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:

  • Marguerite

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Marguerite is a classic French name with a remnant of old-fashioned Gallic charm; and is also a variety of daisy. Chic again in Paris, it's definitely ripe for revival here.

    Another... Read More 

  • Michaela

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This most proper form of the name shot up the charts in the nineties, only to sink just as precipitously, supplanted by upstarts Makayla and McKayla ad infinitum. Read More 

  • Mimi

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Flirty, flimsy name of the tragic heroine of La Bohème...and Rent. Mimi might feel too slight for many parents to use on the birth certificate, but as a short form, it's one of the cutest of the... Read More 

  • Musetta

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A musette is both a dance and an antique instrument, but the name is most associated with the classic opera La Bohème. Read More 

  • Nardo

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Possible "nerd" temptation for nicknamers makes Nando a preferable choice. Read More 

  • Nedda

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Midcentury macramé-maker. Read More 

  • Ottavio

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Spirited and seductive Italiano. Read More 

  • Pamina

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This operatic Italian name -- it appears in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" -- is a more unusual route to the nickname Pam/Pammy. Read More 

  • Ramiro

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Familiar as a Latin surname but has potential as a first. Read More 

  • Rocco

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Madonna did much to polish up the image of this old-neighborhood Italian choice when she picked it for her son with British director Guy Ritchie. It now feels much more mainstream, sharing the... Read More 

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