22 Vintage Baby Girl Names Inspired by Shakespeare

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Though Shakespeare famously wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," the truth is that having a unique baby name does matter to parents when they're naming their little one. We have Shakespeare to thank for all sorts of popular names we hear today. From Jessica to Juliet, the Elizabethan author's influence extends far and wide. But some of the poet's most beautiful names fell into disuse without hope of resurrection -- until recently!

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From Ophelia to Desdemona, these Shakespearean baby names are sure to impress both literary diehards and their future English teachers. They evoke a sense of intelligence, old world sophistication, and drama -- as Shakespeare's work was always meant for the stage. A child with a Shakespearean name is sure to get lots of interested name-admirers. 

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These elegant choices have been approved by the Bard, and are starting to gain fans for their unique and beautiful sounds. Check out these Shakespearean names -- along with info from BabyNameWizard.com -- to inspire visions of literary heroines and turn-of-the-century stars.

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