SHAKESPEAREAN NAMES

Shakespearean Names!
See below for the complete selection of nearly 300 Shakespearean names to choose from! Still unsure? Then check out over 50,000 other names available via the Baby Names Index.

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Inspiration from William Shakespeare! 
If you are looking for a name with a fictional association then the vast selection of names in the works of William Shakespeare will provide you with a great choice. Celebrities have recently turned to Shakespearean 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. The names chosen by Shakespeare can now be described as 'cool'!

What's 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 for your baby!

"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.

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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?

The pitfalls of choosing Shakespearean 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 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 name that you have chosen suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will the schoolchild be teased mercilessly? And what will your baby think of your choice?

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. The site also includes the full script and summary of each play, his 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. 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 names! 
Once you are aware of any possible pitfalls associated with Shakespearean names then Shakespeare offers a fine array of names to choose from. Some Shakespearean names are truly beautiful as you will see from the list.

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

Shakespearean Names
(Female Shakespearean names follow below)

 
Male Shakespearean Names
 
Aaron a name from the Shakespearean play Titus Andronicus 
Abraham from Romeo & Juliet 
Adam from As You Like It 
Adrian from The Tempest 
Adriano from Love's Labour's Lost 
Aegeon from Comedy of Errors 
Alonso from The Tempest 
Amiens from As You Like It 
Angus from Macbeth 
Antigonus from Winter's Tale 
Antipholus from Comedy of Errors 
Antonio from The Tempest
Ariel from The Tempest 
Arthur from the Shakespearean play King John 
Arviragus from Cymbeline 
Balthazar from Romeo and Juliet
Bardolph from Merry Wives of Windsor 
Barnardine from Measure for Measure 
Barnardo from Hamlet 
Bassanio from Merchant of Venice 
Belarius from Cymbeline 
Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing 
Benvolio from Romeo & Juliet 
Bertram from All's Well that Ends Well 
Biondello from the Shakespearean play Taming of the Shrew 
Boyet from Love's Labour's Lost 
Brabantio from Othello 
Caliban from The Tempest 
Caphis from Timon of Athens 
Cassio from Othello 
Charles from As You Like It 
Christopher from Taming of the Shrew 
Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing
Claudius from Hamlet 
Cleomenes from Winter's Tale 
Cloten from the Shakespearean play Cymbeline 
Cornelius a Shakespearean baby boy name from several plays 
Costard from Love's Labour's Lost 
Curan from King Lear 
Curio from Twelfth Night 
Curtis from Taming of the Shrew 
Cymbeline from Cymbeline 
Demetrius from Antony and Cleopatra
Dennis from As You Like It 
Dion from The Winter's Tale 
Dogberry from Much Ado About Nothing 
Donalbain from Macbeth 
Dromio from Comedy of Errors 
Dull from Love's Labour's Lost 
Duncan from Macbeth 
Edgar from King Lear 
Edmund from King Lear 
Egeus from A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Eglamour from Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Elbow from Measure for Measure 
Escalus froms Measure for Measure, Romeo & Juliet 
Fabian from Twelfth Night 
Fenton from Merry Wives of Windsor 
Ferdinand a Shakespearean baby boy name from several plays 
Feste from the Shakespearean play Twelfth Night 
Flavius from Timon of Athens 
Fleance from Macbeth 
Florizel from Winter's Tale 
Fortinbras from Hamlet 
Francisco froms Hamlet, The Tempest 
Frederick from As You Like It 
Froth from Measure for Measure 
Goneril from King Lear 
Gonzalo from The Tempest 
Gratiano from Merchant of Venice 
Gregory from Romeo & Juliet 
Gremio from Taming of the Shrew 
Guiderius from Cymbeline 
Hamlet from Hamlet 
Hero from Much Ado About Nothing 
Holofernes from Love's Labour's Lost 
Horatio from Hamlet 
Hortensio from Taming of the Shrew 
Hortensius from Timon of Athens 
Hugh from The Merry Wives of Windsor 
Iago from Othello 
Jaques from As You Like It 
Laertes from Hamlet 
Lancelot from Merchant of Venice 
Launce from Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Lennox from Macbeth 
Leonardo from Merchant of Venice 
Leonato from Much Ado About Nothing 
Leontes from Winter's Tale 
Lodovico from Othello 
Lorenzo from Merchant of Venice 
Lucentio from Taming of the Shrew 
Lucilius from Timon of Athens 
Lucio from Measure for Measure 
Lysander from A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Malcolm from Macbeth 
Malvolio from Twelfth Night 
Mamillius from Winter's Tale 
Marcellus from Hamlet 
Marcus from the Shakespearean play Titus Andronicus 
Mercutio from Romeo & Juliet 
Michael from Henry V 
Montano from Othello 
Moth from Love's Labour's Lost 
Nathaniel from Taming of the Shrew 
Nym from Merry Wives of Windsor 
Oberon from A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Oliver from As You Like It 
Orlando from As You Like It 
Orsino from Twelfth Night 
Osric from Hamlet 
Oswald from King Lear 
Othello from Othello 
Panthino from Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Paris from Romeo & Juliet 
Parolles from All's Well that Ends Well 
Peter froms Henry VI, King John, Romeo and Juliet 
Petruchio from Taming of the Shrew 
Philip from Taming of the Shrew 
Philostrate from A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Pisanio from Cymbeline 
Pistol from Merry Wives of Windsor 
Polixenes from Winter's Tale 
Polonius from Hamlet 
Pompey from Measure for Measure 
Prospero from The Tempest 
Proteus from Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Reynaldo from the Shakespearean play Hamlet 
Rinaldo from All's Well that Ends Well 
Robin from Merry Wives of Windsor 
Roderigo from Othello 
Romeo from Romeo & Juliet 
Ross from Macbeth 
Salerio from Merchant of Venice 
Sampson from Romeo & Juliet 
Sebastian froms The Tempest, Twelfth Night 
Seyton from Macbeth 
Silvius from As You Like It 
Simple from Merry Wives of Windsor 
Siward from Macbeth 
Snug from A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Salanio from Merchant of Venice 
Solinus from Comedy of Errors 
Speed from Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Stephano froms Merchant of Venice, The Tempest 
Theseus from A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Thomas a Shakespearean baby boy name from several plays 
Thurio from Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Timon from Timon of Athens 
Toby from Twelfth Night 
Tranio from Taming of the Shrew 
Trinculo from The Tempest 
Tubal from Merchant of Venice 
Tybalt from Romeo & Juliet 
Valentine from the Shakespearean play Twelfth Night
Vencentio from Taming of the Shrew 
Verges from Much Ado About Nothing 
Vincentio from Measure for Measure 
 
