Oz Names: Some fanciful ideas from the Emerald City
During the hundred times you’ve watched The Wizard of Oz, you may have noticed that it isn’t a particularly fertile source of interesting names. There’s Dorothy of course, and Aunty Em and Uncle Henry, plus the farm names of Dorothy‘s companions on the Yellow Brick Road–Hunk, Hickory and Zeke–and the nasty, bike-pedaling Miss Elvira Gulch.
But it happens that this was just the first in a series of Oz books. L. Frank Baum himself wrote 13 more, with titles such as The Patchwork Girl of Oz and Rinkitink in Oz, and then other authors stepped in to bring the number up to 40. Just looking at the Baum creations alone, you enter a wonderland of wildly inventive appellations of the Princess-Fluff/Professor Nowitall variety–not particularly baby-appropriate–
many of them attached to all manner of strange creatures, from leprechauns to fairies, to giants, to a menagerie of sometimes surreal animals.
But there are also some human characters with (often bizarre) humanish names. Maybe you can find some usable ideas among them–see (and judge) for yourself.
INGA (a male)
KIKI (a Munchkin boy)
OJO (another Munchkin boy)
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on July 8th, 2009 at 2:24 am
What, no Billina? 😉
on July 8th, 2009 at 7:36 am
What a fun list! You know I must add the Ozian names of the magical maidens AUDAH, AURAH, and AUJAH to your list:
The Sorceress looked up from her work as the three maidens entered, and something in their appearance and manner led her to rise and bow to them in her most dignified manner. The three knelt an instant before the great Sorceress and then stood upright and waited for her to speak.
“Whoever you may be,” said Glinda, “I bid you welcome.”
“My name is Audah,” said one.
“My name is Aurah,” said another.
“My name is Aujah,” said the third.
Glinda had never heard these names before, but looking closely at the three she asked:
“Are you witches or workers in magic?”
From “The Three Adepts,” Glinda of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.
on July 8th, 2009 at 8:48 am
Allegro, Cerulia, Coralie, Indigo, Margolette, and Rora are all beautiful in my opinion. Great list!
on July 8th, 2009 at 9:01 am
I remember reading these books as a child and being amazed at the strange names! I really like Allegro (for a boy) and Coralie (for a girl).
Wikipedia lists his children as Frank Joslyn, Robert Stanton,
Harry Neal, and Kenneth Gage. A very fun list!
on July 8th, 2009 at 9:42 am
Sorry, but I was limiting the blog to human characters, so couldn’t include Billina–no hens allowed–even if she did sort of become the new Toto and name all her chicks Dorothy after her friend.
on July 8th, 2009 at 10:14 am
I know you chose not to include non-human characters, but that hardly seems fair considering the majority of the characters are talking animals or fairy denizens of Oz (Ozma is no more human than Billina). The Nome King for example is called both Ruggedo and Roquat, depending on the book. I always liked his names.
What about Ojo? I don’t remember Olo.
There’s also a great book by Baum called Queen Zixi of Ix with some whangdoodles of names in it:
and of course, Zixi.
on July 8th, 2009 at 10:39 am
No wonder you didn’t remember Olo–he was from the land of typos–should have been Ojo!
And you’re right–there are so many great names of animals and fairies and such, including:
Nikko the flying monkey
Kaliko, King of the Nomes
Mar the kangaroo
Locasta, the Good Witch of the North
Theobold the cat
Pim the leprechaun
Clio the banshee
Imogene the cow
and Pajuka, the Prime Minister turned goose
on July 8th, 2009 at 10:44 am
Yeah, where is Billina 🙂 This is a fun list. I especially like these,
RORA-would male a pretty nickname for Aurora
SAPPHIRE-GP, I think it makes a great middle name
ZEBEDIAH-I have been seeing this pop up in the BAs lately
on July 8th, 2009 at 10:54 am
I really like Cobalt, Coralie and Zeke… I want to like Zixi, I love “ixie” names, but I find this one a little hard to say.
No Glinda on the list? I’ve actually met one.
Thanks for this list, I love The Wizard of Oz (actually, I think Oz is a really cool name!) I didn’t realize there were 40 books! I want to go read them now!
on July 8th, 2009 at 11:33 am
Moving forward to the “Wicked” books (Gregory Maguire’s take on Oz) turns up the fabulous Elphaba (Elphie), Galinda, Nessarose, Melina, and Liir.
on July 8th, 2009 at 1:55 pm
PunkPrincess, don’t forget Boq! That’s my favorite name from Wicked.
on July 8th, 2009 at 7:59 pm
Don’t forget Fiyero from Wicked, I love that name!
on July 9th, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Continuing the Wicked theme: Nor, or Illianora
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on February 6th, 2010 at 9:56 pm
And now of course we have Elphaba taken from the authors name- L. Frank Baum (L-F-ba)! An interesting additon, though I hope to never meet a little Elphaba Elphie would make a sweet nn for a Delphine
on February 4th, 2011 at 5:07 pm
awwwww, I really want to have a kid called Delphine now, just so I can call her Elphie! Bit weird…
From Wicked there’s also Pfannee and Shen-Shen, but I’m not sure if they’re just nicknames 🙂
on February 11th, 2012 at 8:40 pm
Ojo is also a little bear on Bear in the Big Blue House
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