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Beatrix Potter Names: Jemima & Jeremy

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By Nephele
 
Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) is a beloved children’s picture book author and illustrator whose stories have an enduring charm that will no doubt continue to delight readers well beyond our 21st century.
Her popular stories have made their way from the printed media into animated adaptations for television (The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends), and ballet (The Tales of Beatrix Potter).  Films have also been made depicting her life, the most recent being the 2006 movie titled Miss Potter and starring Renée Zellweger.

Beatrix Potter was an early conservationist, and her stories of Peter Rabbit and friends reflect her great love of the British countryside and nature.  Her animal characters (with the exception of the American animals appearing in The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes) were drawn from life, revealing Beatrix Potter‘s eye for realism as well as whimsy.

Apparent in her stories is a Victorian delicacy of understatement and wit in describing unavoidable unpleasantries, such as death: “Your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.”  In addition, the Victorian expectation of children to master vocabulary can be found in Beatrix Potter‘s use of the occasional “soporific” and “improvident” sprinkled among the more childish bobbitties and scrumplies in her books.

While many of Beatrix Potter‘s anthropomorphic characters bear whimsical names, such as the beloved hedgehog laundress known as Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, there nevertheless can also be found a number of baby-worthy names among her characters.  These names will mainly appeal to those with classic naming tastes, representing names (and nicknames) that also appealed to the people of the British Isles living in the Victorian and Edwardian eras:

GIRLS

ANNA MARIA

BETSY

CECILY

DORCAS

JANE

JEMIMA

JENNY

JOSEPHINE

LUCIE

LUCINDA

MARGERY

POLLY

REBECCAH

ROSE

SALLY

SARAH

SUSAN

TABITHA

THOMASINA

BOYS

ALEXANDER

BARNABAS

BENJAMIN

DIGGORY

JEREMY

JOHN

JOHNNY

PERCY

PETER

SAMUEL

TIMMY

TOMMY

WILLIE

And now, for some Beatrix Potter fun!  There’s a Beatrix Potter character hiding within your own name, just waiting to be released through the magic of anagrams.  If you would like to know your “Beatrix Potter Name,” simply click on this link.

Nephele is the ‘net name of an obsessive anagrammatist and lover of names who is known for her anagrammed name makeovers on various themes which she provides a a fun service to Nameberryites on the “Talk About Names” forum.  Her belief that she should have been born in the Victorian era is reflected not only in her fondness for Beatrix Potter, but also in other blogs she contributed to Nameberry, on Cicely Mary Barker‘s Flower Fairy names and names from the light operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Nephele is the alias of an obsessive anagrammatist who for more than a decade has provided unique name makeovers for people on numerous Internet forums. Despite the popularity of Nephele’s anagrams, she is not prepared to give up her day job in an undisclosed public library in New York.
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gingerkid Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 8:30 am

I just adore Beatrix Potter. My daughter’s middle name is Béatrix, after a beloved teacher and friend who passed away in 2003. My friend Béatrix was a beautiful and charismatic Frenchwoman, and I pronounce my daughter’s middle name the same way she did: BAY-uh-treece.

I’ve been so surprised to see the upswing in popularity Beatrix has had! I assume most people are going with the same pronunciation as Beatrix Potter’s name?

I also wanted to add that I’m a huge anglophile and lover of Victorian literature, and since I was a baby, I’ve had a beautiful little set of Peter Rabbit dishes: a plate, a bowl, a teacup, and a saucer. It was given to me by my English grandmother, and I always knew I’d give it to my first child. When my first child turned out to be a girl, and I wanted to give her the middle name Béatrix anyway, it seemed only natural that I decorate her room with images of Beatrix Potter’s characters. I’ve come to appreciate Beatrix Potter’s genius anew, having surrounded myself with her lovely stories and illustrations these past few months.

