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  1. #1
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    Wicked Names

    Not the adjective, the noun. Last year I read Wicked (an semi-alternate Wizard of Oz backstory that follows the Wicked Witch of the West) and saw the musical (I'd HIGHLY recommend both to anyone), and I'm curious about your opinions on the names used.

    Elphaba (The Wicked Witch, who is portrayed as the heroine, and I particularly loved)
    Galinda/Glinda (The good witch; she changes her name in college to not have the 'a')

    Other characters:

    Nessarose
    Sarima

    Avaric
    Shell
    Fiyero
    Boq
    I’m just trying to behave as I think a friend should behave. Granted, I haven’t had much practice.

    ~Elphaba Thropp, Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

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    i LOVE Wicked! i love the old timey and magical aspect of the names as well, they contrast nicely with the high profile run of the mill personalities of the students in the play, yet work very well... my favorite is Nessarose, though i wouldnt want to name a daughter after her]
    Right Now I would name them...
    ∆ Ellis Apollo • Vesper Aurelia ∆

    ∆ Casper Aloysius • Reverie Antonia ∆

    Guilty Pleasures ...

    Sailor . Waverly . Ever . Harlow . Elliot . Jasper . Lirit . Muse . Egypt . Ireland . Primrose . Calypso . Rowan

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    I haven't read the book, but I loved the play! Nessarose is also my favorite as a name. However, Elphaba was my favorite character. I would never name an actual child Elphaba, but I think Elsie would be a cute derivation from it, since she goes by Elphie a lot. I think all of the names fit the characters very well, but I'm not really a fan of them in general, like to name an actual child.
    Current Favorites:
    { Elisabeth "Elise" Kate :: Cassandra "Cassia" Vivienne :: Charlotte "Charlie" Lorraine :: Rosalie Nicole :: Catalina "Cate" Lucy }
    { Adam Carson :: Camden Bennett :: Alexander "Xander" Mason :: Aidan Blake :: William "Liam" Anthony :: Everett Cole }

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    Loved the musical! Very inspirational music and a great message for kids! If I recall correctly, Elphaba was derived from the author's initials LFB (L Frank Baum). I love Glinda, and a good variation would be Glynna. Dorothy seems a bit plain, but the nn Dory is cute.

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    I loved the musical too, and I never knew that about where Elphaba came from, but it makes total sense now you say it. I think Sarima could easily be used on a real person, it's not too far off Samara.

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