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Gender: Male Pronunciation: AL-jer-non Meaning of Algernon: "moustached man" Origin of Algernon: French

The name Algernon is a boy's name of French origin meaning "moustached man". Algernon and is often added to lists like Posh Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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While this name came into being in the Victorian era as a nickname for a man with whiskers, the name was quickly embraced as a true name by the Victorians and is likely most familiar to you as the name of Oscar Wilde's fabulous character in The Importance of being Earnest . However, Algernon is not confined to the fictional world of satire; many real world namesakes exist including US footballer Algernon Crumpler (aka Alge Crumpler), British impressionist painter Algernon Talmage, and Canadian astrophysicist Joseph Algernon Pearce, who discovered many thinks about the Milky Way. Plus, who can go past the adorable nickname Algie?

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Famous People Named Algernon

Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet
Algernon Henry Blackwood, English novelist
Algernon Sidney, English political philosopher and politician
Algernon Sidney Paddock, U.S. Senator from Nebraska
Algernon Robert Fitzhardinge Kingscote, British tennis player
Algernon H. Lee, American socialist politician and educator
Algernon Usborne Willis, British fleet admiral
Algernon Griggs "Algie" McBride, American baseball player
Ralph George Algernon Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland

Pop Culture References for the name Algernon

Algernon: mouse in "Flowers for Algernon" (1966) by Daniel Keyes
Algernon Rowan-Webb: character on TV's "The Worst Witch"
Algernon Moncrieff: young man-about-town in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" (from the 1895 play: "I really can't see why you should object to the name of Algernon. It is not at all a bad name. In fact, it is rather an aristocratic name. Half of the chaps who go into the Bankruptcy Court are called Algernon.")
Algernon: character in Erin Hunter's "Warriors" book series
J. Algernon Hawthorne: character portrayed by Terry-Thomas in the 1963 film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

Algie, Algy


headintheclouds Says:


I just wrote in another comment that I generally like Al- boy names, and this is not one of those that fall under the "like" category. Algernon is one of the fussy eccentric-nobility Victorian names that isn't really fashionable or revivable. My associations with Algernon are of a crazy elderly relative like Neville Longbottom's Uncle Algie in the Harry Potter books, and sad and tragic due to the Flowers of Algernon association.

Carbine_Stingray Says:


Interesting, I always think of "the Importance of Being Ernest"

Zelliew Says:


It's not a name I'd choose.

Catastroffy Says:


I always think of this name in the same breath as Archibald, which is becoming stylish again.

Chrissy425 Says:


I will always associate this name with my favorite book, Flowers For Algernon.

Vespertinerose Says:


Nickname or not, it was used in my family.