The Broke and The Bookish host this most excellent weekly list-fest, and this week's topic is: Top Ten Characters (and Literary Figures) I would name my children after.
Before my list, I have to admit that as a ten year old budding writer, I used to carry around a "What to Name Your Baby"book and I was a bit obsessed with naming. Still am, so this is kind of the perfect post for me.
Here are my names, in no particular order.
10. Turtle (Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees): I was pretty serious about this one in high school.
9. Jordan Baker (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby): Such an understated character and a great unisex name.
8. Nathaniel Hawthorne: I told you I could probably get him on most lists. And I'm serious about naming my child after this one.
7. Paterson (William Carlos Williams, Paterson): My husband and I joke about this one. I really like it; let's just say he isn't a fan.
6. Jane (lots of literary Janes, but I'll go with Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre): I like the simplicity.
5. Lucy (J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace): This is currently a name that I'm stuck on, and might actually name a child. It would really be after my husband's mother, but also has some literary forbears. I chose Coetzee because it is a wonderful book.
4. Brett Ashley (Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises) - "Isn't it pretty to think so?" Another great unisex name.
3. Atticus Finch (Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird): If I believed that naming affected character, I would go this route for sure. I also like Scout.
2. Lily Bart (Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth): It is a lovely name, Lily.
1. Molly Bloom (James Joyce, Ulysses): Her chapter is my favorite in the book.