Edgar Allan Poe names: Lenore, Ligeia, Prospero

Writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born 202 years ago today. To celebrate, let’s check out some of the names Poe used in his poetry, short fiction, and longer works:

Girl Names:

  • Ada
  • Alessandra
  • Annabel Lee
  • Berenice
  • Eleonora
  • Ermengarde
  • Evangeline
  • Eulalie
  • Fanny
  • Helen
  • Jacinta
  • Lalage
  • Lenore
  • Ligeia
  • Madeline
  • Morella
  • Ulalume (rhymes with tomb)

Boy names:

  • Arthur
  • Augustus
  • Baldazzar
  • Benito
  • Cornelius
  • Dirk
  • Egaeus
  • Ernest
  • Fortunato
  • Julius
  • Jupiter
  • Prospero
  • Richard
  • Rupert
  • Roderick
  • Ugo
  • William

I suppose we could include Raven and Usher as well, though technically Poe never used them as first names.

4 thoughts on “Edgar Allan Poe names: Lenore, Ligeia, Prospero

  1. I named my dog Poe. A lot of the males in my family have the middle name Alan/Allen/Allan, and it’s a running joke with us to call our pets as if they have that middle name too — so I call my dog Poe Alan when he’s in trouble. He’s four years old and it didn’t occur to me until I read this post that it’s sort of the reverse of Edgar Allan Poe! lol

  2. Israfel should probablt be on the male list (The Angel Israfel)

    He also wrote multiple poems that played with people’s names. Those were done by request. All of his works can be read (including letters) at: http://www.eapoe.org/

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