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  1. #1
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    The Neglected or Forgotten Literary Names

    Hello Berries, I've been rereading an old copy of "The Penguin Classic Baby Name Book: 2,000 Names From the World's Great Literature" by Grace Hamlin and I came across some unusual names I don't often see mentioned here on Nameberry. The literary characters are good, bad and ugly. Do any speak to you? Would you consider some as too "out there" for real life? Are there any names you would like to add?



    The Arthur Legends (various authors)

    Bedivere
    Igraine
    Lamorac
    Gawain
    Guenever
    Linet/Lynette
    Liones/Lyonors
    Geraint
    Modred/Mordred

    Ludovico Ariosto

    Alcina
    Astolfo
    Bradamante (f.)
    Doralice
    Fiammetta
    Fiordiligi
    Giocondo
    Logistilla
    Mandricardo
    Marlisa
    Rinaldo
    Rodomonte (m.)
    Zerbino

    Matthew Arnold

    Philomela
    Fausta

    Honoré de Balzac

    Agathe
    Flore
    Maxence
    Anselme
    Césarine
    Fernand
    Célestin
    Hortense
    Josépha
    Mirah (this spelling)
    Victorin
    Wenceslas
    Armand
    Nanon
    Clémence
    Gratien
    Clotilde
    Florine
    Sixte
    Anastasie
    Maxime
    Victorine
    Savinien
    Ursule
    Zélie
    Aquilina
    Euphrasie

    Pierre-Augustine Caron de Beaumarchais

    Bartholo
    Figaro
    Rosine
    Chérubin

    Aphra Behn

    Cesario
    Mertilla
    Philander

    George Gordon, Lord Byron

    Zuleika
    Medora
    Haidée
    Inez
    Lambro
    Astarte
    Myrrha
    Zarina

    Miguel de Cervantes

    Aldonza
    Dulcinea
    Quixote
    Sancho
    Zoraida

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    Dorigen
    Eglentyne (this spelling)
    Emelye (this spelling)
    January
    Palamon
    Theseus
    Alceste
    Hippolyta
    Medea
    Pyramus
    Semiramis
    Thisbe

    Anton Chekhov

    Agafya
    Savva (m)
    Yermolai
    Grigory
    Zhenya
    Misail
    Rodion
    Stepanida
    Yelena
    Yakov
    Polina
    Nikita
    Nadezhda

    Kate Chopin

    Calixta
    Clarisse
    Desirée

    Wilkie Collins

    Decimus
    Ozias
    Drusilla
    Selina
    Septimus
    Isidore

    Benjamin Constant

    Ellénore (this spelling)

    James Fenimore Cooper

    Uncas
    Remarkable

    Pierre Corneille

    Elvire
    Ximena

    Dante

    Charon
    Nimrod
    Proserpine
    Semiramis
    Tristram
    Tobit

    Charles Dickens

    Bartholomew
    Honoria
    Leicester
    Herbert
    Affery
    Mercy
    Edwin
    Ninetta
    Nicodemus

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Aleksey
    Pavel
    Arkady
    Dunya
    Porfiry
    Aglaya
    Gavrila
    Parfyon

    Alexandre Dumas

    Haydée
    Jacopo
    Aramis
    Athos
    D'Artagnan
    Porthos

    George Eliot

    Dinah
    Amos
    Tertius
    Maynard
    Baldassare
    Bardo
    Brigida
    Romola
    Eppie (Hepzibah)

    Euripides

    Heracles
    Pentheus
    Macaria
    Orestes
    Hecuba
    Poseidon
    Ion
    Iphigenia
    Creon
    Jocasta
    Aethra
    Andromache

    Gustave Flaubert

    Rodolphe
    Félicité

    Thomas Hardy

    Aeneas
    Cytherea
    Eunice
    Bathsheba
    Soberness
    Temperance
    Ethelberta
    Picotee
    Lucetta
    Diggory
    Eustacia
    Thomasin
    Cuthbert
    Modesty
    Festus
    Fancy
    Avice

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Zenobia
    Clifford
    Hepzibah
    Donatello
    Kenyon
    Hester

    Hesiod

    Erato
    Euterpe
    Melpomene
    Polyhymnia
    Terpsichore
    Urania

    Homer

    Achilles
    Nestor
    Odysseus
    Eumaeus
    Hermes
    Mentor
    Nausicaa
    Scylla

    Victor Hugo

    Azelma
    Eponine
    Fantine
    Phoebus
    Gudule

    Sarah Orme Jewett

    Almiry (f.)

