Beatrix Potter was an early conservationist, and her stories of Peter Rabbit and friends reflect her great love of the British countryside and nature. Her animal characters (with the exception of the American animals appearing in The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes) were drawn from life, revealing Beatrix Potter‘s eye for realism as well as whimsy.
Apparent in her stories is a Victorian delicacy of understatement and wit in describing unavoidable unpleasantries, such as death: “Your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.” In addition, the Victorian expectation of children to master vocabulary can be found in Beatrix Potter‘s use of the occasional “soporific” and “improvident” sprinkled among the more childish bobbitties and scrumplies in her books.
While many of Beatrix Potter‘s anthropomorphic characters bear whimsical names, such as the beloved hedgehog laundress known as Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, there nevertheless can also be found a number of baby-worthy names among her characters. These names will mainly appeal to those with classic naming tastes, representing names (and nicknames) that also appealed to the people of the British Isles living in the Victorian and Edwardian eras:
And now, for some Beatrix Potter fun! There’s a Beatrix Potter character hiding within your own name, just waiting to be released through the magic of anagrams. If you would like to know your “Beatrix Potter Name,” simply click on this link.
Nephele is the ‘net name of an obsessive anagrammatist and lover of names who is known for her anagrammed name makeovers on various themes which she provides a a fun service to Nameberryites on the “Talk About Names” forum. Her belief that she should have been born in the Victorian era is reflected not only in her fondness for Beatrix Potter, but also in other blogs she contributed to Nameberry, on Cicely Mary Barker‘s Flower Fairy names and names from the light operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.