Good names from Literature

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MortifiedAdams Wed 07-Aug-13 00:05:59

DD has a first name that is a character from Little Women (and Family Guy which we didnt realise til well after she was born). Her MN is "in Wonderland".

I read a lot as a child and still do and as well as loving the names, I like the literary connection.

I have no clue of what to name this baby - dont know yet if boy or girl - but part of me is so tempted to carry on the literaey theme.

Can you suggest me a few nice names that are from literature (almost obviously so)?

EnjoyEverySandwich Sat 24-Aug-13 01:14:22

Old gimmers like me do not think of Roald Dahl's Matilda, but Hilaire Belloc's.

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
The effort very nearly killed her,
And would have done so, had not She
Discovered this Infirmity.
For once, towards the Close of Day,
Matilda, growing tired of play,
And finding she was left alone,
Went tiptoe to the Telephone
And summoned the Immediate Aid
Of London's Noble Fire-Brigade.
Within an hour the Gallant Band
Were pouring in on every hand,
From Putney, Hackney Downs, and Bow.
With Courage high and Hearts a-glow,
They galloped, roaring through the Town,
'Matilda's House is Burning Down!'
Inspired by British Cheers and Loud
Proceeding from the Frenzied Crowd,
They ran their ladders through a score
Of windows on the Ball Room Floor;
And took Peculiar Pains to Souse
The Pictures up and down the House,
Until Matilda's Aunt succeeded
In showing them they were not needed;
And even then she had to pay
To get the Men to go away!

It happened that a few Weeks later
Her Aunt was off to the Theatre
To see that Interesting Play
The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.
She had refused to take her Niece
To hear this Entertaining Piece:
A Deprivation Just and Wise
To Punish her for Telling Lies.
That Night a Fire did break out--
You should have heard Matilda Shout!
You should have heard her Scream and Bawl,
And throw the window up and call
To People passing in the Street--
(The rapidly increasing Heat
Encouraging her to obtain
Their confidence) -- but all in vain!
For every time she shouted 'Fire!'
They only answered 'Little Liar!'
And therefore when her Aunt returned,
Matilda, and the House, were Burned.

EnjoyEverySandwich Sat 24-Aug-13 01:02:55

The name of the little girl in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' was Jean Louise, which I think is lovely. "Scout" was only a nickname, and is a dreadfully ugly name for a child.

out2lunch Sat 24-Aug-13 01:02:51

dcs not ds

argh

out2lunch Sat 24-Aug-13 01:02:23

both my ds have literary names
ds 'of arabia'
dd'in wonderland'

smile

LeoandBoosmum Sat 24-Aug-13 01:00:11

Sylvie...some French novel I read years ago.
I like the pseudonyms the Brontes wrote under:
IIRC Charlotte B was Currer Bell,
Emily B was Ellis Bell,
Anne was Acton Bell.
The Bronte brother was called Branwell which is quite nice in its own way.

Frikadellen Sat 24-Aug-13 00:49:37

I thought Juliet but I see it has been suggested.

others would be

Millicent Margaret Amanda, (aka Milly Molly Mandy)
Laura, Mary, Carrie/Caroline or even Nellie (Little house on the prairie)
Natasha, Sonya, Maria, Anna (war and peace)
Dorothea , Celia Rosamond (middlemarch- though Rosamond was not such a pretty character its a pretty name)

Billy/William (milly molly Mandy)
Charles, (little house on the prairie)
Nicholai (Nicholas?) Pierre - War and peace
Edward, James Arthue (middlemarch)

helsbells2609 Fri 23-Aug-13 17:02:48

Mine would be
Hester
Scout
Lyra
Velvet
Arya
Hazel

Brilliant quote from 30 Rock, 'There will never be a president Ashton, or a Dr. Katniss'

Ds2's middle name is Morrie, named after Morrie Schwartz from the book Tuesdays with Morrie. My favourite and most inspirational book of all time.

MrsOgg Mon 12-Aug-13 22:50:50

But don't tell her you named her after Tess of the d'Urbervilles! She has a horrible, horrible life! So depressing.

