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

Imogen is a Shakespearean name long fashionable in England, which temporarily lost its way here when spelled and pronounced ihm-oh-GENE. Pronounced the British way -- the initial i is short as in Kim, as is the final e as in Ken -- 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.

Famous People Named Imogen

Imogen Bailey, Australian model, actress & singer
Imogen Bankier, Scottish badminton player
Imogen Cairns, English gymnast
Imogen Cunningham, American photographer
Imogen Hassall, English actress
Imogen Jennifer Heap, English singer/songwriter, formerly of Frou Frou
Imogen Clare Holst, English composer and conductor
Imogen Anne Lloyd Webber, British political commentator and author, daughter of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Imogen Lycett Green, English writer, daughter of Candida Lycett Green (and sister to Lucy, Endellion, David and John)
Imogen Gay Poots, English actress
Imogen Stubbs, English actress
Imogen Mary Thomas, Miss Wales 2003 and TV personality ("Big Brother")
Imogen Sheeran, mother of singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and jewelry designer

Pop Culture References for the name Imogen

Imogen, main character in Shakespeare's "Cymbeline"
Imogen, imaginary friend on TV's 'The Nanny.'
Imogen Moreno, character on TV's "Degrassi"
Imogen Dartie Cardigan, character from "The Forsyte Saga"
Imogen, character in the Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
Imogen Herondale, character in 'The Mortal Instruments' series
Imogen, character in the 'Pretty Little Liars' series
Imogen Willis, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Imogen, character in movie 'Down to You'
Imogen Drill, character on TV's "The Worst Witch"
Imogen, character in "Bad Dreams" by Anne Fine
Imogen, character in "Bumface" by Morris Gleitzman
Imogen, character in "The Rain Before It Falls" by Jonathan Coe
Imogen Book, character in "Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox" by Eoin Colfer
Imogen Melford, character in "The Time of the Ghost" by Diana Wynne Jones
Imogen Hazard, character in "Wise Children" by Angela Carter
Imogen, character in movie "American Pie Presents: The Book of Love"
"Imogen's Puzzle," song by Psyopus
Imogen, character in Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Imogen Stewart, character on TV's 'Waterloo Road'
Imogen, character in the Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen

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