The name Imogen is a girl's name of Celtic origin meaning "maiden". Imogen and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".
From the experts:
Imogen is a Shakespearean girls' name long fashionable in England, which temporarily lost its way here when spelled and pronounced ihm-oh-GENE. Pronounced the British way -- the initial i is short as in Kim, as is the final e as in Ken -- Imogen is as pretty and classy as it is distinctive. Imogen also gained attention through its link to Grammy-winning musician Imogen Heap.
Imogen seems to have originated as a Shakespearean printer's misspelling of the traditional Celtic name Innogen, used by him for a charming and impetuous character in one of his last plays, Cymbeline.
Though never in the American Top 1000, Imogen has gained a lot of favor in recent years among stylish parents, so you may find more little Imogens in your hip neighborhood than that statistic would suggest. In fact, Imogen recently displaced Charlotte as the breakout Number 1 among girl names on Nameberry for the first half of 2013. In England and Wales, the stylish Imogen is currently Number 42. It's the second most popular name on Nameberry.
Other pluses: Imogen has the wonderful namesake photographer Imogen Cunningham and also a meaning that can't be topped. Immy is the cute diminutive; in the book and movie Fried Green Tomatoes, the character Imogene's nickname was Idgie.
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