Demons, Fairy, Female, Male, Mythological creatures, Names from Shakespeare's plays, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Puck is the name of a mischievous sprite in English folklore, also known as Robin Goodfellow, and appears in Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream as a mischievous, clever elf who sets up all the trouble that follows in the play. The name comes from Old English pūca meaning "goblin, demon" via Proto-Germanic *pūkô (goblin, spook) derived from PIE *(s)pāuǵ-, *(s)pāug-… Continue reading Puck

Ancient Greek, Earth, Elements, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, P names, Surname names


Pedro is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Peter, the English form of Ancient Greek Petros meaning “stone, rock” derived from an unknown source. Pedro is also a surname originating from the given name. The name was used by Shakespeare for one of his characters in his play Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99). Nicknames: Pedrinho (Portuguese) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants… Continue reading Pedro

Animals, Female, Names from Shakespeare's plays, P names, Pig, Proto-Indo-European


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… Continue reading Portia

C names, Color, Female, Gold, Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Semitic, Virtues/Attributes


Cressida is a female given name, seemingly a Medieval English and Renaissance variant of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female name, a patronymic meaning "daughter of Chryses"; Chryses is an Ancient Greek male name meaning "gold, golden" which seems to be derived from a Semitic source. Chryseis's real name was Astynome. Chryseis features in the Iliad, the daughter of an Apollon priest who… Continue reading Cressida

Ancient Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, T names, Virtues/Attributes


Troilus is the name of one of the sons of King Priam of Troy; according to prophecy, if Troilus reaches adulthood than the city of Troy would not fall. He is ambushed and killed by Achilles, thus seeming to signal the fall of Troy. Troilus is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Troilos meaning "Trojan". Troilus features in several Medieval English and… Continue reading Troilus

Female, G names, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Gertrude is an English and German female given name meaning "spear strength", made up of Germanic elements ger (spear) and thrud (strength). It was used by Shakespeare for a character in Hamlet (1600) as the mother of the eponymous character. Nicknames: Gert, Gerty/Gertie, Trudy/Trudie, Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic Variants: Gertrud (German, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Gertraud (German) Geretrudis (Latinized Ancient… Continue reading Gertrude

F names, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Ferdinand is an Italian and Spanish name made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning "dangerous journey" or "brave journey"; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning "peace". Ferdinand is also a surname originating from the given name. Ferdinand was the name of a character in Shakespeare's The… Continue reading Ferdinand

Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Virtues/Attributes


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)  

Female, Literature, M names, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


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… Continue reading Miranda

Etruscan, Etruscan mythology, Literature, Male, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, T names


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… Continue reading Tarquin