Musical Medley

Hi! I'm new to this forum, and I hope you guys can help me!

I am due in January with twins! It's really exciting :)

I already have 4 children: 

Melody Katherine, Cadence Anna, Allegro Martha and Aria Danielle(middle names are family names)

I did not plan to go with a musical theme, but I love music so much, and I am a piano teacher/performer. 

First I loved the name Melody, and then her middle name is after my mother.

I also loved the name Cadence, and thought we were finished. Her middle name is after my husbands mother.

Then we got pregnant again (not planned) with twins, and didn't want these girls to feel left out, So thus came Allegro Martha (named after my dad Martin) and Aria Danielle (named after my husbands dad Daniel). So now we are pregnant agian, and I need some boy musical names!(and girls since we don't know the gender yet)

The only ones I have so far is

Reed

Harmony

 

Replies

1
October 7, 2014 9:55 AM

A name I've always loved and wanted to use is Bard. Music and Shakespeare rolled into one.

2
October 7, 2014 9:58 AM

Hm.  Would you go for musician names, as well as musical?  I mean, personally, I'd get a kick out of a Wolfgang.

For a girl, what about Octavia? 

3
October 7, 2014 10:50 AM

Octavia is lovely! 

I just came across Brio for a boys name. What do you guys think?

*con brio is a style of playing

4
October 7, 2014 1:02 PM

Brio could work for a boy's name. It is similar to names like Leo, Milo, etc.  But I think the "bree" sound is more often association with girl names (Bree, Breanna, Aubrey, Brielle, etc).  It's unusual enough as a name that I think at least some people will defaul to girl because of the "bree" sound.  Guess it depends how much you think that will bother you.

5
October 8, 2014 8:58 AM

Yes I know what you mean, I'm still thinking on it.

6
By EVie
October 7, 2014 1:18 PM

I really like Brio! It has a great meaning, as well ("vigor or vivacity of style or performance.")

I was full of suggestions when I read your original post (I did a lot of choral singing in college and I just love the language of music), but everyone else beat me to it. So I'll just say, for boys I really like Brio, Reed, Bard, Tenor (although that might be weird if he turns out to be a bass!), Ballad, Cannon, Marcato and Andante. For girls, I like Octavia, Lyra, Lyric, Viola, Calliope and Sonata.

Other thoughts (going into some more obscure terms): Grace (as in a grace note). Kyrie (as in the part of a Requiem). Marcia (as in alla marcia). Anima. Antiphon. Clef. Treble. Timbre. 

7
October 7, 2014 1:21 PM

It's Canon, unless you are thinking of the 1812 overture.

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By EVie
October 7, 2014 2:50 PM

Oops, typo! I do know the difference, my fingers just got ahead of my brain. Thanks for pointing it out.

9
October 8, 2014 9:00 AM

Let me just say that a lot of the names you mentioned are high on my list

Boys:

Reed

Tenor

Brio

Clef

Girls:

Lyric

Viola

Octavia

 

10
October 7, 2014 10:07 AM

Going off Laura V's idea:

Amadeus and Sebastian

Felix and Franz (I'm not a fan of alliterative twin names, but you already have them)

Ludwig and Wolfgang

For girls, you could feminize Felix and Franz to Felicity and Francesca. The musical reference would become pretty obscure, but they're lovely names.

11
October 7, 2014 10:09 AM

I love this theme, even if it was unintentional :)

For girls, I'd suggest Chantal. Perhaps a stretch, but maybe Lyra (with the Lee-ra pronunciation) as it's similar to lyric? Even Lyric has modern female usage. Piper comes to mind as well. Viola is beautiful and was a contender for me.

For boys, I LOVE Fife (hubby didn't like it so it never got far). Reed is a great choice!

12
October 7, 2014 10:13 AM

Apparently Celeste/Celesta has musical connections as well--some type of piano.

13
October 7, 2014 10:48 AM

Hmmm Fife, I'll hae to think on that one.

The reason I like Reed, is because when you say it, it sounds like a common name, but on paper, it has the musical style.

14
October 7, 2014 10:35 AM

I like both Reed & Harmony.

I've seen Lyric used for both girls & boys, though it's always struck me as more feminine.

Alto?  (seems similar to Arlo & Alton)

Banjo?  A bit of a stretch, but I think there is at least one celebrity baby named Banjo.

Bell, Calliope, Calypso, Harper, Piper, Viola

I'm having more trouble coming up with names for boys.  In that case, I think branching out to a composer or something would work, especially if you went with something obvious.  Wolfgana, Mozart, Bach, etc.

15
October 7, 2014 10:46 AM

My husband does not want musician names, and I'm not a huge fan either.

I like Alto, and Lyric is beautiful, but I would say definitely more feminine.

I really like Viola as well. It's like the music name of Violet.

On one hand, I would love two boys to balance out our very female dominated household, but on the other, boy names are so much trickier in this instance!

16
October 7, 2014 1:14 PM

On the bright side, you've already got Reed (which is great) so you've only got to come up with one more boy name.

Marcato?  Seems similar to Mark & Marcus and he'd have a built in nickname if he ever wanted something less distinct. Tempo or Timbre?  Similar to Timothy, Tim/Tem as possible nicnames.

Musical terms ending in O terms could fit in with names like Milo, Leo, Hugo, etc.--Vivo, Canto, Mezzo?  

