Shakespeare Names

Male Names
  • Aaron (Hebrew) - Mountain [English speaking countries]

    Anglicisation of the Hebrew Aharon. In the Bible, Aaron was the brother of Moses. It is the name of 'the Moor', the lover of Tamora, in Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus'. Other famous bearers include TV producer Aaron Spelling, pop singer Aaron Carter and

  • Antony (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Antoony is from the Roman family name Antonius. Commonly shortened to "Tony" in the English speaking world, Antony or Anthony is one of the most common male names in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

    Mark Antony or Marcus A

  • Benedict (Latin) - Blessed [English speaking countries]
  • Edgar (English) - Protector of the good [English, French and Polish speaking countries]

    From the Anglo-Saxon 'eád' or German 'ôt' - 'good, property, inheritance' and 'gar' or 'ger' meaning 'spear'. This combines in the meaning 'spear of prosperity', 'protector of the good (with the spear)'.

    Originally and English name which b

  • Fabian (Latin) - A bean [English and German speaking countries]

    Fabian is from Fabius, a Roman family name from the Latin noun 'faba', meaning broad bean.

    Pope Fabian lived in the 3rd century AD. The Fabian Society is a British socialist society that has influenced the Labour Party.


  • Julius (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [English and Greek speaking countries]

    Julius Caesar was a Roman general and politician. His assassination was fictionalised in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. He was of the gens or clan of Julia, and so Julius was passed on to his nephew, the emperor Augustus, who was the founder of the Julio-

  • Malcolm (Gaelic) - Columba's servant [English speaking countries]

    Gaelic name meaning "follower or devotee of the dove", where the dove is usually St. Columba.

    It was a popular name among Scottish nobility, and the first name of black Muslim Minister and Civil Rights leader Malcolm X.

  • Marcus (Latin) - From the god Mars [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name) with Etruscan origins; the original Latin form of Mark.
    Marcus was probably derived from the name of the Roman god of war Mars, or the adjective 'mas' meaning "male, virile". Hence the meaning "from Mars", "from the g

  • Octavius (Latin) - Eighth [English speaking countries]

    From Latin 'octavus' meaning "eighth". Octavius was the family name of the Roman emperor Augustus. It is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar".

  • Orlando (Germanic) - Famous country [English and Italian speaking countries]

    Italian form of Roland. A character in Shakespeare's play 'As You like It' bears this name, as does a city in Florida.
    Orlando appeared as a central character in a sequence of verse romances from the XVth century onwards, including Orlando Furioso

  • Oswald (German) - Uncertain, possibly divine power [English, French and German speaking countries]

    It is of Germanic origin. It might be derived from the Old English elements os "god" and weald "rule".
    It was the name of two saints, including Saint Oswald king of Northumbria. He participated in spreading Christianity to northeast England in the

  • Peter (Greek) - Stone [Dutch, English, German and Hungarian speaking countries]

    St Peter was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, and became the first pope of the Church. Peter's original name was Simon, but it was changed by Jesus to the Aramaic name Cephas (rock). Peter is the Greek equivalent of Cephas.

    The first R

  • Ross (Gaelic) - Bluff or Cliff [English speaking countries]

    Ross is a region of north Scotland. The Ross Ice Shelf is the largest ice shelf in Antarctica, it was named after Captain James Ross who discovered it in 1841. It was the place where James Scott and his party died, having failed to become the first people

  • Sebastian (Latin) - Man from Sebaste [Danish, English, German, Norwegian and Spanish speaking countries]

    In early Christian lore, Saint Sebastian was a Roman soldier who was martyred when his Christian faith was discovered. Sebastian was an extremely popular saint in the Middle Ages.

    In Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', Sebastian is the twin br

  • Titus (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name), possibly related to Latin titulus "title of honour".

    Romans bearing the name Titus include Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasianus, who reigned between the years 79 and 81, and Titus Livius - the historian who is m

  • Toby (Hebrew) - God is good [English speaking countries]

    Toby can be a nickname for Tobias, Tobiah or Tobin, or a stand-alone name.

    In Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' Sir Toby Belch is the frequently drunk uncle of Olivia.

    In British 'Punch and Judy' shows, Punch's dog is called Toby

Female Names
  • Audrey (English) - Noble strength [English and French speaking countries]

    St Etheldreda is also known as St Audrey. She was an East Anglian princess who formed the monastery of Ely, and became its first Abbess. The word 'tawdry' comes from St Audrey. Admirers of St Audrey brought lacework to the annual fair in Ely, this later b

  • Beatrice (Latin) - Voyager through life [English, French, German and Italian speaking countries]

    Italian and French form of Beatrix, which is probably a form of the early Christian name Viatrix, altered to incorporate the Latin 'beatus' (blessed).

    Beatrice is a character of Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing". It was also the n

  • Bianca (Italian) - White; fair [English and Italian speaking countries]

    Italian feminine adjective for 'white', from bianco.

    Shakespeare used this name in 'The Taming of the Shrew', for a character who cannot marry until her sister Kate does, and 'Othello', for a courtesan .

    Model and human ri

  • Celia (Latin) - Heaven; blind [English, Polish and Spanish speaking countries]

    Celia might be a short form of Cecilia, from the Latin meaning "blind".

