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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  • Rosalind

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    Rosalind has a distinguished literary history --it started as a as a lyrical name in early pastoral poetry, probably coined by Edmund Spenser. It was further popularized by Shakespeare via one of... Read More 

  • Rosaline

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    Rosaline, which can be pronounced to rhyme with mine or mean in its final syllable, has a deeper, richer pedigree than it might seem. Rosaline was used twice by Shakespeare and was also used in th... Read More 

  • Sebastian

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    Sebastian is an ancient martyr's name turned literary, and "Little Mermaid" hero -- think Sebastian the Crab -- that's entered the Top 50 (rising 19 places this year) as a classic-yet-unconventiona... Read More 

  • Silvius

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    With the rise of ancient Roman names, the now-obscure Silvius may be rediscovered. Sleek and silvery, Silvius was the name of several legendary kings and an early saint. It survives in the contem... Read More 

  • Tamora

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    Exotic name associated both with a queenly character who meets a very grisly end in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and popular teen fantasy novelist Tamora Pierce. Shakespearean puns in the name i... Read More 

  • Tarquin

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    One of the few ancient Roman names that doesn't end in us, the rarely heard Tarquin has a decidedly creative, even dramatic flair, which could appeal to the parent looking for a strikingly original... Read More 

  • Titania

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    This name of the queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream has a delicate, lacy charm similar to Tatiana's, but that first syllable could cause embarrassing problems.  Read More 

  • Titus

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    Titus, once seen as a slightly forbidding Roman, New Testament, and Shakespearean name, was brought back to contemporary life by the TV series Titus 2000 , and is now, at Number 316, by far the hig... Read More 

  • Tybalt

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  • Ursula

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    A saint's name with a noteworthy literary background, including uses by Shakespeare in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Much Ado About Nothing , by Ben Johnson, Walter Scott, Longfellow, D. H. Lawrenc... Read More 

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