SHAKESPEAREAN BABY GIRL NAMES

Inspiration from William Shakespeare! 
If you are looking for a name with a fictional association then the vast selection of names from the works of William Shakespeare will provide you with a great choice. Celebrities have recently turned to Shakespearean baby names for inspiration when choosing a name for their baby. The Beckhams (David Beckham, the famous English footballer and Victoria Beckham, pop singer and ex-Spice Girl) have named their youngest son Romeo.

 
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The names chosen by Shakespeare can now be described as 'cool'! Parents are more inclined to find unusual names for girls. Boys names tend to be more traditional. So turning to the Great Bard for inspiration when searching for a baby girl name is an excellent idea.

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Whats in a name - the famous question posed by William Shakespeare 
This is probably the most famous question ever asked about a name. The quote comes from Romeo and Juliet the play by William Shakespeare. The Shakespearean words are as follows - and they are relevant to the subject of choosing a Shakespearean Name for your baby girl!

"What's in a name?
That which we call a rose
By any other name
Would smell as sweet"

It would be lovely if this were true, but of course it isn't. Juliet knows this even as she is saying it, she is fully aware of the automatic conflict between anyone called Montague or Capulet. The point that is being made is that a name is incredibly important and people will always be judged by their name. Shakespeare was also aware of this fact and the plots of his plays constantly feature plots involving mistaken identities and prejudice.

Name Associations
The name Romeo itself has now become a term which is used to generally describe a young man with romance on his mind - similar to the term Casanova which derives from the great Italian lover! What would your first impression be if you met a man called Casanova? This problem of name associations also applies to girls - think of the name Jezebel as an example!

The pitfalls of choosing Shakespearean baby girl names
Remember that you are taking full responsibility for creating an important factor in your baby's identity. Selecting a name from the category of 'Shakespearean baby girl names' runs the risk of forever being associated with a Shakespearean character for life. The Shakespearean name that you choose must also be suitable throughout all of life phases ( "A Name isn't just for a birthday - it's for life!"). Consider the phases and our life cycle starting with baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults - parents - middle age - retirement and old age. Will the Shakespearean baby girls name that you have chosen suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will the schoolchild be teased mercilessly? And what will your daughter think of your choice when she is older?  

Brush up your Shakespeare!
"Whats in a name" is one of the best known quotes by Shakespeare but many more surprising quotes by Shakespeare, which are used every day, can be found on what we consider to be the most comprehensive website on the famous bard at www.william-shakespeare.info. Our thanks go to this site for providing the Shakespearean girl names that we have included on www.babynames.org.uk. This Shakespearean site also includes the full script and summary of each play, poems and sonnets and of course the characters where many unusual names originate. So if you want to check out the play and the character of the Shakespearean name of your choice then this will provide you with all conceivable information you may need. The place to go to "Brush up your Shakespeare!"( a song from the Cole Porter musical 'Kiss me Kate' a musical spoof on the Shakespeare play, Taming of the Shrew)  

The variety of Shakespearean baby girl names! 
Once you are aware of any possible pitfalls associated with Shakespearean baby girl names then Shakespeare offers a fine array of names to choose from. Some Shakespearean baby girl names are truly beautiful! The other advantage of choosing Shakespearean baby girl names is that they are quite unusual and the fictional connection with the works of Shakespeare will be viewed as quite impressive.

The choice is yours!
We hope that we have provided you a balanced view of the pleasure and the pitfalls of choosing Shakespearean baby girl names. To assist you further we have developed a Name Evaluator - an essential aid when considering Shakespearean baby girl names.  

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Adriana Comedy of Errors 
Aemilia Comedy of Errors 
Alice Henry V 
Anne Richard III 
Audrey As You Like It 
Baptista Taming of the Shrew 
Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing 
Bianca Othello, Taming of the Shrew 
Celia As You Like It 
Constance King John 
Cordelia King Lear 
Desdemona Othello 
Diana All's Well that Ends Well 
Dorcas Winter's Tale 
Emilia Othello, Winter's Tale 
Francisca Measure for Measure 
Gertrude Hamlet 
Hecate Macbeth 
Helen Cymbeline 
Helena All's Well That Ends Well, A 
Midsummer Night's Dream 
Hermia A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Hermione Winter's Tale 
Hippolyta A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Imogen Cymbeline 
Iris The Tempest 
Isabella Measure for Measure 
Jaquenetta Love's Labour's Lost 
Jessica Merchant of Venice 
Julia Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Juliet Romeo & Juliet
Katharina Taming of the Shrew 
Katharine Love's Labour's Lost 
Lavinia Titus Andronicus 
Lucetta Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Luciana Comedy of Errors 
Margaret Much Ado About Nothing 
Maria Love's Labour's Lost
Mariana (Several Plays) 
Miranda The Tempest 
Nerissa Merchant of Venice 
Ophelia Hamlet 
Paulina Winter's Tale 
Perdita Winter's Tale 
Phoebe As You Like It 
Portia Merchant of Venice 
Regan King Lear 
Rosalind As You Like It 
Rosaline Love's Labour's Lost
Silvia Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Titania A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Ursula Much Ado About Nothing 
Valentine Twelfth Night
Viola Twelfth Night  
 
 
 
 

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