Nicknames: Ophie, Phe, Lia,
Detail: Derived from Greek ophelos meaning “help”.
This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem “Arcadia”.
It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play Hamlet, in which it belongs to Hamlet’s lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself.
- Ofélia (Portugese)
- Ofelia (Spanish, Italian)
- Ophelia (English)
- Ophélie (French) [oh-fay-LEE]
Meaning: “Little bear.”
Nicknames: Ursa, Sula, Ulla
Deatail: Saint Ursula is a Chistian saint.
In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula is a waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Leonato’s daughter, Hero.
In the Harry Potter series, Ursula Black is the wife of Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Headmaster of Hogwarts.
Meaning: “Time, hour.”
Nicknames: Hod, Hoss, Hoke, Horo, Haro, Hugh, Huey
Meaning: “Divine ruler.”
Nicknames: Oz, Ozzy
Detail: Osrick is a courtier, treated with contempt by Hamlet in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Meaning: “Feet first.”
Nicknames: Rippa, Pippa
Nicknames: Mac, Mek, Merk, Merro, Murry, Cue, Tio
Detail: The name comes from Mercury, the Roman messenger god.
Mercutio is a character of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.
“If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”
Nicknames: Mira, Miri, Mia,
Detail: The name is derived from the root word mirari “to admire; to wonder at”; it was invented by Shakespeare for the daughter of Prospero in his play The Tempest.
Miranda is the smallest and innermost of Uranus’ five major moons.
Meaning: “Maiden; Innocent.”
Nicknames: Immy, Immo, Imzy
Detail: Imogen was the daughter of King Cymbeline, in Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline.
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Meaning: “Affectionate; benevolent.”
Pronunciation: (ben-VOH-lee-oh); (ben-VOL-yo)
Nicknames: Ben, Volo
Detail: In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin and close friend
Meaning: “Messenger; travel.”
Nicknames: Hermi, Hero, Mione, Mia, Hera, Io
Detail: Hermione Jean Granger is one of the three main characters in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.