#SixforSunday is hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot. Every week there is a bookish-themed prompt to inspire 6 choices.
This month focuses on Characters ahoy! and this week the prompt is Six characters I’d name my kids after
Ok first off, in my opinion naming a child can be a stressful experience for anyone. You want to get it right, you want it to fit the child and you want it to have meaning or presence and for some, heritage, culture, lifestyles or values resonance. And then having been a teacher naming children is THE WORST.
- The name you LOVED growing up will be the moniker of the child who was a notorious bully or worse… the name of a salty colleague or even local rival school!!
- The name of a beloved character or author or celebrity you would walk over hot coals for will be THAT naughty kid
- That name that you thought was SO unique that no one else would know that reference and you would name your child that – there’s 6 of them in the same maternity ward let alone classroom (hello my husband whose mother swears he is ‘not’ named after a character in the biggest children’s film that year & has since become a timeless classic)
- Or its so weirdly wonderful that no one will pronounce it right (Hermione or Jared for some in this family) or believe it’s real/sincere option (hello mum still teasing me for liking the name Ariadne) or think its unfair to give a child that name (teasing potential)
- Even the children who are not notorious will stick in your head, the good ones, the mediocre students and the favourites will all affect naming a child.
And then you’ve got the other parent to contend with!!!
Ok so neither of my daughters names appear on these short lists but these are potentials in the bank for any future mini Fae/Elf that should happen!
I loved loads! I also disliked many, but I had a long list but very few of them appear in books other than… oh let me see…yes that is it, Lily!! and it’s a bit weird to name your child after your own nickname is it not? (not only that but after establishing it at a time when NO ONE was called Lily it suddenly got incredibly popular!)
Esme Weatherwax (Discworld- Terry Pratchett)- its a gorgeous name, its a bit mystical, and its the name of the greatest witch that ever lived in fiction.
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter Series- JK Rowling) – again gorgeous name, was a strong contender for both Littlefae and Tinyfae but Husband nearly put off it by what she is actually teased about in the books, it didn’t make the cut but still gorgeous and full of meaning.
Felicity Widdershins (A Pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison) – Ok actually there’s another fictional Felicity this is in honour of first from an Enid Blyton book, it may be the St Clare’s or Malory Towers I’m not sure but there was a Felicity and I LOVED that name. In fact Littlefae was NEARLY a Felicity twice, first her first name when The Elf vetoed her actual first name then after he came round a potential middle name until literally the moments after she was born and The Elf said I was right all along about the name that had been in my head since I was 9 weeks pregnant🙄 and Felicity went back to the list.
Oh this is where I struggle. Good thing I am a MOG or I would have been in terrible state. When I was pregnant with the girls I had lists upon lists of girls names I liked (fat chance as I swear the pair of them made me hear/dream/see their actual names EVERYWHERE until we agreed to name them those names) and like maybe 5 or 6 boys names.
AND boys names tend to be a bit traditionalist and increasingly ‘old fashioned’ currently in both naming trends and British literature – lots of names that I can’t imagine a child of mine wearing for life.
Not that there’s anything ‘wrong’ with the name trends, just we are different and to be fair I shot myself in the foot as the dog has pretty much got the best boy’s name ever and we would have had an Indiana Jones situation except this time its the parents naming the child after the dog.
I like strong, recognisable but slightly different boys names which stand out but he wouldn’t be known as his surname because there’s 5 other boys with the same name in his class.
Most of the boys names I like are not IN literature but these are two I do like.
Arthur Brightstorm (Brightstorm Adventures Vashti Hardy) – its classic, its brave and besides if there was a strong but emotionally positive role model for young boys Arthur would be a good choice!
Alexander Arcady (Murder Most Unladylike Series first appearance First Class Murder– Robin Stevens) – OK Alexander from the MMU and me have our thing, I think he’s Alexander Dumbass but he’s a nice Dumbass. Like a puppy, don’t kick the puppy unless he hurts Hazel then I shall kick him. He’s not a bad character to be named after by any means, he’s kind, just a dumbass. However outside of that Alexander, the name itself, even referring to the great Greco-Macedonian (I don’t want to start a war) hero Alexander who wept for there were no worlds left to conquer is a very good name. Seemingly common but filled with meaning and resonance.