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

Algernon Origin and Meaning

The name Algernon is a boy's name of French origin meaning "moustached man".

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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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.