71 Gorgeous Regency Names To Inspire You

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Feb 16, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Apr 22, 2022
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Whether it be male or female characters, posts on British Regency-era names are extremely popular.

Some of the most popular female British Regency period names are Eleanor, Eliza, Elizabeth, Ellen, Emily, Emma, Margaret, Jemima, Sarah, Selina, Sophia, Susan, Mary, Charlotte, Georgiana, Ann, and Frederica, Georgiana, Helena, Henrietta, Diana, and Harriet. The most popular male names of the Regency era are Simon, Robert, Duke, Edward, Charles, George, Henry, George, William, John, and James.

Other popular names are Ruth, Sally, Grace, Hannah, Martha, Mary, Isabella, Jane, and Jean.

Read on for different Regency era names.

Regency Era Names

Unlike other ancient periods, the Regency era is mainly noted for its glamourous romances. Are you mesmerized by the beauty of those characters' romantic names in the Regency period?

Some of the popular names of the era are Eleanor, Eliza, Elizabeth, Ellen, Emily, Emma, Margaret, Jemima, Simon, Robert, Duke, Edward, Charles, George, and Henry. Here are some of the names you should check first Ruth, Sally, Grace, Hannah, Martha, Mary Isabella, Jane, and Jean. The other popular family names of the era are:

Isabella (Spanish and Italian origin), meaning 'God is my oath,' comes from the Hebrew name Elisheba, another form of Elizabeth. A common women's name.

Jean (French origin), meaning 'the gracious God,' refers to the faith in God.

Ruth and Sally (Hebrew origin), meaning 'compassionate friend' and 'princess.' Ruth is a biblical name and, Sally is known as the nickname for 'Sarah.'

Martha (Biblical origin) is the biblical name known for its popularity in the names of women.

Martha (Mexican origin), meaning 'mistress in the house,' is a biblical name that refers to the sister of Mary.

Mary (Hebrew name), meaning 'beloved,' is one of the common names in the Regency era.

Maria Marianne (Latin and French origin)are two popular Regency women's names.

Maria (Latin origin), meaning 'rebellious,' is mainly given as the middle name to boys and as a first name to girls.

Marianne (French origin), meaning 'beloved and grace,' is a combination of two words, Marie and Anne, combinedly from Marianne.

Owen (Irish origin), meaning 'youth,' is a male name that is derived from both Irish and Welsh names.

Christopher (Greek origin), meaning 'the bearer of Christ,' is one of the common namesused in biblical terms too.

Stephen (Greek origin), meaning 'crown,' is the favorite name in ancient Greece history.

Alexander (Greek origin), meaning 'the protector of the Homo sapiens,' is the one who protects humankind.

Aaron (Hebrew name), meaning 'strong,' and the Arabic version of Aaron is called the 'messenger.'

Nicholas (Greek origin), meaning 'the people’s victory,' is also a name used to refer to a Greek goddess who brings victory.

Moses (English and Jewish origin), meaning 'taken out,' is a biblical name of a person who brought ten commandments to mankind.

Michael (Hebrew origin), meaning 'no mankind will be like god,' says that no other people in the world could be like God. A common name for the Regency period.

Mary (Hebrew name), meaning 'rebellious,' refers to the life of Miriam, who was an enslaved person in Egypt.

Jane (English origin), meaning 'the gracious God,' is a girl name but can be given to any gender. Jane Austen is one of the most popular names of the era.

Anne (Hebrew origin), meaning 'merciful,' or 'God has favored me'.

Lucy (Latin origin), meaning 'light,' is given to the girl babies born at dawn.

Charlotte (French origin), meaning 'free,' refers to the feminine form related to Charles.

Ann (Hebrew origin), meaning 'grace,' the name of the Virgin Mary’s mother, has been one of the most famous baby girls’ names for centuries.

Margaret (German origin), meaning 'pearl,' is a very popular name during the Middle Ages.

Regency Last Names

Regency last names have to be chosen correctly and must relate to your first name. Some of the popular names of the era are Sarah, Selina, Sophia, Susan, Charlotte, Georgiana, Ann, George, William, John, James, Frederica, Georgiana, Helena, Henrietta, Diana, and Harriet. The most common last names used in the Regency era are listed below.

Agar (Gaelic origin), meaning 'gladness,' is one of the popular Regency names that is derived from the ancestor’s name, 'the son of Agar.'

Arnold (Germanic origin), meaning 'eagle power,' is derived mainly from two elements, the first is ‘arn’ (eagle), and the second is ‘wald’ (power).

Clark (Latin origin), meaning 'scholar,' refers to someone well-educated.

Davis (Welsh origin), meaning 'son of David,' is one of the most common surnames in the United States.

Daw (English, Irish, and Welsh origins), meaning 'the beloved one,' refers to the name David in the Hebrew version of Daw.

Harris (British and Irish origins), meaning 'son of Harry,' is a biblical name and is quite modern, mainly preferred by the kings in their times.

Turner (Normandy origin), meaning 'someone who makes objects using a lathe to turn them to a wood or metal.'

