Category: Peter Pan

This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel comes up with some eye-opening surprises–from Aaya to Lumi to Zarpessa.

There will always be new names.

It doesn’t seem possible, does it? With kids called Shiloh and Pilot and Boheme and Egypt, it would be easy to say that we can go no farther. Surely we’ve exhausted all the possibilities.

And yet, week after week, there are always names that surprise. I met a toddler called Zinnia yesterday, just in time for the bloom to appear on Nameberry’s list of best new flower names. Even those of us who spend our free time obsessively pouring over lists of names and offering up ideas on the Nameberry forums are probably taken by surprise by some of the things we hear – and not just once in a blue moon, but every week.

This week’s list is all about names that took me by surprise. They were brand new – at least to my ears.

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Octomom aside, most of us only have the opportunity to name a small number of children. Authors, on the other hand, can name family after family–including the parents. Some–like Jane Austen–were limited by the restricted supply of names available in their milieu, while others could let their imaginations soar.

I thought it might be fun (and instructive?) to look at some of the more prominent brother and sister sets in literature for possible ideas–though you could probably skip Wallstreet Panic.


Alcott, Little Woman


Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Austen, Sense and Sensibility


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