12 Musical Names for Girls

Apr 22nd 2016

Harmony, Melody, Lyric - chances are you’ll find these euphonic musical terms all over birth announcements these days! Musical names are more often than not cheerful and lively, so why not think about some of the rarer options available? Let’s look at names guaranteed to put a song in your heart!

Allegra. This lovely name is ultra-feminine and fits in well with the current A-a trend with Ava, Amelia, and Aria. Allegra feels vintage - perhaps due to the many classic writers who have used the name in their work - but its scarcity in history makes it more daring than dated. As for Allegra’s musical connection, the word allegro tells musicians to play at a brisk tempo, making this name perfect for the upbeat!

Alouette. Alouette, gentille alouette goes the adorable French children’s song about a lark - but this name is more than just a lyric! Alouette has a bunch of cute nickname options - Ally, Lou, and Etta, for starters - and it has hardly been used in history, if you’re looking for something original. The name might prompt the song more often than not, but its French sound and pretty, natural meaning far outweigh any negatives. Allons-y, Alouette!

Hosanna. Though it sounds like a combination of Hannah and Susanna, Hosanna is known among the religious as a praising word - it literally means “deliver us”, and it’s found in quite a few hymns. Hosanna’s length and musical quality liken it to Savannah or Julianna, but it’s not quite as trendy. The first syllable might turn off some, but the name as a whole is breathtaking! Note: though up-and-coming Shoshana sounds similar, the names come from two different places.

Jazz. With short, snappy names getting popular for boys - Jack, Jett, Max - why not try the concise style on the girls’ side? Princess-inspired Jasmine is starting to decline, but its first syllable is exciting, spunky, and… well, jazzy! The name has been in use since the 1980’s - a male character named Jazz appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air - and this name is unisex without really leaning one way or the other. The double Z’s at the end add even more flair!

Lyra. This name jumped into public consciousness in the early 2000’s with the publication of The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, which features the main character Lyra Belacqua. Lyra comes from the ancient Greek instrument, the lyre. Between the literary connection, the musical link, and the fashionable L-a form, Lyra has many positive traits to consider.

Madrigal. Looking for a unique route to the nickname Maddie? Look no further than Madrigal! Meaning “a song for unaccompanied voices”, this name will allow your little one to stand all on her own with grace and confidence. Bonus points to this name for the “regal” sound at the end. While Madrigal is most often seen as a Spanish surname, its sound is friendly enough to inhabit a first name slot.

Rhapsody. Quite possibly the most romantic of these rhythmic names, Rhapsody ranks with Destiny and Serenity in the dramatic word name category. This name also lends itself to many different musical pieces - Bohemian Rhapsody, Rhapsody in Blue, and even the music-streaming website, Rhapsody. While the name may raise some eyebrows, it definitely has its own personality!

Rhiannon. Most of the United States was introduced to Celtic goddess Rhiannon through the eponymous song by Fleetwood Mac. While the name itself means “divine queen”, and its most notable connection is to the rock song, the goddess was also known for her flock of birds with magical singing powers. If you’re looking for a royal name with a groovy vibe, Rhiannon “rings like a bell through the night”!

Sonata. Names like Selena and Renata have made it on the name charts - let’s see if the orchestral Sonata would do well on a birth certificate! The melodic cadence makes it fun to say, the poetic meaning exudes passionate charm, and a few nicknames can be found in its form: Sonny, Nat, Nata. No doubt about it, Sonata would make a beautiful first name for a sweet little girl.

Sonnet. Close to Sonata, but with a totally different feeling: Sonnet is spirited and smart, literary and lyrical. The name has more of a unisex vibe due to its -et ending, but that might be a plus if you love gender-neutral names! Watch out - this name has been climbing to the recent peak of 17 baby Sonnet’s in one year. That might be rare now, but it won’t be long before the rhythm of Sonnet spreads!

Starling. While this name would also fare well in a list about animal names, Starling straddles the line between natural and sensational. The bird itself can be found all over the world, and is often noted for its ability to mimic all kinds of sounds. The name, however, is not quite as prevalent, and far more original! While the similarities to “darling” might be a turn-off, the nickname Star is too cute to pass up!

Viola. Olivia and Violet are both in the top 100, but Viola hasn’t even made the top 1000 - an absolute tragedy. This gorgeous name has a Shakespearean background, dozens of fabulous namesakes, and a musical legacy from the sixteenth century. Viola would work for classical name devotees, orchestra aficionados, literary academics, and fans of feminine names. It’s a masterpiece!


April 26, 2016 3:28 PM


Allegra is an allergy medication, Lyra was given her name in The Golden Compass because she was an excellent liar, and you should really make sure to look up the etymology of Jazz before you burden a child with that name.


April 26, 2016 4:23 PM

How about Cecilia - the patron saint of music?

April 26, 2016 7:47 PM

Most people aren't as obsessed with names etymology, culture and meanings as commentors here. Lyra sounds musical. Jazz isn't really a different name than Symphony or Madrigal.

I do think the sellers of Allegra were jerks to choose an already established person name for the allergy med. Not cool.


Sonata is really pretty. It's not on the list, but Lyric as a name struck me when I heard it in Jason's Lyric(movie).

April 27, 2016 4:18 PM


My husband loved the name Allegra for our first, but I just could not do it with the allergy medication out there.

Sonata is pretty as well but all I can think of is the Hyundai.

By mk
May 2, 2016 6:04 PM

I love the name Allegra and I know two, chosen because of the musical connection. "allergy med" never occurs to me in the context of a person's name.

I like Jazz more as a nickname, I think, though I adore the music. And its etymology is in fact unclear.


May 5, 2016 12:39 PM

Surprised Cadence isn't on the list. A musical cadence is the chord progression to get "home" (how you feel like you've actually ended the piece or the phrase). A drum cadence is the battery (snares, tenor, and bass drums, plus cymbals) playing a piece usually used for marching during parades while the winds aren't playing. Heck, even just a speaking cadence is the rhythm and flow of the words. Some friends of ours named their daughter Cadence and since both of them are music teachers (one of whom is a percussion guy), I can guarantee you it was picked for its musical associations. 

May 6, 2016 9:14 AM

As a musician and music teacher, I second Cadence. It's a great, strong name for a girl. I wrinkled my nose at Madrigal, though. To me, it just doesn't make any sense as a name. Aria, yes...Selah, even Jazz. But no thanks on Madrigal!

May 10, 2016 9:26 AM

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