William Shakespeare was the greatest writer in the English language, and he created lots of impressive characters. When coming up to baby names, Shakespeare has a name for any personality, his characters range from the heroic to the romantic to the diabolical. Check out our selection of 20 Shakespearean baby names for your boys or girls that start with B.
Bagot - A favourite of Richard in Richard II.
Banquo - A captain in Macbeth who, with Macbeth, meets the three witches and hears their prophecies. He is later murdered on Macbeth's orders, but his ghost haunts Macbeth at a feast.
Bardolph - A follower of Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2. In The Merry Wives of Windsor he becomes a drawer for the Host of the Garter. He is hanged for stealing a pax in Henry V.
Barnardo - One of the soldiers who invite Horatio to see the ghost of Old Hamlet, in Hamlet.
Bassanio - The suitor who wins the heart of Portia in The Merchant of Venice.
Basset - A follower of the Duke of Somerset, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Bassianus - The younger brother of Saturninus, and is betrothed to Lavinia, in Titus Andronicus. Chiron and Demetrius murder him, laying the blame on Martius and Quintus.
Bastard - The Bastard of Orleans is one of the French leaders in Henry VI, Part 1.
Beatrice - A central character in Much Ado About Nothing. She falls in love with Benedick.
Benedick - A central character in Much Ado About Nothing. He falls in love with Beatrice.
Benvolio - A friend and kinsman of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
Berkeley - One of the two gentlemen accompanying Lady Anne, and Henry VI's coffin, in Richard III.
Berowne - A witty lord of Navarre in Love's Labour's Lost. He breaks his oath by falling in love with Rosaline.
Bertram - The Count of Roussillon in All's Well That Ends Well. He is married, against his will, to Helena.
Bianca - The younger sister of Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. She is loved by Gremio and Hortensio, and eventually marries Lucentio.
Blanche - The king's niece in King John, married to the Dauphin.
Boult - A servant of the Pander and the Bawd in Pericles, Prince of Tyre. He resolves to rape Marina, but is persuaded to help her to leave the brothel, instead.
Boyet - A French lord, is the Princess of France's personal assistant, in Love's Labour's Lost.
Brutus - Decius Brutus is one of the conspirators against Caesar in Julius Caesar.
Bushy - A favourite of Richard in Richard II.
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