FARAfSicilian, Neapolitan, Italian (Tuscan) Short form of various, now obsolete, Germanic names that contained the element -fara-, for example Burgundofara. This name is predominantly found in Sicily, Naples and, to a lesser degree, Tuscany reflecting the local veneration of Saint Fara.
LODOLETTAfItalian, Italian (Tuscan), Theatre Probably coined by Pietro Mascagni for the titular character of his "dramma lirico" or lyric opera Lodoletta (1917), which was based on the novel Two Little Wooden Shoes by Marie Louise de la Ramée, (Ouida).... [more]
MUSETTAfTheatre, Italian (Tuscan) Latinate form of Musette, which was possibly based on the dance style, popular in Paris in the 1880s, which took its name from a kind of small bagpipe. It was used by Puccini for the lover of Marcello in his opera La Bohème (1896), which was based on La Vie de Bohème (1851) by Henri Murger (who named the character MUSETTE).... [more]