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Musical Baby Names

Musical Baby Names
Musical baby names can be soothing, lyrical, rhythmic, rousing, and melodious. There are musical names to suit everyone’s taste and genre preference, from classical music and opera to blues and rock-and-roll. Musical names are a branch of creative baby names that include musical terms such as Lyric and Tempo, as well as musical occupational names like Harper and Strummer.

Along with Harper and Lyric, other musical baby names in the US Top 1000 include Aria, Cadence, Celeste, Harmony, Piper, and Reed. Musical instruments, though less popular as names than musical terms, make lovely middle names, including Banjo, Cello, Marimba, and Piano.

Here, some musical names you might want to consider.
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LyraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "lyre"
  • Description:

    Lyra is a constellation name taken from the lyre of Orpheus. It contains the star Vega and thus could make a melodic choice for a parent interested in music, astronomy, or mythology. It has more depth and history than Lyric, is more unusual than Lila (which it rhymes with). It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015.

CelesteHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "heavenly"
  • Description:

    Celeste is a softly pretty and somewhat quaint name with heavenly overtones, which kids might associate with Queen Celeste of Babar's elephant kingdom. She's a light and lovely choice that's finally getting noticed.

CalliopeHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful voice"
  • Description:

    Calliope is the name of the muse of epic poetry -- and also the musical instrument on the merry-go-round. Bold and creative, it would not be the easiest name for a girl lacking such qualities. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2016. While Americans usually pronounce this name with a long I sound and the emphasis on the second syllables, Greeks pronounce it with the emphasis on the third syllable -- ka-lee-OH-pee.

HarperHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "harp player"
  • Description:

    Harper is a red hot name for girls, having jumped from obscurity to near the top of the popularity list in less than a decade; it entered the Top 10 for the first time in 2015, and has stayed near there since. Harper is a prime example of the trend of surnames that turn into boys' names and then become girls' names. Harper was rarely heard for either sex before the mid-2000s, entering the girls' list in 2004. (For boys, it was in use until 1906 when it dropped off the scope and didn't reappear until a full century later.)

AriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "air; song or melody; lion"
  • Description:

    Aria has origins in both Italian and Hebrew. In the former, Aria's literal meaning, air, is meant as a musical term denoting a kind of song or melody. Hebrew Aria is a variation of Ari, meaning "lion." In Persian, Aria is a male name, and in Indian it is considered unisex. Arya is an alternate spelling.
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CalypsoHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "she who hides"
  • Description:

    This hyper-rhythmic name has two evocative references. In Greek mythology, she was an island nymph, a daughter of Atlas, who delayed Odysseus from returning home. It is also a genre of West Indian music, originating in Trinidad and Tobago and largely popularized in the States by Harry Belafonte.

ReedHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    A slim, elegant, silvery surname, Reed could be a banker or a sculptor, and therein lies the appeal of this simple yet distinctive name. The versatile Reed can be seen as a grass-like nature name and a musical name.

SelahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "praise, pause"
  • Description:

    The name is derived from the term commonly used in the Book of Psalms, which has a many Hebrew scholars in confusion over its meaning. Given its context in the Bible, Selah is likely to mean “to praise” or “pause and reflect upon what has just been said." Lauryn Hill used this name for her daughter. It is the last word in Anita Diamant's novel The Red Tent.

ViolaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "violet"
  • Description:

    Viola has several positive elements going for it: the rhythm of the musical instrument, the association with the flower, the trending 'Vi' beginning and its leading role in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

LarkHeart

  • Origin:

    English bird name
  • Description:

    Lark is getting some new and well-deserved attention as a post-Robin and Raven bird name. Although it was first recorded as a name in the 1830's, it has never appeared on the Social Security list.
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MelodyHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "song"
  • Description:

    A melodious choice big in the sixties, Melody is now starting to pick up tempo again. It cracked the Top 150 for the first time ever in 2015.

SeraphineHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "burning ones"
  • Description:

    Seraphine is the Gallic version of the angelic name Seraphina. But while Seraphina has been rising rapidly since Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose it for their second daughter, Seraphine has been largely ignored, though we believe the French vowel-sound ending will soon be more stylish than the a-endings that have predominated in girls' names for years.

ZimriHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my music, my praise"
  • Description:

    This unusual and spunky biblical name was one of the Kings of Israel as well as one of Judah's grandsons and has a wonderful meaning. We'd like to see Zimri being used more.

HarmonyHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    If Melody and Lyric are on your style sheet, the peaceful Harmony, popularized by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, should be too.

CadenceHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "rhythm, beat"
  • Description:

    The musical word name Cadence, seemed to come out of nowhere to zoom up the charts; it rose over 700 spots between 2002 and 2004, and showed up in the Top 200 in 2007. It's gone down in the popular names list since then, though. Some might see it as a feminine relative of the popular Caden. Kadence and Kaydence are also rising.
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EllingtonHeart

  • Origin:

    English place-name and surname
  • Meaning:

    "Ellis's town"
  • Description:

    Ellington is a swinging musical name, evoking the jazzy and elegant persona of the Duke (born Edward Kennedy Ellington). While that reference may seem to make Ellington a male name, it is also occasionally used for girls.

BanjoHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    When actress Rachel Griffiths chose this highly unusual name for her son, many assumed it was a bizarre invention. But a noted Australian poet (Griffiths is an Aussie) is known by this name.

PiperHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "one who plays the pipes or flute"
  • Description:

    Piper's rising popularity for girls makes it an unlikely masculine choice.

SymphonyHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Name that makes a dramatic musical statement.

JazzHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Jazz as a full name is used slightly more often for boys than girls and has a distinctive, well, jazzy feel. Jazz is also occasionally used as a nickname for Jasper, much more often for Jasmine or Jazlyn. Could work as a middle name.
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RockHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Rocco
  • Description:

    Faux macho name, à la Rock Hudson and The Rock; not recommended, despite rise of cousin Stone.

AltoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "high"
  • Description:

    With its musical allusions, a harmonious possibility.

LyricHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "lyre"
  • Description:

    A musical name that's more popular for girls.

DivaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "goddess"
  • Description:

    Once unique to the Zappa family, now you can have your own little prima donna.

BrioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "vivacity, zest"
  • Description:

    Musical term with a lot of energy.
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CanaryHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "small bird"
  • Description:

    The name of a small yellow bird that hasn't taken off in the way that some of its avian sisters – like Robin, Wren or Lark – have.

SonataHeart

  • Origin:

    Music name
  • Description:

    Undiscovered musical form melodious enough to be a hit on the name charts.

MadrigalHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "song for unaccompanied voices"
  • Description:

    Madrigal might be a pretty and highly distinctive choice for a child of a musical family--or for the parent looking for a less conventional path to the nickname Maddie than Madeline or Madison . Definitely more striking than Cadence or even the increasingly popular Aria.

CapriceHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Italian
  • Meaning:

    "impulsive change of mind"
  • Description:

    Word name with an appealing sound but a trivializing meaning.

BellHeart

  • Origin:

    English and Scottish occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "ringer of the bell"
  • Description:

    These days, it's more likely you'd call your daughter the popular Belle or Bella.
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MozartHeart

  • Origin:

    German musical name
  • Description:

    A daring middle name possibility for classical concertgoers. Alternatives are Wolfgang and Amadeus.

FiferHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "piper"
  • Description:

    Fifer is a musical name that fits in seamlessly with the likes of Harper and Piper, but is much more unusual. It's also a Scottish demonym, referring to an inhabitant of the historic Scottish county of Fife.

CelloHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    If Viola is a credible girl's name, why not the mellow Cello for a boy.

RhapsodyHeart

  • 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.

MinuetHeart

  • Origin:

    French, dance term
  • Description:

    Minuet is delicate, dancey, and lacy, with a Masterpiece Theatre feel. Is Minuet a real name? Not really, though similar-sounding French names such as Minette and Manette are.
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RamoneHeart

  • Origin:

    Musical name
  • Description:

    Ramon is a common Latin male name, but Ramone would clearly be in tribute to the early punk rock group--each of whose members took on the last name Ramone.

TangoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "touch"
  • Description:

    A South American dance style whose name derives from Latin tangere "touch". It's also a popular orange-flavored fizzy drink in the UK, as well as the word for the letter T in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

DrummerHeart

  • Origin:

    Occupational word name
  • Description:

    Drummer entered the baby name lexicon thanks to blogger No Big Dill, who chose it for her newborn son, who joins five older sisters. Drummer is right in step with other occupational names in vogue now, from Archer to Gardener. Let's just hope Drummer doesn't prefer to play the piano.

AdagioHeart

  • 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.

HarpHeart

  • Origin:

    Music name
  • Description:

    Feels as if it's missing a syllable.
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RegoHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese
  • Meaning:

    "ditch, channel"
  • Description:

    A surname that could become a first, an alternate to the already-taken REGIS.

FifeHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "place name"
  • Description:

    Great middle name choice for music lovers or those with Scottish roots, also spelled Fyfe.

RagaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit, musical term
  • Meaning:

    "color or melody"
  • Description:

    Raga is musical, yes, but that 'rag' syllable worries us.

CadenzaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, musical term
  • Description:

    Cadenza takes the popular CADENCE and gives it a more operatic flourish.

AllegroHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "brisk, sprightly"
  • Description:

    ALLEGRA is a delicate ballet-dancer name; ALLEGRO, which means a fast-paced movement in music, is stronger and more vibrant.
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TempoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "time"
  • Description:

    An offbeat word name referring to the speed of a piece of music.

ClarionHeart

  • Origin:

    Music name
  • Description:

    Tuneful variation on the Claire names.

GershwinHeart

  • Origin:

    Musical name
  • Description:

    The adopted surname of iconic songwriting brothers George and Ira (born Gershovitz) might make a nice musical middle name.

SerenadeHeart

  • Origin:

    Music name
  • Description:

    Peaceful and melodic, but a bit pretentious.

ArabesqueHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Meaning:

    "ornate design"
  • Description:

    Fanciful, edging toward bizarre.
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