Ladies and Gentleman's Names

Regency Blog
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We endeavor to never forget

Men's names have more variety since there are more examples available, and occasionally men were given names based on family surnames.

As we create our regency shows in the style of the venerable Jane Austen, we endeavor to never forget one of the basic rules of improv, namely to name all the characters in our shows and then remember those names throughout the performance! While we do at times take liberties and use modern names and places (gasp!), we do try our best to use actual regency names, particularly those that appear in Jane Austen's novels! Here are some names that come up often:

Real People’s Names

From https://www.jobev.com/regname.html

Women's Names

"There are fewer women's names to be gleaned simply because women appear less often in public documents....

  • Albina
  • Amelia
  • Anna/Ann/Anne
  • Augusta
  • Barbara
  • Caroline
  • Catherine
  • Cecilia
  • Charlotte
  • Diana
  • Dorothea
  • Eleanor
  • Eliza
  • Elizabeth
  • Ellen
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Esther
  • Florentia
  • Frances
  • Frederica
  • Georgiana
  • Georgina
  • Harriet/Harriette
  • Helena
  • Henrietta
  • Horatia
  • Isabella
  • Jane
  • Jean
  • Jemima
  • Jessie
  • Joanna
  • Julia
  • Juliana
  • Juliet
  • Katherine
  • Laura
  • Lilias
  • Louisa
  • Louisa-Margaretta
  • Lucy
  • Lucy-Anne
  • Lydia
  • Madalene
  • Margaret
  • Maria
  • Marianne
  • Martha
  • Mary
  • Mary-Anne
  • Patience
  • Sarah
  • Selina
  • Sophia
  • Susan
  • Theodosia
  • Uriana

Men's Names

Men's names have more variety since there are more examples available, and occasionally men were given names based on family surnames. However, there was a great preference for royal names: William, George, Henry, John, Edward, Charles. One has to wonder if the practice of calling men by their surnames was because there was more variety there than in the Christian names!

  • Adam
  • Adolphus
  • Alexander
  • Algernon
  • Allan
  • Americus
  • Andrew
  • Anthony
  • Archibald
  • Arthur
  • Augustus
  • Aylmer
  • Baldwin
  • Bamber
  • Barrington
  • Benjamin
  • Brook
  • Busick (I think Uriana and Busick would make a great couple!)
  • Carew
  • Cecil
  • Chaloner
  • Chapple
  • Charles
  • Coape
  • Colin
  • Cornelius
  • David
  • Donald
  • Duncan
  • Edmund
  • Edward
  • Erasmus
  • Ernest
  • Ewan
  • Felton
  • Francis
  • Frederick
  • George
  • Gerard
  • Gibbs
  • Gilbert
  • Graham
  • Guy
  • Henry
  • Herbert
  • Hervey
  • Hew
  • Hildebrand
  • Horace
  • Hudson
  • Hugh


  • Isaac
  • Jahleel
  • James
  • Jasper
  • Jeffrey
  • John
  • Jonathan
  • Joseph
  • Laurence
  • Lewis
  • Lodge
  • Loftus
  • Ludlow
  • Michael
  • Nash
  • Nathaniel
  • Neil
  • Nicholas
  • Norman
  • Oliver
  • Percy
  • Peregrine
  • Peter
  • Philip
  • Phineas
  • Ralph
  • Rawden
  • Richard
  • Robert
  • Rollo;
  • Sampson
  • Samuel
  • Snowley
  • Soulden
  • Stapleton
  • Stephen
  • Stratford
  • Thomas
  • Walter
  • William


References and for even more names: 

Women's Names in Bedford 

Regency-era names


Born and raised in the Midwest, Kate has been found and performs the perfect blend of her love of English literature and being on stage.