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    Narnia name

    I love C.S. Lewis and if I have a boy I would really like to name him Peter Caspian, however is it too childish to name a child after fictional characters, even though they represent such strong positive allegories?

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    I don't think it's childish to name your kid using character names. I'm sure there are plenty of Lizzies and Janes out there whose mothers had Pride and Prejudice in mind, for example. And I love Peter because it reminds me of Peter Pan

    But although I think Peter Caspian is handsome, it's obvious to me what has inspired his name. I don't think that's a bad thing, they're not bad characters and it's not like you're considering something with a stronger connection like Aslan Tumnus (are you?!), but if it ever really bothers you, you could always use Caspian for another boy and try something like Peter Edmund?
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    Since the movies have come out, I think more people are now familiar with Narnia and it's names. So I don't think you'd be able to do it without getting that association from everyone. If that doesn't bother you though, then I would say go for it! It's not like Peter and Caspian aren't legitimate names on their own. As pp stated, you could always separate them and go with Caspian ______ and Peter ______.

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    I think it's a bit overkill to have both. It's great to allude to a beloved author with a name, but if you're using a name from Narnia on every kid or a first/middle both from the series, it gets to be a little much. That said, Peter and Caspian are names separate from the series, so I don't think it's horrible.

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    Yeah, it's a lot to do both. I was even hesitant to go for Edmund because it's so specific to that series. That said, Narnia are some of the most classic and magical books out there. Lev Grossman credits Lewis with inventing the idea of alternative worlds that you could go in and out of (CRAZY that we didn't really have that before, although traveling to other worlds had been invented) and he did it all with such charm, grace, imagination, and detail, not to mention wonderful characters. It's not like naming your kid after Katniss or something. I love the Hunger Games as much as the next person, but what I mean to say is that naming your children after something so wonderful that had such a profound influence on art and culture is not childish.
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