Tuesday 27 June 2017

Literary Inspired Baby Names.

** This is a guest post from the lovely Jane over at Is That You Darling, the link to her blog is at the end of this post so if you have enjoyed reading please do pop over and check out more posts on her blog**

I don’t have babies, and I don’t know if I ever will. But that doesn’t stop me playing the ‘What would I name my babies game?’ from time to time.

People have lots of different reasons for choosing the names that they do for their children; sometimes it’s a family tradition, sometimes it’s after a loved one that is no longer with them. And sometimes it’s just because they love a name.

I’m a big reader, and so when I’m thinking about names that I love, I often think back on the books I have read, and the characters I have loved. With that in mind, here’s a few names that I love that are inspired by literature.

Darcy Somewhat obvious, maybe, but is there a more iconic character than Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice? I think Darcy is a lovely name for a girl, but I think it could work for a boy as well.

This is a fairly popular name, with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and Frank Lampard having daughters called Luna. As a Harry Potter fan, and a Luna Lovegood fan, I think it’s a beautiful name!

Inspired not by a character in a book, but by a poet – W.H. Auden, who is perhaps most famous for his poem Funeral Blues. A perfect name for a little girl or a little boy.

Bronte Another name inspired by a writer rather than a character, a baby girl called Bronte would honour the three sisters: Emily, Charlotte and Anne, famous for such novels as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

This one would be a little awkward for me, as my oldest sister’s married surname is Sawyer! But I love it as a name for a girl or a boy. It is inspired, of course, by one of American literature’s most famous characters, Tom Sawyer.

Another Bronte-inspired name; Nelly is the narrator of Wuthering Heights, and is a lovely old fashioned name for a little girl.

Ada is a character in Cold Mountain, portrayed by Nicole Kidman in the Oscar-winning movie adaptation. It’s another old-fashioned name, the likes of which seem to be very popular right now!

Pip Would you be setting your son up for a childhood of teasing if you named him Pip? Possibly, but I think it’s ever so cute! Pip is a character from Great Expectations, though you could also go for Pippin from The Lord of the Rings!

OK, so as someone called Jane, it might be going a little far to call my baby girl Janie. But it’s a lovely version of Jane, don’t you think? It comes from a book called Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, a book I studied at university.

This is my all-time favourite name for a little boy; I can’t imagine anything cuter than a baby boy called Huck! It’s obviously inspired by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but it also doesn’t hurt that there’s a West Wing connection (my favourite show of all time!).

Thanks to Jess for letting me guest post here at Tantrums to Smiles! I blog at Is That You Darling, and it’s mostly about books and general life stuff if you’d like to stop by!


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