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Names of Shakespearean Characters

Shakespeare's works have been translated into every major living language, and his plays are continually performed all around the world. In addition, many quotations and neologisms from his plays have passed into everyday usage in English and other languages.

Names of just a few of the Characters from the works of Shakespeare

Female Characters

Aemelia (The Comedy of Errors)
Ariel  (The Tempest)
Bianca  (The Taming of the Shrew)
Calpurnia  (Julius Caesar)
Celia  (As You Like It)
Cordelia  (King Lear)
Desdemona  (Othello)
Dorcas (The Winter's Tale)
Eleanor  (King John)
Emilia  (Othello)
Gertrude  (Hamlet)
Gonerill  (King Lear)
Helena  (A Midsummer Night's Dream; All's Well That Ends Well)
Hermia  (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Hermione  (The Winter's Tale)
Hero  (Much Ado About Nothing)
Imogen  (Cymbeline)
Jacquenetta  (Love's Labour's Lost)
Julia  (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
Juliet  (Romeo and Juliet; Measure for Measure)
Katharina "Kate"  (The Taming of the Shrew)
Lavinia (Titus Andronicus)
Luciana  (The Comedy of Errors)
Mab  (Romeo and Juliet)
Margaret  (Much Ado About Nothing)
Maria  (Twelfth Night)
Miranda  (The Tempest)
Narissa (The Merchant of Venice)
Nell  (The Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry IV: Parts I and II; Henry V)
Octavia  (Antony and Cleopatra)
Olivia  (Twelfth Night)
Ophelia  (Hamlet)
Paulina  (The Winter's Tale)
Perdita  (The Winter's Tale)
Phebe (As You Like It)
Portia  (The Merchant of Venice; Julius Ceasar)
Regan (King Lear)
Rosalind  (As You Like It)
Silvia  (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
Tamora (Titus Andronicus)
Thaisa  (Pericles, Prince of Tyre)
Titania  (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Ursula (Much Ado About Nothing)
Viola  (Twelfth Night)
Virgilia  (Coriolanus)
Volumnia  (Coriolanus) 

Male Characters
Aaron (Titus Andronicus)
Alonzo  (The Tempest)
Amiens (As You Like It)
Angelo  (Measure for Measure; The Comedy of Errors)
Antigonus (The Winter's Tale)
Antonio  (The Merchant of Venice)
Archidamus (The Winter's Tale)
Balthazar  (The Comedy of Errors; Much Ado About Nothing)
Banquo  (Macbeth)
Barnardo (Hamlet)
Bassanio  (The Merchant of Venice)
Benedick  (Much Ado About Nothing)
Benvolio  (Romeo and Juliet)
Bertram  (All's Well That Ends Well)
Biondello (The Taming of the Shrew)
Caliban (The Tempest)
Camillo (The Winter's Tale)
Chiron (Titus Andronicus)
Claudio  (Measure for Measure; Much Ado About Nothing)
Corin (As You Like It)
Demetrius  (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Dumaine (Love's Labour's Lost)
Duncan  (Macbeth)
Edgar  (King Lear)
Edmund  (King Lear; Richard II)
Fabian (Twelfth Night)
Ferdinand  (Love's Labour's Lost)
Feste  (Twelfth Night)
Fleance  (Macbeth)
Florizel  (The Winter's Tale)
Fortinbras  (Hamlet)
Francisco (Hamlet)
Gonzalo  (The Tempest)
Hamlet  (Hamlet)
Henry  (Henry IV: Part I and Part II; Henry V; Richard II)
Horatio  (Hamlet)
Hortensio (The Taming of The Shrew)
John  (numerous plays)
Jourdain  (Henry VI, Part 2.)
Laurence  (Romeo and Juliet)
Leontes  (The Winter's Tale)
Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice)
Lucius  (Titus Andronicus)
Lysander  (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Malvolio (Twelfth Night)
Marcellus (Hamlet)
Menenius  (Coriolanus)
Mercutio  (Romeo and Juliet)
Oberon  (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Octavius  (Antony and Cleopatra; Julius Caesar)
Orlando (As You Like It)
Orsino  (Twelfth Night)
Osrick (Hamlet)
Othello (Othello)
Pedro  (Much Ado About Nothing)
Pericles  (Pericles; Prince of Tyre)
Peto (Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.)
Petruchio  (The Taming of the Shrew)
Philip  (King John)
Polixenes  (The Winter's Tale)
Pompey (Measure for Measure)
Prospero  (The Tempest)
Ragozine (Measure for Measure)
Reyneldo (Hamlet)
Richard  (Richard II; Richard III)
Roderigo  (Othello)
Romeo  (Romeo and Juliet)
Sebastian  (Twelfth Night)
Seyton (Macbeth)
Shylock (The Merchant of Venice)
Silvius (As You Like It)
Solinus (The Comedy of Errors)
Stephano (The Tempest)
Trinculo (The Tempest)
Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet)
Valentine  (Two Gentlemen of Verona)

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