Female Shakespearean Names
 
Adriana from Comedy of Errors
Aemilia from Comedy of Errors
Alice from Henry V
Anne from Richard III
Audrey from As You Like It
Baptista from Taming of the Shrew
Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing
Bianca from Othello, Taming of the Shrew
Celia from As You Like It
Constance from King John
Cordelia from the Shakespearean play King Lear
Desdemona from Othello
Diana from All's Well that Ends Well
Dorcas from Winter's Tale
Emilia from Othello, Winter's Tale
Francisca from Measure for Measure
Gertrude from Hamlet
Hecate from Macbeth
Helen from Cymbeline
Helena a Shakespearean baby girl name from from several plays
Hermia from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hermione from Winter's Tale
Hippolyta from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Imogen from Cymbeline
Iris from The Tempest
Isabella from the Shakespearean play from Love's Labour's Lost
Jessica from Merchant of Venice
Julia from Two Gentlemen of Verona
Juliet from Romeo & Juliet
Katharina from Taming of the Shrew
Katharine from Love's Labour's Lost
Lavinia from Titus Andronicus
Lucetta from Two Gentlemen of Verona
Luciana from Comedy of Errors
Margaret from Much Ado About Nothing
Maria from Love's Labour's Lost
Mariana a Shakespearean baby girl name from several plays
Miranda from The Tempest
Nerissa from Merchant of Venice
Ophelia from Hamlet
Paulina from the Shakespearean play Winter's Tale
Perdita from Winter's Tale
Phoebe from As You Like It
Portia from Merchant of Venice
Regan from King Lear
Rosalind from As You Like It
Rosaline from Love's Labour's Lost
Silvia from Two Gentlemen of Verona
Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ursula from Much Ado About Nothing
Valentine from the Shakespearean play Twelfth Night
Viola from Twelfth Night 
 
 
 
 

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