Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Top 10 Literary Baby Names

OK, those of you who know me well know I love names. I buy Baby Name Books for fun. I used to have a baby name blog but it was neglected and died a sad and lonely death (small moment of silence for the poor name blog).

I suspect my family members are going to read this post and breath a sigh of relief that my children are not actually named some of these things. {smile} Also, my list is strictly for girls because, well, that's what we have and all we are likely to have.

1. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings (specifically The Two Towers). Tolkien has some great names but this is my favorite. I actually wanted to name our youngest this, but as it started with the "wrong" letter and was the "wrong" length, Prince Charming said no. I still think it's beautiful.

2. Elinor from Sense and Sensibility. Spelled exactly this way and for this character, no other historical Elinor, thank you very much.

3. Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. OK, first of all: this is just about my least favorite Shakespeare story (I have little patience for teenagers mooning about) but the name is beautiful. I wanted to use this for my second daughter's middle name but Philip didn't go for it. (Are we noticing a theme here?)

Actually, I do have a daughter named after a Shakespearean heroine. But not Juliet.

4. Briony from Atonement. Don't like the character, the book or the movie but I think the name is beautiful.

5. Emma from Emma. Love this one but it is way too popular right now. However, we do have a daughter with a similar name. Elizabeth is another great Austen name (also biblical). Anne is a similar thing (both the Austen heroine named that or the eponymous Montgomery books) - sweet and simple but a little too plain.

6. Josephine from Little Women. The classic. Josie or Jo are both adorable nicknames.

7. Yvaine from Stardust. Tried to figure out how to name our fourth daughter this but -again - my husband didn't go for it.

8. Felicity from Felicity or The Story Girl. Beautiful name that means joy, happiness, or fortune.

9. Laura from Little House in the Big Woods. I love this name and not just because I have a sister named this. Also like the name Grace (Laura Ingall's little sister), which we've used for one of our daughters.

10. Tess from Tess of d'Urbervilles or Nell from The Old Curiosity Shop. Don't like the books or the characters but love the names. Spoiler: if God gives us another little girl one of these names could show up as a middle name. Just giving you advance notice there.

Others: I love Isolde. Prince Charming is not so sold on it (um, no pun intended, I guess). But, as I say, if we have more daughters it could come up again. Also, literary names after authors like Auden, Austen, Alcott or Harper would be interesting but there is no way we're going to use any of them.

That's why I like writing fiction, I guess. I get to name my characters whatever I want.

What literary names would you use (or have you used already)? Come read other lists (or add your own) at Top 10 Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. More Top 10 Tuesday lists at Oh Amanda.

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Elisabeth said...

First of all, I can't even pronounce some of these names!
Second, why do the husbands have so much say in the naming of our children?! Brad named both of our girls, I named the boy.
Third, does this mean you are already thinking about baby #5?
Lastly, some of these names were considered for our girls (Juliet and Emma) but not because of any book I had read.

Jeni said...

Back when I was a teenager, I decided that my first daughter would be Emma Jane. Little did I know that the name "Emma" would become ridiculously popular. As a Jennifer born in the late 70s, I didn't want my daughter to have the same name as half of her friends. And so, alas, my daughter is NOT named Emma Jane.

Amy said...

What a fun post! A mirror-image to you, I do not even look at girl names with the possibility of them ever being in our family.
Our theme started out as names from the 50's with the first two, but we abandoned that with number three. So far every kid has an 'L' in the middle of their name, but we'll see if we stick with that or not.
I'm with Elisabeth, I can't pronounce all your list either. Can we have a pronunciation guide? ;)

Andrea said...

Beautiful names!

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MacKenzie said...

Well of course I agree with #2 because that is Lucy's middle name (the whole part, no she is not named after any president's wife!) - although I really don't like it as much as a first name.

And I love Emma but I named my dog that and even though she has since passed, I can't name my daughter after my now deceased dog without feeling weird.

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