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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 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene v], page 385, column 1:
      Ile write to my lord ſhe's dead: O Imogen! / Safe mayſt thou wander, ſafe returne agen.
    • 2010 Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took My Dog, Doubleday, ↑ISBN, 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.