This week on Broke and the Bookish, we’re showing extra attention to the characters we love SO much, we’d name a child (or pet) after them. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for these characters. Of course it helps that most come from my all-time favorite novels!
Vivienne or Vivi for short: I would totally name a little girl Vivienne after the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. I couldn’t imagine a better name for a bigger than life character.
Jane/Charlotte: You guys know how much I LOVE Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Actually this is a double whammy, I’d go for either Jane or Charlotte, both are classically beautiful names that any girl would be proud of, just as we’re all proud of Jane for her strong sense of self and unwavering courage to do what’s right for her.
Jules: Jules Verne will always be one of my favorite authors, especially for Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Hopefully some of his creative genius would rub off!
Oliver: I’ve been in love with Oliver Barrett since I first read/saw Love Story by Erich Segal. He’s an amazing character, caring and loyal with a little bit of angst, and totally head over heals for Jenny.
Alexander: I doubt anyone would go along with naming a child or a pet after the beloved Musketeers, but I’d settle for naming a little boy Alexander after Alexandre Dumas.
Lilliet: After reading The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, I totally fell in love with the name Lilliet. It’s absolutely stunning, especially for a character adept to the arts, high fashion, AND espionage.
Lavender/William: I would love to name a pet Lavender after my favorite grandmother bunny in The Sage of Waterloo by Leona Francombe about the Battle of Waterloo. Or William, he’s a sweet rabbit who deeply respects and loves his grandmother, taking every one of her lessons to heart. Any little boy named William is sure to be a sweetheart.
Theo: My next cat is definitely going to be named Theo like the main character from Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. From childhood to manhood, Theo is a total sweetheart, but misunderstood after getting himself tangled up with the wrong crowd and struggle to cover up his innocent mistake.
What character would you name a child/pet after?