 

17
October 8, 2014 9:01 AM

Piper and Harper are both neat names, but I'm afraid people wouldnt catch the musical theme.

18
October 7, 2014 11:23 AM

I love this theme!

Boys:

Fife

Harp

Tenor

Alto

Reed

Rock

Tempo

Cello

Ballad

Forte

Cleft

Legato

Jazz

Girls:

Carol

Chime

Carmen

Sonata

Serenade

Hymn

Key

Stanza

Medley

Ottava

Choral

 

 

 

 

19
October 8, 2014 9:02 AM

Choral is beautiful!

I also like

Ottava

Carmen

 

20
October 7, 2014 12:23 PM

Hmm, some more options, all for boys:

  • Andante (nn Dante?)
  • Arco
  • Axe (slang for guitar or instrument)
  • Bar
  • Bridge
  • Canon
  • Chord (another one that sounds like a familiar name, w/ the musical connection clear from the spelling)
  • Gig
  • Marcato 
  • Opus
  • Rhodes (slang for electric piano, from a brand name)
  • Riff
  • Rock
  • Tag

And two for girls: Antiphone (I'd use this spelling over Antiphony to avoid the "phony" bit) and Calliope

21
October 7, 2014 1:12 PM

There is an actor named Chord Overstreet.  St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music/musicians.

Boy possibilities: Anthem, Chanson, Cornet, Galliard, Major, Octave, Pavan, Riff, Sharp

Girl Possibilities: Aubade, Bourree (add the acute accent), Caprice, Capella, Cantata, Coda, Fantasy, Madrigal (I actually knew someone with this name), Melisma. Rhapsody, Fermata, Sarabande

Whichever possibilities: Bolero, Largo, March (I knew someone with this name), Dorian (or Lydian, but not Phrygian or Mixolydian)

 

Just some ideas, some namier than others

22
October 7, 2014 9:51 PM

I really like March--bonus if it's a family name anywhere on your tree. For Madrigal, you could use the nickname Madge--I hear it might be due for a revival ;-).

23
October 8, 2014 9:03 AM

Canon is definitely an option.

24
October 7, 2014 2:15 PM

Musette or Musetta

Chanteuse

Mandolin

25
October 8, 2014 9:03 AM

Musetta is a really cool suggestion! It's just every time I look at it, I feel like I'm seeing the word 'mouse'

26
October 7, 2014 8:27 PM

I like the musical names! Here's some ideas that seem name-y to me, some have been suggested by previous posters.

 

Andante

Adagio

Glissando 

Octave

Clef

Lyric

Viola

Timpani

Marimba

Cornet

Bodhran

Dulcimer

Chorale

 

As a side note, I grew up with a guy named Reed. He's a great guy and now a professional saxophonist, among other instruments. :)

27
October 7, 2014 9:37 PM

I think Reed and Alto are the two best listed so far. 

28
By EVie
October 7, 2014 10:51 PM

Alto strikes me as odd for a boy, though, because most alto parts are sung by women (I know it can refer to an instrument as well as voice part, like an alto sax, but on its own, the strongest association is with the voice part). There are adult male altos, but they are very rare (and as far as I understand it, the more common terminology for a male singing in that range is "countertenor"). 

29
October 8, 2014 1:10 AM

I don't know much about music, but that definitely changes it for me. 

30
October 8, 2014 12:34 AM

What do you think of Bach, Ballad, and Lyric for boys,

Viola, Song, and Solea for a girls?

I personally love the name Bach because it sounds masculine, unique, and like other boy names (Brock, Jack)

Also, a solea is a type of flamenco

31
October 8, 2014 9:05 AM

I like lyric as a girls name more actually.

I'm becoming more and more open to composer names, because Bach does have a nice ring to it.

32
October 8, 2014 7:57 AM

Since you already like Reed because it's actually a name besides being musical, I want to highlight the brilliant suggestion of Dorian that someone else made above. It's a real name and doesn't sound contrived at all!

33
October 11, 2014 3:38 AM

Breve

Celeste

Harp/Harper

Jazz

Rhapsody

Sonatina

And Serenade/Serene

34
October 11, 2014 2:19 PM

Girl suggestions: Viola, Symphony, Calypso, Lyric, Canary, Celeste and Demi.

Boy suggestions: Reed and Brio are great, I also like Jazz, but that's all I got 

If you're open to song/artist names, let me know, because that's a whole other list. My favorite song names are Layla (the Eric Clapton song) and Rhiannon (the Fleetwood Mac song)

Congrats and Happy Naming

35
October 25, 2014 1:39 AM

Love this thread. Another poster just added Lydian to a name game we're playing. Other modes could work too but not many people would get it. Dorian, obviously, Aeoleon (nn Leon or Leo) is a possibility.

Harmony (someone probably mentioned that but just in case)

Piccolo

Clef (I like this for a boy)

Key

Bass

Ledger

Ballad

Arco

Cappella

Kapelle

Dolce

Raga

Chamber

Brio

Calore

Major

Maestro

Sonata

Tempo

Vivace

Elegy

Medley

Fugue

Forte

Adagio

Arietta (probably not since you have an Aria)

Timbre

Coda

Codetta

Eco

Man, I could do this all day. If I were you I would get out a musical terms book and go crazy.