Theatre Submitted Names

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ABHORSON m Theatre
From the English word abhor "to regard with horror or detestation". It is the name of the executioner in William Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' (written in 1603 or 1604; first published in 1623).
ABIGAILLE f Italian (Rare), Theatre
Italian form of Abigail, used for a character in Verdi's opera 'Nabucco' (1842).
ADELASIA f Medieval Italian, Theatre, Italian, Sardinian
Medieval Italian variant of Adelaide. ... [more]
ADELPHASIUM f Ancient Roman, Theatre
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a character in the play 'Poenulus of Plautus'.
ADMETO m Italian (Rare), Portuguese (African, Rare), Theatre
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Admetus.
ALCINA f Theatre
Latinized form of a Greek name, of which the original spelling was possibly Alkyna or Alsyne. The name is said to mean "strong-willed, opiniated", but it is doubtful whether this is truly correct... [more]
ALCMAEON m Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized), Theatre
Latinized form of Alkmaion. This occurs in Greek mythology belonging to the son of Amphiaraus and Eriphyle.
ALEXAS m Ancient Greek, Theatre
Greek name, possibly originally a short form of Alexandros or another name beginning with the element αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, help". This was used by William Shakespeare for a character in his play 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606).
ALIENA f Theatre, Literature
Means "stranger" in Latin. This was the false identity of Celia in Shakespeare's play 'As You Like It' (1599) when she goes into hiding in the forest of Arden, presumably a pun on the word alias... [more]
ALITHEA f Theatre
Variant of Alethea. This is the name of a character in William Wycherley's Restoration comedy 'The Country Wife' (1675).
ALMIRENA f Theatre
The name of a character in Georg Friedrich Händel's opera 'Rinaldo' (1711).
ALOMA f Popular Culture, Theatre
A pseudo-Hawaiian name invented by LeRoy Clemens and John B. Hymer for the title character of their 1925 Broadway play Aloma of the South Seas, which was twice adapted to film, in 1926 and again in 1941... [more]
ALZIRA f Portuguese (Rare), Portuguese (Brazilian), Theatre
Latinate form of Alzire. This name was used in Verdi's opera Alzira (1845). It coincides with the name of a Spanish town.
ALZIRE f Theatre, Literature
Used by Voltaire for the heroine of his tragic play 'Alzire, ou les Américains' (1736), about a young indigenous Peruvian woman, daughter of a powerful chief. The heroine is named Alzira in Verdi's opera based on the play... [more]
AMINTOR m Theatre
Variant of Amyntor. This was used by Beaumont and Fletcher for the hero of their play 'The Maid's Tragedy' (ca. 1608-11) and later by Isaac Bickerstaffe for a character in his comic opera 'Daphne and Amintor' (1765).
AMNERIS f Theatre
Possibly invented by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette for use in Verdi's opera 'Aida' (1871), where it belongs to a daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, a jealous rival of the title character. Perhaps it was based on Amestris or a name of Egyptian origin.
ANITRA f Literature, Theatre, Norwegian (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Coined by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen for an Ethiopian princess in his play Peer Gynt (1867).
ANTIOGA f Sardinian (Rare), Theatre
Feminine form of Antiogu. It was used for a character in the Sardinian-language play Ziu Paddori (1918) by Efisio Vincenzo Melis.
ANTIPHOLUS m Theatre
Possibly a variant of Antiphilus. The first element of this name is Greek αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like"; the second element is less certain, perhaps derived from Greek φωλεός (phôleos) "den, lair" (the source of the mythological name Pholus) or from Latin folium "a leaf; a sheet of paper; trifle, thing of no consequence"... [more]
AREÚSA f Theatre, Literature
Perhaps a feminine form of Areus. This is the name of one of the characters in the play 'La Celestina' (1499) by Mariano de Rojas.
ARICIA f Greek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology, Literature, Theatre
Latinized form of the Greek Άρικία (Arikia), probably derived from Latin aro "to plough". Aricia was a niece of King Aegeus of Athens and became the wife of Virbius - the name by which Hippolytos went after he came back to life as a demigod... [more]
ARICIE f Greek Mythology (French), Theatre, French (Rare)
French form of Aricia used by Jean Racine in his play 'Phèdre' (1677).
ĀRIJA f Latvian, Theatre
Feminine form of Ārijs, this name coincides with Latvian ārija "aria". Latvian poet and playwright Rainis used it as the name of the titular character in his play Indulis un Ārija (1911).
ARIOLDUS m Ancient Germanic (Latinized), Theatre
Probably a variant of Arialdus. This is the name of a character from the 17th-century stage play The Swisser.
ARISTÉA f French, Theatre
Feminine form of Aristaeus. This is the name of a character in Vivaldi's opera L'Olimpiade (1734).
