I've never met a child with my favorite name for a girl: Madrigal, a gentle, lilting name, a kind of song popular in the medieval and Renaissance periods.  My boyfriend and I are planning our family, and we have decided on "Madrigal Joyeux Rose" for a daughter.

a madrigal as we know it is a secular song, usually in four or more parts (though can contain as few as two and as many as eight). The madrigal originated in Renaissance Italy, spread throughout Europe, and died out in the Baroque era. Earlier, there was an unrelated musical form called a Madrigal which was popular in the early-mid fourteenth century and were often on pastoral subjects. These madrigals were usually for two voices. The word comes from the Italian madrigale, deriving from the Latin matricalis meaning "womb; matrix."

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