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The following is a list of names known to have been invented by specific people, poets, playwrights, etc.



Name

When?

By Whom and in What?

Christabel

15th century

Medieval romances

Melissa

15th century

Italian poets

Stella

1590

Sir Philip Sidney

Pamela

1590

Sir Philip Sidney

Adriana

1592

William Shakespeare, in The Comedy of Errors

Jessica

1596

William Shakespeare, in The Merchant of Venice

Olivia

1599

William Shakespeare, in Twelth Night

Viola

1599

William Shakespeare, in Twelth Night

Brilliana

1600

Sir Edward Conway, Governor of Brill, for his daughter

Regan (possibly)

1605

William Shakespeare in King Lear

Perdita

1610

William Shakespeare, in A Winter’s Tale

Miranda

1610

William Shakespeare, in The Tempest

Zoraida (possibly)

1610

Miguel Cervantes in Don Quixote

Lucinda

1610

Miguel Cervantes in Don Quixote

Myra

17th century

Fulke Grenville, Lord Brooke

Belinda

1689

Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate in Dido and Aeneas

Araminta

1695

Sir John Vanbruch in The Confederacy

Berinthia

1696

Colley Cibber’s Love’s Last Shift

Dorinda

1707

George Farquhar in The Beaux Stratagem

Malvina

18 century

James MacPherson




Vanessa

18 century

Jonathan Swift, as a nickname for a friend

Orville

1778

Fanny Burney in Evelina

Haidee

1819-1824

Lord Byron in Don Juan

Evangeline (possibly)

1847

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in Evangeline

Thelma

1886

Marie Corelli in Thelma: a society novel

Melba

1887

Pseudonym of Nellie Melba (1861-1931), an Australian opera singer.

Dorian

1890

Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray

Gloria

1898

George Bernard Shaw in You Never Can Tell

Janice

1899

Paul Leicester Ford in Janice Meredith

Wendy

1904

James Barry in Peter Pan

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