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Shakespearean Names

From tragic tales to romantic comedies, Shakespeare’s works are among the very best literary pieces of all time … and they’re ripe with wonderful inspiration for naming your baby. Take a look at our comprehensive list of all the best that Shakespeare has to offer!

Michael

Michael is a Biblical name referring to one of the seven archangels who defeats and casts out the demons in the book of Revelation... Read more about Michael

Jessica

This fun-sounding name made its debut in Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice. However, for many people, the name Jessica... Read more about Jessica

Olivia

Feminine form of the name Oliver. The name very well may have originated from Shakespeare himself as the name of his heroine... Read more about Olivia

Thomas

Thomas is almost as ubiquitous a good ol' fashioned American name as John or James. One of the best parts of the name Thomas... Read more about Thomas

Adam

The name Adam has been around forever—and that's not an exaggeration. Biblically, Adam was the first human being created... Read more about Adam

Aaron

In the Bible, Moses' brother Aaron was Israel's first high priest and is remembered for his staff which blossomed miraculously... Read more about Aaron

Maria

If you can get past the definition of the name's origin (see above), Maria really is a lovely girls name... and anything... Read more about Maria

Julia

Julia has been all over the pop-culture consciousness thanks to Julia Roberts, Julia Child, Julia Lous-Dreyfus, and even... Read more about Julia

Adrian

A variation of the Latin name Adrienne, Adrian has more commonly been used as a boys name, but is still used as a girl name... Read more about Adrian

Iris

Flower names are super in vogue right now, and Iris is simply blooming. While it's not nearly as popular as fellow flora... Read more about Iris

Sebastian

What does a heavy metal singer, an animated crustacean, and a saint all have in common (and, no, this isn't the start of... Read more about Sebastian

Peter

From the Shakespearean plays Henry VI, King John, Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure Read more about Peter

Nathaniel

Nathaniel is a dignified name with an illustrious history. In the Bible, he is one of Jesus' twelve disciples (also referred... Read more about Nathaniel

Alice

From the Shakespearean play Henry V Read more about Alice

Abraham

From the Shakespearean play Romeo & Juliet Read more about Abraham

Margaret

From the Shakespearean play Much Ado About Nothing. Also the name of Queen Elizabeth's spirited only sister and the name... Read more about Margaret

Oliver

Brought to England by the Normans, the name Oliver has origins in the French name Olivier and dates back to the time of Charlemagne... Read more about Oliver

Miranda

From the Shakespearean play The Tempest Read more about Miranda

Marcus

From the Shakespearean play Titus Andronicus Read more about Marcus

Philip

From the Shakespearean play Taming of the Shrew Read more about Philip

Arthur

From the Shakespearean play King John Read more about Arthur

Phoebe

From the Shakespearean play As You Like It Read more about Phoebe

Tatiana

From the Shakespearean play A Midsummer's Night Dream Read more about Tatiana

Beatrice

From the Shakespearean play Much Ado About Nothing Read more about Beatrice

Robin

From the Shakespearean play Merry Wives of Windsor Read more about Robin

Ophelia

From the Shakespearean play Hamlet Read more about Ophelia

Juliet

The heroine of the greatest love story ever told, Juliet moves one step beyond the more prosaic Julie and Julia, and is heard... Read more about Juliet

Ross

From the Shakespearean play Macbeth Read more about Ross

Paris

From the Shakespearean play Romeo & Juliet Read more about Paris

Viola

From the Shakespearean play Twelfth Night Read more about Viola