Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That We’d Name Our Children After

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie! We get to choose our own. We went through past topics and just couldn’t resist… Top Ten Characters We’d Name Our Children After. Mary’s friends have all started having children and getting to name them in real life. This is way more fun. (Hi Mom!)

Note: we don’t have any preexisting children. And apparently we are not planning on having any boys?

Mary’s Picks:

1. Cecily Cardew from The Importance of Being Earnest.

I chose this cover because it sort of appears to be a brunette Cecily?

I thought it was appropriate to choose a name from a play that is so focused on names! In this case, it’s all about The Importance of Being Cecily. However much I love Oscar Wilde and that play, there IS a little problem though: Cecily is described as a “sweet, simple innocent girl.” Love her name anyways. And I think she’s the type who can come through in a pinch, don’t you? She certainly sticks it to the clever Gwendolyn at times. [I love this name too!! -Elizabeth]






2. Philippa Gordon from Anne of the Island

Love the character, the name suits her too! My sister pointed out that there are several other great Philippas running around, most notably Philippa Hunter (Flip) from And Both Were Young by Madeleine L’Engle. Which I had totally forgotten about and have since totally ordered from the library! Good call sis!

Philippas are the coolest!












These next three are more names I remember liking growing up…

3. Frances (She’s really Frances Mary) from the Orphan Train series by Joan Lowery Nixon. Review for my re-read coming this week!!! Frances is also Frances (Francie) Hunter from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Which is obviously just a wonderful book. And she breaks my heart.








4. Lyra from His Dark Materials

Because it’s so lyrical! My sister earlier recommended this set of books as a trilogy…










5. Violet from the Boxcar Children series. I used to think her name was so pretty! And they painted her room violet! Sigh.








Honorable Mention: To my future cat… Catsby. Hehe. I made that one up tonight and I think I might have to get a cat just to use it! Don’t y’all?

Elizabeth’s Picks:

1. Felicity from either the American Girl series or from The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery. Not only do I think it is a pretty name, but it also means happiness and comes from the latin word meaning good luck or fortune. I love that! Especially since Elizabeth translates to ”oath of god.” What does that even mean?











2.  Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Here I really like the name and the character. She smart, strong, loyal, and well all around awesome :-) .











Alexandra Daddario as the movie version of Annabeth


3. Selaney from the Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. Actually in the books, I’m pretty sure it’s spelled Selenay but somehow in translation from the book to my mind it became Selaney and rhymes with Janie if that makes any sense. I think it’s like how everyone pronounced Hermione in their own way until the movies came out (or maybe when she teaches Viktor Krum how to say her name in Goblet of Fire).
4. Rilla from Rilla of Ingleside also by L.M. Montgomery. Rilla is short for Marilla for those of you who don’t know, (gasps! We’re big fans of L.M. Montgomery here!) and my favorite part of her name is probably the nickname Walter came up with as a play on her name: Rilla-my-Rilla. Especially in that last scene with Ken… swooning a little bit…
5. Ella from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine of course :-) . Love the name, love the character.

Anne Hathaway as Ella... Not that I think the movie did the book justice. I try to think of them as unrelated, but I really like Anne Hathaway










6. I’m adding one more because I really love the name Holly, so Holly from Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot. Also because I’m not sure we can go a Top Ten Tuesday without mentioning Meg Cabot ;-) .