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First used by Shakespeare in Cymbeline, a misprint for Innogen, from Gaelic inghean (girl, maiden)


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (chiefly Britain) A female given name.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Cymbeline Act III, Scene V:
      I'll write to my lord she's dead. O Imogen!
      Safe mayst thou wander, safe return again.
    • 2010 Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took My Dog, Doubleday, ISBN 9780385608022, pages 83-84:
      She would have to change her own name as well, she'd never liked Tracy. Imogen or Isabel, something feminine and romantic. She supposed she didn't look like an Imogen. Imogens were middle-class Home Counties girls with long blonde hair and vaguely Bohemian mothers.