Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Top 10 5 Characters and Literary Figures I'd Name My Children After

Been a few weeks since I've done one of these. This is a tough one.

5. Ligeia (character, Edgar Allan Poe's "Ligeia")

I love this name but it's probably too Gothic-y for real life. Has kind of a melodramatic feel (and its fictional origin doesn't exactly help).

4. Asenath Waite (character, H.P. Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep")

"Asenath" is pretty cool (it's from the Bible). But it's kind of weird, so it would have to be a middle name.

3. Dante Alighieri (author, The Divine Comedy)

Greatest. Poet. Ever. Another middle name, since it's become so closely associated with Inferno and been used in so many fantasy settings it's kind of a "Marty Stu" name.

2. Shreve Stockton (author and blogger, The Daily Coyote)

"Shreve"! I love it! Plus, she is SUCH an inspiring woman.

1. Hiro Protagonist (character, Snow Crash)

Just kidding!

That's all I can come up with, unfortunately. It occurs to me that most of the characters I come across have names that are either pretty ordinary or way too foreign.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers' answers. Everyone is welcome to join. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don't worry if you can't come up with ten every time . . . just post what you can!


LBC said...

I like the blog and I'm a new follower. The name Dante is definitely bold. I like it.

Here is my post: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/02/top-ten-tuesday-namesakes.html

rhapsodyinbooks said...

This is very fun. For now, however, I would hold this list back from any potential fathers of your children...

Emily said...

My friend Devon is super-enamored of To Kill a Mockingbird and basically wants to name all future children after characters in that book. She named her cat Harper just to get that out of her system. I agree with her about Atticus; I would totally name a son that.

Oh, and I almost named a sock pattern Ligeia! Then I thought that, while gothy, the sock was slightly more playful than that, and ended up naming it Wednesday after the Addams Family daughter.

Anonymous said...

I love the name Dante! Unfortunatley our last name is Dore (pronounced door-ay) so it would kind of rhyme and sound silly!

Anonymous said...

I understand your liking of Dante Alighieri -- Italian names roll so beautifully off the tongue. As for Poe references, I thought about adding "Annabelle Lee" to my list, but thought that to be a bit too fatalistic, considering the poem. If we're going off the idea that we pick names because we want to impart some of the same characteristics to our children, it's probably not wise to give them a name from Poe! :p

Short Story Slore said...

I had trouble coming up with names as well! All of the names I love are from characters I probably don't want to associate with my future kids (such as Dexter - love the character and the name, but naming my child after a serial killer is going too far).

Birdie said...

Hey, I'm all over Ligeia, foreign sounding or not. It's awesome! And Dante would be a fabulous middle name.
Great list.

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