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The Strangest Names In American Political History : Laertes Barnes Smith (1828-1896)

The Strangest Names In American Political History : Laertes Barnes Smith (1828-1896) | Name News | Scoop.it
Portrait from the History of Ohio, Vol.3, by Charles B. Galbraith, 1925.   For those of you who remember reading Shakespeare in hig
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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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Name Quotes 80: Jamie, Imogen, John –

Name Quotes 80: Jamie, Imogen, John – | Name News | Scoop.it
Time for the latest batch of name-related quotations! From a 1997 article in Jet magazine about how Jamie Foxx (born Eric Bishop) found success in comedy after changing his name: Foxx, who was dete…
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Portia –

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Portia is an English female name, a variant of Ancient Roman Porcia, the feminine form of Porcius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning "pig" via Latin porcus (pig) deriving from a PIE root word. Shakespeare used it for a character in The Merchant of Venice (1596 or 1599) as well being the name of a moon of Uranus. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…
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Hermia –

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Hermia is the feminine form of Hermes, the name of the Greek god of commerce and trade, known as the trickster god and the protector of thieves, travelers, and athletes, as well as a messenger of the gods and the god of boundaries. He guided the souls of the dead to the underworld. The son of Zeus…
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Naming Advice: Don't fear the BIG name!

Naming Advice: Don't fear the BIG name! | Name News | Scoop.it
So why shouldn't our children's names assume that their lives will be rich and interesting, and worthy of a BIG name? Bring on the syllables, the rarities, the over-the-top picks.
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Duncan: Baby Name of the Day

Duncan: Baby Name of the Day | Name News | Scoop.it
Accessible and upbeat, Duncan substitutes for more popular picks like Dylan and Cameron, a literary and historical choice that's surprisingly rare.
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Great time - and one I believe I might have been called if I'd been a boy.

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Cymbeline –

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Cymbeline is an anglicized form of Cunobelinus possibly meaning "hound of Belenus", made up of Proto-Celtic *kū (dog, hound, wolf) and Belenus, the name of a sun god in Celtic mythology (identified with the Greek and Roman god Apollo) whose name is of uncertain meaning though it's popularly been thought to relate to a root word meaning "bright" or "shining". Cymbeline is…
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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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Desdemona

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William Shakespeare used the name in Othello, but the play was based on the story Un Capitano Moro which was in Giovanni Battista Giraldi's Gli Hecatommithi, where the name was spelled Disdemona, from the Greek word dysdaimonia.
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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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Regan | The Beauty of Names

Regan | The Beauty of Names | Name News | Scoop.it
"The Three Daughters of King Lear" by Gustav Pope Origin: English, Celtic Gender: Unisex Meaning: N/A Pronunciation: RAY-gehn, REE-geh
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Portia

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Kate Dolan as Portia by John Everett Millais Origin: Ancient Roman Gender: Female Meaning: "Pig" or "Port, harbor" Pronunciation
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(1) AQUARIUS BABY NAMES | Zodiac series - YouTube

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Eleven, Caelum, Cordelia, Francisco, Titania, Oberon, Prospero, Ophelia, Ariel, Cressida, Charity, Cody, Orchid, Kailani, Odin, Celeste.

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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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Timon –

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Timon is an Ancient Greek male name meaning "to honor, to esteem" which comes from Ancient Greek timao τιμαω (to honor, to esteem). Timon of Athens is a play written by Shakespeare. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Timaios (Ancient Greek) Timaeus (Latinized Ancient Greek) Timée (French) Timeo (Spanish, Italian) Timéo (French) Tymon (Polish)   Female forms: Timo (Ancient Greek)  
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Name of the Week: Imogen

Name of the Week: Imogen | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Imogen was famously established as a given name by William Shakespeare's play Cymbeline (c.1611) which is based on various figures from early British history. The play is named for Cymbeline, the Roman vassal king of Britain. His two sons were stolen away twenty years prior, leaving only hi
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Cordelia –

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Cordelia is the name of the heroine of Shakespeare's tragic play, King Lear (1606), the youngest of King Lear's three daughter and his favorite, though that didn't stop him from banishing her when she didn't shower him with affection as her older sisters did for one third of the kingdom to be divided among them. Shakespeare based…
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Duana Names: Who’s Wrong And How Much? 

Duana Names: Who’s Wrong And How Much?  | Name News | Scoop.it
And now this perfect name is ruined. Or is it? How much should we let what he thinks is a horrible word association affect our decision?
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Lovely alternatives...although Hamlet =/= Macbeth ;)

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Yorick –

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Yorick is an English variant of Danish and Norwegian Jørg, a short form of Jørgen, from Jürgen, a Low German form of English name George derived from Greek name Georgios meaning "earthworker, farmer" from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (work). Yorick is a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet; he is a dead court jester whose skull is…
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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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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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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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