Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Top Ten Characters (and Literary Figures) I'd Name My Children After

It's Top Ten Tuesday rewind, so I picked an old topic I hadn't done before. If only there weren't so many other reasons not to have ten kids!

1. Eowyn from LOTR

If I have a daughter, her first or middle name will be Eowyn. I love the way the name sounds. The suffix "wyn" means joy in Old English, and "Eo" means horse, representing the importance of horses to the Rohirrim. Eowyn is the strongest female character in Lord of the Rings, even more so than Arwen or Galadriel. She takes action into her own hands, in love and war. That's a legacy I'd want my kid to have.

2. Galadriel from LOTR

Galadriel is such a beautiful name, in Elvish (specifically Sindarin), it means "maiden crowned with a radiant garland." I might give a daughter this name, although I've thought of having a dog named Galadriel for a long time too.

3. Madeleine L'Engle

I would love to name a girl Madeleine after Madeleine L'Engle, author of some of my favorite books.

4. Meg Murray

I might also name a girl Margaret after Meg Murry in L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

5. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

I suspect this name has grown much more popular in the past few years. It's a very unique girl's name that refers back to antiquity and to Shakespeare. The most recent incarnation of Hermione as a savvy, brilliant young woman would be a great image for a young girl to live up to.

6. Samwise Gamgee from LOTR

Sam is probably my favorite character in the LOTR canon (competing with Eowyn and Gandalf). Sam is loyal to the end, he has a great sense of wonder, and he is the only one of the characters that is able to willingly give up the Ring. A name like "Samwise" is both earthy and different. A boy could still go by "Sam," but he'd have this secretly awesome real name.

7. Anne from Anne of Green Gables

It could only be Anne with an "e"! Or maybe I'd even venture to name a girl Cordelia.

8. Emily from Emily of New Moon

I absolutely love the name Emily for a girl and always have (drat its being so popular!), but Emily of New Moon is a character that I heavily identify with and I feel like a child named after her couldn't help but be elfin and ethereal, not to mention talented.

9. William Shakespeare

William is a fine name and being called after the Bard couldn't hurt any child's chances of being a brilliant playwright, right? "Shakespeare" is also a good name for a cat or dog, it sounds very dignified.

10. Elizabeth I or Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

Though technically not a literary character, Elizabeth I has appeared in numerous plays, poems, and works of fiction over the centuries, besides having been a poet herself. If that's unacceptable, I'll offer another favorite Elizabeth, Jane Austen's sparkling, witty heroine who far outshines the dour prideful Darcy as far as I'm concerned. A daughter named after either of these couldn't help but be a brave, self-sufficient woman. Plus, Elizabeth, while a strong name itself, offers so many adorable nicknames...

1 comment:

Linda said...

Madeleine was my favorite name when I was a child for the same reason. Wonderful list!