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20 musical baby names that will make your heart sing

Choosing a name for your baby is one of the most meaningful and personal decisions you’ll make for your little one. Some people like to carry on familial traditions when it comes to baby naming, while others like to choose something truly unique. It’s not uncommon for someone to have their baby name selected long before they even become pregnant, while others may take the entire nine months of pregnancy before deciding on the perfect baby name.

People are often inspired by their own personal tastes when it comes to choosing a baby name, and there is no shortage of lyrical options for music lovers. Music-inspired baby names are a great option for music lovers looking for a boy, girl, or gender-neutral musical baby name because the options are seemingly endless. If you’re looking for a little musical inspiration for your bundle of joy look no further than these 20 musical baby names that will make your heart sing.

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Aria is the perfect name for any music lover’s daughter because it means “song” or “solo melody” in Italian. It typically refers to a musical solo in an opera and has found quite a bit of popularity over the recent years thanks to characters of the same name in hit shows like Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones.


If you’re looking for a more unique name inspired by your love of music, Chord may be just what you’re looking for. A chord is a group of notes or sounds strung together. While not a very common name it did become more popular when actor Chord Overstreet joined the very musical cast of Glee.


What better name to give a sweet baby girl than Harmony, which means the “musical combination of chords.” It’s an ideal name for the child of two music lovers. The name derives from the Greek word “Harmonia”. Harmonia was the daughter of Ares (god of war) and Aphrodite (goddess of love) and was the immortal goddess of harmony and concord.


Lyric is a beautiful gender-neutral name for someone who wants to express their love of music through their child’s name. Lyric derives from the Greek word lyre which is an ancient stringed instrument. While many feel that Lyric is a female name, celebrities like Soleil Moon Frye and Jeremy London both have sons named Lyric. Backstreet Boy singer A.J. McLean has a daughter named Lyric, which seems perfectly fitting.


Your baby will be as sweet as a song if you name her Melody. The name, which derives from the Green Melodia, means song tune and is a sweet and feminine ode to music and songs. The name has waned in popularity since it peaked in the 1980s which means it’s the perfect choice for someone who is looking for something a bit more mainstream yet not uber-trendy.

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Piper is a wonderful gender-neutral baby name especially if you’re of Celtic heritage or know someone who plays the bagpipes. The name has grown in popularity over the years thanks in part to characters named Piper on shows like Orange Is the New Black and Charmed.


Reed is a more popular baby name, but spelling it with the two “e’s” is a definite nod any music lover would notice. A reed is a thin strip of material that vibrates to produce a sound in a woodwind musical instrument and a wonderful name to honor your love of music.


The name Major has so many different meanings but for music lovers, Major is a musical term defining a pattern of scales. It’s a great name choice for someone who is looking for a musical influence but also a name that carries a lot of authority.


The late great Jimi Hendrix has inspired many with his timeless music so it’s no surprise that many parents are choosing his surname as the perfect rock ‘n roll name for their child. Kevin Hart has a son named Hendrix and Donnie Wahlberg has a son with the middle name Hendrix.


Similar to Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon has inspired multiple generations with his music and multiple generations have named their children Lennon in honor of his greatness.


This name, which is of Italian origin, means “joyous” “happy” and “lively” which is exactly how you’ll feel when your baby arrives! In music, Allegra means a song that will have an upbeat tempo and is a beautiful name for your lively little one.


In ancient Greek mythology, Apollo is the God of music and dance. While Apollo isn’t a very common name, we are seeing a rise in the popularity of Greek mythological names so it may catch on soon. Gwen Stefani helped popularize the name as an ode to her love of music when she gave it to her third son, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale.


Clef is a fairly unique baby name deeply rooted in musical meaning. Clef is a gender-neutral name of French origin that means musical symbol denoting pitch. While it’s not a common name at all, it’s perfect for someone who is looking for something unique while paying homage to their love of music.


Cadence is such a lovely name for a little girl. It means “the rhythm of sounds” and in music, it defines the sequence of notes that flow in a piece of music. It’s the perfect name for your little one who is always moving to her own beat.


Often used as a nickname, Jazz is now quickly finding its own place as a given name. Fans of this particular classic genre of music can show their true dedication by giving their little one this unique name.

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For fans of classical music, the German name Wolfgang is a terrific option for a baby name, after famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Wolfie is also a totally adorable nickname for a little boy.


Lyra, like Lyric, is from the Greek word lyre and is also a constellation name taken from the lyre of Orpheus. Lyra is possibly a bit more mainstream for parents who want to stay away from Lyric but still want to evoke the same musical feelings with their baby name. Singer Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry recently named their new daughter Lyra.


If you’re looking for something truly unique to reflect your love of music, Zamir, which is of Hebrew origin, literally means “song.” It’s a wonderful choice if you don’t want to be too obvious about the influence your love of music has on your naming choice, as many people may not know the name’s origin.


Ronen is also a name of Hebrew origin which also means song. The name itself is somewhat common when spelled in the traditional Irish way of Ronan, but when spelled Ronen it has a clear musical influence.


Canon is another musical term that is slowly becoming popular as a baby name. NBA superstar Steph Curry and his author-wife Ayesha named their son Canon, helping to make the name more mainstream than before.

Choosing a baby name — whether it’s a first name or a nickname for your child — is such a personal decision but these are all great choices for any music lover.

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