Children named after literary characters

(124 Posts)
HoneyandRum Sat 23-Feb-13 09:40:31

My friends eldest son age 8 is called Thorin after Thorin Oakenshield the head dwarf in The Hobbit.

noisytoys Sat 23-Feb-13 09:52:53

Great (but unusual)
DDs middle names are Chihiro (spirited away) and Ariel (The little mermaid). We wanted to give DD1 Chihiro as a first name but felt it was too unusual

curiousgeorgie Sat 23-Feb-13 10:50:04

Not very highbrow but DD1 is Matilda from Roald Dahl and DD2 will be Serafina from Northern Lights smile

I have an Alice, from Alice in Wonderland grin

OkayHazel Sat 23-Feb-13 15:24:10

I shall have four DSs and I shall name them:

and Brian

OkayHazel Sat 23-Feb-13 15:25:22

On a more serious note, I highly admire Septimus Hodge from Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. I would consider Septimus as a middle name.

PetShopGirl Sat 23-Feb-13 15:48:15

I have a Christopher, inspired by Christopher Robin.

Kyrptonite Sat 23-Feb-13 16:09:10

I love Albus blush

sooperdooper Sat 23-Feb-13 16:11:35

I would love to call a boy Heathcliff, but I'd never get that past DH!!

I have Charlie and Matilda. I only realised the link belatedly but I am pleased with it! Only problem is we are ttc and I don't like George, James, Danny, Sophie... What to do??

OkayHazel Sat 23-Feb-13 19:25:55

Fruitpastille I think DC3 needs to be Willy.

ellesabe Sat 23-Feb-13 19:27:24

I have a Jemima (puddle duck) smile

greenandcabbagelooking Sat 23-Feb-13 19:34:29

fruitpastille Boy?

I would love a DD called Lyra, I think it sounds so lovely. Feminine, but soft at the same time.

Ooh, we had Lyra on our girl list for DD but didn't quite dare. Can anyone remember the name of the boy in the Witches? I can't check at the mo!

kelda Sat 23-Feb-13 19:38:42

Oh I've always wanted a Bathsheba. And a Tess.

LynetteScavo Sat 23-Feb-13 19:39:18

I named DD after my favorite childhood book...initially only my sister clicked when I told her the name I'd chosen, but it's quite a rare book. My mum bought DD an original copy of the book (now out of print) at great expense.

SanityClause Sat 23-Feb-13 19:44:28

I always wanted to call my first DD Phebe after the character in Eight Cousins. But she I was pregnant, Friends was really big, and I worried everyone would think I'd got my inspiration from that. (I'm such a cultural snob, I know, and I really liked Friends at the time! confused)

So, she is not called Phebe, and I regret that, a little, now.

SanityClause Sat 23-Feb-13 19:46:57

Not Tess, kelda, she was so wet.

But Bathsheba was great. And Gabriel Oak? Phwoooarr! I'd do him!

SLVC Sat 23-Feb-13 21:09:16

The name of boy in The Witches is never revealed IIRC.. So problem sorted, just don't name the baby..

curiousgeorgie Sat 23-Feb-13 21:11:58

The boy in the witches is Luke.. Lucas I think x

stargirl1701 Sat 23-Feb-13 21:13:03

I liked Matilda and Charlie but DH not keen.

SLVC Sat 23-Feb-13 21:19:53

curiousgeorgie He's only Luke in the film, not the book, so wouldn't count as literary..

Happysurprise Sat 23-Feb-13 21:55:24

curiousgeorgie I love Serafina (the character and the name) and also Lyra.

Don't know the sex yet but I like Bernice (Bernie or Bea for short) for a girl. Its from a book I read when I was at school Bernice bobs her hair by Scott Fitzgerald. EVERYONE without exception has hated it so far.

Have my pregnancy hormones sent me completely mad? Does anyone like it at all? I thought it sounded a little French/Sophisticated and a bit cheeky tomboy at the same time?

gingeme Sat 23-Feb-13 22:58:42

my name is Wendy from Peter Pan smile smile

Anjou Sun 24-Feb-13 04:45:26

DS1's middle name is Kit (named after Kit Marlowe - so playwright rather than character ) and DS2's middle name is Constantine, after John Constantine (from the Hellblazer graphic novels).

