a female given name.
Contemporary Examples

Yet those fears were borne out when, at the age of five, Allegra died of typhus.
The Man Who Invented Vampires and the Creepiest Literary Gathering Ever Emma Garman November 23, 2013

The Cookbook Collectorby Allegra Goodman A novel about greed—and money—during the dot-com boom.
This Week’s Hot Reads The Daily Beast July 29, 2010

For one mother, Jayne Thomas of Sutton Coldfield, England, the Allegra disaster is like a recurring nightmare.
Costa Allegra Stranded: Another Cruise From Hell Barbie Latza Nadeau February 27, 2012

Late Monday night, the Allegra was joined by a French fishing trawler that answered an SOS call.
Costa Allegra Stranded: Another Cruise From Hell Barbie Latza Nadeau February 27, 2012

His first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, was one of the most clever (and beautiful) women at Oxford.
Boris Johnson Is Right: Some Women Go to College to Find a Husband Janine di Giovanni July 8, 2013

Historical Examples

And takes with her Allegra and Mrs. Pascoe and whatever of their tribe they choose?
“Persons Unknown” Virginia Tracy

But Allegra I don’t know about; I can’t think what to wish for the child.
Dear Enemy Jean Webster

Record daughter born to Hopes, Allegra, not Christina, 1886.
“Persons Unknown” Virginia Tracy

But Allegra is true to her name, the happiest young miss of three I have ever seen.
Dear Enemy Jean Webster

The most noble and tender confession is in Allegra’s epitaph, “I shall go to her, but she shall not return to me.”
On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2) John Ruskin

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