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Laura’s Top Ten Characters / Literary Figures I’d Name My Children After:
- NATHANIEL…My husband and I both love this name, and it is an added bonus for me since Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of my favorite American writers.
- ESME…meaning esteemed or loved, this name comes from The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. Loved the book, and the name is really lovely and unusual.
- SCOUT…from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love everything about this book.
- EBENEZER…(This is my husband’s choice). Not to be confused with Scrooge, Ebenezer is of Biblical origin and literally means “a stone of help.” Theologically, it refers to anything that reminds us of God’s divine & holy presence.
- DELILAH…From the Biblical story of Samson & Delilah. Though the character is a duplicitous trickster, her name is beautiful.
- FINOLA…from Becoming Finola by Suzanne Strempek Shea. I loved the book, and more importantly, I loved (by the end) how the essence of Finola became bigger than the actual character in the book. Very cool story.
- SCARLETT…from Gone with the Wind, of course. Despite the fact that she was essentially a spoiled brat, she has a very cool name.
- NICHOLAS…certainly a very rich literary history. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Nick Caraway in The Great Gatsby, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson, Saint Nicholas, and I’m sure many more. Meaning “victory of the people,” it is a strong, masculine name.
- JOSEPHINE…of course, my very favorite character from Little Women.
- CODY…The literary character of Buffalo Bill is based on Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. That it is a well-known name in western fiction makes it near & dear to my heart, and as such, my son is named Cody.