Shakespearean Names: 190+ Baby Monikers The Bard Would Approve Of

All the World’s A Stage for People With These 190+ Shakespearean Names

July 20, 2021 Updated September 16, 2021

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For some people, William Shakespeare is a dead white guy who wrote a bunch of plays and poems that they were forced to read and pretend to understand in high school. But for others, he is the greatest writer of all time, skilled at capturing the intricacies of human emotion in a way that manages to translate in the 21st century. In fact, some people are such big fans of the English playwright, poet, and actor that they want to name their children after characters in his written works. And why not? There are plenty of baby names inspired by books, classic literature, writers, and children’s books. Those looking for Shakespearean names, in particular, are in luck: The Bard penned 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and three long narrative poems, leaving us with plenty of inspiration.

Even though Shakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616, many of the names of his characters are classics that aren’t out-of-place today. Fun fact: Shakespeare’s wife’s name was Anne Hathaway (but no, not that one), and they had three children together — Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet (not a typo). If you’re interested and Shakespearean names, there’s no better place to start looking for inspiration than some of the writer’s best-known plays, including Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, and The Tempest, among others.

Or, you can save yourself the hassle and check out our list of Shakespearean names below. Without further ado, what follows are Shakespearean names for girls, boys, and some that are gender-neutral, along with the name of the play in which the character appeared.

Shakespearean Names for Girls

  1. Adriana — The Comedy of Errors
  2. Alice — Henry Vi
  3. Aliena — As You Like It
  4. Anne — Henry VIII, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III
  5. Ariel — The Tempest
  6. Audrey — As You Like It
  7. Beatrice — Much Ado About Nothing
  8. Bianca — The Taming of the Shrew, Othello
  9. Calpurnia — Julius Caesar
  10. Cassandra — Troilus and Cressida
  11. Celia — As You Like It
  12. Ceres — The Tempest
  13. Cleopatra — Antony and Cleopatra
  14. Cordelia — King Lear
  15. Cressida — Troilus and Cressida
  16. Cymbeline — Cymbeline
  17. Desdemona — Othello
  18. Diana — All’s Well That Ends Well
  19. Dionyza — Pericles
  20. Dolabella — Antony and Cleopatra
  21. Eleanor — King John
  22. Elizabeth — Henry VIII, Henry VI/Richard III
  23. Emilia — The Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Two Noble Kinsmen
  24. Gertrude — Hamlet
  25. Helen — Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well
  26. Helena — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  27. Hermia — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  28. Hermione — The Winter’s Tale
  29. Imogen — Cymbeline
  30. Iris — The Tempest
  31. Isabel — Richard II, Henry V
  32. Isabella — Measure for Measure
  33. Isidore — Timon of Athens
  34. Jessica — The Merchant of Venice
  35. Julia — The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  36. Juliet — Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure
  37. Juno — The Tempest
  38. Katharine — Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry V
  39. Katherina — The Taming of the Shrew
  40. Katherine — Henry VIII
  41. Lavinia — Titus Andronicus
  42. Leonine — Pericles
  43. Luciana — The Comedy of Errors
  44. Margaret — Henry VI/Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing
  45. Margery — Henry VI
  46. Maria — Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night
  47. Mariana — All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure
  48. Marina — Pericles
  49. Miranda — The Tempest
  50. Octavia — Antony and Cleopatra
  51. Olivia — Twelfth Night
  52. Ophelia — Hamlet
  53. Paulina — The Winter’s Tale
  54. Phebe — As You Like It
  55. Portia — The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar
  56. Rosalind — As You Like It
  57. Rosaline — Love’s Labor’s Lost
  58. Silvia — The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  59. Tamora — Titus Andronicus
  60. Titania — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  61. Ursula — Much Ado About Nothing
  62. Valeria — Coriolanus
  63. Viola — Twelfth Night

