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Gender: Male Meaning of Shakespeare: "brandish spear" Origin of Shakespeare: English

The name Shakespeare is a boy's name meaning "brandish spear". Shakespeare and is often added to lists like Literary Baby Names Inspired by Authors and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

No: no Picasso, no Beethoven, and no Shakespeare.

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Famous People Named Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, poet and playwright

Pop Culture References for the name Shakespeare

Trip Shakespeare, indie rock band
"Brush Up Your Shakespeare," song from Broadway show "Kiss Me Kate"
Captain Shakespeare, character in the "Stardust" film
"Do You Like Shakespeare," song by Susan Cagle
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, main character of the "Theatre Illuminata" trilogy by Lisa Mantchev
Shakespeare, a planet in the Ender's Game series


NameLover 11 Says:


Awesome as a middle!! Especially for me as a Shakespearean actress!!

larkub101 Says:


I have to say I think Shakespeare would be a kind of awesome first name. I think the reason it doesn't sound outlandish to me is because William Shakespeare is nearly always referred to by his surname alone, making it almost sound like a first name. I also like the idea of calling him Shakes as a nickname.

Hylian Wizard Says:


A bit too dramatic as a first name, stunning as a middle name.

yvonne_virginia Says:


Maybe not as a fn, but I think Shakespeare (or Picasso, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, etc) would work great as a mn. I rather like the idea.

mabespark Says:


I agree - you could also use William if you really want to honor the famous playwright.

raevynstar Says:


On one hand, it's hillarious to think of this as a name. On the other hand, it's depressing, too. In no way, shape, or form is it usable. Try a Shaespeare name--like, for a girl, Cressida.