Musical baby names that are off the scale!

Soothing, melodious, rousing...and just plain different! These baby names are inspired by the world of music.


Allegra meaning ‘joyous’ in Italian, Allegra is the female counterpart to Allegro

Aria a solo in an opera

Arietta a short aria.

Cadence rhythm or beat

Calypso a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to mid-20th century

Cappella actually 'A capella' the word refers to group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment

Caprice any composition that allows a relatively free play of fancy

Carol a religious folk song or popular hymn, particularly one associated with Christmas. Also the short form of Caroline. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from Carolus, the Latin form of Charles

Celesta an orchestral percussion instrument resembling a small upright piano

Demi the direct translation of the French word for 'half' and used in classical ballet, and composing

Harmony musical notes played or sung at the same time to create a pleasing sound

Harper one who plays the harp

Lyra the lyra is a Greek pear-shaped, three-stringed bowed musical instrument

Melody a sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying; a tune

Octavia from the word 'octave' which describes the interval between one musical pitch and another.

Piper one who plays the pipe

Rhapsody a musical piece free in form and inspiration

Sonata a long piece of classical music that's usually made up of several parts

Sonatina a small sonata

Treble the high notes, the counterpart of bass

Viola a stringed instrument played with a bow


Allegro a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner

Banjo a circular, stringed instrument from the guitar family

Brio Italian for 'with lively energy'

Clarion a medieval horn with a clear sound. Hard to ignore, but also pure and clear in tone

Dorian a symmetric scale

Fifer a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups

Harper the Anglicization of the German family name Härpfer, deriving from playing the musical instrument harp

Jazz  a form of music that grew out of African-Americans' musical traditions at the beginning of the 20th century

Lydian a rising musical scale

Lyric the words of a song

Reed a thin strip of material which vibrates to produce a sound on a woodwind musical instrument


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