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Bridgerton-Inspired Vintage Names from the 19th Century

Are you looking for a vintage baby name inspired by Bridgerton? This list of Bridgerton-inspired vintage baby names will help you in your search?

Bridgerton: Season One

Are you loving the new Netflix series, Bridgerton? How could you not? This fantastic historical (and very juicy) Netflix series is so much fun to watch, you may want to draw inspiration from it for a baby name. 

Bridgerton has selected some of the cutest vintage names from the past. Bridgerton is set in Regency England, and focuses on the Bridgerton family during the London season of 1813. The first book of the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn has been adapted into a hit Netflix show.

Most of the Bridgerton characters have perfectly proper English names, but there are a few anomalies (we’ll get to that later). If you’re looking for even more classic English baby names, click here.

Names of Bridgerton Characters

So let’s get down to the simply lovely list of Bridgerton characters:

Daphne

Daphne, of course, is the eldest daughter and protagonist of the first season of Bridgerton. This vintage name is veeeeeery old and comes from the Greek. In Greek mythology, Daphne was the name of a nymph and daughter of the river-god Penelus. 

Eloise

Eloise is the second oldest, and more forward-thinking Bridgerton sister. The name Eloise comes from Heloise, Saint Eloise, a 12th century saint. 

Hyacinth

Hyacinth is the youngest of the Bridgerton crew. A hyacinth is a type of the flower; it symbolizes sport or play.

Penelope

Penelope is one of the Featherington daughters and a close friend of Eloise. Penelope means ‘weaver’ in Greek. Penelope was the faithful wife who waited at home for Odysseus in the Odessy.

Marina

Marina is a distant cousin of the Featheringtons and a love interest of Colin Bridgerton. Marina is a Latin name, meaning ‘from the sea.’

Cressida

Cressida is a villain in the Bridgerton series, but her name is still perfectly lovely. Cressida comes from the Greek and means ‘gold’.

Sienna

Sienna is an opera singer and the love interest of Anthony. Sienna is a fairly modern baby name. It refers to the colour sienna, which is an reddish orange-brown. 

Charlotte

Meaning ‘petite’, this French name is the feminized form of Charles. Queen Charlotte, wife of George III was a major player in Bridgerton.

Philippa

Philippa is another of the Featherington sisters. Philippa is the female version of Phillip, and means ‘lover of horses’. Pippa is a trendy nickname for the classy Phillippa, making it a great nickname/name balance!

Prudence

Prudence is the final Featherington sisters. Prudence is a virtue name, and means ‘good judgement’. It comes from the Latin word, prudentia.

Genevieve

Genevieve is the first name of Mme. Delacroix, seamstress and ownder of The Modiste. Genevieve has roots in French or German, meaning ‘tribe woman’. It’s popularity peaked in the early 20th century, but is on the rise again today.

Portia

Portia is the first name of Mrs. Featherington, the scheming mama who is a neighbour of the Bridgertons. Portia is a Latin name and originally meant ‘pig’ or ‘doorway’. Portia was a prominent character in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. 

Violet

Violet is the name of the matriarch of the Bridgerton family. The name Violet comes from the purple colour, or the small purple flower. It’s been popular in Scotland since the 16th century and in England since the 19th century.

Francesca

Francesca is the third Bridgerton sister, who is not featured heavily in the first season of the Bridgerton series. Francesca is an Italian baby name. It is the female form of Franciscus, and means ‘from France’.

Rose

Rose is Daphne’s maid in the Bridgerton household. Rose is a classic and beautiful English name. Rose was brought to England by the Normans, it stems from the Germanic word meaning ‘horse’. It is also associated from the Latin word for ‘flower’ or ‘rose’. 

Lucy

Lucy is the wife of Simon’s friend, Will, the boxer. Lucy is the English form of Lucia and means ‘torch’ or ‘light’.

Male Brigerton-Inspired Names

Simon

Simon is the male lead in Bridgerton, and the love interest of Daphne. Simon is the Greek form of a Hebrew name meaning ‘he has heard’.

Anthony

Anthony is the eldest Bridgerton brother. Anthony comes from the Roman family name, Antonius. 

Benedict

Benedict is the second of the Bridgerton brothers. Benedict is a Latin name which means ‘blessed’. It first became well known with Saint Benedict in the 6th century. Benedict Arnold was a notable traitor in the American War of Independence, but presumably did not affect the name’s popularity in England.

Colin

Colin is the third Bridgerton brother. The name Colin is the Anglicized version of Coilean or Cailean. Colin originally comes from Scottish or Irish Gaelic and means ‘cub’ or ‘whelp’. Colin is a more unusual name for British nobility, but is still a dashing name, nonetheless (and fits nicely with the Bridgerton’s alphabetical naming patterns).

George

George is originally from the Greek and means ‘farmer’. King George III was mentioned frequently in Bridgerton and was featured in a few scenes with Queen Charlotte.

