What are your thoughts on the name Allegra?

I have gotten a lot of negative feedback from family on it


November 30, 2012 7:39 PM

Allegra was a really great name that got ruined by a drug company.  Whenever that brand gets discontinued, it'll be a great name again, but I'm not sure how useable it is right now. :(

November 30, 2012 7:59 PM

Thats kinda what I am thinking :( at first I didn't think that it was even advertised enough anymore that anyone would notice but then we got comments when we said we were considering it. Maybe for a middle name it wouldn't be so bad.

November 30, 2012 8:36 PM

I do think it could work for a middle name.

November 30, 2012 8:35 PM

I am actually going to disagree. I went to high school with a lovely young woman named Allegra and I think it can still totally work. If the medicine comes up you can just gently remind people that the name has a long history and meaning going far beyond the medication.

I think one reminder would be enough for people to get over it. It's such a lovely name I really wouldn't let that stop you.

December 4, 2012 6:50 AM

Allegra?  You mean my future daughters name?  Well I like it!  :)  It's definitely at the top of my favourites list.  There's no drug-links where I live (Australia), so no bad connotations for me. 


By mk
December 4, 2012 1:52 PM

I went to college with someone named Allegra and thought it was a lovely name (this was beofre the drug came onto the market).

Unfortunately now whenever I hear it, my first thought is the medication. I do think it is pretty still though.

By EVie
December 4, 2012 2:20 PM

I love Allegra. I really don't think the drug has ruined the name... I mean, it's just an allergy medicine, not a herpes ointment or anything that should prompt real embarrassment. Yeah, I guess some people might quote the commercials at you, but I somehow doubt those commercials will still be around by the time a kid born now grows up to understand them... there will be some other drug out on the market that's better and that one will fall by the wayside. I also haven't seen one of those commercials in years—does anyone even watch commercials anymore? Doesn't everyone have a DVR now and just fast-forward through them? (I don't have a TV at all and watch all my content online, so I wouldn't know).

I have a relative named Allegra, and I don't think the drug connection has affected her life in the least. She's also a very mature, intelligent and poised young woman who happens to be a tall, blonde knockout, so positive associations all around. 

December 4, 2012 3:44 PM

I have an Allegra and it is a great name. I live in a country without that medicine though so I really don't know how much that would put me off. I think it probably would have put me off using it a bit - just because I liked the fact that it was fairly unheard of here and being a brand that everyone had heard of would change that particular factor.

December 4, 2012 3:47 PM

It is a beautiful name with a lovely meaning.


December 4, 2012 8:20 PM

I feel like I've seen fewer of the ads of late, so maybe it's close to the point where one can purchase generic?

I definitely think allergy meds with it at this point, which is too bad.

December 4, 2012 10:38 PM

I didn't even think of the medication until I read some of the previous comments! I had actually considered Allegra as a middle name, but changed my mind, I really like name, I think it's really pretty! The only thing that made me change my mind was that allegro means fast and the word also kind of reminds me of algebra? Lol, a little weird

 I think Allegra is a wonderful name!:).