So, there’s this little show, you might have heard of it, called Bridgerton. The period drama from Shonda Rhimes and Netflix has proven to be a huge success! In fact, it was the number one show for the streamer in all 76 countries it debuted in. Needless to say, we can’t get enough of the steamy romance and all of its wonderfully complex characters.
We decided to take a look at the names of characters from the show to highlight some of our favorites and to offer you more of the same! Regency baby names are set to be a huge trend and we imagine that will only be fueled more by fans of the series wanting a touch of class imparted on their baby boys and girls. So, what names from the show should new parents pick? Take a look at our favorite Bridgerton baby names along with some other suggestions, should you want to spice things up!
The beautiful and cunning Daphne Bridgerton certainly had an exquisite name. Daphne is a name with Greek origins that means “laurel.” The shrub inspired the popularity of the name in England, where it became part of the British vogue for plant names at the end of the nineteenth century. The name has traditionally been popular in the US as well and it’s a top 500 pick today.
Other suggestions: Phoebe, Beatrix, Clementine, Florence
Penelope is a name from Greek mythology. She was the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. It has two possible origin stories: Penelope was either derived from the Greek pēnē, meaning “thread of a bobbin,” or penelops, a type of duck. Penelope Featherington was one of our favorite characters from Bridgerton and we imagine we are not alone!
Other suggestions: Nell, Poppy, Pippa, Hazel
Anthony Bridgerton was one of many characters on the show who made us feel a certain way. Just look at those chops! Anthony is derived from the Roman family name Antonii, and was initially used as Antony, without the “h.” The name evolved into Anthony in the 17th century, when it was speculated that it derived from the Greek word anthos, meaning “flower.” You will more often hear Antony in the UK today. Anthony is one of the most popular names for boys ever in English-speaking communities.
Other suggestions: Andrew, Timothy, Mathias, Marcus
Eloise is back after dropping out of the popularity charts in the 1960s. Eloise Bridgerton certainly had a lot of spunk and always stayed true to herself which we feel makes her a worthy candidate for baby name inspiration. Eloise is a French name that comes from Heloise, a name meaning “healthy.”
Other suggestions: Penelope, Adelaide, Amelia, Maisie
Colin can be considered an Irish and Scottish import or a variation of the Greek name Nicholas. This name’s meaning is considered “pup.” That’s fitting for Colin Bridgerton who had a time trying to find his true love. The name has been extremely popular in the US since the 1970s, and we foresee new parents will continue to pick this classic for years to come.
Other suggestions: Connor, Dylan, Graham, Patrick
Lady Violet Bridgerton was an open-minded and wise character who any of us would be lucky to have in real life. Violet was popular a hundred years ago, then began its steep descent by 1920, bottoming out in the early 1980s. But it started rising again about a decade ago. Today, it is one of the most popular baby names for girls in the US. A subtle flower name, this one means “purple.”
Other suggestions: Iris, Clara, Scarlett, Ivy
The second eldest of the Bridgerton siblings, Benedict yearns for something other than the endless round of dazzling parties he finds himself attending every evening. Instead, he wants to turn his artistic hobbies into a career! Benedict has Latin origins and means “blessed.” This name is making a comeback after falling from favor with new parents for 50 years!
Other suggestions: Edmund, Arnold, Basil, Arthur
Her Majesty, Queen Charlotte Sophia played by Golda Rosheuvel stole every single scene that she was in. It’s fine if you wanted to be her friend just to hang out with all of her Pomeranians because we certainly imagined just that! Charlotte is a classic name with French origins that means “free man.”
Other suggestions: Caroline, Cora, Elizabeth, Juliet
Portia Featherington is one tough cookie! We found her character rather endearing even though she was the definition of ruthless. Portia seems like a storied name because it is! Appearing in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar, the name was once beloved. We’d love to see this Latin name come back even though it does mean “pig.”
Other suggestions: Petra, Venus, Antonia, Jessamine
Sir Henry Granville is secretly in a relationship with Lord Wetherby. The two meet clandestinely during Sir Henry’s raucous parties and interact socially when they can. While this name is far from obscure, it is a perennial favorite for a reason! The name has German origins and means “estate ruler.”
Other suggestions: Theodore, Oliver, William, Leo
Marina Thompson is a distant cousin of the Featheringtons and we loved seeing her friendship with Penelope develop over the season, even though it was sometimes strained. Marina is a mildly popular name today and would not sound out of place in modern classrooms. Marina has Latin origins that mean “from the sea.”
Other suggestions: Miranda, Delphine, Callista, Paloma
Prudence, like Hope and Faith, is a Puritan virtue name with a quiet charm and sensitivity that is slowly returning to favor, though it hasn’t yet registered on the charts. This name means “caution.” Prudence Featherington could have used a touch more of that as she seemed to scare off many suitors at the start of the season.
