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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)?

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)

GwendolineMaryLacey Wed 07-Aug-13 08:22:49

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??

BlueChampagne Wed 07-Aug-13 15:15:48

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.....

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