Today’s Top Ten, hosted at The Broke and the Bookish, is a rewind. It’s a chance to go back and pick a topic that’s already been done. I chose the Top Ten Chracters (and Literary Figures) That I’d Name My Children After. There is actually a reason this topic caught my eye. While I won’t be having any more children, I do know several people who are pregnant, including both of my sisters-in-law, so baby names have been being tossed around a little.
Top Ten Characters (and Literary Figures) That I’d Name My Children After
- Agatha – Based on two women, Agatha Christie, one of my favorite authors, and Agatha Troy from Ngaio Marsh’s series. It’s slightly old-fashioned, but to me denotes creativity and a willingness to step outside of the expected.
- Edmund – The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all time favorite books, and Edmund Dumas has to be one of the great characters in literature.
- Claudia – Remember From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler? Claudia is the girl who runs away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Corwin – He’s a fascinating character, a prince of Amber who is a brilliant strategist, has a sense of humor, is haughty but might have a soft heart too. From Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber. And yes my daughter’s name is Amber, but I hadn’t heard of Zelazny’s series, let alone read it, when she was born.
- Miranda – She’s the daughter in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, beautiful, naive, and the name just seems magical to me.
- James – I was thinking of James Bond, who I’m pretty sure just about every boy would like to grow up to be. Of course, James Joyce is not a bad choice to name a child after either.
- Rebecca – Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is imaginative and intelligent, high-spirited and charming. And I think Becca is a cute shortened version.
- Arthur – Alright, I would prefer Sherlock, but who could saddle a kid with that name? I’ll go with the author instead of the character.
- Scarlett – I don’t even have to tell you what book she’s from. She’s passionate and memorable.
- Collins – I loved Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, but Wilkie is just not a good name, and I can’t remember any of the character’s names.
What names would be on your list?