Other suggestions: Piper, Gretchen, Gertrude, Constance
A highly in-demand, famed dressmaker “from France” who runs in circles far from Mayfair, Genevieve Delacroix’s character makes some of the most sumptuous costuming in Bridgerton. Genevieve is derived from the Germanic medieval name Genovefa, or Kenowefa, which consists of the elements kuni, meaning “kin”, and wefa, meaning “woman.”
Other suggestions: Josephine, Anastasia, Guinevere, Evangeline
Cressida Cowper is an ill-mannered debutante competing with Daphne Bridgerton for the affections of the most suitable suitors. We love to hate her! Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here. In fact, the name has never been popular in the US! Cressida has Greek origins that mean “gold.” Has a shine to it, right?
Other suggestions: Cassiopeia, Amaryllis, Isolde, Cornelia
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One of the most familiar German names, with an elevated Prussian impression. Friedrich might just have been out of style for long enough to start coming back in. This name means “peaceful ruler.” Freidrich, Prince of Prussia was smitten Daphne Bridgerton from the moment he saw her but remained a gentleman throughout their alliance.
Other suggestions: Calvin, Oscar, Edmond, Felix
Francesca Bridgerton, played by Ruby Stokes somewhat disappeared in the story of the season, but we imagine we will catch up with the sixth Bridgerton sibling soon enough. Francesca is the Italian form of Frances which means “free man.”
Other suggestions: Bianca, India, Lucia, Isabella
We absolutely despised the character Nigel Berbrooke who Daphne squarely knocked into his place. However, the character’s name transcends his devilish ways. Nigel is one of our favorite names that has Irish origins and means “dark.” The name fell out of the US top 1000 in 2010 and we hope new parents return to it soon. But, we would not blame you for steering clear of this appellation!
Other suggestions: Victor, Rupert, Chester, Claude
Not exactly known for her smarts or cleverness, Philipa is the middle Featherington child. She’s merely focused on one thing: finding herself a husband. While she might not have been your fave she certainly had a smart-sounding name. Philipa has Greek origins and means “lover of horses.”
Other suggestions: Rosamund, Cosima, Louisa, Agatha
Will Mondrich is a boxer and is his family’s main source of income. He took an offer from Lord Featherington to throw his match in exchange for enough money that it would sustain his family for a long time. You got to eat! Will is a form of William, a German name that means “resolute protector.” Fitting. This name has been in the top 10 in the US since record-keeping began in 1880.
Other suggestions: Daniel, Edward, James, Jack
Siena is an Italian place name and a color name referring to a ruddy “orange.” Siena Rosso is an opera singer who had a clandestine relationship with Anthony Bridgerton. We loved this character and her tenacity. Siena is currently as popular as ever before in the US.
Other suggestions: Savannah, Verona, Olympia, Mira
The Greek name of sixteen popes and fifteen saints, the gregarious Gregory became big in the US with the emergence of admirable actor Gregory Peck. Little Gregory is the youngest of the Bridgerton sons. We love this terror with a heart of gold. Gregory is a name with Greek origins that means “vigilant.”
Other suggestions: Gregor, Jeremiah, Jeremy, Joseph
Albion is a most unusual name that has Latin origins relating to Alban (St Alban). The name means “white” or “from Alba.” Albion was last popular in the US way back in 1893. Albion Finch came to the house of the Featheringtons to court Philipa. However, because of their lack of a dowry due to gambling, her father made up a rumor about Philipa and told it to Finch so he would stop courting her, leaving Philipa heartbroken.
Other suggestions: Ellar, Albert, Eldrid, Moray
Alice is a German name that means “noble.” As a British royal, Alice was Queen Victoria’s second daughter, the princess who shocked her Victorian mother by breastfeeding her baby. Alice Mondrich is the wife of Will Mondrich, a close friend of the Duke of Hastings. She is known to be not very subtle!
Other suggestions: Matilda, Cora, Jane, Andrea
Simon Basset played by swoon-worthy Regé-Jean Page is the perfect distillation of a “prince charming.” While he and Daphne Bridgerton share their highs and lows everything seemed to have worked out in the end. Is this person one of the most beautiful people to ever grace your TV screen? Probably! Simon is a Hebrew name that means “listener.”
Other suggestions: Samuel, Peter, Sebastian, Miles
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Wise beyond her years, Hyacinth is both singular and exuberant. The youngest Bridgerton sibling, she can’t wait to follow in her sisters’ footsteps and take part in the marriage mart. There will be plenty of time for that! Enjoy childhood! Hyacinth is our favorite name on this list as it seems almost exotic now. To the ancient Greeks, Hyacinth was, in addition to being a bluebell-like blossom, the name of a precious stone.
Other suggestions: Jacinta, Calypso, Ambrosia, Honora
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these regency baby names inspired by Bridgerton. Thankfully, the hit show has been renewed for another season and we can’t wait! If you love the TV series and are expecting a little baby (perhaps as a result of watching it with a partner), you could do no better than choosing these charming and classic names that still sound excellent today!
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