Allegra Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Allegra:
Derived from the Latin allegro (cheerful, happy, gay).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Allegra is derived from the latin word "allegro" which is often used in music to instruct the musician to perform with an upbeat and lively sound.
USAGE: English (Rare), Italian (Rare)
PRONOUNCED: ə-LEG-rə (English), ahl-LE-grah (Italian)
VARIANT: Allegria (English)
- Personal experiences with the name Allegra
We named our daughter (now 20 months) Allegra. To this day I love the look on people's faces when they hear her name. It's easy to say and spell, but totally unique. I was very worried early on about the allergy medication that was advertised all over the place a few years back, but maybe 2 people have even brought that up ever. I never even see it in ads or on TV anymore, so hopefully it's a brand of the past. Now we need to find a sibling name that is equally special!
We named our daughter Allegra in honor of Allegra Kent. She is now twelve and she LOVES her name. I've only heard one joke about the allergy medication. My father did warn me that my daughter would "hate" me if I named her something unusual like Allegra. He was so wrong! Now he thinks that it is the perfect name for her because it captures her spirit, creativity and intelligence.
We named our daughter Allegra due to its meaning and origins in music. I have been a musician for many years and only met one other Allegra before, but loved the name. My daughter's personality, even before birth, fit the description. She is such an active, lively, and happy child. We worried about the allegry medicine confusion too. I had loved the name for years before that medicine hit the shelf. So, we decided to go with our gut and we have not regretted it. Very few people bring that up and it makes our daughter unique and special. She will be the only one in her class with her name and it's fitting for her.
My name is Allegra, which has always been a source of laughter and cheer (how ironic), because I am Italian and people always joke about it (ex 'Are you allegra, Allegra?'). It has grown popular in Italy in my generation: I know of at least four Allegras around my age.
- Nicknames for Allegra
Allie, Allegrina, Alle, Alli, Ega, Ellie, Gaga, Aggie, Lea (leh-a), Ale (Ah-leh)
- Meanings and history of the name Allegra
In his poem "The Children's Hour," Longfellow wrote about "laughing Allegra." I believe that it was from this poem that Iris Cohen, aka Allegra Kent, drew her stage name.
Means "cheerful, lively" in Italian. It is not a traditional Italian name. It was borne by a short-lived illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron.
- Famous real-life people named Allegra
Allegra Kent, American ballet dancer
Allegra Versace, Italian heiress
Allegra Huston, American writer; sister of Anjelica Huston
Allegra Goodman, American writer
- Allegra in song, story & screen
Allegra Maud Goldman is a book written by Edith Konecky. The title character is a precocious little girl.
One of the female characters in the fictional novel "The Shivering Sands" by Victoria Holt.
The title character from the Nick Jr. show "Allegra's Window".
Allegra Cole in the movie "Hitch" with Will Smith