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Can you name the top 1000 baby names that are also Shakespeare characters (2010)?
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Jul 5th, 2011 at 07:35 GMT
"Isabella" should be on here, too, surely; it's currently the most popular baby name, as well as the name of the heroine of
Measure for Measure.
(Also, historically, the name of the Queen in
, but this isn't actually mentioned in the play.)
Jul 5th, 2011 at 08:01 GMT
Complete oversight, thanks for pointing it out, I'm adding Isabella now!
Jul 7th, 2011 at 02:35 GMT
Laurence/Lawrence should be on here. I just looked it up, and it is #63 for boys.
Jul 7th, 2011 at 04:53 GMT
Still wondering about the census data on Mercutio. Great quiz :)
Jul 7th, 2011 at 20:31 GMT
I just looked up Laurence again, too. With a W, it would be on the list (at 458 in 2010, according to http://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/babyname.cgi), but Shakespeare spelled it with a U, which was not in the top 1000 for the last 10 years. Find me a source where he spelled it with a W and I'll add it
Jul 8th, 2011 at 12:10 GMT
Quibbling over spellings is ridiculous in this context. Spelling was arbitrary until long after Shakespeare's time. He spelled his own name in a variety of ways.
Jul 8th, 2011 at 13:48 GMT
It's a slippery slope. I'd have to go back through the entire list again, checking for alternate spellings. SHould I add "Alexis" since there's an "Alexas" in Antony & Cleopatra, or "Bernardo" for "Barnardo"?
Jul 8th, 2011 at 22:08 GMT
The combination of red and gray is very hard to read. Can you fix this?
Jul 9th, 2011 at 06:15 GMT
Lawrence is now a bonus answer. I think the red text is standard on all sporcle quizzes, I don't know how to change it, I tweaked the background color, hope it helps.
Jul 13th, 2011 at 23:38 GMT
Haha Porter, Gunner, Justice, Princess, and King
Game published: Jul 24th, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
Jul 24th, 2011 at 04:34 GMT
My son, Banquo, will be severely disappointed.
Jul 24th, 2011 at 04:51 GMT
I was hoping Shylock might have made the cut
Jul 24th, 2011 at 05:12 GMT
I gave up way too early and didn't even guess Elizabeth...which is my name...
Jul 24th, 2011 at 05:37 GMT
You forgot Jane (as in Lady Jane Grey), which ranked at #384 according to your source.
Jul 24th, 2011 at 05:57 GMT
How about Robin (Puck's full name in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is Robin Goodfellow)?
Jul 24th, 2011 at 06:01 GMT
Tatiana and Oberon jokes aside, I am surprised that 'Portia' is not popular enough to be on this quiz!
Jul 24th, 2011 at 09:05 GMT
Well, at least no one seems to name their kid "Bastard".
Jul 24th, 2011 at 10:00 GMT
I'm very glad that "Goneril" did not make the list.
Jul 24th, 2011 at 10:28 GMT
Wow i tried my 3 kids name and was surprised ross was there!
Jul 24th, 2011 at 10:31 GMT
i can't believe cordelia didn't make the list but "princess" did
Jul 24th, 2011 at 12:09 GMT
Poor Yorick didn't stand a chance.
Jul 24th, 2011 at 12:22 GMT
Who is calling their son Gunner?
Jul 24th, 2011 at 12:55 GMT
People call their kids Lennox but not Caliban! Outrage!
Jul 24th, 2011 at 13:02 GMT
@RodeoJoe Lady Jane Grey isn't a character in Shakespeare.
Jul 24th, 2011 at 13:12 GMT
In "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Bottom's first name is Nick. Surely that should be on the list.
Jul 24th, 2011 at 14:27 GMT
I was sure Portia and Ophelia would be there.
Jul 24th, 2011 at 14:54 GMT
Ckearly a much easier quiz would be to name Shakespearean characters whose names are NOT in the top 1000.
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Jul 24th, 2011 at 16:12 GMT
I don't see 1000 names on that list?
Jul 24th, 2011 at 18:23 GMT
I am outraged that I don't see Picard on this list!
Jul 24th, 2011 at 18:32 GMT
I agree, Portia is far too good of a name to have fallen out of the top 1000.
Jul 24th, 2011 at 22:55 GMT
Jul 25th, 2011 at 00:13 GMT
@itswhatiam: thats because its the names from shakespeare that are in the top 1000 names of all babies, not the top 1000 shakepeare names.
Jul 25th, 2011 at 00:18 GMT
Why is Lawrence a bonus? What am I not understanding here?
Jul 25th, 2011 at 00:31 GMT
My fave shakespearian name is Ophelia. Kind of sad its not up there.
Jul 25th, 2011 at 00:37 GMT
"London" has to be my favorite. OMG, the poor kids.
Jul 25th, 2011 at 12:30 GMT
there is a jessica in a shakespeare play? which one?
Jul 25th, 2011 at 13:39 GMT
Nobody thought their daughter would be respected with a name like "Lady Macbeth" i guess...
Jul 25th, 2011 at 18:19 GMT
@sora_ The Merchant of Venice
Jul 25th, 2011 at 23:12 GMT
What about Phoebe from As You Like It?
Jul 26th, 2011 at 06:13 GMT
who is naming their kid Roman?...
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