The composers: baby names from the music makers

Look to classical music for both unique and regular baby name choices.
Look to classical music for both unique and regular baby name choices. Photo: Graffoto/Getty

The music biz is a treasure trove of gold for those hunting the perfect baby name.

So far we have covered baby names for the hip-hop and rap, heavy metal and hard rock, pop and rock 'n' roll musical genres. Today we turn our attention to the composers.

We have scanned the centuries in search of the very best baby names inspired by the musical prodigies of the human race.

These lists are by no means exhaustive, but we have hand-picked some great choices we think would be great for a 21st century baby.

GIRLS

Adrienne (Adrienne Albert)

Alexandra (Alexandra du Bois)

Alicia (Alicia de Larrocha)

Alison (Alison Bauld)

Amy (Amy Beach)

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Angel (Angel Lam)

Beata (Beata Moon)

Bettina (Bettina Skrzypczak)

Chanda (Chanda Dancy)

Chiara (Chiara Benati)

Chloe (Chloe Flower)

Clara (Clara Schumann)

Clarice (Clarice Assad)

Claudia (Claudia Sessa)

Diamanda (Diamanda Galás)

Diedre (Diedre Murray)

Eleonora (Eleonora Eksanishvili)

Elodie (Elodie Lauten)

Emily (Emily Bear)

Esther (Esther Rofe)

Fiona (Fiona Joy Hawkins)

Florence (Florence Beatrice Price)

Harriet (Harriet Browne)

Helen (Helen Jane Long)

Hilary (Hilary Hahn)

Ilona (Ilona Breģe)

Imogen (Imogen Holst)

Lili (Lili Boulanger)

Lucia (Lucia Quinciani)

Maria (Maria Szymanowska)

Martha (Martha Alter)

Meredith (Meredith Monk)

Mira (Mira Calix)

Nadia (Nadia Boulanger)

Odaline (Odaline de la Martinez)

Rita (Rita Kassabian)

Silvina (Silvina Milstein)

Tara (Tara Kamangar)

Taylor (Taylor Davis)

Thea (Thea Musgrave)

Valerie (Valerie Coleman)

Violet (Violet Archer)

Zara (Zara Levina)

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BOYS

Amadeus (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Antonin (Antonin Dvorak)

Antonio (Antonio Vivaldi)

Arthur (Arthur Rubinstein)

Augustin (Agustín Barrios)

Carl (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach)

Christoph (Christoph Willibald Gluck)

Claude (Claude Debussy)

Edward (Edvard Grieg)

Eric (Erik Bach)

Felix (Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn)

Francesco (Francesco Cavalli)

Franz (Franz Joseph Haydn)

Frederick (Frédéric Chopin)

George (George Gershwin)

Giuseppe (Giuseppe Verdi)

Gustav (Gustav Mahler)

Hector (Hector Berlioz)

Jakob (Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn)

Johann (Johann Pachelbel & Johann Sebastian Bach)

Johannes (Johannes Brahms)

Joseph (Franz Joseph Haydn)

Leroy (Leroy Anderson)

Louis (Louis Andriessen)

Ludwig (Ludwig van Beethoven & Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn)

Maurice (Maurice Ravel)

Milton (Milton Ager)

Nicolo (Nicolo Paganini)

Niels (Niels Viggo Bentzon)

Peter (Pyotr Tchaikovsky)

Richard (Richard Wagner)

Robert (Robert Schumann)

Samuel (Samuel Adler)

Sebastian (Johann Sebastian Bach)

Sergei (Sergei Rachmaninoff)

William (William Mason)

Wolfgang (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)