Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday -- FREEBIE!!

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In the spirit of the season, we decided to make today a freebie—our gift to you :)

For my (Bridget's) Top Ten Tuesday today, I thought I would do something in the spirit of my recent engagement to my boyfriend (er, fiancĂ©), Andrew, and list our top five (and bottom five) literary names for our future children! Because yes, we’ve had this conversation before today.

Top Five

1. Jane (for Jane Austen and Jane Eyre). This is legitimately in the running for a girl’s name, although it would probably be the middle name—we were thinking Sarah Jane (my sister’s name is Sarah). Well, I have been, anyway.
2. Emma (from Jane Austen’s Emma). It’s such a pretty name and Emma is such a great character.
3. Beverly (from Stephen King’s It). Bev is pretty much a badass and if I had a daughter I would want her to be like Bev.
4. Stephen (for Stephen King, Stephen Maturin, Stephan Pastis). I love Stephen King and Andrew loves Stephen Maturin (of the Aubrey-Maturin series written by Patrick O’Brian) and Stephan Pastis (of the comic Pearls Before Swine).
5. Lucy (from The Chronicles of Narnia). I’ve always liked the name Lucy. It’s so feminine and pretty. And the Lucy in Narnia is just adorable.

Bottom Five

6. Holden (from The Catcher in the Rye). Holden is such a whiner. I would never give my kids that stigma—not that they’ll realize it until freshman year of high school (or maybe sophomore year?) but I imagine they’d get teased mercilessly after all the kids figured out who he was named after.
7. Anything from Lord of the Rings, because the kid would get beat up. (Not that LOTR isn’t a great story and all, but…yeah.)
8. Cormac (for Cormac McCarthy). Cormac McCarthy is the pits. Sorry for all of you who like him but I absolutely HATED The Road and have zero desire to ever read anything by McCarthy again.
9. Scarlett (from Gone With The Wind). I was pretty “meh” about the whole Gone With The Wind experience, mostly because Scarlett is kind of a bitch. I found her to be a completely unsympathetic and unlikable character, so reading 700+ pages of her whining was kind of unbearable.
10. Peeta (from The Hunger Games). Verbatim from Andrew: “…it’s either a stupid pun on ‘pita bread’ since he’s a baker or a bastardization of ‘Peter,’ I’m not sure which. Neither makes it better.” I totally agree. 

Hope you all have wonderful holidays and a happy New Year!!



  1. Thanks for still having a Top Ten Tuesday! :) Here's mine: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/catchiest-titles/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. Sorry used the wrong link on my first one (number seven). Oops.

  3. I love the name Scarlett, but I have never read GWTW so maybe I would change my mind! I also love Emma. I just came back to blogging after a long while and was so glad to see you are still doing Top Ten Tuesday! My favorite meme ever :) Hope you have a great holiday!

  4. I love the name Jane, but my husband thought it too plain. We went with Jane as a middle name, too! Congrats on your engagement.

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  5. Oh, come on, you wouldn't name your kid Frodo??? :) Cute list! Congrats on your engagement, and merry Xmas!

    Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

  6. I have made a similar list of potential literary names too! THough my husband doesn't really like them....but I say tough luck!

    Good top ten topic! Hope you have a Happy Christmas! =)

  7. I like your idea. It's really peculiar. I like Sarah Jane. I think it can fit for a superhero.

    Merry Christmas to you!!! :)

  8. I love your picks. I can not say I would name my child any of these names since English is not native language in my country so we don't use/have the same names. But I love your choices. :)
    Happy holidays!
    Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams
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  9. I love Jane, Emma and Beverly! And coincidentally one of my best friends is named Sarah-Jane and I was almost named Lucy. :)

    Merry Christmas and have a great new year!

  10. first time doing your meme and i enjoyed it a lot:) heres mine http://boardingwithbooks.blogspot.co.il/2012/12/top-ten-tuesday.html

  11. I agree with your picks of Jane & Lucy--two names that are also in the running list I keep in my head of fictional characters names I might one day pass on to a child(or kid). I've always liked the name Jane--it's a fairly "normal" name, but not one you hear too often, which is a great combination. And I agree with Peeta being in your bottom 5. I love his character, but poor guy with a name like that.

  12. I actually have a friend who named her kids Arwen and Lorien after Lord of the Rings... Thankfully they are easier names than others found in the series ;-)
    My cousins baby is named Jane (Jane Maya) and they ended up naming their next baby Cecilia (Cece).... great names and not too hard to pick on.

    Great choices - I love the name Lucy too and I haven't heard Beverly in a long long time - totally bring it back!!!!

  13. Jane and Emma are two of my favorite names too. Though I love the character Peeta, I'm not sure I could name someone that... (I'd think too much of pita bread.)

    Great list!

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  14. Even though I like The Road, I couldn't imagine one of my kids being called Cormac!

    Enjoy the rest of your Christmas and thanks for hosting Top Ten Tuesday.

  15. Ha, love this list. Congrats on the engagement :) and Merry Christmas!

  16. I think Lucy is the cutest name. She's definitely my favourite of the Pevensie children. Edmund is kinda cute too. I listed my Top Ten favourite book cover designs: http://bookinterrupted.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/top-ten-tuesday-freebie/

    Have a great Christmas and a happy New Years!

  17. I definitely agree about the Peeta thing. I always wondered if it was some sort of pun...

  18. Love all the names you like, agree with most of the worst names- Scarlet is okay but only because the name is popular in YA right now.

    I totally get the LOTR name dislike but... I love the name Ben, but dislike Benjamin and Bennett for a boy is just so-so. I do like Benjen from The Game of Thrones, but not sure I would have the guts to name a son that. Which is fine, it's not my very top choice so it's not likely to come up unless we win the lottery and adopt a bunch of kids.

  19. Lucy is obviously the best name for a child :p

    As for Scarlett. I loved Gone with the Wind, but not Scarlett herself, and there's that association with scarlett women.

  20. Congratulations on your recent engagement! My boyfriend and I plan to do Emmeline for our daughter, off of Emma. Emma is just too common for us, so we went for the longer clssical name.

    I completely agree with your negative list.. every one of them. Although, I knew a girl named Arwen once... which I thought was really pretty, but I can see her getting teased.

  21. got to say I love your freebie topic so fun. And your bottom five are awesome! congrats on the engagement have so much fun planning the wedding, I've thought recently how fun it would be to plan a wedding in the days of Pinterest

  22. I love the name, Emma. LOL on the whole LOTR rationale.

  23. If I ever have a daughter, Lucy is the top name on my list! It's such a lovely and simple name. I'm really fond of Jane too, but I don't know if I could give my child a name that only has one syllable. Weird, right?

    Also, I don't know what you have against naming your future children Bilbo... jaykay! ;p

  24. This was a cool post. I like Noah too.

  25. Oh god, Peeta is the worst name in the history of bad names. I'd rather be called Frodo than Peeta. Bleargh.

    I really like the name Tobias, from the Animorphs? Or Artemis.


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