ARTESIA f Theatre, Arthurian Romance
Likely from Artois, the name of a region in France (for which "artesian wells" are named), itself derived from Atrebates, a Belgic tribe that inhabited the region of Gaul and Britain during Julius Caesar's time; Atrebates is cognate with Irish aittrebaid meaning "inhabitant".... [more]
AZENOR f Breton, Breton Legend, Theatre
Breton name of uncertain origin and meaning.... [more]
BANQUO m Theatre
A character in Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth' (1606).
BARDOLPH m Theatre, Medieval English (?)
Possibly from a Germanic name derived from the elements bard, meaning "small axe" or "beard", and wulf "wolf". Shakespeare used it for minor characters in several plays.
BARNARDINE m Theatre
Possibly an anglicized form of Bernardino, or perhaps a diminutive of Barnard. This was used by Shakespeare for a character in his play 'Measure for Measure' (1604).
BÉLINE f French (Rare), Literature, Theatre, History
Gallicized form of Belina. It was used by Molière in his play 'The Imaginary Invalid' (1673) ('Le Malade imaginaire' in French), where it belongs to the wife of Argan.
BÉLISE f French (Rare), Literature, Theatre
This name was used on one of the characters in Molière's play Les Femmes savantes (1672).
BELLAMIRA f Theatre
Probably derived from the Latin elements bella "beautiful" and mira "wondrous" (cf. Mirabella). This name belongs to a courtesan in the play 'The Jew of Malta' (written c. 1589 or 1590) by English dramatist Christopher Marlowe.
BELVIDERA f Theatre
Derived from Italian belvedere meaning "a fair sight" (compare Belvedere). This was used by English dramatist Thomas Otway for a character in his tragedy Venice Preserv'd (1682).
BENEATHA f Theatre
Meaning unknown, possibly invnted from the English word "beneath" and the feminine suffix "a". Beneatha Younger is character in the play "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry.
BENEDICK m Theatre
Variant of Benedict used by Shakespeare in his comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599).
BENVOLIO m Theatre
Means "well-wishing" from Latin bene "good" and volo "to wish, will" (possibly inspired by the English word benevolent; also compare Malvolio). This is the name of a character in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596)... [more]
BERINTHIA f Theatre, Literature, English (Rare)
Meaning unknown, perhaps first used by Sir John Vanbrugh for a young widow in his play 'The Relapse' (1697). It was subsequently used by Richard Brinsley Sheridan for a widow in his play 'A Trip to Scarborough' (1777), and also appears in Dickens's 'Dombey and Son' (1848) belonging to Mrs Pipchin's niece.
BÉRYLUNE f Theatre
Perhaps an elaborated form of French béryl meaning "beryl", possibly blending it with the word lune "moon". This was used by the Belgian playwright and poet Maurice Maeterlinck for a fairy in his play 'The Blue Bird' (1908).
BRÜNNHILDE f Theatre
Form of Brünhild, used by Richard Wagner in 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'.
CALIBAN m Theatre
From a version of the Spanish word canibal "cannibal", with -n- and -l- interchanged, found in Hakluyt's 'Voyages' (1599). Shakespeare created this name for the savage, deformed slave of Prospero in his play 'The Tempest' (1611)... [more]
CARMIANA f Theatre (Italian)
Form of Charmian used in Italian-language translations of Shakespeare's play 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606).
CASCA m Ancient Roman, Theatre
Roman cognomen which was derived from Oscan casca meaning "old". This was borne by one of the assassins of Julius Caesar: Servilius Casca. He features in Shakespeare's play 'Julius Caesar' (1599).
CASILDA f Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Literature, Theatre
Meaning uncertain. This is the name of the patron saint of Toledo, Spain. It might be derived from a Germanic name in which the second element is hild "battle", or it may have an Arabic origin, considering the history (Saint Casilda of Toledo was born a Moorish princess)... [more]
CÉLIMÈNE f Literature, Theatre, French (Rare)
This name was invented by Molière for his play "The Misanthrope" (17th century). Given that many characters in his play bear names that are obviously of Greek origin (or inspired by the Greek language), the name Célimène must then at least be partly Greek as well... [more]
CENDRILLON f Folklore (French), Theatre
Original French form of Cinderella.
CHARICLÉE f Theatre
French form of Chariclea which was used on one of the titular characters of Henri Desmarets's opera Théagène et Chariclée (1695).
CHERUBINO m Medieval Italian, Italian (Rare), Theatre
Derived from Latin cherubin meaning "cherubs, cherubim", which refers to a class of angels known as the cherubim. The term ultimately comes from Hebrew, but it has been theorized that the Jews borrowed the word from Akkadian kuribu meaning "to bless" or from Assyrian ܟܪܘܒܐ (karabu) meaning "great, mighty".... [more]
CHIMÈNE f French, Theatre
French form of Ximena used by Pierre Corneille in his play 'Le Cid' (1636).
