Theatrical Baby Names

Great playwright names Beckett, Lorca, Marlowe, Maxwell and Moss

Are you a theater-lover? If so, you might want to think about adding a little drama to your baby name search by considering the names of some great playwrights—with particularly great names? Here are a dozen mostly firsts, plus a few surnames, worth looking at. By Linda Rosenkrantz


Considered the first professional woman writer in English, the 17th century Aphra Behn became a role model for future women writers, including Virginia Woolf. She wrote several Restoration plays, most popular of which was The Rover. Aphra is an unusual variation of a biblical place name borne by several Roman saints.

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mill1020 Says:

October 2nd, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Very relieved to see Maxwell in blue font; wish James were staying blue, too! Zona reminds me of the biological term zona pellucida. Starting to like Oscar more and more these days.

steviejane Says:

October 5th, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Great list of interesting namesakes! Wilder would be in good company here, for the great playwright Thornton Wilder. Likewise Shaw (for George Bernard) and even Moss (Moss Hart).

bluerose27 Says:

October 6th, 2015 at 6:53 pm

I actually know a Zona!

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