I'm a huge His Dark Materials fan, so like the thought of using a name from that. Both Lyra & Serafina are very pretty, and we considered Stellamaris (a variation of Stelmaria) for a DD. probably wouldn't go for Metatron though. grin

ScumbagCollegeDropout Sun 24-Feb-13 06:04:27

noisytoys DD2 was very nearly Chihiro smile

Her middle name is Violet named after Lemony Snickett.

ScumbagCollegeDropout Sun 24-Feb-13 06:07:36

Urgh ignore that extra 't' hmm

CheerfulYank Sun 24-Feb-13 06:20:31

Sanity I love Eight Cousins! I haven't thought of that book in ages.

No literary references here, but I would like some! I'm having a DD in May and should think of one for her middle name. I really like Jo March...Anne Shirley...Elizabeth Bennet...and one undersung one, I feel, is Jane from Jane of Lantern Hill. Anyone else love her?

Also some recent favorites are Catherine (as in Called Birdy smile ) and Alys from the Midwife's Apprentice.

WickWackThurso Sun 24-Feb-13 06:33:11

Lynette - what's the name/book?

My dds have first names we just like, and family middle names. I always loved Hepzibah from Carrie's War, and Kizzy from The Diddakoi - but dh said no!

flubba Sun 24-Feb-13 06:36:58

I wanted 'Elfin' from Cold Comfort Farm. DH saw sense smile

fruitypie Sun 24-Feb-13 09:53:37

We're having a girl but if we were having a boy I was prepared to fight tooth and nail with DH for the name Holden as in Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the most favourite name (and book) of all time smile

juniper9 Sun 24-Feb-13 15:39:02

My DP wants Atticus. If it's a boy, I might relent and use it as a middle name, but there's no way I'm calling for an Atticus across the playground.

Phineyj Sun 24-Feb-13 15:45:23

Bernice Bobs Her Hair is a wonderful story, but you might regret it when DD is old enough to read it and decides to take similar revenge on anyone she doesn't like!

FaceLikeAPickledOnion Sun 24-Feb-13 17:26:53

Ds2's middle name is Morrie, named in memory of Morrie Shwartz, From (my favourite book of all time) Tuesdays with Morrie.

Ilovecheeseandlovinglife Sun 24-Feb-13 17:58:13

I have a Fern from Charlottes web smile x

I am named after a LOTR character and all my dds have Shakespearean names.

I have an Anne from Green Gables smile. Family name, so that is why I didn't go for Cordelia.

TeamEdward Sun 24-Feb-13 18:11:38

I wanted to call DS1 Diggory from C.S Lewis's The Magician's Nephew. DH vetoed it, and again for DS2. I love it!

Purplecatti Sun 24-Feb-13 19:22:48

DD is named after Mr darcy's sister. I love that book

SneezySnatcher Sun 24-Feb-13 19:34:14

TeamEdward I really want Diggory for this baby. I love it so much. I have six weeks to convince DH.

BikeRunSki Sun 24-Feb-13 19:50:39

I am Alice after Alice in Wonderland. My father collected everything he could by and about Lewis Carols and was bordering on the obsessive ecxentric. He had a few boys before he got me, although none is called Lewis or Charles (LC real name was Charles Dodgson).

Cornwall73 Tue 26-Feb-13 03:23:29

I am a big Anne of Green Gables fan and would love to name our twins after characters in the book: current favourites are Gilbert, Walter, Marilla and Anne but DH is likely to veto all of them!

TeamEdward Tue 26-Feb-13 08:38:52

I'm badgering DH for dc3. I doubt I'll get a baby, let alone Diggory!

Sephy Tue 26-Feb-13 08:59:40

Dig gory is beautiful.

My favourite ever books are Chalet School. Not sure I could persuade DH for Josephine though... Loving Anne though, or a Rilla.