    Nikolai Leskov

    Sonetka
    Zinovy

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Felicien
    Nokomis
    Wenonah

    Herman Melville

    Amasa
    Ahab
    Ismael
    Wellingborough
    Fayaway
    Tommo

    George Meredith

    Laetitia
    Willoughby

    Molière

    Géronte
    Léandre
    Lucinde
    Martine
    Sganarelle
    Thibaut
    Valère
    Elvira
    Angélique
    Béline
    Louison
    Lisette
    Célimène
    Harpagon
    Tartuffe
    Orgon
    Scapin
    Silvester
    Zerbinetta
    Jourdain

    Ovid

    Actaeon
    Alcyone
    Andromeda
    Aphrodite
    Arachne
    Arethusa
    Atalanta
    Cadmus
    Ceres
    Clytie
    Cyane
    Danae
    Deianira
    Dionysus
    Egeria
    Europa
    Eurydice
    Hades
    Jove/Jupiter
    Leto
    Minerva
    Niobe
    Orpheus
    Pomona
    Pyrrha
    Semele
    Thetis
    Vulcan

    Thomas Love Peacock (that's some name)

    Clarinda
    Lemma
    Marionetta
    Scythrop

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Eulalie
    Ligeia
    Lenore
    Ulalume

    Olive Schreiner

    Lyndall

    William Shakespeare

    Corin
    Jaques
    Silvius
    Laertes
    Goneril
    Jacquenetta
    Banquo
    Bassanio
    Titania
    Leonato
    Desdemona
    Mercutio
    Tybalt
    Lucentio
    Petruchio
    Caliban
    Prospero
    Tamora
    Cressida
    Malvolio
    Orsino
    Florizel (m.)
    Leontes
    Perdita

    Edmund Spenser

    Acrasia
    Amoret
    Belphoebe
    Britomart (f.)
    Charissa
    Claribell
    Coelia
    Duessa
    Elissa
    Florimell (f.)
    Gloriana
    Mercilla
    Speranza
    Talus
    Tanaquill (this spelling)

    William Thackeray

    Bute
    Glorvina
    Rawdon

    Leo Tolstoy

    Arseny
    Anatoly
    Platon
    Vasili

    Anthony Trollope

    Ellinor (this spelling)
    Florian
    Patience
    Justinia
    Wallachia
    Theophilus
    Aspasia
    Glencora (I like this one)
    Alured
    Florinda
    Plantagenet

    Ivan Turgenev

    Agafokleya
    Eudoxie
    Zinaida
    Varvara
    Zoya

    Mark Twain

    Alisande
    Clarence
    Sagramor
    Roxana

    Virgil

    Alecto
    Dido
    Megaera
    Tisiphone

    Voltaire

    Candide
    Cunégonde
    Pangloss (too strange?)

    Edith Wharton

    Newland
    Undine
    Zeena (Zenobia)

    Emile Zola

    Nana
    Gervaise
    Hilarion
    Hyacinthe
    Olympe
    Palmyre (I love this one - "pahl-MEER")
    Zacharie
    All the best,
    Mischa.

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    I really like this post, thanks for posting mischa!