CHU f Theatre
Mamma Chu is a character in the play Mummified Deer written by Luis Valdez.
CLÄRCHEN f German (Rare), Theatre
A German diminutive of Clara.... [more]
COBWEB m Theatre
From the English word cobweb meaning "spiderweb". In Shakespeare's comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1595) this name is borne by a fairy attendant of Titania.
COPPÉLIA f Literature, French (Rare), Theatre
This was the name of a life-sized mechanical doll created by the mysterious Doctor Coppélius in Léo Delibes' ballet 'Coppélia' (1870), based on two macabre stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. The inventor's name was possibly a latinized form of Yiddish Coppel (see Koppel).
CORALINE f French, English, Literature, Theatre
Of debated origin, though likely coined by Adolphe Adam for a character in his opera Le toréador.... [more]
CORIOLANUS m Ancient Roman, History, Theatre
Roman cognomen which was derived from Corioli, the name of an ancient but now lost Volscian city. Although derived from the Volscian language, it is not known what the meaning of the city's name was in Volscian... [more]
DAUNTLESS m Theatre, Popular Culture
From the English word meaning "invulnerable to fear or intimidation", used for the hero of the comic stage musical Once Upon a Mattress (1959), Prince Dauntless "the Drab".
DEIDAMIA f Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized), Theatre
From Greek Δηιδάμεια (Deidameia), possibly derived from δηιόω (dêioô) "to destroy" (cf. Deianira) and δαμάζειν (damazein) "to tame". This was the name of several historical women, including the daughter of King Pyrrhus II of Epirus, the last surviving representative of the royal Aeacid dynasty who was assassinated in the Temple of Artemis (c.239/229 BCE)... [more]
DICAEOPOLIS m & f Ancient Greek (Latinized), Theatre
Latinized form of Greek Δικαιόπολις (Dikaiopolis) meaning "just city", derived from δίκαιος (dikaios) "righteous, fair, just, lawful" and πόλις (polis) "city"... [more]
DINORAH f English, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Mexican), Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare), Theatre
Possibly derived from Aramaic dinur (also denur) meaning "of fire", derived from di "of" and nur "fire, light". Because of the similarity with the Hebrew word din "trial, judgement", this name is sometimes seen as a more elaborate form of the name Dinah... [more]
DIONYZA f Theatre
Presumably a feminine form of Dionysos. This was used by Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre' (1607).
DJAMILEH f Persian, Theatre
Possibly a Persian form of Jamila.
DONALBAIN m Theatre, History
Anglicized form of Gaelic Domnall Bán meaning "Domnall the Fair", a nickname of Donald III, King of Scots, the second known son of Duncan I. This was the form used by Shakespeare in his tragic play 'Macbeth' (1606) for a character based on the historical figure, who allegorically represents moral order.
DORIMÈNE f French, Theatre
Meaning unknown. It was used by Molière for a character in his play 'Le Bourgeois gentilhomme'.
DROMIO m Theatre
This name belongs to two characters in William Shakespeare's play 'The Comedy of Errors' (1592): twin brothers Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse. It is possibly derived from Greek δρόμος (dromos) "a course, running, race", or a related word.
DYNAMENE f Greek Mythology, Theatre
Means "she who can" or "the capable one" from Greek δυναμένη (dynamenê), a participle of the verb δύναμαι (dynamai) "to be able, to have power, be strong enough". In Greek mythology this name was borne by one of the Nereids... [more]
EGEON m Theatre
Variant of Aegaeon. This is the name of a Syracusan merchant in William Shakespeare's play 'The Comedy of Errors' (1592).
ELIANTE f French, Theatre
Variant of Elianthe, used in Voltaire's play 'The Misanthrope' as the name of the heroine.
ELISETTA f Theatre
Variant of Elisabetta. It was used for one of the main characters in Cimarosa's opera 'Il matrimonio segreto' which debuted in 1792.
EPICURE m Theatre
Form of Epicurus used by Ben Jonson for a character in his play 'The Alchemist' (first performed 1610), perhaps taken directly from the English word epicure meaning "one who gives himself up to sensual pleasure" (literally "follower of Epicurus").
ERISSENA f Italian (Rare, Archaic), Theatre
Italian form of Eryxene. This is the name of a character in Johann Adolf Hasse's opera seria Cleofide (1731).
ERYXENE f Theatre
Alteration of Eryxo used by Plutarch in his essay Virtues of Women, perhaps formed using the Greek element ξενος (xenos) "foreigner, guest". Eryxene or Erissena was later used for a character in Johann Adolf Hasse's Italian-language opera Cleofide (1731).
