Thursday, April 1, 2010

Baby Name Options #5 - Literary Names

The first baby name book I bought was called A is for Atticus, and as you might have guessed, it mainly contained names from great books with a few important authors mixed in. These are a few of my favorites...

Adele German "noble" Jane meets Mr. Rochester while working as Adele's governess in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Cosette French "victorious people" Heroine of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Edith English "prosperous in war" American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize - in 1921 for Age of Innocence.

Elizabeth Hebrew "pledged to God"  Ok, so I'm just picking names from my favorite books, but Elizabeth Bennett is one of my favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Finn Irish "bright, fair" Since you just can't name a kid Huckleberry... The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Harper English "harp player" In 1961, Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Holden English "hallow valley" Not one of my favorite books, but I've always liked this name from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Leo Latin "lion" Grandpa's name, and the name of the Russian novelist who wrote Anna Karenina and War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy.

Oliver Latin "olive tree" I like Olive better, but as far as books go, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens will always be at the top of my list!

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