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Names Coined by Shakespeare

Names Coined by Shakespeare

Did you know that William Shakespeare is credited with adding literally hundreds of new words to the English language? In many cases, he turned nouns into verbs (like gossip, elbow and friend) he added the "un-" prefix (unaware, undress, unreal), he put words together (bedroom, lackluster) or created funny descriptors "green-eyed" (jealousy) and "wild-goose chase" (a hopeless quest).โฃ

โฃHe also "invented" a few female names along the way. These six names mostly owe their use to the Brilliant Bard.โฃ

โฃ๐—ข๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฎ "๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ" - from ๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต - the lovely young Illyrian Countess whose wealth and beauty attract the pursuit of many would-be suitors; historians believe Shakespeare wanted an exotic-sounding name for his Illyrian noblewoman, and drew upon the Greek ฮตฮปฮฑฮฏฮฑ (โ€œelaiaโ€) โ€œolive treeโ€, itself a universal symbol of peace.โฃ

โฃ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ "๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† & ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ" - appropriately named, the ever-lovely and admirable character of Miranda is the beautiful fifteen year old daughter of Prospero in ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต.โฃ

โฃ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป "๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป, ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น, ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ" - the lovely heroine of Shakespeare's play ๐˜Š๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ whose name comes from the ancient Irish-Gaelic inghean โ€œmaiden, daughter, girlโ€ (Imogen is the daughter of Cymbeline, Celtic King of the Britons, and the embodiment of all that can be admired in a woman).โฃ

โฃ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ "๐—”๐—น๐—น-๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜" - from ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ, Cordelia is the daughter who proves faithful to her father in the end and is thus regarded as the one pure of โ€œheartโ€ (from Latin ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด). โฃ

โฃ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ - the heroine of ๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต, Viola is the flower that most symbolizes "๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜† & ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€."โฃ

โฃ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ "๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ" - the rebel daughter of Shylock in ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, her name was most likely sourced from the Old Testament, from Hebrew ๐˜ ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌรก๐˜ฉ, โ€œshe will see; foresight.โ€

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