    I certainly find these names likable/usable:
    Bedivere
    Lamorac
    Liones
    Doralice (I am assuming this is pronounced dor-uh-lee-ch-eh.)
    Fiammetta
    Agathe
    Maxence
    Josepha
    Mirah
    Clemence
    Clotilde
    Zuleika
    Medora
    Haidee
    Inez
    Dulcinea
    January
    Hippolyta
    Medea
    Thisbe
    Calixta
    Ozias
    Drusilla
    Septimus
    Isidore
    Proserpine
    Mercy
    Edwin
    Aleksey
    Pavel
    D'Artagnan
    Amos
    Iphigenia
    Jocasta
    Andromache
    Cytherea
    Temperance
    Thomasin
    Zenobia
    Hester
    Melpomene
    Polyhymnia
    Elvira
    Silvester
    Alcyone
    Andromeda
    Aphrodite
    Dionysus
    Eurydice
    Jove
    Minerva
    Pomona
    Clarinda
    Eulalie
    Titania
    Tybalt
    Tamora
    Cressida
    Perdita
    Belphoebe
    Florian
    Patience
    Glencora
    Zoya
    Alecto
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    Names that I would consider as too out there: Bradamante; Astolfo; Fiordiligi; Logistilla(the beginning sounds like logic); Mandricardo; Rodomonte; Anselme; Wenceslas; Savinien; Zelie; Euphrasie; Zuleika; Dorigen; Palamon(although possibilities for nickname Pal & Mon make this interesting ); Hippolyta(too closely assimilated to hippos); Pyramus; Semiramis; Agafya; Yermolai; Zhenya; Misail; Stepanida; Nadezhda; Uncas; Nimrod(can I ask, is this as obvious to everyone else as it is to me?); Aleksey; Porfiry; Aglaya; Gavrila; Parfyon; Haydee; Jacopo; Hecuba; Iphegenia; Andromache; Aeneas; Cytherea; Eunice(does this remind anyone else of eunuch?); Ethelberta; Soberness; Picotee; Lucetta; Festus(like fester); Zenobia(is a country); Hepzibah; Erato; Euterpe; Melpomene; Polyhymnia; Terpsichore; Urania(too much like urine); Eumaeus(too many vowels); Nausicaa; Scylla; Azelma; Eponine; Gudule; Almiry; Sonetka; Zinovy; Nokomis; Wenonah; Amasa; Wellingborough; Leititia; Sganarelle; Thibaut; Celimene; Harpagon; Tartuffe; Zerbinetta; Actaeon; Alcyone; Aphrodite; Arachne; Arethusa; Deianira; Egeria; Europa; Eurydice; Niobe; Pyrrha; Semele; Vulcan(too Star-Trekky); Ulalume; Eulalie; Laertes; Goneril; Mercutio; Petruchio; Prospero; Malvolio; FLorizel; Perdita(very Disney cartoonish); Acrasia; Amoret; Britomart; Coelia; Speranza; Bute; Glorvina; Rawdon; Arseny; Platon; Wallachia; Glencora; Alured; Plantagenet; Agafokleya; Eudoxie; Zinaida; Alisande; Sagramor; Alecto; Megaera; Tisiphone; Cunegonde; Pangloss; Undine; Gervaise.


    Names that speak to me: Bedivere(although nicknames might be hard to come up for this one); Gawain; Lynette; Mordred; Fiametta(because of the nickname Etta); Philomela; Maxence; Cesarine; Celestin; Hortense; Victorin; Clemence; Anastasie; Maxime; Victorine; Savinien; Medora; Dulcinea; January; Nikita; Decimus; Selina; Isadore; Ellenore(this spelling ); Elvire; Honoria; Mercy; Ninetta; Nicodemus(I love the nickname Nico); D’Artagnan(I LOVE this name! Watched the Musketeer movie starring Justin Chambers, and fell in love with both the name and the character! I would use it, if it were not so out there); Felicite(that’s pronounced like Felicity?); Temperance; Diggory; Modesty; Avice; Clifford(because of nicknames Cliff & Ford); Donatello(Don and Ato); Oddyseus; Valere; Elvira; Angelique(love this one); Lisette; Silvester(which I love); Jourdain; Jacques; Titania; Desdemona; I kind of like Belpheobe, because it has potential to use nicknames for both Bell/Bella & Pheobe; Claribell; Elissa; Patience; Varvara; Clarence; Roxana; Virgil(); Megaera; Zacharie.