This is a very good thread for me, currently completely out of good ideas for DC1.

Sephy Tue 26-Feb-13 09:01:07

Stupid IPhone

Kveta Tue 26-Feb-13 09:10:54

I'm named after my mum's favourite author (who wrote Lark Rise to Candleford). A friend has a DS called Atticus.

Both my DC have names of characters in books I've read and liked, but that wasn't why I chose their names IYSWIM - just coincidence.

bebejones Tue 26-Feb-13 09:12:47

I am named after a character in the book my mum was reading when I was born!

If I ever had another girl I would love to call her Arya (Game of Thrones), and I think DH could be swayed on that one! I also like Heloise, but he would definitely say no to that!

Blipbipbeep Tue 26-Feb-13 09:17:07

I have Jude the Obscure

I believe that my name came from Hardy too but I don't know which book

TheBookofRuth Tue 26-Feb-13 09:17:13

I would love Atticus if I had a boy juniper but my DH has vetoed it, so if we do ever have a son he'll probably be Sam - which I can live with because I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld and Sir Samuel Vimes in particular.

If we have another girl she'll probably get Alice, but tbh I would prefer Sylvie, from a lesser known Lewis Carroll book (Sylvie and Bruno), or Hester from an L.M Montgomery story. DH prefers more classic names though - hence Alice and Sam.

DD has a biblical name - two, actually - so I guess that's sort of literary!

MmeGuillotine Tue 26-Feb-13 09:17:46

My eldest son is Felix Gideon after my two favourite male characters from Georgette Heyer novels and my second son is Oscar Sebastian after Oscar Wilde and Lord Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead Revisited. smile

MmeGuillotine Tue 26-Feb-13 09:18:27

It's become a family tradition though as I'm named after a character from Gone with the Wind.

Scarlett after Scarlett O`Hara in Gone with the Wind smile

MmeGuillotine Tue 26-Feb-13 09:21:00

Glad to see some more Diggory love as well! I badly wanted to call DS2 Diggory but my husband was having NONE of it, even though he is the CS Lewis fan not me.

I also liked Soren (Soren Lorenson!), Jude and Gabriel.

When I was younger I wanted to use Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables) and Kizzy/Keziah (The Diddakoi). And I like Lyra but there are just too many L--a names in the family already.

Reality Tue 26-Feb-13 09:24:01

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Limelight Tue 26-Feb-13 09:27:48

DS is Frederick, partly for Captain Wentworth from Persuasion. Because the character is honourable, persistant, and constant. You see we thought about this!

DD is Anwen and I can't tell you how many people have nodded at me in a knowing way and said 'Lord of the Rings fan then?' To be fair to them it is very close to Arwen.

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choceyes Tue 26-Feb-13 09:34:46

juniper9 - well I have a 4yr DS called Atticus and I've never had a negative reaction to his name. So many people have said what a wonderful name it is for a boy and I've never had anybody going...errr what? Maybe depends on where you live. We live in a multicultural area in a city centre, and there are far more unusual and unheard of names around here. I would feel totally comfortable shouting his name in the playground grin. But I guess if most kids were called Harry, George and Jack, then I guess Atticus might stand out a bit.
But honestly it is a lovely name and we've never regretted it for a second!

alexandrageddes Tue 26-Feb-13 10:02:08

I adore Atticus, it was my first choice for my son, but my DH wavered at the last second and we went for Arthur instead, but just love it and all if its connotations! My little girl is called Ophelia, but hopefully not quite as tragic as her literary namesake!

DD is Elizabeth after....

The very famous literary character with the same name.

Miss Elizabeth Wakefield of Sweet Valley High fame.


Not really, she's named after Miss Bennet of course. grin

3monkeys3 Tue 26-Feb-13 11:04:40

I am called Pip (Philippa) after the male protagonist of Great Expectations! My mum obviously didn't care that I was the wrong gender! That said, I do like my name, and I am glad she didn't go for Estella instead!