IslaValargeone Sun 11-Aug-13 15:12:07

Biff
Chip

MummyBeerest Sun 11-Aug-13 15:05:31

Love Tess for a girl, and to go with Meg is perfect! And I really like Meg and Matilda together.

I always liked Edwin (Charles Dickens' Edwin Drood) for a boy, or Benjamin (Bunny).

FromageFrog Sun 11-Aug-13 11:27:29

Tess is a fantastic name.

MsJupiterJones Sun 11-Aug-13 10:25:16

I also have a Lawrence, was thinking more 'D.H.' or 'of Arabia'.

LauraChant Fri 09-Aug-13 19:59:48

Sorensen for a boy from The Changeover (from whence my user name comes)

Sebastian from Brideshead (or the Veronica at the Wells series!)

MortifiedAdams Fri 09-Aug-13 19:51:42

Ok....adding to my name lists:
Nancy
Bridget
Tess (it goes perfectly with Meg!)
Matilda (is it odd to have two dds with the same initial?)
Juliet
Beatrix/ce
Lydia

Lawrence nn Laurie

grin

Takver Fri 09-Aug-13 19:44:45

Ruth nname Nancy? grin (more seriously, I love Nancy, and it always makes me think of S&A)

Turniptwirl Fri 09-Aug-13 19:22:58

Bronte
Tess (of the durbevilles)
Matilda (Roald Dahl)
Daenerys (game of thrones)
Arya (game of thrones)
Lyra (his dark materials)
Ayla (clan of the cave bear)
Bridget (jones' diary)
Ginny (Harry potter)
Audrina (Virginia Andrews)
Rosalie (twilight)

Roald (Dahl)
Darcy (mr)
Cory (flowers in the attic)
Dorian (grey)
Oliver (twist)
Diggory (narnia)
Dickon (secret garden)
Bran (game of thrones)
Jasper (twilight... Actually maybe not with an Alice)
Carlisle (twilight)

FixItUpChappie Thu 08-Aug-13 03:17:16

I considered Darcy for a boy and still like it a lot.

georgettemagritte Thu 08-Aug-13 02:00:24

Shakespearean names? Juliet, Rosalind, Celia, Marina, Miranda, Rosaline, Portia, Imogen, Beatrice, Hero, Helena, Hermia, Hippolyta (a bit out there but I do know one, nn Polly), Bianca, Katherine, Tamora, Perdita, Hermione, Dorcas, Emilia, Paulina, Desdemona, Cordelia, Isabella, Jessica, Lavinia, Mariana, Phoebe, Viola, Francisca, Adriana, Titania, Olivia....

Rhubarbgarden Wed 07-Aug-13 19:43:23

I love Arrietty.

itsnothingoriginal Wed 07-Aug-13 18:58:36

I have a DS called Laurie after Little Women and the wonderful Laurie Lee of course!

I also like:
Silas
Sebastian
Auberon
Gilbert
Oscar

And girls:
Anne
Perdita
Marilla
Iris

Random selection there smile

I have an 11 day old Caspian on my knee just now smile

If he'd been a DD he'd have been Lyra or Cressida. My middle child, DD has a literary name but from a random fantasy series of books so no one has ever heard of it!

BikeRunSki Wed 07-Aug-13 18:07:00

All the E Nesbit children too.
Topsy
Tim

BikeRunSki Wed 07-Aug-13 18:05:55

I was also named after my parents' mutual favourite literary character. Alice. Which is also dd' s middle name ( there is a much longer version of that story which shows I.am not totally self centered).

Boys - Christopher, Robin, William, Harry, Phillip/ Pip, Oliver, Jeremy (Fisher)
Girls - Pippy, Katie, Juliet, Helena, in fact all the rest of Shakespear.....

alicetrefusis Wed 07-Aug-13 16:27:54

<scans bookshelves at random>
Ummm
19th c and before:
Heathcliff
Hamlet
Jude (the obscure)
Guy (Crouchback)
Charles and Sebastian
Branwell
Siegfried (Sassoon)
Winston (Smith)

But probably not
21 century:
Kevin.
We don't want to talk about him.

Or how about

Blue
Rough
Lonely

Oh wait, wrong shelf. grin

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