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Gender: F Pronunciation: IM-eh-jen Meaning of Imogen: "maiden" Origin of Imogen: Celtic

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Imogen is a Shakespearean name long fashionable in England, which temporarily lost its way here when spelled and pronounced im-oh-GENE. Pronounced the British way, Imogen is as pretty and classy as it is distinctive. Imogen also gained attention through its link to Grammy-winning musician Imogen Heap.

Imogen orginated as a Shakespearean printer's misspelling of the Celtic Innogen, used by him for a charming and impetuous character in one of his last plays, Cymbeline.

Though never in the American Top 1000, Imogen has gained a lot of favor in recent years among stylish parents, so you may find more little Imogens in your hip neighborhood than that statistic would suggest. In fact, Imogen recently displaced Charlotte as the breakout Number 1 among girl names on Nameberry for the first half of 2013. In England and Wales, the stylish Imogen is currently Number 42. It's the second most popular name on Nameberry.

Other pluses: Imogen has the wonderful namesake photographer Imogen Cunningham and also a meaning that can't be topped. Immy is the cute diminutive; in the book and movie Fried Green Tomatoes, the character Imogene's nickname was Idgie.

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Famous People Named Imogen

Imogen Bailey - Australian model, actress & singer
Imogen Cunningham - American photographer
Imogen Heap - British singer/songwriter, formerly Frou Frou
Imogen Lloyd Webber- daughter of Andrew Lloyd Webber, British political commentator, and author
Imogen Poots - English actress
Imogen Stubbs - English actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Imogen

- Imogen, heroine of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline"
- Imogen was Gracie's imaginary friend on the US sitcom 'The Nanny.'
- Imogen Moreno is a teenage character on TV's 'Degrassi.'
- Imogen is a character in the novel 'The False Prince.'
- Imogen Herondale, High Inquisitor of the Clave in 'The Mortal Instruments' series by Cassandra Clare.
- Imogen was a character in the 'Pretty Little Liars' series by Sara Shepard.
- Imogen is a character in 'Down to You' (2000) played by Julia Stiles.
- Imogen Dartie (later Imogen Cardigan), the granddaughter of James Forsyte, and the daughter of Winifred and Montague Dartie, in 'A Modern Comedy' (1929) by John Galsworthy.
- Imogen Drill, character from TV series "The Worst Witch

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