ESCALUS m Theatre
Possibly a variant of Aeschylus. This was used by Shakespeare in his play 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596), where it belongs to Prince Escalus. He later used it for a character in his play 'Measure for Measure' (written 1603 or 1604; first published 1623).
ESILENA f Theatre
This was the name of the wife of the title character in Georg Friedrich Händel's opera 'Rodrigo' (1707), which was loosely based on the life of Roderick, the last Visigothic king of Spain. It may be based on Egilona, the name of the wife of the historical figure.
ESTRAGON m Theatre
Estragon is one of the two protagonists in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot. Estragon is a normal French word meaning "tarragon".
EVANTHE f Greek Mythology (Latinized), Theatre
Latinized form of Euanthe. Characters named Evanthe appear in John Fletcher's 17th-century tragicomedy A Wife for a Month and Thomas Godfrey's 18th-century romantic tragedy The Prince of Parthia (which was the first play written by an American to be presented in the United States by a professional cast of actors).
EVVAMENE f Theatre, Popular Culture
From the phrase "ever mean". This is the name of the Wicked Witch of the East in the Broadway musical 'The Wiz'.
FARFALLA f Theatre
Means "butterfly" in Italian. This is the name of the titular character of the ballet 'Le papillon' (1860). Farfalla is a Circassian princess who is kidnapped by a fairy and enchanted in the form of a butterfly.
FASOLT m Germanic Mythology, Theatre
In Richard Wagner's opera cycle "The Ring", Fasolt is the brother of Fáfnir (here called Fafner) and is killed by him in an argument.
FENENNA f Biblical, Theatre, History, Medieval Polish
Variant of Phenenna borne by the 13th-century Polish princess Fenenna of Kuyavia, who married King Andrew III of Hungary. ... [more]
FEVRONIYA f Russian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare), Theatre
Russian and Ukrainian form of Febronia. It was used by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in his opera 'The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya' (1907).
FIAMMETTE f French, Theatre
French form of Fiammetta, used in 'La Reine Fiammette' ('Queen Fiammetta: An Opera in Four Acts and Two Scenes'), by Xavier LeRoux.
FIDELIO m Italian, Spanish, Literature, Theatre
Italian and Spanish form of Fidelius.... [more]
FIORDILIGI f Literature, Italian (Archaic), Theatre
Means "flower of the lily", from Italian fiore di giglio, loan-translation of French fleur de lys. It was used by the poets Boiardo and Ariosto in their 'Orlando' poems (1495 and 1532), where it belongs to the wife of Brandimarte... [more]
FLEANCE m Theatre
A character in the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.
FLORESTAN m French, German, Theatre
Obscure southern French name probably derived from Latin florescere "to flower; to put forth blooms".... [more]
FLORIMUND m German (Archaic), Dutch (Archaic), English (Archaic), Popular Culture, Theatre
Derived from Latin florens meaning "prosperous, flourishing" (see Florence) combined with Old High German mund meaning "protection."... [more]
FLUELLEN m Theatre
Anglicized form of Llywelyn used by Shakespeare for a Welsh captain in his history play 'Henry V' (1599).
FLUTE m Theatre
Used by Shakespeare in his comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1595), where it belongs to Francis Flute, a bellows-mender whose surname is said to reference a church organ.
FREDER m German, Theatre
Short form of names containing the element "Fred-".... [more]
FROTH m Theatre
The name of a character in Shakespeare's play 'Measure for Measure', believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604.
GIUNIA f Italian, Theatre
Italian form of Junia. It was used for the female lead character in Mozart's opera Lucio Silla (1772).
GONERIL f Theatre
From Latin Gonorilla, possibly a Celtic name of unknown meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gonorilla was the treacherous eldest daughter of King Leir. When adapting the character for his tragic play 'King Lear' (1606), Shakespeare altered the spelling to Goneril (following "the usual practice of omitting the final redundant letter").
GONERILL f Theatre
Variant of Goneril which occurs in some copies of 'King Lear' (1606) - perhaps a misprinting.
GOSSAMER f Theatre
From the English word, which means "spider threads spun in fields of stubble in late fall" (apparently derived from Old English gos "goose" and sumer "summer"). A fictional bearer is Gossamer Beynon in Dylan Thomas' 1954 play 'Under Milk Wood' (Butcher Beynon's schoolteacher daughter).
GREMIO m Theatre
In William Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew," Gremio is the elderly suitor of Bianca. It is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1594.... [more]
GRISÉLIDIS f Theatre
French form of Griselda used by Jules Massenet in his opera 'Grisélidis' (1901). This was borne by Grisélidis Réal (1929-2005), a writer and sex worker from Switzerland.
GRIZABELLA f Theatre
From the musical Cats
GRUSCHE f Theatre
One of the main female characters in Bertolt Brecht's play Der kaukasische Kreidekreis.
