Ballerina Baby Names
This summer, t.v. networks are indulging the childhood dreams of so many little girls with new ballet-themed shows. Breaking Pointe (a reality show) and Bunheads (a drama/comedy), now joining Australia’s drama Dance Academy, are an answer to the fascination many of us have with the ballet, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of young ballerinas.
The characters and real-life dancers in these shows are not always given names that scream “ballet”, but some do stand out. When it comes to ballerina names, we think that the most prominent examples come from famous ballerinas throughout modern history as well as names from classical ballets. Here’s a sampling of each.
Aurora - from the ballet Sleeping Beauty
Aurora is a name we associate with the northern lights. It has a lovely meaning and a fairytale image to add to its list of charms. This name is 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 (maybe both!). Though not as popular as it was in the 1800s, Clara is on an upward trend as well.
Giselle - from the ballet Giselle
This could be considered the most iconic ballerina name because of its strong association with the ballet. It’s also the name of a Disney princess, though that hasn’t seemed to have hurt or helped its popularity too much.
Sasha - from Bunheads
A Russian name with lots of appeal. This is the pet form of Alexander and is used primarily for girls in the U.S.
Sylvie - Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina (b. 1965)
The French form of Silvia, this is a charming name that people seem to like but don’t use very often.
Svetlana - Svetlana Zakharova, Ukrainian ballerina (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. This name is shared by Russian ballerina Svetlana Lunkina.
Ballerina Names That End In -ina
One common characteristic shared by several ballerina names is the “-ina” ending, mirroring the Italian word ballerina. These names have a distinctly international feel to them. The most popular on this list is the name Nina; all the others are not in the top 1,000.
Bettina “Boo” - Character in Bunheads
Galina - Galina Mezentseva, Russian ballerina (b. 1952)
Irina - Irina Kolesnikova, Russian ballerina (b. 1980)
Katrina “Kat” - Character in Dance Academy
Nina - Nina Ananiashvili, Georgian ballerina (b. 1963)
When you think of a ballerina, what name comes to mind? What names would you add to the list?