Gregory

Gregory is the youngest Bridgerton son. The name Gregory means ‘watchful, altert’. Gregory was a popular name among early Christians, including several popes and saints. 

Nigel

Nigel Berbrooke is a potential suitor of Daphne’s. Nigel is a medieval Latinized form of Neil, meaning ‘champion’.

Philip

Philip Crane is the brother of George Crane, a love interest of Marina’s. Philip comes from the Greek and means ‘friend to horses’. Philip is a classic vintage boy name that still holds up today.

Henry

Henry Granville is an artist who befriends Benedict. A Germanic name meaning ‘home ruler’. Henry was brought to England by the Normans and was the name of many English kings.

More Bridgerton-Inspired Names

If you like the feel of the Bridgerton names, but haven’t found quite the perfect name, check out these other vintage names, which are sure to be hits.

Bridgerton-Inspired 18th Century Names for Girls

Looking for a Bridgerton-inspired name for your baby girl? Here are some of my faves:

Adelaide

Adelaide (a German name meaning ‘noble’) is a more sophisticated and unique option than the more popular Addison, and you can still use Addy as a sweet nickname (click here for more old fashioned names with adorable nicknames).

Alice

Alice is an English baby name that originally stemmed from the German name Adelaide, meaning ‘nobility’. Alice is a simple, but pretty vintage name that isn’t overused. It became very popular after Alice in Wonderland was published in the 19th century, but has fallen in popularity over the past few decades. If you’re looking for a recognizable, but less common classy girl name, Alice might be perfect for you!

Amelia

Amelia means ‘industrious’. It’s a classic name that is rising in popularity again for the past few years.

Dorothea

Dorothea is a fancier version of Dorothy. It comes from the Greek and means ‘gift of God’.

Eliza

Eliza is a shortened form of Elizabeth. It is a classic name that has been used by royalty for hundred of years and still is popular today. It means ‘God is my oath’.

Georgia

The feminine form of George, famous 19th century painter Georgia O’Keefe bears this name. Georgia is lovely old fashioned English girls name that isn’t overused.

Josephine

Feminized form of Joseph, meaning may God increase’. Josephine is a lovely classic girls name which is still not overused (and a personal favorite of mine!). 

Lavinia

Lavinia is a Latin name meaning ‘woman of Rome’. Vinnie is a great, unisex nickname to pair with this very feminine name!

Olympia

Olympia comes from the Greek and refers to Mount Olympus, home of the gods in Greek mythology.

Philomena

Like Persephone and Percy, the pairing of the very dainty and uncommon Philomena becomes super cool with an androgynous nickname like Phil.

Theodosia

Theodosia has become more popular after Hamilton featured a song with the same name. It has Greek origins and means ‘God’s gift’.

Bridgerton-Inspired 18th Century Names for Boys

If you’re looking for some boy names that have the Bridgerton vibe, here you go:

Arthur

The meaning of the name Arthur is unknown, but is perhaps from the Celtic meaning ‘bear’ and ‘man’ or ‘king’. Arthur is the mythic king of Britain renown in legend.

Bernard

Bernard comes from Germanic and combines the elements ‘bear’ and ‘brave’.

Calvin

Calvin comes from the French surname Cauvin.

Clarence

Clarence was derived from a Latin title for members of the British family.

Edmund

Edmund can be a given name or surname. It comes from Old English and means ‘prosperous’.

Edwin

Edwin means ‘rich friend’ and comes from Old English.

Francis

Originally from the Latin name, Franciscus, this name means ‘Frenchman’.

Frederick

Frederick is the English version of a German name meaning ‘peaceful ruler’.

Hugh

Originally stemming from the Germanic, Hugh means ‘heart, spirit, mind’.

Issac

Issac is a Hebrew name meaning ‘he will laugh, he will rejoice’.

Jasper

From the Hebrew, meaning ‘treasure’. Jasper was one of the three wise men, or magi, who visited baby Jesus in the bible.

Lawrence

This two syllable name comes ‘from Laurentum’ (a city in the Roman Empire) in Latin. Lawrence is the Anglicized spelling of the name. 

Nelson

Nelson is an English name meaning ‘son of Neil.’

Oscar

Oscar is derived from Gaelic and means ‘dear friend’.

Philip

Philip comes from the Greek and means ‘friend to horses’. Philip is a classic vintage boy name that still holds up today.

Raymond

Meaning ‘advice’ and ‘protector’, Raymond has Germanic roots.

Richard

Richard is a popular traditional English baby name, originally meaning ‘brave power’ from Germanic. It’s been the name of a number of kings of England.

Silas

Silas is either a form of Silvanus, or a Greek version of the name Saul.

If you’re looking for more 19th century boy names, try this post.

I hope this list of Bridgerton-inspired 19th century vintage names helps you in your search for the perfect baby name!

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