Imogen: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Imogen
Origin of the name Imogen:
Of uncertain origin and meaning, Imogen was first recorded as the name of the heroine in Shakespeare's play Cymbeline. The name is thought to be a misprint of Raphael Holinshed's Innogen, a Celtic name supposedly derived from the Gaelic inghean (girl, maiden).
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- Comments and insights on the name Imogen: | Edit
I think it is a nice name for some people and quite a few people say that they like it, but many people find it difficult to spell and often get it wrong. It is nice however to be the only Imogen in most places wherever you go and it's fun to meet another because it is on such a rare occasion that it happens. There are lots of nicknames for it which is nice, but especially when I was younger I found there were certain nicknames I didn't like and it allowed people to mock. Overall I think it is quite a nice name.
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Most people when coming across the name Imogen think it is unusual but like it, it is neither common nor obscure. My daughter likes the fact that she is always the only Imogen, not Chloe P. or Sophie H. in her class. We have met very few other Imogen's along the way.
- Nicknames for Imogen: | Edit
Imi, Im, Imo, Imio, Io, Immy, Gen, Genny, Ginny, Midge, Mo, Imza, Imsky, Imzi, Mog,
- Meanings and history of the name Imogen: | Edit
This name was probably created by Shakespeare for a character in his play Cymbeline. He probably intended to use the name Innogen, a legendary figure whose name was derived from a Celtic word "inghean" meaning "maiden", but the name was misprinted as "Imogen".
Celtic in origin, Imogen means "Image of her mother", "blameless", "innocent"
- Famous real-life people named Imogen: | Edit
Imogen Cunningham - American photographer
Imogen Stubbs - English actress
Imogen Parker - English author
Imogen Bailey - Australian model
Imogen Poots - English actress
Imogen Heap - English singer, composer, and songwriter
Imogen Baily- Australian model
- Imogen in song, story & screen: | Edit
A daughter named Imogen is born to Winifred Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga, a book made into a Masterpiece Theater miniseries.
Julia Styles plays an Imogen in the movie Down to You.
In "Imogene's Antlers," a little girl wakes up to discover she's grown a set of antlers.
Imogen Moreno from the Canadian TV show "Degrassi"
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