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.
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.
Shakespearean Baby Girl Names