Fine as a middle name.
Fine as a middle name.
The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, and I loved Jay Gatsby, so I've always thought about possibly using him as a namesake. Now, I haven't read the book since high school, so I just remember loving him and remember him being a misunderstood character. I got the same feeling from the new movie (I have also seen the Robert Redford version, but not in a long time) and loved Gatsby just as much as I remember loving him when I read it. So I'm surprised by people saying he's not a good namesake. I will have to re-read it and re-visit my thoughts, I guess.
As a name on its own, it is only associated with the novel/movie(s) and if you're okay with that, then use it. I have considered using it as a middle name, but since then I have decided that I would only use Jay or James to honor the character, if I used it at all. If you really do love the name and want to use it, I would suggest it only in the middle spot.
I'm not against people using the name after the character, I just don't like it, personally. I don't like the sound of it. I prefer Jay, but it's a bit boring. I love that Fitzgerald used the name Jordan, for a female character (in the 1920s!) and would love to use it if it wasn't associated with other Jodan's and wasn't so popular.
I'm not against naming your children after fictional characters at all, but giving your son the one-of-a-kind surname of a well-known literary figure in a classic novel crosses the line between cool and pretentious. Just don't. Any name that will forever have "the great" attached to the front of it is too much.
well... obviously if you saw the movie, you know what type of person Jay Gatsby is... a person who lied about a lot of his life and made all of his important decisions based on a girl that was married anyway. he was lonely and went about everything the wrong way. I haven't seen the movie, but I have read the book. Without the literary connection, I like the name fine, but your son will probably have to read the book in high school, and I wouldn't call it a good namesake. If you like the name for phonetic reasons only, I would consider Garrett or something like that. If you like it for the connection... his real name was James Gatz
Frederick nn Fitz (like Fitzgerald)
Scott (F. Scott Fitzgerald)