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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    The trouble with Ransom

    We are book lovers, no doubt about it. Our children's names contain at least one literary reference from a book or story special to us. Papa Owlett's favorite series ever is C.S. Lewis's Prelandra. The protagonist is one Elwin Ransom.

    If this babe is a boy DH would love to use Ransom (he prefers it over Elwin). I would probably love it (it gained no little popularity in the same time period as our daughters' names, references a favorite character, not too common) but I just can't get past the criminal connotations. It doesn't seem to bother him one bit.

    I donno. Can you guys either help me love it or give us straight reason to lay it to rest?
    Mama to Belle & Pip
    Wife, mother, farmer, friend and doula.

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    London, England
    Ransom means a sum of money demanded for freeing a captive. Why on earth would that be a good name? Just saying.
    My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Adelaide Australia
    Quote Originally Posted by ottilie View Post
    Ransom means a sum of money demanded for freeing a captive.
    I'm afraid this is the only thing that sprang to my mind too.
    Thrilled to be mother to @gnes Ei1ish Madeline and Fe1icity Bridget Be@trice

    If we'd had boys the list was: Godfrey, Seamus, Alexander, Michael, Felix, Peter, Ignatius & Sebastian.

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    I do think that kidnapping comes to mind when I hear the name. I'm sure that you can talk with your husband about other stories that have moved you, or what parts of Prelandra meant something to you. Lewis itself is very nice. Maybe each take a sheet of paper and write out images that stuck with you most from the story. Maybe you will find a name somewhere in that?

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Xi'An, China
    I actually really like Ransom, and have known 2 Ransoms... perhaps because of that I don't think of a criminal ransom. Also, when I was a kid I read a book about the Civil War and Andersonville Prison called "Red Cap", where the main character was named Ransom. I see this as a lot less worrying than some names I've seen floating around on the boards lately... but if you have any concerns, why not consider putting it as a mn? That way he'll have a choice whether to pull it out and use it, or simply bury it away...
    Currently exiled from the US

    Emiliana Pari 郑煜曈 '14
    Caspian Kaveh 郑煜祺 EDD: Oct '17

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