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    Wow, sooooooo many of these are on my list. And it's nice to see the Molière names finally getting some attention; I work at a classical theatre summer camp and have been keeping a list of weird Molière names for years!

    On my list (favorites bolded):
    Amoret
    Andromeda
    Atalanta
    Belphoebe

    Danae
    Fiammetta
    Gawain
    Iphigenia
    Lenore
    Minerva
    Orpheus

    Undine (I prefer the Ondine spelling)
    Zenobia

    I like:
    Astarte
    Aethra
    Andromache
    Aeneas
    Aphrodite
    Azelma
    Bartholomew
    Cressida
    Deianira
    Desdemona
    Eponine
    Florian
    Isidore
    Jupiter
    Laertes
    Megaera
    Mercutio
    Nausicaa
    Ozias
    Orsino
    Perdita
    Prospero
    Sonetka
    Speranza
    Tybalt
    Tanaquill
    Zélie
    Zinaida
    Zoya
    Zeena
    Zerbinetta
    Zuleika

    I wouldn't use (because of the namesake unless stated otherwise):
    Creon - Is horrible to Antigone
    Jocasta - Uh, incest.
    Scylla - Many-headed monster (but I actually really like the name.)
    Géronte, Sganarelle, Elvira, Harpagon, Tartuffe, Orgon and Jourdain - are all idiots and/or villains and/or misers
    Niobe - Famous for crying a lot
    Ligeia - Creep factor wouldn't usually stop me from using a name, but Ligeia creeps me out even more than Poe's other stuff
    Goneril - I played Regan, so I'm kind of mad at her for poisoning me.
    Jacquenetta - Is a skank but I actually kind of love her and her name anyway and hey, that's just archaic slut-shaming, right?
    Tamora - I actually love the character, but I can't quite see naming a child after someone who encourages her sons to commit rape and murder
    Malvolio - Ha.
    Alecto - Is now also the name of a Death Eater in the Harry Potter series
    Aspasia and Acrasia - are cool but sound too close to aphasia for me.

    I would add to the list:
    Aphra Behn - Imoinda
    Molière - Lélie (m), Célie (f), Dorimène, and in the version of Scapin our kids performed, Zerbinetta was Zerbinette
    Arthurian legends - Pellinore, Elyan, and Leodegrance, off the top of my head
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    Almost all of these have been on my list at some point. Love most of them, these are my favourites (I've starred the ones I'd use):

    Bedivere
    Igraine
    Lamorac
    Gawain*
    Guenever* (although as Guinevere or Guenevere)
    Liones/Lyonors* (as Lyonesse which I vastly prefer)
    Modred/Mordred
    Bradamante*
    Fiammetta*
    Marlisa
    Rodomonte
    Philomela
    Hortense
    Wenceslas*
    Armand
    Clémence*
    Victorine
    Figaro
    Zuleika
    Medora
    Inez
    Astarte
    Myrrha
    Dulcinea
    Zoraida*
    Hippolyta
    Medea
    Pyramus
    Semiramis
    Rodion
    Polina*
    Nikita
    Ozias
    Drusilla
    Isidore*
    Ximena
    Charon
    Nimrod (I prefer Nemroth)
    Proserpine* (Proserpina)
    Tristram
    Heracles
    Iphigenia*
    Andromache
    Aeneas*
    Cytherea
    Bathsheba
    Thomasin
    Zenobia*
    Erato*
    Melpomene
    Polyhymnia*
    Terpsichore*
    Urania* (Ourania)
    Nestor
    Odysseus
    Hermes*
    Nausicaa*
    Eponine*
    Laetitia*
    Elvira
    Angélique
    Silvester
    Zerbinetta
    Alcyone*
    Andromeda*
    Aphrodite*** (already used )
    Atalanta*
    Ceres - I think this is lovely, but we spend a lot of time in Italy and this is a brand of beer.
    Danae
    Deianira
    Dionysus
    Eurydice*
    Minerva
    Orpheus*
    Pomona
    Eulalie
    Silvius
    Laertes
    Bassanio
    Titania
    Desdemona*
    Mercutio*
    Tybalt*
    Lucentio
    Prospero*
    Tamora
    Cressida
    Orsino*
    Florizel*
    Leontes*
    Perdita
    Acrasia
    Amoret*
    Belphoebe*
    Florimell*
    Tanaquill*
    Zinaida
    Roxana
    Megaera*
    Undine* (as Ondine)

    I would add...

