical for me. Allie is a sweet nickname though.

Caroline Says:

2014-12-05T08:28:15

Too rough sounding for me!

mabespark Says:

2014-11-18T04:03:43

aCHOO...

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-06-08T22:15:01

Where I live, Allegra is a common allergy medicine. It doesn't sound all that great to me, even without that association. Anyone who knows of the medicine and still names their kid Allegra is making a bad move. Ugh. uh-LEG-rah-yuck

Guest Says:

2014-06-08T22:08:07

I knew a girl in middle school with this name and I just thought "purple allergy medicine". I think this would only work in Italy or something like that.

Guest Says:

2014-05-26T14:59:33

I don't know why people are so obsessed with this name. It's really not that great sounding. It's the Leg part.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-04-24T04:50:18

That's true. After all, connotations and meaning vary from place to place.

Poppy84 Says:

2014-04-24T03:49:00

It's not an allergy medicine everywhere though - the same medication is called "Telfast" in Australia, so Allegra doesn't have that association here at all (I also had to look up Lyrica as I didn't understand the reference - ironic since my sister has fibromyalgia).

Guest Says:

2014-04-24T03:27:53

Exactly. It's just not usable because of the medicine. Can you imagine? It sounds pretty if you don't think about it, but it's too hard not to. I think Lyrica may also have been a name once, too but I'm not sure

raevynstar Says:

2014-03-17T12:07:41

The allergy medication ruins this name.