Shakespearean Names for Boys

  1. Aaron — Titus Andronicus
  2. Abram — Romeo and Juliet
  3. Achilles — Troilus and Cressida
  4. Adam — As You Like It
  5. Ajax — Troilus and Cressida
  6. Alexander — Troilus and Cressida
  7. Alonso — The Tempest
  8. Angelo — The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure
  9. Antonio — The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing
  10. Aragon — The Merchant of Venice
  11. Arthur — King John
  12. Balthasar — The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing
  13. Barnardo — Hamlet
  14. Bartholomew — The Taming of the Shrew
  15. Benedick — Much Ado About Nothing
  16. Benvolio — Romeo and Juliet
  17. Berri — Henry V
  18. Bertram — All’s Well That Ends Well
  19. Brandon — Henry VIII
  20. Caliban — The Tempest
  21. Caesar — Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra
  22. Camillo — The Winter’s Tale
  23. Cassio — Othello
  24. Cassius — Julius Caesar
  25. Cato — Julius Caesar
  26. Cesario — Twelfth Night
  27. Charles — As You Like It
  28. Clarence — Richard III, Henry IV/Henry V
  29. Claudio — Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure
  30. Claudius — Julius Caesar
  31. Cornelius — Hamlet, Cymbeline
  32. Curan — King Lear
  33. Curtis — The Taming of the Shrew
  34. Davy — Henry IV
  35. Decius — Julius Caesar
  36. Demetrius — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra
  37. Dennis — As You Like It
  38. Diomedes — Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra
  39. Donalbain — Macbeth
  40. Douglas — Henry IV
  41. Duncan — Macbeth
  42. Edgar — King Lear
  43. Edmund — King Lear
  44. Edward — Henry VI/Richard III
  45. Egeon — The Comedy of Errors
  46. Emmanuel — Henry VI
  47. Fabian — Twelfth Night
  48. Ferdinand — The Tempest, Love’s Labor’s Lost
  49. Francis — Henry IV
  50. Francisco — Hamlet, The Tempest
  51. Frederick — As You Like It
  52. George — Henry VI
  53. Gonzalo — The Tempest
  54. Gregory — Romeo and Juliet
  55. Hamlet — Hamlet
  56. Hector — Troilus and Cressida
  57. Henry — King John, Henry IV, Henry VIII, Henry VI, Henry V
  58. Hubert — King John
  59. Iago — Othello
  60. Jamy — Henry V
  61. Jaques — As You Like It
  62. John — King John
  63. Joseph — The Taming of the Shrew
  64. Laertes — Hamlet
  65. Lance — The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  66. Launcelot — The Merchant of Venice
  67. Lennox — Macbeth
  68. Leonardo — The Merchant of Venice
  69. Lorenzo — The Merchant of Venice
  70. Lucio — Measure for Measure
  71. Lucius — Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Timon of Athens
  72. Lysander — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  73. Macbeth — Macbeth
  74. Malcolm — Macbeth
  75. Marcellus — Hamlet
  76. Mercutio — Romeo and Juliet
  77. Michael — Henry VI, Henry IV
  78. Mortimer — Henry VI
  79. Morton — Henry IV
  80. Oberon — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  81. Octavius — Julius Caesar
  82. Oliver — As You Like It
  83. Orlando — As You Like It
  84. Orsino — Twelfth Night
  85. Oswald — King Lear
  86. Othello — Othello
  87. Peter — Henry VI Part 2, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew
  88. Petruchio — Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew
  89. Philip — The Taming of the Shrew, King John
  90. Philo — Antony and Cleopatra
  91. Prospero — The Tempest
  92. Puck — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  93. Reynaldo — Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well
  94. Richard — Richard II, Richard III
  95. Robert — King John
  96. Roderigo — Othello
  97. Romeo — Romeo and Juliet
  98. Ross — Richard II
  99. Sebastian — The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  100. Silvius — As You Like It
  101. Timon — Timon of Athens
  102. Titinius — Julius Caesar
  103. Toby — Twelfth Night
  104. Tybalt — Romeo and Juliet
  105. Ulysses — Troilus and Cressida
  106. Usher — Coriolanus
  107. Vincentio — Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew
  108. William — As You Like It

Gender-Neutral Shakespearean Names

  1. Adrian — Coriolanus, The Tempest
    Meaning: Son of Adrian
  2. Albany — King Lear
    Meaning: Derives from the name Albanus, which means “of Alba”
  3. Alexas — Antony and Cleopatra
    Meaning: “To defend” or “man” 
  4. Caius — Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus
    Meaning: Rejoice
  5. Cicero — Julius Caesar
    Meaning: Occupational name for someone who sells peas. It also means lentil. 
  6. Corin — As You Like It
    Meaning: Spear
  7. Derby — Richard III
    Meaning: Old English word that means “park with deer”
  8. Dion — The Winter’s Tale
    Meaning: God of wine and revelry
  9. Dorcas — The Winter’s Tale
    Meaning: Gazelle
  10. Fenton — Merry Wives of Windsor
    Meaning: Marsh town
  11. Griffith — Henry VIII
    Meaning: Old Welsh name that means chief or lord
  12. Hero — Much Ado About Nothing
  13. Jupiter — Cymbeline
    Meaning: The chief Roman god, or the god of light
  14. Justice — Measure for Measure
    Meaning: Fair-minded
  15. Lincoln — Henry VIII
    Meaning: Settlement or condo
  16. Luce — The Comedy of Errors
    Meaning: Light
  17. Morgan — Cymbeline
    Meaning: Sea chief, sea protector, sea defender, or captain
  18. Paris — Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida
    Meaning: Refers to the French city, Parisli, or the Trojan prince 
  19. Regan — King Lear
    Meaning: Sovereign, king, or the king’s child
  20. Robin — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Meaning: Fame or bright
  21. Shaw — Richard III
    Meaning: A name used for someone who lived near a copse or thicket
  22. Valentine — Titus Andronicus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night