GUNDEGA f Latvian, Theatre
Directly taken from Latvian gundega "buttercup (flower)". This name was used by Latvian playwright Anna Brigadere in her play Princese Gundega un karalis Brusubārda.
GURLI f Danish, Swedish, Norwegian (Rare), Literature, Theatre
The name of a character in the German play Die Indianer in England (1788) by Augustus von Kotzebue, explained as either a mistake for Gauri (from Sanskrit "white") or as the Persian for "rose"... [more]
HERZELEIDE f German, Literature, Theatre
From the German word for "heart sorrow, heartache". Herzeloyde was its original form, created by Wolfram von Eschenbach for the Queen of Wales and mother of Perceval in his Middle High German romance Parzival (1200–1210), probably to express the queen’s sorrow for losing her husband and later her son (when Perceval leaves her lands for King Arthur's court, she dies from a broken heart)... [more]
IMOGÈNE f Theatre (Gallicized)
French form of Imogen. In France, this mostly refers to the character from Shakespeare's play Cymbeline and is rarely, if ever, used as a given name.
IMOINDA f Literature, Theatre
Used by Aphra Behn for a character in her novel Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave (1688). Imoinda or She Who Will Lose Her Name (2008), a re-writing of Behn's novel, is the first libretto to be written by an African-Caribbean woman, Dr Joan Anim-Addo.
INDULIS m Latvian, Theatre
Originally a diminutive of Indriķis, now used as a given name in its own right. Latvian poet and playwright Rainis used this name on the titular character of his play Indulis un Ārija (1911).
IRAS f Theatre
Meaning unknown. This name was used by Shakespeare for one of Cleopatra's maids of honour in his tragedy 'Anthony and Cleopatra' (1607).
ISOLINE f French, Theatre
French form of Isolina. This name was used in André Messager's opera Isoline (1888), where it belongs to a princess.
JAINA f Theatre
This is used as the German translation of Jane in the 1881's opera Patience.
JENŮFA f Czech (Rare), Theatre
'Jenůfa', also known as 'Její pastorkyňa' ("Her Stepdaughter"), is an opera in three acts by Leoš Janáček based on the play 'Její pastorkyňa' by Gabriela Preissová. It was first performed at the National Theatre, Brno on 21 January 1904... [more]
JESSONDA f Theatre
Used for the heroine of Louis Spohr's Romantic opera 'Jessonda, or the Rajah's Wife' (1823), about a young royal widow who is rescued from the funeral pyre by the Portuguese general Tristan, her former sweetheart.
JOKANAAN m Theatre
Form of Yochanan used by Oscar Wilde for John the Baptist in his play 'Salomé' (1891). Unlike most depictions of John the Baptist, Jokanaan is young and clean-shaven, with black hair, white skin and red lips... [more]
KÄTHCHEN f German (Modern, Rare), Theatre
A German diminutive of Katharina, rarely used as official name. "Das Käthchen von Heilbronn" is a well-known play by Heinrich von Kleist.
KATISHA f Theatre
Meaning unknown. It was used as a character name in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera 'The Mikado'.
KATIUSKA f Spanish, Theatre
Spanish form of Katyushka. It was used in the Spanish opera Katiuska, la mujer rusa (Katiuska, the Russian woman), premiered at Barcelona's Teatro Victoria in 1931. Later, during the Spanish Civil War, it was used as a nickname for Tupolev SB bombers.
KLEONIKE f Ancient Greek, Theatre
Derived from Greek κλεος (kleos) "glory" and νικη (nike) "victory". This was used by the 5th-century BC Athenian playwright Aristophanes for a character in his play Lysistrata.
KUNDRY f Theatre, German (Rare)
The female protagonist in the opera 'Parsifal' by Richard Wagner.
KUSI-QUYLLUR f Quechua, Theatre
Means "joyful star" in Quechua, from Quechua kusi "joyful, happy" and quyllur "star". Kusi Quyllur is the name of the princess in the Quechua-language play 'Ollantay' (the oldest known manuscript of which dates to the 18th century).
LAIMDOTA f Latvian, Literature, Theatre
From Latvian laime "joy, luck, happiness" (compare Laima) combined with dota "given" (from the verb dot "to give"). This was coined in the late 19th century. It is the name of the main female character in the Latvian national epic Lāčplēsis as well as a character in Rainis' play Uguns un nakts (1907).
LAMIRA f American, Literature, Theatre
This name was used (possibly invented) by Jacobean-era dramatist John Fletcher for characters in his plays The Honest Man's Fortune (c.1613) and The Little French Lawyer (1647). It does not appear to have been used in England; it came into use in the early United States, occurring as early as the 1780s in New York, perhaps influenced by the similar-sounding name Almira.