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Regency Female Names

Are you a parent looking for unique and elegant Regency names to name your cute little girl babies? Some of the popular options are Eleanor, Eliza, Elizabeth, Ellen, Emily, Emma, Margaret, Jemima, Frederica, Georgiana, Helena, Henrietta, Diana, Harriet, Sarah, Selina, Sophia, Susan, Charlotte, Georgiana, and Ann. Check some bubbly names below.

Agnes (Greek origin), meaning 'someone is pure or holy,' is also a Latin variation of the Greek word named 'Hagnes,' meaning 'chaste.'

Amy (Latin origin), meaning 'most-loved or beloved,' is an English name mostly used in the Middle Ages.

Augusta (Latin origin), meaning 'magnificent,' is a dignified name that refers to wealthy women.

Cecilia (Latin origin), meaning 'someone who is blind to own beauty,' has gained more popularity because of Saint Cecilia.

Dorothy (Greek origin), meaning 'the gift given by God,' is the heroine’s name in the children’s novel 'The Wonderful World of Oz.'

Fanny (Latin origin), meaning 'free,' is a diminutive version of 'Frances,' which means 'the women who were from France.'

Grace (Latin origin), meaning 'God’s grace,' is something that refers to beauty, generosity, and good-heartedness.

Jemima (Hebrew origin), meaning 'dove,' is the name given to Job’s first daughter in the 'Bible'.

Leah (Hebrew origin), meaning 'delicate,' is given to Laban’s daughter in the 'Bible'.

Matilda (German origin), meaning 'the battle mighty,' is one of the sweetest vintage names given to the girl babies.

Ruth (Hebrew origin), meaning 'companion,' is a biblical name where ruth was married to the son of Naomi.

Theodosia (Greek origin), meaning 'the God’s gift,' is an uncommon variant of Theodora.

Frederica (German, English Origins), meaning 'peaceful ruler,' is a feminine form of the German name Frederick.

Grace Hannah are the names that originated from Latin and Hebrew origin. Grace refers to the 'grace of God,' whereas Hannah refers to 'grace' or 'favor.'

Helena (Greek origin), meaning 'shining light,' is the Greek name variant of Helen and Eleanor.

Henrietta (German origin), meaning 'household ruler,' is a rare name that describes the power of women.

Popular Regency Names

Some of the popular Regency names are Ruth, Sally, Grace, Hannah, Martha, Mary, Isabella, and Jane. Here are some more popular Regency era names.

Eleanor (French and Greek origins), meaning 'light or warm-hearted,' is often given to the girl babies that refer to the future shining lights.

Eliza (Hebrew origin), meaning 'God’s oath,' is slowly becoming more popular among the parents to name their girl baby.

Elizabeth (Hebrew origin), meaning 'God is my oath,' is the most popular name in the New Testament.

Ellen (Greek and English origin), meaning 'moon,' refers to someone who has a good sense of humor.

Sarah (Hebrew origin), meaning 'princess,' is a biblical name who is the wife of Abraham.

Selina (Greek origin), meaning 'moon,' is the name that comes after the goddess of the moon named Selene.

Sophia (Greek origin), meaning 'wisdom,' was originally used at the time of the Middle Ages by European royalties.

Susan (Hebrew origin), meaning 'lily,' is Susannah’s short form and is popular among the girl babies.

Emily (Latin origin), meaning 'rival,' is one of the traditional feminine names.

Emma (Germanic word), meaning 'whole,' is something that says that the baby child of yours is your whole world.

Harriet (German origin), meaning 'ruler,' is someone who rules your home.

Louisa (Latin origin), meaning 'famous warrior,' relates to Louise, which holds the same meaning.

Duke (Latin origin), meaning 'leader,' is a boy baby’s name who has the leadership quality from the start.

Georgiana (Greek and Latin origin), meaning 'farmer or earth-worker,' is someone who quickly adapts to any surrounding environment.

Diana (Latin, Greek, and European Origins), meaning 'divine,' becomes more popular after the goddess Diana (the goddess of the moon.)

Regency Male Names

The following list shows some of the popular Regency male names you can make use of to name your boy babies. The popular name options of the era are Simon, Robert, Duke, Edward, Charles, George, Henry, George, William, John, and James. Are you excited to know what it will be? Check below.

John (Hebrew origin), meaning 'by the grace of God,' is a traditional name known for smartness, strength, and kindness.

George (Greek origin), meaning 'earth-worker,' derives from the original Greek name Georgios which means a farmer.

James (Hebrew name), meaning 'supplanter,' is one of the top boy baby names that has biblical roots in the 'New Testament'.

Henry (German origin), meaning 'the home-ruler,' is derived from two parts; Heim is called home, and Ric is called a ruler.

Simon (Hebrew origin), meaning 'reputation,' is one of the popular names derived from the biblical background.

Thomas ( Aramaic origin), meaning 'twin,' is said to be first used by Jesus that is recorded in the New Testament.

Robert (German origin), meaning 'bright fame,' is a very common name mostly given to the noblemen during middle age.

Edward (English origin), meaning 'wealthy guardian,' is derived from some old elements in English like ead (wealth) and weard (guard).

William (Germanic origin), meaning 'warrior of strong-willed,' is derived from ‘will’ which means desire, and ‘helm’ for protection.

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Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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