    From Arthurian Legends (all male unless specified):
    Aglovale
    Agravaine
    Aillean (f)
    Alaida (f)
    Alcina (f)
    Alemandine (f)
    Aliduke
    Alymere
    Anglitoran (f)
    Argante (f)
    Arianrod (f)
    Aristause
    Arrok
    Astamor
    Bagdemagus
    Barant
    Baudwin
    Belide (f)
    Bellangere
    Belleus
    Blamore
    Blasine (f)
    Bleoberis
    Bohart
    Bors
    Brandiles
    Brangwen (f)
    Bruine
    Caelia (f)
    Carados
    Cardok
    Chaleins
    Clarissant(f)
    Clarrus
    Clegis
    Cloddrus
    Colgrevance
    Crosselm
    Curselaine
    Dagonet
    Daronwy (f)
    Darras
    Degore
    Degrane
    Degrevaunt
    Dinadan
    Dinas
    Dodinas
    Driant
    Durnore
    Elizabel (f)
    Epinogris
    Erminide
    Esclarimonde (f)
    Escorducarla (f)
    Esmeree/Esmeray (f)
    Felelollie (f)
    Florence
    Florie (f)
    Florisdelfa (f)
    Gahalantine
    Gaheris
    Galagars
    Galahad
    Galihodin
    Galihud
    Galleron
    Gautere
    Gililen (f)
    Gillemere
    Gingalin
    Glitonea (f)
    Griflet
    Gromore
    Guyart
    Hebes
    Hectimere
    Helaine
    Helie (f)
    Hervise
    Iblis (f)
    Ironside
    Ladinas
    Lambaile
    Lambegus
    Lamiel
    Laudine (f)
    Lavaine
    Lile (f)
    Logistilla (f)
    Lore (f)
    Lovel
    Mador
    Marhaus
    Marisque (f)
    Marrok
    Meliagaunce
    Melion
    Meliot
    Melleaus
    Melora (f)
    Menaduke
    Morganetta (f)
    Morganore
    Morgawse/Morgause (f)
    Nerovens
    Nimue/Niniane/Nyneve (f)
    Olwen (f)
    Orainglais (f)
    Ozanna
    Palomedes
    Patrise
    Pelleas
    Perimones
    Persaunt
    Pertilope
    Petipase
    Pinel
    Plenorius
    Priamus
    Pulzella (f)
    Ragnell (f)
    Reynold
    Sadok
    Safere
    Sagramore
    Saraide (f)
    Sebile (f)
    Seli (f)
    Selises
    Sentraile
    Servause
    Soredamor (f)
    Suppinabilis
    Taliesin
    Tamise (f)
    Tancree (f)
    Tarian (f)
    Tegan (f)
    Trephina (f)
    Tryamore (f)
    Tyronoe (f)
    Ulbause
    Uriens
    Urre
    Uwaine
    Verseria (f)
    Villiars
    Vivianne (f)
    Ydian (f)
    Ygraine (f)
    Ysaive (f)

    From Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene:
    Arthegall/Artegal (m)
    Calidore (m)
    Cambina (f)
    Canacee (f)
    Chrysogonee (f)
    Duessa (f)
    Hellenore (f)
    Malbecco (m)
    Malecasta (f)
    Marinell (m)
    Pastorella (f)
    Redcrosse (m)
    Satyrane (m)
    Scudamour (m)
    Timias (m)
    Triamond (m)
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