Good names from Literature

(73 Posts)
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)?

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Wed 07-Aug-13 00:20:24

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MortifiedAdams Wed 07-Aug-13 00:25:04

Thanks Angus I love it so.much! But do feel like Ive used up two great names on one girl.

Excellent girls list, but I think using another LW name might be taking the biscuit. I agree, Boys names are harder.

I feel aswell that Meg is a LW name, where as some literary names, well, it jist doesnt come to.mind when the name is said.

The only one I can think of is Juliet - the mind automatically goes to Romeo and Juliet.

MortifiedAdams Wed 07-Aug-13 00:25:35

Hmmm....didnt ever think of the Narnia children - may have to incorporate one of their names in.

Onyabike Wed 07-Aug-13 00:26:03

Hester (Prynne)
Charlotte (Web)
Julia (1984)

MartyrStewart Wed 07-Aug-13 00:26:49

Atticus or Scout.

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Wed 07-Aug-13 00:30:14

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Rummikub Wed 07-Aug-13 00:31:49

I always liked the name and character laurie from little women.

MortifiedAdams Wed 07-Aug-13 00:33:05

What about Beatrix? I know she was an author rather than a character but the name instantly draws me to her?

I want a name like Hermione without actually being Hermione. Something intrinsically that character when you hear it.

MortifiedAdams Wed 07-Aug-13 00:33:35

YEs I do like Laurie. And Lawrence witg the nn Laurie.

Rummikub Wed 07-Aug-13 00:36:48

Yes lovely. And lovely to continue the tradition.

Laurie for a boy if you wanted to continue the LW theme.





Onyabike Wed 07-Aug-13 00:41:28


Allalonenow Wed 07-Aug-13 00:43:26


Aphra (like Hermione, but being it, she was a real person)

Onyabike Wed 07-Aug-13 00:49:28


Allalonenow Wed 07-Aug-13 00:49:52

For a boy;
Lewis (Chaucer's son)

blueemerald Wed 07-Aug-13 00:50:18

Tess (of the D'ubervilles)
Jane (Eyre)
Lolita wink
Anna (Karenin)
Harriet (the spy)

David (Coperfield)
Oliver (Twist)
Peter (Pan)
Arthur (and knights of the round table)
Tom (Sawyer)
Jude (the obscure)
Nicholas (Nickleby)

I must admit that, even as an English teacher, LW isn't the first thing that springs to mind when I hear the name Meg (I think of Meg and Mog so still literary!) so I've put names that aren't too out there. My favourite literary name is Antigone but it's a bit much really.

AlfalfaMum Wed 07-Aug-13 00:52:59

DD1 was named after a (French) character in Birdsong. We changed the spelling though to a shorter version, to tie in with an ancestor with the same name. This reminds me, I must get DD1 to read Birdsong smile

AlfalfaMum Wed 07-Aug-13 01:07:25

I really like Juliet, I know a Juliet and it works beautifully as a name, yet you don't get many of them about.

Elliott (T.S.)
Caspian (Narnia)
Daisy (The Great Gatsby)
Matilda (Dahl, maybe a bit more modern than you were thinking, but a great name and a great charachter)

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 07-Aug-13 04:21:26

Jemima (though not sure if you'd want one character from LW and one puddleduck!)

Boys I'm a bit stumped for!

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 07-Aug-13 04:24:01

From other suggestions I think Meg and Tess would go perfectly (tho not read Tess of the D'Urbervilles so don't know what kind of character she is!)

shoobidoo Wed 07-Aug-13 07:22:10

Quentin (Blake)

Onyabike Wed 07-Aug-13 07:31:39

YY, I also think Tess works well with Meg.

Jewelledkaleidoscope Wed 07-Aug-13 07:32:04

Is her MN 'in wonderland' or 'Alice'?

WheresTheHoneyMummy Wed 07-Aug-13 07:56:50

Bronte - altho that's an author rather than a character

EskSmith Wed 07-Aug-13 08:04:51

Lorna (doone)

Really like previous suggestions of Heidi and Juliet.

I'm rubbish at boys names but how about Christopher (Robin)

Demelza but I'm not sure it goes with your dd's name... Love it though but wasn't brave enough.

MortifiedAdams Wed 07-Aug-13 08:23:48

Jewelled grin It isnt In Wonderland. I just didnt want to type out her

Jewelledkaleidoscope Wed 07-Aug-13 09:26:01

Ha, thank god for that! grin

Mollie272 Wed 07-Aug-13 12:49:03

Arrietty - from The Borrowers
Lyra - from His Dark Materials
Scout - from To Kill a Mockingbird

These are all names I associate with books straight away - I'm still thinking about boys' names!

