12 Best Ballerina Baby Names
Posted by The Name Lady
New ballet-inspired TV shows like "Breaking Pointe" and "Bunheads" have been fueling the dreams of little girls all summer long. And while their characters don't always have ballerina-like names, some do stand out.
When it comes to ballerina names, we think the best examples come from famous ballerinas from modern history and the characters they portray.
Here's a sampling:
Ballerina and Ballet-Character Inspired Names
Aurora from the ballet "Sleeping Beauty"
A name we associate with the northern lights, Aurora also has a fairytale image to add to its list of charms, and is currenty on an upward trend.
Clara from the ballet "The Nutcracker"
The name of the little girl whose dreams come to life in the ballet, this seems fitting for a ballerina or a girl next door (or both!). Though not as popular as it was in the 1800s, Clara is on an upward trend as well.
Giselle from the ballet "Giselle"
One of the most iconic ballerina names (it's the title, after all), Giselle is also the name of a Disney princess – though that doesn't seemed to have affected its popularity much.
Maya for Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya (b. 1925)
This name has also been enjoying an upswing in popularity ever since it first appeared on the charts in the 1970s.
Sasha - from the TV show "Bunheads"
A Russian name with lots of appeal, Sasha is a nickname for Alexander and is used primarily for girls in the U.S.
Sylvie for French ballerina Sylvie Guillem (b. 1965)
The French form of Silvia, this is a charming name that people seem to like but don’t use very often.
Svetlana for Ukranian ballerina Svetlana Zakharova (b. 1979)
This is a common Russian name that’s rarely found in the U.S., as the “Sv” combination makes it a bit choppy to pronounce.
Ballerina Names That End In -ina
One common characteristic shared by several ballerina names is the “-ina” ending, mirroring the Italian word "ballerina" itself. The following names all have an international feel. Nina is the most popular, while the rest aren't even in the top 1,000.
Bettina from "Bunheads"
Galina for Russian ballerian Galina Mezentseva (b. 1952)
Irina for Russian ballerina Irina Kolesnikova (b. 1980)
Katrina from the TV show "Dance Academy"
Nina for Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili (b. 1963)
When you think of a ballerina, what name comes to mind? What names would you add to the list?
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