    Celia is also an Italian and Spanish name derived from the Latin 'caelum' meaning "heaven".

    In Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' Celia is the daughter of D

  • Diana (Latin) - N/A [Dutch, English, Estonian, German, Spanish and Armenian speaking countries]

    Diana is derived from either an Indo-European root meaning "divine," or from the Latin "diviana," though neither theory is particularly well-sourced.

    Diana was the Roman goddess of the moon who eventually took on the huntress identity of th

  • Emilia (Latin) - Rival; emulating [English, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish speaking countries]

    From Aemilius, the name of a Roman noble family, which has been associated with as well the Greek aimulos' and the Latin 'aemulus' that mean 'soft; friendly' and 'emulating; rival' respectively.

    Many Polish queens and princesses have had t

  • Imogene (English) - Maiden [English speaking countries]

    A variant of Imogene that has that became popular in the twentieth century.

  • Isabella (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [Dutch, English, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]

    There have been various queens named Isabella. Isabella of Castile laid the foundations for the unification of Spain, with her husband Ferdinand of Aragon. They reconquered Granada, and patronised Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to America. She w

  • Jessica (Literary) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Jessica first appeared in the Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice' and her origins are much debated. It is possible that Jessica comes from the Hebrew name found in the Bible as Iscah, which was translated in Shakespeare's time as Jesca.


  • Juliet (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [English speaking countries]

    Juliet is the name of the ill-fated heroine of Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". A moon of the planet Uranus is named after this character.

    Juliet is the NATO Phonetic Alphabet word for the letter 'J'.

    Juliet Steven

  • Luciana (Latin) - Light [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Luciana is a main character of Shakespeare's play "The Comedy of Errors".

  • Marina (Latin) - From the god Mars [Bulgarian, English, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish and Russian speaking countries]

    A feminine form of the Roman family name Marinus.

    The name is derived from Marius (from the god Mars), but is identical to the Latin adjective 'marinus' meaning "of the sea", and therefore commonly associated to it.

    Marina is

  • Miranda (Latin) - She who must be admired [English speaking countries]

    Miranda was created by Shakespeare for his play "The Tempest" from the feminine form of the Latin gerundive 'mirandus' (admirable, lovely), from the verb 'mirari' (to wonder at, to admire). This gives the meaning "she who must be admired".

  • Octavia (Latin) - Eighth [English speaking countries]

    In Roman times, Octavia was the name of the wife of Mark Antony , also sister of Roman emperor Augustus. Octavia is a character in Shakespeare's play "Antony and Cleopatra".

  • Olivia (English) - Elf army [English speaking countries]

    Invented by Shakespeare for his play "Twelfth Night." Olivia was either meant to be a female form of Oliver or derived from the vocabulary word 'olive' which is a symbol of peace. Olivia was the fifth most popular name for girls in the US in 2005, and the

  • Ophelia (Greek) - Help; aid [English speaking countries]

    Ophelia is a main character in Shakespeare's tragic play "Hamlet" who dies by drowning while in a state of delirium and mental torment. Ophelia has since become a symbol of angst for teenage girls.

  • Paulina (Latin) - Small; humble [English, Italian, Polish and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Phoebe (Greek) - Bright; moon [English speaking countries]

    In Greek mythology Phoebe was the Titan mother of Leto, who was in turn mother of Apollo and Artemis. In popular culture Phoebe is a character from the popular sitcom Friends.

  • Portia (Latin) - Pig [English speaking countries]
  • Silvia (Latin) - Wooded; forest [English and Italian speaking countries]

    From legend, Rhea Silvia was the mother of Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome.
    St Silvia was the mother of Pope Gregory the Great.

  • Ursula (Latin) - Little bear [English speaking countries]
  • Valeria (Latin) - To be healthy, strong [English speaking countries]

    A number of early Christian saints were named Valeria. Valeria is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." Many Americans became familiar with this name through the TV show "A Model Life," in which one of the contestants was named Val

Gender Neutral Names
  • Ariel (Hebrew) - Lion of God [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Ariel is generally regarded as the masculine spelling of this name, with the feminine forms Ariela and Arielle. A famous male Ariel is Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    Ariel appears in the Bible as a name for the city of Jerusalem and a

  • Laurence (Latin) - Man from Laurentum [English and French speaking countries]

    Laurence is an English masculine name and a French feminine name. Friar Laurence is a character from Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet".

  • Paris (Greek) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    In Homer's epic poem "The Iliad", Paris was the Trojan Prince whose vanity caused the start of the Trojan war and the eventual downfall of his city. In Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet", Paris was the man the Capulet's wanted Juliet to marry. Paris

  • Regan (Gaelic) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    In Shakespeare's 'King Lear', Regan is one of King Lear's daughters, who turns against her father once she has been given her inheritance.

  • Robin (Germanic) - Bright fame [English speaking countries]

    Robin is a pet form of Robert and has strong literary ties. Robin Hood is a legendary champion of the poor and Robin is also the name of two character's in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", including the trickster Robin Goodfellow who is also kn

  • Valentine (Latin) - Healthy, strong [English and French speaking countries]

    English masculine form of the Latin 'Valentinus', meaning "strong, healthy".
    It is also the French feminine form of the name (pronounced [val en TEEN]).

    Valentine's Day is a conventional holiday to celebrate sweethearts and love and