As for the names above, I love:

Cecily
Jane
Jemima
Jenny (my daughter’s probable nickname, but sp. Genny)
Lucie
Polly
Thomasina

Kind of dig Diggory and Barnabas, too! (Maybe better for pets than kids, though….)

salifer100 Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 8:31 am

Great blog, Nephele! Cecily, Jane, Jemima, Margery, Polly, Rose, Sally (my name), Tabitha, and Thomasina are some of my favorite names! For boys, I love Percy, Diggory, and Barnabas.

I too often feel as though I was meant to be born in a different era… glad there are others who feel the same way!

susan Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 10:22 am

Love your blog, Nephele! These are some of my favorite names ever. It mystifies me that all babies aren’t named these names. Love Peter, Tommy, Samuel, Benjamin, Susan, Polly, Tabitha, Lucie, Anna, Jane, Cecily, Jemima…I think I love all the girls’ names! These names are so timeless and cuddly. It would be hard to ever get tired of them.

British American Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I have all the Beatrix Potter books – my parents started collecting them for me when I was a baby. I did consider Lucinda – somewhat inspired by the Beatrix Potter book – back in 2005, but didn’t end up choosing that name.

Which book is ‘Rose’ from? That is my daughter’s name and I didn’t know it was in one of the books.

I also like Jemima, as in Puddle Duck – but having moved to the USA, that one isn’t going to happen. Maybe as a middle name…

Oh and I do like Beatrix too.

Nephele Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

British American, Miss Rose appears in The Tale of Little Pig Robinson:

Stumpy was a large, serious, well-behaved brown dog with a short tail. He lived with Bob the retriever and Percy the cat and Miss Rose who kept house.

— Nephele

British American Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Thanks Nephele! That’s one of the books I’m not so familiar with. I’ll have to look at it again. 🙂

http://legitbabenames.wordpress.com/ Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Very nice names. I really love Beatrix, Polly and Thomasina.

Jill Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

What a fantastic blog, Nephelity!!!! I loved it! 🙂 As you know, I’m all about Beatrix, so this was right up Littleberry J. Lambkin’s alley.

My favorites:

Josephine
Polly (I’ve been thinking about this name lately, and I think it’s adorable)
Sally
Rose
Thomasina

Benjamin
Peter
Samuel
Diggory (I don’t know about it on an actual person, but it’s fun to say!) 🙂

Great job, Nephie! 🙂

Jill Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Oh my gosh! I completely forgot to list Beatrix! I LOVE the name Beatrix! 🙂

Nephele Says:

January 28th, 2010 at 12:41 am

Thanks, everyone, for your comments! Yep, I’ll say that Beatrix Potter will endure for many more generations to come. Those names of hers certainly strike a responsive chord in many of us!

smismar Says:

January 28th, 2010 at 12:44 am

For the girls, I love:
Tabitha (really love this!), Lucinda, and Josephine. Even the plain Jane has caught my eye before – it has a lot of appeal!

None of the boys’ name really catch me. They are all either too common or they aren’t common enough 😀

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Maureen Says:

July 19th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I just love all things Beatrix Potter but I had never thought of choosing a name for my children from one of her books. What a lovely idea. I just love Jemima and Benjamin.

May babies everywhere continue to be named after the wonderful characters in Beatrix Potter’s much loved tales for a long time to come

Nursery Decor Says:

August 13th, 2010 at 7:02 am

I’m stressed about my newborn’s name because I haven’t found out the gender!!!!! It’s so sad because I have only designed the room in a neutral tone with heaps of elegant decors (I’m obsessed with them).. what should I do? Does anyone else have the same worry about naming their baby without knowing the gender???

H8myname Says:

March 31st, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Dorcas? Oh yeah, TOTALLY baby-worthy. Some of these are kind of cute; the rest are completely BLAH.

Vada Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 9:51 am

My little one is a Beatrix (nn Bix) so naturally, it is my favourite name. Her middle name is Belle, which yes, is kinda cutesty but I love the meaning:

Beatrix – bringer of joy / voyage through life
Belle – beautiful (obv)

everyone would love to be a ‘beautiful bringer of joy’ surely?
🙂

As for the other names, I love Cecily / Polly / Jemima (Bix was almost a Beatrix Jemima, but obviously the initials we weren’t keen on)
Great post!

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