Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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



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 I had a hard time coming up with ten characters that I'd name my children after, so I have a mixture of characters and literary figures.  


1.  Viviane (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood)--I love this name and I love this character.  And I will be naming my first daughter Viviane.


2.  Hemingway--This is my favorite author and I will definitely be giving my first son this for a middle name.  The first name will be Jackson, in case you're curious.  I'm not hoping that he becomes an alcoholic or falls in love with bullfighting.  But I really enjoy this author and I think it sounds cool.


3.  Lee (East of Eden)--Lee is actually my middle name and it runs in my family, so my first daughter was always going to be a Lee.  As it turns out, Lee is also an amazing character in Steinbeck's East of Eden.  He's a very wise character, who makes me even prouder of my middle name.  He has some of the best lines in the novel.


4.  Adele (Legend of Bagger Vance)--Actually, I got this one from the film, which was way better than the book in so many ways, the least of which is that this character was more of a presence in the film.  You can dock me points on this one, but it's my list, so there.  I think it's a perfectly Southern little name.


5.  Katie Scarlett (Gone With the Wind)--Oh, Katie Scarlett O'Hara.  The character I have wanted to be since I was 13 and first read this novel.  (I actually saw the movie first, but immediately consumed the book)  I think a name like this definitely goes along with a persona.  The name just conjures up this amazingly passionate character.


6.  Steinbeck--Another favorite author of mine.  Obviously, I really like the author's last name as a boy's middle name.


7.  Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)--This is another name that conjures a persona.  I would expect great things of a person whose middle name was Atticus.


8.  Mackenzie (Peyton Place)--This is actually in homage to one of my favorite novels.  The mother-daughter female leads have MacKenzie for a last name.  This name would be more about the novel than about a particular love for certain characters.  But I really like the way the novel confronted the American opinion of itself.  It's no Hemingway novel, but it has a great story.


9. Holden (Catcher in the Rye)--I know.  People generally want to smack Holden and tell him to get over himself (with various expletives as part of that sentence).  However, I think it is a great name for a teenager.  Most teenagers go through a really annoying brooding phase and when I think of brooding, I think of Holden.


10.  Dominique (The Fountainhead)--I absolutely adored this character.  I thought that she was very strong, even if she was a bit of a masochist.  To me, she exhibits reckless control.  This character was a composite of so many contradictions.  And I think it rolls so wonderfully off the tip of the tongue.


 

50 comments:

  1. Ooooooh I really like the name Holden, and I like that book too - I'm sad I didn't think about it!

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  2. I suggested both Atticus and Scout when my husband and I were trying to come up with boy names for our son. there were also a few names that I knocked off the list because of their frequency of use in romance novels. :)

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  3. I kinda love the names you chose and I think your children are going to have ridiculously amazing names. Jackson Hemingway just sounds so right.

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  4. Someone mentioned wanting to use Atticus just last week, I think! Katie Scarlett's a particularly lovely name from this list. :)

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  5. Some Good names here , I love the film The Legend of Bagger Vance -one of my fav movies and my middle name is Lee also. My mums name is Lee.

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  6. After I posted mine, I was like "wait, I forgot to put Holden on it!" which I've always liked. Great name choices :)

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  7. Love Viviane (sp?) Beautiful name.

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  8. Great list! We share Atticus and Holden, and I love Adele and Scarlett, too.
    I love this topic!

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  9. Viviane has two great things going for it. V and V. Haha, no, but it really is gorgeous!

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  10. Oh, whoops, I'm on the linky widget twice. Sorry! Feel free to remove my No. 16.

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  11. Hemingway - that does sound pretty cool :)

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  12. Dana Michelle BurnettFebruary 8, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Katie Scarlett would have to be my favorite. I spent most of my life wanting to be her as well. All wonderful names though!

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  13. I like Atticus-- it has a certain Roman sound. Great list! :)

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  14. This is so much fun! I'm loving everyone's lists too.

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  15. I like Holden and I love Catcher in the Rye!

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  16. I like Holden and I love Catcher in the Rye!

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  17. Holden, great name! But that so wouldn't work with my last name since the names are almost the same.

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  18. I loved Lee from East of Eden! Great choice!

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  19. My sister seriously considered naming her son Atticus. I'm glad she didn't. That name does not fit her son AT ALL. It's different, but I think it has to suit the right person.

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  20. Good list! I especially like Vivi as your number one.

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  21. Atticus is a great name! Though I think I'd save it for if I ever had a pet bird :o)

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  22. Many good names! I also chose Adele, but my character was from Jane Eyre.

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  23. I love the name Katie Scarlett.
    I personally love the name Roland, from the Dark Tower series...

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  24. Ha! I picked names from Peyton Place, too!! It's such a great book!!! :") Have a great week!

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  25. That was really difficult - in a good way!

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  26. My mom was thinking about naming me Scarlett because of Gone With the Wind. How unfortunate that she didn't.

    Jane
    janestoryblog.blogspot.com

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  27. I love the idea of Hemingway as a middle name! Great topic, by the way

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  28. Fascinating topic! I love the idea of using a favourite author's name as a middle name.

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  29. Great timing - we're trying to figure out what to name the little one on the way!

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  30. Great timing - we're trying to figure out what to name the little one on the way!

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  31. Great topic! We actually have daughters named after some literary folks. I made my list names I wish I could have used, and for whatever reason, didn't.

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  32. I have several friends who've named their son Atticus. It's their son's first name too. :) I also have a friend who named her daughter Scout.

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  33. I love the name Adele but haven't read Legend of Bagger Vance. Great list!

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  34. I had a hamster named Holden, which probably means I can't name a real child after it :) This is the BEST. TOP. TEN. TUESDAY. EVER. I can't think of 10 myself but I'm totally going to steal everyone's ideas for the nameless nugget I am brewing at the moment :)

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  35. Nice, i love this list. i had too many names i liked. i like using authors last names as well, my last dog was named Campbell Atwood.

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  36. I like the name Hemingway ! I couldn't name my son like that but ... there is something in this name :)

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  37. This list was way too much fun to create. And now I'm going to have too much fun reading some of the others.

    I love the idea of using authors' names, and you have some beautiful choices!

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  38. I changed mine to names for pets. That works, right?

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  39. What wonderful and unique names you picked for your list, Lori. :) And how great that we both thought of Atticus on our lists.

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  40. Hi! I'm Bethany, and I'm new here! Just signed up for Top Ten Tuesday and am super excited to post my first one next week!

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  41. Holden is a good name, I think. I have Atticus on my list as well.

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  42. My first time here! Thank you for the chance to post!
    Kelly

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  43. What a fun Top Ten. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  44. I chose Atticus too! I loved the this topic :)

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  45. Those are all good strong names. I named a cat I had, Hathaway, after Shakespeares wife.

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  46. I posted mine a day late, but I did link up!

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  47. New to this...I also meant to put Fortinbras, named both after the Norwegian prince in Hamlet...and the Murrys' dog in A Wrinkle in Time. :-)

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  48. Great choices! I love Katie Scarlett! :D

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  49. Coming rather late to this but great to see some love for Peyton Place - fantastic book!

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