LEAR m Theatre, Manx
From Leir, probably a Latinized form of Welsh Llyr. King Lear is the title character of a tragic play by Shakespeare (1606). His name and story were taken directly from Geoffrey of Monmouth's tale of King Leir, a legendary king of the ancient Britons.
LELDE f Latvian, Theatre
1920s phonetic coinage which was first used in the play Spēlēju, dancoju (1915) by Latvian poet and playwright Rainis.
LEONATO m Spanish, Portuguese, Theatre
Spanish and Portuguese form of Leonnatus. This is the name of the father of Hero and/or Beatrice in William Shakespeare's romantic comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599).
LINDORA f Literature, Theatre
Feminine variant of Lindoro, as used in the comic operas 'Le donne vendicate' ('Revenge of the Women'; 1763) by Piccinni and 'La maga Circe' ('Circe the Witch'; 1788) by Anfossi. La Lindora is also a community or hacienda in Costa Rica.
LIZINKA f Russian, Croatian, Theatre
Diminutive of Yelizaveta. This was the title character of an opera by Croatian composer Ivan Zajc, Lizinka (1878).
LODOÏSKA f Theatre, French (Rare), Louisiana Creole
Lodoïska is a French opéra comique (1791) by Luigi Cherubini. It was inspired by an episode from Jean-Baptiste Louvet de Couvrai’s novel Les amours du chevalier de Faublas and is considered one of the first Romantic operas.
LODOLETTA f Italian, Tuscan, Theatre
Probably coined by Pietro Mascagni for the titular character of his "dramma lirico" or lyric opera Lodoletta (1917), which was based on the novel Two Little Wooden Shoes by Marie Louise de la Ramée, (Ouida).... [more]
LUCENTIO m Theatre
Possibly the Italian form of Lucentius. This was used by Shakespeare for one of the romantic male leads in his play 'The Taming of the Shrew' (1593).
MAGDELON f French, Theatre
Early French variant form of Magdalene, most famously used in Molière's work Les Précieuses ridicules.
MAITENA f Basque, Spanish (Latin American), Theatre
Maitena is the title of a Basque-language opera written and composed by Étienne Decrept and Charles Colin.
MALTHACE f Ancient Greek (Latinized), Theatre, History
Latinized form of the Greek name Μαλθακη (Malthake), from Greek μαλθακός (malthakos) "soft" (compare Amalthea). This name was used by Menander for a character in his 4th- or 3rd-century BC play Sikyonioi... [more]
MARZELLINE f Theatre
A soprano character in Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera, "Fidelio".
MERCUTIO m Theatre
Derivative of Mercury used by Shakespeare in his tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596), where it belongs to a close friend of Romeo.
MIRDZA f Latvian, Theatre
Derived from Latvian mirdzēt "to shine; to glitter". This name was used on a character in the play Vaidelote (1894) by the Latvian poet and playwright Aspazija.
MISTOFFOLEES m Literature, Theatre
Altered form of Mephistopheles used for a character in T.S. Eliot's poetry collection 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' (1939). Mr. Mistoffolees also appears in the musical 'Cats' (1981), a stage adaptation of Eliot's poetry book.
MOTEZUMA m Theatre
Motezuma is an opera in three acts by Antonio Vivaldi with an Italian libretto by Alvise Giusti. The libretto is very loosely based on the life of the Aztec ruler Montezuma who died in 1520.
MUNKUSTRAP m Literature, Theatre
This name belongs to a Jellicle cat in T.S. Eliot's poem, Naming of Cats. He is a principal character in the musical, Cats.
MUSETTA f Theatre, Italian, Tuscan
Latinate form of Musette, which was possibly based on the dance style, popular in Paris in the 1880s, which took its name from a kind of small bagpipe. It was used by Puccini for the lover of Marcello in his opera La Bohème (1896), which was based on La Vie de Bohème (1851) by Henri Murger (who named the character Musette).... [more]
MYTYL f Theatre
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a character from the 1908 play 'The Blue Bird' (French: 'L'Oiseau bleu') by Belgian playwright and poet Maurice Maeterlinck.
NEDDA f Sicilian, Theatre, Hungarian
Sicilian diminutive of Antonietta as well as a Sicilian form of Nella. The name was also adopted into Hungarian usage. Furthermore, this name is borne by the main female role in the opera 'Pagliacci'.
NICHETTE f Theatre, Literature
Nichette is the name of a character in Alexandre Dumas's (fils) 1848 novel and play named "Camille" (also known as "The Lady of the Camellias"). The name Nichette was also featured in the title of a movie short from 1911 named "The Heart of Nichette"... [more]
NUMPS m Theatre
Diminutive of Humphrey.... [more]
ONINTZA f Basque, Theatre
This name was used on a character in Jose Olaizoal's opera Oleskari zaharra.