3monkeys3 Tue 26-Feb-13 11:05:08

My dc all also have names from books, but I will totally out myself if I say what they are!

MrsHBaby3 Tue 26-Feb-13 11:11:52

We like Amelia if baby3 is a girl.. anyone remember Naughty Amelia Jane?

MotherOfCora Tue 26-Feb-13 12:33:22

DD is Cora; she wasn't exactly named after the character in Last of the Mohicans , but DH was reading it at the time and it probably led us to consider it when it might not have come to mind otherwise.

badtime Tue 26-Feb-13 13:42:39

My hypothetical daughters are called Constance (from the Three Musketeers) and Rowena (from Ivanhoe). I like 19th-century historical adventure stories.

12ylnon Tue 26-Feb-13 16:34:36

Love the name Thorin! DS named our kitten Thorin.
If DS2 was a girl, she would have been called Arya (Song of Ice and Fire aka Game of Thrones).
Love Harris for a boy (3 men in a boat).

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 26-Feb-13 16:48:54

MmeGuillotine, I was admiring your choice of names and then realised I know you for real (used to be Clotilde).

My son's middle name is Alexander after Alexander the Great as written ny Mary Renault.

I didn't use the name, but seriously considered Linnet from the Green Knowe books for a girl.

lyrasdaemo Tue 26-Feb-13 18:11:28

I have a Lyra :-D

mrsmindcontrol Tue 26-Feb-13 18:29:59

Mme Guillotine. I have a Felix & Oscar for exactly the same reasonS. Wow.

StellaNova Tue 26-Feb-13 18:37:43

Yami, I also have an Alexander, this one after the character in Children of Green Knowe, and I am always trying to big up Linnet on these boards. No girls so I can't use it.

I remembered a couple of others I wanted to use -- Sorrel from the Noel Streatfeild book Curtain Up and Charis from the Georgette Heyer book Frederica (the latter not after the character specifically, but it was the first time I'd encountered the name and I liked it).

MmeGuillotine Tue 26-Feb-13 18:45:58

mrsmind wow, at last someone who doesn't give me a weird look about loving Georgette Heyer THAT much! Do you get people making 'hilarious' jokes about The Odd Couple as well? I'd never heard of such a thing until after I'd named the second one and it was too late!

Yami, ooh hello! Well, you know all about my love for Green Knowe. ;)

MmeGuillotine Tue 26-Feb-13 18:47:42

I almost got lumbered with Cleone after a character from another Heyer book but managed to dodge that bullet. Just about. smile

RatHammock Tue 26-Feb-13 18:53:24

My daughter is named India after a character in Gone with the Wind. She would've been Scarlett but that had become too popular by the time she was born. Her middle names are Juliet as in Romeo and Juliet and Elizabeth after Miss Bennett.

Lastofthepodpeople Tue 26-Feb-13 18:53:35

Looks like I'm not the only one who wanted an Atticus but was thwarted by a DP's veto grin
Although DS is two and after we agreed on a name neither of us was crazy about, he admits we should have gone for Atticus

Hethersett or Merrivale, by the way? grin

Cornwall73 Tue 26-Feb-13 18:54:13

After reading this thread I am seriously contemplating Alexander and Atticus if the twins are boys!! I love the books and names suggested here.

Just curious, are there any Paulines, Petrovas and Posys as in Ballet Shoes?

DrRanj Tue 26-Feb-13 18:55:42

My daughter is Scarlett (as in O'Hara). I really like Gabriel for a boy (as in Oak) but dp would never go for it!grin

MmeGuillotine Tue 26-Feb-13 18:56:46

Hethersett of course! Although I'm very fond of the Merivale version too. smile

Gideon is of course after the dreamy Captain Gideon in The Foundling. He REALLY deserved his own book!

mrsmindcontrol Tue 26-Feb-13 19:08:00

Yes, The Odd Couple..! I'd never heard of it either. It's either that it asking why I've named them after cats.
DS3 is Charlie, after Charlie Brooker. Slightly less legendary but literary nevertheless.

