Imogen (given name)

Imogen (/ˈɪməən/), or Imogene (/ˈɪmən/), is an English-language female given name of uncertain etymology. It is chiefly used as a given name in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland. The spelling Imogene predominates in the English-speaking West Indies.

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Word/nameUnknown, possibly Celtic or Germanic
MeaningUnknown, possibly "maiden" or “girl”
Region of originEngland
Other names
Related namesImogene, Innogen (Ignoge, Inogene), Immy or Imi (nickname)


It is possible that the name Imogen may have originated as an accidental or purposeful misspelling of the name Innogen, itself a possible common Celtic name meaning "maiden" or "girl".[1] Innogen is known as the name of a legendary British queen and was supposedly wife to King Brutus and mother of Locrinus, Albanactus and Camber. The form Innogen is rare.[2]

However, Imogen was the name of a politically influential sister[3] of Rivallon I of Dol, a contemporary and ally of William the Conqueror during the Breton-Norman War.


In Australia, Imogen was the 35th most popular girls name from 2011 to 2013,[4] while in England and Wales it was the 34th most popular baby girl name in 2014.[5] As of July 2014, Imogen had never been in the top 1000 most popular baby names in the United States, with only 131 baby girls named Imogen in the US in 2013.[6] It was ranked 86th in popularity for baby girls in Scotland in 2007.[7]

List of known ImogensEdit

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References Edit

  1. ^ Norman, Teresa (2003). A World of Baby Names. Penguin. p. 131.
  2. ^ John Pitcher, 'Names in Cymbeline', Essays in Criticism, v. 43(1), 1993, specifically pp. 3-8; subscription required.
  3. ^ Marjorie Chibnall, ed. (1990). Anglo-Norman Studies XIII: Proceedings of the Battle Conference. p. 168.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Rebecca (5 May 2015). "Australia's top 10 baby names". News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 6 December 2015.
  5. ^ "The 100 most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2014 – the full list". The Guardian. 17 August 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016.
  6. ^ Redmond Satran, Pamela (9 July 2014). "The most popular baby names of 2014 so far are..." Today Parents. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016.
  7. ^ Behind the Name