LazyMonkeyButler Wed 07-Aug-13 12:57:23

Jane (Eyre)
Elizabeth (Bennett)

I also agree Tess goes well with Meg & that Juliet immediately brings Romeo & Juliet to mind.

Boys names definitely are harder! I wonder if that's because men were often referred to by their surname in classic literature - Darcy, Rochester etc. etc. There's always Pat - as in Postman grin.

burberryqueen Wed 07-Aug-13 12:59:48

Maggie (Tulliver)
Effi (Briest)
Anna (Karenina)...
hang on....just had a thought....why do all the heroines in novels die?

stickortwist Wed 07-Aug-13 13:01:48

Marking my place in case anyone comes up with my ideal boys name for dc4( sex as yet unknown)

If its a girl we're going for hermione. More after norris than grainger tbh. On the short list were also lyra and matilda.

No idea for a boy so inspiration needed

MortifiedAdams Wed 07-Aug-13 13:03:37



Boys names are very hard!

burberryqueen Wed 07-Aug-13 13:07:38

(call me) Ishmael
Tom (Sawyer)
David (Copperfield)
Phillip Pirrip (lol)

Nivet Wed 07-Aug-13 13:17:09

Digory from The Magician's Nephew. This is what DD would have been if she had been a DS!

Yika Wed 07-Aug-13 13:26:37

My DD also has a LW name (different one) plus Alice.

Mary, Laura, carrie, grace (Little House on the Prairie)
Jane, elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, Lydia (Bennet sisters, pride and prej)
Elinor, marianne (sense and sensibility)
Yuri, Lara, Tonya (dr zhivago)
Jay (gatsby), Daisy
Lucy, freddy, Cecil (a room with a view)
Eustacia, Bathsheba (more Hardy characters)
Angel (Angel Clare in Tess - NB he's a man)
Nigel (molesworth) grin
Gregor (Samsa)

Lots of beautiful names in Shakespeare

toobreathless Wed 07-Aug-13 14:54:34

DD (2 yrs) suggests Peppa

Fifi2406 Wed 07-Aug-13 15:05:02

Dobby from Harry potter??

Laurence/Laurie is great as you get an author too (Laurie Lee).
Wasn't Gulliver's first name Lemuel?
Adam (Bede)
Felix (Holt)

muppetthecow Wed 07-Aug-13 15:26:43

I love Caspian and want to use it for impending DS2. DH is proving irritatingly resilient! DS1 is an Edward (after Mr Rochester) and I can't tell you the number of times someone has said "Oh, you must be a Twilight fan!" sad I've never actually read the books or seen the films

diddl Wed 07-Aug-13 15:36:28

Silas (Marner)

muppetthecow Wed 07-Aug-13 16:03:57

Antonia (Shimerdas)
Lavinia (Titus)
Tamora (Titus again...)

Rhett (Butler)
Dorian (Grey)
Ichabod (Crane) if only I had the confidence!
Victor (Frankenstein)

Most of the good names tend to come to a sticky end, especially the girls! I was going to suggest Moll (Flanders) but then realised you'd have Meg and Moll hmm

Thurlow Wed 07-Aug-13 16:11:29

I always wanted a Hareton.

Thurlow Wed 07-Aug-13 16:12:07

PS - I also thought at first that your DD's middle name actually was 'In Wonderland' grin I do know someone who's middle name is Danger, so it didn't seem that weird...

pinkthechaffinch Wed 07-Aug-13 16:17:21


Polly ( cazalet, Narnia)




Piers. (Snowman)


pinkthechaffinch Wed 07-Aug-13 16:18:30

Grr. Meant plowman not snowman!

BarbieDahl Wed 07-Aug-13 16:19:50

I love love love Silas ,unfortunately I only had DD s.

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

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

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

Or how about


Oh wait, wrong shelf. grin

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 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.....

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

All the E Nesbit children too.

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!

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:

And girls:

Random selection there smile

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

I love Arrietty.

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....

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

Ok....adding to my name lists:
Tess (it goes perfectly with Meg!)
Matilda (is it odd to have two dds with the same initial?)

Lawrence nn Laurie


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!)

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

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

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

Tess is a fantastic name.

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).

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


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.

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.

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

Mine would be

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

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)

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.

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

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


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

dcs not ds


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.

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.

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