Timon

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)  

Miranda

Miranda is a name invented by Shakespeare for his play The Tempest (1610-11) which seems to be based on Latin mirandus (which is to be wondered at, marveled at) via Latin adjective mīrus (wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome) derived from PIE *sméyros (laughing, smiling) via root word *smey- (to laugh, to be glad). Miranda is also. Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish (Sephardic) surname, a locational name…

Tarquin

Tarquin is the English form of Latin Tarquinius and was the name of two of the seven legendary kings of Rome. Apparently the first Tarquinius (Lucius Tarquinius Priscus aka Tarquin the Elder) came to Rome from Etruria, an ancient region in Central Italy which was home to the Etruscans. Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (aka Tarquin the Proud) was the son…

Cordelia

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…

Orsino

Orsino is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Ursinus, a Roman name derived from Latin Ursus meaning “bear” via Proto-Italic *orssos (bear) which derives from a PIE root word. Orsino is also an Italian surname originating from the given name. Orsino features as a character in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (1600-01). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Orso (Italian) Orsolo (Italian) Ursinus (Late…

Beatrice

Beatrice is a female given name which comes from Latin Beatrix based on Viatrix meaning “female traveler/voyager” though the spelling was later altered to resemble beatus, which comes from Latin meaning “happy, fortunate, blessed” derived from PIE root word *dew- (to show favor, revere). Beatrice is one of the main characters in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Beatrix…

Imogen

Imogen was first used by Shakespeare in his play Cymbeline (1609), believed to have been a misspelling of an already existing name, Innogen, a name of uncertain meaning. The name is believed to have been derived from Gaelic inghean meaning “maiden girl” and “daughter” which ultimately derives from PIE root word *ǵenh₁-(to produce, to beget, to give birth). Innogen is…

Nerissa

Nerissa was first used by William Shakespeare for his play The Merchant of Venice (1596), possibly based on Greek Nereis (also known as Nereid) meaning “nymphs, sea sprites”, used to refer to the daughters of Nereus, the Greek god of the sea. Though the name seems to be derived from Greek neros meaning “water”, it seems more likely that comes from a…

Rosalind

Rosalind is an English female name made up of Germanic elements hros (horse) and lind (soft, weak, flexible, pliable) essentially meaning “soft horse” or “flexible horse”. Rosalind has also been associated with Latin rosa linda meaning “beautiful rose” though there is no connection between the two. Rosalind is the name of a character in Shakespeare’s As You Like It…