Given Name OTHELLO

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Literature
PRONOUNCED: o-THEL-o (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Perhaps an Italian diminutive of OTHO. Shakespeare used this name in his tragedy 'Othello' (1603), where it belongs to a Moor who is manipulated by Iago into killing his wife Desdemona.


diminutives, murderers, Shakespearean characters, uncertain etymology
Entry updated November 18, 2011