Musical names

When it comes to music-related names, there are so many to choose from. Not only are there names whose meanings relate to song and music, but there are also names inspired by actual aspects of music, like the popular Melody and Harmony.

Unisex:

Liron means “song for me” or “joy for me” in Hebrew.

Ron (pronounced like the English word “roan,” not the nickname for Ronald) means “song” and “joy” in Hebrew.

Shir means “song” in Hebrew. Though it used to be exclusively feminine, it’s slowly begun to be used for boys as well in recent years. The word itself is masculine.

Male:

Herod comes from the Greek name Heroides, meaning “song of the hero.”

Hesiod is the Latinized form of the original Greek Hesiodos, which means “to throw song.” Probably its most famous bearer was a Greek poet from the 8th Century BCE.

Ronen means “song” and “joy” in Hebrew.

Shadi means “singer” in Arabic.

Yaron means “to sing/shout” in Hebrew.

Zimri means “my music” or “my praise” in Hebrew.

Female:

Allegra

Aoide means “song” in Greek. Its original bearer was the Muse of song. The Latinized form is Aoede.

Aria

Beste means “melody” in Turkish.

Cadence

Cadenza means “falling” in Italian, and refers to an ornamental passage near the end of a song or opera solo.

Calliope means “beautiful voice” in Greek. The original bearer was the Muse of eloquence and epic poetry.

Chantal is a French, Dutch, and English name taken from a geographically-derived French surname meaning “stony.” Over the years, it became associated with the French word chant, “song.”

Concordia means “harmony” in Latin, after the Roman goddess of peace and harmony.

Daina means “song” in Latvian and Lithuanian.

Doina means “folk song” in Romanian.

Eumalia means “melody” in Greek. The original form of the name was Eumeleia.

Ezgi means “melody” in Turkish.

Gita means “song” in Sanskrit.

Harmonia is Greek.

Honoka can mean “harmony flower” in Japanese.

Kyrie means “Lord” in Greek, as in the Kyrie Eleison (Lord, Have Mercy) chant used in worship.

Leelo means “folk song” in Estonian. The Estonian people love their music, particularly considering they sang for their freedom starting in the 19th century.

Lyric

Marimba

Mele means “song” in Hawaiian, though it’s also used as a Hawaiian and Samoan form of Mary.

Melpomene comes from the Greek melpo. “to sing, to celebrate with song.” Its original bearer was one of the nine Muses, representing tragedy. The modern Greek form is Melpomeni.

Polymnia means “abounding in song” in Greek. The Latinized form is Polyhymnia. The original bearer was the Muse of dance and sacred songs.

Rani, or Roni, means “my song” or “my joy” in Hebrew.

Rhapsody. I know many folks would deride this name as outlandish and ridiculous, but I really think it could work on the right person.

Riya means “singer” in Sanskrit.

Setsuko can mean “melody child” in Japanese.

Shira means “singing” or “poetry” in Hebrew.

Shiri means “my song” in Hebrew.

Sonata

Tarana means “song, music” in Persian, but is mostly used in Azerbaijan.

Toccata

Wakana is a Japanese name composed of the elements wa (harmony) and kana (complete, play music). Like just about all East Asian names, other meanings are possible, depending upon which characters are used.

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