Diva Baby Names: Opera Title Names from Aida to Tosca

In movies, actors know they’ve reached the top when they get their names above the title; for opera singers the most coveted roles are those whose names ARE the titles.  Here are twelve such names that would be perfect for the daughter of an opera buff—or for any classical music-loving parents.


In the 1871 Giuseppe Verdi opera, Aida is the daughter of an Ethiopian king who is captured, sold into slavery, and sacrifices her life to save her people. Off the list since 1976, Aida could definitely come back to join the many other A-beginning- and-ending girls’ names.

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Sorceress Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 2:49 am

From where did you get that Ariadne was a goddess? She was princess, and although there are some theories that she was Crete Main Goddess, nobody has proven that.

Why does everybody thinks every character in Greek mythology was God or Goddess?

Sorceress Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 2:50 am

But I really liked Melisande. It’s gorgeous.

Cloverish Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 5:15 am

So many pretty names.

hermione_vader Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 10:41 am

These are lovely names, but it’s “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”, like the city’s name smooshed into one word.

findemaxa13 Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 10:42 am

Love Aida, Melisande, and Susannah

encore Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 11:03 am

I’ve always liked Arabella

maggiefromcanada Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I love Ariadne and Susannah. Opera heroines have some lovely names. I’ve been crushing on Miriam nn Mimi since seeing La Boheme last fall.

flamingo Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Arabella is such a beautiful name!

whimsyjett Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 1:46 pm

My favorites are Arabella and Carmen.

KateMP91 Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I have a male friend named Dido. It fits him well, and while he is in his mid twenties now, I have never heard of any issues with the name!

My favorite would have to be Tosca, as it reminds me of the fluffy cat in a children’s book I had!

rollo Says:

January 4th, 2014 at 3:09 am

I like nearly all of these names and was particularly intrigued with Manon. I thought it was a boy’s name but it makes a great alternative to the too common Marie and I like its French flavour.

Also love Arabella, Melisande, Ariadne/Arianna, Susannah but I think that Dido is definitely all male.

Chrysalis Says:

January 4th, 2014 at 3:25 am

Love Arabella, Ariadne, Lucia, Melisande. Tosca is cool and unique.

UniqueNameLover Says:

January 4th, 2014 at 10:16 am

Great list! LOVE Arabella, Ariadne, Melisande, and Isolde.

rosierose Says:

January 4th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

One that deserves a spot on the list is Haydée/Haydee.

tfzolghadr Says:

January 5th, 2014 at 9:23 am

I think Dido could be tough… Love Aida… it was on my list for awhile, until I discovered it’s Arabic and Middle Easterners pronounce it I-da. It is a gorgeous name that I wish was used more often, though…

miloowen Says:

January 5th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Aida is quite common in the Hispanic world. Dido was the lover of Aeneas so it’s hard to understand why that name would be considered male. Dido was the queen of Carthage. And Ariadne was a princess in one incarnation, but the goddess Arachne in another….

I’ve found that the Catalan version of Carmen, Carme, is a lovely alternative. And Manon is a nickname of Marie and Mimi’s first name was Lucia, as in “Mi chiamamo Mimi, ma il nome e Lucia.”

Other interesting suggestions: Wally, from Catalani’s magnificent opera La Wally; Renata, after the gorgeous Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi; Olympia, from Les contes d’Hoffmann; Augusta, from The Ballad of Baby Doe; Zerlina, from Don Giovanni; Adriana, from Adriana Lecouvreur; and the beautiful Graziella, from the soprano Graziella Sciutti.

Perhaps my favourite operatic name of all time is Thais.

tori101 Says:

January 5th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Names I love and would consider using in a heartbeat are…
Arabella, Ariadne, Carmen, Isolde, Lulu & Susannah!

To be honest most of these choices are gorgeous though : )

PeachThePrincess Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 11:41 am

I wouldn’t ever name my daughter Tosca, same goes to pets. Where I live (Rio de Janeiro) is common to call someone who is ridiculous/stupid “tosca” (if the person is a female) and “tosco” (if is male). I don’t want to sound unpleasant, it’s just that if you name your daughter like that and someday she gets the chance to go to Rio, she’ll certainly be mocked because of her name.

On the other hand, Flora is quite loved here! =)

shellezbellez Says:

December 23rd, 2015 at 4:39 pm

I love Tosca (and it’s the name of one of my favorite authors, Tosca Lee), Isolde, Susannah, and Aida. I loved seeing Aida make an appearance on the television show, Parenthood, too.

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