OSMIN m Theatre, Spanish (Latin American), Gascon
Osmin is a figure in the Mozart opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail.... [more]
OTELLO m Italian, Theatre
Italian form of Othello. Otello is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, based on Shakespeare's play Othello.
PAIJA f Latvian (Rare), Literature, Theatre
Derived from the obsolete Latvian word paija "toy". This is the name of a character in the play Maija un Paija by Anna Brigadere.
PAMINA f German, Theatre
The origin and meaning of this name are debated: it's claimed to be derived from Greek pammenis "night of the full moon".... [more]
PANDARUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Literature, Theatre
Latinized form of Greek Πάνδαρος (Pandaros), which was possibly derived from παν (pan) "all" and an uncertain second element. This is the name of a mythical archer who appears in stories of the Trojan War, and "who by an arrow-shot violates the truce between the Trojans and Greeks, and is afterwards slain by Diomedes." In Homer's 'Iliad' he is portrayed as an energetic and impetuous warrior, but in medieval literature he becomes a witty and licentious figure who facilitates the affair between Troilus and Cressida... [more]
PAQUETTE f Literature, Theatre, French (Rare)
Feminine form of Pasquet or Paquet, medieval French pet forms of Pascal. Folk etymology links the name with modern French paquet (Middle French pacquet) "parcel, package"... [more]
PEASEBLOSSOM m Theatre
From English pea's blossom, referring to the small flower of a pea plant. This name was used by Shakespeare in his comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1595), where it belongs to one of the servants to the fairy queen Titania.
PENTHEA f Theatre
Feminine form of Pentheus. This was used (perhaps invented) by John Ford for a character in his tragic play 'The Broken Heart' (1633).
PETRUCHIO m Theatre
Anglicized form of Petruccio used by Shakespeare for the hero of his play The Taming of the Shrew (1593). He also used it for an unseen character in his later work Romeo and Juliet (1596).
PHILIDEL f & m Literature, Theatre
Perhaps based on Philadelphia or Fidelis. It was used by John Dryden in his opera 'King Arthur; or, the British Worthy' (1691), where it belongs to an air spirit in the service of Merlin who saves Arthur from the evil schemes of Osmond, a Saxon sorcerer, and Grimbald, an enemy earth spirit.
PHILINNA f Ancient Greek, History, Literature, Theatre
Feminine form of Philinus. A famous bearer was Philinna of Larissa, the third wife of Philip II of Macedon and mother of Philip III Arrhidaeus.... [more]
POLICHINELLE f Theatre, French
French form of Pulcinella a classical character that originated in commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry. ... [more]
POPPEA f English (Rare, Archaic), Theatre, Italian (Rare, Archaic, ?)
Variant of Poppaea. This name was used for the title character of Claudio Monteverdi's opera 'L'incoronazione di Poppea' (1642).
PROUHÈZE f Theatre
Central character in Paul Claudel's play The Satin Slipper (1929).
QUISARA f Theatre
Origin uncertain. This was used for the title character in John Fletcher's play 'The Island Princess' (written ca. 1619-1621): a princess of Tidore (an Islamic state in Indonesia) who vows to marry the man who frees her brother, the king, who has recently been captured by a local rival.
RADAMES m Theatre
Radamès is a character, the captain of the guard, in the opera 'Aida' (1871). The setting of the opera is ancient Egypt, and the creators of the play likely invented the name to sound vaguely Egyptian by integrating Ra into the name.
RAYMONDA f English, Dutch, Theatre
Feminine form of Raymond. It is the name of the titular character in the ballet 'Raymonda'.
ROSMINA f Theatre
Possibly a variant of Rosmunda or Romina. This was used by Francesco Cavalli for a character in his opera 'Giasone' (1649).
RUSALKA f Slavic Mythology, Theatre
A water nymph in Slavic Mythology. Also the name of an opera written by the Czech writer Antonín Dvorák.
SÂNZIANA f Romanian, Slavic Mythology, Theatre
From the Romanian word for a type of fairy in local folklore which derived from sân or sfânt "holy" and zână "fairy". Its use as a personal name was at least partly due to a comedy written by Vasile Alecsandri, 'Sânziana și Pepelea' (1881), which George Stephănescu then made into an opera... [more]
SETEBOS m Theatre
Seen in Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest' (1611), in which Setebos is the god worshipped by Caliban and Sycorax.
SGANARELLE m Theatre
Possibly from Italian sgannare "to disillusion" or derived from Italian Zannarello, a diminutive of Zanni. Molière used characters named Sganarelle in multiple plays, including his one-act comedy 'Sganarelle, or The Imaginary Cuckold' (1660).
