Shakespearean Names for Boys

Hoping your child will love Shakespeare's plays as much as you have? If you have a passion for the way he writes, think about picking a one-of-a-kind name pulled straight from the Bard's pages.

Shakespearean Names for Boys

  1. Benedick A witty character from Much Ado About Nothing who enjoys mocking others, Benedick starts the play swearing he will never marry.
  2. Cassio Cassio is a youthful and attractive young soldier devoted to Othello.
  3. Claudio+ Claudio is a young soldier from Much Ado About Nothing who has gained a great reputation in battle but is immature and easily manipulated. Read more about Claudio
  4. Demetrius+ One of the four main characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Demetrius falls in love with Hermia but ultimately loves Helena. Read more about Demetrius
  5. Hamlet+ Hamlet is melancholy and cynical. While he is reflective and thoughtful, he is prone to impulsive acts. Read more about Hamlet
  6. Iago+ Iago is the manipulative and calculating villain of Othello who influences the demise of both Othello and Desdemona. Read more about Iago
  7. Jaques+ Jaques, from As You Like It, is a typical Elizabethan comedy character with a hopelessly melancholy disposition. Read more about Jaques
  8. Lucentio Lucentio is a good-natured student in The Taming of the Shrew who falls in love with Bianca and sets an elaborate plot to win her.
  9. Lysander+ The other main male in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lysander longs to marry Hermia. Read more about Lysander
  10. Macbeth+ Macbeth is a brave soldier and powerful man who succumbs to murder to attain his goals. Read more about Macbeth
  11. Malvolio Malvolio, from Twelfth Night, is a haughty and straitlaced man in Olivia's household. He has concealed ambitions that lead to his downfall.
  12. Mercutio In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio is a kinsman to the Prince of Verona and Romeo's close friend.
  13. Nick+ Nick Bottom is an overconfident character in A Midsummer Night's Dream and thus falls victim to a prank that results in his head turning into the head of a donkey. Read more about Nick
  14. Orlando+ In As You Like It, Orlando is an attractive young man with great potential who proves himself in battle. Read more about Orlando
  15. Orsino+ Orsino from Twelfth Night is a powerful and egotistical nobleman whom Viola loves. Read more about Orsino
  16. Othello Othello is a well-spoken and physically powerful protagonist.
  17. Petruchio Petruchio is the loud, boisterous, eccentric, and quick-witted character in The Taming of the Shrew who is determined to tame strong-willed Kate.
  18. Robin+ A central character of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Robin (commonly referred to as Puck) is the mischief-maker among the other characters. Read more about Robin
  19. Romeo+ The heir of Montague, Romeo is handsome and intelligent but impulsive and idealistic in his passion. Read more about Romeo
  20. Sebastian+ Sebastian, from Twelfth Night, is Viola's twin and the eventual mate for Olivia. Read more about Sebastian
  21. Tybalt+ Tybalt is the vain, fashionable, and aggressive cousin of Juliet. Read more about Tybalt