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Shakespearean Names

Shakespearean names were drawn by the Bard from a range of ancient and modern cultures. Many have survived through the ages and are ripe for modern play. Among the Shakespearean names we recommend are the following.
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  • Corin

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    Corin was used by Shakespeare in As You Like It , an unusual name that could make a more distinctive alternative to Corey or Colin. It is a name used in the illustrious Redgrave family of actors.  Read More 

  • Cressida

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    Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct. For although the Troja... Read More 

  • Cymbeline

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    The title of a Shakespeare play based on legends featuring the early Celtic King Cunobelinus. Rythmic and musical enough to be considered for a girl.  Read More 

  • Desdemona

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    Desdemona is as Shakespearean as a name can be, but because the beautiful and innocent wife of Othello came to such a tragic end, her name has been avoided for centuries. But at this point in time,... Read More 

  • Edgar

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    Edgar is an Old English name historically associated with the tenth century English king known as Edgar the Peaceful, and there was also a King Edgar of Scotland. Edgar has been a stalwart on the ... Read More 

  • Edmund

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    The sophisticated Edmund and its nearly-identical French twin Edmond are coming out of mothballs now that Edward, inspired by "Twilight," is once again a hot name. Edmund has had an enviable histo... Read More 

  • Emilia

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    Emilia, the lovely feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative, now at Number 208. Its one problem is that it sounds like and is often seen as interchang... Read More 

  • Fabian

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    Fabian is the ancient name of a saint and pope that also has Shakespearean cred as Olivia's servant in Twelfth Night and more recently made an appearance in Harry Potter . In the US Fabian became b... Read More 

  • Ferdinand

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    Ferdinand, a traditional name in the royal families of Spain and a handsome young prince shipwrecked on Prosper's island in Shakespeare's The Tempest has, unfortunately, to the American ear a some... Read More 

  • Flavius

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    Flavius is an ancient Roman family name associated with a dynasty of emperors. It has an appealingly flavorful first syllable, and is the name of a stylist in the Hunger Games series. Earlier fict... Read More 

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