Girl Baby Name

Imogen

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Quick Facts on Imogen

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
IM-ə-jən
Simple meaning:
Maiden

Characteristics of Imogen

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Imogen

Imogen is another high-brow example of a literary name – one that was essentially created by William Shakespeare (in this case for his 1609 play Cymbeline). The source material for the play (loosely based on the works of a 16th century English chronicler by the name of Raphael Holinshed) used the name “Innogen” but either Shakespeare or his printer mistakenly transcribed it as “Imogen”. And from this error, a new English name was born. It’s strongly speculated that Innogen came from the Irish-Gaelic word “inghean” meaning “girl, maiden, daughter”. This would make sense because the character of Innogen (Imogen) is the daughter of an ancient Celtic King of the Britons, Cunobeline (Cymbeline). In Shakespeare’s play – a quasi-tragic romance with a happy ending – Imogen is a beautiful, faithful and virtuous princess. In true Shakespearean style, Imogen falls in love, is forbidden from seeing her only true love, stays virtuous and true for her banished lover, is wrongfully accused of being unfaithful to him, is the target of two ill-conceived murder plots, dresses up like a man to disguise her identity, is taken in by her long-lost brothers, and is finally reunited with her man. The twists and turns of the play’s plot line are nothing short of exhausting – yet everything works out neatly in the end (see literary references below for more information on the character of Imogen). We know for certain that Imogen is a name that’s been around since 1609 (thanks to The Bard), and it has remained in circulation over these past 400 years; however, she has come screaming back into fashion since the 1990s. Ok, maybe not in the United States, but definitely in England, Wales, Scotland and Australia where Imogen enjoys a lot of popularity right now. Americans do have some history with this name, only they’ve always spelled it Imogene and pronounced it IM-ə-jeen. Plus, it fell off the American charts in 1955 and has yet to return. Time to get the memo. Imogen is hot, hot, hot!

Popularity of the Name Imogen

Imogen has never made the Top 1000 list of American female names. However, Imogene has. In fact, Imogene was quite popular in the 1920s – almost a Top 150 favorite. Eventually Imogene would fall from fashionable use and disappear from the U.S. charts altogether in 1955. Despite Imogen’s popularity overseas in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as Down Under in Aussie Land, modern 21st century American parents just do not take to it. For whatever reason; we don’t know. In any case, we like this name for its Shakespeare connection and literary cachet. We like that it’s actually the result of a misprinting of Innogen and yet still stuck and endured. We like that it’s different and unusual. And we like the simple etymology of “maiden” or “daughter”. There’s just something really sweet about this name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Imogen
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Imogen

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Imogen

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Imogen

    Imogen (Cymbeline) Imogen is the daughter of King Cymbeline in William Shakespeare’s romance, Cymbeline, most likely first produced in approximately 1611. Imogen is such a tender hearted maiden, she is almost too good to be true, but true she is, of heart and of intent. Risking her father’s wrath to marry the low-born Posthumus, Imogen is a beautiful and faithful wife to him. Naturally, he blows it, believing an adventurer who tells him he slept with Imogen. To add insult to injury, Posthumus also plots to have Imogen murdered for her alleged infidelity, a plan which is happily thwarted. After the usual Shakespearean battles, poisonings and cross-dressing escapades, Imogen is reunited with a repentant Posthumus and the latter is now warmly welcomed by the king. In our humble opinion, the lovely Imogen could have done better!

  • Popular Songs on Imogen

    Popular Songs on Imogen

    Imogen - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Imogen.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Imogen

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Imogen

    Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys (Amy Novesky) - Imogen’s family didn’t have much, and life was hard atop the wild hill they call home. But when Imogen declared she wanted to be a photographer, her father built her her very own darkroom. Flash forward. Imogen is a photographer and a mother. She has her hands full! How does she do it all? She turns the garden into a wonderland for her three growing boys and a workshop for herself. While she works, her boys play, and Imogen photographs them. Click. Click. Click. Photographing her sons leads Imogen to focus on plants and flowers — most notably her signature magnolia blossoms—for which she will become best known. Here, then, is the story of Imogen Cunningham, one of the finest photographers of the 20th century and mother to three boys. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Imogene's Antlers (David Small) - A Reading Rainbow Book with full color illustrations. Imogene awakens one morning to find she has grown antlers. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers (E. Nesbit) - Twelve of the Bard's most famous plays, delightfully adapted for young readers, are filled with stories about kings, queens, ghosts, and witches. Brimming with tragedy, humor, and moral lessons, and told with wit and grace, the tales include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, As You Like It, Cymbeline, and six others. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Imogen

    Famous People Named Imogen

    Famous People Named Imogen - Imogen Heap (British musician); Imogene Coca (American comic actress); Imogen Stubbs (English actress/playwright); Imogen Cunningham (photographer); Imogen Bankier (Scottish badminton champion); Imogen Holst (British composer/conductor); Imogen Poots (English actress); Imogen Thomas (former Miss Wales); Imogen Bailey (Australian actress); Imogen Lloyd Webber (daughter of Andrew Lloya Webber)

  • Children of Famous People Named Imogen

    Children of Famous People Named Imogen

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Imogen - Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer)

  • Historic Figures

    Imogen - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Imogen - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Imogen.

Personality of the Girl Name Imogen

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Imogen

  • No Variations Found.
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