CreepyCrawly Tue 26-Feb-13 19:12:07

DD's middle name is Scout. Her first name is the female in Oliver Twist, but not named after her.

Love Atticus (and Jeremy!) for a boy but think it might be a bit much. Also love Ophelia for a girl.

MmeGuillotine Tue 26-Feb-13 19:13:13

My elder boy (Felix) started making fun of the younger (Oscar) the other night for being named after a dog food. Which was kind of ironic really. Poor thing.

Minty82 Tue 26-Feb-13 19:23:57

I really want a Marianne, as in Sense & Sensibility (and the Leonard Cohen song) but I'm not allowed one. Pout.

I'm thrilled to hear that other people love The Diddakoi! I did briefly try to dangle Kezia in front of DH (it's biblical!) but he wouldn't even contemplate it...

kelda Tue 26-Feb-13 19:23:58

grin at MmeG

tiredteddy Wed 27-Feb-13 00:12:31

ilovecheese I have a 6 week old Fern from charlottes web. Beautiful name. Her middle name is Matilda too.

1944girl Wed 27-Feb-13 00:21:05

My brother is called Gavin.My mother ,when pregnant with him, went to see a film called ''The Cruel Sea'' which was quite big that year (1953), and there was a character in it with the name Gavin.She took a fancy straight away-to both the character and the name.

CookiecutterShark Wed 27-Feb-13 00:47:17

I have a Tess and am also named after a book 'Katherine' by anya seton :-)

My dogs are Bethan from the Snow Spider and Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia.

LineRunner Wed 27-Feb-13 00:57:25


are the characters in the novel I will never write, if anyone's remotely interested.

1944girl I love The Cruel Sea. It's still on the tv on Sunday afternoons occasionally.

MmeGuillotine Wed 27-Feb-13 09:22:49

I've always been a bit surprised that I wasn't named after Katherine actually as my grandmother (who named and raised me) was a HUGE fan of Anya Seton's book and Katherine Swynford is my great x bazillion grandmother.

Xiaoxiong Wed 27-Feb-13 13:15:29

DS was very nearly Titus (from Gormenghast) but in the end he just didn't look like a Titus.

Apparently DH was a whisker away from being named Gawain.

For DC2 I am seriously considering Beren (Tolkien) or a name that can be shortened to Tolly (I don't think I could stretch to Toseland). Linnet is also a definite option for a girl.

LineRunner is your novel set in Cornwall? Those names scream Kernewek to me.

RedJeans Wed 27-Feb-13 13:21:12

I've always wanted to call a future daughter Kestrel after the heroine in The Wind on Fire trilogy, absolutely love it!! And like Kess as a nn. But doubt I'll be able to wangle that one.

Also think Sherlock would be a fabulous middle name grin

cryhavoc Wed 27-Feb-13 13:25:02

DD would have been Atticus had she been a boy. Her middle name is Harriet. It's tenuous enough that H doesn't realise that's after a book character, and you'll probably only guess if I tell you that the dog is called Sirius...

notsoperfect Wed 27-Feb-13 22:48:47

I've got a Flora after Flora Post in Cold Comfort Farm. I'm hoping she'll be able to knock sense into our family once she grows up. :-)

MortifiedAdams Wed 27-Feb-13 22:50:39

My DD is Meg (Little Women), and has a literary MN Alice too.

I would like to continue the theme.

CharltonHairstyle Thu 28-Feb-13 07:26:11

I have a Heidi...from Heidi :-)

melhm Thu 28-Feb-13 18:44:05

We've just had ds2 on sat and called her lyra after my great grandmother. Didn't know the literary connection til a midwife mentioned it. Though to be fair gg's name was spelt leirah but we felt the pronunciation would cause probs and ds1 (Freya) would struggle to get it right. We thought we'd picked an unusual name it looks like it will get popular now :-/

WhiteHairReally Thu 28-Feb-13 21:45:11

Edmund - another Narnia groupie, although other literature minded members of the family did object as the Edmund in King Lear is a baddy - a bit of a sexy baddy however. More exciting than Edgar. Edmund Pevensie isn't exactly a hero either.

twentyfourcarat Fri 01-Mar-13 09:51:43


billy - the giraffe, pelly and me / the minpins
robert / lee - the vicar of nibbleswicke
alife - esio trot

quentin, blake?