SHYLOCK m Theatre
Shylock was used in William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice
STEPHANO m Interlingua, Theatre
Variant of Stefano and Interlingua form of Stephen. This is the name of a drunkard in Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest' (1611).
TAMINO m German (Rare), Theatre
Descends from the Greek word tamias which means "lord" or "master". There is a Tamino in Mozart's "The Magic Flute".
TELAIRA f Theatre
The name was used by Jean-Phillippe Rameau in his 1737 opera 'Castor et Pollux'. It is used as the name of a Greek princess whom both Castor and Pollux are in love with.
THAISA f Theatre, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Latinate form of Thais. This was used by Shakespeare in his play 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre' (1608), where it belongs to the wife of the title character.
THYESTES m Greek Mythology, Theatre
In Greek mythology, Thyestes was the son of Pelops and Hippodamia, King of Olympia, and father of Pelopia and Aegisthus. Thyestes and his brother, Atreus, were exiled by their father for having murdered their half-brother, Chrysippus, in their desire for the throne of Olympia... [more]
TOSCA f Italian, German, Theatre
This name was popularized by Puccini's opera "Tosca" (1900) and its main character Floria Tosca.... [more]
TRINCULO m Theatre
The name of King Alonso's jester in Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest' (1611).
TROILUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized), Literature, Theatre
Latinized form of Greek Τρωΐλος (Trôilos) which is said to be related to Τρώιος (Trôios) meaning "Trojan". In Greek myth Troilus was a Trojan prince, the son of Priam and Hecuba, whose fate was linked with that of Troy... [more]
TRULY f English (Modern), Popular Culture, Theatre
From the English word "truly" meaning "in accordance with the facts; truthfully, accurately; honestly, genuinely, in fact, really; very". From the English word "true" and the adverb suffix -ly.... [more]
TURANDOT f Theatre
Derived from the Persian name Turandokht, meaning "daughter of Turan" (Turan being a region in Central Asia). This is the name of the title character in an opera by Giacomo Puccini. Turandot is a princess who gives would-be suitors three riddles to solve if they wish to marry her.
TYLTYL m Theatre
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a character from the 1908 play 'The Blue Bird' (French: 'L'Oiseau bleu') by Belgian playwright and poet Maurice Maeterlinck.
VINCENTIO m Medieval Italian, Theatre
Archaic Italian form of Vincentius. This was used in Shakespeare's comedy 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593).
VIOLENTA f Theatre
The name of a ghost character in Shakespeare's play 'All's Well That Ends Well' (first published 1623).
VIRGILIA f Late Roman, Theatre, Italian
Feminine form of Vergilius (see Virgil). This is the name of Coriolanus' wife in Shakespeare's play of the same name.
VITELLIA f Ancient Roman, Theatre, Italian (Archaic)
Feminine form of Vitellius. This was the name of an Ancient Roman noblewoman, daughter of Emperor Vitellius (15-69 AC).... [more]
WENDLA f German, Theatre
Contracted form of Wendela. This was used by German dramatist Frank Wedekind for the heroine of his play 'Spring Awakening' (1891).
XANTHIAS m Ancient Greek, Theatre
Derived from Greek ξανθος (xanthos) meaning "yellow" or "fair hair". This was used by the Greek playwright Aristophanes in works including 'The Frogs'; all of the characters named Xanthias are slaves.
YELVA f Danish, Theatre
Danish adoption of a short form of the Russian name Yelizaveta. ... [more]
YSÉ f Theatre, French (Rare)
Used by Paul Claudel for a character in his play 'Partage de midi' (1906). Perhaps it is derivative of Yseult.
YSOBEL f Scottish (Rare, Archaic), Theatre
Variant of Isobel. Ysobel Stewart of Fasnacloich (1882-1968) co-founded the 'Scottish Country Dance Society' in 1923.... [more]
ZEAL-OF-THE-LAND m Theatre
Used in the play Bartholomew Fair as the name of a Puritan.
ZELMIRA f English, Italian, Literature, Theatre, Hungarian
Perhaps from the Slavic elements zhelit "desire" combined with mir "peace", or from the Germanic name Gelamir. This name belongs to the title character of a Rossini opera; Zelmira (1822) was based on the play Zelmire (1762) by the French playwright de Belloy, about a princess of Lesbos who must save her father and husband from evil political machinations.
ZERBINETTE f French, Theatre
Feminine name possibly invented by Molière for his play Les Fourberies de Scapin.
ZERLINA f Literature, Theatre, Yiddish (Rare, Archaic), Danish, German (Rare)
The name of a character in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera 'Don Giovanni' (1787), to an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, which was based on the legend of Don Juan.... [more]
ZERLINE f German (Rare), French (Rare), Yiddish (Rare, Archaic), Theatre
French form and German and Yiddish variant of Zerlina.... [more]