Imogen

Gender: Feminine
Origin: English
Meaning: “maiden; girl.”
(IM-ə-jən)

The name was popularized through Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline (1609), in which it is the name of the wife of Posthumus.

According to most sources, in particular the 1986 Oxford Edition, Imogen was either an intentional or accidental misprint of the Celtic, Innogen, which was derived from the Celtic word, inghean, meaning, “girl; maiden.”

As of 2010, Imogen was the 26th most popular female name in England/Wales. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 50 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
  • # 77 (Scotland, 2010)
Imogen has never ranked in the U.S. top 1000, its Italian form of Imogene, however, was in the top 1000 between 1880 and 1955. The highest she ever ranked was in 1927, coming in as the 158th most popular female name.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Imogene (English/Italian: Eng IM-ə-jeen; It ee-moh-JEY-ney)
  • Imogène (French: e-moh-ZHEHN)
  • Imogena (Polish/Spanish)

Common nickname options are Immy and Genny (pronounced like Jenny).

Notable bearers include American actress and comedienne, Imogene Coca (1908-2001), Australian model and actress, Imogen Bailey (b. 1977), American photographer, Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) and British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap (b.1977).

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Corinna

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “little maiden.”
Germ/Eng (koh-RIN-nah); Grk (koh-REEN-nah)

The name is from the ancient Greek Κοριννα (Korinna) which is derived from the Greek, κορη (kore), meaning “maiden.” There is the diminutive sufix of -inna attached, so it more likely means “little maiden” “little girl.” The name is related to Cora, a name which I will go further into in a seperate entry.

The name was borne by a 5th-century BCE Greek poetess and it is the name of the title character in Ovid’s Amores. It is also the name of the title character in Robert Herrick’s 17th-century poem Corinna’s going a-Maying.

Its French form of Corinne was popularized via the eponymous novel by Madame de Staël (1807)

As of 2009, Korina was the 73rd most popular female name in Croatia. While its French form of Corinne ranked in as the 728th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).

The designated name-day in Germany is October 22. The Corinna form is also used in Italy.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Korilla (Boetian)
  • Corinna (Catalan/English/Italian)
  • Korina Корина (Croatian/Czech/Latvian/Greek/Serbian/Slovakian/Slovene)
  • Corine (Dutch/French: koh-REEN)
  • Korinna Коринна  (German/Greek/Hungarian/Russian)
  • Corinne (French:  koh-RIN)
  • Corina (German/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian/Romansch/Spanish)
  • Coranna (Italian)
  • Corilla (Italian)
  • Korynna (Polish)
  • Koryna (Polish/Lithuanian)

There is a modern Greek masculine form: Korinos and an Italian masculine version of Corinno.

Parthenope

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “maiden voice”
Pronunciation (par-THEN-uh-PEE)
Παρθενόπη

In Greek mythology, it is the name of a nymph who seduced Odysseus, as well as the daughter of King Ancaeus of Samos. It is also the name of an Ancient Greek settlement in Naples

It was borne by Frances Parthenope Verney (1819-1890), writer, journalist and elder sister of Florence Nightengale.

Other unusual forms include:

  • Parthénope/Parthénopé (French)
  • Partenope (Serbo-Croatian/Italian)
  • Parténope (Portuguese: very obscure)