AOIDE f Greek Mythology
in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the original three muses, the muse of song.
ARIA (1) f English (Modern)
Means "song, melody"
in Italian (literally means "air"). An aria is an elaborate vocal solo, the type usually performed in operas. As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century. It is not common in Italy.
CADENCE f English (Modern)
From an English word meaning "rhythm, flow"
. It has been in use only since the 20th century.
CALYPSO f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Καλυψω (Kalypso)
, which probably meant "she that conceals"
, derived from καλυπτω (kalypto)
meaning "to cover, to conceal". In Greek myth this was the name of the nymph who fell in love with Odysseus
after he was shipwrecked on her island of Ogygia. When he refused to stay with her she detained him for seven years until Zeus
ordered her to release him.
CAROL (1) f & m English
Short form of CAROLINE
. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from CAROLUS
. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word, which means "song" or "hymn".
CECILIA f English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Romanian, Finnish, German
Latinate feminine form of the Roman family name Caecilius
, which was derived from Latin caecus
. Saint Cecilia was a semi-legendary 2nd- or 3rd-century martyr who was sentenced to die because she refused to worship the Roman gods. After attempts to suffocate her failed, she was beheaded. She was later regarded as the patron saint of music and musicians.... [more]
CHANTAL f French, English, Dutch
From a French surname that was derived from a place name meaning "stony"
. It was originally given in honour of Saint Jeanne-Françoise de Chantal, the founder of the Visitation Order in the 17th century. It has become associated with French chant
CONDOLEEZZA f Various
In the case of the former American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (1954-) it is derived from the Italian musical term con dolcezza
meaning "with sweetness"
EUTERPE f Greek Mythology
in Greek, ultimately from ευ (eu)
meaning "good" and τερπω (terpo)
meaning "to satisfy, to cheer". In Greek mythology she was one of the nine Muses, the muse of music and joy. She was said to have invented the double flute.
FIFE m Scottish
From a Scottish place name that was formerly the name of a kingdom in Scotland. It is said to be named for the legendary Pictish hero Fib.
GAYATRI f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi, Hindi
From Sanskrit गायत्र (gayatra)
, which refers to a type of song or hymn with a particular meter. It is also the name of a Hindu goddess who is a personification of this song.
GITA f Indian, Hindi
in Sanskrit. The word appears in the name of the Bhagavad Gita
, a sacred text of Hinduism (meaning "divine song").
GUIDO m Italian, German
Latinized form of WIDO
. This was the name of two 11th-century saints. Other notable bearers include 11th-century music theorist Guido d'Arezzo, 13th-century poet Guido Cavalcanti, and 17th-century painter Guido Reni.
HARPER f & m English
From an Old English surname that originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps. A notable bearer was the American author Harper Lee (1926-2016), who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird
HEROD m Biblical
From the Greek name ‘Ηρωιδης (Heroides)
, which probably means "song of the hero"
from ‘ηρως (heros)
meaning "hero, warrior" combined with ωιδη (oide)
meaning "song, ode". This was the name of several rulers of Judea during the period when it was part of the Roman Empire. This includes two who appear in the New Testament: Herod the Great, the king who ordered the slaughter of the children, and his son Herod Antipas, who had John
the Baptist beheaded.
JETHRO m Biblical
From the Hebrew name יִתְרוֹ (Yitro)
, which was derived from the Hebrew word יֶתֶר (yeter)
. According to the Old Testament, Jethro was a Midianite priest who sheltered Moses
when he fled Egypt. He was the father of Zipporah
, who became Moses's wife. A famous bearer of the name was Jethro Tull (1674-1741), an English inventor and agriculturist.
JUBAL m Biblical
in Hebrew. This name is mentioned in Genesis in the Old Testament as belonging to the first person to be a musician.
KAI (4) m Chinese
From Chinese 凯 (kǎi)
meaning "triumph, victory, music of triumph", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
KINNERET f Hebrew
From the name of a large lake in northern Israel, usually called the Sea of Galilee in English. Its name is derived from Hebrew כִּנּוֹר (kinnor)
meaning "harp" because of its shape.
