April 23, 2015

Baby Names Inspired by the Bard

Thursday 23 April would have been William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday, so if your new baby arrives on this day, what better way to honour our most famous Bard than to name your child after him or one of his many characters.

We’ve compiled a list of Shakespeare’s strong female characters and heroic male leads to give you some inspiration.


  • Beatrice: (Much Ado About Nothing) - Beatrice is feisty, cynical, witty, and sharp.
  • Bianca: (Taming of the Shrew) - Bianca is described as a strong and fiery woman.
  • Celia: (As You Like It) - Celia is silent and reserved; worldly and prudent, although full of life and humour.
  • Helena: (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) - Helena is described as romantic, thoughtful and devoted.
  • Isabella: (Measure for Measure) - Isabella is a virtuous, spiritual and chaste young woman who demonstrates loyalty and sisterly devotion.
  • Juliet: (Romeo & Juliet) - Juliet is determined, strong, self-assured and loyal in love.
  • Ophelia: (Hamlet) - Ophelia is a beautiful, sweet and innocent young woman.
  • Portia: (Merchant of Venice) - Portia’s beauty is matched only by her intelligence. She is gracious and quick-witted with high standards.
  • Titania: (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) - Titania is both gracious, sassy and proud; and of course she’s Queen of the Fairies!
  • Viola: (Twelfth Night) - Defiant and bold, Viola displays rock-steady devotion throughout the play.


  • Benedick: (Much Ado About Nothing) abbrv. Ben - Benedick is mischievous, has a sharp wit and is described as sweet and lovable.
  • Henry: (King Henry V) - Henry is brilliant, focused, fearless, and committed to his responsibilities.
  • Romeo: (Romeo & Juliet) - As well as being passionate, Romeo is intelligent, quick-witted, loyal, and unafraid of danger.
  • Coriolanus: (Coriolanus) abbrv. Cori - Coriolanus (or Caius) is described as brave, fearsome, and extremely honorable.
  • Orlando: (As You Like It) - Orlando is of noble character, is learned, full of noble purpose, and has a brave and generous spirit.
  • Anthony: (Anthony & Cleopatra) - Anthony is a fierce and feared loyal soldier.
  • Hector: (Troilus & Cressida) - Prince Hector of Troy is a great warrior, hero to his city and respected by all.
  • Mercutio: (Romeo & Juliet) - Mercutio has a lightning wit and clever mind and steals every scene he’s in!
  • Fenton: (Merry Wives of Windsor) - Fenton likes to dance, write poetry and is fun to talk to.
  • Douglas: (Henry IV Part 1) abbrv. Dougie - Douglas is a courageous warrior who demonstrates bravery and honour.