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Period Drama Inspired Baby Names from 1880 - Bridgerton SPOILER (S2 *A Baby Name Revealed?) SJ STRUM

Gilbert (and Blythe), Sibyl, Gabriel (and Oak), Bathsheba (and Everdene), Demelza, Morwenna, Daphne, Colin, Benedict, Eloise, Hyacinth, Minnie, Ida, Lula, Effie, Della, Nancy, Viola, Hazel, Marion, Jesse, Floyd, Otto, Eugene, and more.

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Cool Character Names: Secret Shakespeareans

Cool Character Names: Secret Shakespeareans | Name News | Scoop.it
There are some wonderfully cool character names among the boy players in Shakespeare's plays.
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Publication announcement: “Names Shakespeare Didn’t Invent: Imogen, Olivia, and Viola Revisited”

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new paper by a member of our team. Our editor-in-chief Dr. Sara L. Uckelman's paper "Names Shakespeare Didn't Invent: Imogen, Olivia, and Viola Revisited" is now available online from Names. Here's the abstract: Just as Shakespeare’s plays left their indelible stamp on the English language, so…
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I've read the full article, and now I'm ready to refute anyone who says Shakespeare was the first to use these names.

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Character Names in King Lear –

Character Names in King Lear – | Name News | Scoop.it
When we think of King Lear, we think of the famous William Shakespeare play, which was written in the very early 1600s. But the story of the legendary king of Britain predates Shakespeare by centur…
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Name Quotes #57: Gage, Ciku, Abigail Fortitude –

Name Quotes #57: Gage, Ciku, Abigail Fortitude – | Name News | Scoop.it
It never occurred to you that my first names are Abigail Fortitude–that I’ve had to put up with them all my life!
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Twelve Names for Twelfth Night

Twelve Names for Twelfth Night | Name News | Scoop.it
Tonight is Twelfth Night: the twelfth and final day of Christmastide. In England, it's traditionally a time for eating, drinking and merrymaking to herald in the New Year and to bring prosperity for the months ahead. Here are a dozen delightful names inspired by the occasion.
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20 Shakespearean baby names

20 Shakespearean baby names | Name News | Scoop.it
We've selected our favourite 20 Shakespearean baby names for all literary lovers out there, so you can choose an elegant, virtuous and timeless name.
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Shakespeare Baby Names | Baby Names Article | Babynames.co.uk

Shakespeare Baby Names | Baby Names Article | Babynames.co.uk | Name News | Scoop.it
What’s in a name? If you are a big fan of the Bard, then check out these Shakespeare baby names – either the great writer himself created them, or they have been featured in one of his many plays! Bianca This name was used by Shakespeare in both “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Othello.”… Read More
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Bianca

 

Demetrius

Imogen

Jessica

Juliet

 

Laertes

Marina

Miranda

Olivia

Ophelia

Regan

Romeo

 

Rosalind

Ursula

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The Baby Name Wetona

The Baby Name Wetona | Name News | Scoop.it
Here’s a curious one: Wetona. The name started appearing in the baby name data during the second half of the 1910s: 1922: 10 baby girls named Wetona 1921: 6 baby girls named Wetona 1920: 12 b…
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Hedda

Hedda | Name News | Scoop.it
Hedda is a short form of Hedwig, a Germanic female name meaning "battle war" from Germanic elements hadu (battle) and wig (war). Origin: Germanic Variants: Hedwig (German) Hadewig (Hadewig) Hedvig (Norwegian, Swedish)  
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Marlowe: Baby Name of the Day - Appellation Mountain

Marlowe: Baby Name of the Day - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Marlowe is a surname name for girls on the way up! A favorite of celebrity parents, Marlowe feels like the new Madison - or maybe the next Harper.
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Vintage Shakespearean Names for Girls

Vintage Shakespearean Names for Girls | Name News | Scoop.it
These elegant choices have been approved by the Bard, and are starting to gain fans for their unique and beautiful sounds.
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Baby Names Inspired by “Waiting for Godot”

American journalist Franz Lidz gave his two daughters the unusual names Gogo and Daisy Daisy, nickname “Didi.” The names were inspired by the two male protagonists in Samuel BeckettR…
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What's In A Name? 12 Baby Names Inspired By Shakespeare | HuffPost UK Parents

What's In A Name? 12 Baby Names Inspired By Shakespeare | HuffPost UK Parents | Name News | Scoop.it
From Othello to Ophelia, here are some unique monikers inspired by the Bard.
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20 Baby Names Inspired By Great Comedies

20 Baby Names Inspired By Great Comedies | Name News | Scoop.it
Living for those baby giggles? Make sure there's lots of laughter in their live with these baby names.
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The Great Big List of Shakespeare Baby Names

The Great Big List of Shakespeare Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Shakespeare baby names range from chart-topping favorites, like Sebastian and Olivia, to well-why-not obscurities, like Pericles and Thaisa.
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To Name or Not to Name…

Sometimes while creating these blog posts I find myself in need of things to give a literary name. So I am either going to have to get on this baby making business or become a cat lady (the second one is much more likely). Today dear readers, we find ourselves in the lovely hands of…
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Fab Shakespearian pet names.

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Names Invented By Shakespeare

Shakespeare didn’t just have a way with words; he had a way with inventing words. We owe quite a bit of our everyday language to Shakespeare- he’s responsible for “eyeball,” “addiction,” “bedazzled,” “swagger,” “assassination,” and many, many others. But he didn’t stop with words; he also invented names, some of which have become surprisingly common.…
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The Baby Name Ketti

The Baby Name Ketti | Name News | Scoop.it
The name Ketti appeared for the first time in the U.S. baby name data in 1959: 1960: unlisted 1959: 8 baby girls named Ketti [debut] 1958: unlisted This was the year after writer Ketti Frings won t…
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22 Vintage Baby Girl Names Inspired by Shakespeare

22 Vintage Baby Girl Names Inspired by Shakespeare | Name News | Scoop.it
Titania, Cressida, Phoebe -- these names are sure to wow.
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Good post by Emily, this time at The Stir.

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12 Great Shakespeare Names: Ophelia, Orlando, Oberon

12 Great Shakespeare Names: Ophelia, Orlando, Oberon | Name News | Scoop.it
12 unusual baby names from the plays of Shakespeare.
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Great Inspirations for a January Babe: Crosby to Zane

Great Inspirations for a January Babe: Crosby to Zane | Name News | Scoop.it
Looking for an inspirational namesake for your January baby? How about Jackson, Crosby, Sylvia or Bronte?
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