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April 15th, 2013 10:53 PM #6Junior Member
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April 15th, 2013 11:25 PM #8
Och, I love literature! And oh, the names!
Lucie (A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens)
Olivia/Viola (Twelfth Night, Shakespeare)
Gwendolen/Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Anne (Persuasion, Jane Austen)
Eliza/Elizabeth/Lydia/Jane/Charlotte/Catherine (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen)
Elinor/Eleanor (depending on which Jane Austen novel!)
Marguerite (meh, I don't love Marguerite, but I love The Scarlet Pimpernel! I much prefer Percy and Armand as characters over Marguerite, and as names in general--Marguerite always seemed whiney and self-indulgent, until she realizes who and what Percy is, but I still think the connection to the story is a great one!)
Emilia (I love Emilia as a namesake from The Comedy of Errors. I couldn't say regarding the other of Shakespeare's Emilias--I've only read Comedy of Errors, which I loved. )
Lucy/Susan (although I'd consider Susanna or Shoshana for Susan, personally!; The Chronicles of Narnia)
Penelope (The Odyssey!)
Evangeline (the poem Evangeline, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
Cora (The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper)
And och, in just trying to make this list of my own literary favorites, I've come across nearly just as many that I have yet to read (really, my list is just too long!) that I'm just dying to--Jane Eyre, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Middlemarch, Anna Karenina, Emma, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Little Prince (okay, again. I read it in French in my high school French classes), Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Lord of the Rings, The Count of Monte Cristo! And I'm in the midst of reading The Three Musketeers right now. I haven't really come across any girls' names from that, though...
April 15th, 2013 11:37 PM #10Member
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My English teacher heart leaped up when I saw this thread. Love so many of what's been contributed already: I always thought Elinor/Marianne would be a lovely sibset for two sisters. And Gwendolen/Cecily are so lovely, too!
There's an out-of-print children's book that I loved as a little girl and was lucky enough to find a copy of to save and read with my own daughter(s) - "Minty's Magic Garden," with the main character named Araminta. I always thought that was a magical sounding name!
My cousin's name is Mandalay (Mandy) after the poem "On the Road to Mandalay," which I always thought was a pretty cool name inspiration.
A teacher colleague of mine has maintained for years that she will name her first daughter Hero, inspired by the Shakespeare character from "Much Ado."
What a fun idea for a thread
April 16th, 2013 12:01 AM #12
April 16th, 2013 04:10 AM #14
Sunniva ~ The Dark Light by Mette Newth
Astrid ~ White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Josephine ~ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Anouk, Vianne and Roux ~ Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Zosie ~The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris
Alice ~ Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Lyra ~ The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Jane ~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronté
Elizabeth ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Beatrice ~ Dante's Inferno by Dante
Cosette ~ Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Isabelle ~ The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Helznick
Ophelia ~ Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Arabella ~ Atonement by Ian McEwan
Matilda ~Matilda by Roald Dahl
Sara ~ A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Christine ~ The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Zoya and Alexandra ~ Zoya by Danielle Steel
Violet and Sunny ~ A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony SnicketTwenty-something musician, yogini and name lover who dreams of strolling the boulevards of Paris by day and writing songs by night.
Mes prénoms préfères;
Elodie ~ Sylvie ~ Vivienne ~ Giovanna ~ Beatrice ~ Seraphina ~ Marguerite ~ Edith ~ Cosette ~ Isadora ~
Alexander ~ Marcel ~ Elias ~ Nicholas ~ James ~ Henry ~ Rowan ~ Django ~ Kai ~ Tristan ~ Luca