Perdita & Marina: Shakespearean names

The immense creativity of Shakespeare extended to the names he gave the characters in his plays.

It is to him that we owe the popularity of names such as Jessica, Imogen and Olivia. Instead of choosing the more common Elizabethan names, like Jane, Margaret and Mary, he chose more poetic ones. He seems to have taken pleasure in creating new names as well; for instance, Juliet was his own translation of the Italian ‘Giulietta’, Perdita in A Winter’s Tale was coined from the Latin for ‘lost’, and Marina was invented due to its association with the sea.

Here are some names used by Shakespeare for his characters to inspire your baby naming…

NamePlay
AaronTitus Andronicus
AbramRomeo & Juliet
AdamAs You Like It
AdrianThe Tempest
AdrianaComedy of Errors
AdrianoLove’s Labour’s Lost
AedileCoriolanus
AegeonComedy of Errors
AemiliaComedy of Errors
AemiliusTitus Andronicus
AlbanyKing Lear
AlexanderTroilus and Cressida
AlexasAntony and Cleopatra
AliceHenry V
AlienaAs You Like It
AlonsoThe Tempest
AmiensAs You Like It
AndromacheTroilus and Cressida
AndronicusTitus Andronicus
AngeloThe Comedy of Errors and other plays
AngusMacbeth
AnneHenry VIII, Richard III
AnthonyRomeo and Juliet
AntigonusWinter’s Tale
AntipholusComedy of Errors
AntonioThe Tempest and other plays
AntonyJulius Caeser, Antony and Cleopatra
Archidamus Winter’s Tale
ArielThe Tempest
ArmadoLove’s Labour’s Lost
Aragon The Merchant of Venice
ArviragusCymbeline
AudreyAs You Like It
AumerleRichard II
Balthasar Romeo and Juliet, and other plays
BanquoMacbeth
BaptistaTaming of the Shrew
BardolphMerry Wives of Windsor
BarnardineMeasure for Measure
BarnardoHamlet
Bartholomew The Taming of the Shrew
BassanioMerchant of Venice
BeatriceMuch Ado About Nothing
Beaumont Henry V
BelariusCymbeline
BenedickMuch Ado About Nothing
BenvolioRomeo & Juliet
Berkeley Richard III
Berri Henry V
BertramAll’s Well that Ends Well
BiancaOthello, Taming of the Shrew
BiondelloTaming of the Shrew, Othello
BoyetLove’s Labour’s Lost
BrabantioOthello
Brandon Henry VIII
BretagneHenry V
BrutusJulius Caesar, Coriolanus
Cadwal  Cymbeline
CaesarJulius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra
CalibanThe Tempest
CamilloWinter’s Tale
CaphisTimon of Athens
CassioOthello
CeliaAs You Like It
CeresThe Tempest
ChristopherTaming of the Shrew
Claudio(Several Plays)
ClaudiusHamlet
CleomenesWinter’s Tale
ClotenCymbeline
CordeliaKing Lear
CorinAs You Like It
CorneliusHamlet, Cymbaline
CostardLove’s Labour’s Lost
CuranKing Lear
CurioTwelfth Night
CurtisTaming of the Shrew
CymbelineCymbeline
DemetriusMidsummer-Night’s Dream
DesdemonaOthello
DianaAll’s Well that Ends Well
DionWinter’s Tale
DogberryMuch Ado About Nothing
DonalbainMacbeth
DorcasWinter’s Tale
DromioComedy of Errors
DullLove’s Labour’s Lost
DuncanMacbeth
EdgarKing Lear
EdmundKing Lear
EgeusMidsummer-Night’s Dream
EglamourTwo Gentlemen of Verona
ElbowMeasure for Measure
EmiliaOthello, Winter’s Tale
EscalusMeasure for Measure, Romeo & Juliet
FabianTwelfth Night
FentonMerry Wives of Windsor
FerdinandLove’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest
FesteTwelfth Night
FlaviusTimon of Athens
FleanceMacbeth
FlorizelWinter’s Tale
FortinbrasHamlet
FranciscaMeasure for Measure
FranciscoHamlet, The Tempest
FrederickAs You Like It
FrothMeasure for Measure
GertrudeHamlet
GonerilKing Lear
GonzaloThe Tempest
GratianoMerchant of Venice
GregoryRomeo & Juliet
GremioTaming of the Shrew
GuideriusCymbeline
HamletHamlet
HecateMacbeth
HelenCymbeline
HermiaMidsummer-Night’s Dream
HermioneWinter’s Tale
Hero (female)Much Ado About Nothing
HippolytaMidsummer-Night’s Dream
HolofernesLove’s Labour’s Lost
HoratioHamlet
HortensioTaming of the Shrew
HortensiusTimon of Athens
IagoOthello
ImogenCymbeline
IrisThe Tempest
IsabellaMeasure for Measure
JaquenettaLove’s Labour’s Lost
JaquesAs You Like It
JessicaMerchant of Venice
JuliaTwo Gentlemen of Verona
JulietRomeo & Juliet, Measure for Measure
JunoThe Tempest
KatharinaTaming of the Shrew
Katharine(in several plays)
LaertesHamlet
LafeuAll’s Well that Ends Well
LancelotMerchant of Venice
LaunceTwo Gentlemen of Verona
LavacheAll’s Well that Ends Well
LaviniaTitus Andronicus
LennoxMacbeth
LeonardoMerchant of Venice
LeonatoMuch Ado About Nothing
LeontesWinter’s Tale
LodovicoOthello
LorenzoMerchant of Venice
LuceComedy of Errors
LucentioTaming of the Shrew
LucettaTwo Gentlemen of Verona
LucianaComedy of Errors
LuciliusTimon of Athens
LucioMeasure for Measure
LysanderMidsummer-Night’s Dream
MalcolmMacbeth
MalvolioTwelfth Night
MamilliusWinter’s Tale
MarcellusHamlet
MargaretMuch Ado About Nothing
MariaLove’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night
Mariana(in several plays)
MercadeLove’s Labour’s Lost
MercutioRomeo & Juliet
MirandaThe Tempest
MontanoOthello
MopsaWinter’s Tale
MothLove’s Labour’s Lost
NathanielTaming of the Shrew
NellComedy of Errors
NerissaMerchant of Venice
NymMerry Wives of Windsor
OberonMidsummer-Night’s Dream
OliverAs You Like It
OliviaTwelfth Night
OpheliaHamlet
OrlandoAs You Like It
OrsinoTwelfth Night
OsricHamlet
OswaldKing Lear
OthelloOthello

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