TheYamiOfYawn Fri 01-Mar-13 09:58:43

My sister's middle name is Keziah, but from a Katherine Mansfield story.

breadandbutterfly Sun 03-Mar-13 13:24:58

Love Meg and Edmund.

DS is Conrad,a family name but also after Joseph Conrad, Dh's favourite author.

A1980 Sun 03-Mar-13 17:59:21

Diggory from the Magicians Nephew...?

PrincessOfThemyscira Sun 03-Mar-13 18:16:16

Oh I love Tolly/Toseland too! But I'm still after Diggory... wink

My DD is Darcey Elizabeth. She was 6 weeks old when we realised the P&P connection blush

Our current favourite as yet hypothetical boy's name is George Elliott. It goes so well with our surname. But we really, really can't do that. Can we?

Eggsmummy Sun 03-Mar-13 22:52:00

I have a beautiful Florence, named straight from The Magic Roundabout, took all my strength not to name DD2 Ermintrude, it really would have suited her too....

My dd's nickname ( which is used more than her given) is Vivi, after Viviane Abbott Walker from The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
I really wanted to call DS either Titus or Troy, but both names were vetoed by ex-h. He ended up with something that really suits him anyway, so never mind!

sparklechops Mon 04-Mar-13 18:12:31

My dd is Marianne. Guess which Jane Austen book I was reading during pregnancy!

Sense and Sensibilty by any chance?

saintmerryweather Mon 04-Mar-13 18:30:34

I will use edith if i have a girl (children of the new forest) also really like ronica as my grandad is called ron, might have tk use it as a middle name. name is a robin hobb name

CrunchyFrog Mon 04-Mar-13 18:33:25

I have an Elijah named after Elijah Baley in the Asimov robot novels. grin

Bathsheba Mon 04-Mar-13 20:24:02

I have a Tess. DH wouldn't let me use Bathsheba..!!

thegreylady Mon 04-Mar-13 20:36:11

I love Merrily from the Phil Rickman books about Merrily Watkins.
Devin from Tigana and Jaxom from The White Dragon
Sadly no more dc or dgc for me but I love those names.

Dd named Miranda but she should have been called tempest.

Minty82 Mon 04-Mar-13 20:49:26

Ooh yes, Yami, that was the other appeal of Kezia(h). It was one of the names KM used to refer to herself wasn't it?

sparklechops I'm [envious] that you were allowed to use Marianne, but very glad to hear there's a little one about!

SorrelForbes Mon 04-Mar-13 20:52:44

I'd have to go for something from a Noel Streatfeild book of course! I'd love to call a DD Posy but would I be brave enough?

It's a very sweet name, perhaps as a shortening of something else? Priscilla perhaps?

INeverSaidThat Mon 04-Mar-13 23:02:46

DS1 is Oscar after Oscar in The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. Oscar decides, with good reason, to stop growing up when he is 3 years old.

It's a great book and the film is not bad either.

(The nieghbours dog was called Oscar too confused )

iclaudius Wed 06-Mar-13 00:15:39

Sorrell my ds s would all have been Posy from Noel streatfield instead I had to make do with Theo from the same

iclaudius Wed 06-Mar-13 00:16:14

Nestor from many a Shakespeare

SorrelForbes Wed 06-Mar-13 00:25:52

Theo! I love that. What was Madame's first name?

SorrelForbes Wed 06-Mar-13 00:26:34

Of course there's Sylvia, Lydia, Gemma, loads!

iclaudius Wed 06-Mar-13 00:34:52

Was she Thea or am I imagining that

SorrelForbes Wed 06-Mar-13 00:46:44

No, definitely Theo.

SorrelForbes Wed 06-Mar-13 00:47:31

No, definitely Theo (Dane I think)

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