Top Ten Names From Books I’d Give To My Children


This week’s Top 10 Tuesday focuses on characters I would name future children after. Little mini-mes and mini-Cohibas.

1. Philip “Pip” Pirrip, Great Expectations. If Cohiba and I have another child (a Wee Two to go with our Wee One) and it’s a boy, we have both the first and second names picked out, and this was in the running for the second name for awhile. I love that name, and, as it happens, it is also my father-in-law’s name. I got excited and exclaimed, “And I’ll call him Pip!” I think he was so turned off by that idea that he vetoed the name.  We came up with another good one, but still.

2. Matilda – Cohiba and I are considering this one.  But not because of a literary character, but because my great-grandmother’s name was Tilly. (O’Tilia, actually)  And we would call Wee Two Tilly.  I also read, in one of those stupid listicles (hee!), that, among other names, people named Tilly are more likely to get into Harvard. So we’ll have that going for us.

3. Santiago, The Alchemist. If my child had an adventure like his, I would be so proud.  I would live vicariously through him. 🙂

4. Scout, To Kill A Mockingbird. I know this name has been done, but its cute and a good character to name your child after.

5. Tumnus, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I love this character. He was so sweet to Lucy and acquainted us all with Narnia. I’ve even thought about getting a tattoo of the lamppost where they meet since it’s such an iconic part of the story.

6. Clover, Animal Farm. This is a depressing story, I know, but I love the allegory, and this character was so sweet and humble.

7. Chava, The Golem and The Jinni. She’s curious and kind (duh, Sahara, she’s a golem), but I like the name.

8. Della, The Gift of the Magi. I love this simple story. And what love she has for her husband, so pure.

9. Cinna, The Hunger Games trilogy. What an awesome character, integrity and intelligence.

10. Jolen, Unnamed.  This may not count or be fair, but this is the name of a character in a story I began this time two years ago.  I’m still working on the story, to be truthful, but at over 10,000 words, it is longer than anything I had written before, and I know I will finish it.

Is there a name you found in a book and love? What about in your stories? How do you come up with them?

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