Category: baby names from books
The man referred to above is literary idol Odysseus, whose story is still taught in schools across the country and referenced in hundreds of books and films – including one of my favorites, O Brother Where Art Thou? Today we’ll be looking at just a few of the names of characters in his epic journey.
The book is an adventure story through a magical land, packed with action, romance and humor. The film version – made in 2007 – is also a great family film.
Rather than reimagine the names of the characters as I usually do, I’ll be focusing on the already-excellent names in the book (and a few from the movie).
Oscar Wilde, one of my favorite authors, was well known in his day for biting one-liners and quick takedowns of the pretentious London nobility, as reflected in his books and plays. Here are some of his most interesting character names, excluding the great ones in The Importance of Being Earnest, which I’ll take up in a separate post.
By Emily Cardoza
As a bookworm, I find that some of the most fun in reading comes after I finish the book – imagining the characters’ worlds, thinking up possible new storylines – and even new names! I’ve been giving the name treatment to a few works of fiction in my Literary Names series on Nothing Like a Name. My last post for Nameberry, New Names for The Secret Garden, prompted a couple of requests to give the same treatment to Harry Potter characters. But since the cast is so enormous, I’ve decided to try it out with just a select subset – the Defense Against the Dark Arts professors.
The genre of Young Adult fiction is booming. These writers have brought characters to life with wonderful, vibrant names and many of them have equally delightful names. Let’s take a look at the names of some popular Young Adult authors.