KOTONE f Japanese
From Japanese 琴 (koto)
, which refers to a type of musical instrument similar to a harp, combined with 音 (ne)
meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
LIGEIA f Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λιγυς (ligys)
meaning "clear-voiced, shrill, whistling"
. This was the name of one of the Sirens in Greek legend. It was also used by Edgar Allan Poe in his story Ligeia
LING f & m Chinese
From Chinese 灵 (líng)
meaning "spirit, soul", 铃 (líng)
meaning "bell, chime", or other Chinese characters that are pronounced similarly.
LIRON m & f Hebrew
Means "song for me"
or "joy for me"
LORELEI f Literature
From German Loreley
, the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River. It is of uncertain meaning, though the second element is probably old German ley
meaning "rock" (of Celtic origin). German romantic poets and songwriters, beginning with Clemens Brentano in 1801, tell that a maiden named the Lorelei lives on the rock and lures boaters to their death with her song.
MAHALA f English
Variant of MAHALAH
. It has occasionally been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
MAINA m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "sing, dance"
in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations, each lasting about 30 years. The Maina
generation occupied the last part of the 19th century.
MAJOR m English
From a surname that was originally derived from the given name Mauger
, an Old French form of the Germanic name Malger
meaning "council spear". The name can also be given in reference to the English word major
MELE f Hawaiian
in Hawaiian. This name is also used as a Hawaiian and Samoan form of MARY
MELODY f English
From the English word melody
, which is derived (via Old French and Late Latin) from Greek μελος (melos)
meaning "song" combined with αειδω (aeido)
meaning "to sing".
MELPOMENE f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek μελπω (melpo)
meaning "to sing, to celebrate with song"
. This was the name of one of the nine Muses in Greek mythology, the muse of tragedy.
NAENIA f Roman Mythology
Means "incantation, dirge"
in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of funerals.
PHILOMELA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek φιλος (philos)
meaning "lover, friend" and μηλον (melon)
meaning "fruit". The second element has also been interpreted as Greek μελος (melos)
meaning "song". In Greek myth Philomela was the sister-in-law of Tereus, who raped her and cut out her tongue. Prokne avenged her sister by killing her son by Tereus, after which Tereus attempted to kill Philomela. However, the gods intervened and transformed her into a nightingale.
PIPER f English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute). It was popularized as a given name by a character from the television series Charmed
, which debuted in 1998.
POLYMNIA f Greek Mythology
Means "abounding in song"
, derived from Greek πολυς (polys)
meaning "much" and ‘υμνος (hymnos)
meaning "song, hymn". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of dance and sacred songs, one of the nine Muses.
REED m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old English read
, originally a nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion.
REI f Japanese
From Japanese 鈴 (rei)
meaning "bell", 麗 (rei)
meaning "beautiful, lovely" or 玲 (rei)
meaning "the tinkling of jade". This name can also be formed by other kanji with the same pronunciation.
RUBAB f Arabic
From an Arabic word referring to a type of stringed musical instrument. This was the name of the wife of the Prophet Muhammad
's grandson Husayn
SANG m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean 常 (sang)
meaning "common, frequent, regular" or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
SELAH f Biblical
From a Hebrew musical term that occurs many times in the Old Testament Psalms. It was probably meant to indicate a musical pause.
SETSUKO f Japanese
From Japanese 節 (setsu)
meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations can also be possible.
TUBA f Arabic, Turkish
From the name of a type of tree that is believed to grow in heaven in Islamic tradition. It means "blessedness" in Arabic.
WAKANA f Japanese
From Japanese 和 (wa)
meaning "harmony" and 奏 (kana)
meaning "play music, complete", as well as other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
WREN f English (Modern)
From the English word for the small songbird. It is ultimately derived from Old English wrenna
YAMATO m Japanese
, an ancient name for Japan. It can also refer to the Yamato period in Japanese history, which lasted into the 8th century. The individual kanji are 大
meaning "great" and 和
YIN f & m Chinese
From Chinese 银 (yín)
meaning "silver, money", 音 (yīn)
meaning "sound, tone" or 荫 (yīn)
meaning "shade, shelter, protect", as well as other Chinese characters pronounced similarly.
ZIMRI m Biblical
Means "my praise"
or "my music"
in Hebrew. This is the name of a king of Israel in the Old Testament. He ruled for only seven days, when he was succeeded by the commander of the army Omri